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A time lapse filmmaker, Sam captured visuals of Oregon in ways that exceed imagination. The vibrant colors of the landscape are breath taking. The judges were truly impressed with the images and filmmaking of Sam Forenicich.
"Created entirely with infrared converted cameras, Invisible Oregon is a study of light across time and space."
"Ever since my youthful days of “experimentation” I've often wondered about the nature of reality. Those of you that still believe in science understand the limitations of our perceptions, and it's no secret that many creatures exceed our abilities to interpret the world around us. The idea that we have to process the sensory data coming into our brains makes it seem like we are already a step removed from the real world. So what exactly are we missing? What do animals experience that we can't, and how do our human perceptions vary from person to person? While this film does nothing to answer these questions, time-lapse and infrared photography do, in a metaphorical sort of way, extend our sensory abilities so we can imagine a world beyond ours. Ultimately I think this is what draws us to these forms, not to solve the mystery, but to flirt with it's boundaries." - Director Sam Forencich
We had a chance to interview Director and DP Sam Forencich for a behind the scenes look at his "Invisible Oregon."
Sam Forencich is a time-lapse film maker and photographer based in Portland Oregon. Sam is the principle time-lapse contributor to the NBC production Grimm, and the NBA team photographer for the Portland Trail Blazers. See more of his work here: https://www.samforencich.com/
Song in a Day is an impressive film from Kris Jones who explores the creativity of song writing, recording and completion in just one day. The judges enjoyed the personalities of this group of musicians that all seem to bring their talents together and weave them into one cohesive mix. There are some bumps along the road, but at the end of the day, Kris Jones captures the twists and turns of this back story and delivers an enjoyable film.
"An impressive film from Kris Jones who explores the creativity of song writing in just one day." - Mikel Fair
Kris Jones’ film explores the tension between creativity and constraints; asking the question: Can limitations actually enhance the creative process? Jones’ most recent film, Song in a Day, challenges five Portland musicians to meet on a Friday morning to write, compose, record and mix an entire song by the end of the day. A trained graphic artist, Jones brings her deep love of music and unending curiosity about the creative process to this inspiring film. Song in a Day launches her exploration on how collaboration and constraints can springboard creativity.
With excellent visuals and a creative score, Mia Mullarkey has captured the story of a group of ordinary citizens that have taken action to help prevent suicides in Kilkenny, Ireland. The Oregon Documentary Film Festival judges were inspired by this story and mesmerized by the personalities of these concerned citizens.
"The drivers keep vigil over the city's streets and bridges and offer help to those who feel forlorn."
We had an opportunity to catch up with director Mia Mallarkey for a short interview about the "Throwline" film's back story.
"Moved by how many people were being rescued, I embarked on filming Taxi Watch in action. To capture the driver's world at night we had a special car roof mount built to counteract the bumps of the road. Cameras were also attached to the bonnets and doors of cars to create an immersive visual experience. My main goal when creating the film was to reveal the deep kindness of the drivers involved in Taxi Watch." - Director Mia Mullarkey
Following her studies in philosophy and psychology, and after working as a psychologist for a short time, Director Mia Mullarkey completed a masters in film production and theory in 2009. In 2011 she set up a production company called Ishka Films to create music videos and digital content. Several of these projects have won awards and gone viral. Mia's short documentaries have screened at film festivals worldwide and collected a number of nominations and awards. In 2016 Mia received film grants from the Irish Film Board; Science Foundation Ireland in association with Galway Film Centre; and National Women's Council of Ireland in association with the National Lottery Fund.
It's a fun story about a family man. The judges of the Oregon Documentary Film Festival loved this film for it's structure, story telling, cinematography and, of course, the personality of Mr. Rivas. "The Mustached American of the Year" starring Troy Rivas is an official selection of the Oregon Documentary Film Festival 2017.
“... keep an open mind about how you envision the final product. Stories evolve as you dive into them.” Anna & Peter
We had an opportunity to catch up with Directors Anna Yeager and Peter Subaiya for an interview. There is an interesting back story to "The Mustached American of the Year."
Anna Yeager studied film and video production at Columbia College Chicago. More than a decade of producing videos for a variety of clients and organizations taught her that her true love is producing meaningful stories for non-profits. Her passion is creating compelling video of the highest quality for mission-driven organizations of modest means. She has created videos for non-profits across the country including the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, the Rendville Art Works, the International Folk Art Alliance, and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Her work has been featured on Huffington Post, Upworthy and Good Morning America.
On April 14th, 2009, Noah Schultz was arrested for attempted murder in Portland, Oregon. This is the story of his transformation. During his seven years of incarceration, Noah took advantage of every program, workshop and educational service provided. He pushed himself not only to be better, but to challenge our perceptions of what it means to be an inmate
From gang member and drug dealer, to college grad, author, and TEDx speaker, Noah's determination and spirit have launched him to success. Since his release in October of 2016, he continues to advocate for programs in youth correctional facilities, and has inspired countless other inmates to follow similar paths. Noah hopes to achieve reform not only in our prison systems but also in our nation's widespread views of how we perceive inmates and ex-cons. Noah's story is unique, but it doesn't have to be.
An incredible inspirational feature film about the survivors of traumatic brain injuries. Director David Brown takes the viewer through the process of recovery for the survivors and their families. The film is a favorite of the judges for it's detailed editing, music and diversity in each one of the four stories.
'Going the Distance: Journeys of Recovery' is a hour-long character-driven documentary exploring the dramatic but little understood phenomenon of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Called 'the Silent Epidemic,' TBI impacts 2.5 million Americans and costs American society $60 billion every year. 'Going the Distance' focuses an intimate lens on the daunting, inspiring journeys of four TBI survivors and the people who love and care for them. The film’s profiles in courage include: Jason Poole, an African-American Iraq War vet nearly killed by a roadside bomb; Kristen Collins, a nurse who was badly injured in a motorcycle accident; Jay Waller, a Yale graduate who was the victim of a savage road-rage beating; and Ian McFarland, a six-year-old who survived the auto accident that made him an orphan.
For Jason, Jay, Kristen and Ian, 'Going the Distance' involves both acceptance of an impaired new self as well as learning to adapt to the changed person they have become. Although the individual stories and circumstances are unique, the dilemmas they face are universal and profoundly human, impacting that part of ourselves, the brain, that informs who we are and governs our personality, thoughts, feelings and perceptions. An injury to the brain is an injury to the essential self, which is why Kristen explains that she and all TBI survivors “have to reinvent who they are.” Interweaving cinema vérité scenes, interviews, home movies and stock news footage, 'Going the Distance' explores the physical, emotional and economic challenges of traumatic brain injury and disability for these survivors as they reinvent themselves.
The documentary also explores the parallel journeys of family members and friends whose lives are dramatically altered by TBI: most are totally unprepared to deal with a TBI survivor, and “caregiver burnout” is a huge and unacknowledged problem. The film features interviews with the characters’ professional caregivers, including physicians, psychologists and therapists, who provide enough scientific, medical and policy information to orient the viewer without resorting to abstract terminology or overwhelming the film with data.
Framing its individual stories within the broader social context of an embattled health care system and a nation coping the costs of the War on Terror, 'Going the Distance' paints a complex and compelling portrait of TBI survivors, their loved ones and communities. In spite of undeniable and enduring hardship, including life-long cognitive and emotional challenges, each protagonist has an inspiring recovery arc in which he or she regains a significant measure of his or her pre-injury dream and envisions a new life path. Their heroic efforts model the universal struggle to shape our destinies, and, in their example, we may find a reflection of our best selves.
Called 'the Silent Epidemic,' TBI impacts 2.5 million Americans and costs American society $60 billion every year.
We had an opportunity to catch up with director David Brown for a short interview about the "Going the Distance: Journeys of Recovery" film's back story.
Director Rob Maloof's film is a powerful display of cinematography and captures the sport of boxing at a level that HBO should be envious of. The images of the boxers training are stunning and the story of each of these young men is powerful. You can literally feel their energy and love for the sport.
"amateur experiences, turning “pro”, and what makes a fighter marketable."
This ongoing project has developing stories concerning the laser-focus determination of fighters, in the face of constant assaults on the mind and body. This film follows the progress of two professional fighters (Kevin Cobbs & David Benavidez) and one amateur fighter (Shane Jordan). The fighters, their trainers, promoters, and industry experts comment on: amateur experiences, turning “pro”, and what makes a fighter marketable. At the time of filming, Cobbs and Benavidez were scheduled to fight at a nationally televised event in Los Angeles.
Director Rob Maloof has been active in the creative industry since 2005, when he worked primarily as an audio engineer. His career in audio included producing & recording local bands, as well as developing skills in electronics bench work & acoustics testing/design. Always a long-time fan of photography, an afternoon camera lesson from a childhood friend was the start of his evolution into visual arts. The next logical progression from the audio/photo workflow was motion picture, and has become the focus of his practice at Gauntlet Films.