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I would like to say 'thank you' to all of the attendees, filmmakers and supporters of the very first Oregon Documentary Film Festival and write a brief festival recap. Fifteen short and feature length documentary films from all over the world were screened at this two-day event. With over two hundred and fifty total ticket purchases and attendees combined, the event was more successful than we ever dreamed, in our first year.
We kicked things off on Veterans Day, Friday November 10th, 2017 and screened 'Stu Steinberg,' a film about US Military Veterans with a call-to-action to offer better and more efficient medical support for those that have served in combat. Director Clay Kempf's film was voted "Best Feature Film" by the judges and Stu Steinberg himself was on hand for the screening with several veterans from the film.
As one of five children, Sabrina Linville learned the power of collaboration and communication at a young age. Her enthusiasm for human interest stories led her to purse a BFA in Film and Television Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). As a producer and director, Sabrina has had the privilege of working with a variety of artistic talents from her student documentaries' inception to final cut. Her favorite motto "team work makes the dream work" derives from these beautiful learning experiences.
Zach Putnam is a concerned citizen who decided to research an environmental pollution problem in Oregon and expose the truth to the world.
We had an opportunity to catch up with Director Zach Putnam for an in-depth look behind the scenes at this film.
"When Zach Putnam saw a news article that suggested he was living in a hotspot of lead pollution, he took action."
A touching story about Nina and Lisa and how their relationship continues to grow after Lisa is diagnosed with autism. Director Nina Vallado gives the viewer an inside look at the struggles and rewards of dealing with this medical condition. The Oregon Documentary Film Festival judges were inspired by this story and appreciate Nina's ability to give the viewer a first person experience with this beautiful family.
"Sisterhood is a different matter, and adding autism into the mix, only complicates the matter more." Nina Vallado
We had an opportunity to catch up with director Nina Vallado for a short interview about the "Sisterly" film's back story.
The relationship between siblings is difficult to define. A relationship between parent and child, or between friends, is easily understood and carries certain expectations. Sisterhood is a different matter, and adding autism into the mix, only complicates the matter more. My film is about the complexities of a sisterhood without communication. My sister Lisa is diagnosed with autism, and for the first 16 years of her life she did not communicate. After learning rapid-prompt method, a communication method using a stencil board, her life changed. While Lisa’s life was beginning anew, my life remained almost unchanged. Two people living under the same roof, sharing the same family, sharing similar experiences, yet, living almost opposite lives. The world of autism is one that isolates and builds unwanted walls between neurotypicals and those on the autism spectrum. Misunderstanding and broken communication have been the bricks that separated my sister and me. I have faced these walls for years , but rarely tried to climb over them, or tear them down. In the four years of my thesis production, I have learned more about my sister than I have my entire life. My camera allowed me to focus more clearly on her struggles, her pain, her story. Throughout the production of this film, I have questioned my role in her life as her older sister. In my film, I intertwine the search for connection with my sister with her personal search for independence. My film is a pursuit for a meaningful relationship within the world of autism. The story builds as we learn to communicate. The more we learn about one another, the more we tear down the walls that separate us. The film is not meant to resolve all of our problems, but to come to terms with the sisterhood that we are creating for ourselves.
Nina Vallado was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and moved to the United States of America at the age of six. She received her BFA in Documentary Film from Andrews University. Nina’s passion for social justice and equality is stemmed from her experiences as an immigrant and her close relationship with autism. Nina strives to tell stories that can evoke empathy and connection between human beings. She strongly believes that storytelling is the world’s greatest tool for change. Nina has worked on short documentary projects that have won awards, such as "Then Came Sandy" and "Papi". Her senior project, "Sisterly," for her undergraduate studies, focuses on her complex relationship with her sister with autism. "Sisterly" is a student film produced over the course of four years and has involved artists and professionals from Brazil, United States of America, Portugal and Iceland.
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.
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.