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Alumni News – Greta Gerwig

To celebrate our 15th Anniversary, BendFilm is reaching deep into the archives to catch up on the latest news and achievements of the many talented filmmakers who shared their earliest work with our community.

BendFilm is proud to have supported these one-time emerging artists and is happy to witness their subsequent success!

This list will be updated monthly and members will receive exclusive links to the award-winning work they screened at our festival.


Greta Gerwig
Actress, Hannah Takes the Stairs | 2007 BendFilm Centerpiece Film

Where Are They Now?
Today we are celebrating Greta Gerwig, the star of several recent

Noah Bumbach films and, of course, director of the 99% Tomatometer-approved Oscar-nominated film Lady Bird. You all first met Greta as the title character in Joe Swanberg’s breakout film, Hannah Takes the Stairs–the centerpiece film of the 2007 BendFilm Festival. This film ushered in a new genre of DIY filmmaking and features other now prominent figures in the independent film scene, Actor, Director, Producer Mark Duplass (Room 104The League), Andrew Bujalski(2018’s SXSW hit Support the Girls). Swanberg has directed almost 20 feature length films (he’s 37 years old, btw) including 2013’s Drinking Buddies and Netflix’ Easy.

After this film, Greta became somewhat of an “indie darling,” starring in multiple indie features including the Duplass Brothers’ Baghead and Joe Swanberg’s Nights and Weekends–which both premiered at SXSW in 2008–before landing roles in films by bigger-budget auteurs, like Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg and Francis Ha, Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress, Todd Solondz’ Weiner Dog and Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women.
As she played these memorable characters, she always wanted to tell the story of a young woman much like herself. She spent 10 years planning Lady Bird and finally made the decision to just go for it. The rest, as they say, is history.
As we celebrate the achievements of women everywhere for Bend Women’s March, we at BendFilm salute the bravery, tenacity and true independent spirit of Greta Gerwig. Lady Bird is her first solo-directed film and we can’t wait to see what’s next in what will be a long and successful career.
Hannah Takes the Stairs Trailer
Hannah Takes the Stairs Full Film

Support Women’s March…FINDING KUKAN

Join us for a night of great film and conversation with Robin Lung about FINDING KUKAN, her discovery of the pioneer Chinese- American filmmaker Li Ling-Ai, and where the film industry is headed.

Filmmaker Robin Lung investigates the case of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of KUKAN (1942), a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to American audiences. KUKAN has the rare honor of being the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award.  It is also the only award-winning film that is mysteriously missing from the Academy’s archives.

After finding a badly damaged print of KUKAN, Lung pieces together an inspirational portrait of a female filmmaking pioneer that sheds light on the long history of racial and gender discrimination off-screen, which continues to reverberate in Hollywood today.

Robin Lung will attend the screening to answer questions and share behind-the-scenes moments from the making of her film. Doors open at 5 pm.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/188201391

TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE

In Cased You Missed It…LIYANA

“In Case You Missed It…”  BendFilm will present LIYANA, the winner of both the Jury’s Best of Show and the Audience Award from last year’s festival.  In this genre-defying masterpiece,  five orphaned children in Swaziland collaborate to tell a deeply moving story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character’s journey to rescue her young twin brothers is interwoven with painterly animation and documentary settings to create a spirited testament to the power of creativity. Doors open at 4:30 pm. TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE.

BendFilm and COCC Present…JAMES BEARD: AMERICA’S FIRST FOODIE

FILM FOOD FUSION!

On Monday, February 5th, BendFilm and Central Oregon Community College’s Culinary Institute will partner to screen JAMES BEARD: AMERICA’S FIRST FOODIE.   The Culinary Institute will serve James Beard-inspired hors d’oeuvres at a pre-screening reception at COCC’s Elevation Restaurant from 4:00-5:30pm, followed by the film at McMenamins Old St. Francis School at 6:00pm. A Q&A with Director Elizabeth Federici and Culinary Institute Chef Instructor Thor Erickson will follow the screening.

Join us for a celebration — with food and film — of James Beard, the eccentric and brilliant Oregon native who recognized the importance of locally sourced food long before that concept was part of our culinary consciousness.  He also simply loved to eat and shared his passion by hosting the first television cooking show (1946), writing 22 cookbooks and countless magazine articles, and running an acclaimed cooking school in his townhouse in New York City.

Culinary Reception: Elevation Restaurant  at COCC | 4-5:30 pm

Film: McMenamins Old St. Francis School Theater | 6 pm (doors at 5 pm)  **Seats will be reserved for ticket holders attending the reception.

Tickets: http://www.bendticket.com/events/51050377/bend-film-and-cocc-present-james-beard-america-s-first-foodie

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/213279785

In Case You Missed It | Big Sonia

“In Case You Missed It…”, a staple of BendFilm’s Year-Round Programming, is presenting Award Winning documentary BIG SONIA. An astonishing story of a 91-yr-old seamstress who is determined to share the horrific experiences of her internment in concentration camps in order to inspire compassion in her community. Her spirit is indomitable as she commutes daily to her tailor’s shop wearing bright red lipstick in a leopard print lined car. This is a Holocaust survivor film unlike any you’ve seen, told with love by a filmmaker who does not hesitate to include the quirky and humorous sides of her grandmother. The film has been a hit around the country and gets an Audience Score of 99% on the Tomato Meter.

Event Details

Where:  McMenamins Old St. Francis School

When: Monday, January 11th @5:30 pm (doors open 4:30 pm)

Tickets: $12 general admission.  Available online.

Trailer:  Big Sonia

 

BendFilm Announces Short and Feature Film Awards for the 2017 BendFilm Festival

 

14 Films Received Awards including Liyana which won $5,000 for Best of Show and also won the Audience Award

 

Bend, Oregon –  BendFilm announced today the 14 films and filmmakers awarded the jury-recognized and the audience-voted prizes at the 2017 BendFilm Festival. Awards were selected by a jury of industry professionals as well as the 8,000 attendees of the BendFilm Festival.

 

Todd Looby, Director of BendFilm said, “I want to thank everyone who came to contribute to the creative culture of the 14th annual BendFilm Festival. The filmmakers, jurors, panelists, bands, volunteers, technical producers and of course the audiences, everyone added a special mark to an incredible event. I know the conversations sparked by these films will live on well past these 4 days.”

 

Erik Jambor, Festival Programmer for BendFilm said, “This year’s Festival was one of BendFilm’s funniest, deepest, most adventurous and most heartfelt programs to date. Though the awards could only go to a few, we are honored to have been able to screen and share all 105 with the our festival audience. Through dialogue and sharing stories together we strengthen our sense of community locally and around the world.”

 

Jurors for the Festival include: Danielle DiGiacomo, Vice President of Acquisitions at The Orchard; Don Lewis, Editor of Hammer to Nail, Erin Maddox, producer (Neptune) and festival programmer; Peter Gilbert, producer/cinematographer (Hoop Dreams, Prefontaine); Ian McCluskey, director (Voyagers without Trace); Amy Nicholson, director (Muskrat Lovely); Selin Sevinc, scriptwriter (MagicOfStory.com); Ted Speaker, producer (Humpday); and Paul Sturtz, Co-Founder/Co-Director of the True/False Festival.

 

The 2017 BendFilm Festival Jury Award recipients are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of Show ($5,000) – (Presented by Brooks Resources since 2004)

 

Liyana – directed by Amanda Kopp and Aaron Kopp
Five orphaned children in Swaziland collaborate to tell a breath-takingly beautiful story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character’s journey to rescue her young twin brothers is interwoven with poetic and observational documentary scenes to create a genre-defying celebration of collective storytelling.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Director ($500) – (Made possible by Independent WOMEN for Independent Film)

Bomb City – directed by Jamie Brooks

Based on the true story of Brian Deneke, Bomb City is an intense and illuminating crime-drama about the cultural aversion of teenage punks and artists in a conservative Texas town. Their ongoing battle with a rival, more-affluent group of jocks leads to a controversial hate crime that questions the morality of American justice–especially relevant today.

Remark from the Jury:

“While it could have easily won in several categories – with gorgeous cinematography, amazing pacing and wonderful casting – all roads lead to its Director.”


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Cinematography

Relationtrip – directed by Renée Felice Smith and C.A. Gabriel

At an age when everyone around them is settling down and finding love, Beck and Liam are self-proclaimed loners. After bonding over their mutual disinterest in relationships, they decide to go away together on a ‘friend’ trip. And that’s when things get weird. Really, surreally weird.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Narrative Feature ($1,000) – (Made Possible by Jay and Sheila Luber)

Mr. Roosevelt – directed by Noël Wells

After an auspicious death in her family, struggling LA-based comedian Emily Martin (Noel Wells, Master of None and SNL) returns to Austin. There she finds herself in the awkward position of staying with her ex and his new girlfriend until the funeral while trying to close old doors from her past.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Documentary Feature ($1,000) – (Made Possible by JL Ward Co. and Business for BendFilm)

Forever ‘B’ – directed by Skye Borgman

In 1974, in the quiet town of Pocatello, Idaho, 12-year-old Jan Broberg was kidnapped by her family’s best friend and neighbor. 18 months later, out on bail and awaiting trial for kidnapping, Robert Berchtold abducted Jan a second time, triggering a nationwide FBI manhunt.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Documentary Jury Award for Most Lovable Character

Big Sonia – Directed by Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday

When Sonia Warshawski (90) is served an eviction noticefor her iconic tailor shop (in a dead Seattle mall), she’s confronted with an agonizing decision: either open up a new shop or retire. For a woman who admits she stays busy “to keep the dark parts away,” facing retirement dredges up fears she’d long forgot she had, and her horrific past resurfaces.


Special Short Film Jury Award

A Shepherd – directed by Vern Moen

A young shepherd in Oregon’s Willamette Valley struggles with the life and death circle of his ancient job in a modern era.

Remarks from the Jury:

“For its ability to reveal the hardships and beauty of a way of life through a meaningful and heartfelt portrait, we would like to present a Special Jury Award to A Shepherd by Vern Moen.”


Special Short Film Jury Award

Homegrown – directed by Quentin Hamberham

Francis learns that what is right for himself may not be best for his son.

 

 

 


Special Short Film Jury Award

Mixtape Marauders – directed by Peter Edlund

Two young burnouts live in a world of mindless day jobs, petty drug deals, and wildly unconventional musical tastes.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Student Short ($500) – (Made possible since 2005 by Dan Wieden and Priscilla Bernard Wieden on behalf of Caldera Arts)

How Far She Went – directed by Ugla Hauksdóttir

Adapted from the Flannery O’Connor Award-winning short story by Mary Hood, How Far She Went takes an unflinching look at family, personal sacrifice, and the lengths we will go for those we love.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Documentary Short ($500) – (Made possible by Independent WOMEN for Independent Film)

The Last Honey Hunter – directed by Ben Knight
Maule Dhan Rai is the last man in the remote Nepal village of Saadi who has been visited in a dream by a spirit called Rongkemi. If no one else in the village has the dream, a generations-old tradition may die.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Animated Short ($500) – (Made possible by Independent WOMEN for Independent Film)

Pittari – directed by Patrick Smith
A horned creature’s destructive rampage is halted by a stubborn adversary.

Remarks from the Jury:

“For its creatively rich depiction of a unique character, the Best Animated Short Film award goes to Pittari by Patrick Smith.”


 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Narrative Short ($500) – (Made possible by Independent WOMEN for Independent Film)

Emergency – directed by Carey Williams

Faced with an emergency, a group of young Black and Latino friends carefully weigh the pros and cons of calling the police.

Remarks from the Jury:

“For its ability to portray a powerful conflict through a tense, comic and cinematically flawless narrative, the Best Narrative Short Film award goes to Emergency directed by Carey Williams.”


 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of the Northwest Short ($500) – (Made possible by Business for BendFilm)

Running Eagle – directed by Konrad Tho Fiedler
An American Indian girl escapes from captivity in the oil fields of North Dakota and hitchhikes back to her home in Blackfeet country, Montana.


 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2017 BendFilm Katie Merritt Audience Award winner is:

Liyana – directed by Amanda Kopp and Aaron Kopp
Five orphaned children in Swaziland collaborate to tell a breath-takingly beautiful story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character’s journey to rescue her young twin brothers is interwoven with poetic and observational documentary scenes to create a genre-defying celebration of collective storytelling.

 

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The Bend Film Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund, Oregon Arts Commission, the Roundhouse Foundation, and the Oregon Cultural Trust

 

About BendFilm:
BendFilm hosts an annual independent film festival as well as year-round film exhibitions and programs. The organization is designed to support and nourish filmmakers and enrich the cultural life of Central Oregon while also providing an economic benefit to the region. Celebrating its 14th year, BendFilm is proud to bring diverse voices and visions to the Bend community. The BendFilm Festival runs every October in downtown Bend, Oregon, at The Oxford, McMenamins – Old St. Francis, Regal Cinemas, Tin Pan Theater, The Volcanic Theater, The Old Stone Performing Arts Center and the historic Tower Theatre. Make plans now to attend October 12-15, 2017, for four days of inspiring independent cinema, panels and parties, in beautiful Bend, a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, beer lovers and stunning natural scenery. BendFilm is made possible by a dedicated crew of volunteers and generous sponsors. For more information, call (541) 388-3378 or visit www.bendfilm.org. Connect with BendFilm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Virtual Reality Lounge at the 2017 BendFilm Festival

 

  • With the Programming Power of Impossible Engine, BendFilm Brings Audiences the Future (and Present) of Storytelling
  • Lounge is FREE and Open to Anyone on Friday Oct. 13 and Saturday Oct. 14 from Noon – 4 PM

Bend, Oregon –  BendFilm announced today the first round of virtual reality projects that will be offered during the 2017 BendFilm Festival. Audiences can experience life as a 3-Michelin-Starred chef, explore Oregon’s Volcanic wonders, see a 19th-century Oregon mining town and so much more.  There will be a few program additions for audiences to discover when the VR lounge opens on Friday.

 

The BendFilm Virtual Reality Lounge is located at the Impossible Engine office (15 NW Franklin Avenue) and is free for anyone to experience. The hours of operation are Friday October 13th and Saturday October 14th from Noon – 4:00 PM.

 

Todd Looby, Director of BendFilm, said, “Storytelling is at the heart of how we process current events and imagine possible futures. With virtual reality we are allowing audiences to experience a new and exciting form of storytelling that just might stretch your imagination.”


Scott Oliphant, Owner and Creative Director of Impossible Engine said, “Our lineup of videos reflects a broad swath of what’s new in Virtual Reality today. From live action to animated, interactive to experiential, these videos showcase some of the greatest strengths and most exciting features offered by a new, groundbreaking technology. VR puts viewers inside the story for an immersive and intimate experience unmatched by traditional media. The connections are deeper, the experiences more impactful, as viewers live each story as it unfolds.”

 

The 2017 BendFilm Festival Virtual Reality Line Up:

BeefeaterXO

Directed by Future Light House

BeefeaterXO is an interactive experience inside the creative mind of the 3-Michelin-starred chef DABIZ MUÑOZ, where we’ll travel through 4 different cities in order to find the secrets behind the most avant-garde cocktails ever made.


Deschutes Black Butte Porter

Directed by Impossible Engine

Part of a VR film series for Deschutes Brewery here in Bend, join the team on a hike to the top of Black Butte in celebration of one of their most popular beers, Black Butte Porter. Stunning views from the summit will make you feel like you’re there.


In The Pines

Directed by Impossible Engine

An in-house animated VR production from Impossible Engine — meet Louise, a little girl in a 19th-century Oregon mining town. Things get a bit spooky after she starts drawing some strange pictures.


MAGRITTE VR   

Directed by Studio BDH
Magritte VR is an official celebration of the life of one of the world’s greatest artists, René Magritte. Made to mark a half-century since his death, Magritte VR is the centerpiece of the Magritte Experience in the glamorous Belgian beach resort of Knokke-Heist.This breath-taking 360° virtual reality production is a shared experience for a large audience. 50 headsets are triggered simultaneously, using 3D binaural sound, adding another dimension. The VR film is presented in a giant bowler hat in a specially constructed VR cinema on the beach.


Melita

Directed by Future Light House

Melita is a human journey to find a new home, but also an inner journey to find out what does it mean to be human. In 2026, the world is collapsing due to climate change. Anaaya, an Inuit brilliant female scientist, is appointed to find a planet that humans can inhabit.

Melita, an advanced AI, is sent to help her on the task. Together, they will embark on a journey against time and preconceptions to save humanity from extinction.


Ray

Directed by Future Light House

Ray is modern fairytale about Lucy, a young girl with mighty dreams, and a nosy beam of light called Ray who comes to play with her. One night, Lucy wakes up to a strange light creature called Ray. While trying to understand each other through a whimsical dance of light, they find themselves trapped in a dilemma of trust.  Should she keep Ray forever?  


Snatch VR

Directed by Future Light House

Inspired by a real life heist in London, Crackle’s new series “Snatch” centers on a group of twenty-something, up-and-coming hustlers who are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime.

Be part of the great diamond heist with Charlie (Rupert Grint), Albert (Luke Pasqualino), Billy (Lucien Laviscount) and Lotti (Phoebe Dynevor) while they attempt to crack the safe before Sonny’s goons arrive.   



Volcanic Monument Series

Directed by Impossible Engine

Experience the Newberry National Volcanic Monument as part of this ongoing VR series for the U.S. Forest Service. Stand inside a lava tube at Lava River Cave, explore Paulina Falls and the many other volcanic wonders of this amazing park.


Wonderful You VR

Directed by Studio BDH                                                                                                   

An interactive virtual reality experience inside the womb, voiced by the brilliant Samantha Morton (Academy Award nominee). Made for Oculus Rift and Gear VR and will be on their app stores in September. Users are immersed inside the womb, journeying through stories about the development of the senses; touch, taste, smell, sound and sight. You can interact with a realistic 35 week old foetus, getting reactions by tickle its feet, playing sounds in the womb and release smells into the amniotic fluid. At 35 weeks you can smell what your mother can smell, taste what your mother tastes and develop an individual like for music.   

 

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The Bend Film Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund, Oregon Arts Commission, the Roundhouse Foundation, and the Oregon Cultural Trust

About BendFilm:
BendFilm hosts an annual independent film festival as well as year-round film exhibitions and programs. The organization is designed to support and nourish filmmakers and enrich the cultural life of Central Oregon while also providing an economic benefit to the region. Celebrating its 14th year, BendFilm is proud to bring diverse voices and visions to the Bend community. The BendFilm Festival runs every October in downtown Bend, Oregon, at The Oxford, McMenamins – Old St. Francis, Regal Cinemas, Tin Pan Theater, The Volcanic Theater, The Old Stone Performing Arts Center and the historic Tower Theatre. Make plans now to attend October 12-15, 2017, for four days of inspiring independent cinema, panels and parties, in beautiful Bend, a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, beer lovers and stunning natural scenery. BendFilm is made possible by a dedicated crew of volunteers and generous sponsors. For more information, call (541) 388-3378 or visit www.bendfilm.org. Connect with BendFilm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Impossible Engine

Talking robot? Fire-breathing monster? Virtual Reality? No problem. Since firing up our engines in 2010, our Bend and Austin-based team of writers, designers and animators have been busy creating animated, live-action and VR films for a wide range of companies — from tech giants like Dell, Motorola, and Twitter, to local craft beer icon Deschutes Brewery.

Legendary Producer and Cinematographer Peter Gilbert Selected to Lead ‘First Features’ Panel at the 2017 BendFilm Festival

  • First Features Program Established to Continue BendFilm’s Efforts To Discover and Support New Filmmaking Talent
  • Festival to Host a 20th anniversary Screening of ‘Prefontaine’ and Post-Film Discussion
Wake Forest documentary film professor Peter Gilbert in Carswell Hall on Friday, November 4, 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bend, OR – BendFilm announced today that producer and cinematographer Peter Gilbert (Hoop Dreams, Prefontaine) will moderate the second annual First Features panel on Saturday October 14, designed to pair an established filmmaker with emerging talent breaking into the business. Moderated by Peter Gilbert (Hoop Dreams, Prefontaine), panelists include first-time featured directors Jamie Brooks (Bomb City), Kate Brooks (The Last Animals), Josh Crockett (Dr. Brink & Dr. Brinks), and Jen Heck (The Promised Band). Gilbert will cover issues specific to his filmmaking journey as well as industry-wide issues emerging filmmakers may face today.  To complement the highly anticipated panel, BendFilm Festival organizers will also host a 20th anniversary screening of Prefontaine and a post film discussion.

 

Todd Looby, Executive Director of BendFilm, said, “Hoop Dreams made an indelible mark on the independent film community and we are honored to hear from Peter Gilbert about his journey from producing his first film to his highly anticipated narrative Prefontaine. The accompanying panel is not just for filmmakers, it will also be an illuminating conversation for any film lover who wants to make a film, but doesn’t know where to start.”

 

Peter Gilbert and Steve James rocketed to acclaim with the Sundance premiere of a genre-defining documentary, Hoop Dreams in 1994. In 1996, they were presented with an opportunity to make another sports-centric film. This time in the narrative world. They jumped at the chance, but knew it was a big gamble. The film they rolled the dice on was Prefontaine (1997) which cast Jared Leto in his first major feature film lead role as Oregon’s favorite running son, Steve Prefontaine. Upon its release, the film received a big “Two Thumbs Up” endorsement from Siskel and Ebert and enjoyed widespread critical recognition. The only hiccup was that there was another Steve Prefontaine film, Without Limits, scheduled to be released at virtually the same time. That film was helmed by Chinatown scribe Robert Towne and starred Billy Crudup–whose career was fast on the rise. 20 years later, both Duck fans and cinephiles alike still argue about which film is better. Peter will settle this argument at the Prefontaine screening.

 

About the ‘First Features’ Panel:

First Features, Then What?
Saturday, October 14, 2017 12:45 PM
McMenamins

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Taking that big leap into the great unknown world of feature filmmaking is an incredibly difficult step. Even some our most cherished directors often failed miserably in their first attempt. The filmmakers on this panel somehow got it right in their first try. Join us to hear how these filmmakers assembled the courage and resources to make their first features and their plans for making a career in film.

Moderated by: Peter Gilbert (Hoop Dreams, Prefontaine); panelists include: Jamie Brooks (Bomb City), Kate Brooks (The Last Animals), Josh Crockett (Dr. Brink & Dr. Brinks), and Jen Heck (The Promised Band)

 

Screening of Prefontaine at 2:45 PM, Sat. 10/14 @ The Tower:

Directed by Steve James
Produced by Peter Gilbert
Starring: Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey, Ed O’Neill, Lindsay Crouse, and Laurel Holloman
106 min. | 1997
$11 in advance / $10 at the door

Prefontaine opens in the 1960s, with Steve (Jared Leto) as a kid whose short stature and “bad hand-eye coordination’’ make him the most hapless player on the football team. Determined to be good at something, he turns to track and uses sheer determination to win. Soon he’s being scouted by the legendary Oregon coach Bill Bowerman (R. Lee Ermey), who manufactures track shoes in his garage, using his wife’s waffle iron to mold the rubber treads. Bowerman goes on to co-found Nike, and Pre goes on to hold almost every American record at the longer distances. – Roger Ebert.

 

About BendFilm’s First Features program:
The BendFilm Festival discovers and supports new filmmaking talent. BendFilm programs several feature films each year by first-time filmmakers who display mature and original filmmaking technique and ability. These filmmakers are navigating a very crowded field of new and experienced filmmakers. They now have a much harder time establishing filmmaking careers in comparison to the celebrated independent filmmakers who came to prominence before the digital age. BendFilm brings in established independent filmmakers to share their experience to help mentor emerging filmmakers breaking into the industry.  The inaugural event brought in iconic filmmakers Maggie Renzi and John Sayles.

 

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The Bend Film Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund, Oregon Arts Commission, the Roundhouse Foundation, and the Oregon Cultural Trust

About BendFilm:
BendFilm hosts an annual independent film festival as well as year-round film exhibitions and programs. The organization is designed to support and nourish filmmakers and enrich the cultural life of Central Oregon while also providing an economic benefit to the region. Celebrating its 14th year, BendFilm is proud to bring diverse voices and visions to the Bend community. The BendFilm Festival runs every October in downtown Bend, Oregon, at The Oxford, McMenamins – Old St. Francis, Regal Cinemas, Tin Pan Theater, The Volcanic Theater, The Old Stone Performing Arts Center and the historic Tower Theatre. Make plans now to attend October 12-15, 2017, for four days of inspiring independent cinema, panels and parties, in beautiful Bend, a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, beer lovers and stunning natural scenery. BendFilm is made possible by a dedicated crew of volunteers and generous sponsors. For more information, call (541) 388-3378 or visit www.bendfilm.org. Connect with BendFilm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Save your stubs! Discounts in Downtown Bend

 

Bend, Oregon is known for many things like beer, outdoor adventure, culture, good food, beer and more. Did we say beer?  But one of the best surprises Bend offers is just how friendly the town is to locals and visitors alike.  Let us show you just how awesome our downtown businesses are with a few handy discounts you can take advantage of with a BendFilm ticket or pass from October 12 – 15.  We will add more in the coming week.  Happy browsing:

 

Outside In (845 NW Wall St.):

Kick off you’re Bend Film experience with a complimentary Happy Hour at Outside In from 4:30-6 on Thursday, October 12th. Come browse the store and enjoy a complimentary beer or wine before the opening night film starts! (exclusively for BendFilm ticket holders)


Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe (135 NW Minnesota Ave):

Flash your pass or ticket stub and get:

$1 off all espresso drinks

10% off all books


Oregon Bath and Body (1019 NW Wall St):

Show your ticket stuff or pass and get:

10% off purchases of anything in the store!


Jeffrey Murray Photography (118 NW Minnesota Ave.)

Offering 10% off select items during BendFilm Festival weekend.

BendFilm Announces Jurors for the 2017 BendFilm Festival

Nine Artists, Journalists and Industry Executives Were Summoned For Jury Duty To Give Out $10,500 in Prizes Throughout the BendFilm Festival

 

Bend, Oregon –  BendFilm announced today the nine members of the 2017 jury who will award $10,500 in cash, including $5,000 cash for “Best of Show.” In addition to awarding prizes, many jurors will also share their knowledge during panels and moderate post screening discussions with filmmakers.  BendFilm is thrilled to welcome back several jury members for a second year or usher in familiar faces who have screened in the Festival to now stay involved in a new way.

 

The 14th Annual BendFilm Festival will take place October 12-15 and tickets are on sale now.  In competition for this year’s cash prizes are 10 Narrative Features, 10 Documentary Features and 68 Shorts. For a full lineup of films and jury bios visit: bendfilm.org.

 

Narrative Features Jury

Danielle DiGiacomo is VP of Acquisitions at The Orchard, overseeing the acquisition of independent films for distribution across cinemas and digital platforms worldwide. Some of her acquisitions include 2015 Oscar-nominee Cartel Land and Sundance 2017 Grand Jury winner Dina.  She is responsible for the company’s pre-buys / financing of films, such as the upcoming documentary 11/8/16 and the comedy Under the Eiffel Tower, and oversees the acquisition of 5 to 6 non-theatrical films a month.

Don Lewis is the Editor of Hammer to Nail and was previously Managing Editor at Film Threat. His short documentary films Stringers and Drag King have played numerous film festivals, as has his documentary feature on the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, Worst in Show. Don lives in Northern California where he holds a Masters Degree in Cinema Studies from San Francisco State.

Erin Maddox earned her first feature film credit as a producer on Neptune (BendFilm 2016), and puts her passion for film to work as a programmer for a number of film festivals. By day Erin is an Independent Producer based in the mid-west.  By night, she loves bowling & travel; after BendFilm, you’ll find her aboard the Empire Builder enjoying 50 glorious hours across the northern US.

 

Documentary Features Jury

Wake Forest documentary film professor Peter Gilbert in Carswell Hall on Friday, November 4, 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Gilbert is a director, producer and cinematographer best known as one of the filmmakers of the groundbreaking documentary Hoop Dreams. Other notable works include: Brother Number One, and At the Death House Door and Prefontaine. Recently, Peter has produced films by acclaimed indie filmmakers Joe Swanberg, Alex Ross Perry and Zach Clark while also being a Professor of Practice at Wake Forest’s Documentary Film Program. This is his second year on the BendFilm jury.

Ian McCluskey is a documentary filmmaker and four-time Bendfilm Festival alum, most recently with Voyagers without Trace (BendFilm 2016). Currently, Ian travels to remote areas of Oregon to gather stories for Oregon Public Broadcasting. Before that, he founded and ran NW Documentary, an arts non-profit in Portland that teaches others to craft their own stories. His work, which also includes the documentary feature Eloquent Nude (BendFilm 2007), has appeared in international film festivals, art centers, and museums.

Amy Nicholson is a filmmaker and commercial director. Her documentaries, including Muskrat Lovely, Zipper, and Pickle (BendFilm 2016), have garnered many awards. Amy has been lucky enough to be broadcast on PBS multiple times and somehow managed to wrangle several theatrical runs. She counts dog groomers, muskrat skinners, and grizzled carnies as some of her closest friends. Amy is currently working on a short film about garden statuary and a longer project featuring the denizens of a waterfront trailer park.

 

Short Film Jury

Selin Sevinc is a screenwriter and script consultant at her own magicofstory.com. A member of The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) and a Berlinale Talents Screenwriters alumna since 2009, she participated in international film festivals (including Cannes and Berlin) as a film critic and served as a jury member at national film festivals and a nationwide screenwriting contest in Turkey. She holds two degrees in Film and TV Production, writes film articles and blogs about the craft of screenwriting.

Ted Speaker is a film producer, sometimes editor, sometimes composer. He spent his indie film salad days as an associate producer on Lynn Shelton’s Humpday and co-producer on Dusty Bias’ Prairie Love. Ted produced Alison Bagnall’s Funny Bunny and Dusty Bias’ The Great and the Small (BendFilm 2016). Last year, he produced Josh Crockett’s Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks (BendFilm 2017). Most recently, Ted co-produced Daniel Scheinert’s (Swiss Army Man) newest feature from A24 Films, currently in post-production.

Paul Sturtz co-founded the Ragtag Film Society with David Wilson in 1998, and since 2000 has worked as the head programmer at Ragtag Cinema.  With David Wilson, he co-founded the True/False Film Festival in 2004 and has served as its co-director since. His short documentary “Dear Valued Guests” premiered in 2013. Paul was selected along with David as one of 40 “visionaries that are changing the course of film” in the inaugural “Indiewire Influencers” list.

 

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The Bend Film Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund, Oregon Arts Commission, the Roundhouse Foundation, and the Oregon Cultural Trust

 

About BendFilm:
BendFilm hosts an annual independent film festival as well as year-round film exhibitions and programs. The organization is designed to support and nourish filmmakers and enrich the cultural life of Central Oregon while also providing an economic benefit to the region. Celebrating its 14th year, BendFilm is proud to bring diverse voices and visions to the Bend community. The BendFilm Festival runs every October in downtown Bend, Oregon, at The Oxford, McMenamins – Old St. Francis, Regal Cinemas, Tin Pan Theater, The Volcanic Theater, The Old Stone Performing Arts Center and the historic Tower Theatre. Make plans now to attend October 12-15, 2017, for four days of inspiring independent cinema, panels and parties, in beautiful Bend, a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, beer lovers and stunning natural scenery. BendFilm is made possible by a dedicated crew of volunteers and generous sponsors. For more information, call (541) 388-3378 or visit www.bendfilm.org. Connect with BendFilm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.