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BendFilm Announces Features for 16th Annual Festival

Narrative, Documentary, Outdoor/Environmental & Indigenous Feature Films In Competition


BendFilm announced today the feature films selected to screen in competition at the 2019 BendFilm Festival running October 10 – 13, 2019 at iconic locations around Bend including the historic Tower Theatre, Tin Pan Theater, McMenamins – Old St. Francis, and the Regal at the Old Mill District. The 2019 BendFilm Festival will present 45 feature films and award over $10,500 in prizes directly to independent filmmakers.

BendFilm was recently designated one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals In The World” by leading film trade MovieMaker Magazine. The festival takes place in the scenic town of Bend, Oregon which is regularly included in the Best Towns roundup for Outside Magazine. Continue reading “BendFilm Announces Features for 16th Annual Festival”

Sponsor Spotlight: Celebrating Brooks Resources

Our Founding Sponsor, Brooks Resources is celebrating their 50th Anniversary. Not only has Brooks Resources physically developed the town, but they have also helped to shape our culture and took a leading role in founding BendFilm in 2003.


With roots in the booming timber history of the last century, Brooks Resources knows that sometimes, things are worth waiting for. Although it doesn’t take quite as long as a Ponderosa Pine to grow to maturity, building a true community isn’t quick or easy. But when done right, something magical happens. And everyone wants to be a part of it.

Fifty years is really significant when compared to the rings of a mature tree. However, since its inception in 1969, Brooks Resources has been a steady, guiding force in our community. While their primary business is real estate development, Brooks Resources and its visionary leaders have played an instrumental role in everything from community events and non-profit organizations to public art and city infrastructure. Continue reading “Sponsor Spotlight: Celebrating Brooks Resources”

BendFilm Honors Powerhouse Producer Christine Vachon as IndieWoman of the Year

Christine Vachon once said that she remains successful in the film industry because she and her Killer Films co-founder Pamela Koffler are “like cockroaches after a nuclear blast. We do whatever it takes.” And many directors would attest that once Christine sets her sights on a story or director, she gets flat out gets the job done even if it takes twelve years for the right elements to come together. She has been one of the most successful producers in the industry over the last three decades and is showing no signs of stopping. 

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BendFilm FREE Taco Tuesday at Tin Pan Theater

Hello Bend Businesses,
We’re sharing our excitement for all of the wonderful films and guest filmmakers like Ron Shelton (Bull Durham) and Christine Vachon (Carol) to appear at this year’s festival running OCT 10-13.
If you or someone you know owns a business here in Bend, please join us …

Ole’ ole’ come join us for Taco Tuesday! Let’s celebrate the last few days of summer with some delicious tacos and sizzling film previews at the Tin Pan.

Fiesta details: Come venture down to the Tin Pan for a fun lunch break with your colleagues and downtown community. We will be serving up tacos, showing previews and talking about fun Fall events. RSVP to tracy@bendfilm.org but walk-ins are welcome too.

NOTE: In addition to mingling, eating and previews we will talk about ways that your business can benefit from the over $1M our audience will spend at the 16th annual BendFilm Festival. If there is a person at your organization who might be interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities, discount guides and more please forward this email invitation. All employees are truly welcome to come have a good time! Hope to see you soon!

Christine Vachon Selected as IndieWoman of the Year, Will Be Celebrated at the 2019 BendFilm Festival

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August 20, 2019
Media Contact: Tracy Pfiffner
Tracy@BendFilm.org

BendFilm To Screen Four Films Vachon Launched Including First Reformed, Carol, 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Boys Don’t Cry

Bend, OR – BendFilm announced today plans to celebrate independent film producer Christine Vachon as IndieWoman of the Year during the 16th annual BendFilm Festival. BendFilm will formally recognize Vachon for her tireless work to foster diverse voices in independent film and her bold vision to champion stories that steer outside the mainstream.

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The Last Blockbuster Documentary’s Director Talks To BendFilm Festival

 

Oregon is well known for a few things, including its beautiful nature and dedicated craft brewery culture, but Bend has also become widely known for being the home to the world’s last Blockbuster. Local Bendite, Taylor Morden has already begun filming a documentary on this very subject. Taylor has also been a constant presence in Bend’s film scene in recent years, working on many submissions to our own festival, and winning awards for his work in independent film.

BendFilm took a moment to ask this local filmmaker about his upcoming project, and what it means to be a filmmaker in Bend.

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BendFilm Welcomes Ron Shelton to 2019 Festival

Legendary Director, Ron Shelton to Screen Bull Durham at BendFilm as festival’s ‘First Feature’s Honoree’ 

“I believe in the Church of Baseball. I’ve tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones.” – Annie Savoy

We are beyond thrilled to welcome one of the most celebrated and authentic screenwriters of all time to Central Oregon. Ron Shelton’s films portray sports, love, and life in a way that has captivated our hearts for more than four decades. We cannot wait to hear him talk in person about his insights on screenwriting, his filmmaking process, fun memories from casting his iconic films and more. Continue reading “BendFilm Welcomes Ron Shelton to 2019 Festival”

MovieMaker Magazine Names BendFilm One Of Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World

Media Contact:
Tracy Pfiffner
Tracy@Bendfilm.org
(971) 230-8669

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BendFilm Selected By a Panel Of Eight Filmmakers and Industry Executives

Avoid FOMO: Passes On Sale Now For 16th Annual BendFilm Festival, Oct. 10 – 13, 2019

 

Bend, OR – BendFilm announced today it has been designated one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals In The World” by leading film trade MovieMaker Magazine. This honor comes just months after BendFilm was listed as one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee.” The 16th annual BendFilm Festival runs October 10 – 13 and will present 25 feature films, 70 short films, 30 pre-screening concerts, 10 panels, and a variety of virtual reality stories. Legendary director Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, Tin Cup) is a confirmed guest with more exciting programming updates coming in the near future.

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Ron Shelton, Selected As First Features Honoree, Will Screen ‘Bull Durham’ at the 2019 BendFilm Festival

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Media Contact: Tracy Pfiffner
Tracy@Bendfilm.org
(971) 230-8669

 

Shelton Will Participate in Post-Film Discussion and Moderate Popular ‘First Features’ Panel

First Features Program Established to Continue BendFilm’s Efforts To Discover and Support New Filmmaking Talent

Bend, OR – BendFilm announced today that legendary writer and director Ron Shelton will screen his 1988 directorial debut, Bull Durham, and moderate the ‘First Features’ panel as part of his role as First Features Honoree at the 16th annual BendFilm Festival. Shelton’s illustrious career also includes films such as Blaze, White Men Can’t Jump, Cobb, Tin Cup, and Hollywood Homicide. Shelton’s work spans four decades with more than ten screenwriting and writer/director credits to his name. First Features honorees from past Festivals include John Sayles & Maggie Renzi (2016), Peter Gilbert (2017) and Debra Granik (2018). 

Bull Durham was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1988 and was based in part off Shelton’s own baseball experience as a minor leaguer in Baltimore’s farm system. The script was awarded Best Original Screenplay from the National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle and LA Film Critics Association. Continue reading “Ron Shelton, Selected As First Features Honoree, Will Screen ‘Bull Durham’ at the 2019 BendFilm Festival”

BendFilm Presents: ArtiFISHal | FREE for BendFilm Members & IndieWomen

The road to extinction is paved with good intentions.

BendFilm and the Bend Patagonia Store invite all curious and eco-conscious audiences to a screening of ArtiFISHal by Josh “Bones” Murphy on Wednesday, July 10 at 7:30 PM at The Tower Theatre. ArtiFISHal is a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature. Continue reading “BendFilm Presents: ArtiFISHal | FREE for BendFilm Members & IndieWomen”