Premiere of Student Films about Drugs and Bullying in McCloud Feb 19

“Drugs” and “Bullying”

Premiere Showing in McCloud of 2 Video Shorts by Local Students, February 19th


Complex personal subject matters were the learning theme for Mccloud High School students during their digital workshops with Christina Schmidlin while creating two short videos on “Drugs” and “Bullying” .  Ms Schmidlin is a videographer and film maker in her professional life and was contracted by the Mccloud Resource Center and the Mccloud ARTS Society to work creatively with our high school students.. For the last two years McCloud students had the privilege to work with her in developing the storyline for the two short videos.  Utilizing their input, talent, and their personal experiences these two short videos represent the efforts for over the two years.   Students were enthusiastic participants in all aspects of the project including learning to act with drama coach Bennett Gale. The acting recreates some of their personal experiences regarding these vital social issues which youth everywhere are addressing on almost a daily basis.


In Bullying, “The story focus for this particular project was on the “making of” and “unraveling of” a bully. It is mostly told from the bully’s perspective. Most students in the class experienced bullying both as perpetrators and victims, so we chose this particular, and in my opinion, very effective perspective for the story narrative. There was also one student in the class who experienced a bullying related suicide and ensuing drug use, which lent a powerful story element to the narrative.” said Christina Schmidlin.  She further explained that “all participating students linked the experience of bullying or being bullied to the risk of drug use and teenage suicide. Consequently, all the students wanted to explore this topic in depth in the story sessions.”


The Premiere Video Showing of McCloud High Student’s   2 Video Shorts will be Friday, February 19, 2016,  7 – 8:30 pm upstairs in the Mercantile Building. Admission is free in support of the students.  The event is being organized by the McCloud ARTS Society.  Jeff Wescott and some of the high school band members will provide musical entertainment to showcase their talents.  The community is invited to come to the premiere showing and support the students in the first effort to develop a meaningful video short that may later to useful to other students that may or may not be experiencing similar circumstances.

Oregon Coast Film Festival Call for Submissions

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Bandon, OR– Everybody’s got a story to tell. Share yours at the 2015 Oregon Coast Film Festival in Bandon, Oregon. Video storytellers are invited to submit their documentary shorts through September 1.

Film festival founder Dave Wilhite offers a new challenge in 2015: He wants to see “the greatest cranberry story ever told” brought to life on screen. Submissions in the new Cranberry Challenge will be eligible for festival screening and prizes.

A new archive of stock video is available on the festival website, featuring cranberry industry footage and contextual sequences of the Oregon Coast. Documentarians can develop their own Oregon Coast cranberry stories, using the festival’s stock video clips with additional video and photographs of their choosing.

Other categories for documentary shorts are, Historical and Cultural; Tourism, Outdoor and Recreational; and Student Videos. Independent and feature length submissions are also welcome.

The Oregon Coast Film Festival welcomes professional and amateur submissions through September 1. The 2015 Festival is October 9th and 10th, at the Sprague Community Theater in Bandon. Videos in all categories are screened at the festival. Prizes are awarded for the best documentaries. Find more information at

Tell your story

“I’m interested in hearing stories about the area and the landscape, the culture,” said Wilhite. A fan of narrative broadcast journalism and independent film, Wilhite says video is the storytelling medium of the day. His professional portfolio includes work in the internet and web development industry.

Digital technology makes shooting and publishing video an affordable, accessible medium for almost anyone.
“It’s so easy to tell a story, to drag and drop content on a timeline,” he said.

Wilhite moved to Southwestern Oregon from Southern California 11 years ago. His interest in local culture grew as he investigated the landscape, spoke with longtime residents and gained insight from their knowledge of the area.
He started the Oregon Coast Film Festival in 2013 to entice more storytellers to share their experiences. In the last two years, the festival has drawn entries from professional and amateur filmmakers throughout the Pacific Northwest. A few participants have used the local festival as a stepping stone to larger regional film festivals.

Tips for novice video producers

Wilhite encourages up-and-coming video producers to submit their work to the festival and offers ideas for those just getting started making documentaries.

• Get out and find your story: Take photos, shoot video, talk to people. Begin with what inspires you, then decide how to start and finish the story.
• Use whatever equipment is available to you: Capture videos and photos with a cell phone. Check out stock video available on the festival website. Edit your video with free online software at websites such as YouTube, or Google Drive’s WeVideo.
• Get creative: Visit the festival’s mixed media category. Videos may include video, photos, time-lapse photography, digital art, and animation.
• Find more ideas by watching a few of the festival’s previous entries, available on the festival website.


Prepared by Geneva Miller for Dave Wilhite, Oregon Coast Film Festival.

Call to Student Filmmakers From the White House!

Editor’s Note: We just received this call a couple of days ago with a short deadline for short films – February 2. Sorry we couldn’t post it sooner but this is the first we’ve heard of it …and the first time we’ve received a call to artists from the White House!! So, all you young filmmakers, make a 3 minute or shorter film over the weekend and submit it on Monday!! And by all means, let us know if your film is accepted so we can follow your journey through the 2015 White House Student Film Festival!

White House Call to Student Filmmakers for the White House Student Film FestivalAre you a student filmmaker with big ideas about the importance of service and giving back? Do you know a young person who is?

Then we’re glad you’re reading this, because we’re only accepting submissions for the White House Student Film Festival for one more week.

Here’s how it works:

Any K-12 U.S. student can submit a film that’s three minutes long or shorter. You can read more about the submission guidelines here.

We’ll feature the official selections on the White House website, and share them across the Internet on official White House accounts. And if you’re selected, you might even have the chance to attend the film festival yourself, at the White House.

Along with representatives from the American Film Institute and other White House staff, I’ll be taking a look at every submission we get — and last year, we got some great stuff. Take a look at the official selections of 2014:

Watch the official selections from last year's Film Festival.

So if you still want to submit a film, or you know someone who does, it’s time. Break out the lights, write a script, get your camera ready, and show us what you’ve got.

You can learn more and enter your submission here.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll make.



Adam Garber
Video Director
The White House

Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival

Join Us for the Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival!

Coming Nov. 7th, 8th and 9th!


  • 4 Venues: Main & Studio Theater at Columbia Center for the Arts (all 3 days!)
  • Skylight Theater & Pub (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Hood River Hotel downstairs (Saturday night only for 3 D short films)
  • Kickoff Party Friday Night Nov. 7th at 7:00 p.m. Opening films begin at 8:00 p.m. with Portland Filmmaker Brian Lindstrom’s film Alien Boy in the Main Theater and short films in the Studio
  • Films and workshops starting Saturday morning and running through Sunday
  • Closing Awards at 6:00 p.m. with multiple award winning comedy film Meet the Patel’s at 7:00 p.m.
  • Meet filmmakers, directors, actors from the films, join a workshop, celebrate a wonderful array of independent films
  • Tickets just $35 for a 3 Day pass, $15 for a single day pass
  • For more information or to purchase tickets click here

Thank you to our sponsors!!!


Jay Sherrard & Greg Colt

Columbia Arts
215 Cascade Avenue
Hood River, Oregon 97031

Art Inspires Ashland 2013 Inspirational Artist Presentations and Workshops

On November 15th and 16th in Ashland, Oregon Art Inspires Ashland will bring together some of the world’s most creative minds from various schools of artistic expression for a weekend of presentations, discussions and workshops. This event has been designed to inspire people from all walks of life. “Inspiration motivates everything we do on a daily basis. Think “TED” talks with hands-on workshop.” said Denise Baxter, director of the Ashland Art Center. In the highlight of the weekend, featured artists will talk about their skills, inspirations, and accomplishments in 30-minute inspirational presentations held at the historic Ashland Armory on Saturday, November 16th. These same artists will lead workshops during the day on Saturday, aimed at inspiring regional art students and adult artists to reach beyond anything they dreamed of creating.

“We wanted to create a unique event that is meant to inspire both artists and non-artists in the region.” said Baxter. The three artists are Juliette Aristides, classical painter, instructor and founder of Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle, WA, Reina-Marie Loader film-maker of independent socio-political films from Vienna, Austria, and Lucy Knisley illustrator, comic artist and author from New York City. “Bringing these three amazing artists to Ashland to present workshops and talk about their inspirations, we hope will inspire our arts community to even greater things,” added Baxter.

Along with inspirational presentations, each artist will be giving workshops to teach their skills to the community at the Ashland Art Center.

Tickets for the inspirational presentations and workshops are available now on-line at or at the Ashland Art Center. The proceeds from the event will support the Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main St., Ashland, OR. AAC is a non profit 501(C)(3) organization.

For more information about art inspires ashland, go to

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“The Healing Power of Art’ – Children’s Healing Art Project documentary

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We are excited and honored to announce the world premiere of Mariah Dunn’s “The Healing Power of Art.”

Mariah taught a four-day filmmaking camp to CHAP’s Art Club in September of 2012, and her subsequent documentary follows three families from that camp as children faced with life-altering challenges share their art and reveal how Children’s Healing Art Project has improved their lives.

“The Healing Power of Art” premieres in Portland at 3pm on September 15th, 2013 at the Clinton Street Theater followed by a panel discussion featuring the filmmaker and artists featured in the film.

In her film, Mariah talks about how CHAP is a place where kids can be themselves no matter what challenge they are facing in their lives. At CHAP everyone is facing a challenge and it’s that special bond that brings the kids and their families together. “The Healing Power of Art” takes you on a journey with these three families as you discover the challenges they face and how art has helped as they overcome them. Here is a sneak peak!

What: “The Healing Power of Art”
When: Sunday, September 15th, 2013.
Doors: 3:00, Film: 3:30pm, Panel Discussion + Reception: 4:00pm
Where: Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland, OR 97202
Suggested donation: $5

We would like to say a very special “THANK YOU” to our film premier sponsors:
Clinton St. Theater + NW Documentary + Tiny’s Coffee + Voodoo Doughnuts

TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives

Nancy Kelly

On Friday, June 8, I’ll be presenting my award-winning documentary TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives during the 2012 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in a session titled, “Documenting the Importance of Arts Education.”

The film follows Marlin, an 18-year-old Hondureña, who shares a hidden history about her childhood with a theater company in her Chicago neighborhood, the renowned Albany Park Theater Project.

Marlin’s story is about resilience and empowerment. TRUST captures the amazing response from her fellow actors and the unexpected journey her story takes them on together: they transform Marlin’s story into a daring, original play and Marlin re-claims power over the narrative of her life story.

TRUST is about creativity and the unexpected resources inside teens who may be discounted because of their youth, race, or ethnicity or because they come from under-resourced neighborhoods without access to arts programs.

Woven through TRUST are three main themes: the transformative power of art, the continuing challenges facing immigrants, and the trauma of child sexual abuse. Like the legs of a three-legged stool, these themes are interdependent and not prioritized.

Here is a preview of the film:

TRUST won the United Nations Association Film Festival’s Youth Vision Award, the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival’s Jury Award, and the Reel Raquache Best Documentary Award and has screened in many film festivals, community organizations, and conferences.

I look forward to discussing with attendees the ways in which we have encouraged communities who screen TRUST to reflect upon the profound effect arts education can have on crossing boundaries and giving audiences new tools to deal with difficult subjects.

I’ll also provide TRUST Community Screening tool kits and TRUST Curriculum Guides as a tool to think about how you can document your own programs and use film as a communication tool to spark conversations about the importance of arts education in your own community.

I hope to see you in San Antonio!

Bob Marley Documentary Debuts on 4/20

Posted: 04/20/2012 8:07 am Updated: 04/20/2012 11:34 am


In “The Last Wailer,” John Jeremiah Sullivan writes, “Consider that in Kingston, in one decade, you had the emergence of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, the Pioneers and the Paragons, the Melodians and the Ethiopians, the Heptones and the Slickers, the Gaylads, plus an index of people whose names you maybe don’t know but who, once heard, are never forgotten. A vortex of world-class talents.”

In one of the most extraordinary new music documentaries to come in recent memory, Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (“One Day In September” and “The Last King of Scotland”) is tackling the life and times of Jamaica’s best-known singer in “Marley.” Released today, 4/20, the legend of one of the finest reggae artists continues through interviews, never-before-seen footage and unreleased songs in this full-length film. Stunning revelations make this a must-see for fans and newcomers alike. See the trailer above, and scroll down for images.

Bob Marley in a scene from "Marley". Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Bob Marley in a scene from “Marley.” Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Jeremy Marre, the director of the PBS American Masters series episode on Marley titled, “Rebel Music,” says, “His music grew from and fed back into American music.” In this way, Marley’s reach went beyond a reggae audience, finding a home both within and outside of Jamaica’s borders. He was a revolutionary force in music, bringing the message of peace, love and harmony to an audience of millions. But when asked if he considered himself an outlaw in a 1979 interview with “High Times,” Marley cheekily replied, “No, no outlaw. Right in time.”

What have been your favorite performances by Bob Marley and his indomitable Wailers? Let us know in the comments section below, and enjoy the day, everyone!

Click here to see an acoustic version of the hit, “Redemption Song,” and scroll down for more videos.

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Bob Marley in a scene from MARLEY, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Call to Artists- Elvis Emporium at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center!












Elvis Emporium Exhibition
January 10 — January 27, 2012

In celebration of Elvis Presley’s 77th birthday, and in conjunction with the Heart of Medford “Elvis Week,” the Rogue Gallery & Art Center will host a non-juried art show of work inspired by “The King.” Artists of all ages are invited to bring in one work for display in our Community Gallery.
Open to all 2 & 3-dimensional media. Display space is limited, however, so only the first 35 works to be dropped-off will be included in the display. Installation work will be considered with prior approval. NO work larger than 24” in any direction will be accepted. NO work with a sale price more than $250 will be accepted due to insurance considerations. Contact Jules Masterjohn at [email protected] or 541-772-8118 for more information.
Artwork must be dropped off in person on Saturday, January 7th from 12 – 2PM at Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 South Bartlett Street in Medford. All artwork must be picked up on Saturday, January 28th from 12 – 2PM.

For an Elvis Emporium entry form, visit our website: