Announcing the 6th Annual Eastern Oregon Film Festival

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(LA GRANDE, OR) – Eastern Oregon Film Festival is excited and proud to announce the dates for its sixth annual event — #EOFF2015.  The 2015 festival will kick off Thursday, May 7, and run through Saturday, May 9 in La Grande, Oregon.

Save The Date: May 7, 8 & 9, 2015!

EOFF is dedicated to bringing the best of new independent film and music to eastern Oregon and promoting a rich cinematic, musical, and artistic experience for our community and the region.  Our wildly successful 2014 festival raised its profile and built momentum to insure 2015 will be a landmark immersion in awesome: films, music, participation, and parties.

Of course, we thrive on the support of our members.  If you aren’t a member yet, then become one now.  Your support of EOFF is key to the vitality and growth of the festival.  Your membership helps bring the best independent filmmakers to our valley to showcase and discuss their work firsthand; it brings exciting performances by new and emerging musicians; it fires the expansion of our audiences locally and regionally; and it makes sure every after-party rocks.  In short, EOFF is fueling a rural cultural renaissance… and you can help.  As a bonus, if you act now you’ll lock in the 2014 rate!  Become a member today at http://eofilmfest.com/participate/membership.

We also thrive with the generous support of our sponsors.  Businesses know that partnering with Eastern Oregon Film Festival will increase their visibility and help them achieve their goals.  Just ask some of our 2014 sponsors like Terminal Gravity Brewing, John J. Howard & Associates, Brent Wylam Allstate Agent, Ten Depot Street, Liberty Theatre Foundation, Art Center at The Old Library, ArtsEast, Praise Photography, and La Grande Main Street.  In short, EOFF reaches customers locally and regionally that will fuel your company’s growth.  Learn more at http://eofilmfest.com/sponsorships.

Keep #EOFF2015 in mind… after all, our sixth annual festival May 7, 8 & 9, 2015 will be here in no time!

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Eastern Oregon Film Festival
1119 Washington Avenue
La Grande, OR 97850
Phone: 541-962-5799

General Inquiries

Christopher Jennings, Festival Director / director@eofilmfest.com

Programming/Artist Inquiries

Ian Clark, Co-Director of Programming / easternoregonfilmfestival@gmail.com

Eastern Oregon Film Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a cinematic experience in Eastern Oregon that promotes discovery, entertainment, and education via artistic exhibition and viewership. Through the mediums of independent film and music we aim to enrich and expand the cultural experience within our community.

New Dates Announced // Upcoming Screening: DamNation

DAMNATION-POSTER-FINALThe Sixth Annual Eastern Oregon Film Festival will be held May 7-9, 2015 in La Grande, Oregon. 

In honor of the new spring time dates and our mission to bring compelling film, music, and conversation to the Grande Ronde Valley,  Eastern Oregon Film Festival and Hells Canyon Preservation Council are bringing La Grande a special presentation of the SXSW ’14 Audience Choice winning documentary film, DamNation. The documentary will be followed by a Q&A / panel discussion and topped off by music from Portland’s AU and Wooden Indian Burial Ground.  Beer and good eats available.

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SPECIAL EVENT

THURSDAY MAY, 22 2015 at The Art Center at the Old Library

Door @ 6:00
Screening @ 7:00
Panel @ 8:30
Door @ 9:00
Music @ 9:30

ADMISSION $10.00
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ABOUT THE FILM: This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades with- out access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a meta- morphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

A brief q&a panel discussion will follow the screening of DamNation.  We are fortunate to have as panelists ….. (more info to come)

Gilly Lyons, Policy Director for Save Our Wild Salmon, has worked with the organization since 2003 and is based in Portland, Oregon.  The organization is actively involved in restoring healthy wild salmon and steelhead populations to the Snake and Columbia Rivers system, working to develop a plan that helps these populations and moves them away from the risk of extinction.

Brian Kelly, Restoration Director for Hells Canyon Preservation Council actively works to restore fish habitat in the Blue Mountains, Wallowas and the greater Hells Canyon region.  He has led HCPC’s work to protect clean air and water from the impacts of energy developments.

ABOUT THE MUSIC: AU (pronounced “Ay-you”) is the work of multi-instrumentalist Luke Wyland with Dana Valatka on drums and Holland Andrews on vox and clarinet. (WE LOVE THESE PEOPLE – AND ARE SMITTEN EVERY TIME). Happy to take influence from grey skies & early sci-fi novels, Portland’s Wooden Indian Burial Ground brings a fuzzy, sweaty, reverb drenched beast to the dinner table. Come dancing.

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ABOUT HELLS CANYON PRESERVATION COUNCIL

Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 8.11.01 AMBased in La Grande, Oregon, Hells Canyon Preservation Council was founded in the mid-1960s by a very diverse group of persons who had seen too many dams choking the Snake River.  They said “No More” and succeeded in stopping further damming in Hells Canyon, saving the last remnants of the free-flowing Snake River and the lower Salmon River as well.  The establishment of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area in 1975 was a result of those efforts.

Since then, their work has spread greatly, both in focus and reach.  Being one of the oldest, most effective environmental groups in the area, Hells Canyon Preservation Council’s is worthy of local support as one of the main sources of wild lands & wildlife protection for almost fifty years!  Get involved and join the band of people fighting for environmental justice in this treasured part of the country.

Learn more about Hells Canyon Preservation Council at http://www.hellscanyon.org

See you there.

Information / Questions:

director@eofilmfest.com

5th ANNUAL EASTERN OREGON FILM FESTIVAL Post-Festival Wrap-Up & AWARDS!!!!

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Eastern Oregon Film Festival celebrated a successful fifth edition! Cinema, live music, parties, and panels ran Thursday, Feb.20 through Saturday, Feb.22. On Sunday, Filmmakers and festival-goers shared an incredible Decompression Day at Anthony Lakes Ski Resort. Attendance and buzz were at an all-time high, and it was—by all accounts—the best EOFF to date!!!!

Here are the award winners from #EOFF2014!

Best Short — YEARBOOK
Best Documentary Feature — BENDING STEEL
Best Dramatic Feature — DOOMSDAYS


FEEDBACK PLEASE?

Your feedback is essential to making the next installment of EOFF a smash! If you participated in this year’s event please take  moment and fill out our participation survey!

http://eofilmfest.com/2014-participation-survey/


HAMMER TO NAIL
We were thrilled to have Hammer To Nail’s Paul Sbrizzi out for the festival. You can read his excellent festival recap here! It’s pretty humbling when visitors walk away with such a positive experience from their time in La Grande.

INTERNET SCREENINGS… AT A FILM FESTIVAL?
Yep, and this experimental component was a huge success! EOFF drew hundreds of viewers from all over the globe!!!! Special thanks to Zach Weintraub, Nandan Rao, Elaine McMillon, andNoBudge.com for their involvement. Check out the special collection of VINE‘s here.

FILMMAKER HAPPENINGS
Online Guest Curator (NoBudge x Vine) and EOFF alumni, Kentucker Audley, has sparked debate with his satirical response to the New York Times’ Manola Dargis and Salon’s Beanie Barnes. Their recent criticisms of independent filmmakers led Audley to take a bold, timely position in defense of keeping cinema an accessible, open art form. Whether you’re a filmmaker or film-lover, this is aMUST READ that hits close to home.

Simple Machine is now offering quarterly grants to small, pop-up festivals whose operating budgets will be $1K or less.
The concept is simple: send an email pitch and you might be awarded a grant. Read about the program here.

EOFF programmer Ian Clark continues to take his current project MMXIII deep into the realms of the internet. “Touring” his movie from website-to-website caught the attention of Tribeca—read about the experimental distribution approach here.

MOTHER’S MILK
The other half of EOFF’s programming team, Benjamin Morgan, is gaining momentum on his upcoming project, MOTHER’S MILK. Playing the part of writer/producer, Morgan has brought Boise filmmaker Zach Voss on board to direct. Eastern Oregon Film Festival is testing the waters, proudly extending its non-profit umbrella to assist in the project’s Kickstarter campaign.

HOLY SMOKES, WE LOVE OUR COMMUNITY!
Once again, we’d like to give hearty thanks to our sponsors and official venues! Check out our awesome supporters below.

Terminal Gravity Brewing , John J. Howard & AssociatesBrent Wylam – Allstate Agent,
Ten Depot Street, Liberty Theatre Foundation, Art Center at The Old Library, ArtsEast, Praise Photography, and La Grande Main Street plus many other local contributors.

Grant support
Meyer Memorial Trust and The Wildhorse Foundation.

Official Venues
Granada Theater, The Stage Door in The Liberty Theatre, and the Art Center at the Old Library, Ten Depot Street, and Anthony Lakes Ski Resort.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Eastern Oregon Film Festival
1119 Washington Ave.
La Grande, OR 97850

General Inquiries
Christopher Jennings, Festival Director / director@eofilmfest.com

Programming/Artist Inquiries
Ian Clark, Programmer  / easternoregonfilmfestival@gmail.com

MISSION STATEMENT
Eastern Oregon Film Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a cinematic experience in Eastern Oregon that promotes discovery, entertainment, and education via artistic exhibition and viewership. Through the mediums of independent film and music we aim to enrich and expand the cultural experience within our community.

Keep an eye online at: http://eofilmfest.com/

EOFF2014 SCHEDULE

Download and view a PDF version of the printed schedule >> EOFF2014 Schedule (PDF)

View the entire EOFF2014 Festival Guide >> Click here.

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FESTIVAL PASS PICK-UP / SOCIALIZE / FESTIVAL INFORMATION
ART EXHIBITION: Schnitt! at the Art Center at the Old Library, February 4 – 27, features new work by Cory Peeke, Director of the Nightingale Gallery and Associate Professor of Art & Art History at Eastern Oregon University.

5:30PM ART CENTER

MEMBERS DINNER

7:00PM GRANADA

DEAR RABBIT: PRESHOW BUSK
HILLFOLK NOIR: PRESHOW

OPENING NIGHT FEATURE

BENDING STEEL
SHORT: YEARBOOK
LIVE Q&A & PERFORMANCE to follow

9PM TEN DEPOT STREET

AFTER PARTY
THE BC RAMBLERS
HILLFOLK NOIR

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FESTIVAL PASS PICK-UP / SOCIALIZE / FESTIVAL INFORMATION

2PM -5PM ART CENTER
TERMINAL GRAVITY BEER FLOWS

2:40 PM GRANADA

TRPTYCH
SHORT: INTO THE SILENT SEA

5:15PM GRANADA

12 O’CLOCK BOYS
SHORT: CONFUSION THROUGH SAND

5:35PM STAGE DOOR

BEST OF THE 40TH NORTHWEST FILMMAKERS’ FESTIVAL

7:00PM STAGE DOOR

BOB BIRNOW’S REMARKABLE TALE OF HUMAN SURVIVAL AND THE TRANSCENDENCE OF SELF
SHORT: PARADISE FALLLS
SKYPE Q&A W/ DIR. ERIC STEELE

7:30PM GRANADA

EDMUND WAYNE: PRESHOW

LOVE AND AIRSEX
SHORT: SLOMO

9PM THE ART CENTER

AFTER PARTY

MIKE SURBER & THE LONG CON
JAMES DEAN KINDLE & THE EASTERN OREGON PLAYBOYS
SAD HORSE

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FESTIVAL PASS PICK-UP / SOCIALIZE / FESTIVAL INFORMATION

11:30AM ART CENTER

PANEL DISCUSSION: ACCESS TO INDEPENDENT FILM / SIMPLE MACHINE

12:30PM GRANADA

LAIKA FREE EVENT
The Box Trolls: An Inside Look

2PM -5PM ART CENTER
TERMINAL GRAVITY BEER FLOWS

 2:00PM STAGE DOOR

AATSINKI: THE STORY OF ARCTIC COWBOYS
SHORT: FRANÇOIS À LA MAIRIE

2:00PM GRANADA

TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE
SHORTS: THE CORAL REEF ARE DREAMING AGAIN & NICE IS COOL

4:35PM STAGE DOOR

RICH HILL
SHORT: CHAPEL PERILOUS

4:40PM GRANADA

LENNY COOKE
SHORT: THIS IS JAY CALVIN
SKYPE Q&A TO FOLLOW

7:20PM STAGE DOOR

BUOY
SHORT: UFOLOGIST

7:35PM GRANADA

GRANDMA KELSEY: PRESHOW

Filmmaker Magazine’s Curated Showcase
DOOMSDAYS
SHORT: QASIM
SKYPE Q&A to follow

9PM ART CENTER

AFTER PARTY
BAG OF HAMMERS
AU
BOY EATS DRUM MACHINE

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OFFICIAL DECOMPRESSION PARTY

Join festival artists and organizers for a day in the snow. Use your EOFF All Access pass for a half price lift ticket at Anthony Lakes Ski Resort and go stretch your legs.

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EOFF has arranged for a bus to haul folks up to the mountain.

SKI BUS LEAVES ART CENTER @ 9:30AM
SKI BUS LEAVES ANTHONY LAKES @ 5:00PM

ANTHONY LAKES DECOMPRESSION PARTY

anthony-logoJOIN US ON SUNDAY FEB. 23RD FOR A DAY AT THE MOUNTAIN.

Join #EOFF2014 for a decompression party at Anthony Lakes Ski Resort on Sunday, February 23 2014. After a few days of watching films – we thought it would be good to get some fresh air.

LIVE MUSIC
Music at The Starbottle Saloon will begin around 1pm with La Grande’s SUM PEOPLE Yes – Terminal Gravity will be on tap. ;)

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RIDE THE BUS:
EOFF has put a shuttle bus together for the day.  The bus will leave the Art Center at the Old Library at about 9:30am and return at 5pm.  The shuttle is FREE – Please be advised, EOFF pass holders will have first dibs on bus seats.

PASS PERKS:
Use your all-access festival pass to get half price on your lift tickets!

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 ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN:

Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort is the friendliest mountain in the West. Never a lift line. Come ride the best powder in the NW. 1,100 acres of lift accessed terrain, over 30km of groomed & track-set Nordic trails, cat trips, yurt rentals and a lot of good Eastern Oregon fun!

http://www.anthonylakes.com

 

GRANDMA KELSEY & EDMUND WAYNE JOIN MUSIC PROGRAM

EOFF2014 is excited to announce that in addition to the after party celebrations with an incredible line-up of visiting and local musicians, festival goers will also be privy to solo acts Edmund Wayne and Grandma Kelsey. These intimate sets will take place prior to the evening features at The Granada Theater.  While patrons file in and find their seats these artists paint a landscape of sound to settle you in – and for the few minutes before the visuals pour on –we listen– quietly, meditatively.

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Friday’s tunes will commence just before the feature presentation of Bernardo Britto’s award winning YEARBOOK and Dave Carroll’s feature documentary, BENDING STEEL. with a short solo performance by the Snohomish, Washington native Edmund Wayne. The deft and compassionate guitarist with a seemingly limitless vocal capacity has Seattle Weekly describing him as, “Harnessing the mood of Andrew Bird and the magnitude of Radiohead, Edmund Wayne’s brand of Alt-Folk in my new favorite thing.” Though he splits his frequent tours with a back-line of seasoned musicians, delivering their down-home, pop-powered, exploratory sound with great zeal, to behold Edmund Wayne on his own is a chance to hear creative freedom soar to new heights— songs morph, deviate, grow and shrink at Wayne’s will, recalling a wholly captivating piece of artistic whimsy akin to the late, great Jeff Buckley.

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Prior to Saturday evening’s final film block, we welcome back the haunting and prodigious Grandma Kelsey of Boise, Idaho. Whether it’s the intensely slow signature strumming that never seems to drag, the coyote caliber voice, or the shrine of bones, trinkets, and anonymous letters that often joins her on stage, one thing is for certain: this solitary, wingless creature has an ethereal penchant for causing the audience to believe her songs address them individually. Time is suspended, moments are frozen, and spirits come to congregate at the foot of Kelsey’s stories, prayers and declarations.
“With a siren’s voice and an intoxicating stage presence, folk singer Grandma Kelsey ranks alongside the foothills and geothermal power as one of Boise’s greatest natural treasures.” –Boise Weekly

Like us folks of the Grande Ronde Valley, these two artists take time to bask and celebrate in the finer (and often simpler) things in life. Though one hails from the vast sagebrush-laden plains of Southern Idaho, and the other the lush and rain-sopped farmlands of the Snohomish River Valley, both have a nearly indistinguishable approach when it comes to the essence of expression. Without a deep respect for the land in which we live, the friends we have, and the family we nurture, all is a dead end street of loneliness and desolation. No two songwriters from this region better salute the miracle we belong to and it is our sincere privilege to give them our undivided attention at this year’s Eastern Oregon Film Festival.

– Article by Gregory Rawlins.

#EOFF2014 MUSIC LINE UP

This year’s Eastern Oregon Film Festival will host an unprecedented cast of musicians and bands, carefully selected from the cities, towns, nooks and crannies of our beloved, abundant Northwest music scene. From Thursday’s starting gun to Sunday’s final hour, the dedicated festival-goer has the opportunity to behold twelve different acts, ranging from the simple, arresting deliveries of songwriters, to full-throttle, steel-toed rock ‘n’ roll… the danceable, the tranceable and the unconditionally traditional–carved from our mountains and etched in our alleyways.

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Arranged thematically by genre, each night’s lineup will be as fluid and eloquent a pairing as it will be polar from subsequent bills. Thursday begins at Ten Depot Street with La Grande’s The BC Ramblers, a fiery bluegrass ensemble comprised mostly of family members, the eldest being none other than Duane Boyer, Eastern Oregon University music professor and banjo wizard– with over forty years of playing under his buckle. Expect it sweet, expect it fast, and expect it exquisite.

As a crescendo to our opening night, we are honored to have, once again, Hillfolk Noir. The country-blues trio from Boise, Idaho is so in a league of their own, they even have a particular word for what it is they do: Junkerdash. Whatever image comes to your mind should definitely involve a resonator guitar, a stand-up bass, a washboard, a musical saw, a banjo, a harmonica, pristine male/female harmonies and suitcase dun gone kick drum. Hillfolk Noir is as real as the Dust Bowl and heartache, calluses and food lines, but all you want to do when they take the stage is fall under their spell of careless reverie and dance ’til pistol dawn.

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Friday’s tunes will commence just before the feature presentation with a short solo performance by the Snohomish, Washington native Edmund Wayne. The deft and compassionate guitarist with a seemingly limitless vocal capacity has Seattle Weekly describing him as, “Harnessing the mood of Andrew Bird and the magnitude of Radiohead, Edmund Wayne’s brand of Alt-Folk in my new favorite thing.” Following the feature, we hurry to the Art Center (1006 Penn Ave.) where longtime La Grande fixture and Sons of Guns co-songwriter Mike Surber unleashes his newest brand of Americana, with the  hard-hitting, Eugene-based back-line known as The Long Con.

Receiving  the already smoldering torch will be James Dean Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys– Pendleton, Oregon’s prized quartet of boundless energy, endless surprises and romantic sass, with style for miles. JDK & EOPB are back for another year by popular demand, with last years’ acclaimed album in tow, and a host of new songs set for release this summer. To close out Friday’s after party are two people and one gigantic, relentless batch of unfettered, unadulterated rock songs… varying in length from 45 seconds to 4 minutes. They are Sad Horse, and they will make their much anticipated Grande Ronde Valley debut.

You’re going to get short bursts of angular guitar, odd time signatures and even odder subject matter. These two even manage to sneak some hooks in there, which makes them damn-near lethal.” ~Portland Mercury

Prior to Saturday evening’s featured flick, we welcome back the haunting and prodigal Grandma Kelsey. Whether it’s the intensely slow signature strumming that never drags, the coyote caliber voice, or the shrine of bones, trinkets, and love letters that often litter her stage, one thing is for certain: Kelsey has an ethereal penchant for causing the audience to believe her songs address them individually.

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When the feature’s final credit’s roll, it’s back to the Art Center for a night of body moving, soul quenching electronica extravaganzica, presented by three of the region’s finest. First up is LG’s Bag of Hammers. Two people, 5 instruments, a loop station, and a sweet, dirty dance party. Every show is a new experience, as Luke McKern and Holly Sorenson create layers of improvised instrumental grooves and familiar vocal webs before your very eyes.

Following B of H, and headliners of our festival are (drum roll pleeeeaase!!) the transcendental and uplifting experimental pop group AU. Their self-titled inaugural release was praised by such media centers as Pitchfork and Stereogum, and was named #2 Portland Album of 2007 by The Portland Mercury, which said AU “manages to erase the high art/low art boundary between American pop music, blending them into a simple, compelling, verse-chorus celebration… (and) is the rare band that can reinvent its songs live and still manage to match their recorded quality.” The first time they played this valley, we were sure the foothills were going to deflate and the snow was going to melt and flood us all. AU is absolutely nothing, if not moving.

That lands us at the final show of the evening– Boy Eats Drum Machine. BEDM is a singular figure of the West. He does things his own way, thank you very much, and does those things well enough to run his own one-man gang. He’s a turntablist’s turntablist, robbing breaks and sound textures from vinyl even after most of his contemporaries switched to laptops. He often mixes together twangy guitars, soulful blasts of tenor saxophone, and bassy, soundtrack worthy, analog synth. He’s an artist-outlaw. Get ready to get good and sweaty.

5th ANNUAL EASTERN OREGON FILM FESTIVAL ROLLS OUT PROGRAM

Eastern Oregon Film Festival is proud to present it’s fifth edition — #EOFF2014. The festival will kick off Thursday, February 20, and run through Saturday, February 22. A decompression gathering with music, skiing, and snowboarding will take place Sunday, February 23 at Anthony Lakes Ski Resort.

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The opening night short film is Bernardo Britto’s YEARBOOK, followed by Dave Carroll’s feature documentary, BENDING STEEL. A live Q&A with the filmmakers will take place after the screening. Additional selections to look for include Josh and Benny Safdie’s LENNY COOKE, Eric Steele’s BOB BIRDNOW, Steven Doughton’s BUOY, and a showcase curated by Filmmaker Magazine — which pairs Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld’s QASIM with Eddie Mullins’ comical, apocalyptic DOOMSDAYS.

OPENING NIGHT (Films)
Thursday, 7pm, Granada Theater / YEARBOOK followed by BENDING STEEL 

YEARBOOK (trailer): http://vimeo.com/84111593
BENDING STEEL
(trailer): http://vimeo.com/61741393

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OPENING NIGHT (After Party)
Eastern Oregon Film Festival invites its guests to head to Ten Depot Street (located at 10 Depot Street) to get loose, celebrate the festival, and enjoy some live music by the BC Ramblers and Hillfolk Noir.

DISTRIBUTION PANEL
Filmmaker and distribution pioneer Nandan Rao (founder, Simple Machine) will guide an open discussion with technological democratization and emerging distribution models as its starting point. Panel Guests include Brandon Harris, Dave Carroll, Jim Cummings, Ben Petrie, Zach Weintraub, and EOFF’s Benjamin Morgan.

ONLINE PROGRAM
The proliferation of digital technology has shown that conventional models of exhibition and distribution are constantly evolving. We believe that the presentation of online work is progressive, and vital to independent cinema. Additionally, the Internet serves as a suitable home for some of the more intimate, experimental works that move us.

Online selections include YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG, HAWAIIAN PUNCH, MMXIII, and a sampling of Elaine McMillon’s HOLLOW INTERACTIVE DOC.

MUSIC
Confirmed guests include the BC Ramblers, Hillfolk Noir, Edmund Wayne, Mike Surber & The Long Con, James Dean Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys, Grandma Kelsey, Sad Horse, Bag of Hammers, AU, Boy Eats Drum Machine.

PROGRAM RELEASE
The complete lineup will be available online starting February 1.
http://eofilmfest.com/

ADVANCE TICKETS
Festival passes are now available for purchase online:
http://eofilmfest.com/tickets/

GENERAL ADMISSION PRICES
Granada Theater / $9 Adults; $7 Children (Age 3-10); $7 Seniors (55+); $7 Matinee (All ages) • Stage Door Theater / TBA • After Parties/Music / TBA (cover charge at door)
• FREE with festival pass (all events)

FESTIVAL SPONSORS
Gold Level Sponsors include Terminal Gravity Brewing, BELLA Mainstreet Markets, John J. Howard & Associates, Brent Wylam – Allstate Agent, Ten Depot Street, Liberty Theatre Foundation, Art Center at The Old Library, ArtsEast, and La Grande Main Street.

Grant support provided by Meyer Memorial Trust and The Wildhorse Foundation.

FESTIVAL VENUES
Granada Theater, Stage Door Theater in The Liberty Theatre, and the Art Center at the Old Library, Ten Depot Street, and Anthony Lakes Ski Resort.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Eastern Oregon Film Festival
1119 Washington Ave.
La Grande, OR 97850

General Inquiries
Christopher Jennings, Festival Director / director@eofilmfest.com 

Programming/Artist Inquiries
Ian Clark, Co-Director of Programming / easternoregonfilmfestival@gmail.com

MISSION STATEMENT
Eastern Oregon Film Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a cinematic experience in Eastern Oregon that promotes discovery, entertainment, and education via artistic exhibition and viewership. Through the mediums of independent film and music we aim to enrich and expand the cultural experience within our community. 

 

Funding Success : #EOFF2014 Cleared for Launch

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On January 15th, 2014 EOFF supporters participated in the annual sneak peek fundraiser party held at the Art Center at the Old Library.  The evening included choice food from La Grande’s Golden Crown Restaurant,  Terminal Gravity in the bottle, a raffle, a live auction, and marked the festival pass sale release.

The event entertained over 200 fest-thirsty folks and the excitement and anticipation for #EOFF2014 was very apparent.  EOFF sold out of the early bird passes within a couple of hours, distributed Anthony Lakes Ski Tickets, Treefort Music Fest Passes, and locally crafted deserts at the LIVE auction with guest auctioneer Jeff D. Clark. EOFF garnered additional funds from a successful raffle that included festival music packages, locally crafted items, and a rebuilt 1950’s Raleigh street bike by Mountain Works’  pedal-smith Matt Hibbert. Audiences took to the seats as EOFF unveiled a grip of trailers from their upcoming festival program including Dave Carroll’s feature documentary, BENDING STEEL, giving the audience the first look at what is to come.

The fundraiser was a strong indicator of community buy-in and support as the FIFTH ANNUAL Eastern Oregon Film Festival is set to take place February 20-22, 2104 in La Grande, Oregon. Festival passes are on sale now on the website or by calling Christopher Jennings, Festival director at 541-962-5799.

 

JANUARY 15 FUNDRAISER & HOLIDAY UPDATE

We just wanted to send out some post-holiday/pre-festival love to our growing family of members, sponsors, participants and alumni. We’re stoked for the new year and look forward to a killer fifth annual! Eastern Oregon Film Festival will run February 20-22, 2014, in La Grande,OR.

PROGRAM SNEAK PEEK, PASS RELEASE, AUCTION, PARTY

Here’s the rundown of our annual fundraiser/party…
January 15, 2014 / 6:30pm – 9:30pm / Art Center at the Old Library (1006 Penn Ave).

Selected films, musical guests, visiting artists, parties, and the related goods will be announced! Trailers of selected films will screen beginning at 7:30pm. We’ll discuss the cultural, educational, and economic benefits that EOFF provides to the community, and enjoy snacks, beers, and wine! Bring your beautiful faces and get ready to face off against your pals — a live auction will include regional art, gift certificates, and more!

The fundraiser will be your last opportunity to become a member or sponsor of the 2014 festival, and will be the only time that festival passes will be sold at the discounted rate* of $35.

(*Only 100 passes available at $35 rate, sorry – online purchase available during the event for those who cannot make it.)

Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/566213813468743/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

WHO LIKES BEER?

Terminal Gravity has stepped up to become the official beer sponsor for #EOFF2014! Go buy their beers, dine in their lovely Enterprise, Oregon restaurant, and do everything you can to help them achieve world domination in 2014!

HAND-BLOWN GLASS FOR AWARD WINNING FILMS!

We’re excited to announce that La Grande artist, ace mixologist, and all around kayaking/rafting/outdoor-ing badass Kevin Boylan has been commissioned to create a collection of hand-blown glass awards for the winning films. Thanks Kevin!

OFFICIAL FESTIVAL VENUES!

#EOFF2014 would not be possible without the collaboration of these fine establishments:

The Art Center, Granada Theater, and The Liberty Theatre Foundation’s Stage Door Theatre. Our opening night after party will once again be held at Ten Depot Street, and on Sunday, February 23rd, decompress with the best at Anthony Lakes Ski Area. BOOM.

THANKS

Special thanks to our most recent sponsors: Praise Photography, ArtsEast, BELLA Main Street Market, Baum Smith, LLC, and Guyer & Associates – you rule.  #EOFF2014 has been awarded grants from Meyer Memorial Trust and Wildhorse Foundation.

EOFF November Update

Eastern Oregon Film Festival is calling for your participation.

EOFF is an artist-run film festival in La Grande that features three days of the best in emerging independent film and music. Mark your calendar, hydrate, and meet us in downtown La Grande for our FIFTH ANNUAL celebration FEBRUARY 20-22, 2014.

SPREAD THE WORD
Sign up for email alerts, share stuff, tweet, get psyched!

SPONSORSHIP or DONATIONS
Are you looking to get thousands of eyeballs on your brand? Do you get a kick out of supporting the community? EOFF is a 501c3 and your contribution may be tax-deductible.
http://eofilmfest.com/sponsorships/

MEMBERSHIP
Not a member yet? Well, you could be—and that would be sweet! Check out our packages online to see what suits for your festival needs.
http://eofilmfest.com/participate/membership/

Early bird festival passes available in January.

EOFF + LA GRANDE MAINSTREET’S HALLOWEEEEEEN!

Last Thursday, EOFF volunteers Scott, Brant, and Glen survived hordes of zombies, vampires, mermaids, and ninjas during the Halloween festivities in downtown La Grande. Waving the festival flag, the trio made some new friends and passed out bags of candy, spreading word of #EOFF2014.
The guys also had ParaNorman looping on a flat screen, and local youth instantly recognized the film—recalling LAIKA’s visit from last year, which included a hands-on demo and screening of The Making of ParaNorman. As with the festival event, there were lots of smiles and healthy discussion of puppetry—it was cool.

EOFF RECEIVES BOOST FROM MEYER MEMORIAL TRUST

EOFF is proud to be a recipient of a Meyer Memorial Trust Grassroots Grant. The award of $10,500.00 will be used to strengthen the festival and assist with capacity building and venue enhancements. MMT works with and invests in organizations, communities, ideas and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon.

SAVE THE DATE KICK-OFF PARTY RECAP

(October 30) EOFF hosted visiting artistsWooden Indian Burial Ground (Portland, OR) and Couches (San Fransisco, CA) along with local band Catskills at Benchwarmer’s Pub & Grill to officially kick off the Save the Date campaign for #EOFF2014. Board members and volunteers were on hand, passing out postcards and getting people psyched for the festival. The music was incredible and a lot of wonderful folks came out to listen to music and support our little festival. You people rule—THANK YOU!

WELCOME ABOARD!

EOFF would like to welcome Leah Over and Glen Scheele to the board. These two individuals have put a lot into our community over the years and we are excited to have some new blood pumping in the organization. Additionally, EOFF would like to thank Charles Jones for stepping into our Volunteer Coordinator position!

#EOFF2014 is coming in hot!

‘Save the Date’ Kick-off Party

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EOFF Launches ‘Save the Date’ Campaign: Parties with Visiting Musicians and invites you to become a member.

Eastern Oregon Film Festival is pleased to host visiting musicians Wooden Indian Burial Ground.and Couches in La Grande at Benchwarmers Pub & Grill on Wednesday, October 30th. The evening will be kicked off by a set by locals Catskills (Gregory Rawlins, Wayne Callahan, and Jeff Grammer). EOFF is hosting the event as a informal / public happening to raise awareness for the upcoming 5th annual event to be held February 20-22, 2014 in downtown La Grande, Oregon.

Suggested $5 donation at the door to help put some dollars in the event coffers.  Staff will be on hand to discuss membership opportunities, sponsorship, and recruit volunteers for this year’s film fiesta.

A little about the music.

“Wooden Indian Burial Ground were the rare breed of psychedelic garage music that rises above the mediocrity of most bands making this sort of music these days and gets me remembering why I’ve loved this kind of music for so long.” – NPR, All Songs Considered (Bob Boilen)

Learn more about the musicians:
http://woodenindianburialground.tumblr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/couchessf/

MEMBERSHIP!

Not a member yet? Well, you could be—and that would be pretty sweet! Check out our various packages here and see what makes sense for your festival needs.

It is time. #EOFF2014

HELLLLLLLLO!

Well, it’s been awhile since we’ve dropped a line, but this little blast is to let you know that #EOFF2014 is coming in hot! The fifth-annual Eastern Oregon Film Festival will take place February 20-22, 2014 in downtown La Grande! Mark your calendars, as our landmark fifth edition is set to be better than ever!

SAVE THE DATE!
(Here’s a monster to help you remember)

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MEMBERSHIP!

Not a member yet? Well, you could be—and that would be pretty sweet!

Your support of EOFF is vital to the long term growth and development of the festival and EOFF’s dedication to their mission. It helps bring the filmmakers to our valley to showcase their films first hand, enables improved skype Q&A’s with those artists not able to make it – book new and emerging musicians, pay bills, make cool media, and draw a captive audience from both local communities and and the Northwest. Please join the ranks of the rural renaissance by becoming a member of EOFF today!

Check out our various packages here and see what makes sense for your festival needs.

SPONSORSHIP!

Partnership with Eastern Oregon Film Festival will increase exposure and help you to hit company goals. Your sponsorship will also ensure that this organization can thrive in our community. Please take a moment to peruse the sponsorship opportunities here.

SUBMIT!

You still have a chance to share your works with our programming team—DO IT!
We’d love to watch your work for consideration in our fifth edition.
Submission criteria and info is available here.

WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

EOFF is fueled by volunteers. Having a reliable, dedicated pool of hardworking individuals will keep this organization alive—so please lend us a hand! If you’re interested in lending a hand, contact our super awesome Volunteer Coordinator Charles Jones here.

So there you have it folks.
Keep us in mind and spread the word!
#EOFF2014 will be here sooner than we know it.

THAAAAAANK YOU!
EOFF <3

Call for Submissions / #EOFF2014

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EOFF invites filmmakers to submit work for consideration in the 5th Eastern Oregon Film Festival, held in La Grande, Oregon February 20-22, 2014.

>> SUBMIT YOUR FILM

EOFF has been graced by many artists and industry professionals—whether in-the- flesh or via Skype Q&A—including Terence Nance, Matt Porterfield, Ornana, Elizabeth Mims, Nandan Rao, Kentucker Audley, Dustin Guy Defa, Zach Weintraub, Lucas Leyva, Tristan Patterson, LAIKA, Evan Glodell, and many more!

Where I travel to the end of Oregon to watch little seen Sophia Takal movies, throw hatchets and watch the blackest of art movies with an all white audience. Best small film festival I’ve been to in ages.

Brandon Harris, Filmmaker Magazine

Join the party and submit your work to the 5th annual Eastern Oregon Film Festival!

SUBMISSION DETAILS

*Private Vimeo links only—No discs. *Submissions must have been completed after August 2012. *Payment via check or PayPal only. *Preference is given to premieres and works not yet available on the Internet. *Please submit using the online submission form, or if you love using paper products, download the printable .pdf and drop it in the mail.

DEADLINES + ENTRY FEES

  • Early Bird July 20, 5pm PST / $15.00

  • Regs Sept 20, 5pm PST / $20.00

  • Slacker Oct 20, 5pm PST / $30.00

  • Lebowski Nov 20, 5pm PST / $45.00

EXHIBITION DETAILS (if selected)

*Exhibition Format: Blu-Ray (preferred), DCP, DVD *NTSC only—PAL will not be accepted. *An EPK and two (2) exhibition copies will be required—due January 15, 2014.

MAIL PAYMENT

Eastern Oregon Film Festival Attn: 2014 Submissions 1119 Washington Ave. La Grande, OR 97850

or… PAYPAL

director@eofilmfest.com

MISSION STATEMENT

Eastern Oregon Film Festival is a 501c3 non profit organization dedicated to creating a cinematic experience in Eastern Oregon that promotes discovery, entertainment, and education via artistic exhibition and viewership. Through the mediums of independent film and music we aim to enrich and expand the cultural experience within our community.

SUBMISSION QUESTIONS?

easternoregonfilmfestival@gmail.com

 

 

EOFF2014 presents music event to raise funds for fifth annual

A MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND WARM-UP PARTY

EOFF announced it’s 2014 Dates – February 20-22, 2014 – but before we can savor another year of great film and music in downtown LG we need to assist the organization in growing it’s pocket book to bring about a 5th annual celebration that continues to astound.

Portland, Oregon’s AU and ETERNAL TAPESTRY will cozy up with La Grande’s Catskills on Thursday, May 23rd at The Art Center at the Old Library to present a powerhouse evening of edgy rock, experimental psychedelia, and hyper-attentive, graceful, and often fierce instrumentation of sonic and psychological terrain. The trio of cutting edge NW musicians will be heading to the Tumbleweeds of Idaho to converge with a number of other stellar musicians.

The event cost is $5.00 at the door. (Eastern Oregon Film Festival members are admitted free). Support our growing film and music festival by experiencing this evening of cutting edge northwest centric music.

ABOUT THE BANDS

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AU

AU’s third album, Both Lights, is a recurring dream. Eleven songs made by the Portland, Oregon-based duo Luke Wyland and Dana Valatka, it’s a story of Time.

In its eleven songs, Both Lights constructs new sonic and psychological terrain for the listener. It unfolds like a story, both in its hyper-attentive, graceful, and often fierce instrumentation — the language of Wyland and Valatka — and in its heated and naked emotion. “This is all inner struggle, inner growth, inner seeking,” said Wyland. Set to music, life sounds like AU.

-Sara Padgett Heathcott, Hometapes

ETERNAL TAPESTRY

After the dark conceptual ambience of Beyond the 4th Door, the members of Eternal Tapestry decided the time was right to do an album embracing their live show – blistering psych rock filled with lyrical guitar soloing and a caveman approach to rhythm, an oddly euphoric state where melancholia is blasted by ecstatic noise.

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“Committed psych, folk, and early metal music crate diggers could probably reference a vast and rich collection of LPs from the ’60s and ’70s that Eternal Tapestry’s work fits nicely alongside.” — Filter Magazine

 

CATSKILLS

From La Grande, Oregon. Jeff Grammer (drums, keyboard, banjo, vocals) Gregory Rawlins (guitar, vocals, harmonica, tamborine, cassette effects). Wayne Marvin Callahan (bass, vocals) have been evolving their newest project CATSKILLS, most recently playing at Boise’s Treefort Music Fest these homegrown experimentalists bring to the table raw and romping regional rock/folk.

 

ANNOUNCING THE 2014 FESTIVAL DATES

Mark your calendars for FEBRUARY 20-22, 2014 for the 5th Annual Eastern Oregon Film Festival in beautiful La Grande, Oregon.

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A FILM FESTIVAL

EOFF provides a quality of life component to our valley that is essential in attracting visitors, professionals, and businesses to the Grande Ronde Valley– in addition to stoking community passion for arts and culture. The band of volunteers that have worked tirelessly to bring this exciting, educational, and dynamic weekend of independent film and music have already rolled up their sleeves in preparation for a landmark 5th year event to be held February 20-22, 2014. It is time that our great EO communities do the same.

We cannot sustain the organization without the support of our community. It is our intention to cultivate productive partnerships with the City of La Grande, Eastern Oregon University, and Union County to ensure that we continue to invest in arts and culture experiences in our community. As evidenced by the far-reaching impact of successful film festivals around the world, a strong and sustainable EOFF greatly benefits the community financially and creatively.

There are numerous ways to get involved: Become a member of the 501c3 organization; sponsor the festival event; volunteer; become an annual partner; or become an angel supporter. If you share the vision for the potential of this organization, contact us about how you can help ensure its sustainability.

Thank you to all who have helped make this amazing organization what it is today. We look forward to creating another wonderful year of film, music, and good times in Union County.

CONTACT
Eastern Oregon Film Festival
1119 Washington Avenue, La Grande, Oregon 97850
T: 541.962.5799 (Christopher Jennings, Festival Director)
E: director@eofilmfest.com
W: http://www.eofilmfest.com
F: http://www.facebook.com/eofilmfest
T: http://www.twitter.com/eofilmfest
H: #EOFF2014

EOFF2013 Award Winners and Wrap

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EOFF IS PLEASED AS PUNCH TO ANNOUNCE ITS 2013 WINNERS

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We chose to honor this incredible selection of films for their brave, innovative filmmaking, and unique, compelling stories. This year’s award-winners moved EOFF audiences and connected with the festival’s artist-driven, DIY ethos. Hats off to this collection of filmmakers for making such powerful films with such minimal resources. We are honored to screen your work.

BEST FEATURE = ONLY THE YOUNG
BEST SHORT = (NOTES ON) BIOLOGY
BEST PERFORMANCE = HUGO ARMSTRONG, OK GOOD
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY = NANDAN RAO, THE INTERNATIONAL SIGN FOR CHOKING
MOST LIKELY TO WIN A HOT DOG EATING CONTEST = FINDING TRUELOVE


EOFF2013 was hands down our best year to date!  Thanks to all who made this year a success. We saw dramatic increase in attendance, filmmaker interaction, and regional participation.  Bars were hopping, hotel room rooms were filled, theatres were pumping us with artistry and perspective, and the Art Center at the Old Library held the most people in her bosom at once since, perhaps, the day the Old Carnegie Library gave rise a century ago.

DONATE

This is a chance for you to say thanks with a small donation to help fuel the EOFF engines.  We need to write grants and explore expansion opportunities while the iron is hot. If you love EOFF and want to see us take this event to the next level…

>> DONATE TODAY = FEEL GOOD

Eastern Oregon Film Festival is a 501c3 Non-profit and your charitable contribution is tax deductible.

TAKE OUR 2013 PARTICIPATION SURVEY

YOUR feedback about this year’s event is vital to the growth and evolution of our annual event.  Please take some time to fill out our online survey if you missed your chance during the festival.

>> TAKE THE SURVEY ONLINE NOW

RAVE REVIEW IN FILMMAKER MAG

EOFF was recognized in the premiere outlet (or periodical or something more astute) for independent filmmaking. Pretty cool to see our hometown festival growing and catching the attention of people who know film festivals.

Read the write-up for yourself:
http://filmmakermagazine.com/66542-a-hidden-gem-in-eastern-oregon/

Be proud, La Grande. Spread it around!

We are activley combing through the collected media over the three day event. Check out our ever growing collectiom of media from this year’s event.  Photos, music, video, skype Q & A’s. We love neat photos of what we have created and if you have some photos you want to share – pease do.Email, tag us in facebook, hashtag #EOFF2013, or deliver them by hand at the address below.(Photo of Art Center by Robin Spangler)

EOFF2013 Festival Guide

The festival is upon us!  Special thanks to all our great help in designing and building this year’s festival guide.  The guide will be distributed with all festival passes as well as been located at all venues through out the event.  Additional copies will make there way to hot spots in Pendleton, Baker City, and beyond.  Below is a digital version of the guide for use online and with your mobile device.  Enjoy.

FESTIVAL PASSES $45 until Valentine’s Day

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The EOFF2013 film program and music line-up is choice! We are so pumped.
Two weeks out people!

r-l-uklljht-wtjihet-sMake sure to lock in your all-access festival pass for $45.00 before Valentine’s Day. Your pass grants you access to all film screenings, special events, and after-parties. Additionally La Grande’s downtown community is offering a list of ‘PERKS‘ to the pass – for specials, discounts, and deals.  PS – with your PASS you will receive 50% off your lift ticket for the festival weekend at Anthony Lakes Ski Resort!

BUY IT NOW: // $45.00
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PASSES SOLD OUT

View the complete program and schedule of events online here: http://www.eofilmfest.com

ARTIST INVASION

We are so excited to have so many amazing filmmakers and musicians joining us in the Grande Ronde Valley for our fourth annual event.  Great Q&A’s both in person and via SKYPE, educational presentatation, and conversational panels give our festival participants a unique experience.  Presentations by LAIKAOregon Rural ActionORNANA, Northwest Film Center, and more make this weekend a not-to-miss excursion to Eastern Oregon.

See you in a couple of weeks in
La Grande, Oregon.

For more details or to purchase your pass by phone please contact:

Christopher Jennings
Festival Director
director@eofilmfest.com
541.962.5799