MFA, Columbia University School of the Arts, Film Division
Columbia University School of General Studies, Sarah Lawrence College
As director of Oregon Cartoon Institute
Directed UNDERGROUND USA, a one day symposium about the writers and artists who came out of Portland’s underground press. With Maurice Isserman, Norman Solomon, Bill Plympton, Patrick Rosenkranz, David Chelsea, Richard Gehr and surprise guests Matt Groening and Walt Curtis. Designed to support the Comic City USA exhibit at OHS. In UO’s White Stag Auditorium on Oct. 15, 2016.
Directed the Harry Comes Home Tour, bringing programs to Bellingham in partnership with Western Washington University on Nov. 5, 2013, to Seattle in partnership with Seattle International Film Festival Cinema on Mar 18, 2014.
Presented guest speaker Ben Truwe’s lecture on pioneering Oregon animator Vance Debar “Pinto“ Colvig at Fifth Avenue Cinema, in partnership with Portland ASIFA on October 13, 2013.
Directed Harry Smith PDX, a public history/arts education project which included a panel discussion, a evening of films and a five hour series of interactive presentations free to the public. May 16-19, 2013 in Portland, Oregon. Supervised thirty five volunteers and twelve guest speakers in three events at two venues. Webmaster/writer for the Harry Smith PDX website.
Selected Oregon Cartoon Institute’s second artist in residence, performance artist and filmmaker Leo Daedalus.
Advised Silverton Historical Society’s Homer Davenport Project, Summer 2012
Presented public history/arts education program on early Portland filmmaker and animator, Lewis Clark Cook, in partnership with Oregon Historical Society and Fifth Avenue Cinema, on Feb. 12, 2012
Interviewed Robert Johnston and David Horowitz onstage about “Robert Johnston, Mel Blanc and Portland’s Radical Middle Class”, at Portland State University, February 8, 2012
Directed the Mel Blanc Project, a public history/arts education event which included partnerships with Oregon Jewish Museum, Ethos Music Center, Oregon Historical Society and Portland State University’s School of Fine and Performing Arts, June 2011.
Directed the Mel Blanc Project Lecture Series, coordinating programming, publicity and community partnerships. Supervised eighteen volunteers to support eight guest speakers in six events at three venues. Secured funding from Kinsman Foundation and Miller Foundation. Directed the Learn More About The Mel Blanc Project screening series of archival films. An eight part series at two venues. Webmaster/writer for the Mel Blanc Project website.
Selected Oregon Cartoon Institute’s first artist in residence, musician and composer Heather Perkins.
Produced, in partnership with Karl Lind Films, Barks + Wolverton = R. Crumb, American Genius, a video profiling the influence of two Oregon artists on Robert Crumb. Released during Portland Art Museum’s 2010 exhibit of Robert Crumb’s Book Of Genesis exhibit. Featuring Patrick Rosenkranz and Charles Boucher.
Directed Bill Plympton Day, a full day of screenings and lectures by Oregon animator Bill Plympton co-sponsored by Oregon Cartoon Institute and 2009 Oregon Sesquicentennial Film Festival at Marylhurst University.
Co-produced video blog coverage of the 2007 Platform International Animation Festival in Portland Oregon. Interviews with Rose Bond, Jim Blashfield, Marilyn Zornado, Will Vinton.
Produced Dennis Nyback’s Cartoon Extravaganza: 21 Days & 21 Nights of Rare 16mm Animation, Feb. 23 – March 15, 2007, Oregon Cartoon Institute benefit at Disjecta and the Hollywood Theatre. Coordinated guest appearances by Oregon animators Rose Bond, Jim Blashfield and Svenn Bonnichsen. Presented 35mm animation by Will Vinton, Chel White, Joan Gratz, Joanna Priestley, Marilyn Zornado, Bill Plympton.
Founded Oregon Cartoon Institute in 2007, with Dennis Nyback. Dedicated to raising awareness of Oregon’s rich animation and cartooning history, Oregon Cartoon Institute has been fiscally sponsored by Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission since 2010.
As Oregon film historian
Organized third Oregon film history conference, May 5, 2017. Presentations by Ron Kramer, Elizabeth Peterson, Gretchen Harmon, David Chelsea, David Cress.
Organized second Oregon film history conference, May 13, 2016. Presentations by Larry Telles, Dennis Nyback, Patrick Rosenkranz, Libby Burke, Richard Blue, Harry Dawson, Mike Richardson.
Organized first Oregon film history conference, May 8, 2015. Presentations by Gary Lacher, Steve Stone, Gus Frederick, Ben Truwe, Walt Dimick, Dennis Nyback, Sheldon Renan, Brooke Jacobson, Richard Blakeslee, Tom Chamberlin.
Directed the Mid Century Oregon Genius screening series, Oct. 10 & 11, 2014 and Jan. 16 & 17, 2015. James Ivory, Richard Blue, Dennis Nyback and Bill Plympton introduce films of James Ivory, James Blue, Harry Smith and Homer Groening.
Coordinated the panel discussion Four On Blue and kept a blog, Notes On James Blue, for the James Blue Tribute in Portland, in April 2014. The James Blue Tribute was a partnership between the University of Oregon’s Schnitzer Cinema and the James and Richard Blue Foundation.
Directed Raw, Raucous, & Sublime: 33 1/3 Years of Vanessa Renwick, a two night retrospective, April 25 & 26, 2013.
Introduced “A Place Called Home: Narrative Filmmaking”, “A Place Called Home: Animation”, and “A Place Called Home: Documentary” for The Dill Pickle Club lecture series; March 25 & April 29, 2012 at Cinema 21, Hollywood Theatre and Whitsell Auditorium
Kept the Oregon film history blog, Oregon Movies, A to Z. 2008-2014.
Co-curated ten days of screenings and presentations at the Oregon Sesquicentennial Film Festival at Marylhurst University in May 2009. Brought in Gus Van Sant, James Ivory, Bill Plympton, Chris Eyre. Worked closely with each to custom tailor their festival appearances; all four voluntarily extended their time at the festival beyond the terms of our contract. Brought in Marne Lucas, Tad Savinar, Shawn Levy, Ted Mahar, Aaron Mesh, David Walker and others to speak at the Sesquicentennial Festival. Coordinated Marylhurst faculty involvement.
Undertook original research needed to create the Sesquicentennial Festival panel discussion “Portland Before Video.” Interviewed Ellen Thomas, Will Vinton, Jim Blashfield, Brooke Jacobson, Bill Plympton, Penny Allen, Walt Curtis, David Milholland, Marilyn Zornado, Tim Smith.
Worked with Damon Eckhoff to design the Sesquicentennial Festival logo and website. Designed and wrote the festival’s sponsorship packet. Wrote successful grant proposal to Kinsman Foundation.
Produced The Portland That Was for PICA’s 2006 Time Based Arts Festival. A city wide public history/public art installation which combined live outdoor screenings of site specific archival films from Dennis Nyback’s archive with an interactive website (still online).
Papers and presentations
Portland Pop In Three Centuries, Hand Eye Curiosity Club, May 17, 2016. With Carl Abbott.
Shakespeare Is Oregon Territory: Ellis Lawrence Designs the Elsinore Theatre, Oregon Heritage Conference, May 8, 2016. With Dennis Nyback, followed by a tour of the Elsinore Theatre.
Who Makes Pop? How Robert Johnston’s theory of Portland’s radical middle class explains and predicts Portlandia, American West Center at University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Sept. 21, 2014.
Harry Smith: Crossculturality and Regional Identity in a Salmon Nation Beatnik, on March 21, 2014 at the Society of Cinema & Media Studies conference in Seattle.
Joaquin Miller, C. E. S. Wood and John Reed: Oregon’s Three Warrior Poets at the 2012 Northwest Poets Concord in Newberg, OR, May 4, 2012
Oregon At The Oscars at Oregon Historical Society, February 26, 2012
Buster’s Peers: Overview of Unexpected Oregon Films at Cottage Grove Historical Society’s Buster Keaton Conference, August 6, 2011
Capturing Tourists Through Oregon Film History at Oregon Heritage Conference, April 8, 2011
The Portland That Was: Archival film, video and live screenings illuminate history at UCLA’s Re-imagining The Archive Symposium, Nov. 13, 2010
Oregon Westerns, A to Z at Astoria International Film Festival, Oct.16, 2010
Walt Curtis: What The Poet Sees When He Looks at the Northwest Poets Concord. May 8, 2010
Howard’s War: O. O. Howard Wrestles with Angels, Indians, History and His Own Boss While Crossing Yellowstone at Pacific Northwest Historians Guild, March 1, 2008
Boom! The Fishtanks Explode: Surrealism, Fellini & DePalma at Rutgers Italian Film Conference, October 18, 1996
Wrote and produced A Boy & His Car, a 30 minute live action short set in New York City. Winner, Gold Award, Best Original Short Subject, 1991 Houston International Film Festival
First Prize, Best Narrative, 1991 Brooklyn Arts Council Film Festival
Finalist, 1991 USA Film Festival, Dallas
All Star, by unanimous double jury vote, Coalition of Quality Children’s Media.
A Boy & His Car was selected for Ninth Festival of Cinema for Young Australians, Adelaide, 1990; Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Chicago, 1990; Independent Feature Market, New York, 1990; National Educational Film & Video Festival, Oakland, 1991; American Film & Video Festival, Philadelphia, 1991; 1991 Houston International Film Festival; 1991 Brooklyn Arts Council Film Festival; 1991 USA Film Festival, Dallas. Television sales: VPRO, Holland; KNOWLEDGE, Canada; RTE, Ireland; TV 1000, United Kingdom; NRK, Norway, ACCESS, Canada; also Israel, Belgium and Sweden. Library sales, prints: New York Public Library, University of Pennsylvania. Foreign language soundtrack: Swedish television
Wrote, produced, directed multi-media one woman show Howard’s War, about Oliver Otis Howard, the general who led the US army pursuit of the Nez Perce in 1877. In Enterprise, Oregon, June 2007.
Adjunct in Speech and Communication Department, Portland State University Summer Session, 2001. Co-taught with Dennis Nyback, using his archival films, Hollywood Does The Cakewalk: An Intersection of Nineteenth Century Minstrelsy & Twentieth Century Film
Instructor, Northwest Film Center, Summer Semester 2000. Co-taught with Dennis Nyback, using his archival films, Not For The Faint Of Heart: An Introduction To Avant – Garde Film.
Adjunct in Speech and Communication Department, Portland State University Summer Session, 2000. Tools of the Screenwriter: Adaptation. Guest speakers Chuck Palahniuk, Walt Curtis.
Artist In The Schools for Fishtrap, Inc., February 2000. Taught filmmaking on video in Enterprise High School and Joseph Middle School.
Jan Term Instructor in English Department, Linfield College, 1998 – 2000. Taught a four week intensive course on screenwriting for three consecutive years.
The Regional Film Centers of America: Four Institutions That Have Shaped Independent Film For Decades, in MovieMaker Magazine, May 24, 2017
Portland Film Family Tree, in Portland Monthly Magazine, October 2012
Oregon Must Cherish Its Art and Artists By Keeping the Ken Kesey Papers in the State, in the Sunday, May 20, 2012 , The Oregonian
Member of the advisory board of The Richard and James Blue Foundation, Jan. 2014.
Member of Oregon Historical Society’s education and programming committee. June, 2013.
Upcoming: A Film Lover’s Guide To Oregon Film: a book about Oregon film history.