What I Do

I direct Oregon Cartoon Institute, a 501c3 non profit, which uses new media, archival film, research, networking, and cross disciplinary discussion to explore Oregon film, animation, and print cartooning history.

Annual conference designed to meet the needs of professionals.

2015 Oregon Film History Invitational

2016 Oregon Film History Invitational

2017 Oregon Film History Invitational

2018 Oregon Film History Conference

2019 Oregon Film History Conference

Public history/arts education events:

2006 The Portland That Was

2009 Oregon Sesquicentennial Film Festival at Marylhurst

2011 Mel Blanc Project

2013 Harry Smith PDX (+ Paul Wolfe’s bonus photoblog)

2014-2015 Mid Century Oregon Genius


I write about Oregon film history.

Notes On James Blue

It’s The Ignominy, Stupid: Portland, Portlandia, and Robert Johnston’s Radical Middle Class

Handy Guide to Growing Independent Film Outside LA and New York: What Portland Did Right

How Oregon Cartoon Institute Began: An Illustrated Guide

Portland Film Family Tree

I advise projects which explore Oregon’s film, animation, and print cartooning history.

Comic City USA, at OHS

Oregon’s Animation Magic: An Oregon Art Beat Special, on OPB

James Blue Alliance

I write about regional identity.

Bookology: A Cascadia Crash Course

Happy Birthday, Salmon Boy

Oregon Post Illahee: Bi-Culturality In Our DNA

I write about women in film.

Carrie Brownstein’s Cinematic Sisterhood: Vanessa Renwick, Miranda July & Marne Lucas

Sofia Coppola, Oscar Princess

Marilyn Monroe’s Oregon Connection (and Stuffing Recipe)

Sometimes, I climb a soapbox.

Oregon Must Cherish Its Art And Artists by Keeping The Ken Kesey Papers In The State

Oregon Film History Initiative Celebrates 20 Fabulous Years:  A Trip Ahead In A Time Machine

For even more information, head over here.

For a crash course, here’s OCI/FAQ.