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An online gathering of regional filmmakers holding conversations around COVID-19.

We are all navigating the outbreak of COVID-19. We are inspired by the incredible response from our partners across the state who have been working diligently to develop resources that we hope can help our creative community.
The Film and New Media Happy Hour helps us learn more about how Coronavirus is impacting the film industry in Oregon and connect over our creative processes during this time of COVID19.
For more information on how to join our Film and New Media Happy Hour please email

June 11, 2020 | Addressing Racial Biases in the Creative Community | Special guests Annie TonsiengsomKanani KosterSerita WesleyDru Holley, and Fran Bittakis.

May 29, 2020 | New Opportunities in VR & Experiential Storytelling | Michel Reilhac, Filmmaker, Experiential Artist and Head of VR, Venice Biennale and René Pinnell, CEO & Designer, K A L E I D O S C O P E.

May 15, 2020 | Special Guests: Alex Bulkley SHADOWMACHINE and Sarah Serata, Producer, Wendell and Wild.

May 8, 2020 | cdavid cottrill (IATSE Local 488, Studio Mechanics of the Pacific Northwest) and Michelle Damis, President of Portland local SAG-AFTRA.

May 1, 2020 | Patty Brebner, Director of Wieden + Kennedy Studios // JOINT and David Cress, television and film producer (Shrill and Portlandia).

April 24, 2020 | Josh Welsh, President, Film Independent

April 17, 2020 | Vivian Hua from the Northwest Film Forum, Todd Looby from BendFilm and Chelsea Smith – FilmFort/TreeFort


April 3, 2020 | Tim Williams from Oregon Film, Brian Lord from the City of Portland, Brian Rogers from the Oregon Arts Commission and Madison Cario from the Regional Arts and Culture Council

March 27, 2020 | Tim Williams from Oregon Film and Ben Popp from the Northwest Film Center.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.