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Leavenworth: A Bavarian Gem

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Photos courtesy of Icicle TV

Discover the most unique gem in Washington State! Once a vibrant logging town, then teetering on extinction, and through perseverance, ingenuity and a lot of committed town people, Leavenworth has become the Bavarian Village, alive with activity year-round. It is truly the story of the American Dream.bavarians_downtown-1

It helps that we are a beautiful, old world architecturally designed village, nestled in the magnificent Cascade Mountain Range, on the sunny side of the state! Leavenworth offers live outdoor theater, nationally ranked outdoor recreational opportunities of enormous proportions, remarkable sights, and four spectacular seasons, each filled with adventure, festivals, food and fun.

Uniquely, you can’t miss in Leavenworth. We are never “out of season”! You can always get a chance for a “Bavarian Sighting,” whether it’s Icefest, Accordionfest, Maifest, Kinderfest, Oktoberfest, outdoor beer and brat gartens, or the sweet melody of a drehorgelspieler (German organ grinder) and the twice daily alp horn concerts, all throughout the year. Uniquely too, when winter hits, Leavenworth continues the fun.Photo Credit Icicle TV (2)

Leavenworth in the winter captures the dream in every child’s heart of what Christmas looks like; with the glistening snowfalls comes our Village of Lights, the place to go in Washington for a traditional, magical holiday experience. Christmas season features sleigh rides, sledding, tubing, skiing (both Alpine and Nordic), snowmobiles, dog sleds, and three magical weekends of Christmas lighting, caroling, characters, hot spiced wine, concerts, harps and handbells. It’s no wonder Leavenworth has been awarded the Ultimate Holiday/Christmas Town by A&E, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and the Travel Channel.

For more information about filming in Leavenworth, visit www.leavenworth.org.

Exploring Oregon

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Vast and Varied Locations for Every Production Need

Photos courtesy of Oregon Film

Oregon has been a filming destination since 1908 and remains an iconic location for just about every landscape need.

From the Overlook Hotel (Timberline Lodge) in The Shining to the Delta House (Eugene) in Animal House; from the railroad tracks (Cottage Grove) in The General to the tent cities (Baker) of Paint Your Wagon—the history, talent and support structure for creating content throughout the state still remains as deep and varied as ever, stretching from The River Wild to Wild and back again.7 1

Grimm and Portlandia use the state’s largest city as a backdrop for monsters and social satire, but Ashland was recently recognized as the nation’s #1 small city to live and work in as a filmmaker, while Bend and Central Oregon play host to countless high-profile commercials and outdoor & extreme sports spots. It’s hard to find a more diverse environment in such close proximity to creative companies and talent.

Visit www.oregonfilm.org for more location ideas.

A Historic Journey Through Albany

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In the center of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley, the city of Albany has beckoned to wave after wave of settlers since the first pioneers in the 1840s. As a result, this friendly city offers authentic locations as varied as a pioneer-era trading post, a Victorian mansion and a WWII army barracks. Surrounded by open farmland and framed by rolling hills and misty forests, Albany is an ideal filming location.IMG_1892

Albany is home to the most eclectic collection of historic buildings in Oregon: more than 700 structures, with both residential neighborhoods and commercial districts that could stand in for nearly any era in U.S. history. Nearby are both a water-powered flour mill and a steam-powered lumber mill. The Willamette and Calapooia rivers converge in Albany, and riverfront parks and bridges provide scenic views. Just a few miles outside of town are curving country roads dotted with covered bridges, old barns and farmhouses, hazelnut orchards, and fields of wheat and corn. Remote trails, cascading waterfalls and old-growth forests are minutes away.

Albany’s mild climate rarely falls below freezing or soars above 90, but still reflects changing seasons, with frosty mornings and brilliant fall foliage. With its unique buildings and stunning landscapes, Albany provides the best of city and rural scenery.

Visit www.albanyvisitors.com to find out more.

BE Inspired in Bellingham, WA

Fairhaven. Photo by Peter James Photography Studio

Fairhaven. Photo by Peter James Photography Studio

The Bellingham Experience is intensely inspired by nature. The Whatcom County region in the far northwest corner of Washington State is home to snow-capped Mount Baker and the North Cascades National Park. Mount Baker Highway is a national scenic byway that departs from Bellingham and traverses 58 miles east, making many switchbacks as it rises to 5,140 feet, terminating with incredible alpine vistas at Artist Point in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie wilderness area. Due to world-record snowfall at Mt. Baker Ski Area, the final 6 miles of the road are only open in the summer and early fall.

The General Store at Pioneer Park. Photo by Annette Bagley

The General Store at Pioneer Park. Photo by Annette Bagley

At sea level, the city of Bellingham hugs the scenic Salish Sea with a thriving Victorian-era historic district. Bellingham is home to Western Washington University, recently named one of the nation’s “30 most beautiful coastal college campuses.” A second scenic byway, Chuckanut Drive, runs south from Bellingham into the Skagit Valley on the cliffs above the shoreline.

Lynden windmill. Courtesy: Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism

Lynden windmill. Courtesy: Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism

The region is also home to Lummi Island, with a population under 1,000 and many picturesque homes, as well as the Dutch inspired city of Lynden, which is an agricultural area, specializing in dairy and raspberry production. The city of Ferndale has the largest collection of pioneer-era, cedar-plank log cabins at Pioneer Park.

Fairhaven Shopping. Photo by Brandon Saway

Fairhaven Shopping. Photo by Brandon Saway

Hiking, running, mountain biking, road biking, and paddling are all popular sports in the Bellingham region, and beers at the bottom are embraced by the locals at the rapidly growing number of craft breweries. The area is also a hub for the local food movement, inspired by abundant small farms and a widely recognized and picturesque farmer’s market.

Visit www.bellingham.org for more.

Long Beach Peninsula: The Coast With the Most

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Expansive beach, ocean vistas, craggy tree-lined cliffs—Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula is home to idyllic Pacific Northwest splendor.

With a variety of coastal landscapes, the Long Beach Peninsula offers 28 miles of tungsten-hued beach, surf, flaxen dunes, and scrub pine forest fronting the Pacific Ocean. Sea, bay and river vistas complement rocky headlands, moss-laden forests, lakes and wetlands. Crimson cranberry bogs, ripe in autumn, dot the peninsula.Long Beach

Additional settings include the working fishing village of Ilwaco, Victorian homes of Seaview and Main Street facades of Long Beach, a classic beach town. The Willapa Bay village of Oysterville is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and dates to the mid-1800s.

A wooden boardwalk and paved trail provide ocean-view platforms. A range of lodging options, great restaurants and caterers complete the package.

Visit www.funbeach.com for more information.

Everett Awaits…

7 Minutes films in Everett.

7 Minutes films in Everett.

Everett is situated on Port Gardner Bay at the mouth of the Snohomish River between the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. Nearly 50 miles of freshwater and saltwater shoreline and the second-largest marina on the West Coast provide a variety of natural backdrops for film. A working waterfront and remnants of the city’s gritty mill town beginnings remain today. Downtown has a distinctively small-town feeling with historic buildings and tree-lined streets. Everett has a variety of neighborhoods—from old, stately homes to modest, working-class homes with well-kept yards and beautiful, tree-lined streets. From Everett, a film crew is 30 minutes to Seattle’s skyscrapers, Skagit farmland, the cattail and bulrush marshes of the Snohomish river delta or the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Accommodations in Everett have lower room and tax rates and can offer free parking.

Films Made in Everett

2015: Television series, location manager Dave Drummond.

2014: The Architect, an indie film by writers Catherine DiNapoli and Jonathan Parker starring Eric McCormack and Parker Posey, and location manager Doug duMas.

2013: 7 Minutes, a Whitewater Film Production starring Leven Rambin, Jason Ritter and Luke Mitchell, and location manager Doug duMas.

• Numerous commercials and TV episodes including Our America with Lisa Ling and Kitchen Nightmares with Chef Gordon Ramsay.

Local Film Liaison – Lisa Newland, Cultural Arts Coordinator for the City of Everett, 425-257-7107, lnewland@everettwa.gov.

Agency That Issues Permits and Costs – The city issues all permits and street closures in a streamlined permit process. We will save you time by holding one meeting with representatives from transit, traffic, fire, police, parks and the film office to ensure a smooth and easy shooting process. The City of Everett does not charge a film permit fee but does require a $1,000 damage deposit.

Spokane: Your Next Filming Destination

Riverside State Park. (Photo by Jeff Schindler)

Riverside State Park. (Photo by Jeff Schindler)

By Peyton Scheller, Communications Manager, Visit Spokane

It’s clear from Spokane’s “Near nature. Near perfect.” mantra that outdoor filming locations throughout the region are not hard to come by. All things outdoors aside, Spokane’s never-ending “places to shoot” list is as diverse as they come, with a thriving downtown, unique public spaces and eclectic neighborhoods scattered throughout the city. While the possibilities are almost limitless, here are just a few specific scene location ideas that are sure to take your project to the next level:

Duncan Garden (Photo by Alan Bisson)

Duncan Garden (Photo by Alan Bisson)

Garden Party
Located in 90-acre Manito Park, Duncan Garden follows the classic Renaissance garden style with symmetrical design, geometric planting beds and a central water feature. The sunken garden includes three acres of colorful displays, adding the necessary brightness to complement any garden scene. Duncan Garden is just one of five different gardens within Manito Park.

The Milk Bottle (Photo courtesy of Visit Spokane)

The Milk Bottle (Photo courtesy of Visit Spokane)

Classic Americana
For a blast from the past, head a few miles north of downtown Spokane to the Garland District. The historic Garland Theater, anchored with a giant neon sign in original art deco design, sets the stage for classic movie-theater shots. For the old-fashioned diner feel, stop by Ferguson’s café, or get your fill of milkshakes and burgers at the Milk Bottle (a restaurant housed in a building shaped like—you guessed it—a milk bottle).

Urban Forest
As Washington’s largest state park, Riverside State Park consists of 14,000 acres of lush Douglas firs, wildflower-lined trails and huge basalt rocks protruding out of the rushing Spokane River. For an urban forest scene that is relatively easy hiking but doesn’t skimp on the views, Riverside State Park is your place.

Period Mansions
Spokane recently hosted the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference, mainly because of the city’s abundance of historically preserved buildings and homes. Neighborhood pockets such as Browne’s Addition and the Rockwood Blvd. area provide tree-lined streets with mansions on either side, showcasing the early 1900s homes of Spokane’s former elite.

Green Bluff (Photo by Alan Bisson)

Green Bluff (Photo by Alan Bisson)

Farms Aplenty
Spokane is neighbored by the rolling wheat fields of the Palouse, but for farms packed with produce, head to Green Bluff, just 20 minutes away. A co-operative of 40-plus family farms nestled at the bottom of Mt. Spokane, Green Bluff features strawberry fields, apple orchards, pumpkin patches and everything in between.

Foot Chase
No action movie is complete without a foot chase scene. Add a new dimension with a dash through the Steam Plant, a once fully operating steam plant that powered downtown Spokane. The space has been completely refurbished to hold a restaurant, brewery, shops and more, but the original catwalks and boiler pipes are still exposed in true industrial form. Think steampunk and you’ll get the picture.

Spokane is a filmmaker’s paradise with a dynamic city vibe, unmatched scenery, picturesque parks and more. Plus, the region is extremely accessible, with little to no traffic and an airport just 10 minutes from downtown. The icing on the cake? You don’t have to look far for talented actors and a hard-working crew—the local film industry is just as amazing as the city itself.

For more information about Spokane, check out www.visitspokane.com.

Location Team Nominated for LMGA Award

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The Location Managers Guild of America nominated Washington-based location manager Alissa Desler and location scout Lori Allen, both with A Hidden Location NW, for “Outstanding Locations in a Commercial Campaign.”

This award is given to commercials that celebrate the significance of locations as a critical element of production. This nomination, voted on by peers in the industry, is a testament to Desler and Allen’s reputation of excellence and their inspired work on the commercials for the 2015 Subaru Outback.

During this three-week shoot, Desler worked diligently with the ODOT Director and their engineers to work out a traffic plan that would be the first ever to shut down Highway 101 periodically on a Friday afternoon. Locations used in this commercial included a portion of Highway 101, Cape Perpetua to Seal Caves, then to Cave Palisades and Smith Rock, both located in Central Oregon.

In March this year, Desler and her husband Brad set out to Beverly Hills to attend LMGA’s 2nd Annual Awards, held at the Wallis Center of Performing Arts. Although Dodge Ram 1500 commercial won the award for that category, Desler and Allen were both honored to be nominated.

You can view the commercials that were shown on Discovery Channel, and the “unveiling” of the new 2015 Subaru Outback by President of Fuji Industries Japan, at www.ahiddenlocation.com.

The Goonies 30th Anniversary

Photo by Andy Petrou

Photo by Andy Petrou

By Regina Willkie, Marketing Manager, Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

The Goonies 30th Anniversary Celebration was held in Astoria, Oregon, from June 4 to 7, 2015—just a short two weeks ago as of this writing. We enjoyed a successful event overall, bringing a nice economic boost to our community to kick-off the summer season. This is our third anniversary celebration to host, starting in 2005 with the 20th. Attendees come from all across the U.S. and Canada, and we had a representative from every continent except for Antarctica at this year’s celebration. We estimate that 12,000 people participated in some way during the weekend.

Photo by Carrie Marino Ank

Photo by Carrie Marino Ank

The celebration took place at several venues in Astoria and even Cannon Beach, 30 miles away, where some of the movie’s scenes were also filmed. Activities ranged from behind-the-scenes presentations about the filming both from locals and Hollywood guests, a Truffle Shuffle 5K fun run on the beach, themed musical performances, an outdoor film screening on the high school football field seen in the film (which will be torn down in the near future), and bus tours to see the town’s many filming sites—from not only The Goonies, but Kindergarten Cop, Short Circuit and others.

Pirates and Mr. Perkins on the beach. (Photo by Jeff Wallen)

Pirates and Mr. Perkins on the beach. (Photo by Jeff Wallen)

This community effort relied on volunteers filling more than 600 shifts in a variety of roles and venues. The event took over the historic Astoria Armory as a headquarters (known as The Goondocks) where attendees could pick up tickets, official event merchandise and browse the 80s Con, a gathering of vendors with items reminiscent of the ‘80s and modern-day pop culture. The remaining 30th Anniversary Goonies products, including T-shirts for the whole family, drinkware and magnets, are available on our website store at www.OldOregon.com. Be sure to pick up your Goonies Gordo, the licensed collectible plush of Chunk and Sloth launched from the celebration.

Photo by Tyler Little

Photo by Tyler Little

The spirit of collaboration was evident throughout the weekend as the Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with several organizations as sponsors or activity hosts for the celebration. One such sponsorship came from Geocaching, based in Seattle, who took on the treasure hunt aspect of the event and brought it to the “next level” by creating an interactive, digital experience for attendees. This was a great way for visitors to explore the community, families to work together to solve the puzzles, and residents to join in on the fun by experiencing their home in a new way. Not only did they provide this new digital platform for the “One-Eyed Willy Treasure Hunt,” but they brought in an army of volunteers to help staff that event. KOA (located in Warrenton) was the first sponsor to sign up and supported the event throughout the year with two senior staff members on the event’s planning committee providing expert guidance. They also donated lodging to a few promotional giveaways, as well as to volunteers coming to the event from out of the area. To round out the three major event sponsors, Dark Horse Comics (based in Milwaukie, Oregon) joined the team by lending their design skills to the event’s promotions and publicity work, including layout and design of the souvenir program.

Photo by Carrie Marino Ank

Photo by Carrie Marino Ank

As for the main objective of this milestone anniversary—we nailed it! The Goonies events are not held to fund the Chamber’s operations, but to bring awareness to our region as a worthy travel destination, while leveraging the love of this cult-classic film. We not only attracted thousands of people to town for the weekend, we garnered international attention through social and traditional media. We have tracked more than 80 print/online stories and 125 broadcast (TV/radio) stories that, combined, reached more than 395 million people. We’ve heard from many area businesses that they had record sales that weekend, too.Andy Petrou 20150605_200134

Our post-Goonies 30th goals are taking advantage of the wave of attention for our area around this film-tourism phenomenon and converting it into year-round tourism, encouraging visits throughout all four seasons. Much of this is happening naturally, with many visitors at the Goonies events explaining that they’ve made it an annual (or more frequent) tradition to come to the Astoria-Warrenton area. We continue to face the challenge of the popular film site of “the Goonies house” being in a dead-end, small neighborhood and are working to shift the focus away from being at the house to other more accessible locations, like viewing it from a distance and visiting the Oregon Film Museum as the must-see experience for film-related visits to our area.

For more information, visit www.oldoregon.com.

Ashland, Oregon: #1 Town to Live and Work as a Filmmaker

Banner over Main Street celebrates Ashland's achievement. GARY KOUT

Banner over Main Street celebrates Ashland’s achievement. GARY KOUT

By Leah Gibson Southern Oregon Film and Media (SOFaM)

Envision a special place that embraces green forests, snowcapped mountains, blue lakes and hastening rivers. This is an enchanted land where citizens enjoy the good life in a small quaint town. Located just 15 miles north of the California border in the Rogue Valley, right where the Siskiyou and Cascade Mountains intersect, is one such town: Ashland, Oregon. This dynamic hamlet of 20,000 souls boasts a vibrant and artsy community where natural spring water literally bubbles to the surface through fountains in the welcoming downtown hub the locals refer to simply as “The Plaza.”

Oz Rodriguez (director) and David Robert Jones (DP) on the set of 'Brother in Laws.' TYLER MADDOX

Oz Rodriguez (director) and David Robert Jones (DP) on the set of ‘Brother in Laws.’ TYLER MADDOX

Ashland is known for many things: world-class theater at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a top-notch liberal arts education at Southern Oregon University, and the beauty and solitude of Lithia Park, designed by John McLaren of Golden Gate Park fame. What Ashland hasn’t been known for is filmmaking. But that is starting to change.

After quietly producing quality productions of all types and sizes for years, Ashland was recognized in 2014 by MovieMaker magazine by being named the #2 town to live and work as a filmmaker in the nation. Then it was kicked up one more notch to #1 in January of 2015. To be sure, this esteemed position is partly due to its extraordinary locale, cultured atmosphere and high quality of life. These aspects of Ashland land the town atop many lists. The recognition for Ashland’s filmmaking is specifically thanks to the numerous letters of support from local businesses and community leaders. This town’s support runs deep, as evidenced by its film-focused economic development grant two years running.

Crane shot of the Ashland Springs Hotel. BEN LIPSEY

Crane shot of the Ashland Springs Hotel. BEN LIPSEY

Wondering if you’ve seen Ashland on the big screen? In 2014, it was hard to miss. The picturesque town was featured as one of the stops along the Pacific Crest Trail in the acclaimed Reese Witherspoon film, Wild. The town was prominently featured in Night Moves, the indie eco-terrorism thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning. And Ashland was where Shirley Knight took her first steps towards the Oregon coast in Redwood Highway.

It’s important to note that it’s a rare production that only takes place in Ashland and relies solely on Ashland resources. In truth, another thing Ashland has going for it is the robust and varied region of which it is a part. The Southern Oregon coast and the high desert to the east, along with many small towns, have all hosted productions. These are where many of the region’s crews and cast call home. Located 13 miles north of Ashland, Medford is the area’s biggest town and the location for many of its productions. Medford also supports the industry with economic development money. When taken as a whole, the MovieMaker designation of Ashland as #1 really applies to all of Southern Oregon.

On the set of 'Redwood Highway.' GARY KOUT

On the set of ‘Redwood Highway.’ GARY KOUT

Making and watching movies overlap at the region’s many film festivals, including the Siskiyou FilmFest (focused on environmentally themed films), the Klamath Independent Film Festival (focused on locally shot films and films by local filmmakers), the Killer Valley Horror Film Festival, and the Southern Oregon University Student Film Festival. Of course, the Ashland Independent Film Festival is a highly regarded and nationally known festival that MovieMaker magazine also recognized as a festival “worth the entry fee.”

Enthusiastic crowds pack the Varsity Theatre during AIFF. AL CASE, ASHLAND DAILY PHOTO (courtesy AIFF)

Enthusiastic crowds pack the Varsity Theatre during AIFF. AL CASE, ASHLAND DAILY PHOTO (courtesy AIFF)

The festival, known as AIFF, attracts top-quality long and short narrative and documentary films from all over the world. Recent keynote participants have included Morgan Spurlock, Julie Taymor, Barbara Kopple and Ty Burrell (who attended college in Ashland). In a nod to the robust local film and media industry, AIFF has a Locals program and a student film competition that lets local filmmakers, both budding and veteran, experience the excitement and energy of having audiences watch and comment on their films. These individuals also get the invaluable opportunity to connect to the wider community of award-winning filmmakers.

Writer/director Gary Lundgren watches the shot on the set of 'Black Road.' ANNE LUNDGREN

Writer/director Gary Lundgren watches the shot on the set of ‘Black Road.’ ANNE LUNDGREN

Shepherding and supporting the local industry is Southern Oregon Film and Media (SOFaM). With its office in Ashland, SOFaM is a membership-based non-profit that promotes the region to both local and out-of-area producers and works to connect productions with local film professionals, actors, equipment and resources via its online directory. Open to industry participants, businesses, students and general supporters, SOFaM membership offers access to digital newsletters, networking opportunities, job postings, free and discounted admission to special SOFaM events, and reciprocal benefits with sister organizations across Oregon. With its large database and deep reach across the entire region, SOFaM is the starting point for any film or media need. SOFaM has been instrumental in bringing high-profile projects to the area in its eight-year history, such as a recent Budweiser commercial filmed in Jacksonville and the upcoming feature comedy Brother In Laws from producer Lorne Michaels, which shot in and near Klamath Falls.

Commercial shoot for Grange Co-Op. TYLER MADDOX

Commercial shoot for Grange Co-Op. TYLER MADDOX

But it’s not just these and the previously mentioned productions that define the Southern Oregon film and media industry and keep its members busy. The area sees a great number of local, regional and national commercials and corporate videos, television projects, short films, music videos and many independent features, all taking advantage of what earned Ashland and Southern Oregon the top spot on the list of places to live and work as a moviemaker.

Leah Gibson is a freelance special effects makeup artist and the Executive Assistant to Southern Oregon Film and Media. For information on filming in Southern Oregon, visit www.filmsouthernoregon.org.