Dispatch from the Boiler Room: August 13

We’re back after a little break to enjoy a bit of Portland’s brief summer, and August is shaping up to be a big month for us, with some exciting new organizational partners.

We’ve welcomed two new apprentice filmmakers to the Boiler Room: Garrison Davis is a former student of mine, having recently completed my Cinematography course at the Northwest Film Center. His final project, “Runners” is a fantastic example of how to use cinematography to make already impressive feats—in this case, parkour—look almost superhuman. You can check it out here.

New apprentice Garrison Davis takes a leap of faith in “Runners”

Also joining us is Chico Ordeneal, who has been patiently waiting to work with us since the last round of apprentice recruitment, and we’re super excited to finally get to work together. In addition to working on his first feature film, Chico is a new father to a 10-month old daughter!

Filmmaker Dustin Morrow answers audience questions at the Whitsell Auditorium

Last week Chico and Garrison got to tag along on to shoot the pilot for a new ongoing series produced in partnership with the Northwest Film Center, in which we profile filmmakers being screened in the Northwest Tracking series of regionally-produced work. Our first subject is prolific director Dustin Morrow, whose new film Black Pool is cleaning up on the festival circuit, and very well may be coming to a theater near you very soon.

This week…

…marks the beginning of Kool Aid Days, recognizing the fruit drink invented by Edwin Perkins in 1927. In Perkins’ hometown of Hastings, Nebraska, the week is celebrated with a series of live concerts and a “Miss Kool-Aid Days” beauty pageant. In the rest of the world, you can celebrate by mixing up a batch of Mountain Berry Punch, which makes a great cocktail when combined with gin and a floater of blue curacao.

Until next time…