Dispatch from the Boiler Room: May 6

Still from Marie Losier’s new documentary “Cassandro, the Exotico”

We start this week full of inspiration after having spent the weekend at QDoc, the Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival. We caught seven films over the weekend, but the absolute standout was “Cassandro, The Exotico“, a verité-style portrait of Saúl Armendáriz, a luchador who has survived addiction, abuse, and countless physical injuries to become a world renowned wrestler and instructor. The film was shot almost entirely on 16mm film and the patient, observational style evoked the best work of my personal heroes the Maysles Brothers. The film is still in festival previews, but will be released in theaters on July 19.

OEN helps Oregon entrepreneurs “start up and scale up.”

This week’s most exciting news is the launch of a new partnership between Potboiler and Oregon Entrepreneurs Network to create compelling video profiles of emerging business innovators. The concept came to us while attending one of OEN’s fantastic monthly Pub Talk events, each of which begins with a five-minute pitch from a local entrepreneur. We approached OEN with the idea of combining footage of that on-stage pitch with a more formal sit-down interview to create a short video highlighting the “big idea” behind their business, which can then be used to promote the company as well as to build excitement about OEN’s events.

On Wednesday we’ll be heading to their May PubTalk event to shoot the first of these pitches, giving our interns some first-hand insight into covering live events. The focus of this month’s talk is the food and beverage industry, and tickets are still available.

This week…

…is both National Teacher Appreciation Week and Nurses Appreciation week, honoring two of the world’s most selfless and honorable professions. Use the hashtag #thankateacher and #nationalnursesweek on social media to share your own story of how these dedicated professionals have made an impact in your life. For more information, visit www.nursingworld.com and https://www.pta.org/home/events/PTA-Teacher-Appreciation-Week

Until next time…