We are thrilled to announce Bad Samaritan hits the theaters this weekend! We loved working on this film. Be sure to check out these amazing Pacific Northwest actors!
Watch the trailer here:
“Dean Devlin is a masterful director and does a fantastic job of slowly and mercilessly building tension scene-by-scene. The entire cast gives strong performances including Kerry Condon as Erendreich’s prisoner Katie (who delivers what is probably my favorite line of the film). David Tennant is unrelentingly intense and razor sharp as Cale Ehrendreich.” – Casey Walsh, GWW
The staff of Lana Veenker Casting will soon be taking off to New York City for the world premiere of a film we cast, James Westby’s Rid of Me, starring Katie O’Grady, Theresa Russell (Black Widow, Bad Timing), Storm Large, Art Alexakis (of Everclear) and more.
Check out the trailer and poster!
Can’t wait to see Oregon take Tribeca and the Big Apple by storm!
Casting Director Lana Veenker joined KATU’s Helen Raptis and Dave Anderson on AM Northwest to talk about the latest productions and what all the activity means for Oregonians.
For more information on the productions and how to get involved, see our previous blog post below.
SUPPORT OREGON FILM & GET A FREE SCREENING TICKET TO “MEEK’S CUTOFF”
Excited about all the movies and TV shows shooting in Oregon? Want to help us make sure these clean, green, high-paying jobs keep coming in, not only for local film industry professionals, but for individuals and small businesses all across the state?
We need you to show your support of extending the Oregon Production Investment Fund (OPIF), the successful incentive program that has attracted all of these productions to Oregon.
2011 is projected to be our busiest year ever for film and TV, and we want to keep the momentum going!
The program is due to sunset in 2012. Without your help, it could all go away, so please join us!
HOW? WHERE? WHEN?
Join us in Salem on March 15th at 4:00 pm, when a conceptual video about the program will be taped on the Capitol steps. We want your presence and your stories, to help raise awareness of the powerful economic and cultural impact of the film and video industry in Oregon.
RSVP for the video shoot, and you’ll get a FREE ticket to the exclusive 7:00 pm screening of “Meek’s Cutoff” that follows at the Historic Elsinore Theatre (normally $20!).
“Meek’s Cutoff,” directed by Kelly Reichardt and starring Michelle Williams, was filmed in Eastern Oregon and has been shown at Venice, Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals.
The individuals and businesses below have made an extraordinary show of support by donating the cost of the tickets AND bus service from Portland so that you can go, because they understand the value of this legislation to our state.
Free tickets are limited, so RSVP now at OMPA.org. Be sure to mention that Lana Veenker Casting referred you, so that your ticket comes from our allocation!
CAPITOL STEPS EVENT
Tuesday, March 15th
Oregon State Capitol Building
900 Court Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301 2:00 pm: Arrive at OMSI, if taking the bus from Portland 4:00 pm: Be ready at Capitol steps RSVP at OMPA.org Be sure to mention Lana Veenker Casting in the “Who Referred You?” box!
EXCLUSIVE SCREENING OF MEEK’S CUTOFF
Tuesday, March 15th
The Historic Elsinore Theatre
170 High Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97301 6:30 pm: Doors open 7:00 pm: Screening Free ticket when you RSVP for 4:00 pm Event
Thank you to ticket sponsors Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Bent Image Labs, David Cress, Koerner Camera, Kamp Grizzly, Gearhead Grip and Electric, @ Large Films, Picture This Production Services & Stage, Bonnie Roseman, Rose City Realtors, Funnelbox, Gales Creek Insurance, and Pacific Grip and Lighting.
When it comes to crafting our annual Top 10 Films lists, The Hollywood Reporter’s movie critics have a time-honored tradition of casting a large and wide net, and 2008 is no exception. The picks here display an ample range of films, so much so that no single film appears on all six lists. Every list contains at least one film not found on any other list. And each critic has a different best film.
The “winning” film, appearing on five of six lists, is “Slumdog Millionaire,” Danny Boyle’s Mumbai medley of magic realism and breathtaking romanticism, which is shaping up as one of the most lionized films of 2008.
Three other films occur on four lists. These are Christopher Nolan’s marvelous crime melodrama “The Dark Knight,” Gus Van Sant’s political biopic “Milk” and James Marsh’s documentary “Man on Wire.”
After that, it’s wonderfully wild, ranging from that head-scratcher (for some of us at least) “Synecdoche, New York” to the oldsters-as-songsters doc “Young@Heart.” Gus Van Sant’s other 2008 release, “Paranoid Park,” turns up on one list. Such little-seen films as Fatih Akin’s German-Turkish drama “The Edge of Heaven” and Werner Herzog’s documented travels to Antarctica, “Encounters at the End of the World,” make appearances.
“Twilight” was filmed in Oregon and Southwest Washington, and Goodman, 26, was a casting assistant. She worked with agents and held casting calls to fill 10 small roles.
“We look for really talented people who are going to showcase the Northwest as best as possible,” she said.
Giving local actors the opportunity to break into the movie business is an aspect of her job Goodman particularly enjoys. Her work as an associate casting director for commercial projects at Lana Veenker Casting gives her even more opportunities to discover fresh talent.
“It makes you so proud,” she said of seeing actors from the greater Portland area on television and the big screen.
“Milk” starring Sean Penn, directed by Gus Van Sant
Truly wonderful. Kudos to Gus and all the cast and crew.
PS: Funny that a lot of the cast has been up in Portland over the past year or so: Sean Penn and Emile Hirsch working on “Into the Wild,” Joseph Cross starring in “Untraceable,” and Josh Brolin (visiting his wife Diane Lane) during “Untraceable.” Not to mention Gus.
Arturo Domingo is an artist. In his medium of choice, he crafts unique, personal works with a style all their own. Unfortunately for Arturo, his medium of choice is hard-core pornographic film, so critical respect and wide public acclaim have largely eluded him, not to mention personal happiness.
All that just might change, though, on a trip to Portland for a retrospective of his films and a chance to reconnect with the one bright spot in his otherwise fairly pathetic life. “The Auteur” is an inspirational story about finding out what’s really important in life: true friends and lots of on-screen nudity[…].
Joe English of KATU News hits the “Twilight” premiere party at Rocket on Thursday night, before heading to Lloyd Center Cinemas where fans wait in line for the midnight screening.
PORTLAND, Ore. – One of the most anticipated movies of the year is hitting the silver screen and fans could not be happier.
Twilight, based on a best selling book series by Stephenie Meyer, is about a 17-year-old girl who moves to a small town in the Northwest and falls in love with a mysterious classmate, who turns out to be a vampire.
The movie holds a special interest for folks in our neck of the woods because many of the scenes were shot in Oregon and Washington. And a lot of the cast and crew are locals, like 7-year-old Catherine Grimme from Portland, who played the main character Bella as a little girl.
“Twilight’s” Portland Premiere Portland Monthly
November 20, 2008
by Stacey Wilson
You’d have to be a member of the undead to not know that the movie version of Twilight, Stephenie Meyer’s juggernaut book series about lost boys and the girls who love them, opens nationwide today. But you may not know that scads of Portland locals worked on and acted in the film, which was filmed in various Oregon and Washington locales earlier this year. They celebrated their collective achievement Thursday night at an exclusive party hosted by local casting director Lana Veenker. Custom cocktails were consumed (the non-alcoholic “Edward’s Tears” was a favorite among the youth set) and stories were swapped. At a midnight screening the crew and its biggest fangs –-er, fans-–bit into Hollywood’s made-in-Oregon ode to vampires.
For Lana’s full report of the star-studded LA premiere of “Twilight” on Monday night, head over to Shawn Levy’s Mad About Movies blog.
Been trying to sit down to write this post all day, but my cell phone has been ringing and beeping non-stop since 7:00 am: “OMG, how did it go? Tell me everything!”
Friends, family and staff, many of whom are die-hard “Twilight” fans (otherwise known as “Twi-hards”), couldn’t wait to get the scoop on last night’s premiere at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles. Never mind that I got home from the after-party at around 2:00 am. […]