Oregon Film Office Wraps Up Best Year Ever for Filming
(Portland, Oregon) - Traditionally, each year the Board of the Governor’s Office of Film & Television hosts an Annual Meeting, which includes the announcement and presentation of the Governor’s Film Advocate Award, as well as the Innovation in Media Award. This year the meeting took place Thursday, December 10 at the University of Oregon’s Portland facility at the White Stag Building, with the Governor presenting the awards. The meeting was broadcast via a teleconference bridge to four other sites around Oregon (Ashland, Bend, Corvallis, and Eugene).
This year, in addition to celebrating the efforts of Oregonians who help to make filming happen, the Film Office will also bring to a close one of the best production years that the state has ever had. Presentations from board Chair Gordon Sondland and Governor Ted Kulongoski will speak to the record-breaking successes of 2009.
“The film and television industry has been a real bright spot for the Oregon economy in 2009. Our incentives – along with great locations, casts and crews, our first rate film and television office, and an enthusiastic film community – are the winning combination that have brought millions of dollars in new production to Oregon” said Governor Kulongoski.
The “Film Advocate Award” will be presented to OHSU and to the Portland VA Medical Center for their strong and unprecedented support of allowing filming at their facilities. During an April to June film shoot this year, CBS Films utilized locations at both medical facilities for filming of the Harrison Ford, Brendan Frasier and Keri Russell feature, “Extraordinary Measures.”
This year’s “Innovation in the Media Arts” award will be presented to Dalen Harrison and Stephen Lile. Harrison and Lile are Co-Founders of Ensequence, the worlds leading interactive television company. Originally chartered and based in Portland, with offices in London, New York and Los Angeles, Ensequence eventually gained worldwide prominence through major integration and distribution deals. Ensequence’s technical dominance also earned respect and development partnerships with the major programmers (BBC, NBC, Discovery, MTV, Turner), agencies (Widen & Kennedy) and corporate brands (Nike, Ford, Chase, (HP) and has earned two technical Grammy Awards. Most importantly, Ensequence has created over 100 jobs, most of which are in Portland.
The Film Office and the Oregon film community appreciate the ongoing efforts of our regional, public agency and individual partners. It’s this continued support that helps to bring film productions and the jobs they provide to our state.