Oregon Production “Green Room” Opens

One of 2014’s largest film productions in Oregon is hitting the big screen—right on the heals of the film industry’s incentive boost to entice projects to shoot in the state. Those in the know will attend a special Portland screening on Saturday April 9th with cast and crew.

“Green Room” will screen at the Cinema 21 on April 22nd and Hollywood Theater starting April 29th (After its record-breaking successful run of the “Hateful Eight,” the Hollywood Theater has become Oregon’s go-to theater for independent studio films.)

Green Room premiered at Cannes Film Festival followed by a few other high-caliber festivals including Sundance and Toronto. The film was written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier, known for his break-out film “Blue Ruin,” that premiered at Sundance in 2014. Saulnier and OMPA board member, Neil Kopp, brought the dark action drama to Oregon. Cast members Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots will be on hand to answer questions during a Q&A after the screening on Saturday but doing press all day Friday, so look out for news from area reporters. The film’s lead Patrick Stewart (“Xmen,” “Star Trek Next Generation”), will not be in attendance.

The film is a dark escape drama about a punk-rock band and a tough young woman (Imogen Poots) that battle murderous white supremacists at a remote Oregon roadhouse. A bit of a departure from the Oregon love fest that last year’s “Wild,” brought to the state’s tourism, but many movie goers are excited about the talent Saulnier has shown in the past and his keen sense of story. If you haven’t seen Blue Ruin, go watch it now. It’s an amazing introduction to this future Oscar winner.

Kopp has produced another masterpiece. He and Saulnier selected semi-local cinematographer Sean Porter—named one of the 25 new faces of independent film by Filmmaker Magazine. His last bow in Portland was his Portland Film Festival premier of “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” that followed a successful run at the Hollywood Theater. Once again, go watch “Kumiko,” if you haven’t seen it. The cinematography and story are all good examples of smart cinema.

Watch our blog for an in-depth interview with Sean Porter in the upcoming days—we sat down with him during the production of Green Room, to talk about Kumiko and his life and experiences as a cinematographer.

Green Room has everything going right for it including the Oscar Nominated “The Room” distribution company A24 planning it’s release. Now it will be up to the masses, whether or not they want to spend time in the Green room. Our vote is to do it!

More screening details coming soon. Portland Film Club has 27 tickets still available for the premiere with cast and crew. You can join the club for free to get details as they become available at meetup.com/portlandfilm. Cinema 21 and Hollywood Theater will be posting times shortly.

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Josh Leake

Executive Director at Portland Film Festival
Portland-based producer and director Josh Leake is the founder and executive director of the Portland Film Festival, which MovieMaker Magazine named one of the world's "coolest" film festivals. He produced "Glena," a feature length documentary that premiered at Slamdance ’14 (now available on Showtime and VOD). His film "Emptys," a short documentary about people who collect beverage containers as their principal source of income, won first place at Tropfest New York. With his production company, Mindpollen, he's currently developing an adaption of Chuck Palahniuk's "Lullaby." Follow him on Twitter @joshleake and @portlandfilm.
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