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Oregon Industry

Director Harvey Lowry on set of The Competition. Photo courtesy of Michael Adler/Kelsey Tucker Director Macon Blair prepares for a shot for I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. The film was a Day One selection of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Allyson Riggs

“My art department just knocked it out of the park with every set.” — Kelsey Tucker Writer/Producer, The Competition

In the comedy, after one too many bad-behaving boyfriends, Lauren (Thora Birch) launches a blog promoting “The PIG Theory” to thousands of followers. She encourages women to break up with their men after six months to avoid heartache. After lining up Hollywood director Harvey Lowry, Tucker went local and fulfilled her vision. “I wanted this to be a Portland movie, with a Portland cast and crew,” she told the Portland Tribune. “And for the most part, I succeeded in doing that.”

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

Besetment Things are hopping for Bend-based Barbed Wire Films. In 2016, the company wrapped Besetment, a horror-thriller set in a small Oregon town. Filmed in 25 days under a SAG-AFTRA Ultra Low-Budget contract (read: a budget under $200,000), director and Barbed Wire principal Brad Douglas filmed in Prineville, Ashland, and teeny Mitchell, hiring crews along the way. The film was snapped up by Uncork’d Entertainment, which bodes well for Barbed Wire’s next two films: Mountain Man and Greg James and Hannah Bad Fish (working titles). Barefoot on Besetment. Put these films together, Photo courtesy of Greg James/ Option Model and Media and it looks like Barbed Wire may have hatched a trio of small-town thrillers. 

Director and screenwriter Macon Blair and producer Neil Kopp’s crime drama, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, was chosen by the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as a Grand Jury Prize Winner. Kopp, an OMPA board member, was ecstatic when he first heard of the movie for Day 1 John Day, Oregon, part of Besetment. Photo courtesy of Chuck Greenwood, screening. “It’s the best news ever,” he said.

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The thriller is about a depressed woman who is burglarized and finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves alongside her obnoxious neighbor. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their element against a bunch of degenerate criminals. Kopp credits a major role to the Oregon incentives, putting the film’s $2 million budget to good use and employing about 400 local crew members, actors, and extras along the way. 32  SourceOregon 2017 | A Publication of the OMPA

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