Celebrating Oregon filmmaking

The Bijou Theater, established in 1937, will be showing only films shot either partially or entirely in Oregon from Oct. 26 through 31 during the first Oregon Made Film Festival. (Courtesy photo)

This October, a local cinema is showing its Oregon pride through a seven-day film festival: the Oregon Made Film Festival. From Oct. 26-31, the Bijou Theater in Lincoln City will be presenting 12 films shot in Oregon, either partially or entirely, as well as some short films from the Wandering Reel Film Festival.

The festival was first conceived by the theater in 2010 as a special series of morning movies during spring break, but will be coming to fruition for the first time this fall, when the theater takes a one-week break from presenting first-run features to show these films

which span from 1926 to 2019 and were shot in locations as near and dear to Lincoln County residents as Newport, Depoe Bay and Fogerty Beach — though other parts of the state will be well represented, too.

This will be the Bijou’s first full-length film festival, but it may become an annual fixture of the Lincoln City cinema.

"We are very excited to present these films," said Betsy Altomare, who curated the event. "We also want to thank Explore Lincoln City and our sponsors.  We look forward to creating an event that can be an annual feature along with the many other great events in Lincoln City.”

The festival line-up includes such classics as “Animal House,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Stand By Me.” And for those with a hankering for modern material, the 2019 film “Phoenix, Oregon” will be shown, as well as “The Burning Plain,” which was released in 2008. Documentary lovers will be pleased to see “Home: The Story of Valsetz” and “The History of Oregon Theatres and the History of Oregon Carousels” — these showings will be accompanied by visits from filmmakers and subjects of the films.

"There are many film festivals out there that feature movies that many people are aware of," said Keith Altomare, co-owner of the Bijou. "We certainly want to highlight films that showcase our area of the state, like Paul Newman's ‘Sometimes a Great Notion,’ but we also want to show short films, documentaries and stories that deserve to be seen."

A full schedule can be found at cinemalovers.com. Tickets for the entire festival are $60 for one person or $100 for two, and are available now. Tickets for individual shows will be available on the day of the showing.

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