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Help us welcome RaShaunda Brooks to the OMPA Board!

As a filmmaker/creative, RaShaunda Brooks uses visual art to create modern day narratives of Black and Brown people. She fosters connection by sharing different perspectives with a broad audience. RaShaunda believes that well-rounded stories of Black and Brown people help to empower those communities by giving them the space to write their own history.

Being in Portland, RaShaunda has been able to connect with different familiar communities. Whether it be work with Y.G.B. Portland, music management with Brown Calculus, or working with Open Signal Labs: Black Film Fellowship, it all provides her with room to hold stories of people who don't always get represented. 

RaShaunda was elected by the board to fill a seat vacated by Robin Hewitt earlier this year.

September OMPA Events

Thursday, September 17 | 3-5pm | Free

Are you a BIPOC* professional seeking community with other Oregon creatives? Join our next Creatives of Color Collaborative to network, give or get advice, and ask questions in a safe space. This month’s hosts are TZOM Films Co-Founder & Producer Maribel De Leon and Fort Ripper Producer/Director Karina Lomelin Ripper. We’ll be getting down to business! Come get advice on setting up a formal business, charging what you’re worth, landing commercial directing gigs, or anything else you want to bring to the group. 


This is a free event. Additional contributions help continue events like these, provide wider access to membership, and support other equity work in our industry. 

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*Note: The virtual Creatives of Color Collaborative events are a safe, private space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) to talk openly. While we appreciate allies, please respect this need.


Maribel De Leon is an independent film producer and co-founder of TZOM Films (, a full-service motion picture company that has produced content in a wide array of fields. As a Mexican-American business owner, she is an advocate of initiatives that will bring more diversity to the local and national film community.


Karina Lomelin Ripper is a first generation Mexican-American and an independent director and producer who has directed short narrative and documentaries films, music videos and branded content ( She is also the co-chair of the PDX Film Fatales, a national org that supports female, non-binary and transgender directors.

Tuesday, September 29 | 4-5pm | Free

Join MusicPortland, OMPA, RACC and Design Week Portland for a Portland City Council candidate forum—with Chloe Eudaly, Mingus Mapps, and Sarah Iannarone—to discuss how our leaders will affect change in the future of our creative industries.

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The Close Up | Event Recording & Contact Info

Thank you to all who joined us for The Close Up conversation last week! We were moved by the vulnerability and honesty shown by our guests, and hope you are motivated to take action in your life and work. You can watch the recording now if you weren’t able to make it. Here’s info to get in touch with the panelists and event organizers, too.
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OMPA is 100% community funded, and we need your support!

Your contributions make it possible for us to be a central resource for Oregon production professionals to turn to. Whether you need information, have an opportunity to share, just want to network, or you’re looking for a hub to launch an industry-wide initiative—we want to continue to be here for our community.

Please, make a contribution today. Every bit helps. 

ACT NOW: Weigh in on government resource distribution!

  • 2020 Production Tax Credits Auction: Did you know you can choose to direct your Oregon state tax dollars directly into our industry? And you can do it with both your business and personal taxes? And you might even reduce your tax liability? Yeah, all that. So make an appointment with your accountant, and mark your calendar for the online auction, September 28 - October 2. Learn more.

  • Help Shape Portland's Policies: There are 20 seats available on the City Charter Commission—an advisory group that serves for about 2 years. If you know a good fit who could represent our creative industries, please share this opportunity with them. The deadline to apply is September 14.
  • 2020 Census Count: The census happens every 10 years and counts every person (not necessarily citizen) living in the US. The resulting data is tied to how future resources and power are distributed in our country. Make sure you are counted by September 30! Learn more or complete your census online at
    • Open Signal is an official census partner that you can go to with questions. Contact Rebeca Alamo Gonzalez at or 503-288-2525 ext. 765.  

Oregon Production Protocols

Venturing back onto set? Remember to follow the most recent protocols, last updated on Friday, August 14. 

Read more on our blog

Download the Protocols (PDF)

OMPA Member News

🏆Cooper Fitch’s Macie’s Parade won Best Oregon Film at the Oregon Short Film Festival. 

🎬The Water Man—a new #OregonMade feature filmed last summer—will premiere at Toronto International Film Festival. It was one of two films selected for a special family-friendly event at TIFF. Congratulations to the local cast and crew! 

🎞 Eastern Oregon Film Festival announced the lineup for their virtual 2020 festival, including works by Stephanie Hough, Claudia Meza, Sommer Martin, and Chris Crowley. The full schedule, trailers, and tickets will be available September 17, following a virtual Sneak Peek event on Wednesday, September 16, at 8pm.

📸LensCulture interviewed Cinematographer Kevin Fletcher about his foray into still photography for his year-long project, Avenue of Roses. The project highlights 82nd Avenue in Portland as a cross-section of the city’s socioeconomic disparities. 

🎙Throughout the pandemic, ShadowMachine has been hard at work on a stop-motion musical adaptation of Pinocchio. Directors Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson recently signed several big names to voice characters.

💬 FilmThreat is the latest of many sources to recommend Director Devin Fei-Fan Tau’s documentary, Who’s On Top? LGBTQs Summit Mt. Hood. You can get to know Devin more on our blog in a recent profile by David Poulshock

🏆Cast Iron Studios is celebrating a win for a short film they cast: In France Michelle is a Man’s Name was awarded the 2020 Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Narrative Short at Outfest. The win also makes it an Academy Award-qualifying title for Best Live Action Short Film!

📌A new sign on the Oregon Film Trail commemorating a Twilight shooting location was recently installed at Silver Falls State Park, bringing the total to 15 markers. 

Please help us welcome the newest members of the OMPA community: Eric Leuschner, Gabriel Benavente Benitez, Kara Monroe, Dylan Sylwester, Rose Etta Venetucci, Tehben Dean, Mackenzie Jamieson, Brian Ormiston, Eddie Wollrabe, Christopher Weinberg, Anneke Schoneveld, Hannah Mason, Justin Dean, Stephanie Smith, Kyle LaMontagne (Mountain Media), and Courtleigh Cannick. Thank you for joining!

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Project Spotlight | La Tienda

Producer/Director Karina Lomelin Ripper was recently awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick for La Tienda—her short film profiling Letra Chueca Press, a latinx womxn-owned press in Portland. Additional OMPA members on the project include: Director of Photography Adolfo Cantú-Villarreal, Gaffer Eli Haan, Production Designer Gabi Villaseñor, Hair & Makeup Artist Eve White, and Producer/Editor Karla Tovar.

Project Spotlight highlights OMPA member work. Join now to submit your work.

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Funding & Opportunities

Financial Assistance Updates

  • Prosper Portland—Small Business Relief Fund: Opens Monday, September 14 at 9am; Deadline Friday, September 25 at 5pm. Local small businesses can apply for grants of up to $25,000.

  • Student Loan Relief Extended: The 0% student loan interest rate and suspension of payments on federal student loans owned by the Department of Education (ED) has been extended until December 31, 2020. This includes loans under the federal Stafford, PLUS, and Perkins loan programs.

  • Rent Relief: Multnomah County residents can apply for up to three months of rent assistance under The COVID-19 Rent Relief Program (CVRRP). They will prioritize payments due on and after October 1.

Upcoming Community Events

  • Sept. 11: Film Fatales—”Work Life Balance: Reimagining Creative Life While Parenting”
  • Sept. 16: MetroEast—Introduction to Stop Motion Animation virtual class
  • Sept. 17 - Dec. 5: Art of Freelance Fall Workshop—enrollment deadline Sept. 11;
  • Sept. 18: Film Fatales—”Making or Breaking a Story: Episodic TV Creators Tell All”
  • Sept. 18-20: Klamath Independent Film Festival (virtual)
  • Sept. 19: Drexel H. Foundation Children’s Film Festival
    • Submission deadline Sept. 12; no entry fee.

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