IN THIS ISSUE: Next OMPA Creatives of Color Collaborative, Financial Assistance Updates, Industry News, Member News, Project Spotlight: "Unrest: A Civil Rights Story" & more. View this email in your browser so you don't miss anything!

⚠ Things to Know

Resources & Opportunities

  • Get a free COVID-19 safety certification from Safe Sets International.

  • Call for Submissions - Oregon Media Lab Filmmaker Series: Female-identifying and nonbinary directors are invited to share their work as part of an online streamed media collection through the Hollywood Theater. Directors will receive a portion of their ticket sales. 

  • The Empath Accelerator: This new accelerator for Black Women, Indigenous Women, & Women of Color (BIWOC) prepares participants to show up more confidently in corporate culture as well as personal business pursuits through connection with the self. There's a role for everyone—you can: 

    • Fund the Empath Accelerator
    • Apply for it if you identify as a BIWOC
    • Nominate a BIWOC 
    • Share this opportunity to make an empowering impact in a tangible way.
  • Free Tax Help: Metropolitan Family Service & CASH Oregon are offering free tax prep services. The extended deadline for federal and Oregon state taxes is next Wednesday, July 15.

  • Oregon Artist Grants: NW Film Center and Portland Art Museum are offering a more than a dozen grants in two phases through the Re:Imagine Artist Fund. The first deadline is July 28.

  • Awards, Festivals & Contests: See upcoming deadlines for six opportunities to gain recognition (and possibly funds) for your work. 

  • Tools for Paperless Production: Scriptation Webinar Recording—”Be Prepared to Go Paperless on Set.” Check the caption for timestamps

Government Assistance

  • Oregon Production Protocols—last update June 26: Includes new links to OSHA PPE training videos, additional federal resources, and an updated link to download the full protocols. 

  • LAIKA is accepting applications for several paid fall internships. Deadline Friday, July 31 at 6pm PT.

  • Black filmmakers’ new “Change the Lens” initiative calls for 15% representation across all areas of production. The target percentage represents the proportion of all Black Americans. 

  • PIE applications open on July 13 to find the next cohort of Portland founders and startups. The next round will be completely virtual. 

Virtual Events

New events added July 8: 10 to help you build a better business, 5 to make community connections, and 7 for personal & career development.

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Spotlight | Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

The dedicated attorneys of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP provide day-to-day legal support to streaming services, studios, production companies, documentarians, video game publishers, and other content creators & distributors.

Chris Weathers is our go-to with questions, and he’s always happy to help! He and two of his colleagues—along with Justine Avera of ABI Insurance—recently offered their time to answer questions about changes in production due to COVID. Watch the webinar here.

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Member News 🎉


POW Fest Executive Director Tara Johnson-Medigner launched POW-TV on Friday—a new streaming platform for works by women and nonbinary directors. Portland-based production company Lucky Day created the launch trailer. More films will be added to the site each week. 


Actress/The Studio NW owner Katie O’Grady is officially a triple threat! The 50th-anniversary commercial she directed for The Portland Trail Blazers just won an Emmy!

Wieden+Kennedy nabbed several awards at the virtual AICP Show last month. On the local side, their “Only Slightly Exaggerated” tourism adventure for Travel Oregon won in both Animation and Design. For national clients, W+K took home “Advertising Excellence/Campaign” with two Old Spice Spots, and “Influencer” with a virtual Colonel Sanders for KFC.

Oregon Film added a new sign on the Historic Oregon Film Trail in Athena to mark a filming location from the 1928 silent film City Girl.

Please welcome our newest Pro & Student members: Raina Page, Ezekiel Brown, Chris Fischer, and Michael Scheuerman. Thank you for supporting OMPA!

Committee Wins 👏🏽

The OMPA Diversity Committee is now 15 members strong and has established three subcommittee leaders. They had a productive meeting with Oregon Film last week that led to some important changes:

Project Spotlight | Unrest: A Civil Rights Story

Marmoset Creative Coordinator Alex Dixon served as producer and director of this moving 9-minute documentary. Dixon has been spending countless hours outside of work at the Portland protests and demonstrations inspired by George Floyd’s murder. He collaborated with a group of West Coast creatives to turn his hours of footage into this story, including additional aerials by PORTLANDRONE.
The Project Spotlight section is reserved for OMPA Pro & Student members.

Next OMPA Event

Thursday, July 16 | 3-5pm

Our monthly Creatives of Color Collaborative has a new host this time around! BIPOC* professionals are invited to join Diversity Committee member Karina Ripper for an open conversation on wins, challenges, new projects, and whatever else is on your mind. These conversations help inform the resources OMPA can offer the community, so please come voice your needs.

About Karina: Karina Ripper is an independent Director & Producer at Fort Ripper, as well as Co-Chair of the Portland chapter of Film Fatales.

RSVP for Zoom Info

*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.

Member Perk:
Columbia Employee Store Pass

OMPA Pro & Student members have access to the Columbia Employee Store in Portland through July 19.
Email if you can't find your pass in your inbox (emailed June 25).

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