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Advocacy in Action

PDX Commissioner Candidate Dan Ryan Addresses Cultural Sector

OMPA, MusicPortland, & RACC present: a conversation with Dan Ryan, candidate for Portland Commissioner Position 2. Hear his perspective on issues that affect all of us, like affordable housing and representation in City Hall, as well as issues specific to each of our creative sectors. (Note: Loretta Smith’s campaign did not respond to our invitations.)

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Industry News

  •  Oregon Production Protocols: Summary of July 17 updates:

    • Clarification about OSHA law requiring a safe workplace
    • Refined guidelines around COVID safety personnel
    • Masks must also be worn outdoors where 6-foot distance can't be kept.
    • Productions should hold daily 10-minute COVID safety meetings.
    • Guidelines on contact tracing
  • Roseys Cancelled: Portland Advertising Federation (PAF) has officially cancelled the 2020 Rosey Awards. If you already signed up to participate in some way, they’ll be reaching out to you.

Government Assistance Updates

  • PUA: Oregon Unemployment Department released an online claims processing system for all applications and weekly Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims that have not yet been paid. If you received a notification that your initial claim was received, you should not resubmit your application. If you did not receive confirmation and your claim is not showing up in the system, you should resubmit an application through the new form. Learn more from MusicPortland.

  • EIDL: We hear this bureaucratic system is actually getting quicker! Freelancers, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals can apply and receive a $1,000 grant, even if you reject the loan offer. Learn more from Forbes.

Verified success story from an OMPA member who is a Sole Proprietor:

“Many freelancers assume they won’t qualify for the SBA EIDL grant money—basically free money just for applying for the loan—if they don’t have employees and/or aren’t incorporated somehow. Not true! I’m a single-member, sole proprietor of an LLC and got $1k, and it hit my checking account about five days later. And for my other business that’s not incorporated, I got another $1K. (Of course, you can only use the funds for biz expenses.)” –Mike Seng, Creative Director & Copywriter

Things to Know

  • OSHA training scholarship: We’ve notified the scholarship recipients for the production-specific, OSHA-certified COVID safety course. Thank you Oregon Film for sponsoring this effort and IATSE Local 488 for leading the training! There might be additional space available—reach out to cdavid cottrill at The two possible training sessions are August 3-6 or August 10-13 from 8am to 4pm. The course costs $90.

  • We added a few new resources to our list of places to find and hire creatives who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, women, or nonbinary. Whether you search in Portland or worldwide, you’re sure to make some valuable new connections. Extra shout out to our members on this list—thanks for doing the work and helping all of us do it too!

  • Your Black Friends Are Busy is a growing resource that provides ample material for reading, watching, listening, or giving direct support related to the Black Lives Matter movement.

  • Special Election: The City of Portland is holding a special runoff election to fill the seat of the late Commissioner Nick Fish. Loretta Smith and Dan Ryan are vying for the spot. Ballots will be mailed to registered voters today. You must mail your ballot by August 6 or drop it off by August 11.

Upcoming Events

Community Events: Four new virtual events added to our master list this week, 20+ total this month. See upcoming OMPA events below.

Thursday, July 30 | 3:30-5pm | Free

Adding quality music to your professional project doesn't have to be confusing or expensive. We've teamed up with our friends at Marmoset to present a digital panel on the basics of music in filmmaking. With the help of our experts, you can feel more confident the next time you're searching for the perfect sound.  

This is a BIPOC-centered* event open to the filmmaking community.

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*Black, Indigenous, Person of Color

Wednesday, August 5 | 5-6:15pm

Come get to know or catch up with the Southern Oregon production community. Please note that these monthly meetups will stay virtual for the remainder of 2020. Let us know what other formats you’re interested in seeing, like screenings or workshops. In the meantime, stay safe and we’ll see you on the small screen!

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Member News

Go to this New York Times article on the global protests, and the first thing you’ll see is a bird’s eye view of a Portland march shot by Jamie Goodwick/PORTLANDRONE. Woot!  

The 2020 Klamath Independent Film Festival lineup is here! Audiences will be treated to Oregon-made films of all lengths and genres, including 6 features and more than 30 shorts. Note these works by our members mentioned in the article:

  • Frank and Zed, an all-puppet horror comedy by Portland-based filmmaker Jesse Blanchard

  • Illegal, a documentary about one man’s immigration story from El Salvador to the US, directed by Nick Alexander

  • At the Video Store, a documentary/homage directed by indie filmmaker James Westby

  • 1 Dead Dog, a comedy with music by Bryan Minus, cinematography by Michael Devin Greenman, editing by Sean Parker, and Montetré as Michael.

Managing Director Erica Thompson has been promoted to Executive Director of the Ashland Independent Film Festival. Former ED/current Artistic Director Richard Herskowitz will now focus on the AD role after serving in both positions simultaneously for three years. (P.S. AIFF is also seeking to hire a Systems Manager and Communications Manager!)

First Cow is the first screener DVD to be sent to the entire Academy for the upcoming Oscar season. Congrats to all the cast, crew, and vendors who contributed to the film—now available to stream as of July 21. 

Our industry’s little “walk of fame” at PDX Airport recently got a refresh. New posters featured along the wall include Portland-filmed series Shrill and Trinkets, as well as indie feature Phoenix, Oregon and Disney’s Timmy Failure.
Please welcome the newest members of the OMPA community: Jacob Bell, Paige Benner, Jeremy Jeziorski, Katie Sellon (Half Court Studio), Jonathan Anderegg, Steven Divine, Jillian Boehm, Angella Davis, Jerell Rosales (joining UO Dept. of Cinema Studies), and Michael Scheuerman. Thank you for making this great resource even stronger!

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