Made-In-Oregon Shorts

We’re curating a special program of short films, all made in Oregon, for the Oregon Made Film Festival at the Bijou Theatre in Lincoln City, OR this October. Our program will run Sunday, October 26th at 7:30pm.

Made-In-Oregon Shorts Features the Following Films:

‘The Coast’

Directed by Skip Armstrong


Synopsis: Borderlands. The bridge between two worlds. Where the known meets mystery. Powerful, unforgiving–and exactly what Hayden Peters was looking for...Trading the city for the daily sting of salt water on his skin, Hayden reveals how life on the coast brings him balance like no other place on earth could.

6:43 minutes ~ Documentary

About the director: Skip Armstrong is an award-winning director and cinematographer, as well as the owner of Wazee Motion Pictures, based in the Columbia River Gorge.

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‘A Rat’s Life’

Directed by Zak Margolis


Synopsis: Bad dreams are only dreams. Or are they? One rat finds out during a strange confrontation while on a routine fishing expedition.

Animation ~ 5:24 minutes

About the director: Zak Margolis is an animator and artist living in Portland, OR. He’s made a career out of working with other artists in various capacities. This includes building animation with Rose Bond for her live, multi projections pieces, and working with Jim Blashfield to design enclosures and content for video sculptures. In addition, he’s collaborated with Alicia Jo Rabins to create an animated component to her show “A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff.” He also produced animation for Ilana Sol’s documentary “Samurai In the Oregon Sky.” Meanwhile, he is busy in his filthy bedroom, creating darkly comic animated films.

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‘Working Lunch’

Directed by Shilpa Sunthankar


Synopsis: A regular work day for an Indian American, a queer professional, and a Trump voter is changed when they find someone has scrawled graffiti on their lunch restaurant.

Narrative ~ 8 minutes 

About the director: Shilpa Sunthankar is a screenwriter, director, and producer with an affinity for stories about different cultures in coexistence, thanks to her background as an Indian American woman raised in the “cowboy country” of Colorado. Her experience has spanned the worlds of independent film, animation, and commercials, as well as creative agencies like Wieden + Kennedy. She was awarded Best Director at the LosAngelesFirstGlance Film Festival for her short thriller,“The Company of Thieves,” which was licensed by the Shorts HD Channel and launched on Indie Flix after its successful festival run. Shilpa graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts after interning for BBCLondon, and attending the 35mm Filmmaking Master Class at FAMU in Prague. She now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, and is working to direct her first feature,“Continental Divide,” an outdoor thriller taking place on the U.S.–Mexico border.

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‘Collapsing Time’

Directed by Dorian Warneck


Synopsis: Zoe Keller is a graphite artist creating large-scale, highly detailed drawings. using the traditions of scientific illustration, she weaves complex visual narratives about at-risk species and wild places. Collapsing Time takes a look at the motivations behind her work.

Documentary ~ 4:30 minutes

About the director: Dorian Warneck is a Berlin-born filmmaker who grew up in South Carolina and is now based in Portland, OR. Warneck made his directorial debut in 2015 with feature documentary “The Color of Fire”, taking home Indie Grits Film Festival’s “The People’s Grit” award. In 2017 he launched production company Person People, and is passionate about helping brands and organizations tell their stories through film and video.

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Directed By Sara Katarina Burke


Synopsis: A fragmented exploration of childhood and loss.

Narrative ~ 13 minutes

About the director: Sara resides in Portland, OR and works as a copywriter for an advertising agency while also developing and writing films with her partner. She has multiple feature projects in various stages of development and Bunny/Bunny is her directorial debut. Minimalist and emotionally poignant in style, Sara writes and directs social realist dramas, telling stories of marginalized working class people through themes of addiction, loneliness, adolescence, loss and moral ambiguity.

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‘Two Balloons’

Directed by Mark C. Smith


Synopsis: Two adventurous lemurs navigate their dirigibles halfway around the world to a place where happenstance and fate threaten to disrupt their reunion.

Animation ~ 9 minutes

About the director: Mark Smith is a filmmaker from Portland, Oregon. He has produced the films North, Denmark and A House, A Home. As a cinematographer Mark spent many years filming winter expeditions in North America and South America. He is the co-author of two photography books, Osterlandet and The Power Road. ‘Two Balloons’ is Mark’s first animated film.

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‘Burton Before and After’

Co-Directed by Courtney Hermann and Kerribeth Elliott


Synopsis: Fifteen years after Burton began his gender-affirming transition, he receives an invitation from a friend to view a cache of home video footage documenting those uncertain early days.

Documentary ~ 14:45 minutes

About the director: Courtney Hermann is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and an Assistant Professor of Film at Portland State University. Her most recent independent films include ‘Crying Earth Rise Up’ (2015), ‘Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival’ (2012), and ‘Standing Silent Nation’ (2007). She is a co-owner of Boxcar Assembly, a full service production company specializing in non-fiction work for governmental and non-profit organizations.

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