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Cinema Studies Presents: “The Art of Directing” with Athina Rachel Tsangari

May 9, 4:00 pm
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Join us for a discussion on the art of directing with award–winning director Athina Rachel Tsangari followed by a reception with light appetizers and desserts.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

4:00 p.m.

Gerlinger Lounge

Free and open to the community


Interested in attending?  Let us know on our Facebook Event!

Free Cinema Studies drawstring bag to first 30 attendees!

Meet the Filmmaker:  Athina Rachel Tsangari

Athina Rachel Tsangari holds a B.A. from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA in Film Directing from the University of Texas, Austin. Through a small role in Richard Linklater’s seminal film Slacker (1991), Tsangari was introduced to cinema and since the mid-nineties has been steadily producing original work as a director, producer, and production designer.

Tsangari’s first short film, Fit, was a finalist in the Student Academy Awards. Her first feature, The Slow Business of Going, a sci-fi film shot in nine cities across the world on a small budget, is now in the permanent film collection of the MoMA. Her second feature, Attenberg, premiered in the main competition at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, where it won the Best Actress Award for its lead, Ariane Labed. In 2015, her feature Chevalier was part of the Official Competition at the Locarno Film Festival and is the Greek entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards® in 2017.

Funded by the generous Harlan J. Strauss Visiting Filmmaker Endowment

Thank you to our cosponsors:  Art and Technology Program, CSWS Women of Color Project, European Studies Program, School of Journalism and Communication/Media Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies


Working Filmmakers Series Presents: The Art of Producing with Neil Kopp

May 24, 2016, 4:00 pm5:30 pm
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Art of Producing Poster

Join us for a discussion on what it takes to make a living as a film producer followed by a reception with light appetizers and refreshments.

Portland-based producer Neil Kopp is responsible for generating some of the best independent films of recent years, including Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff, and Certain Women, which premiered in Sundance in January 2016.  He also produced Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park and Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room.  His films have garnered awards and critical acclaim, and Kopp received an Independent Spirit Producers Award.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

4:00 pm – Presentation

5:00 pm – Reception

Gerlinger Lounge


FREE sunglasses to the first 30 attendees!

For more information, please visit the Facebook Event Page.

Thank you to our co-sponsor:  School of Journalism and Communication / Media Studies Program

Funded by the generous Harlan J. Strauss Visiting Filmmaker Endowment

Neil Kopp

Neil KoppPortland-based producer Neil Kopp has been responsible for generating some of the best independent films of recent years. Balancing good taste, logistical know-how, and productive working relationships, he has had a vital role in bringing to screens the work of some of independent cinema’s most exciting filmmakers. He has had a fruitful collaboration with director Kelly Reichardt, producing her films Old Joy (2006), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek’s Cutoff (2010), and Night Moves (2014)Kopp recently completed Reichardt’s Certain Women, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016. He also produced Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park (2007) and Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, which premiered in the Director’s Fortnight at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. His films have garnered many awards and critical acclaim, and Kopp received an Independent Spirit Producers Award. He produces with Anish Savjani through their company filmscience.


Working Filmmakers Series Presents: Creating Your Career in Cinema

Feb 18, 2015, 3:00 pm
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Creating Your Career in Cinema_8.5x11Cinema Studies Working Filmmaker Series Presents:

Creating Your Career in Cinema:  Five Perspectives on Making it Work

Wednesday, Feb 18  3 pm  Gerlinger Lounge  Free

Join us for a panel discussion and networking session with industry professionals and recent Cinema Studies alumni.  This will be an excellent opportunity to meet professionals from a variety of areas in the industry, including directing, filmmaking, and production. Desserts will be served!



JULIANA LUKASIK:  Director and Principal, @Large Films, Inc.

NAOMI YOSPE:  Production Coordinator for TV/film

ALEXI PAPPAS ’14:  Independent Filmmaker, Professional Runner; M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies

MELANIE BOWMAN ’13:  Lead Producer, Sawhorse Productions; B.A., Cinema Studies

KATE SCHNABEL ’14:  Production Assistant, Portlandia; B.A., Cinema Studies


Working Filmmaker Series Presents: Emmy Award-Winning Comedic Screenwriter & Director Matt Piedmont

Apr 29, 2014, 12:15 pm1:30 pm
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Matt Piedmont Poster for WebSpoils of Babylon Comedic Screenwriter & Director

Join Matt Piedmont, as he discusses his career as a comedic screenwriter and director.  Matt will discuss the process of creating, writing and directing the six-episode mini-series The Spoils of Babylon for IFC and show clips from the miniseries as well.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

12:15 pm

Knight Library Browsing Room


Saturday Night Live Emmy Award Winning Writer

Matt got his start in entertainment writing for the legendary sketch comedy showcase Saturday Night Live.  Matt wrote for more than 100 episodes and won an Emmy for his work.

Following his success on SNL, Matt wrote and directed a number of award-winning web series and short films:  The Carpet Brothers, Funny or Die Presents…, and Brick Novax’s Diary, which won the U.S. Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Learn what it takes to make a living as a comedic screenwriter.

Cinema Studies Working Filmmaker Series Presents: Executive Producer Marc Marrie

Mar 4, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Cinema Studies invites you to an informal talk on producing national TV advertising with Marc Marrie — Arts & Sciences Executive Producer and Partner

Learn what it takes to make a living producing national television commercials

Join Marc Marrie, Arts & Sciences Executive Producer and Partner, as he discusses producing his most recent work – the 2014 Visa spot celebrating the inclusion of women’s Ski Jumping in the Winter Olympics and the 2014 Super Bowl spot for AAA.

Tuesday, March 4th — Noon

EMU Gumwood Room


The Working Filmmaker Series is funded by a generous donation from Dave & Nancy Petrone.

Working Filmmaker Series Presents: Portland Film Connection

Jan 30, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Portland Film Connection PosterCinema Studies invites you to a panel discussion with Portland filmmakers

Learn what it takes to make a living in the Oregon film industry from Portland filmmakers (producers, director of photography, and 1st assistant camera), including crew from the hit TV show Portlandia!

Thursday, January 30th — Noon

Knight Library Browsing Room (Room 106)


The Working Filmmaker Series is funded by a generous donation from Dave & Nancy Petrone.


Kevin Sullivan

Co-Producer, Portlandia

For two decades, Kevin has enjoyed working the front lines of TV commercials, documentaries, films and music videos in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Kevin currently serves as Co-Producer for Seasons 2, 3, and 4 on the television show Portlandia.  Kevin’s projects have won awards at Cannes and Sundance. He also has the pleasure of frequent invitations to address the challenges and opportunities of filming abroad.

Steven Weisman

Production Coordinator, Portlandia (Writer, Producer of Independent Film & TV)

Steven Weisman has been a writer, independent producer, production executive and coordinator.  He has worked for Francis Coppola’s American Zoetrope, Twentieth Century Fox, CBS, Warner Brothers, and partnered with filmmakers Mary Stuart Masterson and Peter Masterson in founding Barn Door Pictures.  He currently serves as the Production Coordinator on the IFC series Portlandia, which involves working out of the back of a U-Haul.

Tyson Wisbrock

Director of Photography and Director

“I am a creative and resourceful director+dp who can make beautiful and compelling scenes with a large crew and lots of tools or simply by myself with a small DSLR.  I am comfortable working with star athletes, movie celebrities, and real people on the streets of the world.  I always strive to find the best angles and approaches in any situation.

I studied Television and Film Theory at University of Oregon where I graduated cum laude.  I have been working in the film industry since I picked up my first ice chest as a PA in 1996.  I haven’t looked back.”

Peggy Knoebel

1st Assistant Camera

Peggy Knoebel has been working as a Camera Assistant in Portland, OR since 2009. After a 20 year career in the travel industry, she began working in the film industry as a Production Assistant and soon moved into the Camera Department. She honed her skills working on low budget feature films and as an intern on the TV show Leverage.  In 2011, she was offered the 2nd Assistant Camera position on Season 2 of Portlandia, which allowed her to join the Cinematographers Guild. She recently completed Season 4 of Portlandia and moved up to the 1st Assistant Camera position. She regularly works on commercials, music videos, and as a day player on the NBC show Grimm.  She loves being a camera assistant because the job is always challenging and exciting.


Working Filmmaker Series Presents: Pixar Animation Studios

Dec 2, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Pixar Poster for WebPixar Animation Studios

Two of the studio’s key editors will discuss behind the scenes – how movie editing works in the real world and the software used in this field. This free event is a unique opportunity for students to talk with professionals who are working in animation.

Monday, December 2 l 4 pm l Browsing Room (106 Knight Library) l Free

Working Filmmaker Series Presents: Second Story Interactive Studios

Nov 21, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Second Story PosterDavid Waingarten and Daniel Meyers from Second Story

Join us for a talk with David Waingarten, Creative Director-Storytelling, and UO alum Daniel Meyers, Creative Director-Environments, from Second Story Interactive Studios, as they discuss creating the award-winning displays for the UO Ford Alumni Interpretive Center and their vision for the future of digital media.

Learn how the collaboration between filmmaking and architecture combines to create innovative media.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 — 4:00 pm

Ford Alumni Center Ballroom



David Waingarten — Creative Director, Storytelling

David’s extensive storytelling background draws on his experiences as a feature filmmaker, musician, editor, and writer. As Creative Director, David works with clients to develop high-level narrative and storytelling strategies that capture the heart and DNA of studio projects, laying the foundations for engaging, intuitive, and inspirational visitor experiences. David ensures that the core creative and narrative goals of a project are met, from early concepts through installation. He leads team members across disciplines, guiding the creative force within the studio and inspiring excellence and laughter.

Daniel Meyers, AIA — Creative Director, Environments

Daniel is responsible for the environmental and physical design efforts of the studio. He oversees the creative development and execution of environments-focused projects, leading integrated multidisciplinary project teams. Daniel is a registered architect in the state of Oregon, with a background in the design of experience and narrative-driven responsive environments. He works closely with clients and collaborators to create projects that join design, technology, and content seamlessly and with one voice. Daniel holds an M.Arch from the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon, and a BA in English Literature from Reed College.


Working Filmmaker Series Presents: Music Video Director Todd Angkasuwan

May 17, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Music Video Director Todd AngkasuwanCinema Studies invites you to a discussion with Music Video Director Todd Angkasuwan.  Learn how to create music videos, as well as treat and pitch them to record labels and recording artists.

Angkasuwan’s directorial work ranges from big budget videos for major label recording artists to indie DIY production where he shoots, edits and creates his own special f/x.

See Todd’s reel at:


Friday, May 17th  l  2:30 pm

Lawrence Hall 177

Free Admission


The Working Filmmakers Series is funded by a generous donation from Dave and Nancy Petrone.

Working Filmmaker Series Presents: Hive FX

May 3, 2013, 11:00 am12:30 pm
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Working Filmmakers Presents Hive FX

Hive FX President Jim Clark and Creative Lead and Shot Supervisor Guy Cappiccie will speak about creating special effects for the TV show Grimm.

Friday, May 3rd  l  11:00 am

Lawrence Hall 115

Free Admission



The Working Filmmakers Series is funded by a generous donation from Dave and Nancy Petrone.