Working Filmmaker Series Presents: Portland Film Connection

Knight Library Browsing Room
Jan 30, 2014, 12:00 pm

Cinema Studies invites you to a panel discussion with Portland filmmakers

Portland Film Connection Poster

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
Knight Library Browsing Room (Room 106)

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


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.  

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.”