A recent Eugene International Film Festival (EIFF) museum style display at the Eugene Airport presented our arts and culture history in the context of motion pictures. It honored filmmakers, authors, actors, illustrators, photographers, musicians – the arts that go into the making of a motion picture, on screen and behind the camera. The success of the exhibit has opened the door to its continued use in other locations and the EIFF’s participation with the Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television on an upcoming Oregon film exhibit.
While the installation, located in the secure area of the airport, was only accessible to the traveling public, it was seen by over 300,000 travelers. Its secure location made it possible for a priceless Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences statuette to be displayed. Eugene’s Nick Bosustow, was honored with this Oscar as producer of the 1970 animated short film Is it Always Right to Be Right?
History highlights found in the exhibit begin with the first Hollywood motion picture filmed here, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, and continued to current successes such as the EIFF award winning documentary Animal House of Blues. Dave Davies, OPB VP TV Production, stated after airing the documentary by filmmaker Katherine Wilson, “A home run last night. In part, thanks to AHOB, OPB had the highest ratings of all public TV stations nationwide.”
Wilson is also the author of “Echoes From the Set,” an acclaimed 50-year history of Oregon filmmaking stories, 1967 - 2017. The EIFF book signing party for her at Eugene’s Thinking Tree Spirits in July was attended by many local artisans, and Hollywood character actor DeWayne Jessie, who played Otis Day in Animal House.
Eugene authors Lauren Chouinard, Muscle and Mayhem, and Charles H. Snellings, The Hidebehind, both attended the EIFF Screenwriters/Filmmakers retreat headlined by Tom Sawyer (Showrunner, Murder, She Wrote), literary agent Ken Sherman (Snow Falling on Cedars), and film distributor Mike Katchman (Dances with Wolves and Silence of the Lambs). The books by Chouinard and Snellings, as well as Echoes From the Set by Wilson, are available to travelers at the Eugene airport gift shops and from Amazon.
Working with individuals and communities from Portland to Cottage Grove, the Eugene International Film Festival has built an international stage for the arts and those that are the makers of those arts. Within that achievement the EIFF has staged two world premieres covered by international media. The American Gandhi at Regal Valley River Center and Who Killed Jim Thompson The Thai Silk King at Lane Community College.
Paris based film producer, Neil Hollander, seen here holding an EIFF trophy for Best Investigative Documentary, just announced that his film Who Killed Jim Thompson The Thai Silk King has been honored as Best Documentary by the prestigious Asian Academy Creative Awards.
Other festivals with which the Eugene International Film Festival has partnered include Eugene’s iconic Archaeology Film Festival, Flutestock in Elkton, The World Animation Celebration of Hollywood, and Cottage Grove’s Bohemian Festival. EIFF has also screened films to benefit Relief Nursery and Jasper Mountain.
Many filmmakers and artisans have benefited from Eugene International Film Festival career mentoring. Building credible value for the arts is a priority of the EIFF. There is no stopping imagination. It serves well as our portal to innovation for our community and our guests.