October 7-10, 2010
The first time I went to the BendFilm Festival – in its 2003 premier – it blew my socks off. O.F.F. That our little town of Bend, Oregon had the cache to score this type of event made droves of Bend-o-philes very proud indeed.
Now in its seventh year, this celebration of independent film has evolved into a “must-attend event. It brings together independent filmmakers and savvy media consumers for a life-enriching experience that educates and entertains. The work of BendFilm has drawn acclaim from both the film industry for its bold support of alternative cinema, and the Central Oregon community for its jammed-pack, four-day event of film viewing, lectures and other special events.” Source: http://www.bendfilm.org/
News Hot of the Press: BendFilm has nabbed the indie opus “Meek’s Cutoff,” a critical darling of the Venice and Toronto festivals, which will show in Bend one night after its U.S. premiere in New York. Kelly Reichardt’s made-in-Eastern-Oregon film of a Jon Raymond script chronicles the fateful journey of a band of Oregon Trail pioneers. It stars Paul Dano, Bruce Greenwood and Michelle Williams.
BendFilm is also featuring indie hits with big-name Hollywood actors. The festival just secured “I Love You, Phillip Morris,” for example, which stars Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as jailbirds in love.
The Oregonian’s film critic, Shawn Levy, calls the pair of bookings “worth a trip to Central Oregon to see,” adding “it’s SO worth the trip.”
BendFilm is a non-profit group inspired by the opportunity to open doors for artists and to cast Bend, Oregon as the cultural and economic beneficiary. The BendFilm Festival runs every October in downtown Bend, Oregon at the historic Tower Theatre, McMenamins, and, new this year, The Oxford Hotel. Plan now to attend the long weekend of films, lectures and parties as filmmakers compete for cash awards in Bend’s charismatic setting of mountains, rivers and screaming blue skies. For more information, call 541- 388-FEST, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.