The Oregon Media Arts Fellowship, established to recognize and support the work of Oregon film and video makers, announced its 2008 awards November 9 at the 35th Northwest Film & Video Festival to Portland filmmakers Brian Lindstrom (center), Andrew Blubaugh and Lawrence Johnson. Each received $5,000 Fellowships administered by the Northwest Film Center.
The Fellowship program is funded by the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation, with additional in-kind support from The Oregon Film & Video Office and Chambers Communications.
The goal of the Media Arts Fellowship program is to support outstanding moving image artists who live in Oregon and whose work shows exceptional promise and demonstrated commitment to the media arts. A distinguished panel reviewed submissions from 35 applicants from throughout the state, weighing artistic merit, the potential of the proposed activity to advance the artist’s work, and the feasibility of the projects proposed.
Brian Lindstrom’s award includes $5,000 in cash and a suite of studio production services provided by Chambers Communications in Eugene. Brian Lindstrom’s feature-length documentary FINDING NORMAL was selected by the Oregonian as one of the top ten films of 2007. It had extended runs at local theaters and was broadcast on Oregon Public Broadcasting. Other documentaries include FROM THE GROUND UP, which won a Telly Award in 2003; IT’S AN AGE THING, a thirteen-part series on aging for WMHT in New York; and KICKING, distributed by Pyramid Media and broadcast on OPB. He holds an MFA in Directing and Screenwriting from Columbia University.
Brian will use the award to finish PAY MY WAY WITH STORIES, his documentary following participants in free writing workshops provided by Write Around Portland.