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aayc Quarterly Spring 2018 | Issue #102 Special Thanks to Libraries and their Staff—The Jewels in Mactown’s Crown Brought to you by the ARTS ALLIANCE OF YAMHILL COUNTY aayc Quarterly Spring 2018 | Issue #102
2 Gallery Ballet & Tap 906 NE 11th, Suite B, McMinnville, OR 97128 www.galleryballet.com 503-472-4886 Celebrating the Art of Dance! Ballet, Tap, Irish, Boys’ Movement, Lyrical, Jazz, Character, Creative Tumble, Adult Ballet The Gallery Ballet and Tap annual summer recital will be a production of La Bayadere “The Temple Dancer,” based on the Kirov Ballet’s 1941 interpretation of the 1877 original showpiece by Sergei Khudekov and Marius Petipa.
Nikiya is a temple dancer (La Bayadere) who falls in love with Solor, a warrior. However, the temple dancer has attracted the eye of the High Bramin, who seeks to destroy Solor and claim Nikiya for himself.
The ballet features roles for actors as well as dancers and will be directed by Edwina Castle, Gallery Ballet & Tap June Recital Presents: Russian Tale of Valor and Treachery owner and Artistic Director of Gallery Ballet and Tap. Performances will be at the Gallery Theater, 210 NE Ford Street in McMinnville. The production premiers Friday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m., and continues Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. on the Arena Stage. Advance tickets are available through Oregon Stationers at 217 NE 3rd Street, or Incahoots Florist, 905 NE Baker Street in McMinnville. Tickets are $20.00 for Premium, $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door.
Go to galleryballet.com/ for class schedules, or call (503) 472-4886 for further information about auditions and special ticket prices. Call (503) 472-2227 to contact the Gallery Theatre box office or to ask questions about early ticket reservations. A Dance and Ballet Extravaganza Gallery Theater 2016 210 N Ford, McMinnville June 3rd & 4th at 6:30 P.M. June 5th at 3:00 P.M.
Ticket Outlet: Oregon Stationers/Copy Cabana Premium $20; Adults $15; Students and Seniors $10 For Information: www.galleryballet.com or (503) 472-4886 A Dance and Ballet Extravaganza Gallery Theater 2018 210 N Ford, McMinnville June 1st & 2nd at 6:30 P.M. June 3rd at 3:00 P.M. Ticket Outlet: Oregon Stationers/Copy Cabana Premium $20; Adults $15; Students and Seniors $10 For Information: www.galleryballet.com or (503) 472-4886
3 AAYC newsletter publication information: Editor: Ed Gans Design: Gina Fox Production: Gail Watson Contributors for Spring 2018 #102 issue: Writer-at-Large: Caroline O’Brien Special Feature Writer: Emily Grosvenor Submission deadlines for AAYC News: Spring Issue: March 1 Release: submission deadline, January 15th Summer Issue: June 1 Release: submission deadline, April 15th Autumn Issue: September 1 Release: submission deadline, July 15th Winter Issue: December 1 Release: submission deadline, October 15th Submissions will be accepted until an issue has sufficient content and is compiled and ready for layout.
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Please send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org The AAYC NEWSLETTER is published by the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County, a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, in McMinnville, Oregon AAYC PO Box 898 McMinnville, OR 97128 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.artsallianceyamhillco.org Arts Alliance of Yamhill County Spring 2018 | Issue #102 This newsletter can be downloaded in PDF format from our website: www.artsallianceyamhillco.org Contents Gallery Ballet & Tap June Recital Presents: Russian Tale of Valor and Treachery ___ 2
2018 Paper Gardens 25th Anniversary: A Sterling Year for Annual Literary Event ___ 4-6
Poets and Writers and Words, OH MY! Local Librarian Follows Her Bliss Hosting Poetry Night ___ 7
Creating Characters Onstage and Off: An Interview with Playwright Norm Tognazzini ___ 8-10
Wilde Danes Under the Stars ___ 11
Collaboration from Page to Screen: Local Film Group Bring Stories to Life ___ 12-13
McMinnville Sci-Fi Film Fest Celebrates 8 Years of Weird ___ 14
Terroir 2018 Keynote Speakers: Tracy Daugherty and Fonda Lee ___ 15
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4 2018 Paper Gardens 25th Anniversary: A Sterling Year for Annual Literary Event A quarter century ago, when poet Rachel Burchard initiated a local writing contest to highlight the excellence of local writers, the modest effort drew fewer than 50 entries. Burchard’s vision was to encourage Yamhill County writers of all ages. The judge for the inaugural event was William Stafford, former United States Poet Laureate and 1975-1990 Oregon Poet Laureate. This year, Paper Gardens Creative Writing Contest received over 500 submissions in categories ranging from Youth Creative NonFiction to Children Haiku to Adult Poetry of Place.
This year’s judges are Barbara Drake (poetry) and Lisa Ohlen Harris (prose). Drake, one of the founders of the annual Terroir Creative Writing Festival, is a retired Linfield professor and author of numerous books of poetry and prose as well as the textbook “Writing Poetry.” A contemporary of Burchard, she has watched the contest evolve over the years from a modest event to its current large scale celebration of Yamhill County’s literary culture. Says Drake of the contests’ creatrix, “I remember when Rachel Burchard started Paper Gardens twenty-five years ago. She would have been delighted today, as I am, to see how it has fulfilled her expectations by enriching literary aspirations and creativity in our community.” Drake commends the coordinators and committee members who work to ensure the program continues to be a vibrant part of the County’s rich cultural influence.
We are surrounded by fleeting distractions in the modern world,” she emphasized, “which makes it all the more important to ground ourselves in the lasting practice and enjoyment of the arts.” Ohlen Harris, a 2015 finalist for the Oregon Book Award for her memoir “The Fifth Season,” has over ten years’ experience as a writing instructor in the classroom as well as multiple workshops through the Terroir Creative Writing Festival. As Paper Gardens’ judge of prose this year, she received over 135 submissions for consideration. Says Ohlen Harris of the experience being a first time Paper Gardens judge this year, “Yamhill County is clearly home to many emerging writings, and I’m honored to be witness to these stories and essays,” she said.
I get to see the creative work that has, for some writers, not been shared with anyone else. I’m honored to be trusted with this work.” Paper Gardens submissions for prose cover aspects of personal memoir and fiction, from writers all across the cultural and generational spectrum ranging in age from grade school students to retirees. “Reading the children and teen entries has been a particular delight for me,” she observed. “Through their writing, I’m getting a glimpse of the next generation’s hopes and fears — what a privilege!”
5 ENTRY FORMS AVAILABLE AT ArtsAllianceYamhillCo.org QUESTIONS firstname.lastname@example.org Arts Alliance of Yamhill County Paper Gardens Creative WritingContest Poetry & Prose Annual 2018 Author Readings & Book Release May 3, 2018 Chehalem Cultural Center Newberg – 7:00pm You’reInvited 25 Years of Paper Gardens April 17 - June 2, 2018 Chehalem Cultural Center Celebrate! RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBIT Paper Gardens 25th Anniversary! Entries due 3/1/12019 PAPER GARDENS 2019 PAPER GARDENS 2019 The annual contest, which received its name from the poem “Nemesis” by contest founder Rachel Burchard, initially only accepted submissions by adult writers.
Today it includes hundreds of submissions from studentsinelementary,middleand high schools throughout Yamhill County. Coordinator Deborah Weiner, a retired Yamhill County educator, has spent the last two years endeavoring to increase participation of young people in the contest. “We appreciate all of the support from schools, libraries, cultural groups, civic organizations and community members in expanding the visibility of Paper Gardens across the County,” she said. By the time this year’s March 1st deadline arrived, the contest had received over 500 submissions of prose and poetry for consideration, almost double the 2015 submission total of 291 entrants.
Application fees each year are $10.00 per adult submission, but are free for youth and children. The intent is to encourage and foster creative written expression, and the Paper Gardens committee’s vigorous outreach to local schools has increased the participation of young writers to a significant degree. The diversity of contest categories draws participants of all writing skill levels and genres. “With two categories of prose and four categories of poetry in each group, there are opportunities to hear from many writers,” explained Weiner. “This year we reduced the number of poetry entries from three poems to two poems per person – and we still received more than 400 submissions from children, teen and adult writers.” The contest is open to all students in the Yamhill County area.
Twenty-six schools across the county, plus home school students, participated this year,” noted Weiner. “None of this would be possible without the generosity of our sponsors,” she continued. “This year’s sponsors are McMinnville Kiwanis, McMinnville Noon Rotary, Newberg Early Birds Rotary Foundation and the Newberg Noon Rotary Foundation.” To ensure maximum submissions were received, the Chehelam Cultural Center and the McMinnville Public Library agreed to be drop-off sites for writers who preferred a mailin alternative for submitting their work. Another aspect of student outreach is a volunteer group who schedule pick up at area schools for student contest participants.
By 2016 the annual award ceremony attracted more than 200 people to the McMinnville Community Center. This led the Paper Gardens coordinating team to consider a larger venue. Says Weiner of the change, “In 2017 we were delighted to partner with the Chehelam Cultural Center and bring the Book Release Celebration to a beautiful building within our county designed to showcase and encourage art and culture.” Last year’s award ceremony drew over 250 individuals to Newberg’s Chehalem Cultural Center to attend the winners reading their work to an audience of friends, family members, area writers and local cultural arts supporters.
This year’s Silver Anniversary celebration will run from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3rd in the Cultural Center’s Grand Ballroom. In addition to this year’s awards, the Cultural Center will host a Silver Anniversary Retrospective of Paper Gardens chapbooks over the decades. Weiner says of the exhibit, “We
6 are creating a Paper Garden for visitors to come into and glimpse some of the work throughout the past 25 years.” The exhibit opens Tuesday, April 17 at 9:00 a.m. and will close at 6:00 p.m. Saturday June 2, 2018. Weiner acknowledges the sterling quality of the contest’s judges as well, saying “Paper Gardens has been fortunate to have wonderful judges throughout the past quarter century, beginning with William Stafford and including Ursula Le Guin, Barbara Drake, Lisa Ohlen Harris, Primus St. John, Brian Doyle, Paulann Peterson, Joe Wilkins, Elizabeth Woody and Anna Keesey.” Along with the chapbooks last year, the winners received a personalized bookmark.
This year, the Paper Gardens team is expanding this concept for the Silver Anniversary. “We’re going to create an invitational bookmark to give out at Terroir (Creative Writing Festival) with dates for the exhibit, (Book Release Celebration) and Paper Gardens 2019 entries.” The 8th Annual Terroir Creative Writing Festival will be held Saturday, April 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Chemeketa Community College in McMinnville. Go to / www.chemeketa.edu/ for more information on registering for Terroir.
- More details about the Paper Gardens Creative Writing Contest and the May awards ceremony are available at the AAYC website 2018 Paper Gardens 25th Anniversary: cont. www.chehalemculturalcenter.org NEMESIS So, scorn my fanciful rambling I’ll map trails to Celestia. Mock my dreams I’ll mold bricks of vision. Pity my loneliness Quick tears will fill signing brooks. Burn my Paper Garden Cool camellias will rise from the flames And lyrics bloom like suns To light us to the gates.
- Rachel Burchard
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7 Poets and Writers and Words, OH MY! Local Librarian Follows Her Bliss Hosting Poetry Night From coordinating MacReads to hosting McMinnville’s hottest and fastest growing open mic venue, Courtney Terry blends the cheeriness of Mary Poppins with the strategic alacrity of a Mother of Dragons. Says Terry of the community reading program, “MacReads is an opportunity for our community to share the joy of reading together and to engage as a community in discussing some of the themes we find while reading,” she explained. The books are selected on a yearly basis exploring concepts of personal challenge, opportunity and hardship, as well as topics revolving around geographical, political and social conflict.
In 2017, MacReads promoted the reading of “Shards” by Bosnian author Ismet Prcic, which examines issues of remorse, fear, and coming to terms with being a survivor of trauma. Terry is especially excited about the April selection, “This year’s selection ’The Distance Between Us’ by Reyna Grande is about a young girl’s experience immigrating to the United States,” said Terry. “That is a particularly relevant topic right now nationally and locally, and the library is proud to help facilitate open dialogue about these ideas.” In her role as Reference Librarian at McMinnville Public Library, Terry also coordinates the library’s popular adult program series, “Library After Dark.” Past “Library After Dark” programs have included poetry reading, author talks, scavenger hunts, flash fiction reading, artist exhibitions and even a “Murder Mystery” event.
In these instances, Terry is more a “Mother of Nerds” than dragons. Her delight in meeting and conversing with local creative individuals as well as audience members is infectious and authentic. “For our Library After Dark program, we like to provide programming that is diverse and engaging,” she explained. “I love having the flexibility to bring in so many different types of people and programs!” On April 12, in honor of National Poetry Month and as part of the MacReads series of events, Terry facilitated a bi-lingual poetry night with Linfield professor and poet Jose Angel Araguz at McMinnville’s Gallery at Ten Oaks, 801 SW Baker Street.
The gallery, owned and operated by Dan and Nancy Morrow, is in the former Movietime Video building. Says Terry of the venue, “Dean and Nancy have been vital in providing a welcoming space for our Poetry Nights. The ambiance of the art gallery has created a perfect space for creativity, and their commitment to the poetry community in Yamhill County has helped this program to thrive!” Terry also assists with Paper Gardens Creative Writing Contest by helping to oversee the submission drop off site. The annual contest, coordinated by local educator, Deborah Weiner, is enjoying its Silver Anniversary this year.
Deborah asked me if we could have a drop box, and I said, ‘YES’!” laughed Terry, a vocal advocate of the program. She believes encouraging young authors to participate in the local writing contest develops more than just writing skills, it provides a means for them to hone social skills for developing a network of creative individuals. “Paper Gardens is an excellent way for local writers to receive recognition for their creative efforts, as well as providing a way to meet like-minded individuals,” she stated. This spring, Terry will be working with the Reference staff at McMinnville Public Library to provide a variety of summer programming for teens and adults under the theme of “Libraries Rock!” The program’s information will be available in the Summer Edition of the City Parks and Recreation Guide.
Said Terry of the upcoming schedule, “We look forward to hosting another Library After Dark Program soon, as well as many other fun events!” Go to www.maclibrary.org for more information about upcoming literary programs at the Gallery At Ten Oaks, or call (503) 435-5562 to contact Courtney Terry or any other McMinnville Reference Librarian.
8 Creating Characters Onstage and Off: An Interview with Playwright Norm Tognazzini Character development as well as performance are both part of Gallery Theatre Veteran Norm Tognazzini’s multi-faceted skill set, one he has honed for decades. “I have been writing since I was young. When I was eleven or twelve, I had a piece published in a local paper, but acting was something I did in both high school and college. I have been writing for publication steadily for about 25 years and wrote my first play in college,” says the playwright. However, his experience includes a resume reflecting his extensive working on stage as well.
I have acted in over 100 equity and amateur plays. But I began as a theatre major in college, and later switched to an English / Philosophy major.” “My first play was a two-act drama set during the Vietnam era. The story was very personal for me. One of my brothers was killed in Vietnam. The play was called “The Morning After,” and covers the action leading up to the day of his death. I wrote it on my own, but later worked it into an assignment in college, where it became a student production.” From walk on roles in 2009 he evolved to having his play “Gravity of Love” produced last year at Gallery Theatre as part of the annual Kaleidoscope program.
The production was directed by Robert Osterhause. A local community theatre for half a decade, Gallery sponsors the Kaleidoscope as a means to provide a venue for original work. Tognazzini, as a veteran actor of Gallery’s productions, is familiar with the organization and the venue’s attributes. “At Gallery Theatre, I began working in a few of the productions in walkon parts, until I ended up being cast in ‘The Tempest’.” His first play produced through Kaleidoscope was staged in 2015 and was a coming of age story called “Hopeful Monster.” In June of this year, Tognazzini portrayed the Spanish Governor Don Lopez de Mendoza in Gallery Ballet’s spring recital production, and has made numerous appearances in the local ballet company’s productions over the years.
My daughters were students at Gallery Ballet & tap,” he explains, “so I became involved through their participation. This role in Paquita is one where I get to play the evil person - which is kind of rare. (Mendoza) is a fun role. I usually play a king, a friend or someone who befriends another character.” Last June Gallery Theatre produced his adult Romantic Dramedy “Gravity of Love” through their Kaleidoscope program. “This year I am working on a comedy called “Leap,” framed in various conflicts and revelations, the crux is an exploration into Hell / Heaven and the afterlife.” Tognazzini sets the story in an unlikely place.
It’s a philosophical comedy that takes place in a graveyard outside of Paris,” he explains. “All the characters are deceased and with a couple of characters questioning what happens after this. All the characters are famous characters from history. It is framed by various revelations.” The script, a comedy, explores the afterlife in terms of “Hell / Heaven/ Other. The annual Kaleidoscope program at Gallery is an extended process beginning with submitted scripts being evaluated and chosen for a staged reading, usually scheduled for the end of August. The entire process of developing a script to the point of s staged production can take a year or more.
As of yet, Tognazzini has no confirmation of a director for his production. “Nothing Creating Characters Onstage and Off: An Interview with Playwright Norm Tognazzini Creating Characters Onstage and Off: An Interview with Playwright Norm Tognazzini
9 Norm as Governor Mendoza, Gallery Ballet’s 2017 recital: Paquita is set in stone as yet there. I have two plays that will be produced this year one at Kaleidoscope and the other will be an independent production probably in Newberg or possibly in McMinnville.” The extended development of an idea to script to staged production is one with which he has repeated experience. His latest script, “Leaps” has yet to reach the stage of securing a director, but the process continues around the project. “Typically, when I write a play, I don’t direct them. Once I complete a play, I just back off and turn it over to whomever is directing it.
They may or may not have me sit in on a rehearsal. It’s very much a leap of faith, but I have learned to trust that part of the process. To step back into writing a novel after writing plays was a challenge because you have a development process to define characters in a play as compared to a character in a novel.” In structuring a play, Tognazzini reveals the development of lines has a specific intellectual reward for him. “Plays are a very precise; it’s like writing poetry. I started writing poetry, and slowly began writing more plays. What you say in a play has to be captured in one act or a few lines.
I had a part of a play I was adapting to a novel, and it really became a struggle. One day, as I was walking, I realized I needed to start at the end of the story and THEN go back to the beginning.” The plot can change during the editing process, he says, depending on a number of influences. Having produced work in several different genres over the decades, Tognazzini finds creative inspiration in a variety of situations. “It varies greatly. I can be inspired by walks, music or paintings. My mind comes up with an idea that sets the groundwork for a play. I write serial novels and film scripts, as well as “How To” technical manuals for various corporations.” “A lot of my ideas come from personal experience, and I extrapolate from there to produce the Explaining how a particular work evolves, Tognazzini says “My writing process is different now than when I was younger.
Usually a project starts with a line, some statement or comment I think of or comes to mind when I am out and about or working on something in general. Currently I took a story based on a line for a short story - which has evolved into “Leaps”, the play I am now working on through the Kaleidoscope program.” His works within a framework of feedback in his development of a script to full-production. It is a process that has evolved with him as he has evolved over the years as a playwright.
10 “When I write a play, I have a regular group of people who read the piece out loud; they are seasoned actors and directors as well as people with experience in staging productions. They give me instant feedback on what in it does, and does not, work in the piece, whether it’s a character or the staging or the entire act. In this way I can hear a piece come to life – hearing the comments about the content, everything that is required, especially the feedback from the actors.” The extensive process requires a certain level of trust and symbiotic creative expression between the playwright and participants.
However, he relishes the results, saying “The reward is in the first read, some of the readers are quite accomplished and in the cold read you can hear work come to life. Hearing positive comments about the content, everything that is required, especially the feedback from the actors.” Being exposed to more than just American culture has also played a role in his creative process. In detailing his means of developing source ideas, he says “My inspirations differ greatly. Some comes much from my own personal experiences. I have traveled quite a bit and a lot of experiences in the course of my travels, so I extrapolate from there to produce the basis of a story.
I can be inspired by music,” mostly classical, he notes “or paintingor even a walk through the country. My mind comes up with an idea or a line that sets the groundwork for a play; although, I have written several novels, screenplays as well as some ‘how to’ scripts for corporations that were basically technical instruction materials.” Yet he is quick to note, the advances of the electronic age have had an effect as well, adding “Essays from social media and other electronic sources can also influence my work.” These forces come into play regularly as hecontinuestodevelophisvoiceasaplaywright.
My writing process is very different now than when I was younger. It usually starts with a particular line or sentence.” This creative discipline extends beyond writing short fiction or technical manuals. “I may begin with an idea for a book or even a non-fiction magazine article,” he says, “and it will end up in stage play format.” So what advice would Tognazzini offer to aspiring playwrights? “Be true to yourself; don’t think of the ‘future’ of the play “Oh, when it’s a hit...” or anything like that. Stay focused on the ‘NOW’ when writing at all times,” he insists, noting, “When I was 18 or 19 years old and writing a screenplay, I was distracted by all the ideas of success and money.
That experience taught me to focus on putting words on the page, and not to worry about ‘fame’ or success. The idea of ego or fame – take it out of your focal point immediately. It will destroy your work.” As for the challenges or rewards of crafting a story, he posited, “I don’t look at writing as a challenge, but it sometimes is one. The reward is in completing a body of work that provides an experience to an audience, whether educational or simply as strictly a form of entertainment.” Creating Characters Onstage and Off: An Interview with Playwright Norm Tognazzini cont. Tognazzini in the title role of Norman Thayer opposite Sharon Morgan in Gallery Theater’s production of “On Golden Pond”
11 Newberg’s newest performance arts event heralds a second year of outdoor theatre this summer when Oscar Wilde’s, “An Ideal Husband,”andWilliamShakespeare’s,“Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” unfurl the twist and turns of plots both base and sublime. The outdoor venue, located on the “Five G’s Ranch” at 17530 NE Terry’s Lane, is situated on an open field surrounded by a wooded area less than 10 miles from downtown Newberg. The latest venue news is the parking experience upgrade as a result of a grant received by Penguin Productions from the Yamhill County Cultural Coalition. Penguin’s Artistic Director, Chris Forrer says, “The grant money will also be used to improve the audience seating area by grading and leveling the land and laying hazelnut shells, as well as installing a power box for theatrical lighting.
Forrer envisioned a theatre experience heavy on talent with a minimum of effects and props to heighten the effect of a truly theatrical event. However, the bucolic amenities aside, better parking for audience members and participants is a win-win situation for all involved. Forrer and his partners Daphne Dossett and Garrett Gibbs were delighted to receive the grant. Added Forrer, “We are deeply grateful to the YCCC for funding our grant request, which will allow us to improve the experience our audience has from the moment they park to the conclusion of the show each evening.” Last years’ inaugural season featured two of Shakespeare’s plays: Birnam Woods and blood soaked battlefields in “Macbeth” followed by the light-hearted pastoral fable, “As You Like It,” as a counterbalance to the heavy drama of the Scottish play.
This year’s production of Wilde’s, “An Ideal Husband,” will be directed by Selene Betancourte. Thestoryfollowsthecomplications arising in the lives of a respectable family man, Sir Robert Chiltern, and his close friend, Lord Arthur Goring. Says Forrer of the character, “Lord Goring is less womanizer than he is a typical Wildeesque dandy and layabout, which he’s got his reasons for as we find in the course of the show.” The production opens the season on July 19, with additional performances July 20, 21 and a final performance the third of August.
Leading the cast are Nathaniel Andalis as Lord Goring, Daphne Dosset as Lady Cheverly, Chris Forrer as Lord Sir Chiltern and Tiffany Rousseau as Lady Chiltern.
Directed by founding member Garrett Gibbs, William Shakespeare’s brooding tragedy “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark,” will then occupy the stage from July 26, 27, 28 with August 4th slated for the season’s closing performance. The role of Hamlet will be performed by Brandon Vilanova opposite Stephanie Spencer as the fragile Ophelia, with Amber Bogdewiecz as Queen Gertrude opposite Nathaniel Andalis as the usurping King Claudius.
For directions, production or performance information, go to www. penguinsonstage.com, call (503) 415- 9020 or waddle on over to www.facebook. com/penguinsonstage/ for details about Penguin Productions T-Shirts, special ticket promotions, and upcoming cast announcements. Wilde Danes Under the Stars
12 Collaboration from Page to Screen: Local Film Group Bring Stories to Life Yamhill County, home to a growing and diverse selection of writers, now can call itself home to a regular film group hosted by local cable-access television station, McMinnville Community Media (MCM).
Phil Guzzo, MCM’s Group Outreach and Digital Video Specialist, established the group in 2016 as a place for filmmaking and screenwriting enthusiasts to meet and talk tech while collaborating on screenplays and production skills. The group’s first project, “Wormholes” was filmed in the home of a group member and submitted to the May 2017 Sci-Fi Film Festival, where it won first place, as well as the October 2017 McMinnville Short Film Festival (MSFF). The director of “Wormholes”, George Fox University graduate Cosmo Spada, now pursues film making in California. Meanwhile, Guzzo continues to lead the group of writers, graphic artists, directors and technical crew who call themselves the “MCM Saturday Film Group.” “An important part of the group is sharing the enthusiasm and fun of the craft with others,” said Guzzo.
McMinnville Community Media provides a great opportunity for local filmmakers in McMinnville to have access to knowledge, equipment and a studio.” Guzzo wanted to create a place for movie buffs to engage in aspects of filmmaking while encouraging local screenwriters to share their work. “I wanted to start a group at MCM specifically targeted to local filmmakers who wanted to support each other - the way a writer’s group supports the writers,” he explained. “This group gives tech and creative support and feedback on projects in progress, or those that people may want to pursue at a later date.
We also have projects we are working on as a group.” With a background in television, film and animation, Guzzo has had experience in developing several kinds of storytelling from beginning to final product. After earning his M.A. in theatre and film from Humboldt State, he moved to Portland to work at Will Vinton Studios as an assistant editor for six years. After that, Guzzo continues to work in production at studios and schools in the region, including on “The PJs”, Eddie Murphey’s stop-motion series on Fox Network. Guzzo has been Outreach Coordinator and Video Specialist at MCM for three years, helping local artists bring their visions to life.
The Saturday Film Group has met almost every weekend since January to workshop various scripts in search of a project to submit to the 8th Annual McMinnville Short Film Festival (MSFF), slated for Saturday and Sunday February 9 and 10 of 2019. The annual competition, which draws entries from all over the world, is coordinated by Dan and Nancy Morrow of the Gallery at Ten Oaks, a McMinnville gallery and open mic venue The workshop process involved group membersreadingscreenplaysandthendiscussing the production concerns and budget restrictions of each before winnowing down the scripts to their final selection.
Their chosen script is by local poet and playwright Bob Zahniser, who submitted an adaptation of a stage play he had written.
Now in pre-production, Zahniser’s story is in the revision and editing process. The Saturday Film Group’s feedback system involves participants sharing ideas, asking questions and working actively with screenwriters in the development process. “This is something new for me,” says Zahniser of the process. “The approach is more engaging and rooted in a collaborative McMinnville Community Media provides a great opportunity for local filmmakers . ] to have access to knowledge, equipment and a studio.
13 process, rather than the individual processes a writer works within when crafting individual pieces of prose, non-fiction or poetry.” A founding group member, Mike Santone, is an accomplished writer, director, musician, poet and indie-producer with experience in a wide range of creative expression.
Starting behind the camera in 2006 on the “Arts Alive” studio program at MCM, Santone learned how to use the equipment on the job in MCM’s training classes, and found he enjoyed the challenges of video production.
For Santone, there is a noticeable difference between expressing a story in prose as opposed to a screenplay. “In prose, the narrative voice is supreme. The prose voice has to do it all, carry the description, the action, the internal thoughts, and the conversations,” he said. “A screenplay assumes a collaboration with a director, with a cinematographer, with an art director, with actors. The screenplay tells the story, creates the characters and what they say, and suggests descriptions and actions. Character, dialogue, and the story are the focus. The screenplay at its core is a team effort.” Zahniser, like Santone, didn’t find his way to writing for screen through stage craft.
His was a process of evolution from short story writer to poet to playwright. “I’ve been writing since I was a teen working on an old manual typewriter,” he said. “I started writing plays about 2008 or 2009. I wrote a short story that was all dialogue and converted it to a play. I’m in the process of turning that, and another play I wrote, into a screenplay.” Guzzo encourages participants to bring ideas in various forms of completion, from full-length screenplays to “treatments” of films in which the writer outlines the premise and objectives of the film. Hehopesthewritinggroupnurturescreative output from new writers as well as writers from other genres.
As the film group grows, there are participants whose experiences come from in front of the camera. “I studied acting in college because I wanted to experience to the actor’s probes to better understand how they create a character,” said Guzzo. “This helps me when writing because I can visualize the characters acting out their roles.” Kyle Dauterman joined MCM last autumn as the newest staff member of the station when he assumed the position of Operations Assistant. As a film group regular, his contributions provide an actor’s viewpoint blended with a writer’s ear for lines and director’s sense of staging.
Not all the members are filmmakers, and several have yet to endure the crucible of the script-to-screen process. At some point, the writing of a script passes into the hands of a preproduction team. The feeling of completing a project is a process in and of itself for writers of all genres. For a screenwriter, there is the added aware ness that the final script is still a work-inprogress until the completion of post-production editing. The collaborative process of filmmaking acts as a hot house to the screenwriter’s initial ideas blossoming onto paper.
To learn more about the film group, contact Phil Guzzo at email@example.com or go to https://www.mcm11.org/ for more information about MCM broadcasts and group volunteer opportunities. MCM is a non–profit community service organization located in downtown McMinnville at 825 NE 3rd Street, at the intersection of Irvine Street. The McMinnville Short Film Festival call for submissions began in March of this year. The Early Bird Deadline is December 1, 2018 and regular deadline is December 31, 2018. Films can be submitted through the “Film Freeway” link on the MSFF Website: https:// filmfreeway.com/McMinnvilleShortFilmFestival.
Submissions to the 8th Annual MSFF will be screened at McMinnville’s Coming Attractions Cinemas, 300 NE Norton Lane, adjoining the Chemeketa Community College Yamhill Campus. Go to the MSFF site http:// mcminnvillefilmfest.org/ for more details about the annual local festival.
14 McMinnville Sci-Fi Film Fest Celebrates 8 Years of Weird This year’s 8th Annual McMinnville SciFi Film Festival will run Thursday through Sunday May 17-20, and will feature screenings of submitted films at Third Street Pizza’s Moonlight Theater, 433 NE Third Street. Winning selections will be featured at Sunday evening’s award ceremony hosted by Martin and Jessi, owners and operators of McMinnville’s Reel Hollywood Video, 105 NW 9th Street.
Last year’s winning selection “Wormholes” by McMinnville filmmaker Phil Guzzo can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=BLg-kLLlW-s.
The deadline for submitting films to the 15-Minute Sci-Fi Short Film competition is May 1, with updated entry information available through Reel Hollywood Video’s new and improved Facebook site at www.facebook. com/ReelHollywoodVideo/. For more information about the SciFi Short Film celebration, stop by Reel Hollywood Video at 105 NW 9th Street in downtown McMinnville, at the corner of Adams and 9th Street. Filmmakers interested in more information can call the store at (503) 472-0553 for details about competition requirements or the film submission process.
15 Tracy Daugherty was born and raised in Midland, Texas.
He is the author of four novels, six short story collections, a book of personal essays, a collection of essays on literature and writing, as well as biographies of Donald Barthelme, Joseph Heller, and Joan Didion. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Boulevard, Chelsea, The Georgia Review, Triquarterly, The Southern Review, and many other journals. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf, Artsmith, and the Vermont Studio Center. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters and PEN, he is a four-time winner of the Oregon Book Award.
At Oregon State University, he helped found the Masters of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing, and is now Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing, Emeritus.
His work explores the intersections of public and private lives, art, architecture, music, and science, as well as urban life and American deserts, real and imagined. As Antonya Nelson has written, “Daugherty’s characters convince the reader that metamorphosis is possible, that beauty and peace are still available options.” He “combines the serious and literary with the funny and offbeat,” says Beverly Lowry, “resulting in sparkle-plenty prose with an ear for dialogue that never fails. His stories are first-rate.” Terroir 2018 Keynote Speakers: Tracy Daugherty and Fonda Lee Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults.
Her debut novel, Zeroboxer was an Andre Norton Award finalist, Jr. Library Guild Selection, ALA Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Oregon Book Award finalist, and Oregon Spirit Book Award winner. Her second novel, Exo, released from Scholastic in February 2017 and has also been named a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her third novel (and adult debut), the gangster fantasy saga Jade City, was released by Orbit Books in November 2017 to wide acclaim.
Fonda wrote her first novel, about a dragon on a quest for a magic pendant, in fifth grade during the long bus ride to and from school each day. Many years later, she cast her high school classmates as characters in her second novel, a pulpy superhero saga co-written with a friend by passing a graphing calculator back and forth during biology class. Fortunately, both of these experiments are lost to the world forever. Fonda is a former corporate strategist who has worked for or advised a number of Fortune 500 companies. She holds black belts in karate and kung fu, goes mad for smart action movies (think The Matrix, Inception, and Minority Report) and is an Eggs Benedict enthusiast.
Born and raised in Calgary, Canada, she currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
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