Sponsored by Southern Oregon University’s Digital Media Center, and presented by Film Southern Oregon:
OMPA’s Media Mixer (aka Cameras & Cocktails) is coming back to Southern Oregon for the fourth time this year, with special guests, Tim Willimas, Executive Director of Oregon Film and David Cress, Producer of Portlandia, Documentary Now! and Shrill. Come on out to mingle with your fellow industry professionals.
Oregon Film Executive Director, Tim Williams has been both an executive and independent producer for more than 25 years and has partnered on projects with many companies in various capacities and locations with credits on many award winning titles. From 1998 to 2011, Williams was a partner, Co-President and Head of Production for GreeneStreet Films, a leading New York based, independent film company. While there, he was involved in teh production of nearly 30 features, producing or executive producing most of their projects. Latterly, he managed the company’s opening and running of their Los Angeles office, followed by work with companies like Fox Searchlight and Film Finances. Williams started his career as a set production assistant and assistant director in New York on features, commercials and TV shows, then worked for several years producing and directing new plays on the London Fringe in the UK.
OMPA Board Member David Cress‘s career as an independent producer encompasses a multitude of genres. His work in music videos, advertising, feature films and now television has established David as a key contributor in vitalizing the industry that is growing steadily around him in Portland, Oregon. His is known fo this work on multiple films by internationally know director, Gus Van Sant, including the critically acclaimed drama, Paranoid Park. He is more recently known for producing the hit comedy show Portlandia (nominated for an Emmy in 2015) , Documentary Now! (nominated for an Emmy in 2019) and the Hulu series, Shrill. Other awards include work recognized by Peabody Cannes, Clio, CA, and One Show as well as Honorable Mention at the Sundance Film Festival and the Jury Prize for Best music Video at SXSW Film Festival.
Want to hear about OMPA’s plans for the future and share thoughts about your experiences? Join us at 3pm the same day to participate in a Southern Oregon stakeholders meeting with the local professionals and OMPA Executive Director Lisa Cicala. Reach to Lisa directly to RSVP and we’ll keep you posted on the location.
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Southern Oregon University Digital Media Center: The DMC’s 8500-square-foot facility includes 20 multimedia workstations, a TV production studio with permanent lighting grid, a digital master control center for playback and archiving, and an equipment room with cameras, lighting and sound equipment. The DMC is also home to SOU’s new Digital Cinema degrees. More than just a “film school,” the Digital Cinema program prepares students to innovate as storytellers and entrepreneurs across a range of popular and emerging media formats, including motion pictures, documentary, television, social video and virtual reality.