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Gallery at Ten Oaks Showcase
On Saturday July 8th the Gallery at Ten Oaks will host a reception from 3:00 to 7:00 PM to honor the Official Selections to the “art of Film” artist showcase. The afternoon will feature work submitted by artists with themes relating to TV or film, and is a cross-promotional event to promote the 7th annual McMinnville Short Film Festival in October.
This year, artists submitted their work from April 15th to June 15th to be considered for the showcase. Official Selections from those submissions will be featured on display and for sale throughout the month of July.
Located at 801 SW Baker Street in McMinnville, the venue currently features the work of several artists, including Terry Peasley, John Stromme and Rick Schanche.
Event coordinators and hosts Dan and Nancy Morrow are proprietors of the Gallery at Ten Oaks as well as the directors of the annual October McMinnville Short Film Festival (MSFF). This year, the MSFF will be on Saturday and Sunday October 21-22 and will be held at the McMinnville Cinemas, 300 NE Norton Lane.
Last year, the MSFF staged a ‘kick-off’ celebration for the festival by offering a ‘Locals Night’ the Thursday before the event, which was filmed by the local cable access station, McMinnville Community Media. Depending on local submissions this year, they hope to offer this again in 2017 to showcase local talent.
This year’s MSFF keynote speaker is Janice Williams, President of Productions for Groundswell Productions. Williams will speak on Sunday, October 22 during the Awards Dinner to wrap up the festival.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Williams moved to London after college and spent her early adulthood ensconced in the music industry, during which time she worked with Rolling Stone’s Mick Jagger to establish “Jagged Films,” his independent production company. She later went on to become an Emmy-nominated producer for HBO’s “Confirmation.” She also helped produce “Love, the Coopers” (starring Dianne Keaton, John Goodman and Marisa Tomei) and 2015’s “Trumbo” featuring Academy Award Winner, Brayan Cranston in the title role of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.
“We are very excited about having her speaking at the event this year,” said Nancy Morrow of Williams.
Submissions to the MSFF began arriving in December last year and will continue to be accepted thought the first of August this year. The festival plans to announce the Official Selections by mid-September.
Visit the festival site mcminnvillefilmfest.org for submission details and other general information or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to contact the festival coordinators.
June Senior Reader's
Gallery Theater program provides light humor on a summer afternoon.
By: M. Bryan O'Carroll
A ditzy girl friend from high school, dark comedy in a small southern town and a bellicose family gathering for the funeral of an eccentric relative are fodder for an afternoon of comedic distractions Sunday June 25th when Gallery Theater’s “Reader's Theater” performs a selection comedic scenes. A five dollar donation at the door covers a free dessert during intermission in the air conditioned theater.
Director and Coordinator Carolyn McCloskey and co-coordinator Judith Miller began organizing this year's production in February. Meeting on the second and fourth Monday afternoon of each month, the actors read through scenes from a selection of plays. Over the course of the spring, the actors rehearsed various characters, reading different scenes and characters while working in a variety of pair and trios until May when McCloskey and Miller make a final decision on the actors and the casting of each scene.
Says McCloskey of the process: “Reader’s theater is fun because the focus is on the character and the words and not on the looks or set or costumes. You should be able to close your eyes and enjoy the story being told by the actors.”
This year's selections are from favorite comedies and feature actors from the McMinnville community of local performers; Gilbert Chu, in scenes from two different plays, portrays a gobsmacked suburban husband opposite Ann Maree Eason and Judith Miller and in another scene a Southern-fried handyman / dogcatcher opposite Don Sullivan; Rolan Cranford and Caroline O’Brien bring to life characters who trample through a family gathering at a funeral; Carolyn McCloskey and Denise Patton explore Southern manners and smoking cessation techniques in another scene also set in the American South. Don Sullivan also shares the stage with Mark Evans in a scene about family secrets and in a tip of the hat to hard-boiled film noir, Ken and Jane Moore square off as a somewhat dim private detective and the femme fatale that comes into his life.
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