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The EarthWalkers

Courtesy of Amoris Walker

This lineup was featured in Oregon Lens 2011.

Host Steve Amen presents five consecutive nights of outstanding work by Northwest independent filmmakers. From dangerous cave exploration to Oregon photojournalists covering the war in Afghanistan to a behind-the-scenes look at the EarthWalkers, be sure to catch this fabulous lineup of independent films.


Monday, August 15, 10-11pm
Rebroadcast Wednesday, August 17, 3-4am

  • Into Darkness — A short adventure essay about the experience of exploring the secret underworld of caves. The images and sounds of spectacular and remote wilderness caves will reveal a fantastic world unlike anything we experience on the surface. Shot with a Canon 1D Mark IV. Filmmaker: John Q Waller, Contact:, Website:
  • Ascending the Giants —Two Portland, Oregon tree climbers embark on a project to climb Oregon’s largest trees. Filmmaker: John Q Waller, Contact:, Website:
  • My Mother was a Coast Guard SPAR— The SPARs (Semper Paratus Always Ready) were Coast Guard women reservists recruited during World War II so that “men could go to war.” Based on the memories of one of the initial 12 recruits, this documentary gives some historical insights about the discriminatory policies of the time. Filmmaker: Marilyn Johnston, Contact:
  • King and Queen of the Cone — Captures the excitement of the inaugural uphill-downhill race at Mt. Bachelor. Filmmaker: Peter Monahan, Contact:, Website:
  • Goal Ball — Look at a fast-paced sport that involves individuals who are typically left out of traditional sports due to vision impairment. Participants compete in teams and try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponents’ goal, using sound to judge the position and movement of the ball.  Filmmaker: Peter Monahan, Contact:, Website:


Tuesday, August 16, 10-11pm on HD and OPB
Rebroadcast Thursday, August 18, 3-4am

  • Luminessence: A Journey in Light — This documentary explores the life and work of the sculptor Stephen White and is a visual exploration of the fascinating process of creation and illumination. Filmmaker: Bruce Kubert, Contact:, Website:


Wednesday, August 17, 10-11pm
Rebroadcast Friday, August 19 3-4am

  • The Thomas Beale Cipher — Using pioneering animation techniques to create a look never seen on film before, this award-winning animation is based on the true legend of the most difficult cipher ever created. Professor White, cryptographer extraordinaire, is on the trail of the notoriously uncrackable Thomas Beale cipher — a century-old riddle hiding the location of a fortune in gold that has tormented its pursuers since inception. But White is not alone — shadowy forces are tight on his tail. Filmmaker: Andrew S Allen
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  • Timber — Animator Adam Fisher made this video of himself cutting his hair. The video was made to generate awareness about natural resources. “They don’t always grow back,” the video says, so use natural resources appropriately. Filmmaker: Adam Fisher, Contact:, Website:
  • Mashed — Doomed to sit at the dinner table until his plate is clean, little Trevor reaches to the depths of his imagination to overcome the dreaded potato monster and his evil minions. Filmmaker: Adam Fisher, Contact:, Website:  
  • Anita’s Journey — This hand-painted, stop-motion animation depicts the point of view of a 6-year-old Jewish girl and her family surviving underground in and around Berlin in Nazi Germany. Filmmaker: Shelley Jordon, Contact:, Website:
  • Frog TV - Frogotten Genders —The Story of a Frog, his mutation and your health. Filmmaker: Zak Margolis, Website:
  • Patrons of Wanderer’s Way — This film combines stop-motion, computer animation and live action video to showcase the work of one of Salem’s more unusual bands, Massive Moth. Filmmaker: Michael Farris (The Farris Family). Contact: Website:
  • Mumbles — In the words of the producer, this short film is “a hand-drawn animation that is a heartfelt illustration of great music.” Filmmaker: Rick Raxlen, Contact:, Website:
  • Lovely Numb Family — Nascar — Reverend Christoff Molesworth became inspired to make a music video for the band SexyWaterSpiders after discovering them at a seance, in which the group was apparently practicing telepathy and attempting communications with extra-dimensional beings. Filmmaker: Chris Molesworth and The Lovely Numb Family, Website:


Thursday, August 18, 10-11pm on HD and OPB
Rebroadcast Saturday, August 20, 3-4am

  • Outside the Wire Outside the Wire tells the story of two local photojournalists, Dan Morrison and Cali Bagby, who were embedded with Marines on the front lines of Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Filmmaker: Josh Clark
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  • Fight: Arena of Gamers Chris Nguyen gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the world of competitive videogamers. Filmmaker: Chris Nguyen, Contact:, Website:
  • A Life Against Death: The Work of Sister Helen Prejean This short documentary discusses Sister Helen’s work with the University of Oregon and the Oregon State Penitentiary in an effort to educate about the brutality of capital punishment. Filmmakers: Casey Marks Fife, Executive Producer, Michelle Bagoyo, 
Producer/Editor, Joey Jackson, Writer/Director, Contact:, Website:


Friday, August 19, 10-11pm on HD and OPB 
Rebroadcast Sunday, August 21, 3-4am

  • Earth As part of the Origin Series, this film is Leif Peterson’s take on the story of Cain and Abel as set in the American West of the 1800s. Filmmakers: Leif Peterson, Contact:, Website:
  • The Date The story of an awkward first date gone wrong… or right. Filmmakers: Genevieve Sage and Steve Brian, Contact:
  • Summer Snapshot A romantic look at the bygone days of summer. Shot in 8 millimeter, this film uses nostalgic imagery and contemporary interview to blend the present with the past. Filmmaker: Ian McCluskey, Contact:, Website:

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