When I first arrived in Portland in 2011, I wanted to involve myself with the local filmmakers. Craigslist was the place to start. An upcoming 48 hour film festival was all I needed. It’s also where I met friend and collaborator, Jon Bebe. He had a group of young actors, a free weekend and the will to make something that was both full of energy and very imperfect. It had license to be, plus, in trademark Bebe style, the story had a twist ending. We loved those.
So we went about planning and shooting an epic chase across Portland, in boots, with a group of gangland bad guys after her. Her goal, to steal money to pay for her sister’s operation. The bad guys give her a hard time, but she illudes them every time. Jon had a lot on his plate. He’d lost the DP in pre-production, so was going at it alone on camera. The camera became the biggest collaboration, so he was able to focus on the performances.
We didn’t place that year. A movie with much nicer cinematography won. You know, the shallow depth of field, the blown out, bleach-process look. It was gritty and impressive that someone can pull of that kind of photography in 2 days. The best thing to come out of this collaboration was the many that came afterward between Jon and I.