Oregon Divide

A Film from Inside the Gun Debate.
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Skye Fitzgerald
Film
Portland, Oregon
United States
5 Team Members

Why this project, why now?

On December 11th, 2012 at Clackamas Town Center in Portland Oregon, a lone gunman walked into the crowded shopping mall and started shooting.   He killed two people and wounded a teenager before he placed the barrel of his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle in his mouth and pulled the trigger. 

Three days later, Sandy Hook unfolded. 

Horrified by these recent events enabled by easy access to semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines we are taking action.

Though we firmly believe the 2nd amendment clearly defines the right of the common citizen to bear arms we also believe that this right comes with great responsibility, which, at the moment, our culture has largely ignored. The result? A second amendment that has been distorted into a travesty of it's original intent. 

What are we doing?

We are producing a documentary film (OREGON DIVIDE) focused on the gun control/gun rights debate in Oregon – currently a hotbed of potential gun-safety legislation, against a backdrop of national dialogue on the issue.

Our intent with OREGON DIVIDE is to drive the cultural debate on the issue of gun safety towards real change.  Among those we are filming with are family members of the Clackamas Town Center shooting victims, Oregon Senator Ginny Burdick (a long-time gun-safety advocate who regularly sponsors gun safety bills before the Oregon Senate), a number of gun rights advocates spanning the rural/urban divide in Oregon, and media personalities such as KXL 101 FM's Lars Larson and KINK 101.9 FM's Sheila Hamilton. We have also interviewed no less than 8 Oregon Senators and Representatives on the issue during the course of the 2013 legislative session.

By painting sympathetic portraits of victim’s families from the Clackamas Town Center shooting paired with profiles of both gun-safety and gun rights advocates (as well as  extremist factions active in the debate surrounding gun-safety legislation) we are creating a film that is capturing history as it unfolds. The film will appeal to the majority of Americans who believe the moment has come for a meaningful cultural shift that will help prevent future Sandy Hook-like tragedies.  

So, who are we?

We are experienced documentarians. We have worked with:

The Sundance Institute
Dateline NBC
CNN
The History Channel
The Travel Channel
The Weinstein Co.
Mercy Corps
MSNBC
ABC
The Fulbright Commission
The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP)
U.S. Dept. of State

and many more…

What reviewers have said about our previous work:

Variety: “emotional and artful treatment …deserves considerable exposure for the impact of its story and an acute sense of injustice that goes beyond the usual document of human-rights violations.”

LA Weekly: “An infuriating study in the ways that power greases the wheels of justice...”

Voice of America: “…confronts us with injustice”

The Oregonian: “…[the filmmakers] weren’t just committed to telling a story. They quite possibly held the lives of their subjects in their hands.”

Why now, why you?

Due to the immediate and on-going nature of covering the story as it has unfolded here in Oregon, we find ourselves turning to new funding sources. We believe strongly that we must act now if we are to achieve lasting change on the issue of gun safety in Oregon, and in America.  As much as legislative efforts are needed, we also need to change our attitude towards guns in America.  Our intent is to be a part of this much-needed cultural shift.

Why do we need your help and what do we need??

Thus far, we have funded the project ‘out-of-pocket’ and need modest financial backing to complete shooting and complete the first round of post-production (through the rough-cut stage).

We require $40,000.00 to complete filming and cover the very real costs of editing the rough cut of the film (costs such as paying our editor, music licensing, transcriptions, stock footage licensing and transportation).

We have already successfully shot much of the film during the 2013 Oregon legislative session.  We were able to do this by virtue of owning all of our own gear (and calling in a lot of favors from colleagues).  Faced with the very real, hard costs of post-production, we need your help now to reach the critical first edit of the film.

Where will the film be distributed?

The film is being crafted for a broad, domestic television release. It will also show on the big screen in NYC (and/or LA), Portland OR and at festivals throughout the world. 

Our past films have broadcast on the History Channel, PBS, CBC, Australian Foxtel, and many others. More info at our website: www.SpinFilm.org.

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    You and a guest will be invited to a private, post-screening party after the film's NW premiere in Portland, Oregon. You will also receive the autographed OREGON DIVIDE DVD, autographed poster and be named in the film's credits on the supporter screen. You will also receive 4 tickets to the film's NW premiere (Portland, travel not included).

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