2016-2017 SOFaM Highlights Reel

2015 SOFaM Highlights Reel

Discover Southern Oregon, friendly to a filmmaker's eye as well as budget, where incredible locations, experienced crews, strong film incentives and no state sales tax have attracted industry professionals from across the country and around the world. For a full description of what Southern Oregon has to offer, begin your journey HERE or click on the links to the left.

Watch the SOFaM 2015 Highlights Reel to the right for a glimpse at some of the great work being done in Southern Oregon. To see more SOFaM videos, visit our Vimeo page here.


MovieMaker Magazine names Ashland A Best Place to Live and Work as a Moviemaker for 4th Year in a row! Congratulations Ashland and all of Southern Oregon for being recognized as a great place to live, work and shoot!  Read the article here!


SOFaM's Cameras and Cocktails*

Grape Street Bar and Grill
Wednesday, May 3, 2017       
7:00 PM - 9:00PM  

Join fellow SOFaM members for another evening of our famous SOFaM networking. Make new connections, strengthen old ones, and find out whats happening in the production scene. This month we will be conducting the "SOFaM Half Minute" to give our members an opportunity to introduce themselves to the group.

No Host Bar.

Sorry must be 21 years or older to attend this event. Minors are welcome at our "Camera & Coffee" each second Saturday of the month.

*Denotes Members Only Event. Non-Members are $10 which is applicable to membership if you sign up within 30 days.

SOFaM's Cameras and Coffee

Photo Joseph Studio
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: TBD

You may have noticed live streaming popping up all over Facebook. While it seems like a lot of fun, it can also be productive to your business and promoting your work. It's a great way to get your message out due to the instant audience interaction. There's lots of reasons you may want to go live, and for this Cameras and Coffee, Joseph "PhotoJoseph" will show you the basics of how!"

We'll get a first hand look inside Joseph's studio where he’ll talk about what it takes to go live on Facebook or YouTube, from a simple iPhone broadcast to a complex multi camera live switching setup! It can be as simple… or as advanced!… as you like.

A little about Joseph…
Joseph “PhotoJoseph” Linaschke is a Photographic Storyteller, Educator, & the PhotoApps.Expert—— he's been shooting since the age of seven, teaching and presenting on stage to audiences around the globe for over 20 years, and in 2010 launched what quickly became the world’s number one Apple Aperture resource, now evolved into PhotoApps.Expert. He shoots for corporate & celebrity clients, works with schools globally integrating photography into the classroom, leads workshops, has several photography training courses on lynda.com, appears week-daily live on his YouTube photography show “PhotoJoseph’s Photo Moment”, and currently lives in the United States in Ashland, Oregon.



SOFaM welcomes our newest members and thanks those renewing. Please check out their listings to learn more about them.

Andrea Hudson - Supporter  
Anita David - Supporter 
Rabiah Lee - Student   
Cascade Film Festival - Festival  
Tanner Smith - Student 
Tracie Bergeson - Supporter  
Maria Blandino - Hair & Makeup   
Shanda Hurst - Production Coordinator  
Kymberley Franklin - Line Producer 
Mike Dickenson - Videographer 

Michael Caruso - Supporter  
William Hallows - Supporter  
Lala Peterson - Supporter  
Calvin Kennedy - Grip & Lighting 
Susan Saladoff - Director 
Tyrel Strumpff - Supporter 
Todd Wilson - Director; Director of Photography   
Courtney Williams - Assistant Director  
Chance Settlemire - Student 
C2 Cattle Company - Location   


Ross Williams, recently finished a video for ScienceWorks and their Rogue Valley Mini Maker Faire: Here   

He also made a series of videos for Barnes & Noble about why people love to read, here's 2 of them:   Barnes and Noble 1  ~  Barnes and Noble 2 

Additionally, his short documentary Papa Joe, about a farmer in Scott Valley, who's lived on the same ranch for 80 years was chosen as a one of the films for the Ashland Independent Film Festival!


Mark Unger started the process of creating a documentary in Eastern Oregon. He is planning on a 7 - 10 day filming adventure for the first week of June in the remote wilderness. Mark plans to film a narrative style documentary which will be available on DVD and for film festival entries. Fellow SOFaM members, Matt and Rebecca Stuart have offered to provide the sound track and are planning to compose and create it to directly match the footage.


Jasmin Putnam, started her 1st television show and is excited to be completing her second show on kids. She will have a physician on the show who is able to help with unblocking emotional issues and will help 2 young boys.


PhotoJoseph has been busy conducting a photography workshop in Oaxaca Mexico. Check out the photos, and make sure to check workshops to learn about the next one!
Additionally, PhotoJoseph’s Photo Moment daily YouTube show on photography and video production is really taking off. Visit the youtube page to subscribe and check out a show live at 9:30am every weekday


Jesse Widener’s film “Bare the Sun” is in the Portland International Film Festival this month, and another of his films “Outside the Box” was accepted to the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) in April. Currently, Jesse is in Portland attending the festival, spreading the word on behalf of the Klamath Independent Film Festival, and touching base with the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, OMPA, and the Northwest Film Center.


Chris Vanderschaff has been busy making slow mo product shots with Dutch Bros in Grants Pass, a slow mo commercial shoot with Sean Nipper of Reel House Films and a Portland Slow mo Tabletop food shoot. He also did some aerials shots filmed on the Southern Oregon coast. Videos to come soon! 


Submissions for the 3rd annual Jefferson State FLIXX FEST are open, and less than a month left of early bird submission for this year's FLIXXFEST! Alumni of the fest can email me for an additional discount! https://filmfreeway.com/festival/JeffersonStateFlixxFestival

The Festival will be September 21-24th at the REC in Ft. Jones, California.  11236 N. Highway 3. Call 530-468-2888 or email info@scottvalleyfilm.org for more details.


Last April, Mig Windows and Sean Nipper co-directed a web series pilot for a show called "How to Marry a Vampire". The pilot featured quite a few SOFAM members, including Levi Anderson, Sea Liu, William Hallows and more. They plan to continue to make additional episodes as a "found footage" style mockumentary, releasing episodes every few weeks of the "doomed cast and crew" who never got to finish their show. Fellow SOFaM member, Ross Williams will be the editor. 

The first episode (which is only about 5 minutes long) was released to the world recently and can be seen here: 


Member News and showcase what you've been working on. Send an email to membernews@filmsouthernoregon.org