“Removed" will implore you to contemplate your conception of right versus wrong. It will make you question what extremes you would go to if your only goal was survival.
“Removed” is the story of Lori and Christopher, a Pacific Northwest couple wanting to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of the city into the secluded wooded area surrounding Mt. Hood.
The couples' desire to remove themselves from society on a weekend camping trip brings them closer to their animalistic roots than they ever could have imagined. The couple’s romanticized idea of getting away and back to the basics turns into a string of horrific events where they get away from it all, but in all of the wrong ways.
The horror begins when the couple comes into contact with brothers, Arvis and Frank. The brothers' survivalist ways turn the couple’s lives upside down.
Friday Afternoon In The Universe
Great Notion Catalogue #GN009
Written by Scott Ballard & Jordan Eusebio
Directed by Scott Ballard
FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN THE UNIVERSE is an exciting new project by award-winning Portland filmmaker, Scott Ballard. The script was co-written by Scott Ballard and longtime collaborator, Jordan Eusebio. This comedic, adventurous and energetic film follows Eleanor, a playwright who is trapped in an unproductive cycle, unable to finish her latest obsession, a futuristic drama that takes place on the moon. Her Sci-fi ramblings are disrupted when she learns an ex has stolen her work and debuted it to adoring crowds. A surge of passion invigorates Eleanor and she sets out to confront her ex-lover and take back the play that’s rightfully hers. Joined by friends Charlotte and Frank, the three hit the road to San Francisco via the beautiful Oregon Coast. Along the way, the film cuts between the journey down the coast and the stage as each of the character’s stories, hopes and histories unfold. Told half on the road and half on in a theater, the film is an homage to the art of storytelling, flowing from Eleanor’s self-doubts as a writer to her revenge fueled quest. It is a comical revenge film, carefully balancing cinema and theater in a visually lush and dynamic psychological journey.
The film follows a young woman coming to terms with a trying event in her life. Lillian’s (Rachael Perrell Fosket) bright outlook—she loves her job in a flower shop and has a sweet budding relationship with her boyfriend— is rocked by illness. Days spent in long term care at the hospital bring reflection, desperation, and some family tension. This vibrantly shot tale follows Lillian’s year of happiness, pain, and growth, told through flashbacks and drifting between memories and shifting consciousness. Seen through a framework of loss, Death On A Rock is a bittersweet tale balanced between tragedy and levity.
WINNER Grand Jury Prize Best Feature Film 2015 Columbia Gorge International Film Festival
PLAYING Opening Night - August 6th at 10pm and Saturday Aug 8th at 7pm
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Official Selection2015 Madrid International Film Festival
Official Selection 2015 Portland Film Festival
Official Selection 2015 LA Indie Film Festival
Official Selection 2015 Arizona International Film Festival
WINNER BEST FEMALE ROLE (Rachael Perrell-Fosket) & one of the Film Forum's picks for BEST FEATURE at the 2015 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
Death On A Rock - Official Trailer #1
Death on a Rock - Official Trailer #2 (Lillian on the Lam)
Great Notion Catalogue #GN005
Written, Directed, Edited and Starring Dicky Dahl
In his first feature film, Dicky Dahl weaves documentary and narrative elements into a charmingly intimate and surprisingly funny memoir about the collapse of his marriage and subsequent struggles to find his footing in the hipster paradise that is Portland, Oregon. Dicky, his ex-wife, parents and brothers appear as themselves in the film, as scripted material, footage from the director’s married life, and interviews with family and friends paint the picture of a somewhat misguided late-bloomer experiencing all the freedom, loneliness and humiliation that come with having to start over when the bloom is off the rose.
the Curio - official trailer
the black sea
Great Notion Catalogue #GN004
Written & Directed by Brian Padian
A dark meditation on friendship and marriage, ‘the black sea; is about 5 friends who go to a beach house for a holiday weekend and what happens before and after one of them disappears.
A Standing Still
Great Notion Catalogue #GN003
Written, Directed and Shot by Scott Ballard
A STANDING STILL revolves around a young recluse, Allison (Sara Robbin) who struggles with the future in the midst of loss and displacement. When a family emergency calls her away from her job as a fire lookout in the Willamette National Forest early, she is forced to face her present and the past that has led her there. It is currently in festivals.
Shot on location in Portland, OR; Cannon Beach, OR; Willamette National Forest; Bellingham, WA
WINNER Best Feature - 2014 Massachusetts Independent Film Festival
WINNER Best Feature - 2014 Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival
WINNER Best Cinematography - 2014 Massachusetts Independent Film Festival
WINNER Best Cinematography - 2014 Arizona International Film Festival
WINNER BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - 2014 Williamsburg International Film Festival
AUDIENCE CHOICE Best Feature - 2014 Columbia Gorge International Film Festival
Best Actress Nomination - 2014 Madrid International Film Festival
Best Original Script Nomination - 2014 Madrid International Film Festival
Best Supporting Actor Nomination - 2014 Madrid International Film Festival
Official Selection - 2015 Joshua Tree International Film Festival
Official Selection - 2015 Big Island Film Festival
Official Selection - 2015 Riverside International Film Festival
Official Selection - 2015 Cinema On The Bayou Film Festival
Official Selection - 2014 Louisville International Film Festival
Official Selection - 2014 Landlocked FilmFestival
Official Selection - 2014 Ohio Independent Film Festival
Official Selection - 2014 Eugene International Film Festival
A Standing Still - Official Trailer (September 2014)
Great Notion Catalogue #002
Written, Directed & Edited by Scott Ballard
Feature Film - 2012 - 68 Minutes
Hank enjoys the quiet life. As the night custodian at a public library, his evenings are sequestered in a methodical work routine. When a mysterious inheritance appears, the patterns of his life begin to unravel. Welcoming Departure is a jazz inspired portrait exploring the challenges of change.