CAMBRIA MATLOW, DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/EDITOR
Cambria Matlow is an Oregon-based film director, writer and editor. Her moody, atmospheric work reveals hard-to-name personal and political truths, and seeks meaning in stillness, intimacy and relationship to landscape.
Her latest film, WOODSRIDER (2017), an immersive portrait of a female snowboarder on Mt Hood, was awarded Best Experimental Feature at its premiere in Santa Cruz. BURNING IN THE SUN (2010), about a young man who starts a local solar energy business in Mali, West Africa, was her directorial debut. The film was selected for IFP’s Documentary Lab and Independent Film Week, broadcast on Al Jazeera and PBS, and seen in festivals worldwide.
In 2016 she received the inaugural Oregon Film/PLAYA screenwriting residency to write her first narrative feature; previous grants and residencies include Signal Fire, LEF Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Experimental Television Center, Puffin Foundation, RACC, and NW Documentary. Her current projects include NO MORE DOPE PARTIES, a short essay film about motherhood and place; a new documentary about identity and loss within her family; and a feature script about teenage Mexican sisters set in the Oregon high desert of 1855.
Matlow is a media educator and co-leads Film Fatales’ Portland chapter. She holds a Certificate in Film Production from Burlington College in Vermont and a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University. She’s originally from Los Angeles and now lives in SE Portland.
FEATURING SADIE FORD
Sadie is a snowboarder, firefighter, rock climber, hiker, camper, traveler, rafting guide, native Oregonian, snowboard instructor, motorcycle rider, wilderness survival expert, EMT-trained caregiver, mushroom hunter, student, daughter, sister and friend. She spent the last few summers fighting wildfires across the states of Oregon and Washington, and currently works at a fire station in Bend, Oregon.
JANIQUE ROBILLARD, PRODUCER/EDITOR
Janique Robillard is a freelance producer and director. She recently received her MFA at Maryland Institute and College of Art, and was previously based in Portland, OR. She won Women in Film’s Vision Grant for her debut feature documentary, 1000 TIMES, about female MMA fighters. Raised in a family of athletes, Janique has pursued various winter sports. She found herself training primarily with men, and her options for athletic female role models limited. This experience drives her creative desire to capture portraits of women in power, especially in sports, without compromising their femininity or eliminating all depth from their character. Janique seeks opportunities to collaborate with women, working to elevate women’s voices in film.
JERRED NORTH, CINEMATOGRAPHER
After several audits of NYU film courses, Jerred North enrolled at Maine Media Workshops and completed his Residency in Cinematography. In 2012 he founded Cascadium Pictures, where he created JAM QWEST (Mill Valley Film Festival 2014), in which he followed a drummer up the legendary Monkey Face 350-foot spire in Oregon’s Smith Rock. His graceful, patient style of documentary camerawork and shared sense of aesthetics made him a perfect collaborator on WOODSRIDER. He is currently in development on a web series that chronicles the lives of developers pioneering new forms of content for modern Virtual Reality platforms, recently showcased at SXSW.
RONEN LANDA, COMPOSER
Ronen’s music has been hailed as “an astounding auditory journey... an intricate and delightful aural treat.” His work has been heard in film screenings around the globe, on television, and in concert halls. A 2011 Sundance Institute Fellow, Ronen especially enjoys collaborating with filmmakers; cinema inspires him to create music that is inventive and daring, and, above all, music that communicates. Films he has scored include THE PACT (IFC Films, Official Selection: Sundance), THE DREAMS OF SPARROWS (Official Selection: SXSW), CITY OF BORDERS (Teddy Audience Award, Berlin International Film Festival), and BURNING IN THE SUN with director Cambria Matlow.
RICHARD BEER, PRODUCER
Richard Beer has spent over 30 years working in film production, distribution, marketing and theatrical exhibition. He has served as a programmer, advisor, board member and juror for dozens of film festivals around the world and as an editorial consultant for many independent films.
After graduating from Columbia College Chicago’s film program in 1990, Richard worked for the Chicago International Film Festival, Facets Multimedia, and helped launch the Moving Image Archives at the North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking. For nearly 14 years he was the Artistic Director for Film Action Oregon (FAO) and the Hollywood Theatre Project in Portland where he oversaw programming and restoration of the historic venue, as well as FAO’s educational and fiscal sponsor programs. In addition to his consulting work he is currently the Director of Programming for the independent Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, Washington.