Film, Media

Mike Vogel, Did You Kiss Anyone?

At the end of October last year, I attended my daughter’s piano class recital in the living room of a beautiful house nestled in a rather exclusive neighborhood on the outskirts of inner SE Portland. Naturally I brought a video camera. To be more specific for all you videography enthusiasts out there, I brought my Canon DSLR to shoot the video because I knew I could get a decent run-and-gun shoot of her recital using a relatively small kit. As the kids ate sweets and played after the program, adults socialized over beer and wine. One dad started a conversation in the kitchen, asking about my setup and we started to talk video tech. As the conversation wound down, we exchanged names and job titles. Wait? What’s your name again?

Mike Vogel.

You’re Mike Vogel?

Now I had a rare smile on my face, because I had been had. I was talking filmmaking tech with an accomplished local filmmaker.

I know you! I follow you on Twitter, you’re @FrontAve. It’s good to meet you! And now it was my turn to get this guy… because I’m not that well know on social media by my real name.

I’m @drnormal.

I think Mike broke out in a smile too, mentioned something about a podcast and as we packed up our kids to leave we agreed to follow-up and meet over beers sometime soon. Which we still must do, by the way…

But I don’t think he kissed anyone that night and he certainly didn’t kiss me, but he must of at least kissed a few people Tuesday night at the Bagdad Theater where he premeired his latest independent work, “Did You Kiss Anyone?”ย a comedy about marriage, sex, and shi**ing with the door open. When I saw his tweet about the screening and saw that my calendar was open, I had to go check it out. Luckily I didn’t end up going alone and was able to convince a friend of mine earlier in the day over lunch to come with me.

It was a very Portland night. The screen played submissions to the website of “anonymous anti-Valentine’s messages”. My friend clued me in on these and I was sad I hadn’t sent mine in… ๐Ÿ™‚ Then Mike introduced 2 bloggers who spoke about their awkward romantic interludes. Heather of Mile73 and wife of Dave Knows Portland spoke about meeting Mr. Knows Portland online and IRL, which was a story arc of stalker bloggers, romantic bliss, marriage, moving from Portland to Astoria, unemployment and pregnant with twins. It was a very entertaining story, worthy of Back Fence PDX. Mike got back up onstage, thanked everyone for coming (it was great to see it well attended) and then it was on with the show!

We were first treated to a special promotional short, “Did You Cast Anyone?” a humorous piece where the actors take out their frustrations about the casting, followed up by the feature. Now I’m not a film reviewer and I won’t attempt it here for the fear of creating something that sounds like a school book report. I will say that I enjoyed “Did You Kiss Anyone” for it’s humor, performances, camera work and editing. Essentially, Mike takes us on a journey where a bad idea unfolds into a very, very bad idea- at least when you end up in Estacada in the middle of the night, you know something has terribly gone wrong. Based on the audience reaction, I think the night came off well.

For more on “Did You Kiss Anyone” and Mike Vogel’s filmmaking and commentary on marketing nano-budget films, check out the links below:

Film, journalism, Media, Tech Community

Media: Listening to the DJ – DJ Wilson of KGW Media Group

Last week I attended Broadercasting an event hosted this year at KGW studios by Elemental Technologies and Rentrak, two leading media technology companies in Portland, Oregon. The event was primarily a mixer for Northwest Video Professionals and among the attendees were folks from OMPA, Elemental employees showing off their video compression technologies, and Vince Porter, Executive Director of the Oregon Film Office. There was however a 30 minute panel discussion on media, with Rentrak, Elemental and KGW panelists.

DJ Wilson, President and General Manager of KGW Media Group is a television executive that “got” the social web early on. She gave the green light to reporters and producers to engage their viewers on Twitter back in fall 2008 and even included content and viewer comments on Live @ 7 (also known as The Square). Needless to say, I’m a big fan of this particular DJ. ๐Ÿ™‚

Take a listen to what she has to say about the current state of her business, consumers and how technology continues to change how media is consumed.


My friend Brian M. Westbrook also shot this video at KGW’s Studio on the Square Tweetup back in 2009. Take a look back to see a TV station taking some informed, forward-thinking risks during a major change in their industry.




Kimberly Gehl Takes a Swing at POW Fest!

My friend, Kimberly Gehl is anย Independent filmmaker, devoted cinephile, dancing/karaoke/concert enthusiast, die-hard portvangelist and Master Control Technician extraordinaire who’s worked on several live productions with me, including taking the lead as Director for the 30 Hour Day event in Pioneer Courthouse Square last summer.


When we first met, it was her desire to syndicate on Cable Television the weekly video podcasts and special events I was co-producing- so she was responsible for making all that happen for us. ๐Ÿ™‚

For me, Kim is representative of a rapidly growing community of filmmakers, technicians, media artists, podcasters and producers in Portland who are women. What’s been exciting when meeting and working with these women, is that there is a boundless energy and enthusiasm for creating great content. I’ve held a similar feeling for our local Open Source developer crowd, with their gender inclusive approach to building community in a historically male-dominated field.

So when Kim requested some resources for this year’s Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (called POWFest),ย I was more than happy to assist . Kim produced 9 Skype interviews with Tara Johnson-Medinger, Director of POWFest, called Video Vignettes. Here they are. Take a look and get excited about this years festival. Better yet, go and support a great local event and independent filmmakers!