Frozen Music III: Light & Music in Alvar Aalto's Library

Featuring the music of Third Angle New Music and Cappella Romana in collaboration with the architecture of Alvar Aalto.

Alvar Aalto, one of the key figures of midcentury architecture, was known for his humanistic approach to Modernism. Aalto only designed two buildings in the US, one being the Mt Angel Abbey Library in Oregon.

Portland’s Third Angle New Music ensemble designed an interactive musical experience around Aalto’s architecture to create an immersive performance that would turn the entire building into an instrument.

“My building is my talking. Let my building speak to you.” – Alvar Aalto

PNCA Scholarship

Going through the keyhole at Pacific Northwest College of Art – one of the most prestigious art schools in the Northwest – this short documentary explores the lasting impact that arts education has on its students and the importance of scholarships to open the doors to new artists.

UBER + Special Olympics Oregon

Uber is committed to connecting you to places and possibilities. Blacktop Films is proud to announce that we have created the video to help launch Uber’s partnership with Special Olympics Oregon to inspire athletes to pursue their goals and live the lives they want to everyday.

Special Olympics athletes—like Katie, who has lived and breathed her sport for the last 35 years—embody the spirit of independence.

State Of Oregon Craft: East Creek Anagama

Exploring the relationship between Oregon and its makers’ craft, space, community and place,  this series of short documentary films was created as part of the State of Oregon exhibit for the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

This film focuses on Oregon’s first Anagama kiln in rural Willamina, Oregon which is based on an 8th century Korean kiln design.  Artists gather to fire and stoke the kiln over two weeks and create ceramics with the community.

Dear Elise

The only daughter of a mid-western preacher uses her precocious gifts of entertainment, moral teachings of the gospel, and writing talents to champion a sexual revolution from the stages of strip clubs.  Her irrepressible bravery and intelligence cannot prepare her for the ultimate sacrifice that she must endure.  Elise seduces you beyond good judgement to support the arts, even if it’s your last one dollar bill.

State Of Oregon Craft: Andy Paiko

Exploring the relationship between Oregon and its makers’ craft, space, community and place,  this series of short documentary films was created as part of the State of Oregon exhibit for the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

This film focuses on Portland glass artist Andy Paiko and his conceptual sculptural work.

State Of Oregon Craft: Hamley & Co.

Exploring the relationship between Oregon and its makers’ craft, space, community and place,  this series of short documentary films was created as part of the State of Oregon exhibit for the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

This film focuses on Pendleton’s legendary saddle makers Hamley & Co.  Steeped in Western history, the hand crafted saddles keep the tradition alive in the cowboy country that is home to famous the Pendleton Round Up rodeo.

State Of Oregon Craft: Bullseye

Exploring the relationship between Oregon and its makers’ craft, space, community and place,  this series of short documentary films was created as part of the State of Oregon exhibit for the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

This film focuses on Bullseye Glass, a handmade glass company with a factory, school, retail store and gallery.  Based in Portland, Oregon and expanded nationwide they focus on architectural and craft glassmaking.

State of Oregon Craft: Sitka & Sara Siestreem

Exploring the relationship between Oregon and its makers’ craft, space, community and place,  this series of short documentary films was created as part of the State of Oregon exhibit for the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

This film focuses on Sitka Center for Arts & Ecology on the Oregon Coast and Portland based Hanis Coos tribe artist Sara Siestreem.

State Of Oregon Craft: Natalie Kirk

Exploring the relationship between Oregon and its makers’ craft, space, community and place,  this series of short documentary films was created as part of the State of Oregon exhibit for the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

This films focuses on Native American basket weaver Natalie Kirk who curates The Museum At Warm Springs showcasing the tribal history and craft of the region.

State Of Oregon Craft: Mudshark Studios

Exploring the relationship between Oregon and its makers’ craft, space, community and place,  this series of short documentary films was created as part of the State of Oregon exhibit for the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

This film focuses on Portland based ceramicists Mudshark Studios following the making of one of their signature pieces, the Portland Growler, through all facets of the small factory process.

State Of Oregon Craft: Anya Kivarkis

Exploring the relationship between Oregon and its makers’ craft, space, community and place,  this series of short documentary films was created as part of the State of Oregon exhibit for the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

This film focuses on Eugene based jewelry artist and metalsmith Anya Kivarkis who teaches at University of Oregon and creates metal jewels inspired by film that play with perspective and scale.

State Of Oregon Craft: Hilary Pfeifer

Exploring the relationship between Oregon and its makers’ craft, space, community and place,  this series of short documentary films was created as part of the State of Oregon exhibit for the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

This film focuses on Portland native and 6th generation Oregonian Hilary Pfeifer who crafts fauna inspired sculptures in her Alberta home.

Camera X

Blacktop Films’ camera expertise is put to the test in a blindfold assembly demonstration with the Canon EOS C100.

ShowPDX Designer Profile: Phloem Studio

Profiling the making process of featured designers, this piece was shown as part of an integral video projection for annual furniture design event ShowPDX as part of Design Week Portland 2014. Phloem Studio won the “Best In Show” award.

Phloem Studio’s designs were featured in the ShowPDX 10 year Retrospective Exhibition presented by the Museum of Contemporary Craft in 2014/2015.

Third Angle New Music Ensemble

Short film created as an introductory promotional tool for Portland’s Third Angle New Music Ensemble.

New Ideas in Music

The story of Third Angle, a Portland based group of musicians playing modern compositions using classical symphonic instrumentation. Take a look at upcoming shows and their full story here: thirdangle.org

Tastemaker: Volume 1

The story of the heritage brand Settlemiers Jackets and their amazing multi-generational journey.
You can take a look at some of their work here oddfellowco.com/collaborations
Check back for the full version as part of our Tastemaker series.

Tastemaker: Volume 2

The owners of Frances May boutique in Portland, OR share part of their buying trip to NYC with Blacktop.
You can take a look at their curated collections here francesmay.com
Check back for the full version as part of the Tastemaker series debuting 2014.

Tastemaker: Volume 3

A quick teaser as part of our taste maker series debuting in 2014 featuring the owner of 12345 clothing in Los Angeles, CA.
Take a look at their curated offerings here: 12345clothing.com/shop/

ShowPDX Designer Profile: QuarterTwenty

Profiling the making process of featured designers, this piece was shown as part of an integral video projection for annual furniture design event ShowPDX as part of Design Week Portland 2014.

QuarterTwenty’s designs were featured in the ShowPDX 10 year Retrospective Exhibition presented by the Museum of Contemporary Craft in 2014/2015.

ShowPDX Designer Profile: Merkled

Profiling the making process of featured designers, this piece was shown as part of an integral video projection for annual furniture design event ShowPDX as part of Design Week Portland 2014.

Merkled’s designs were featured in the ShowPDX 10 year Retrospective Exhibition presented by the Museum of Contemporary Craft in 2014/2015.

ShowPDX Designer Profile: Integration Workshop

Profiling the making process of featured designers, this piece was shown as part of an integral video projection for annual furniture design event ShowPDX as part of Design Week Portland 2014.

ShowPDX Designer Profile: Manual PDX

Profiling the making process of featured designers, this piece was shown as part of an integral video projection for annual furniture design event ShowPDX as part of Design Week Portland 2014.

ShowPDX Designer Profile: Esque Glass Works

Profiling the making process of featured designers, this piece was shown as part of an integral video projection for annual furniture design event ShowPDX as part of Design Week Portland 2014.

Esque Glass Works’ designs were featured in the ShowPDX 10 year Retrospective Exhibition presented by the Museum of Contemporary Craft in 2014/2015.

ShowPDX Designer Profile: Neal Aronowitz

Profiling the making process of featured designers, this piece was shown as part of an integral video projection for annual furniture design event ShowPDX as part of Design Week Portland 2014.

Paper Plane Project

Drip Drop collectives international animation project connecting artists of the world with a simple paper plane.
Take a look at their website for details on how the project developed at paperplaneproject.org

Shadows (Music Video)

Artist: Micah James
Title: Shadows
Director: Thed Jewel
Executive Producer: Carolann Stoney
Director of Photography: W. Alexander Jones
Editors: Daniela Repas / Adam Johnson

RUN

Runson Willis is a talented musician we had the privilege of meeting while in Los Angeles for another project.
You can hear more of his catalog here soundcloud.com/runningwill

Frozen Music III: Light & Music in Alvar Aalto's Library

Documenting interaction of music & architecture View this project »

PNCA Scholarship

A visual insight into the importance of scholarships and the value of an arts education at PNCA. View this project »

UBER + Special Olympics Oregon

Campaign Commercial View this project »

State Of Oregon Craft: East Creek Anagama

Artists connecting craft & place for the Museum of Contemporary Craft exhibit State of Oregon Craft View this project »

Dear Elise

Documentary Feature Film Preview View this project »

State Of Oregon Craft: Andy Paiko

Artists connecting craft & place for the Museum of Contemporary Craft exhibit State of Oregon Craft View this project »

State Of Oregon Craft: Hamley & Co.

Artists connecting craft & place for the Museum of Contemporary Craft exhibit State of Oregon Craft View this project »

State Of Oregon Craft: Bullseye

Artists connecting craft & place for the Museum of Contemporary Craft exhibit State of Oregon Craft View this project »

State of Oregon Craft: Sitka & Sara Siestreem

Artists connecting craft & place for the Museum of Contemporary Craft exhibit State of Oregon Craft View this project »

State Of Oregon Craft: Natalie Kirk

Artists connecting craft & place for the Museum of Contemporary Craft exhibit State of Oregon Craft View this project »

State Of Oregon Craft: Mudshark Studios

Artists connecting craft & place for the Museum of Contemporary Craft exhibit State of Oregon Craft View this project »

State Of Oregon Craft: Anya Kivarkis

Artists connecting craft & place for the Museum of Contemporary Craft exhibit State of Oregon Craft View this project »

State Of Oregon Craft: Hilary Pfeifer

Artists connecting craft & place for the Museum of Contemporary Craft exhibit State of Oregon Craft View this project »

Camera X

Experimental Commercial View this project »

ShowPDX Designer Profile: Phloem Studio

Profiling the making process of featured designers of ShowPDX as part of Design Week Portland. View this project »

Third Angle New Music Ensemble

Promotional Film View this project »

New Ideas in Music

Third Angle View this project »

Circle Studios

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Elise

A short teaser for our feature documentary. View this project »

Tastemaker: Volume 1

Settlemier Jackets View this project »

Tastemaker: Volume 2

Frances May View this project »

Tastemaker: Volume 3

12345 Clothing View this project »

ShowPDX Designer Profile: QuarterTwenty

Profiling the making process of featured designers of ShowPDX as part of Design Week Portland. View this project »

ShowPDX Designer Profile: Merkled

Profiling the making process of featured designers of ShowPDX as part of Design Week Portland. View this project »

ShowPDX Designer Profile: Integration Workshop

Profiling the making process of featured designers of ShowPDX as part of Design Week Portland. View this project »

ShowPDX Designer Profile: Manual PDX

Profiling the making process of featured designers of ShowPDX as part of Design Week Portland. View this project »

ShowPDX Designer Profile: Esque Glass Works

Profiling the making process of featured designers of ShowPDX as part of Design Week Portland. View this project »

ShowPDX Designer Profile: Neal Aronowitz

Profiling the making process of featured designers of ShowPDX as part of Design Week Portland. View this project »

Paper Plane Project

International video installation project. View this project »

Shadows (Music Video)

Micah James View this project »

RUN

Musician: Runson Willis View this project »

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