Art Infusion | Billy Miller

“If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t have an art program,” says Glencoe Elementary’s new principal. He’s speaking to a packed Cafetorium of K-5 parents who have become all too used to how budget cuts mean public schools must do more with less. Six years ago, the principal was different. The sentiment was the same. […]

Silent is Golden | Billy Miller

Three years prior to The Artist becoming only the second silent movie ever to win a Best Picture Oscar, philanthropist JP Palanuk founded the International Youth Silent Film Festival (IYSFF).  Those under age 20 are invited to make three-minute silent films to themes scored by organ prodigy Nathan Avakian. Finalists get judged by movie pros […]

Festival Circuit | Billy Miller

For Your Consideration: Young Caldera artists take a run on the fall festival circuit in two of the Northwest’s finest annual exhibits in student film. As a mentor embedded in all this festivus, I submit the following: Outside Bend, Oregon’s Regal multiplex, we’re queued up clear into the parking lot for BendFilm’s Future Filmmakers’ Festival. […]

The ‘Off’ Season

‘Tis the season for the reason why we teach — summer! Not the kind of lollygag that gives Minnesota lawmakers reflux. Most of my break is spent guiding young filmmakers. And thanks to connections made at Caldera’s Transformation Camp, I went away to find something rarer than an extended idle: On family vacation to New […]