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 […]