OpenLens Festival 2013
Opening: January 4th
Time: 5:30-8:00 PM
DIVA Center 280 W. Broadway

DIVA Celebrates The Art of Film and Filmmakers throughout January.

The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts Center (DIVA) celebrates the art of the moving image throughout January with a series of exhibits and events concluding with the 9th annual OpenLens Festival on January 26th.

The month begins with a First Friday ArtWalk reception and opening exhibit titled “DIVA in Film” a two-part show that celebrates the cinematic arts.

DIVA’s east side gallery features work by five local artists. Each artist has done his or her own interpretation of, or, reaction to a famous scene in cinema. The artists include Elise Ertel, painting; Jeff Langevin, digital print; Mike Stephen, sculpture/mix media; Seth Pierce, textile printing; Katie Richanbach, screen printing.

The west side gallery displays a collection of classic film posters, including several posters of motion pictures that were shot in Eugene. A film's poster is instrumental to any film's commercial success. But the posters on display not only communicate their message successfully but also do so in a visually striking way. This exhibit shows where pop culture meets art. The exhibit runs through January.

OpenLens Festival 2013
AAARRRRRGH!!! - Screenplay Reading Performance
Day: Wednesday, January 23rd
Time: 7-10 PM
Wildish Theater, Springfield

For the first time, a live dramatic read of a feature length screenplay will be performed in the Eugene/ Springfield area.   The screenplay, AAARRRRRRGH!!! was written by local screenwriters, Desiree Stratford and Al Kline.  It is an outrageous interpretation of the real life adventures of pirate women Anne Bonny and Mary Read who sailed with Captain “Calico” Jack Rackam, who were sentenced to hang in 1720.
This FREE performance is part of the Open Lens Film Festival and will be held at the Wildish Theater in Springfield on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 from 7-10pm. The presentation will showcase some of the most talented actors and actresses in the area, including Emmy award winner, Mark Lewis.
The performance will be followed by a Q & A.  Please come and be prepared to be entertained!  Rated RRRRRRRRRRR!!!! For strong adult language.  

This is a special pre-festival event. See the OpenLens Schedule for January 26th.


The 9th annual OpenLens Festival is a single day event, hosted by the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA) that includes a film seminar, film screenings, a closing reception and awards ceremony held in the UO Baker Center Auditorium at 320 E. 10th Street in Eugene with free parking behind the Center.

Doug Hennesey
Seminar: How To Watch A Movie Like A Film Critic II

Admission: $2.00
Location: UO Baker Center Auditorium 325 E. 10th Eugene.

Discover how film reviewers watch movies, how a critic's eye works, and what critics are thinking about during the screening of a movie. Host Doug Hennessy will use numerous examples from a variety of films and engage participants in a discussion of the specifics of what critics look for, why, and examine scenes from an array of film titles.

Doug Hennessy has been writing about movies in newspapers and magazines for the past 30 years. He's reviewed movies for the syndicated Knight-Ridder newspaper chain, The Philadelphia Weekly, and filmcritic.com. He was co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Forum, and Board Member of the Eugene International Film Festival, He currently writes about movies on his The Movie List Blogster site.

Seating is on a first come, first seated bases.

Meet and Greet
Meet and Greet The Filmmakers
Location: Davis Restaurant & Bar. 94 W. Broadway
Admission: Free (No Host Bar)

The public is invited to meet and greet this year's festival filmmakers in the informal and relaxing setting of Davis Restaurant & Bar in downtown Eugene. Many of the Festival’s entrants will be visiting Eugene from various corners of the state and this is an opportunity to welcome them to our community.

openlens festival audience
7:30 - 10:00PM
OpenLens Festival Screening, Award, and Reception Event
Admission: $8
Location: UO Baker Center Auditorium 325 E. 10th Eugene.

Come celebrate the screening of a juried program of short films by Oregon filmmakers. This event shines the spotlight on the diversity of film genre explored by emerging and established film artists in our state. The screening is followed by a public reception and awards ceremony in which the Jury Best Of Show ($500), Jury Honorable Mention ($250), and Audience and Choice Award ($100) are made.