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Editorial - Renee Patrick

What is Your BendFilm?

Read more: What is Your BendFilm?by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor


Everyone experiences BendFilm differently. Choosing among 94 films watched over four days at seven different venues ensures an entirely different combination of movies for each festivalgoer. Often when I’m standing in line on Sunday after three days of the festival, I poll those around me for their favorite films, and they are always the ones I haven’t watched.


It’s so hard! The documentaries are riveting and cover every subject under the sun. This year the films range from Freeload, documenting the life of a hobo, to Slingshot, a tale about the eccentric genius of Segway inventor Dean Kamen, to Heaven Adores You, the intimate inquiry into the life and times of Portland singer Elliot Smith.


And the narratives? BendFilm Director Todd Looby called Bob Birdnow’s Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self one of the best films he saw last year and Kumuko: The Treasure Hunter one of the more original movies in the festival. A is  for Alex is hilarious and I Believe in Unicorns is a fascinating coming of age story.


And the shorts! I love the shorts. Smart, funny, witty and bizarre, shorts this year run the gamut from local Richard Scott Nelson’s poignant look at our well-know waterway, Rivière Des Chutes, to animated films like Eye in Tuna Care and Women Who Hates Plants.


The best part? Getting transported to other worlds, other imaginations and emerging from the theatre unsure of the time of day, the day of the week or even where you are.


What is your BendFilm?

Art Shapes Worldviews

by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor


Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life. - Henry Miller


Schools have been under increased pressure to raise student proficiency rates in “core” subjects of reading and math since the No Child Left Behind legislation became law in 2002. Based on the idea that high standards and measurable goals in education can improve individual outcomes, schools now have to test their students annually in these subjects.

Several studies compiled data showing 71 percent of schools have reduced instruction time in the arts, history, language and music, and many art educators saw budgets for their programs decline and money redirected toward “core” classes and test prep.
This is troubling for many reasons. “Art education should be seen as something that contributes to the economy and makes for a more thoughtful society,” said Dr. Robert E. Sabol, president of the National Art Education Association. “It is often the designs of artists that influence consumer and civic decisions that range from what car or home to buy to how to interpret messages from political candidates and others who are trying to shape public opinion.”

What our art educators have done in the wake of No Child Left Behind is step in and fill the void. We are lucky to have institutions like Arts Central, Cascade School of Music, BEAT and the many other individuals and organizations who specifically work with school-age children to impart a more holistic view of learning and creativity, and they need our continued support. See the article on Arts Central to learn more about their needs and how you can contribute to arts education in our community.

The Hazy Days of Festivals on the High Desert

by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor


The days are heating up, and so are your options for festivals in Central Oregon this summer. Fantastic options range from quilts and beer, to music and fine art. And fortunately they are spread out throughout the month, so you may just want to hit them all!

Head to Sunriver for the Sunriver Quilt Show and Sale on August 2, or the Sunriver Art Faire August 8-10. An annual event since 1988, Mountain Meadow Quilters will display over 100 quilts in The Village at Sunriver along with music by the Notables Swing Band. The Sunriver Art Faire, also at The Village will showcase over 65 artists. From ceramics to glass and jewelry, peruse the art while enjoying three days of professional entertainment, and of course the dance party on Saturday night.

Starting with the Festival Fair, the Sunriver Music Festival’s (SRMF) annual fundraiser, on August 4, the SRMF will provide six different concert opportunities in Bend and Sunriver throughout the month. With the theme, A Season of Love, the music of love will infuse each concert from Brahms to Mendelssohn to Beethoven and the remarkable voice of Storm Large.

Love the charm of Sisters? The 19th annual Country Fair & Art Show on August 8 and 9 at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration is sure to please the whole family. Head to Sisters for the juried art show, silent auction, book sale, children’s activities, music, food and more.

After all that activity, head to the Bend Brewfest in the Old Mill District for a tasty brew! August 14-16 over 170 distinct craft beers will be available at the Les Schwab Amphitheater from more than 60 breweries.

Rounding out the month is the fine art show, Art in the High Desert (AHD), August 22-24 on the grassy banks of the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District. Bringing over 110 professional artists from all over North America, AHD was recently ranked in the top 15 art shows in the country. Take home some stunning art by master artists, and if you attend on Sunday, August 24, stick around for the Jack Johnson show at the Les Schwab Amphitheater.

Paying for Art - What it’s Worth

by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor


Artists, writers, dancers, musicians and just about every creative has undoubtedly encountered this troubling proposition: “We can’t afford to pay you for your (painting, performance, poem, illustration, etc.), but it would be great recognition and who knows where that could lead!”


It’s troubling because those artists, writers and dancers are professionals. They are people with bills and kids and cars, people who are probably still paying off an expensive education to learn those professions, and those responsibilities can’t be paid with recognition.


Below are several reasons for artists on why it’s not a good idea to work for free.


Professionals Get Paid: As an intern or student you might find yourself working for next to nothing, but once working as a professional you need to be get paid as a professional.

Accountants Wouldn’t Do It: Trying to find someone to do your taxes in exchange for a positive shout-out on Facebook? Good luck.


Free Work Spawns More Free Work: In the world of free blogs, free news sites and free clip art, once you work for free it’s hard to find someone who will pay you.


No Money is Actually Negative Money: The time spent on a project will usually include a coffee break, lunch, gas or travel expenses, all monetary losses if you are not earning anything.


They Weren’t Paying You Much to Begin With: Musicians perform for bar tabs, actors perform four-week runs in professional theaters for a couple hundred dollars or less, writers are paid by the word, but that’s more than nothing.


The next time someone asks you donate your time or talents, ask them to donate to your wallet.

(Adapted from The Dallas Observer)