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Oregon film and life after "Breaking Bad"

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
RJ Mitte from Breaking Bad filming in OregonBY BJORN VANDERVOO | OB WEBMASTER

With the popular TV series "Breaking Bad" going out at the top of its game next week, Oregon film and TV buffs can look forward to "House of Last Things." Starring RJ Mitte (Walter White Jr. from Breaking Bad), the film was both shot and set in Portland.

The synopsis for the film is "a mind-bending thriller set in Portland, Oregon about an unspoken tragedy and its effects on a house, the temporary caretakers and  owners... The film features an estranged couple, Alan and Sarah, whose personal tragedy looms mysteriously over their home and temporary house sitters Tim, Kelly and Jesse (played by RJ Mitte, Lindsey Haun and Blake Berris)."

Written and directed by award-winning Portland-based filmmaker Michael Bartlett, the film was shot over the course of five weeks in the fall of 2010. The movie is currently making the rounds of the festival circuit, and the release date is pending. So far many of the reviews are favorable. The film was produced by Jon Manning, a long-time Portland producer/director.

During production, officials with House of Last Things stated the company "is also excited to announce that it has been accepted into the 'Indigenous' Oregon Production Investment Fund through the Oregon Film Office. We are producing this film 100% in the Portland metropolitan area with the majority of our cast and crew from Oregon. And therefore, look forward to a significant percentage of our goods and services being rebatable."

From Oregon Film And TV Dollars:

“We choose Portland because the setting for the actual story was always written as Portland,” Manning says. “We’re also using the Willamette Valley vineyard areas to double as Italy – as that plays in the script and certainly we couldn’t take any part of the production to Europe.”

No word yet if the film features criminal lawyers, DEA agents or any former meth houses.

Here's a video of RJ Mitte talking about bullying from the set of the film:



0 #1 filmbuffGuest 2013-09-27 18:56:05
Way ta go Oregon! Some recent reviews I found online:
FANTASY FILMFEST GERMANY review (translation): "Sustained with unique narrative and unforgettable images, Michael Bartlett delivers a haunted-house thriller-deluxe on the brink of Mind[blocked]-M ovie. BREAKING BAD's RJ Mitte, in his first feature film role, shines here next to Lindsey Haun and Blake Berris. Bartlett proves himself a master of the ominous atmosphere, implementing even harmless golf balls and yellow balloons as instruments of serene fear."

Review from Spain's ALMAS OSCURAS:
"House of Last Things" has been a synesthetic experience. A flick made to inspire, to be seen, heard and savored in every inch of footage. Very beautiful and very intimate, although sometimes dramatic and dark. Recommended." "House of Last Things" ha sido una experiencia sinestésica. Una obra hecha para inspirar, para ser contemplada, escuchada y saboreada a cada palmo de metraje. Muy bella y muy intimista, aunque en ocasiones dramática y oscura. Recomendable."

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0 #2 indie queenGuest 2013-09-27 19:16:04
Portland rocks! And from AIN'T IT COOL NEWS:

HOUSE OF LAST THINGS is a twisting turning fever dream of a film full of lush treasures and nightmarish imagery. Just when you think you are safe, this writhing snake of a film bears fangs and bites. There's a lot to like in this ghostly fable of people who are trapped in both an idyllic dream and a horrifying nightmare...It’ s a testament to the storytelling skill of writer/director Michael Bartlett that he can spin the reality his story is told into so many different directions and still keep the narrative straight and the audience grounded enough to follow it all. But he does it.

Everything seems to be fluid in this film as if it were a dream where things occur and those trapped in it just go with the flow instead of questioning every little twist and turn. Filled with imagery both bizarre and beautiful...ope n minded folks who look for unconventional entertainment will definitely want to seek HOUSE OF LAST THINGS out.
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