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Instructor uses own money to make independent film

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The new independent film, “Unremembered,” is certainly memorable.

It was made in Portland at a production cost of less than $32,000, all of it coming from Greg Kerr who is a Portland Community College computer applications and multimedia instructor. In addition, the film’s marketing materials and premiere were made with the help of 20 students from PCC’s Multimedia program based at the Cascade Campus.

“Unremembered,” will show at Cascade Moriarty Auditorium (705 N. Killingsworth St.) on Wednesday, May 13, as part of the 22nd Art Beat Festival. There will be two free screenings of the film – a sneak preview at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with lead actress Karla Mason and Kerr, who produced, wrote and directed the film. Another screening will be at 6:30 p.m.

The full-length motion picture (running time: 2 hours, 22 minutes) is a science fiction mystery. In the film, John Outis, played by Tim Delaney, doesn’t have a past. But his life history is being restored in the present and it’s having a dramatic effect on the people around him. As he begins to remember more, his past threatens to end his future until he receives the aid and guidance of Tina Plantes, a brilliant and unconventional physics professor. As she’s drawn deeper into the bizarre events of John’s life, she discovers a disturbing and far-reaching truth: time is not linear.

“Although I wrote the screenplay five years ago, it feels much more poignant right now,” he said. “I think if you consider the film in that context, about a person who has lost complete control of his life due to circumstances well beyond his control, you’re sure to find parallels with our everyday lives.”

The film contains adult language, violence and adult situations, in addition to complex physics concepts and philosophical ideas not found in most films.

“Unremembered” stars Delaney, Mason, Carmela Ramaglia, Laura Duyn and Spencer Conway. The music was composed and directed by Seattle composer Nan Avant. Several current and former Portland Community College students have participated in this project, including Robyn Browning (director of photography), Karin Hammer (assistant director), Evan Larimore (visual effects), Mike McCauley and Jennifer Hartzog (production assistants), Amber Mauro (casting assistance), Catherine Egan (Web site design), Jennie Baker (still photography) and many others.

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James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, is the Public Relations Manager at Portland Community College. A graduate of Portland State University, James has worked as a section editor for the Newberg Graphic, Wo... more »