Communities around Oregon are taking notice of the attention – and the money - IFC’s hit show Portlandia is bringing to the Rose City. Apparently at least two of these communities want to get into the act themselves.
A pair of news articles caught our attention this week… the first was this weekend’s article in the Bend Bulletin about Portlandia producer David Cress’ visit to the state capitol Friday to testify before the House Transportation and Revenue Committee’s hearing on HB 2167.
So if Cress, who lives in the town his show satirizes, were to start a show called Bendlandia, what would it lampoon? The plethora of off-leash dogs? The platoons of Patagonia puffy vests?
Bendlandia “would probably be a tad healthier than Portlandia,” Cress said. “One thing I notice whenever I’m in Bend is how ridiculously healthy your population is. I try to exercise regularly (but) whenever I’m in Bend every single person is in such amazing physical shape…” (Read More…)
Tuesday we saw this article in the Oregonian covering a work session this to come up with ideas for Clackamas county’s economic development commission.
Clackamas County Commissioner Jim Bernard has a solution to reinvigorate the local economy.
“How can Clackamas County get its own TV series, and we can all get small parts?” he asked jokingly — we think … (Read More…)
While we’re sure that these ideas for Bendlandia and Clacklandia were made in jest, they both go to prove the point that film and television production helps bring not just jobs and economic development to a community… it also helps to bring its share of admirers!