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Screening of The North American Brewing Renaissance at Falling Sky

Brewpubs are a recent gift to North America from Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Credit goes to the Pacific Northwest and its many home brewers for the craft beer and brewpubs we now enjoy.

That history will be on display Thursday, November 14 from 7-9 pm, with the screening of The North American Brewing Renaissance. This 23-minute documentary will be shown at Falling Sky Pizzeria located on the lower level of the Erb Memorial Union (EMU) on the University of Oregon campus.

A $5 donation is suggested and Falling Sky will have its amazing selection of craft beers and world-class pizza available for purchase.

Paul Hadfield, owner of Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & GuestHouses in Victoria, BC, will headline the event. He has a remarkable history to share. A second 9-minute film to be shown that evening documents Spinnakers in 1987.

In Vancouver, BC, John Mitchell became the grandfather of the craft-brewing industry in Canada with the founding of a brewery near his Troller Pub in 1982. Under BC law at the time, a pub and brewery could not be contiguous. When Mitchell and Hadfield became business partners they lobbied for provincial and national laws to be changed. They succeeded, and Spinnakers opened in 1984 with the brewery and pub in the same building. It is now the oldest operating brewpub in Canada. Mitchell passed away at 89 in June of 2019 leaving behind a wonderful legacy.

There is no doubt that some of the best beers were being made in Oregon by home brewers long before brewpubs became legal in America. A chartered tour bus carrying home brewers from Oregon made a special trip to Spinnakers in 1986. It might be a good guess that some of those home brewers are now publicans themselves. The first American brewpub, Yakima Brewing and Malting Co., opened in Yakima, WA in 1982.

The North American Brewing Renaissance will introduce the audience on-screen to the brewers that launched the brewpub experience – from Portland, to Yakima, through Seattle and into Vancouver and Victoria, BC, with other stops along the way. This is the only known documentary footage of the first brewpubs from that era. Shot on 16 mm film, it premiered at the 1987 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. A digital restoration in progress will be shown at Falling Sky Pizzeria.

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The American Gandhi Premiere – EIFF 2015

This video showcases the red carpet event for the premiere of The American Gandhi (dir. Joseph Mungra) at the 2015 Eugene International Film Festival. Mungra and company won the award for Best Film.

Filmmaker cultures and countries typically submitting to the festival:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kurdistan
  • Mexico
  • Native American Nations
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Tunisia
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • US Virgin Islands and The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

2018 Award Winning Films

where is she now

CHIRIPAJAS

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best comedy

COFFEE AND A BAGEL

ENCORE SCREENING
Directed by Gavin Brown

teacher x gin

FAR FROM HOME

BEST ANIMATION SHORT
Directed by Burak Kum

murano

FLUFFLE

ENCORE SCREENING
Directed by Stephanie Franz

acquired taste

LIGHT ME UP

ENCORE SCREENING
Directed by Derek Dolechek & Ryan Walton

riverblue

METAPHOR

BEST ANIMATION SHORT-SHORT
Directed by Basile Vignes
we were nothing

MOONGIRL

ENCORE SCREENING
Directed by Henry Selick
cat

NOT THE END OF THE WORLD

MOST ORIGINAL
Directed by Jack Bennett
centaur

RUBY ROCKET, PRIVATE DETECTIVE

ENCORE SCREENING
Directed by Sam Niemann & Stacey Hallal

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