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John Pings has been making digital films and still photography since 2002; originally working on sporting events, the Rose Parade and other service events. Moving to Oregon in 2014, John has amassed over 300,000 still images and thousands of hours of film. Currently Mr. Pings is working on natural landscape photography and film in his digital editing and print studio by The River in Bend, Oregon.
Struck by a hit-and-run driver on an L.A Freeway & left with a broken spine in 2010, Mr. Pings continues to recover everyday. John completed an LA Marathon in 2013 and a Century 100 mile bike ride in his new home in Oregon in 2015; with 12 back surgeries, thousands of hours of rehab therapy and 2,300 miles on the road bike.
“Recovery is an everyday thing for me. I am just simply grateful for every day and try to make the most of each of those days. To be able to come back from that hurdle is just a testament to hard work and belief in a kind and loving higher power, and in my fellow humans. I was just so happy to be able to go anywhere ... and to not fall in the water! Much less make a film”. "I really need to thank especially my wife for her enduring love and patience; and certainly gratitude to the guys in the boat for putting up with this limping ox and taking me along anyway”.
Semi-Retiring after 32 years in environmental science, geology and hazardous waste remediation; Mr. Pings enters the first time filmmaker ranks with “Oregon’s Water Colors”, 2020.
Official Selection, 2020
Oregon’s Water Colors
Madrid Arts Film Festival
Madrid (Spain)
2020
Featurette Movie, "Mention", 2020
Oregon’s Water Colors
Wallachia International Film Festival
Bucharest, Romania
2020
Official Selection, 2020
Oregon’s Water Colors
Accolade Global Film Competition
La Jolla, CA
Official Selection, 2020
Oregon’s Water Colors
The Cinematic Arts Redemptive Entertainment (CARE) Awards
Parkersburg, West Virginia
Official Selection, 2020
Oregon’s Water Colors
Rome Independent Prisma Awards
Rome, Italy
Official Selection, 2020
Oregon’s Water Colors
International Sound & Film Music Festival (ISFMF)
Samobor, Zagrebačka, Croatia
Official Selection, 2020
Oregon’s Water Colors
Florence Film Awards
Florence, Italy
Official Selection, 2020
Oregon’s Water Colors
Hollywood Gold Awards
Los Angeles, CA
Official Selection, 2020
Oregon’s Water Colors
Venice Shorts
Venice, Los Angeles, CA
Semi Finalist
Oregon’s Water Colors
Cyrus International Monthly Film Festival of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Official Selection, 2020
Oregon’s Water Colors
Indie Short Fest
Los Angeles, CA
Official Selection, 2020
Oregon’s Water Colors
Best Shorts Competition
La Jolla, CA
Winner. "Special Mention" Short Movie, Documentary, August 2020
Oregon’s Water Colors
Monthly Indie Shorts
OnLine
Award of Recognition, Cinematography, 2020
Oregon’s Water Colors
Impact DOCS Awards
La Jolla, CA
Semi Finalist, Documentary Short, Adventure Film, Web & New Media, 2020
Oregon’s Water Colors
IndieX Film Fest
Los Angeles, CA
Finalist, Web & New Media & Best Documentary Short, 2020
Oregon’s Water Colors
Independent Shorts Awards
Los Angeles, CA
Winner, Platinum, Documentary Short, 2020.
Oregon’s Water Colors
Pinnacle Film Awards
Los Angeles, CA
Winner, Best US Documentary Short, August 2020
Oregon’s Water Colors
Mile High International Film Festival
Denver Colorado
Winner, Best Documentary Short, 2020
Oregon’s Water Colors
Rocky Mountain International Film Festival
Silverthorne, Colorado
Winner, Gold Award, Best Adventure Film, Silver Award; Best International Short Documentary; Bronze Award, Short Film Best Picture; Bronze Award, Best Low Budget Film, 2020.
Oregon’s Water Colors
Los Angeles Motion Picture Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA
College
University of Southern California
B.A., History & Geography
19831987
College
Montana State University
MSc., Earth Sciences
19871990
High School
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Los Angeles
Life
19761980
Current City
Bend, Oregon
Hometown
Pasadena, CA
"No Matter Where You Go, There You Are",
Peter Weller as "Buckaroo Banzai" in "Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, Across the 8th Dimension", 1984.
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