Oregon’s Water Colors

"Oregon's Water Colors" (2020) is a short nature and adventure film of waterscapes in Oregon and their colorful scenery. This film visits Ashland Creek, Mackenzie River, Deschutes River and 2 forks of the Umpqua River. Twenty-three minutes of what "Living In Oregon" means to me. There's whitewater kayaking on the Class IV Rapid "RiverHouse Run" in Bend, OR and steelhead fishing on the Main & North Forks Umpqua River too! Enjoy the Film!

  • John Pings
    Director
  • John Pings
    Producer
  • John Pings
    Writer
  • Brian Foster
    Key Cast
    “Fisherman”
  • Jeremy Foster
    Key Cast
    “Fisherman”
  • Christopher Carson
    Key Cast
    “Fishing Guide”
  • Kurtis Jermain
    Key Cast
    “Fishing Guide”
  • John Pings
    Screenplay
  • John Pings
    Editor
  • John Pings
    Cinematographer
  • John Pings
    Production Design
  • John Pings
    Sound Design
  • John Pings
    Sound Mix
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 16, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Los Angeles Motion Picture Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Official Selection; Gold Award, Best Adventure Film, Silver Award; Best International Short Documentary; Bronze Award, Short Film Best Picture; Bronze Award, Best Low Budget Film, 2020.
  • Rocky Mountain International Film Festival
    Silverthorne, Colorado
    United States
    Winner, Best Documentary Short, 2020
  • Pinnacle Film Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Official Selection; Winner, Platinum, Documentary Short, 2020.
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Official Selection, Finalist, Web & New Media & Best Documentary Short, 2020
  • IndieX Film Fest
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Official Selection, Semi Finalist, Documentary Short, Adventure Film, Web & New Media, 2020
  • Impact DOCS Awards
    La Jolla, CA
    United States
    Official Selection, Award of Recognition, Cinematography, 2020
  • Best Shorts Competition
    La Jolla, CA
    United States
    Official Selection, 2020
  • Indie Short Fest
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Official Selection, 2020
  • Accolade Global Film Competition
    La Jolla, CA
    United States
    Official Selection, 2020
  • Venice Shorts
    Venice, Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Official Selection, 2020
  • Hollywood Gold Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Official Selection, 2020
  • Florence Film Awards
    Florence, Italy
    Italy
    Official Selection, 2020
  • International Sound & Film Music Festival (ISFMF)
    Samobor, Zagrebačka, Croatia
    Croatia
    Official Selection, 2020
  • Monthly Indie Shorts
    Online Event
    Official Selection, 2020
  • Rome Independent Prisma Awards
    Rome, Italy
    Italy
    Official Selection, 2020
Distribution Information
  • PingsCo, Inc, Bend OR 541.647.6070
    Sales Agent
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - John Pings

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. After 32 years as an environmental scientist and geologist, Mr. Pings enters the ranks of First Time Filmmaker with "Oregon's Water Colors" (2020).

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Director Statement

The Story behind the "The Little Quarantine Film That Could", "Oregon's Water Colors"...

Hello Film Festivals,

Thank you for the opportunity for your consideration for my submission for “Oregon’s Water Colors”, a short adventure & nature documentary film. As a first time filmmaker I can only aspire to make a piece of work that people would perhaps want to watch. I accept that I’m totally looking at this as something probably way out of my league, given the endurance and credibility of your film festivals. In the interest of sharing art, and devotion to a friend, I'll take a shot at it!!

My work will stand on its own merit, asking no special favor when it comes to a possible consideration for a selection in your film festival. Should it be deemed worthy, I just wanted to mention that my short film is dedicated to my buddy Peter Gamba, a really super fun guy that I’ve been grateful to know for 18 years. I have dedicated the film to my buddy Peter because he was tragically taken from us almost 4 months ago now by the COVID-19.

In the midst of the quarantine I could not figure out what to do with my grief for my pal and his family and friends. The memorial was on Zoom, and I watched from 850 miles away from here in my home, now in Bend Oregon. I suppose I will say they were powerful emotions to lose somebody so fast and so tragically to this virus disease. I had to put it into action. So I got into my little studio and worked on this project that I have been working on for a long time, and finished it! I’m pretty sure my buddy Peter was with me the whole way.

If your esteemed jury for your festival sees fit that we might participate. I would dedicate that film screening to the memory of my pal Peter and his family and friends as well. I couldn’t think of any other better way to remember my friend then to say “Wow! We’re at the Film Festival, this is amazing!” and that Pete would be there with us and having a great time too. (And wondering if we’d be getting tacos afterwards!).... The Fishermen in the film are Pete’s pals too, we all feel the same way about losing our buddy.

My Film had a simple goal; to help people through these tough Covid-blah times and maybe "lets look at a bit of nature for a while and take a quarantine break", and there’s fishing too! Hope you enjoy the film.

Thanks again for your consideration and especially if you read this far!!. I am very grateful to share my Oregon art work with folks; and perhaps there's an opportunity to be of service and remember a really great guy, Peter Gamba.

Respectfully Submitted,
John Pings
“Oregon’s Water Colors”, 2020.
http://filmfreeway.com/projects/1930756
Http://oregonswatercolors.com
Grateful Bend Studios
Pingsco, Inc.
P.O. Box 7076 Bend, Oregon 97708