Over the past decade, Portland clown Dingo Dizmal has personified the pinch many artists feel in the city--the struggle to stay true to their punk roots while still making enough money to afford staying in Portland's increasingly expensive housing market. Priced-out of the notorious Clown House he established on Alberta Street, Dingo now performs with wife Olive Rootbeer in local coffee shops, at children's parties, and during community events. Today, Olive and Dingo live out the current tension between Portland’s quirky recent past and increasingly gentrified present. Filmed during the 2016 Summer Documentary Program by North Bennett (Whitman College 2018) and Lindsey Smith (Macalester College 2016).
What is a jukebox going to do about wage inequality? This short documentary explores how the Wage/Working audio jukebox showcases oral histories to celebrate labor and examine wage inequality in the United States. Filmed during the 2016 Summer Documentary Program by Kate Johnson (Reed College 2016) and Carinna Nikkel (Carleton College 2018).
In 2007, Erion Moore II was a varsity basketball player and soon-to-be college graduate. A year later, he was diagnosed with scleroderma, a debilitating and life-threatening disease. After eight years of fighting it, an adaptive yoga program at the Daya Foundation helps Erion regain his strength so he can shoot free throws again. Filmed during the 2016 Summer Documentary Program by Trisha Patterson (Western Washington University, class of 2017) and Rashad Saleh (Brown University, class of 2019).
Filmed during the 2016 Summer Documentary Program by Frankie Breedlove (Reed College 2017) and Zach Leonard (Carleton College 2017).
Art and culture is part of Portland's soul, as well as those of the city's residents. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to this aspect of Portland. Enter Piano Push Play, which puts pianos on the city streets every summer. Please Play Me tells the story of this initiative and the positive ways it affects everyone who encounters it Filmed during the 2016 Summer Documentary Program by Pilar Curtis (Virginia Commonwealth University, class of 2017) and Dylan Walker (St. Olaf College, class of 2018).

A Second Chance is about Emanuel Price, an educator, community organizer, activist, founder of a non-profit, and also an ex-con. His organization, Second Chances Are For Everyone, (SCAFÉ), is committed to opening doors who have done their time and want to get back on track. Made during the 2015 Summer Documentary Program by Kendra Pittman (Virginia Commonwealth University '16), Savannah Tracy (Oberlin College '16), and Rebecca Reibstein (Smith College '16).

Alaric in Color documents New Avenues for Youth, a non-profit that gives homeless and at-risk youth a chance to develop successful job skills. Alaric, 20 years old, is now moving forward in the screen-printing industry. Film made during the 2014 Summer Documentary Program by Veronica Garcia (Carleton College '16), Drew Auer (University of Kansas '15), and Emma Reasoner (Denison College '15).

Urban Oasis is about Jennifer, a single mother living in a 'food desert' in Southeast Portland. Through her CSA membership at Zenger Farm, she can access fresh produce with SNAP at an affordable price. Made during the 2014 Summer Documentary Program by Adrienne Picciotto (Mount Holyoke College '16) and AJ Van Zoeren (Carleton College '16).

Youth in Motion documented the story of a young employee of the popular Voodoo Doughnut Van, during a summer outreach program for at-risk youth. Made during the 2012 Summer Documentary Program by Sara Rasmussen (Whitman College ’12), Emily Lad (Tufts University ’11), and Madeline Thompson (Portland State University ’14).

Liz Like Me is about a woman struggling with homelessness and multiple sclerosis who never lets the challenges she faces get in the way of her ambitions to be a writer or her desire to bring joy into others’ lives. Made during the 2013 Summer Documentary Program by Catherine Gailey (St. Olaf College ’15) and Laci Dent (Vassar College ’14).

Urban Chickens illustrated how backyard chicken coops can reduce carbon footprints. Made during the 2010 Summer Documentary Program by Colin Christopher (University of Wisconsin), Katherine Bascom (Wesleyan University ’10) and Caroline Koehler (Whitman College ’12).