Total Pageviews

Monday, April 30, 2012

DIVA is please to be one of the sponsors of the ninth annual edition of The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival, which will take place in the Recital Hall at The Shedd in downtown Eugene during May 8-12, 2012. 

The award ceremony and reception will take place at DIVA on May 12.  

For more information about this annual event see the Festival page at: 

Monday, April 16, 2012

DIVA announced the 2012 Teen Video Challenge Competition winners with a screening and awards ceremony on Saturday, April 14th at the Bijou Theater in Eugene. 

The festival’s Jury was please to recognize two first place winning videos this year. Festival Director Steve Newcomb made the awards before a packed theater.

South Eugene High School student Jordyn Roach won a $200 Jury First Place award for her claymation film Jovial Giraffes – a short video in which inanimate objects spring to life from a young boy's sketchpad. Jordyn also won a $50 Audience Choice award.

Adrian Tujillo also won a $200 Jury First place award for his video The Trumpet Player – a story about a young street musician who has a very special talent. Adrian is a student in Springfield’s Academy of Arts and Academics.

University of Oregon Cinema Studies major Samantha Stendal won the $100 Jury Third Place award for her film Diseased in which, after, an alarm rings, Ryan’s race for survival begins with the diseased close at his heels.
More at

Monday, April 9, 2012

April 14th - Teen Video Challenge - BIJOU!

Join us at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 14th to celebrate the screening of DIVA's 2012 Teen Video Challenge Competition at the Bijou Theater - 492 East 13th, Eugene. Admission is free but seating is limited.

Each year DIVA (The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts) calls for Lane County teens ages 13-19 to submit video work that is reviewed by a panel of video professionals and educators. Winning videos will be awarded certificates and cash prizes at this year’s event.

This year 16 videos representing a wide range of film themes will be screened and include animation, documentary, music video, and narrative film categories.

The Teen Video Challenge, established in 2003, is the youth division of DIVA’s OpenLens Festival. It is funded, in part, by grants from the Oregon Media Production Association and the Lane Arts Council and is dedicated to celebrating the work of young filmmakers throughout the county.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Behind The Lens Seminar Begins April 3rd

The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA) hosts "Behind the Lens", a weekly film seminar that explores the relationship between classic feature films and the culture in which they appeared. The Seminar is offered to the community in collaboration with the University of Oregon Arts and Administration and Academic Extension programs.

Each week a single film is screened and discussed.  The host, Tom Blank, is a retired film and television director, who brings illuminating insights to the history of Hollywood and International film production.

All films begin at 7:00 PM and are followed by a lecture, discussion and question and answer period.  The duration of each session varies by the screening length of the film. Screenings take place at the UO Baker Center at 7:00 PM. The Center is located at 325 East 10th Street, Eugene. Free parking on site.

Tues. April 3. "Crossfire" (1947) Director, Edward Dmytryk; Writer, John Paxton (86 minutes). Plot: A man is murdered in a New York hotel room by, apparently,  one of  three soldiers just out of the army. Cast:  Robert Young and Robert Mitchum. 

Click2See full Spring schedule and how to register.

First Friday Art Walk - New Exhibit At DIVA

Join us during the First Friday Art Walk on April 6th for the opening of Window Seat - The Art of the Circle Field by James W. Earl. Opening/reception hours: 5:30 - 8:30 PM. Click2Read more online.