2013, 15 minutes, SD Video
The closest you could get to going to the track without spending money, Portland Meadows offers an affectionate look at one of Oregon’s two thoroughbred racetracks and the people who follow their dreams to make the whole thing run. Track announcer Jason Beem plies his lip-twisting trade; we meet a couple of smiling jockeys who somewhat shyly offer tales of mud, victory and crushed pelvises all amid a background of the sights and sounds of a world that has been part of the city since 1946, when Portland Meadows opened as the first track in the country to offer night time racing. Cats, goats, horses, neon, bettors, blacksmiths, horse piss and of course, a heraldic trumpeter issuing reveille. And MONEY! You can smell it from here but you’ll keep your boots clean!
Lunch Film # 54 for Mike Plante.
(commissioned at St. Francis Fountain, San Francisco, CA. cinemad visa)
score: Danny Sasaki
camera and edit: Vanessa Renwick
online edit: Tim Scotten
starring Anne Sanguinetti, Jason Beem and Deb Hoonan
Thanks to Portland Meadows, Dr. Stacy Katler, Harold Kent, Will Alempijevic, Randy Gragg, Zach Dundas, Corey Arnold and Mike Plante