Here is part 2 of Knock, Knock! co-producer Jacob Hanson’s conversation with our media sponsor, Heliorana Filmworks! We find ourselves once again talking over wonderful coffee in Kenilworth Coffee’s backyard, this time talking with Heliorana co-founder Jeanne de Parrie Turner. If you missed part 1 with Heliorana founder Jason de Parrie-Turner you should click here and check it out!
Is Portland a good place to relocate to for the film industry? You came from central California.
Jason jumped in first, “I could live there and make more money, but I like the indie scene here and the quality of life is better.”
Jeanne took it from there, “He’s always loved Oregon. He used to come here in summers and it’s always attracted him. We see big things for the film community in Portland. It’s getting more recognition; more quality productions are coming up here. Right now it’s very competitive, but that’s fine. It keeps us on our toes.”
How did you get involved with Heliorana?
Jason told me he had this company and I asked what the website was. He didn’t have one. He didn’t even have business cards. He was freelancing. When we got together I was on my own career path, going my own way, and he said he needed help with the finances, and then he would talk to me about a project and I’d give him ideas. He’d need help with copy and I’d tell him what he should say. I forgot that writing was something I always wanted to do. Now I have an outlet, which is great.
You’re working on your first joint project, Rewind Play. Can you talk about it?
Absolutely! It’s about adults who play. We’re exploring the serious side of play and why it’s important. Jacob, you’re so much younger than us, but there was a Toys R Us commercial, in the early 80s, “I don’t wanna grow up, I’m a Toys R Us kid” (Authors note; these commercials were around in the 90s, I know the jingle). It’s about people who go to work, do the 9-5, and now are returning to fun or they just never grew up. We’re finding both.
It won’t just be in Portland, but we’re starting here because we’re paying for it all. We’re hoping we can find some sponsors for the portions in other cities. We have some interest so that’s exciting. We plan on traveling to San Francisco, New York, and then one unknown location. We’re actually running a contest. People can submit their adult play, what they do for fun for a chance to appear in our film.
I want to explore the wacky things, not so much organized sports. I think soapbox derby is pretty wacky. Adults put this stuff together and ride it down a mountain. There must be stuff like that all over the country.
So what was appealing to you about Knock, Knock?
Exactly what’s appealing about documentaries! It’s stories; it’s stuff you can’t make up.
We know our neighbors. We think it’s really important to know your neighbors. Know that if you go out of town you can tell the guy next door to keep an eye on your place. It’s so basic, but a lot of people don’t do that and I think they suffer for it.
Jason jumped in, “The woman that falls and gets eaten by her cats.” Jeanne added, “Yeah, I don’t want my face to get eaten by cats.”
You and Jason both teach. It was something you did together before you were in a relationship, right?
We’ve been teaching together for a while. I got Jason a teaching gig at Winterhaven before we were together. I usually teach a class but this time I didn’t have time, so I asked the volunteer coordinator to place me as a helper. She said Jason might need help and I was like “Oh yeah, I’ll work with him, he’s cute.” And then she told him I said that!
Do you have any favorite arts and community oriented organizations you’d like to plug?
I love how Southeast Uplift started. I love that SEUL is responsible for stopping the Mt Hood freeway. This neighborhood that I grew up in and love, Creston-Kenilworth, would be so different. That’s why I got in touch with Ashe, I thought, “You all do so much for the community, yes, what can we help with?” I love it. I want to do it again next year.
Where can we go to find out more about your current project?
We’ve just started a Facebook and website for our new documentary, Rewind Play (rewindplaymovie.com). I’d say the blog and the Facebook are the best ways to see what we’re up to. Facebook is great because you can put up something short and fast, the blog is a little more in depth.