TV & Film


(Portland’s Burning Heart)

“Portland’s Burning Heart” features three tracks from the Digient Collective catalog, Ecdysis, Plush and Didgi. The film uses a combination of iPhone footage, on-the-ground photography and haunting voice over to tell the story of Portland’s ongoing street protests from the perspective of a woman who knows them well: Emmy-winning photojournalist Beth Nakamura of The Oregonian. Beth is the burning heart at the center of the film, and over the course of its 13 minutes we watch as she evolves from local reporter to teargas-dodging, stab-vest-wearing conflict journalist.

Commissioned by the Dutch public network HUMAN in anticipation of the 2020 US elections, the film is a collaboration between Nakamura and the Tim Hetherington Visionary Award-winning filmmaking team Jongsma + O’Neill.

Directed by Kel O’Neill & Eline Jongsma
As told and photographed by Beth Nakamura
Edited by Kel O’Neill
Written by Kel O’Neill
Executive Produced by Jos de Putter @ Deep Focus Web Docs
Commissioned by HUMAN/NPO2
Sound design by Quentin Chiappetta
Selected music by Ben Evolo and ORIGIN OF PIE
Additional photography by Dave Killen
Additional editorial support, transcoding, and edit bay rental provided by Jan Beddegenoodts, Laurent Fluttert and Paul de Heer

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