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Attention: This Is Pretty Awesome

You probably work at a job, right? Me too. But maybe you have creative ambitions also. Me too. Maybe you are even repressed and whiny. Me too! I try to work on my creative projects on the weekend, and after work. Whenever I can. Mostly when I’m not being lazy.

So imagine you work a full time job. And you have a young family. And in the evening after your work day, you tuck your little ones into bed, you finally get to roll up your sleeves, retire to a closet (yes, confirmed–a closet) and work on your true passion. In this case, film making. And on weekends, you get your friends out of bed at 7 am on a Sunday to go shoot scenes. Sometimes your weekend day, your day of “rest,” goes for 14 hours. Do you love anything that much? Would you work that hard at it?

On February 18th, meet local Portland filmmaker Mike Vogel at the screening of his first feature length film, The Waiting List. From Mike’s blog:

The Waiting List is my first feature and was filmed outside Portland for under $1,500 over three weekends in an elementary school where my brother teaches first grade. It premiered at the 2009 Phoenix Film Festival and went on to win “Best Narrative Feature” at the 2009 Eugene International Film Festival as well as an Audience Award at the 2009 Washougal International Film Festival.

The movie is based on an actual experience I had waiting overnight in a preschool to get my daughter enrolled. Shortly after that, I became a stay-at-home dad for a year, which gave me a completely different perspective on parenting. Those two events form the drama and humor of The Waiting List.

Please don’t mistake this for a heartwarming, feel-good family movie. It is a foul-mouthed, sex-obsessed, back-stabbing comedy about preschool enrollment.

Dave and I have had the pleasure of tagging along on a couple of shoot days for Mike’s current project, Did You Kiss Anyone? We’ve been able to meet the crew and a few of the actors who also made an appearance in The Waiting List. It’s an amazing group of people.

And we got to see The Waiting List, because we are special, and it’s goddamned funny.

Hardworking, bike riding, real life Portland creatives! They’re making it happen! Come out and see! Before Mike goes back in the closet to edit his next project!

February 18th, 2010 at 7:00 PM – Admission: $5
Hollywood Theatre (4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd.)

Can’t wait! I have also informed Mike, after seeing The Waiting List, that if I don’t have kids, he should expect an angry phone call from my mom.


  1. A friend from school just wrapped on “I Am Virgin” movie shot in Portland. The wrap party was a few nights ago at the Lucky Devil. Lots of independent films going on in PDX….very good news!

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