Adrenaline Film Project

UO Adrenaline Film Project is on hiatus for spring 2016, and will hopefully be returning in the 2016-2017 academic year. Questions can be directed to Professor Michael Aronson, Director of the UO Cinema Studies program, at

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Attention filmmakers!

Write, shoot, and edit your own short film in 72 hours with professional Hollywood filmmakers as your mentors.


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Attention Actors! Start building your reel in just a few days work by acting in the Adrenaline Film Project!

You could star in a short film projected on the big screen that is seen by guest filmmakers at the top of their field.


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About the adrenaline film project

The University of Oregon Adrenaline Film Project is an intensive narrative film production workshop in which university students and local filmmakers write, shoot and edit their films in just 72 hours. Hosted by the Cinema Pacific film festival, filmmakers are mentored and monitored throughout their three-day movie-making blitz by visiting industry professionals before screening their projects on the final evening of the festival. This unforgettable journey will conclude with an awards ceremony featuring the annual Kalb Jury Award, honoring the best of these films, and a “Viewer’s Choice” audience award. Winners will receive cash awards and prizes. The UO Adrenaline Film Project is supported by a generous gift from Ben Kalb.


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After QuenJeff Wadlowtin Tarantino saw Jeff Wadlow’s latest writing and directing effort, Kick Ass 2, he named it one of  2013’s best films, stating it demonstrated a “real auteur approach.” While prepping that movie, Jeff developed and executive produced the forthcoming Liam Neeson thriller, Non-Stop, and is currently writing the feature film X-Men spin-off, X-Force, with an eye to direct. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Jeff attended the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC where he conceived and directed his thesis film, tHE tOWeR oF BabBLe (narrated by Kevin Spacey), winning more than a dozen awards before taking the top prize in the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival. Jeff used the million-dollar grant to make his first feature, Cry­­­­ Wolf, which was released by Universal Studios. His next feature, the action/drama Never Back Down, starring two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou, beat out big-budget competition to win “Best Fight” at the MTV Movie Awards.  Recently, he collaborated with Cartlon Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) to launch the Emmy-nominated series, Bates Motel. In addition to his film and TV work, Jeff has directed award-winning short subjects, featuring acclaimed actors like Meryl Streep and Danny DeVito.  For the last ten years, Jeff has returned to his hometown of Charlottesville to lead The Adrenaline Film Workshop, a program he founded to help filmmakers of all ages, write, shoot, and screen a short film in the Virginia Film Festival in just 72 hours. Five years ago, the program added a west coast edition, when the University of Oregon began hosting AFP in the spring.


Leigh Kilton-SmithLeigh Kilton-Smith, internationally acclaimed Acting Teacher and Onset Coach, has worked with actors Sam Rockwell, Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Felicity Huffman, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Diane Lane. She is consistently referred to by agents and managers as “Hollywood’s secret weapon.” She brings to Adrenaline Film Project a working knowledge gathered from films such as Kick Ass 2, The Good Girl, TransAmerica, Talladega Nights,  The Cooler and others. Television shows include Scandal and Friends. Favorite directors are Jeff Wadlow, Doug Lyman, Adam McKay and others. For Adrenaline Film Project she is eternally grateful to Jeff Wadlow, Richard Herskowitz and all of the Adrenaline staff and especially the Adrenaline filmmakers and Actors.


Omar NaimOmar Naim is a Lebanese-born writer and director. He studied cinema at Emerson College in Boston, graduation with a BFA in 1999. His student thesis film, “Grand Theater: A Tale of Beirut”, was a Student Academy Award Finalist in 2000. His debut feature film was “The Final Cut” (2004) starring Robin Williams, and it premiered in competition at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004. The film won Naim the Prix de Scenario at the Deauville Film Festival. He has also directed “Stand Up: Arab American Comedians Come of Age” (2006), a documentary about Arab comics for PBS; and “Dead Awake” (2010), a thriller starring Nick Stahl and Rose McGowan. He is currently writing a large-scale science fiction film for producer Ed Saxon (“Silence of the Lambs”, “Adaptation”) and preparing various new projects to direct.

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The Adrenaline Film Project is grateful for the generous support of Ben Kalb and is cosponsored by the UO Cultural Forum.