Short films shoot in the Klamath Basin in April

Two L.A.-based film crews find scenic beauty and incredible backdrops in Klamath

During the last week of April two film crews from Los Angeles spent multiple days filming in the Klamath Basin on unrelated short film projects – both aided by Klamath Film and numerous local organizations helping these films complete primary filming.

“Matterhorn” is a comedy-horror thriller written and directed by Martin Hilligoss – who in 2020 had two films both shot at Lake of the Woods selected to the Klamath Independent Film Festival. “Matterhorn” was shot in Klamath Falls at David’s Diner and the neighboring gas station, Everybody’s Vintage, and select locations along Dead Indian Road.

Ashland-raised and a graduate of the USC film program, Hilligoss has plans for several future film projects to also shoot in the Klamath Falls area. Hilligoss hopes to world premiere “Matterhorn” this fall at the 2021 Klamath Independent Film Festival.

“This is Their Land” is a short film produced by a collective of Cal State Northridge university students in collaboration with L.A.-based actors and a handful of regional Oregon production assistants. The film is a narrative that tells the story of peace negotiations during the Modoc War of the 1870s. The film was shot at Lava Beds National Park and the Ackley-Dry Lake Ranch near Tulelake, Calif. In addition to Klamath Film, Cascade Civil War Society was instrumental in the film’s production providing costumes and props authentic to the 1870s.

CSUN students plan to premiere the film at an event on the CSUN campus before taking the film on the festival circuit – with a screening of the film in Klamath County likely sometime in 2022.

The films were both shot April 24-29 in the Klamath region following month of pre-production work in collaboration with Klamath Film. Congratulations to both film productions, and we look forward to seeing the finished product!


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