In early 2018, we lost a legend, Pamela Hulse Andrews, founder of Cascades Publications who touched so many lives and made an incredible impact on the Bend Community—especially at BendFilm.
Pamela founded Independent Women for Independent Film as a way to strengthen the bonds of leading women in the arts and business and to support filmmakers at the Bend Film Festival. Since 1929, only one woman has ever won the Academy Award for Best Director. In 2010 nearly 35 years after the first woman was ever nominated, Kathryn Bigelow won an Academy Award for Best Director for Hurt Locker.
In 2019, Oscar nominations shut out female directors again. These realities bring us back to the late Pamela Hulse Anderson, a trailblazer in her own right who founded Cascade Publications in 1993. She was a community leader and advocate for the arts who supported BendFilm.
Each year Pamela enlisted the support of 100 women to donate $100 to support women filmmakers at the Bend Film Festival. These funds help Indie filmmakers with travel and room and board so they can participate in a full-festival experience giving them access to colleagues, mentors, actors, and more.