Lights, Camera, Connection: Real to Reel

A networking event for nonfiction media makers

Lights, Camera, Connection: Real to Reel

Lights, camera, connection! Join us for a day of collaboration and opportunity with Portland's community of nonfiction media makers!

Real to Reel will showcase the collaborative spirit of Portland’s community of nonfiction media makers. Our city is full of independent production companies and freelance creators working in advocacy, broadcast, documentary, event, sports, journalism, and many other fields of content creation. 

We invite you to mingle in community and explore the wide range of creative opportunities in nonfiction media, connect with local professionals, lay the groundwork for future partnerships, and launch your ideas.

This event is for established, emerging, and exploring media makers! The space is tuned to connection, celebration, and creativity. 

Proceeds from this waffle-fueled networking extravaganza will help to support Open Signal, Portland's Community Media Production and Education Center!  Register and Donate below! You can also donate at the door or at anytime online at Bring your entourage! No one will be turned away for lack of funds!

Here's the schedule (stay flexible somethings may change!)

  • Doors Open at 11AM. Enjoy coffee, tea, and Open Signal's signature Waffle Bar!
  • Networking Lounge indoors 11AM-3:30 PM
  • 11:30 Featured Speaker (TBD) in Studio A
  • 12:00-1:15 Mini workshop round #1 How to Film an Interview, led by Devin Boss featuring Abibat Durosimi, founder of Bloom Beauty Collective in Studio B.
  • COCO Collective Parking Lot Party Opens around 12:30/1:00 PM with DJ Ambush.
  • COCO Collective tabling, featured artists, games, refreshments goes until 4 PM!
  • 12-3:30 Panasonic camcorder demos. If you've never used a professional film camera, give it a try!
  • 1:45 Live w/ Morgan Jones of A Podcast Has No Name with SneakerWeekPDX and Bloom Beauty Collective in the COCO zone.
  • 2:00 PM Featured Speaker, Raina Page in Studio A
  • Model Casting Call for Sneaker Week 2024! from 1- 3:30 PM. Bring that walk!
  • 2:25 Mini workshop round #2, How to Film an Interview, with Devin Boss and Abibat Durosimi
  • Screening Room indoors 12-3PM
  • Raffles called between 12-3PM supported by FulamingoThai PeacockKhao Moo DangDesert Island Studios, and more!

+ Special Partner COCO Collective: an immersive experience for all ages curated by, and highlighting the work and efforts of Creatives of Color in Oregon. Join us for music, a live podcast session, collections of work from Creatives of Color, networking and more. The event is open to all but will focus on the talent, experiences, and perspectives of the BIPOC community. If you are a Creative of Color in the film, media, and production industry and would like to be involved, email them at Space is limited. 

Fill out this pre-survey to help us build out presenters and activities for this gathering: What Would You Love to See at This Event?


Jun 29


11:00am – 4:00pm


Open Signal, Portland Community Media Center

2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
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Courtney Rae Director of Growth courtneyrae [at]

I lead Open Signal's resource building efforts from grassroots fundraising to corporate sponsorships. I'm coming to Open Signal with 15 years experience in community organizing and political action, communications, fundraising, grant writing, and volunteer coordination for social justice activist groups and environmental organizations. 

I currently sit on the Board of Crag Law Center. I am pleased to reconnect with media arts and to bring my skills and experience to a new field. I stay committed to fearless curiosity and radical, exponential change, so hold on tight!


For More Information

Interested in getting involved and utilizing one of our many resources? Start by completing this form and we will connect you with a staff member to get you started: Inquiry Form.

For questions about your registration, please contact us by phone at (503) 288 1515 or email education [at]

Community Membership

Join our community! Open Signal's membership program includes absolutely everyone.

This program will not only strengthen our community and deepen your experience as a community member, but it will also help diversify our funding streams, ensuring that our resources will be around to serve Portland for decades to come.

To sign up, make a contribution of at least $5 online.

Open Signal is a Safer Space

Open Signal is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for the community. Open Signal is a Safer Space for people of color, immigrants, gender non-conforming, low/no income groups, houseless, people with disabilities, linguistically diverse and other marginalized communities who have experienced systemic racism, sexism, classism and/or oppression. We encourage the creation and sharing of content that expresses a wide variety of cultural, social, political and spiritual perspectives. Treating all people with respect and kindness is expected - even if you don’t agree with all perspectives.

We require all members of our community to agree to our Safer Space Community Guidelines and to be accountable for the impact of their actions on others who use the space. Physical and verbal abuse will not be tolerated. All threats will be taken seriously, and will result in removal from the facility.

If you have a safety concern to report, please talk to any member of our front desk staff, or complete our online form at

Accessibility Requests

Open Signal is committed to hosting meetings, events and gatherings that are accessible and inclusive. Ensuring that all members of our community can fully engage in our activities not only benefits the individual, but  strengthens our community as a whole. 

We will do our best to accommodate your needs for equitable access to our facilities, however some requests may not be within our means to meet at this time.

Please submit your request using this form: Accessibility Request Form