WILD IN PORTLAND: The movie adaptation of Wild, Cheryl Strayedâs memoir about hiking part of the Pacific Crest Trail, will be filmed in Oregon, a source confirmed to WW. Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line, Legally Blonde) is set to star as Strayed, who lives here. According to the source, filming will begin in late September or early October and will take place in and around Portland and Mount Hood. More arid parts of the state will probably double for Northern California. Because Strayedâs 1,100-mile solo journey ended at the Bridge of the Gods, that other totally sufficient Columbia River crossing will probably appear in the movie. Local grip and gaffer types are excited about the project: Last summer, Grimm, Portlandia and Leverage all shot in Portland, but Leverage has since been canceled.
RUNS ON VINEGAR: Make way for the pickle bus. Artist Tara Whitsitt of Eugene recently launched a Kickstarter campaign seeking $28,000 to turn a biodiesel school bus into a mobile fermentation lab and living space. Starting in October, Fermentation on Wheels hopes to embark on a yearlong trip to âresearch fermentation and micro-agriculture at various farms across the country,â offering workshops and selling goods from her fermented foods business. âItâs going to be a lot of stuff, but I mostly want to focus on food,â Whitsitt says. âI can ferment pretty much anything.â She also wants to shoot an educational documentary and write a book showcasing sustainable fermentation methods. Whitsittâs Kickstarter campaign ends Sept. 8.
KNOCK KNOCK: Northeast Alberta Street is getting a new music venue. In September, the Knock Back is scheduled to open in the space previously occupied by Peruvian restaurant Del Inti. The bar will feature local-focused live music one day per week, with a DJ night once a month, says owner Will Platt. A former promoter and production designer, Plattâwhose aunt and uncle own Andina in the Pearlâwants to avoid encroaching on Alberta dive the Knowâs punk and metal bookings, and has already scheduled shows featuring Portland mainstays such as And And And and Minden. Heâs aiming for a Sept. 1 opening, though thatâs largely predicated on when employees get back from Burning Man.