Open Signal Make-a-Thon

Open Signal Make-a-Thon
  • Cost: Free
  • Capacity: 36

Join us on Saturday, July 8th for a day-long production race to the finish! Teams of media makers will produce a short "How It's Made"-style infomercial in a race to the finish.

The Open Signal Make-a-Thon returns for round three! Concept, film and edit a short film in one day with a crew of Open Signal community members. Collaborate with other media makers to produce a 2- to 3-minute “How It’s Made”-style infomercial and win some prizes! We provide the equipment, location and catering, you bring your talent and creativity.

This event is Open Signal members — and anyone with an interest in filmmaking who’s ready to join our community of filmmakers, artists and activists. We’re looking for directors, camera people, actors, and folks to run audio and lights. Let us know what role you’re interested in and we’ll assemble an all-star production crew for you to work with. Each team will be supported by Open Signal staff. This is an opportunity to practice your video production skills/be on camera and connect with other local creatives.

Teams will assemble at Open Signal at 11:30am on Saturday, July 8th for an all-hands-on-deck huddle, gear pick-up and breakfast. Production starts right at noon you’ll turn in your equipment at 6pm (and of course, we’ll have a congratulatory dinner waiting for you). Editors have until 12pm on Sunday to submit their team’s final cut.

We’ll screen and celebrate your short films on Sunday, July 9th in our studio. A panel of Portland celebrity judges will be there to give out prizes! Celebrate your work with refreshments and laughs at this wrap-up event.


Jul 8


11:30am – 6:00pm



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 our Community Media Advocacy Manager, KatMeow García, via phone at (503) 288 1515 x411 or via email at katmeow [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 Guidelinessafety policies 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

Accommodation Requests

At Open Signal, we work hard to keep our space accessible, inclusive and collaborative. We have a no-tolerance policy for discrimination, harassment and violence.

To request an accommodation please complete this form or contact an Open Signal staff member for assistance: info [at] or (503) 288-1515.

While some accommodation needs may not be within our means to meet at this time, we do our absolute best to accommodate individual needs for equitable access to our facilities whenever possible.