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 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