Screenwriter Jon Raymond Visits Portland State Film


On February 4th, acclaimed screenwriter and novelist Jon Raymond visited Portland State Film. Speaking to a capacity crowd in the Lincoln Hall screening room, Raymond discussed his processes and career, and gave advice to budding screenwriters among the students. Along with his longtime collaborator, director Kelly Reichardt, Raymond has made four critically acclaimed films set in Oregon: Old Joy, starring Will Oldham; Wendy and Lucy, starring Michelle Williams; the western Meek’s Cutoff, also starring Ms. Williams; and last year’s thriller Night Moves, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning. Mr. Raymond was nominated for an Emmy for his screenplay for the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, which was directed by Todd Haynes and starred Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood and Guy Pierce. Mr. Raymond is also the author of the books The Half-Life and Rain Dragon, and the short story collection Livability. He edits for the literary magazines Tin House and Plazm, and writes occasionally for such publications as Bookforum and the Village Voice. The talk with Mr. Raymond was moderated by Portland State Film professor Dustin Morrow.