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It's a Food & Film Series Kick-Off

Published: June 05, 2017


Springfield, OR — The Eugene International Film Festival kicks off their series Farm Fresh Stories by partnering with Hole in the Wall BBQ.  Two Oregon based filmmakers, Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm, will share an evening of rural stories on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m.  

The evening opens with dinner and a screening of the multiple award-winning movie “Dryland.” This one-hour documentary reveals why a community of farmers organized a demolition derby using their combine harvesters. A question and answer period follows the presentation.

Tickets for the dinner, the movie and free beer tasting samples, by Agrarian Ales, are only $30.00. Purchase online at: or Online ticket sales end 12 hours before the event. If tickets remain, they may be purchased at the door.

Date:  Wednesday, June 7
Time: Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. with the screening starting at 7:15 p.m.
Where: Hole in the Wall BBQ, 1807 Olympic Sreet, Springfield, Oregon

Arbuthnot and Wilhelm have traveled across America participating in showcase Q & A sessions on rural life. As storytellers their appreciation of rural life is engaging.  They have lived a lifestyle split between Port- land and Burns, OR for 25 years. In early 2016 they found themselves instantly at the center of that year’s big and ongoing story, the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. They drew their cameras faster than an old-west gunslinger. Those attending this intimate foodie-film showcase will become privy to behind the scenes secrets of their next film “Refuge,” which is still in production and about the occupation. This is a once in a lifetime experience for film and history buffs. “Refuge” is not mainstream media offered as entertainment; it is a dignified, heartfelt story of rural life.

Hole in the Wall BBQ will be serving a classic down-home BBQ dinner as hosts of this limited attendance gathering. Dinner includes a chicken and ribs combo with Texas potatoes, BBQ beans, rolls, corn muffins, soft drinks and cookies for the Q & A. No-host bar service. Only thirty tickets are being offered to keep the conversation meaningful. 

Contact: Mike Dilley, (541) 683-1400, (541) 359-7306,

Author: Andy Vobora

Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations, Travel Lane County
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Travel Lane County markets and promotes the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region as a destination for travel, conventions, sports, meetings and events. It serves as a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending, which pumped more than $783 million into Lane County, Oregon's economy in 2019.