It’s our first foray into legendary Portland filmmaker Tom Shaw, whose presence looms large over the Portland movie making world. Gus VanSant and Penny Allen, among many others, used Shaw’s equipment to make their first films throughout the 70s and 80s.

So how does Shaw rate as a filmmaker himself? Let’s just say he’s a glorious treasure of breathtaking cinema — but for all the wrong reasons. “Courier of Death” is Shaw’s second attempt at a film, and it’s a bonkers, insane mess that is as incompetently made as it is hilarious and fun to watch.

Join us as we take a deep dive not only into the movie, but into Shaw and his incomparable mark on the Portland cinema scene.

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2 comments on ““Courier of Death” 1984

  1. Joan (Beckerich) Neumann Oct 30, 2019

    I played Julie in the movie the curriers wife who was assassinated at the airport my Daughter Kerean plays the little girl as are child in the movie. It was fun to work on the movie with my Daughter there on set with me..

    • Todd Werkhoven Nov 6, 2019

      Oh wow! That’s so cool! This is definitely our favorite movie we’ve done so far. Maybe one day we’ll host a big reunion screening or something. Thanks for the comment! 🙂

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