With some of our favorite local productions coming to an end (Portlandia, Librarians, and Grimm. Oh My!), you may not realize just how many new things have started filming around town. Seems you couldn’t swing a jib this year without hitting another hot set, or scroll your news feed without another call for extras. That’s because the local film industry was lit in 2018. Here’s a rundown of just some of the movies and shows that may have been filming on your block.

Here Awhile Crew. Photo by Levy Moroshan

Here Awhile, starring Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) and Joe Lo Truglio (Wet Hot American Summer, Brooklyn 99), was a passion project for the mostly-local cast and crew. Directed by Eugene’s own Tim True, the story follows terminally ill Anna as she returns home to Oregon to reconnect with her estranged brother while deciding how to live out the rest of her life. Producers submitted the film to Sundance this fall so keep your eye on this tear-jerker: @hereawhile

Based on the children’s book series, Walt Disney Studios’ brought Timmy Failure through Oregon this summer. Starring Ophelia Lovibond (Elementary) and directed by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, Spotlight), the film’s release is slated to coincide with Disney’s new streaming service in late 2019.

Speaking of digital platforms and adaptations, Portland was home to Netflix’s new upcoming series, Trinkets and Shrill. Trinkets is based on a young adult novel of the same name that centers on the unlikely friendship of three girls who meet in mandated Shoplifters Anonymous meetings. Shrill is based on Lindy West’s memoir Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman. In it, Aidy Bryant (SNL) portrays Annie, a boisterous and self-described fat woman who wants to “change her life but not her body.” Already gaining some serious momentum, Elizabeth Banks and Lorne Michaels served as executive producers while John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) also starred.

A spin-off of Pretty Little Liars, The Perfectionists 10-episode season has been picked up by Freeform, formerly ABC Family. The biggest news is that Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish will be reprising their roles, Alison DiLaurentis and Mona Vanderwaal respectively. Much like PLL, the show will feature a murder mystery, and introduce a number of new actresses including Sofia Carson (Descendants) and Sydney Park (The Walking Dead). The show is rumored to answer questions from the PLL finale and arrive in 2019.

In addition to full series’, Portland and the surrounding areas saw the production of several episodes. Angie Tribeca, a satirical cop show on TBS, brought its star Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) through the Mt. Hood area in mid-February.  In its second season and found on go90 murder mystery In the Vault filmed between Portland and LA. The show features an ensemble cast of young up-and-comers—Audrey Whitby, Timothy Granaderos, and Claudia Lee— and has been met with rave reviews.

Fred Armisen’s newest project, mockumentary series Documentary Now!, filmed much of season 3 in Portland. The third-season premiere episode “Batsh*t Valley,” a parody of Netflix’ Wild Wild Country, filmed in Oregon and is scheduled for February 2019. The episode stars Owen Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Zoolander), Michael Keaton (Batman, Birdman), and Necar Zadegan (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce).

Indie powerhouse and lover of Oregon as a backdrop, Kelly Reichardt brought her newest production through Portland. A follow-up to the acclaimed Certain Women, First Cow tells the story of fur trappers in the 1820s. The film is based on Jonathan Raymond’s 2014 novel The Half Life. No word yet on who plays main characters Cookie and Henry, but her films are known to star the likes of Michelle Williams, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Eisenberg, and Kristen Stewart.

After all that, you might ask what we could possibly look forward to in the new year. After a successful Indiegogo campaign, Happy Hour History has already completed shooting their first episode and plans to film more in the new year. With local producers, cast, and crew, each episode begins with a classic cocktail, tracing them back to a historical event that changed our modern world forever.

With growing momentum each new year, there’s no doubt that the local film-industry will continue to see exciting new projects in 2019. Stay tuned!