Liberty and O'Dell

Local filmmakers J.J. Hill and Liberty O’Dell share their idea for their feature-length film “Out of Character” in October 2019 at the Eastern Oregon Film Festival, La Grande. EOFF debuts its filmmaker residency program in the spring of 2021.

LA GRANDE — Northeast Oregon soon will be the setting of a full-length feature film. Local film artists and former Eastern Oregon University students J.J. Hill and Liberty O’Dell are bringing together live-action role-playing and documentary-style filmmaking in their feature “Out of Character.”

“The idea of the film came from a desire to create,” Hill said. “I looked at the environment of Eastern Oregon, the people that make up the community, and realized that everyday people can be just as interesting as the movie stars they watch.”

Casting call

Kate Brizendine talks to J.J. Hill and Liberty O'Dell, seated right, the directors of the new movie “Out of Character” during a casting call recently at the Pendleton Center for the Arts. Hill and O'Dell, former Eastern Oregon University students, aim to showcase Eastern Oregon in the film.

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