Who We Are

Founded in 2007 by Anne Richardson and Dennis Nyback, Oregon Cartoon Institute uses new media, archival film, research, networking, and cross disciplinary discussion to explore Oregon film, animation, and print cartooning history.  It has no brick and mortar presence, and always works in partnership with organizations which do.

 

 

Katherine Richardson Bruna

Katherine Richardson Bruna is a professor of sociocultural studies of education at Iowa State University. A native Oregonian, she is the sister of OCI’s founder, Anne Richardson, whose intelligence and imagination live on in everything she does. Katherine has experience using arts-based education to promote reflection on self, society, and history. 

She is excited about OCI’s potential to raise public awareness of Oregon’s independent arts past and inspire the young Oregon artists who are its future.

 

 

Sebastian Heiduschke

Sebastian Heiduschke is an associate professor at Oregon State University. His publications include English and Japanese language editions of East German Cinema: DEFA and Film History, as well as Re-Imagining DEFA: East German Cinema in its National and Transnational Context, along with essays about regional and transnational cinema. 

At OCI, Sebastian is responsible for the Move-To-Print initiative and the digital humanities projects.

 

 

Ellen S. Thomas

Ellen S. Thomas is education director emerita of the Northwest Film Center, having administered the Center’s adult and youth film programs for more than three decades.  Her research about the first decades of Oregon filmmaking have found forums in the OHS Quarterly, OPB radio, and the OCI’s annual Oregon Film History Conference.  

As an advocate for OCI’s potential to promote lifelong learning through the arts, and excellence in non-fiction storytelling, she channels the phrase “what is now, will soon be then.”

 

 

 

Laura Berg

Laura Berg is a Portland-based editor and occasional writer. She has a deep interest in Oregon and U.S. history and was a long-time friend and associate of OCI founder Anne Richardson.

She has a deep interest in Oregon and U.S. history and was a long-time friend and associate of OCI founder Anne Richardson.