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Escape From Eagle Creek

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

New documentary gets red carpet premiere

9/17/2019, 4:35 p.m.

The Eagle Creek Fire from 2017 was a massive and destructive event in the Columbia River Gorge that became a life and death scenario for people trying to escape the flames. “Escape from Eagle Creek,” is a new documentary produced by University of Oregon media graduate students that gets its premiere on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.at the Clinton Street Theater.



A new documentary about the massive 2017 Eagle Creek Wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge is receiving its red carpet premiere and some deserving recognition.

The short film produced by University of Oregon media graduate students, including Danny Peterson, a Portland Observer reporter for the past two years who recently accepted a new reporting job at KOIN, will premiere at Clinton Street Theater, 2522 S.E. Clinton St. on Sunday, Sept 22 at 6 p.m.

"Escape from Eagle Creek" shows how a hike in one of Oregon's most beautiful destinations becomes a life or death scenario for 150 people who are blocked from exiting due to the wildfire.

With interviews from survivors who became their own rescuers, the documentary features videos and photos from the hike, as well as testimony from the hikers of the harrowing experience that changed their lives.

The film was accepted at this month’s Oregon Independent Film Festival for Best Environmental Documentary. It was named Best of the Northwest from the Alliance for Community Media and won an Emerging Talent award from the Alaska International Film Awards.

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