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Training homeless & marginalized youth to be the directors of their own films and lives.



At Outside the Frame, we change the way homeless youth see and are seen by teaching them filmmaking. We are proving that homeless youth are not a liability, they are an asset to our communities. As they make their own films, they gain employable skills, and build the confidence and motivation to embrace and contribute to society.

In our film workshops, youth learn all aspects of film production and create films about issues that matter to them. Workshops are facilitated by professional filmmakers and trained program alumni who work as peer mentors. 

Contact us to schedule a screening. Young filmmakers are available to facilitate an unforgettable discussion.  

Newest FILMS by our young filmmakers. more on our vimeo channel.

The Lost Boys of Portlandia

In our acclaimed documentary, homeless youth in Portland, OR, debate if and how to return to mainstream society while creating their own film version of the iconic story of Peter Pan.

Support Outside the Frame


Outside the Frame is a 501(c)3 non-profit and donations are tax deductible.

Tax ID # 47-4159875.  

Outside the Frame is proud to be part of Willamette Week’s 2018 Give!Guide campaign!

Between now and December 31, donate HERE to help us reach our goal!

Gift Information:

Help young people experiencing homelessness tell their own stories and get them seen.

To make a donation online, click the link to the left, or send a check to:

Outside the Frame
4322 SE 28th Place
Portland, OR 97202

In addition to getting in on the fun of Give! Guide season, consider making a sustaining monthly pledge and keep us strong in 2019!

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To empower homeless and marginalized youth to educate the public about issues they face by producing films with youth that convey their experience. 


Outside the Frame changes the way homeless and marginalized youth see and are seen through film. 




Project based film and media education

Participants learn film making from pre-production to broadcast with mentorship of professional filmmakers.  


The films produced depict issues that pertain to and are determined by the participants.


Hearing what young people have to say for themselves through screenings and presentations increases sensitivity and reduces stigma. 

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Employable skills

Technology training and job readiness experience that is competitive, relevant, creative and not typically available. 

Therapeutic Intervention

Our workshops offer a space for participants to reflect on, make sense of and share their stories. 


The films align with local organizing efforts that confront systemic issues the participants face. 

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About Us


Outside the Frame was founded with the idea of helping homeless youth value themselves as productive members of society. We partner with excellent social service organizations to provide a much-needed creative outlet, technological training, and a sense of success that is contagious and visible to the public.

We believe that to thrive, young people need more than their basic needs met. We offer a model educational and vocational program, where young people create films about issues that matter to them and share them with the public. 

Program graduates have gone on to complete their GED, enroll in college, gain employment and stable housing,    and make movies.

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Hire us!

Our professional film production team is available to produce high quality, authentic and captivating videos for your business, organization, event or cause.


We are available to facilitate film workshops for your group or organization. Participants will learn about filmmaking from pre-production to broadcast, and have original creative films to share at the end of the workshop.  

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Put your skills to good use

Join our team of paid mentors and volunteers.      

Editor. Per project basis. 

Cinematographers, Sound Mixers, Gaffers, Colorists, Composers, Animators, and other film industry professionals for full or half day workshops sessions or post production work.  

For more information, use the form below or give us a call at (503) 662-8344. 




Film Internship Application

No film experience necessary.

Make films, have fun, earn a stipend and certificate, build your resume, eat good food, change the world. 

What:  Learn to use professional film equipment and make films with the guidance of local professional filmmakers. 

Who: People who are eligible to access Outside In spaces and activities (in HYC, no current exclusion to ERC).

How much: You may be eligible for a stipend, up to $200. And for additional paid gigs and access to film making gear with Outside the Frame. Full stipend amount is for participants who complete the entire program, attend at least 10 out of 13 sessions, and have received less than $600 in stipends from Outside In in 2018.  

When: Three weeks in September: 

Sept 10-20, Monday -  Thursday, 10am-4pm. 

Sept 24-29: Monday - Friday,  10am-4pm. 

Location: Outside In’s ERC, 1195 SW 11th Ave and other locations for film production.

**Limited spots available, apply now for your chance to be involved!**

To apply, please answer the questions below.

ONCE your application is received, we'll contact you to Schedule an interview. We look forward to meeting you!

Questions? Contact Anna ( or Nili (, or call/text us at (503) 662-8344.

See OTF in action: come to our weekly Friday drop-in workshop, 10-1pm @ the ERC!


A case manager type
Name of organization, phone number, email
Phone, text, email, point person?

Next step: Schedule an interview with Nili Yosha by email ( or phone/text (503) 662-8344.

We look forward to meeting you.