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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. 

Named 2018 Best New Nonprofit by Portland Monthly Magazine.

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


  • "Doomed to Repeat" receives Best of the Northwest Award in the Short Film Category. 
    A film about art, activism and ICE produced during our last intensive film workshop.

  • The City of Portland Special Appropriations grants Outside the Frame $32,000 for our year round film-based job skills training to homeless youth. Your tax dollars at work! 

  • The student directed CommuniCare group in the second period Theatre Arts class at Roosevelt High School grants Outside the Frame $3,000, and the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation grants $2,000. Youth leaders at work!

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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. 

Schedule a Screening

Presentations include original films and an unforgettable discussion with young filmmakers who have experienced homelessness. Galvanizing for students, and unique professional development for educators, policy makers, healthcare and social service providers.

Contact us to schedule a screening.

“These are the kinds of stories we need to tell at the top of our voices to get this issue in the face of the folks that are making the decisions about social investments and public policy on the national level.” -Margaret Salazar, Oregon Housing and Community Services Director

“Learning about these issues has changed what I want to do as a career.” Future Social Worker, Pacific University

“On its surface, it’s a film about the making of a film, but the backdrop is flooded with one of Portland’s most pressing social issues.” - KGW-TV

Recent Screenings:

April 25th, 3-4pm - West Coast Convening Conference

May 5th, 2:30pm - Super Queer Force is screening at Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival    

June 3rd, 6-8pm - Tivnu: Building Justice.

Support Outside the Frame

“You see their potential, and through whatever magic you are working at Outside the Frame, you are lifting that potential to reality,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler

Gift Information:

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

To make a donation online, click the button below, or send a check to:

Outside the Frame
800 NW 6th Ave. #335
Portland, OR 97209

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

Tax ID # 47-4159875.  

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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.

"I’ve seen thousands of promotional videos, but this one actually feels real!"

Lori Slaughter, Development Director, Outside In.


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.  

“The students, many who weren't attending school at all before the film class, not only stayed thru the course, but are now attending school regularly. Bravo to Outside the Frame!”

-Joanna Vausberg, Art Teacher, Alliance at Benson

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Put your skills to good use

Join our team of paid mentors and volunteers.      

Editor. Per project basis.

Composer. Seeking music as original as the films. 

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.  



“Best New Non-Profit”

Portland Monthly Magazine “Light a Fire Awards” 2018