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Changing the way homeless and marginalized youth see and are seen through film.


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

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

Gift Information:

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

Click on the donate button above, or send a check to:

Outside the Frame

4322 SE 28th Pl., Portland, OR 97202      


Give us a call at: (503) 662-8344.

 Outside the Frame is a 501(c)3 non-profit and donations are tax deductible.  Tax ID # 47-4159875.  

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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.