“Sunblock”: a Documentary on Central Oregon Eclipse

It’s been one year to the day since a total solar eclipse swept across the United States, including right here in Central Oregon.

More than 25,000 people from all over Oregon and 39 different countries gathered in Madras after NASA declared that the Central Oregon city was one of the best places in the U.S. to see a total solar eclipse. However, while most of us were looking toward the sky, one documentary filmmaker was more focused on the human reactions to this once in a lifetime event.

That filmmaker, Grant Bentley, has put that story into a documentary called “Sunblock,” which was entered into the Sundance Film Festival. The 16-minute short got such great feedback that Bentley hopes to enter it in more film festival this year.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker got a preview of the film, which features some familiar faces.

Supper Club: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

For our weekly Supper Club series, we usually sit down with community members and leaders to talk about the issues affecting Central Oregon. However, this week everybody is talking about the eclipse so we wanted to show you some of the people we met before, during and after the eclipse across the Central Oregon region.

Thanks to photographer Matt Pugerude for putting this together and a special thanks to our Supper Club sponsors, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

The “Sweet Spot” for Viewing – Near the Top of Mt. Jefferson

Everyone who is an eclipse-chaser is looking for that “sweet spot,” the perfect place to view the event. Mount Jefferson is about 33 miles west of Madras, and it has always been considered sacred ground by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and no one outside of the tribe has ever been allowed to summit the Warm Springs side of Mt. Jefferson. Until now.

A handful of people are camping on the side of the mountain at 8,500 feet on Sunday night, and they’ll wake up in the morning to what could be the most spectacular view of the eclipse in Oregon, or maybe anywhere in the country, thanks to Big Mountain Heli Tours – Bend, Oregon. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has the story.

Source on the Scene: Solar Eclipse Viewing at Worthy Brewing

Central Oregon Daily’s Chris Biggs takes us to Worthy Brewing where, along with the recently opened “Hopservatory,” experts in astronomy, history and the humanities will be giving a wide range of talks this weekend. These talks will range from the science behind the solar eclipse, to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.