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Thrive's annual fundraising event

All proceeds from our annual Film Festival go straight back into our community! Funds will bolster our housing fund that provides application fees, rental and deposit assistance for those in need.


A full week of showings across Central Oregon, starting with our main showcase at the Tower Theatre in Bend!

April 13, 2024

Main event!

Tower Theatre, Bend

Doors at 6:30, Films at 7:30

Join us for a wonderful evening that includes 6 short films, an exciting raffle of Central Oregon prizes and Thrive gear for purchase. Staff and local resources will be available before the show for attendees to learn more about what is going on in the community directly from those in the field and have the opportunity to meet a couple of the film’s storytellers!

April 14, 2024

Jamshid Khajavi, main character of our featured film Ultimate Citizens, is hosting an ultimate frisbee clinic! 

Ultimate Clinic 

10am - 11am 

Harmon Park Bend

  • All are welcome, no experience is necessary

  • Bring a frisbee if you have one, wear warm gloves if it's cold out, and dress to move!

April 18-20, 2024

Our rural events are open to the public by donation - all funds raised will go directly back into the community as application fee, rental and deposit assistance. 

Thursday, April 18th 

Doors at 5:30, films at 6:30

Sisters, Fika Sisters Coffeehouse

*Sisters poster


Friday, April 19th

Doors at 6:00, films at 7:00

Madras, Madras Theater

*Madras poster

Prineville, Crook County Library

*Prineville poster


Saturday, April 20th

Doors at 6:00, films at 7:00

Redmond, SCP Hotel

** Please reserve your free seat on Eventbrite

*Redmond poster here

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We are so excited to share these films with our community! 


Filmed in Central Oregon, delves deep into the lives of community members experiencing homelessness, shedding light on their unique and profound relationships with their cherished companion animals, and highlights the work of Companion Animal Medical Project (CAMP). 

Press about the film!

Ultimate Citizens

Ultimate Citizens is not a movie about Frisbee. The “flat ball” is one tool that Jamshid Khajavi uses in his work as a primary school counselor. A fiery, funny 65-year-old Iranian immigrant and ultra-endurance athlete, Jamshid does his best work on the playing field with his students, the children of refugees and immigrants.

Jamshid’s efforts to build a community where all kids can thrive are heroic. But it’s the parents who work low-paying jobs around the clock, and their first-generation American kids, who are the champions. They save themselves, with a little help from a counselor in a supportive school.

Press about the film!


What's Left Behind, What Lies Ahead
Mainspring Media

Survival, resilience, and renewal are the common threads woven through the narrative of the human journey. ARRIVALS: What’s Left Behind, What Lies Ahead shares the compelling stories of refugee, immigrant, and Native American diasporas that are foundational to our culture and help us to create a shared future.

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folk frontera

Alejandra Vasquez and Sam Osborn

Far West Texas is a place where local folklore looms as large as the landscape. Two fronteriza women—one a public radio music show host, the other a Mariachi and folklórico dancer—live in two cultures at the same time, as they struggle to find their place in the vast Chihuahuan Desert. Touches of magical realism infuse this portrait of life along the U.S.- Mexico border.

Stoop chat with Jimmy & Shanaya 

Stoop Stories: Marj Kleinman, Gabriella Canal

“Stoop Chat with Jimmy & Shanaya” follows the unlikely friendship of blind Brooklyn poet, “Harmonica Jimmy,” and his younger neighbor, Shanaya, as they forge an uplifting bond based on their love of poetry, music, and the things that make New York, New York.

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The story of the two Guatemalan day laborers in Homestead, FL whose fight
against wage theft in their community takes them on a journey of personal


*Monarcas will only be shown at our Madras Theater event

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dream carriers

Framed through the migration of monarch butterflies, a college-bound Chicana reflects on the generations of women before her.

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Join us!

Join us in uplifting the voices of those traditionally underrepresented by partnering with Thrive
Central Oregon (TCO) as a We Are Home sponsor. Your company’s partnership aligns your mission with ours - fostering support for housing and financial stability in our community.

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to our sponsors

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Advocate level sponsor

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Advocate level sponsor

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Friend Level Sponsor

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