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Lake Oswego film and TV-actor David Knell will debut a new Oregon filmed Nicolas Cage movie at the historic Bijou Theater in Lincoln City, where the familiar character actor will introduce the film, ‘PIG,’ in person and talk afterwards with moviegoers about the screening.

“I’ll answer things in 3D,” Knell says. “I’ll be right there!”

Knell has played roles on ‘Charles In Charge,’ ‘Murder She Wrote,’ ‘ALF,’ ‘Murphy Brown,’ ‘Grimm’ and ‘Six Feet Under’ and a full list of his acting accomplishments can be found on his website,

David Knell PIG
David Knell – Chef Finway (PIG)

‘PIG’ is about a truffle hunter in the Oregon wilderness whose pig is stolen, and his owner (Cage) returns to Portland to find the man who stole his beloved pig. Knell plays ‘Chef Finway’ in what the director has called the heart of the movie.

“I think it’s a beautiful scene in a beautiful poetic haiku of a movie,” Knell said.

The rare theater premier featuring a renowned character actor will take place in an iconic ‘art deco’ movie house dating back to 1937 with seating for 270, currently owned by movie-lovers Keith and Betsy Altomare.

“It’s a pleasure to have him come to our little burg to help us promote PIG,” Betsy Altomare said. “He and his wife are big supporters of independent movie theatres. They suggested charging for pictures and donating the money to our Bijou Survival Fund. It takes a village to keep a village going.”

Lakeside Theater, 1937 – Oceanlake, Lincoln City. Now the Bijou Theatre. Photo courtesy North Lincoln County Historical Museum
Lakeside Theater, 1937 – Oceanlake, Lincoln City. Now the Bijou Theatre. (Photo courtesy North Lincoln County Historical Museum)

In an exclusive Zoom interview, Knell reveals what is was like to work with “this legend” Nicholas Cage, and encourages movie-goers to attend the weeklong showing beginning Friday, Aug. 6, with two shows daily at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9, $7.50 for seniors. Knell will be there opening night at 7 p.m., where moviegoers can get pictures and autographs with the actor, with proceeds going to the “Bijou Survival Fund.”

“It was a really nice dance of energy and we tried different things to see what worked,” Knell said. “It was a lot of fun to play with. That’s a really rare experience.”

Justin Werner
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