Oregon Production Company’s London Startup



Local filmmakers Andy Mingo and Josh Leake announced today their formation of a creative arts production company—to be called Mindpollen Studios. Mindpollen will produce and develop films and television programming.

Mingo and Leake both live in the Portland metropolitan area but describe their unusual introduction—they met for the first time in London. Mingo, writer and director of the short film “Romance,” adapted from Chuck Palahniuk’s story with the same name, screened his film at the 2012 Raindance Film Festival in London. At the same time, Leake screened his film “Emptys.”

Mingo said, “If it weren’t for a Mexican Ambassador in London, also screening a film at Raindance, and the wonderful filmmaker-centric atmosphere, I may have never met Josh and cofounded this company.”

Leake added, “We would have met Andy, just later down the road.”

Mindpollen is currently acquiring several literary properties, including one from acclaimed author, Chuck Palahniuk.


About Mindpollen
Mindpollen is an American film production company which produces and develops films, television programming, and video games. Find more info at mindpollen.com or follow on twitter at @mindpollen

About Andy Mingo
Andy Mingo is a Portland-based director/producer whose work has gained recognition at national and international film festivals and screenings. His most recent film, ‘Romance’ was adapted from a story by ‘Fight Club’ author, Chuck Palahniuk. ‘Romance’ made its world premiere at the 2012 Raindance Film Festival and went on to screen at Cinequest, the Seattle True Independent Film Festival, and the 2013 Portland Film Festival. In 2012 Andy was invited to the Paris-Sorbonne University where he lectured on the process of adapting Chuck Palahniuk’s fiction to the screen.

Andy is also the director of the Digital Media Program at Clackamas Community College in Oregon, where he teaches digital filmmaking. For his efforts in workforce training Andy was awarded the 2015 Oregon Governor’s Award for Innovation in Education.

About Josh Leake
Portland-based producer and director Josh Leake is the founder and executive director of the Portland Film Festival, named one of the world’s “coolest” film festivals by MovieMaker Magazine. He produced “Glena,” a feature length documentary that premiered at Slamdance ’14 (now available on Showtime and VOD). His film, “Emptys,” a documentary about people who collect beverage containers as their principal source of income, won first place at Tropfest New York, the world’s largest short film festival. He’s currently in development on several projects including a feature narrative adapted from a NY Times best-selling book. Follow him on Twitter @joshleake