Sue Arbuthnot is an independent documentary filmmaker, earning an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BFA in Sculpture from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland. Sue and partner Richard Wilhelm founded Hare in the Gate Productions, LLC in 1999, producing documentaries, multi-media exhibits, design, and photography. Their award-winning short and feature documentaries have received numerous grants, screening internationally in festivals and broadcast on several PBS affiliates nationwide. Sue has received a Pacific Pioneer Fund grant and an Oregon Media Arts Fellowship. She has taught at the Northwest Film Center in Portland, has offered numerous workshops, and is former Board VP of Women in Film, Portland, where she co-founded Oregon Doc Camp, a retreat for experienced documentary makers. Sue and Richard directed Film2FarmAid, a film festival accompanying the 30th anniversary of the Farm Aid concert in Chicago. Sue and Richard are in production with their third feature documentary, Refuge, sparked by the 2016 armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in their part-time home of Harney County, Oregon.
Richard Wilhelm earned a BFA and MFA in Visual Design and Photography from the University of Oregon. He established and directed a design studio in Seattle for 14 years. Richard’s photography has been exhibited throughout the United States. He taught photography at UO and with Elderhostel, and has conducted 50 photographic workshops. In addition to his film, design, and photography work with Hare in the Gate Productions, LLC, Richard founded, along with Sue and two other partners, InfinityBox Press, LLC, publishing new and re-released fiction of renowned author Kate Wilhelm—his mother—and republishing works of his late stepfather, celebrated author and editor Damon Knight, for which Richard creates and designs each e- and print book. Richard recently resigned his post as Board President with the internationally recognized Playa Residency Program, based in Lake County, Oregon. Dozens of artists and scientists each year deepen their process and work while at Playa, while contributing to a rich creative and scholarly community in the arts and sciences in Oregon, and around the world.