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Sometimes a Great Movie: Filming of the Great Oregon Novel

NOTE: NEW LOCATION

Nestucca Spit Press to host Screening of Sometimes a Great Notion in Toledo
Story by Oregon author Matt Love

In the summer of 1970, Paul Newman traveled to Lincoln County to film Sometimes a Great Notion. For nearly three months, the cast and crew transformed Ken Kesey’s epic novel into a movie. Many long-time Lincoln County locals fondly recall their interactions with the movie people during the filming.

On Thursday, August 2 in Toledo, Nestucca Spit Press will present “An Evening with Sometimes a Great Notion,” a unique community reflection on the film and what happened when the biggest star in the world came to Oregon to film the greatest Oregon novel of all time. The event culminates the annual Toledo Main Street Block Party.

In collaboration with the release of Matt Love’s new book, Sometimes a Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel, the evening will feature a slide show on the history of the film, discussion, photography exhibit, and a public screening of the 1971 film. Love will be on hand to sign books and record stories for a possible expanded second edition. He’ll also showcase some of his movie memorabilia and hold a trivia contest with special prizes for the winners.

“I think this will be one of the premier literary/cinematic events in Oregon this year,” said
Love. “We have a great event planned and I hope everyone locally connected to the film can come out and share their stories. The last time we screened the movie in Toledo it was packed and turned out to be a wonderful night.”

The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Floweree Community Center, 321 SE 3rd Street. Admission is free. The movie will start at 7. For more information, contact Matt Love at 503-812-1524 or

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