Skinner’s Beaut’ (1977)

17 Dec
Director   Don Cato
Producer   Teknifilm (Portland, OR)
Length   27 min
B&W/Color   color
UO Library Catalog description:  Traces the history, development and possible future development of Eugene, Oregon.
Call # FILM Mc230
Genre  documentary
Rare  yes
Online  no
Copyright status  public domain
Physical condition  fair
Oregon-related  yes


This was created as a centennial film for Eugene and was screened in honor of Margaret Mead at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, NY. Don Cato has directed 25 films, including another UO holding Logger Rhythms, and the award-winning “Be My Oswald” about a plot to assassinate Santa Claus. He also won a silver medal at the Cannes Film Festival for his first short, “Pipeline.” He has a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture-Motion Graphics from UO (1975). Film begins with a wonderful line about Native Americans telling Eugene Skinner that “this is not a good place to live.” Begins with some re-enactments, but bulk of film is a montage of images and voices, including an extended recipe sequence. Cute little animation shows the growth of the city.

One Response to “Skinner’s Beaut’ (1977)”


  1. Logger Rhythms: A Landscape Film (1975) « 16mm Lost & Found - December 17, 2011

    […] oddly hypnotic, rhythmic shots of equipment and people. Don Cato also directed the Eugene-themed Skinner’s Beaut’. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this […]

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