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Laughing Deva Productions newest project is about the Historic Columbia River Highway.


“King of Roads,” explores the history, cultural impact and future of the Historic Columbia River Highway, constructed between 1913-1916 in Columbia River Gorge. The documentary raises awareness of the Gorge, and encourages tourism on the re-opened Historic Columbia River Highway and surrounding communities.

Producers use period footage, interviews, current scenes and dramatizations to recreate the rich cultural, political and economic forces that prompted the creation of a unique roadway that has lasted 100 years and to foster an understanding of how the highway’s creation reflected the realities not only of Oregon but of early twentieth century America. 

"Kings of Roads" screenings:

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
"Lift Urban Portand" benefit sponsored by Cerulean Winery and New Seasons Market 
Oregon Historical Society
History Museum of Hood River County benefit at Columbia Center for the Arts
Maryhill Museum

This project has received the following financial and in-kind support:
Travel Oregon: $10,000
Ray Schulten's Ford (The Dalles, OR): $500 (rental value of two automobiles used on multiple locations)
Robert Gordon (“Model-T Guy”): $1500 (rental value of vehicle use on multiple locations)
The Dalles Main Street Program: $200.00
Portland Women’s Forum: $200.00
John Hardham (Producer, Director of Photography): $10,000, purchase camera equipment
Michael Friend (Producer, Director, Writer):  $10,000, operational and up-front expenses
Maryhill Museum: Location, archival and research support
History Museum of Hood River County: archival and research support
Oregon Department of Transportation: donations of staff time and archival materials
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center: archival research, staff time while acting as fiscal agent.

Interviews with:
Bill Pattison, President emeritus of the Historic Columbia River Highway Commission
Lewis MacArthur, historian and author (Director, Oregon Place Names)
Jeanette Kloos, President, Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway
Todd Davidson, CEO, Travel Oregon
Kristen Stallman, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Coordinator at Oregon Department of Transportation
Rip Caswell, Sculptor
Joan Caruso Smith, Gorge resident

We have received written endorsements from:
Historic Columbia River Highway Steering Committee
Maryhill Museum
Oregon Dept. of Transportation
Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center Museum
Western Antique Aero and Auto Museum (WAAAM)
Hood River County History Museum
Friends of Vista House
The Dalles Chamber of Commerce
Columbia River Gorge Visitor's Association
Dr. Ellen Morris Bishop, Geology Professor
Mid-Columbia Economic Development District
Dr. Andrew Fisher, History Professor

Our Production Record:
You Tube Channel Over >100,000 total views
The Dalles, Oregon, combined tourism and promo videos: > 35,000 views
Gorge Economic Development support videos: >6000 views
Non-Profit/health/social cause videos: >5000 views
Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center permanent exhibit display 
> YouTube views: 43,000
> Exhibit views:
Hood River County History Museum permanent exhibit display: 
> YouTube views: 800
> Exhibit views:

Laughing Deva Productions/Light Wave Communications has produced award-winning video about the Columbia River Gorge for over 10 years. Our clients include major health care providers, foundations, non-profit agencies, government agencies, private business, and organizations that support tourism and economic development in our community. Our mission is to work in support of the economic, social and environmental welfare of our community.

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