Donal Mosher & Michael Palmieri

As part of PAM CUT’s inaugural Artist in Residency program, filmmakers and multimedia artists Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher will be engaging artists, filmmakers, writers, and musicians from Portland and abroad to create new material for Spectral Transmissions — their ongoing live cinema, music, and storytelling project. 

Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher are both interdisciplinary artists and a collaborative filmmaking team. Their first feature as co-directors October Country won the Grand Jury Prize at Silverdocs, received two Cinema Eye Honors awards, and was nominated for a 2009 Independent Spirit Award. Their most recent feature The Gospel of Eureka premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, was released theatrically by Kino Lorber, and is now streaming on the Criterion Channel. Their recent live cinema project Spectral Transmissions premiered on stage at the IDFA 2021 international documentary festival in Amsterdam. Portions of the project have been presented by the Museum Of The Moving Image in New York, the Portland International Film Festival, and The Risk/Reward Festival. They have also collaborated with Lonnie Holley, Daniel Lanois, Pop-Up Magazine, and others. Palmieri’s music video director credits includes work for Sharon Van Etten, Beck, The Strokes, and The Foo Fighters. Mosher’s writing can be found at Failed States Journal, the LAMBDA Award-winning Portland Queer, and other publications.

More about Spectral Transmissions can be found at

The Spirit Phone

“I have been at work for some time, building an apparatus to see if it is possible for personalities which have left this earth to communicate with us.”

Thomas Edison

In the spirit of Edison’s unrealized dream, Spectral Transmissions has created a public spirit phone line. Callers are invited to contribute their own ghost stories, personal experiences, memories of lost ones, and thoughts on what haunts us as a society and as human beings. These contributions will be integrated into the soundscapes and musical scores of Spectral Transmissions live shows and broadcasts. 

To contribute, please call 503-922-6958 and follow the prompts.