Archive | June 2013

Fade Out

Photo Credit: Joe Mabel

Seattle’s Egyptian Theatre goes dark tonight. (Photo Credit: Joe Mabel)

Tonight Capitol Hill’s storied Egyptian Theatre closes its doors. The iconic 600-seat movie house is scheduled to go dark at the end of this month according to Landmark Theatres, which has leased the Egyptian since 1989. While Landmark Theatres has long used the Egyptian to showcase foreign films, art-house independent films, documentaries, and classic cinema, they have chosen to not renew their lease.

Movie theaters across America have struggled in recent years. Declining numbers at the box office and the conversion from 35mm film to all-digital projection has proven costly for many venues. The single screen Egyptian made the transition to digital, which can cost as much as $82,000 per screen.

Landmark’s Director of Publicity, Lauren Kleiman, acknowledged that “the Egyptian is a single-screen theater and single-screen theaters are tough to work from an economic standpoint.” Read More…

Just One More Episode Before Bed…

onTVTelevision is heading online. The rise of streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon.com, and HBO’s HBOGO has caused many to turn off the TV, and to turn to their computers and mobile devices to watch their favorite shows. What began as a revolutionary move when Netflix first started its streaming service in 2007 has quickly grown into an entirely new way for viewers to consume content. And according to a recent Nielsen report, traditional TV consumption continues to drop off on a year-over-year basis among 18-24-year-olds. Content creators have begun to take advantage of this new model and are starting to create programming specifically for the online audience.

In the past month television fans welcomed back the Bluth family with the return of the popular show Arrested Development on Netflix. The highly anticipated fourth season of the fan favorite was released in its entirety, allowing subscribers to watch the entire season from day one. Netflix had already seen success with this format when they released House of Cards, an original series adapted from a BBC miniseries. And Netflix isn’t stopping there; in 2014 Netflix will be releasing a new series by the Wachowski siblings (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas) called Sense 8, as well as the second season of House of Cards. Watching an entire season in a single sitting has been nicknamed “binge watching”, and it has proven to be an extremely popular format among subscribers. Read More…

Congratulations to the Emmy Award Winners

On behalf of Washington Filmworks, congratulations to all of the 2013 Emmy recipients from the Northwest Chapter National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Our special congratulations to all the Washington-based nominees and winners, as well as the Nominees for the 2013 Student Awards in both the High School and College categories.

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Raise a Glass to Warren Etheredge & the Emmy-Nominated Show The High Bar

warren_profileWarren Etheredge has conducted more than 2,000 interviews with an impressive range of filmmakers, authors, and personalities including Amy Sedaris, Darren Aronofsky, Michael Pollan, Charlie Kaufman, Naomi Watts, Sir Salman Rushdie, Robert Duvall, Alexander Payne, Nora Ephron, Augusten Burroughs, Michael Lewis and Chuck Palahniuk. Etheredge is also host of The High Bar, an award-winning, local television series devoted to raising the bar, as “your weekly watering hole for light hearted conversation with people who care about culture that matters.”

Etheredge is a frequent partner with and longtime supporter of Washington Filmworks. One of the founding faculty of The Film School, he has also served as master of ceremonies for many events that foster and encourage the filmmaking community in the Pacific Northwest. Washington Filmworks is honored to work with Warren as he continues to shape the conversation of filmmaking here in the Evergreen State.

High_BarFor their many achievements, Etheredge and the team at The High Bar have been nominated in the category of Interview/Discussion Program Special as part of the 50th Annual Northwest Regional National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy® Awards. Read More…

Announcing the Innovation Lab Results

Innovation Lab Commits $175,000 to  Five Washington Filmmakers Pushing the Boundaries of Storytelling

Program invests in the future of filmmaking in Washington State 

Seattle, WA – June 10, 2012 – Washington Filmworks is pleased to announce the recipients of funding assistance from the Innovation Cycle of the Filmworks Innovation Lab. The program, which is part of a long term economic development strategy, is designed to invest in the future of film by tapping into Washington’s creative community and encouraging original storytelling that capitalizes on new forms of production and technology. The Board of Directors of Washington Filmworks may allocate up to $350,000 per year in funding assistance to support the motion picture production components of multifaceted, groundbreaking projects that apply to the Innovation Lab. For this inaugural Innovation Cycle, Washington Filmworks has allocated $175,000 to five exceptional projects. Read More…

Spotlighting the Future

Photo Courtesy of Regan MacStravic.

Photo Courtesy of Regan MacStravic.

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We know you’re dying to find out who received funding assistance for the Filmworks Innovation Lab, and we’re dying to tell you! Please join Washington Filmworks at our State of the Industry presentation at the Seattle International Film Festival tomorrow, Saturday, June 8. Celebrate the achievements of the filmmakers who participated in the Lab. Learn more about several really exciting projects from Washington filmmakers who are thinking “outside the box.” Plus those in the crowd 21 and over should join us afterwards at Solo Bar to celebrate with the filmmakers. Full program description:

The State of the Industry with Amy Lillard – Sunday June 8, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the SIFF Film Center Theater.

With productions increasing in Washington, independent filmmakers have to stay on the pulse of new resources and incentive programs. Join Amy Lillard, Executive Director of Washington Filmworks, to learn how the film office, the production incentive and the statewide industry can work together to bring filmmakers in Washington State to the next level. Washington Filmworks will also celebrate funding assistance recipients from the Filmworks Innovation Lab, a program designed to invest in our local creative community and to encourage the development of original storytelling that capitalizes on new forms of production and technology. This event is free. MORE INFORMATION HERE.

 

Drumming Up More Film for Washington

Photo Courtesy of Different Drummers

Photo Courtesy of Different Drummers

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Washington Filmworks recently caught up with Marc Dahlstrom, producer of the Washington incentive feature film Different Drummers. The film shot in Spokane in the fall of 2012 and is based on a true story that took place in the city in the 1960s. The movie follows two fourth grade boys, David and Lyle. When David, in a wheelchair with muscular dystrophy, accurately foretells the death of their teacher, a doubtful Lyle decides to test the existence of God by attempting to get David to run again.

This spring, Different Drummers was in competition at the 46th Annual WorldFest in Houston. We wanted to find out more about the project and how the film incentive factored into the decision to shoot in Washington.

Tell us about WorldFest in Houston?

Houston was great. The script won the Grand Remington Award (“best of show”) at WorldFest six years ago. Once festival organizers heard we had made the movie, they really wanted Different Dummers to screen there. Different Drummers won a Platinum Remington Award for Family Feature Films and one of our local Spokane actors, Brayden Tucker, who played the role of Lyle, received a Critics Choice Award for Best Young Actor. Colleen Cary, who played the part of Miss O’Donnell, was also nominated for the Critics Choice Award for Best Actor. It was a good festival!

What made you choose Washington State for Different Drummers? 

The movie is based on a true story that took place in Spokane, WA , so filming there was our first choice and it Read More…