Archive | July 2013

Come on Get Happy – FMI is Tomorrow

happyhourfmiCome learn how a film director makes a living working in Seattle. From directing corporate videos to collaborating on narrative projects, Seattle’s film directors need to be a resourceful bunch to make a living. At July’s Happy Hour, James Keblas, Director of the Seattle Office of Film + Music, will walk the audience through a soon to be published infographic, illustrating how one Seattle film director has found success in a versatile and creative approach to filmmaking.

This month’s Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour is tomorrow, Wednesday, July 31.  Join us at Spitfire in Belltown from 5 to 7 p.m. for this presentation and more.  Invite a friend and connect with others at this great networking event. This regular happy hour occurs the last Wednesday of each month and designed for those who work in the film, music and interactive industries.

Mark your calendars for next month’s FMI presentation too. WF will launch the Commercial Business Development Plan (CBDP) in partnership with the Seattle Office of Film + Music’s Commercialize Seattle campaign. The CBDP and Commercialize Seattle will help attract new commercial business to Washington State and encourage advertising agencies nationwide to work with our local production companies. Learn more about this exciting new initiative first at the August FMI Happy Hour in Seattle or by visiting our website.

UFOs & Men in Black Arrive in Puget Sound

The Maury Island Incident films off of Maury Island. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com.

The Maury Island Incident films off of Maury Island. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com.

Washington Filmworks (WF) is pleased to announce that The Maury Island Incident, a short film chronicling a 1947 UFO sighting over the Puget Sound, has wrapped principal photography. From late June through early July, filming took place in Burien, Des Moines, Tukwilla and the waters off of Maury Island. WF is proud to include The Maury Island Incident as part of the inaugural Innovation Cycle of the Filmworks Innovation Lab. The Lab is a groundbreaking new program offering funding assistance to Washington filmmakers and filmmakers using emerging technologies.

Cast from The Maury Island Incident. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com.

Cast from The Maury Island Incident. Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com.

The short film is based on the true story – taken directly from declassified FBI documents – of Harold Dahl’s June 21, 1947 UFO sighting near Maury Island and the first reported ‘Man In Black’ encounter that happened the next day. An investigation followed that resulted in the mysterious crash of the plane that was carrying evidence from the encounter; the crash also killed 2 air force investigators. This case went all the way up to FBI Executive Director J. Edgar Hoover, who expressed personal interest in it. Read More…

WF Loves Loves Walla Walla

3WF_WWLast week, Washington Filmworks (WF) Executive Director, Amy Lillard, presented findings from the first Annual Report of the Washington State Film Industry at the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Meeting. The meeting took place at the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center. The presentation was followed by a panel, which featured Lillard, Rich Cowan, co-founder of North by Northwest Productions in Spokane, and David Allen Cress, Producer of the IFC hit comedy, Portlandia.

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Film is the topic at the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Before returning to Seattle, Lillard meet with Washington State Representatives Maureen Walsh (Walla Walla 16th District) and Terry Nealey (Dayton 16th District) to share the positive economic benefits that film production can have on local economies. Read More…

WF Tours Whidbey and Camano Islands

Photo by Sherrye Wyatt

Photo by Sherrye Wyatt

This June Washington Filmworks (WF) Production Services Coordinator, Krys Karns, spent two days meeting with city officials and visiting areas of the Whidbey and Camano Islands, as part of WF’s quarterly liaison visits.  Her hosts for the visit were film liaison Sherrye Wyatt, Public Relations & Marketing Manager of Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism, and Laura Hilton, Location Coordinator Intern.

Wyatt is no stranger to production; the Islands recently hosted an A&E production, as well as the Discovery Channel’s Investigation Discovery. Because of the increased interest in the area, Hilton was brought on to build film friendly location collateral and streamline the permitting process. WF is pleased to report that Whidbey and Camano Islands are working hard to make this picturesque location a destination for motion picture production.

Lunch in Langley. (L to R) Laura Hilton, Langley Mayor Fred McCarthy, Marc Esterly, Krys Karns, and Sherrye Wyatt.

Coffee in Langley (L to R) Laura Hilton, Langley Mayor Fred McCarthy, Marc Esterly, Krys Karns, and Sherrye Wyatt

Karns began the day in the City of Langley Read More…

LAGGIES Wraps Principal Photography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Jessie Wilson
Jessie@WashingtonFilmworks.org / 206.264.0667 
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Lynn Shelton’s film about wedding jitters brings production and big stars to the Puget Sound Region.

Seattle, WA – July 19, 2013 – The Washington Filmworks (WF) production incentive project Laggies recently wrapped principal photography after filming in the Puget Sound Region throughout June and early July. Laggies is a feature film directed by Seattle-based Lynn Shelton (Touchy FeelyYour Sister’s Sister) and written by Andrea Seigel. The project stars Chloë Grace Moretz (Dark ShadowsHugo), Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean, Pride & Prejudice), and Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2Moon). Laggies is produced by Alix Madigan, Rosalie Swedlin, and Steve Golin from Anonymous Content, and Myles Nestel from The Solution Entertainment Group.

The film tells the story of a woman who dodges her long-term boyfriend’s marriage proposal by pretending to be at a weeklong seminar, but she is actually hanging out with high school girls. The woman must struggle to decide what will really make her happy while reliving the highlights of her high school days. This production is the first feature film, and third project that Anonymous Content has brought to Washington State since 2009; it is also one of 90 projects WF has approved through the standard funding assistance program. These productions represent an estimated $213 million dollar economic impact statewide since the Washington Legislature created WF in 2007. Read More…

Community Spotlight: Three Dollar Bill Cinema

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Three Dollar Bill Cinema is a Seattle institution that has helped connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, their friends, and their families through the power of film. For almost twenty years, Three Dollar Bill Cinema has acted as an important forum for LGBT filmmakers to share their work and connect with audiences.

Jason Plourde has been with Three Dollar Bill Cinema since their early beginnings in 1996 and served as Programming Director for a decade before taking on the role of Executive Director in 2012. A volunteer for the first Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Jason has seen the landscape of queer media change over the past seventeen years.

“It’s changed dramatically. In terms of content, I think stories at that time were either extremely positive representations or defiantly outsider New Queer Cinema,” said Plourde. “Now filmmakers are telling a wide range of stories using combinations of genres, styles, techniques, and themes. And the means of production are of course much more accessible than they were, which has allowed almost everyone to make media. As a result it’s not as difficult to find queer media now… it’s online, on television, even on our phones. So our organization’s responsibility is not to just get queer media seen, but to curate and contextualize what’s out there.” Read More…

Help Rocketmen Save You!

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On the set of the Rocketmen pilot episode. (L to R) Conner Marx as Benny and Basil Harris as Troy. Photo by Bronwen Houck Photography.

Washington Filmworks (WF) is pleased to announce the launch of the Kickstarter campaign for Rocketmen, a madcap serial adventure that recently premiered its pilot episode to a packed house as part of Seattle’s July 2013 First Thursday. WF is proud to include the webseries as part of the inaugural Innovation Cycle of the Filmworks Innovation Lab.  The Lab is a groundbreaking new program that offers funding assistance to Washington filmmakers and filmmakers using emerging technologies.

Are you in peril? Call the Rocketmen. Photo by Bronwen Houck Photography.

Are you in peril? Call the Rocketmen. Photo by Bronwen Houck Photography.

Part drama and discussion of “jobs programs,” part comedy, and certainly a deranged adventure, Rocketmen features a host of Seattle performers, with animated interludes by Animator/Director Webster Crowell. Rocketmen were intended to combat the threats of tomorrow. If those threats never arrive, what purpose will they serve? Who do they save now? Rocketmen want to know: are you in peril? Read More…