Archive | May 2014

Exceptional Professional Development Opportunity Comes to Bellingham


In a few weeks the Bellingham area will be treated to an exceptional professional development opportunity. The Cascadia Film Workshop launches for two weeks this June on the campus of Western Washington University (WWU) and will provide unique access to career mentorship. After 8 seasons as executive producer-director of the USA network series Psych, Oscar and Emmy nominated director and producer Mel Damski is focusing his efforts on building these inspiring workshops. While not currently offered for credit, Damski has hopes that the program will help pave the path to a full-fledged film school at WWU.

At present, the Cascadia Film Workshop offers two courses – Acting for the Camera is taught by legendary Read More…

SIFF Festival Forums

Take Your Filmmaking To the Next Level at SIFF 2014


Each year the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) offers hundreds of films from across the globe, but did you know SIFF is also a fantastic place for local independent filmmakers to rise to the next level in their career?

All year SIFF Education offers SIFF Catalyst, a series of programs providing professional development trainings, workshops and forums focused on filmmakers and their craft. In this spirit, over the last two weekends of the 2014 festival (May 31, June 1, 6 & 7), SIFF has designed a number Festival Forums for filmmakers. Topics include everything from perfecting a pitch to financing and distributing a film.

There’s something here for all filmmakers, so seize this opportunity for some Read More…

Seattle, I Love You


See the World Premiere of the 2014 Fly Films at SIFF this coming Monday.

Just a few days remain until the unveiling of the five films produced through the 2014 Fly Filmmaking Challenge, an annual short film program at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). The challenge asks filmmakers to concentrate their process and resources to create a short film within a three month timeframe. This year, instead of focusing on individual directors, five local production companiesB47 Studios, Digital Kitchen, ForeignAmerican Pictures, We Are Royale, and World Famous – were challenged to create short films inspired by the theme Seattle, I Love You. “It’s just the right moment to recognize the Read More…

Commercialize Seattle – Get Your Latest Work Here!

Congratulations to Hand Crank Films, a production company based in Bellingham and Seattle. We’re featuring them in the Latest Work section of Commercialize Seattle. This business development campaign is designed to drive production and advertising to the region and the Latest Work section of the Commercialize Seattle website showcases some of the very best commercial work coming out of Seattle and Washington State.




Agency or Production Company: Hand Crank Films
Client: Mackie

Explain yourself, Hand Crank Films: We’re a bunch of mad and talented filmmakers who believe that great stories – your stories – can change the world. Yes, there’s a time to shoot straight and draw between the lines, but when you’re looking to move beyond habit and inspire your audience, we just might be your guys. Plus, we make mean recreational beverages.


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Walla Walla – A New Kind of Creative Economy

Regular followers of our blog will notice Washington Filmworks (WF) has paid several visits to Walla Walla, thanks to a series of community initiatives designed to foster a thriving creative economy in the region. The recently established Walla Walla Film Office was created to be more responsive to film and television production by assisting with locations, permitting, and other production resources. The Film Office is the brainchild of Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce President/CEO David Woolson, but Woolson has an even larger vision for the region that encompasses everything from low-cost business education for local business owners, to maximizing the region’s digital infrastructure for future broadband-powered economic expansion.

These Walla Walla initiatives parallel several of WF’s areas of focus, namely the intersection of storytelling and technology, and our ongoing exploration of the ways the film industry is a central player in Washington’s larger creative economy. In this spirit, WF Executive Director Amy Lillard travelled to Walla Walla to moderate a discussion on the Northwest Creative Economy, which focused on the growing role that the film, television, and new media industries contribute to the regional economy. This panel was a key part of the 2014 Walla Walla Business Summit.


The Northwest Creative Economy presentation at the 2014 Walla Walla Business Summit.

Lillard’s visit included meetings with a number of elected officials, as well as stops with organizations and education initiatives that are actively fostering a creative shift in the Read More…

North American Release Date Set for 4 Minute Mile

Deadline Hollywood recently made several announcements regarding Washington incentive film 4 Minute Mile (formerly One Square Mile), which has been scheduled for a summer 2014 release in North America. The feature shot in 2012 at locations throughout Seattle such as Fishermen’s Terminal, the Ballard Locks, Rainier Beach and Garfield High School.


4 Minute Mile

The indie distributor has picked up North American rights to the feature ahead of its June 5 world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival. Gravitas Ventures plans an August 1 theatrical release for 4 Minute Mile, with a pre-theatrical window starting July 1. Kelly Blatz stars as Drew, a high school student struggling to overcome the inner-city surroundings that threaten to imprison…

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Washington Connections at SIFF 40


Click to watch 2014 SIFF Festival Trailer.

2014 is the fortieth annual Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). Since its first festival in 1976, SIFF has grown into the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States, bringing the best in international and independent film to the Seattle area and beyond. SIFF is also a year-round film organization, which operates SIFF Cinema, reaching more than 150,000 attendees annually, and the flagship SIFF Film Center, SIFF’s new permanent home on the grounds of Seattle Center. The festival programs features, short films and documentaries from over 70 countries annually, but also provides ample opportunities for local filmmakers to showcase their work, connect with other filmmakers, and audiences alike.

Washington Filmworks reached out to Beth Barrett, SIFF’s Director of Programming, to find out more about opportunities to see Northwest films and connect with local filmmakers at the festival. She gave us some tips on how filmmakers can also make the best of their festival experience.


Hi Beth! We’ve seen some varying information on the number of films this year. Be honest, does anybody really know how many films screen at SIFF? How many are Northwest or Washington Films?
We are often still in the process of finalizing film confirmations when we go to press on the lineup, but at a certain point, yes – we have a final number of films! This year we are screening Read More…