3.16.10 Washington Filmworks Presents: Pulling Focus


Washington Filmworks presents Pulling Focus: A Clear Picture of Today's Film Industry

A series of three panels aimed at giving the community a rock-solid education about how business is done in the film industry

March 16, 2010 - (Seattle, WA) - Washington Filmworks in partnership with the IFP/Seattle, Northwest Film Forum, Northwest Screenwriters Guild, Seattle Film Institute, Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Office of Film + Music, and Women in Film/Seattle are hosting Pulling Focus, a series of three panels about the business of film. The colorful and charismatic Warren Etheredge from The Warren Report will moderate the three panels. Sponsored by the Sorrento Hotel the three panels will be held at the Top of the Town Room on Tuesday, April 6, Tuesday, May 4, and Tuesday, May 11. Producer Jay Stern will be the featured guest during the first panel on April 6. Jay is an industry veteran who's produced over a dozen films. His credits include all three "Rush Hour" films directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker.

Following each moderated discussion guests will be invited to continue the conversation at a cocktail reception in the Sorrento Hotel Penthouse with wine sponsored by the Washington Wine Commission. Members of the partner organization can purchase tickets for $10, non-members can purchase tickets for $15. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at ($1.99 fee applies) or at the door day of event (cash only).

 "This initiative has received unprecedented support from Seattle-based, non-profit film organizations," said Amy Lillard Dee, Executive Director of Washington Filmworks. "All these organizations share a commitment to film arts education and are working collectively to bring valuable information about how to succeed in the filmmaking industry while living and working in Washington State. It is just one more way that we are all working together to cultivate and support our local talent and infrastructure."

"The Sorrento Hotel is delighted to be working with Washington Filmworks and to be the home for the Pulling Focus series. These evenings reflect our commitment to support the filmmaking community and to be the location in Seattle for engaging and topical conversations," said Sorrento Hotel owner Barbara Malone.

Washington Filmworks' mission is to create economic development opportunities by building and enhancing the competitiveness, profile and sustainability of Washington State's film industry. We do this by creating possibilities for local and national filmmakers, offering comprehensive production support as well as financial incentives. And since launching the production incentive program in February 2007, the organization has committed funding assistance to a total of 39 productions including 19 feature films, 4 movies of the week for television and 16 national commercials.

Washington Filmworks is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (6) organization formed pursuant to 2SSB6558, prime sponsored by Senator Lisa Brown of Spokane and passed by the 2006 Washington State Legislature. In February 2009, the Washington State Film Office and its production resources were integrated into Washington Filmworks, creating a single organization to handle film production support and incentives statewide.