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Washington Filmworks Announces Semi-Finalist Filmmakers for Film Cycle of Innovation Lab

Program designed to support Washington resident filmmakers, and those using new forms of production and emerging technologies

Seattle, WA – November 27, 2012 – Washington Filmworks is pleased to announce the five semi-finalist filmmakers for the inaugural Film Cycle of the Innovation Lab. A jury of industry experts, representing all facets of pre-production, production, marketing and distribution chose the 5 semi-finalist filmmakers from a diverse collection of twenty-three quality applications for funding assistance.

The semi-finalist filmmakers will pitch the jury on Friday, November 30th in Seattle, and the jury will recommend finalists to move forward and present to the Board of Directors of Washington Filmworks. Projects awarded funding assistance will be announced at Washington Filmworks’ Annual Industry Update in Seattle on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. (Please see further details about the event below.)

The following is a list of the semi-finalists with a description of each project:

  • Gevin Booth, Producer  The Servant – This narrative feature film follows a career politician in deep emotional crisis. His personal and professional life are torn apart, as he gradually gives himself over to an overwhelming conviction that he has been recruited by supernatural envoys to communicate a directive of humility and compassion to the world.
  • Tony Fulgham, Director / Writer  Box Walk – This short film is a coming-of-age story set in rural, Eastern Washington that spans almost two decades. Quiet, thirteen-year-old Paul and his rough and silent stepfather, track down a wounded deer. The lessons learned in those dark woods aren’t fully realized until thirty-year-old Paul faces his stepfather, seventeen years later.
  • Destiny Gowdy, Director / Actor / Writer  Sassy Friends – In this series pilot, Mona and Bea know who they are and what they want out of life, having already “found themselves” in the back of an Alabama dive bar in 2008. Fueled by box wine and baked goods, these disillusioned Riot Grrls are on a classic quest for truth and justice.
  • Shaun Scott, Director / Producer  Pacific Aggression – This feature film is a portrait of the American West, in the form of a character study. Pacific Aggression follows travel writer, Whitman Applegate, on a tour around Washington State. This film unveils the protagonist’s prophetic observations about cities, social arrangements, and interpersonal relationships, during his journey to reach his e-audience via a “book blog” documenting his adventures.
  • Kenneth P. White, Producer  Centerville – Set in Eastern Washington, this feature film follows a secretly gay Republican, an unhappy, overweight, single Mom, a rock star wanna-be, a little girl dreaming of marriage, time travelers, and interplanetary terrorists, as they all converge in a tiny town the week before the end of the world.

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About The Innovation Lab

The Filmworks Innovation Lab is 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. By leveraging our existing film infrastructure and the diversity of our in-state technology resources, Washington is uniquely positioned to incubate a groundbreaking digital entertainment platform that fosters a new Creative Economy for Washington State. For more information on the Innovation Lab, visit the following link: http://www.washingtonfilmworks.org/index.php/InnovationLab/

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Annual Industry Update Event and Party – December 12, 2012

Washington Filmworks invites you to our Seattle Annual Industry Update and Party on Wednesday, December 12. Join the celebration of the renewal of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program and congratulate the recipients of the Innovation Lab Funding Assistance Program. Learn about all we have to look forward to in 2013 and stay for drinks and live music. The evening begins with a reception and a brief presentation at Balagan Theater from 6 to 8 pm.

Guests 21 and over are invited to celebrate with us at Barboza from 8 to 10 pm, complete with fantastic tunes from Sportn’ Life Recording Artists, Fly Moon Royalty.

  • Reception & Annual Industry Update – 6 to 8 pm at the Balagan Theater1524 Harvard Avenue‬, Seattle, WA 98122‬
  • Party – 8 to 10 pm at Barboza, 925 E Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122 (Under Neumos, between Broadway & 10th Ave)

Due to limited space, guests must RSVP to RSVP@WashingtonFilmworks.org by Monday, December 10. Annual Industry Update attendees receive priority entrance to the Party.

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About WF:  Washington Filmworks is the non-profit 501(c)(6) organization that manages the state film and production incentive programs. Its mission is to create economic development opportunities by building and enhancing the competitiveness, profile and sustainability of Washington’s film industry. We do this by creating possibilities for local and national filmmakers, offering comprehensive production support, as well as financial incentives.

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