Monthly Newsletter               September 2014

Z NATION PREMIERE! 

    

Friday, September 12th marked the premiere of Z Nation in Spokane, WA (and also on the Syfy Channel – 10pm on Fridays!) and legions of humans and zombies alike slowly marched their way across the red carpet. Washington Filmworks’ Chair of the Board, Don Jensen, and Executive Director Amy Lillard attended the event, along with a committed (and convincing) group of the undead in heavy make-up. Many talents associated with the show – such as local series regulars Russell Hodgkinson, Pisay Pao, and Nat Zang, and star DJ Qualls – also were on hand to support the series at its launch. Keep tuning in every Friday to watch the series “flesh” out!

WASHINGTON FILMWORKS SEATTLE EVENTS

Pulling Focus: Seattle

Wednesday October 1st marks the return of Pulling Focus in Seattle, an exciting and informative series exploring the business of film. This particular event, set to take place during the 17th annual Local Sightings Film Festival at the Northwest Film Forum, is an insightful look into the changing world of commercial production and their clients.

Panel Description:

We used to take commercials for granted. Fifteen to thirty seconds, pushing a product with minimal dialogue and lots of visuals – it was common, normal, and routine. But here we are, in 2014, and commercials are breaking boundaries. Clients are changing their needs, and so are consumers. Welcome to the world of redesign and branded entertainment, we will help you speak its language. Join us for a panel exploring content-marketing and how businesses are joining up with production companies and agencies to engage consumers through fresh, bold, and sexy ways of storytelling. You’ll hear from fascinating professionals on what client demands entail, why Commercialize Seattle is leading the charge, and how large businesses, local crews, and everyday consumers are affected.
We encourage guests to continue the conversation after the panel at a cocktail reception hosted on site.

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Tickets are available at http://pullingfocus.brownpapertickets.com/

General admission is $15, or $10 if you are a member of or affiliated with any of the organizations listed above.

Town Hall Meeting: Get Your Voice Heard

With the 2015 legislative season scheduled to open on January 12th, now is the time to get political. Join us to learn how you can be involved and why grassroots lobbying is important. Find out who and when you should lobby, how you can best support your legislator and what stories you should tell. Washington Filmworks will also give the most up to date information about the work of the Advocacy Committee and talk about the organization’s plans for additional funding for the program. Come be a part of this riveting and relevant discussion on how you can influence your elected officials and get your voice heard.

October 28th, 6:00pm at the Northwest Film Forum.


WASHINGTON FILMWORKS SPOKANE EVENTS

Pulling Focus: Spokane & Town Hall Meeting

Join us for this two part event: Town Hall and Pulling Focus, starting 6:30pm on Thursday, November 6th.

At 6:30pm, attend a Town Hall meeting addressing significant legislative matters. With the 2015 legislative season scheduled to open on January 12th, now is the time to get political. Join us to learn how you can be involved and why grassroots lobbying is important. Find out who and when you should lobby, how you can best support your legislator and what stories you should tell. Washington Filmworks will also give the most up to date information about the work of the Advocacy Committee and talk about teh organization’s plans for additional funding for the program. Come be a part of this riveting and relevant discussion on how you can influence your elected officials and get your voice heard.

 

Following the Town Hall meeting, 7pm marks the launch of Pulling Focus in Spokane, an exciting and informative series exploring the business of film. This edition features film producer extraordinaire Lacey Leavitt (Laggies, Lucky Them), who will share her insight and industry expertise about independent cinema and how to get your film from the page to screen. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to get the basics from the best.

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General admission is $15, or $10 if you are a member of or affiliated with any of the organizations listed above. Tickets will go on sale soon.

An onsite hosted cocktail reception will follow both events.


THEATRICAL & DVD NEWS: LUCKY THEM & LAGGIES

Lynn Shelton’s newest film Laggies hits theaters October 24, courtesy of A24 Films. The film, starring Keira Knightley and Chlöe Grace Moretz, held its Seattle premiere on September 18th as the opener for SIFF’s Women in Cinema Festival to enthusiastic applause and local pride, and continues to play festivals up until its release. Keep an eye out on our blog for our interview with Shelton in October!

Megan Griffith’s charming drama Lucky Them hits DVD shelves on September 30th. The film, starring Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church, is set in the Capitol Hill music scene and enjoyed a long and successful theatrical and VOD-run this past summer. If didn’t have a chance to see it then, get your luck back on track by picking up a copy!


RECOMMENDED READING

 

Hear from the festival directors of the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Tacoma Film Festival, and Orcas Island Film Festival, meet the recipients and projects of the Innovation Lab, see how you can submit a film for NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) 2015, and take a peek at the local cast for zombie series Z Nation in the WF Blog this month. Subscribe to get posts via email. See some recent highlights below.

Innovation Lab Recipients – The Washington Filmworks Board allocated $75,000 to three unique projects – This Brute Land Virginia, Wallflower, and War Room. Get to know these projects and learn about their boundary-pushing models!

 

 

Three characters on the Spokane-shot Syfy series Z Nation are played by three distinct and terrific actors – from Washington! Read how Russell Hodgkinson, Pisay Pao, and Nat Zang are involved with the show and and how their characters figure into the overall season arc.

Fall Film Festivals – Hear from the festival directors of the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Tacoma Film Festival, and Orcas Island Film Festival on what they bring to the table, their festival’s history and identity, and how they envision their programing going forward

        

 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) Call for Submissions – NFFTY is  now accepting submissionsand entries for  their 2015 festival! The Early Deadline,  October 1st, is very soon and others are  fast approaching – December 1st, January  5th, and January 26th. Apply to the festival of the future generation.

WF WELCOMES ANDREW ESPE AS COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR   

 

Washington Filmworks is excited to announce a recent addition to their team – Communications Coordinator Andrew Espe. Andrew graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Cinema Studies and a minor in Business of Entertainment Media & Technology. He worked as a marketing intern at Magnolia Pictures and Tribeca Film, as well as a festival programmer and submissions viewer for the Lower East Side Film Festival in NYC. Since relocating to Seattle last year, he has worked as a shorts and feature film programmer for SIFF and Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.


OCTOBER HAPPY HOUR

NEXT FMI HAPPY HOUR 10/29

Due to the holiday schedule, the next FMI Happy Hour on Wednesday, October 29th will be the last one of the year. There will be no Happy Hour for November or December, so make sure to come and meet fellow industry members to celebrate a wonderful year in film, music, and interactive media.

Save the Date: Washington Filmworks will be, however, sponsoring an Annual Industry Update in Seattle at the Northwest Film Forum on December 3rd, and in Spokane at Nectar on December 11th. Details to come soon!

 

We’ll see you on Wednesday, October 29 at Spitfire in Belltown at 2219 4th Ave. Seattle, WA 98121. FMI Happy Hours are from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

 

 

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