Sunday, June 3 at 7:00 pm, join filmmaker and YouTube sensation Len as he shares short vignettes of his travels on planet Earth and the stories behind them. In 2007, Len uploaded his first video on YouTube, $250,000 in My Pocket and I Still Can’t Get a F%^*!$g Cab! Five years and almost 400 videos later, his channel has surpassed 10,000,000 views, including have the No. 1 most-watched video in the world for a day. For more ticket information and details of the event, visit the Northwest Film Forum website.
The Northwest Film Fund
Lack of funding can put a hitch in any ambitious project. Now filmmakers living in the Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana or Alaska) can apply for the Northwest Film Fund, a grant supporting documentary film projects at any stage of completion. Applicants must be the director, co-director or producer of a film that is currently in production or pre-production. The inaugural award will be $10,000 and include 80 hours of post-production work, legal consultation, and “first look” deals with KCTS-Channel 9 and SIFF.
Northwest Film Forum
The Seattle Experimental Animation Team (SEAT) is made up of 12 creative-minded individuals with a knack for realizing narratives in unusual and jarring ways. Their work will be shown next week at the Northwest Film Forum as a part of “Inter-Action,” an exploration of short animations that explore the action between each frame of motion as well as between each subject on screen. Animator Tess Martin, whose short film Plain Face debuted at SIFF last month (and will play again at “Inter-Action), presents the works of her SEAT cohorts like Britta Johnson (Two Dots), Drew Christie (The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln), Amanda Moore (Bridging Wounds) and Bruce Bickford (The Comic That Frenches Your Mind). Animation does not always mean a film is cute and cuddly; each short in the program addresses such topics as love, insanity, faith and murder. So think twice about bringing underage individuals to the screening.
Wild Mind Film Camp
The Northwest Film Forum Board Vice President and documentary filmmaker Peter J. Vogt is teaming up with documentary superstar Doug Pray and Oscar Award winning cinematographer Shana Hagan for an innovative 9 day course in documentary filmmaking. The Wild Mind Film Camp runs from July 8-17 in the lush and verdant Methow Valley of Washington State. Renowned director Peter J. Vogt created the jazz documentary Icons Among Us, Doug Pray has immense documentary experience as the filmmaker behind Hype!, Art & Copy, Surfwise and Scratch and Shana Hagan has lent her cinematography expertise on documentary films such as This Film is Not Yet Rated, After Innocence and many more. Check out the Wild Mind Film Camp website at the link above and sign up for an unforgettable summer session of documentary filmmaking workshops with some of the best in the business.
Washington Filmworks Events
Washington Filmworks, in partnership with IFP/Seattle, Northwest Film Forum, Northwest Screenwriters Guild, Seattle Film Institute, Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Office of Film + Music, Women in Film-Seattle and the Warren Report are pleased to present “Pulling Focus: A Clear Picture of Today’s Film Industry.” Pulling Focus is a series of four panel discussions about the business of film designed to speak to the diversity of audience members, from screenwriters to actors, from directors to producers and on to musicians. Thursday’s event will focus on the role of a film’s producer and importance of professional producing. The panel will feature special guest speaker Deborah Moore, former executive vice president of New Line Cinema Productions, sharing insights from her 25 years of experience as a studio executive and producer. The event will be moderated by Warren Etheredge from The Warren Report. This is a unique opportunity for local area arts organizations, talent, filmmakers and all those interested in the business of film to get together, share experiences and learn how to help the Northwest continue to thrive as a filmmaking hub. The panel will be held at the Sorrento Hotel in downtown Seattle on Thursday, May 5. Doors will open at 6:30pm with the discussion to begin at 7pm. Click on the link above for more information on the “Pulling Focus” panel discussion series.
Northwest Film Forum
The Seattle theatrical premiere of Zach Weintraub’s Bummer Summer is this Friday at the Northwest Film Forum. Bummer Summer screened opening night of the 2010 Local Sightings Film Festival last October and went on win first place. The film follows a seventeen year old as he contemplates life after high school and spends a summer road-tripping with his brother, who is home from college. Employing inventive storytelling, sensitive performances and deadpan humor, Weintraub shows he’s a talent to watch with this wry and touching portrait of youthful romance and potential. Zach will be in attendance for the first screening to speak about the film and answer questions. To view the show times and the film’s trailer, click on the link above.
Brown Paper Tickets
The Seattle Premiere of Fine Totally Fine, directed by Yosuke Fujita, will screen at Northwest Film Forum on Saturday, April 2 at 4:30 p.m. with all proceeds benefiting relief efforts in Japan. Director Fujita’s feel-good indie comedy revolves around Teruo, a tree trimmer whose mission in life is to make the scariest haunted house in Japan. Presented by Brown Paper Tickets and Northwest Film Forum, 100% the screening’s box office take will go to the Support Japan GAMBARE relief fund set up by Pictures Dept. president Yuko Shiomkaki. These donations will be distributed by Japanese aid organization JustGiving to those fighting to put their lives back together. Follow the link above to get tickets to the film and support Japan relief efforts.
Washington Filmworks, in partnership with IFP/Seattle, Northwest Film Forum, Northwest Screenwriters Guild, Seattle Film Institute, Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Office of Film + Music, Women in Film-Seattle and the Warren Report are pleased to present “Pulling Focus: A Clear Picture of Today’s Film Industry.” The first installment of the 2011 series kicks off tonight at The Sorrento Hotel, and will feature a candid conversation with special guests Matthew Lillard (Scooby Doo, Scream, SLC Punk), Darrien Gibson (Executive Director of SAGIndie) and Nike Imoru (casting director for NxNW), all moderated by Warren Etheredge of the Warren Report. Talking points will include: how to bring out the best in your talent and crew, the business of being an actor, the importance of finding the perfect cast and much more. This is a unique opportunity for local area arts organizations, talent, filmmakers and all those interested in the business of “show business” to get together, share experiences and learn how to help the Northwest continue to thrive as a filmmaking hub. Guests are invited to continue the conversation after the panel discussion at a cocktail reception hosted by the Washington Wine Commission. Doors open for the event at 6:30 pm and the panel begins at 7:00.
New York Times
Today’s New York Times praised Peter Sillen’s cinematic portrait of Seattle poet Jesse Bernstein, I Am Secretly An Important Man. Seattleites were privy to the film when it played at Northwest Film Forum last month, but now it’s making its way around the country. I Am Secretly An Important Man chronicles Bernstein, “the godfather of grunge,” and his wild antics, mental instability, sensational art and the cult of celebrities (including Nirvana and Soundgarden) surrounding him. Explains the article, “His own work, seen and heard throughout the film, is from another time and place, evoking Allen Ginsberg, Tom Waits and, in its calmer moments, Spalding Gray. Although none of them, presumably, performed with live mice in their mouths, as Mr. Bernstein is seen doing in the film.” To read the full review, follow the above link.
Northwest Film Forum
Tomorrow night is your chance to learn about environmentally friendly filmmaking with director of The Off Hours, Megan Griffiths. The Off Hours and the Sustainable Style Foundation (SSF) will be co-hosting a Strategy Salon this Wednesday, December 15 from 4 to 6 pm in theater two at the Northwest Film Forum. The program will use The Off Hours as a case study and discuss ways in which future productions can run their sets in a more environmentally and socially conscious manner. The Off Hours is the first film to be granted the SSFTag in recognition of their sustainable practices. The production was also awarded a grant from local arts organization 4Culture for their efforts in this area. The film will be premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. This event is free and open to the public.