For the first time in its 38-year history, Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) has chosen two locally made films for its Opening and Closing Night Galas: Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister and Stephen Gyllenhaal’s Grassroots. The festival is also screening six feature films shot in Washington State that were incentivized by the Washington Film Competitiveness Program which was renewed this year. And if that’s not enough, the festival boasts over a whopping 50 locally-made films that will be screened during the 24-day festival. For more information and screening times on all the Washington-made documentaries, shorts, features, and local programming, visit the links below.
The 5,000 Days Project: TWO BROTHERS / Rick Stevenson
The Long Ride Home / Thomas Lee Wright
Lost Years / Kenda Gee, Tom Radford
The Revolutionary / Lucy Ostrander, Don Sellers, Irv Drasnin
Short Life / Scott Levy
Welcome To Doe Bay / Nesib CB Shamah, Dan Thornton
The 5,000 Days Project: ONE AMERICA / Rick Stevenson
Honor the Treaties / Eric Becker
Still Playing / Dacia Saenz
Typecast Dragon / The Last Quest
Visionary Insight / Tracy Rector, Lou Karsen
Camilla Dickinson / Cornelia Duryée Moore
The Details / Jacob Aaron Estes
Eden / Megan Griffiths
Fat Kid Rules the World / Matthew Lillard
Grassroots / Stephen Gyllenhaal
Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas / Sue Corcoran
Safety Not Guaranteed / Colin Trevorrow
Your Sister’s Sister / Lynn Shelton
All My Presidents / Connor Hair World
Animated Amusements / Bob Venezia
Aornos / Steve Demas
Atomic Theory and Chemistry / Jon Behrens
Bobby Ellis is Gonna Kick Your Ass / Craig Packard
Brightwood / L. Gabriel Gonda
Bunker / Kim Voynar
C.B. / Nathan Williams
Cassini Mission / Chris Abbas
Catch and Release / Barbara Mones
Coffee & Pie / Douglas Horn
D.C.I. / Lacey Leavitt
Erasable Cities / Salise Hughes
Forced Entry / Joe Jacobs
The Last Virgin / Shawn Telford
Out / Blaine Ludy
PostHuman / Cole Drumb
Recess / Craig Snyder
The Return / Jeremy Mackie
Reviens Moi / Tracy Rector
Senior Showcase / Lindy Boustedt, Kris Boustedt
Spinning / John Jacobsen
Things Left Behind / Nathan Williams
The Third Floor / Adam Sekuler, Shannon Stewart
Thumb Snatchers From the Moon Cocoon / Brad Schaffer
The Unorthodox / DJ McCoy
The Whale Story / Tess Martin
Filed under: Film | Tags: Film, humpday, local film community, lynn shelton, Moviemaker, seattle, Seattle Office of Film + Music, Top Ten Cities to be a Movie maker, Washington State Motion Picture Competitiveness Program
This month MovieMaker Magazine named Seattle #4 on their “2012 Top Ten Cities to be a Movie Maker.” The list is based on criteria including tax incentives, local and experienced cast and crew, and production support. Seattle writer-director Lynn Shelton (Humpday) commends the local film community which she believes “is a nurturing, inclusive and vibrant one, filled with folks who have a genuine passion for making movies.” The Washington State Motion Picture Competitiveness Program and Seattle’s streamlined, customer service-based, production-friendly, film permit process were cited as reasons for placing Seattle at #4.
Filed under: Film | Tags: Filmmaking in Seattle, humpday, lynn shelton, megan griffiths, sundance, The Off Hours, Your Sister's Sister
Seattleites not only hold the title of #1 moviegoers in the country, they also live a burgeoning mecca of creativity and filmmaking. In the past year, Sundance film festival hosted four films shot in Washington State. Filmmaking talent in Seattle has filled the big screen (and big festivals), such as Lynn Shelton with Humpday and her more recently released Your Sister’s Sister, and Megan Griffiths with The Off Hours—now available on-demand after its Sundance. This article discusses the conventional commercial viability and availability and where the thoughtful and intimate The Off Hours fits in that paradigm.
Filed under: Film | Tags: $5 cover seattle, humpday, lynn shelton, Nortwest Film Forum, Your Sister's Sister
Local writer/director Lynn Shelton (You’re Sister’s Sister, Humpday, $5 Cover Seattle), will be at Northwest Film Forum tonight (November 28), presenting clips from her previous works and discussing her creative process. During this free conversation, Shelton will discuss her most recent film, Your Sister’s Sister, which recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled for theatrical debut next year.
Filed under: Film, Music | Tags: ArtZone with Nancy Guppy, lynn shelton, seattle channel
Lynn Shelton imparts some of her sage filmmaking insight in the latest episode of ArtZone with Nancy Guppy, which premieres this Friday, April 1, on Seattle Channel. The renowned Seattle director will sit down with show host Nancy Guppy to discuss her body of work and, particularly, how she gets creatively “unstuck.” Also featured in this week’s episode: Lyric Light Opera’s production of the classic musical Camelot; singer-songwriter Heather Duby, who will chat about her newest record Latency; and Vermillion Gallery & Bar’s “Frances Farmer Organ Karaoke,” the second annual event for people who can’t sing. Up-and-coming local band Joseph Giant will visit the ArtZone studio to play a few tunes as well. ArtZone airs every Friday on Seattle Channel (Channel 21) at 8:00 pm, and is also streaming and podcasting. For more information, visit the above link.
Filed under: Film | Tags: Andrew Tsao, Backstory: The Filmmaker's Vision, lynn shelton, Rustin Thompson, The Ends of the Earth
The Ends of the Earth, a futuristic indie feature written, directed, shot and edited by Seattle filmmaker Rustin Thompson will be broadcast on UWTV this Saturday at 9:00 pm as part of the station’s newly-launched series, Backstory: The Filmmaker’s Vision. Produced in partnership with SIFF, Backstory takes a “behind the lens” look at the independent works of University of Washington-affiliated filmmakers, cast and crew. Show host and UW Drama Professor Andrew Tsao meditates interviews with the featured filmmakers before screening their films and shorts uncut and uninterrupted. Other locally-connected films slated for the program include A Relative Thing (written by local scribe Steve Edmiston); Senior Prom (directed and edited by Nick Terry and starring Jessica Weight); as well as Lynn Shelton’s first feature We Go Way Back. The film is also available on the Seattle-based distribution site, Indieflix. Check out the above link for additional information and program schedules.
Filed under: Film | Tags: lynn shelton, megan griffiths, sorrento hotel, sundance
Join Seattle filmmakers and recent Sundancers Lynn Shelton and Megan Griffiths at tonight’s free first Wednesday Reading Party hosted by The Sorrento Hotel. The monthly Reading Party is not so much a “party” per se—indeed the event reads more like a decidedly “un-party like” silent reading collective, where attendees can cozy up to a good book and whoop it up in shared solitude. Shelton and Griffiths will be in tow as special silent guests for the event, and the Sorrento will also be serving up drink specials sure to spice up your pulp fiction. The event starts at 6:00 pm, so grab a book and join in on the fun—not too loudly though. People are trying to read. For more details check out the above link.
Filed under: Music, tv | Tags: $5 cover, Cheryl Waters, KEXP, lynn shelton
More “$5 Cover” blips on the media radar: Lynn Shelton will chat about her recently-launched MTV web series as the featured guest on KEXP’s Midday Show with Cheryl Waters tomorrow morning, January 14. Be sure to tune in at 11:00 am PST for the live interview session, in which Shelton will discuss the making of “$5 Cover” and will also spins songs from the series’ Seattle-infused soundtrack. For more details, follow the link above.
In a new Elle Magazine online feature, award-winning local filmmaker Lynn Shelton talks about the release of her latest brainchild, “$5 Cover: Seattle.” In the interview, Shelton reveals her close connection to “$5 Cover: Seattle”—which debuted yesterday on its official MTV website — and practically gushes over the series’ innovative cyber-launch: “The cool thing is it’s on the web, so you can screen it in an interactive way,” says Shelton. “ Links will come up on the side—if you’re watching an episode with a particular band, there’s a link and a map to where [they’re playing] in Seattle. If you go to all those links, you’ll find out all these things about the bands, about Seattle, about the venues, on and on. It allows you to experience it above and beyond what’s on screen.” To read the entire article, be sure to check out the above link.
Filed under: Film, Music | Tags: $5 cover seattle, Champagne Champagne, lynn shelton, The Maldives, the moondoggies, theesatisfaction, Whiskey Tango
$5 Cover: Seattle
MTV’s “$5 Cover: Seattle,” is now available to stream for free at fivedollarcover.com! Directed by renowned local filmmaker Lynn Shelton, the 12-part docudrama series takes place over one weekend using the artists’ real-life stories to paint a vivid portrait of Seattle’s intertwining film, music, and nightlife communities. Shot in over 20 locations and nightlife hotspots throughout the city, the production employed a local film crew of 30, as well as 60 Seattle-based cast members, including featured bands The Moondoggies, The Maldives, Champagne Champagne, THEESatisfaction, Whiskey Tango and more. If you’re as excited about this project as we are, you’ve probably already clicked over to watch. If not, what are you waiting for?!