Congratulations to local shingle EKE Pictures and filmmakers Steve Edmiston and Victor Kepler! Their feature indie Crimes of the Past, written by Edmiston, had its cable broadcast premiere February 12 on the Lifetime Movie Network, with more screenings to come in February and March. The film—which The Hollywood Reporter described as “an engrossing, superbly acted movie”– was picked up for distribution by MarVista Entertainment following its Seattle International Film Festival world premiere. Check your local listings for future showtimes of the film and hit up the trailer below for a sneak peek.
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Today is the last chance on getting the early bird discount on NFFTY Festival passes and tickets for the opening night gala. The kickoff ceremony for this year’s festival will take place at Cinerama and the after party will be held at the top of the Space Needle. NFFTY is a weekend long international film festival for young filmmakers (age 22 and under) with an incredible turnout. NFFTY occurs each spring in Seattle and includes up to 200 film screenings, filmmaking panels, film contests, parties, and opportunities for young filmmakers to network with industry professionals and each other. Youthful filmmakers from around the world submit feature-length and short films in narrative, documentary, animation, music video, experimental, and action sport categories. More than 10,000 film fans are expected at NFFTY 2011, April 28-May 1. Hit up the link above to get your NFFTY passes at a nifty price.
Filed under: Music | Tags: fences, SPIN, SXSW 2011, the head and the heart
To tame the musical beast that is SXSW 2011, SPIN Magazine has culled the Fest’s 2,000 count performance lineup to select this year’s “can’t miss” acts—and two rising Seattle stars have made the list! The Head and the Heart and Fences are featured amongst the SPIN editors’ 35 top picks for the week-long Austin event. Of The Head and the Heart SPIN says, “This folk-rock outfit have been called the Emerald City’s Next Big Thing — and these five twentysomethings [….] are well on their way to fulfilling that prophecy. In under a year, they went from collaborating at an open-mic night at a Seattle coffee shop to releasing their self-titled debut.” SPIN also outlines the appeal of homegrown crooner Chris Mansfield—aka Fences: “The tattoo-covered singer-songwriter [….]sings with breathy earnestness, as if he was born to coo sad acoustic songs of relationships gone awry.” Check out the full article via the link above!
Filed under: Film, Music | Tags: Five Star Films, Jini Dellaccio, john jeffcoat, Karen Whitehead, the moondoggies
Get behind the lens of Jini Dellaccio in a new documentary about the music photographer’s life and work. Seattle’s own John Jeffcoat is the director of photography for the film and director/producer Karen Whitehead of Five Star Films is excited to be working with a Seattle based crew. The film features Seattle music history, as well as a recent photoshoot Jini did with Seattle band The Moondoggies (see video below!). Now in her 90’s, Jini is a woman whose artistic independence, imagination and passion took her from humble beginnings to producing some of the most transformative images ever created in rock ‘n’ roll. The film explores Jini’s extraordinary journey, her courage as an artist, often defying convention and navigating traditional male dominated worlds at a time when very few women were doing so. The film weaves behind the scenes stories of her stunning photography with Jini’s own reflections on her work. Musicians, artists and critics also share their insights into Jini’s influence as an artist who took rock ‘n roll photography to a new level of excellence. The film team is using Kickstarter to raise funds to complete the project and you have the opportunity to help share this incredible story. At Northwest Film Forum on March 12th Jini Dellaccio will be the guest of honor for a special trailer screening event, and follow the link above for more info on the documentary.
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Filed under: Film | Tags: 83rd Annual Academy Awards, central cinema, cinerama, Oscar Parties, washington filmworks
Oscar–The Official Site
Hollywood’s biggest night is almost upon us and Seattle is rolling out the red carpet! In celebration of the 83rd annual Academy Awards, our fair city is hosting a slew of Oscar-themed viewing parties this Sunday: As mentioned before, the Washington Filmworks is hosting its third annual Oscar viewing party and benefit for local film at Spitfire in Belltown; Central Cinema will show a live feed of the Academy Awards telecast complete with Oscar trivia and “luscious” food and drink specials; Wallingford will become “Wallywood” for Fifth Avenue NW Film’s Stu Goldman Party in the Mambo Room at Babalu; and there are still tickets available for Three Dollar Bill Cinema and the Gay City Health Project’s “Glitzy Date with Oscar” Gala at the Cinerama. Hit up the links above for all the party scoop.
Be sure to tune in to Seattle Channel tonight at 8:00 pm for the latest episode of ArtZone with Nancy Guppy. This week’s show features a candid tutorial on how to make a YouTube video; a profile of Stranger art critic, Jen Graves; and a look at the awesome dancers of local troupe, Vicious Puppies. For the uninitiated, ArtZone highlights Seattle’s thriving arts community with interviews with from local artists and performers; reviews and previews of current arts events; and lots of surprises, all under the ardent guidance of host Nancy Guppy. ArtZone airs every Friday on Seattle Channel (Channel 21) at 8:00 pm, and is also streaming and podcasting. For more on the program, follow the link above.
Attention youth filmmakers: Join Northwest Film Forum, the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), SIFF and KCTS 9 this Saturday, February 26 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, for a networking event exclusively for you! Enjoy complimentary food, drinks and music as you mingle with other youth filmmakers, watch short film screenings and learn about upcoming projects you can take part in. This month’s event will be held in conjunction with MOHAI’s History Is_____ , a new community film competition which tasks filmmakers of all ages to fill in the blank with works that portray what “History Is” to them. A number of seasoned film professionals will also be in attendance at the event, offering expert advice about launching a career in film. The Youth Film Happy Hour takes place at the Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill. Be sure to visit the above links for more information.