Seattle Office of Film + Music

World Famous Leverages Monthly “Assignments” to Win Big at ADDY Awards

Every month, the teammates at local media company, World Famous, complete a creative “Assignment.” These are short projects that encourage everyone at World Famous to work together, share their creative side, and push themselves in new and innovative ways. These assignments have become a catalyst for new and exciting projects to emerge, including The Leonardo campaign created for the Leonardo Museum in Utah. They have helped the media production company garner some major recognition from critics, including judges at the Utah ADDY Awards. Earlier this month, World Famous walked away from the ADDY’s with two gold medals, a silver, Judges Choice and Best in Show. Congratulations to everyone over at World Famous, including previous Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour speaker, Tony Fulgham!

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Local Filmmaker Wins Big at Academy Awards
February 27, 2012, 12:08 pm
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Local filmmaker TJ Martin not only received an Oscar last night, he made Academy Award history. Martin co-directed Undefeated, a true story about an inner-city Memphis football team that shows perseverance, strength and hope against all odds.  He is the first-ever African American to win an Oscar for directing a full-length film of any kind. The Undefeated crew (which also includes Dan Lindsay and Rich Middlemas) took home the prestigious Best Documentary Feature award during the 84th year of the highly-regarded celebration in cinema . Martin plans to speak at his alma mater, Western Washington University, after a screening of the documentary this Thursday, March 1.

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Duff McKagen Says “Yes” to Renewing Washington Film Incentive

Seattle Weekly 
Former Guns N’ Roses bassist, Duff McKagan, offers some personal words of wisdom as a Seattle-to-L.A. transplant. The musician has made Los Angeles a part-time home, and although he raves of his parent soil, he presents a few things for Seattle to take note of from the City of Angels. Aside from advising Seattleites to “wear sunglasses more often,” McKagan expresses his strong support for a Washington state film incentive. By living in L.A., McKagan has seen first-hand the positive impact of a thriving film community, and he believes it would be a huge economic mistake to jettison the program up north. To express your support for the incentive, visit Washington Filmworks blog.

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UPDATE: Washington Filmworks Updates Us on Film Incentive

Last week, the bill to renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program moved from the Senate to the House. Yesterday, the bill (also known as SB 5539) was voted out of the House Committee on Community and Economic Development and Housing with a winning vote of 8 to 1. The bill is now on the way to the House Ways and Means Committee, where funding was cut last year. Washington Filmworks has published an easy-to-follow online resource, where constituents can easily “send a letter with three clicks of the mouse.” Help support the Washington film industry by contacting a committee member today.

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Free Family Concert Tomorrow Featuring THEESatisfaction
February 17, 2012, 1:14 pm
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Town Hall Seattle
Stop by Town Hall Seattle Tomorrow at 11:00 for a family friendly concert by local duo THEESatisfaction. The Admission is free for kids under 12, $5 for adults with children and $25 for unaccompanied adults. THEESatisfaction is a growing Seattle group with two EPs, and has been seen on the mainstage at the Capitol Hill Block Party. The “jazzy, sci-fi-loving, neo-bohemian female duo” will play an awesome one-hour set tomorrow, so be sure not to miss it!

Washington Film Incentive Bill Gets House Hearing This Morning
February 16, 2012, 11:37 am
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Washington Filmworks
Washington Filmworks announces that SB 5539 has been scheduled for a hearing this morning in the House Committee on Community & Economic Development & Housing at 10 am. Washington Filmworks Board Chair, Becky Bogard, and Executive Director, Amy Lillard, are in Olympia this morning to testify on behalf of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program. Says Lillard, “This morning’s hearing is evidence that the bill is moving quickly. This legislative session is scheduled to end March 8th, so there is no time to delay. Please contact your Representatives by telephone or email as soon as possible in support of SB5539.”

Motion Picture Competitiveness Program Headed to House
February 14, 2012, 5:04 pm
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Washington Filmworks
The Washington State Senate today passed the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program (SB5539) 40-8. The bill will now be referred to the House of Representatives for consideration. The bill’s progress is encouraging, but Washington Filmworks urges you to contact your Representatives in support of SB 5539. They’ve also collected a tremendous amount of economic data that supports the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program, and now they’re looking for your personal stories. How has the program impacted your livelihood? Email your testimonials to them at  Please include “testimonial” in the subject line, and visit Washington Filmworks’ Blog for more details on the bill’s progress.

Watch Live: Washington Film Incentive on Order for Vote Now
February 14, 2012, 11:33 am
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Live on TVW right now, is SB 5539, the Washington State Motion Picture Competitiveness Program bill which is on order for consideration and a vote in the Senate now. In the link above, today’s senate session can be viewed in real-time. Follow the bill as senators support (and object) the incentive.

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Motion Picture Competitiveness Program Bill Passes Senate Rules Committee

Good news surfaced this weekend on the Washington filmmaking front. The bill to renew the Washington State Motion Picture Competitiveness Program was voted out of the Senate Rules committee this past Saturday.  Because the renewal is so time-sensitive, all film industry professionals are urged to contact their Senators as soon as possible. To find your legislators, follow the link above. Without funding, Washington state’s film industry could disappear.

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Washington Receives Accolades as Major City to be Movie-Maker

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.

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