Seattle Office of Film + Music

May 31, 2012, 10:18 am
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Join SIFF and the Seattle Composers Alliance for an evening with composer Jason Staczek. Catch the film Keyhole, which Jason composed the music for, at the Uptown Theater immediately before the panel talk. In addition to Keyhole, Jason also composed music for two short films playing at this year’s SIFF, as well as co-writing music for the Festival’s now ubiquitous trailer. Seattle truly makes beautiful music for films, which is why you should attend this forum – no ticket or pass required.

May 11, 2012, 10:31 am
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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.

Documentary Feature
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

Documentary Short
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

Documentary Short (Adobe Youth Voices)
Life Challenges / Sharon Lou, Vivian Chen, Molly Zhong, Xin Yi Li
A Nourishing Journey / 5th Grade Students at South Shore K-8

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

Short (Adobe Youth Voices)
Shattered Dream / Hualian Xu, Yin Jiang, Weiming Ma, Rongshan Zhao
The Face of Facebook / Alexis Lee

Short (FutureWave)
Before The Music Ends / Ashley Armitage, Gina Mattassa
Invisi Bill / Nicholas Smit
Skate and Scratch / Sean Christ
Zartha / Carleigh Ellwood

Short Program
Fly Filmmaking Challenge 2012
SeaTown Shorts
SuperFly 2012 World

May 9, 2012, 1:15 pm
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7th Annual Mayor’s Film Award
Today Mayor Mike McGinn announced the 2012 recipient of the 7th Annual Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film: Ben Kasulke. The Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film recognizes an individual or entity for exceptional work that has significantly contributed to the growth, advancement and reputation of Seattle as a filmmaking city. Kasulke has lensed over a dozen local feature length and short films including Lynn Shelton’s Humpday (2009 Sundance Winner), and Megan Griffiths’ The Off Hours. In 2012, he was profiled by Variety Magazine as one of “Ten Cinematographers To Watch,” and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his work on The Off Hours. Kasulke has also mentored burgeoning filmmakers through his work at SIFF and Northwest Film Forum classes and events. The award will be presented officially by Mayor McGinn during the opening ceremony of SIFF, to be held this year on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at McCaw Hall.

May 4, 2012, 12:20 pm
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From The Heart Productions
Celebrating their 20th year providing grants to exceptional filmmakers, the Roy Dean Summer Film Grant is now taking applications. They give over $30,000.00 in goods and services from top people in their industry like DuArt, Silver Sound, Unilux, and Edgewise. They want films that are unique and make a contribution to society and fund docs, shorts and low budget features. Visit their site for full information, past winners, application and list of awards. Everyone who applies gets a free film financing consultation with Carole Dean, author The Art of Film Funding.

May 4, 2012, 11:53 am
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The Capitol Hill Times
Maureen is in a rut. Her life, like her house, is drab, if not chillingly eerie. But when something catches her eye – a surreal image? A portal? – through an open cupboard door, Maureen is compelled to seek out this warm and familiar place. Her journey through a series of fantastical and surreal experiences is the subject of the dialogue-less short film currently shooting on Capitol Hill. “Maureen” is the first project from newly formed Seattle production outfit Bow and Lyre. Anna Conser and Kara Schoonmaker, two 27-year-old Seattle natives, founded the non-profit last year in anticipation of their first major project. Schoonmaker calls the film a zero-budget production, even though some costs were inevitable. After purchasing some gear, the duo plan to spend $3,000 on the entire project.

The Music of Film: Q&A with Joshua Morrison and Jeramy Koepping
May 3, 2012, 11:10 am
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City Arts Magazine
Jeramy Koepping is best known as the founding guitarist and producer behind chamber-pop group Grand Hallway. His friend Joshua Morrison, an Iraq war veteran, has garnered accolades for his dark and lovely acoustic performances and incisive songwriting. A couple of years ago, a chance encounter with filmmaker Megan Griffiths during the filming of a KEXP documentary led to Morrison and Koepping composing the score for Griffith’s debut feature, The Off Hours.  Hannah Levin sat down with both Koepping and Morrison to discuss their work on The Off Hours.