Seattle Office of Film + Music

May 29, 2013, 11:07 am
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This year, The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) will again work with KCTS 9 to present the Reel NW Award, which is presented to a feature-length film in the Northwest Connections section of SIFF’s films. In 2012, the inaugural Reel NW Award went to Eden, directed by Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths.

Selection as a Reel NW Award winner indicates excellence in storytelling as reflected in writing, character development and story structure, story-enhancing production values, and a creative spirit emblematic of independent filmmaking.

The winning film will receive a $2,500 cash prize from KCTS 9 and an offer to be broadcast on KCTS 9’s Reel NW independent film series, contingent on meeting broadcast requirements. To be eligible for consideration, a film must not have a distribution deal in place when reviewed by the Reel NW Award jury. The jury is comprised of Randy Brinson, Executive Director of Programming for KCTS 9; Lyall Bush, Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum; and our very own Chris Swenson, Film and Special Events Program Manager at Seattle Office of Film + Music.

Megan Griffith’s “Eden” Wins Big at SIFF 2012
June 11, 2012, 9:30 am
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Megan Griffiths’ Eden swept the awards at the 38th Seattle International Film Festival, which held its ceremony Sunday morning at the Seattle Space Needle. Eden star Jamie Chung won the Best Actress Golden Space Needle Award, while the film also received the Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision presented by Women in Film/Seattle, as well as the Reel NW Award presented by KCTS 9. Click here to see a complete list of winners.

Another SXSW Premiere for a Seattle-Made Film
March 9, 2012, 3:32 pm
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Seattle writer/director Megan Griffith’s second feature film Eden will premiere Sunday in the Narrative Competition category at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.  Eden is based on the true story of human trafficking survivor Chong Kim.  The film, set in New Mexico, was based in Seattle and shot entirely in Washington State in 2011, and incentivized by the Washington State Film Competitiveness Program. Griffith’s first film was the 2011 Sundance drama The Off Hours.

August 26, 2011, 2:19 pm
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Seattle Met
Local filmmaker Megan Griffiths (The Off Hours) began shooting Eden, her newest feature film, this month. The production was seen filming in Ellensburg last week, and this week the crew filmed some scenes in Belltown and White Center. The film is based on the true story of a young girl who survived domestic human trafficking and sex slavery. Jamie Chung (The Hangover II, Sucker Punch) leads the cast, which also includes Beau Bridges (The Fabulous Baker Boys) and Matt O’Leary (Fat Kid Rules the World, Brick).

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