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.
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: Beau Bridges, Eden, Ellensburg, Film, Jamie Chung, Matt O'Leary, megan griffiths, movie, seattle, White Center
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).
Filed under: Film | Tags: Film Industry Night, megan griffiths, neumo's, warren etheredge
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Directors, writers, actors, composers and film lovers alike are welcome to attend the first-ever Film Industry Night happening at Neumos on Wedneday, June 1. The inimitable Warren Etheredge will be your host for the evening, which organizers say “promises to be a night of cross-cultural delight, booze, and plenty of schmooze.” Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with local filmmakers like Megan Griffiths (The Off Hours, which can be seen at SIFF 2011), Dan McComb (of the forthcoming Beyond Naked), Jagger Gravning (of the imminent Wallflower), Adam Sekular (Empty Hollow Echo) and many more! The event will also feature musical performances by Grammy-winning artist Pete Stewart along with local artists Whitney Mongé, James Coates, and The Unfortunates. Click the link above for more details about Film Industry Night and to RSVP for the event.
Filed under: Film | Tags: megan griffiths, The Catechism Cataclysm, The Off Hours, Todd Rohal
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Local films The Off Hours and The Catechism Cataclysm will be taking the film festival circuit by storm in the coming months. Both will screen at the Nashville and Sarasota (Florida) Film Festivals, the latter of which has conferred Catechism director Todd Rohal with the inaugural Terry Potter Award for visionary filmmaking. The film duo will also show at the Athens International Film and Video Festival, held in the Ohio town of the same name–which just so happens to be the former film school stomping grounds of Rohal and The Off Hours director Megan Griffiths. The Off Hours makes festival pit stops in Tallahassee as well as River Run Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and The Catechism Cataclysm will be the opening night film at the Philadelphia CineFest before screening in New York at the BAM Cinema Festival. Friend the films via the Facebook links above to hear about more festivals as they are announced. Congrats to the filmmakers!
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.
The Off Hours
Seattle writer/director Megan Griffiths’ independent feature The Off Hours will premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. If you are one of the fortunate ones attending the festival this year be sure to keep checking their facebook page and twittery to stay posted on the film’s screening dates, times, and venues at Sundance. Everyone else can do the same to hear updates on how the festival is going for the film and watch the trailer here.