Seattle Office of Film + Music


NORTHWEST FILM FORUM RAISES $44,000 AFTER ASKING ITS SUPPORTERS FOR HELP

Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum is pleased to announce that to date it has raised $44,000 from hundreds of donations made since July 30th, 2009, when it was first announced that the organization risked canceling important programs as a result of a $70,000 budget shortfall. A two-week fundraising effort yielded a strong response both vocally and financially from supporters around the world, as well as a matching donation offer from Sub Pop Records for $10,000. The money raised will help the Film Forum continue providing affordable filmmaking equipment rentals and workshops, artist support and ambitious programming. Despite the budgetary challenges, the Film Forum is planning an ambitious fall calendar that includes a visit from independent filmmaking legend Melvin Van Peebles and emerging Argentine director Lisandro Alonso. This season will also feature the first event in the new Live at the Film Forum series, which explores cinema as a collaborative, live art form with performances by several Northwest artists. Fall is also the time of Northwest Film Forum’s annual flagship event, the Local Sightings Film Festival, a celebration of local filmmaking achievements.



An eclectic lineup is coming to Bumbershoot’s literary stages

Seattle Times
Screenwriters, rappers, celebrity chefs, comedians and some authors who write honest-to-gosh novels will appear on Bumbershoot’s literary stages this year. Highlights of the extensive literary lineup include: David Cross, Geologic of Seattle’s hip-hop duo Blue Scholars, Tom Douglas, the chef behind Dahlia Lounge, S.E. Hinton, Spencer Moody and Melvin Van Peebles.