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Film Fest Roundup

September 26, 2013 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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Washington has tons of great film festivals, film events, screenings and competitions, but we don’t know about all of them. Help put your Washington event on our radar, by emailing details to WF Programs and Communications Coordinator Jessie Wilson at jessie@washingtonfilmworks.org.

Clearwater – We Pull Together

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Continue on the journey with Clearwater in this guest post written by Melissa Woodrow. These production diaries offer a window into the interactive project People of the Salish Sea and filming of the feature documentary at its center, Clearwater. This is the first documentary-based project to receive funding assistance through any of WF’s programs.

Supporting Viewers Like You

September 19, 2013 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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KCTS 9 is a public broadcasting station based in Seattle and a member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Their new initiatives and programs demonstrate that KCTS 9 is actively cultivating their commitment to the Washington filmmaking community.

How Section 181 Helps Washington Filmmakers

September 18, 2013 Blog, Resources
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The enactment of Section 181, as part of the American Jobs Creation Act Of 2004, signaled a change in U.S. policy towards filmmaking in the United States. By minimizing investor risk through film subsidies, Section 181 helps to support film and television production and to prevent “runaway production” of the film industry.

Vimeo’s $10,000 Advance

September 13, 2013 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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Vimeo had teamed up with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to offer all of this year’s world premieres a cash advance in return for an exclusive digital distribution window on the Internet video site.

Last Reel

September 12, 2013 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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Digital projection has overtaken film as the primary means of exhibiting a motion picture in a theater. But while digital may be the future, it has relegated some theaters to the past. Many smaller and non-profit WA theaters are reaching out to their communities to help.

September 2013 Renton

September 7, 2013 Locations Newsletter
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  Renton is a beautiful city located on the south shore of Lake Washington with spectacular views of…

September 2013

September 7, 2013 WF Newsletter
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____________________________________________________ WF APPROVES NEW PROJECTS  The Washington Filmworks (WF) Board of Directors recently approved funding assistance for one…

TOUCHY FEELY In Theaters

September 6, 2013 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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Washington incentive feature Touchy Feely is distributed by Magnolia Pictures and available in theaters in selected cities beginning today, September 6. The film arrives in Seattle next week.

Oregon Film Incentive Increased

September 5, 2013 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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This August Media Inc. Magazine ran an article explaining the recently approved increase of Oregon’s film incentive. The higher incentive cap will go into effect this year and guarantees even more film jobs and larger productions for Oregon. Please consider sharing this article with your Washington legislators.

Clearwater – It’s Been an Adventure

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Innovation Lab funding assistance recipient, Clearwater is a feature length documentary about the health of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) and the unique relationship of tribal people to the water. Get a feel for the project through this entry, penned by Melissa Woodrow, who serves as both Location Manager and Production Assistant on the film.

Commercialize Seattle Launch

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Washington Filmworks (WF), in partnership with the Seattle Office of Film + Music, is pleased to have launched Commercialize Seattle, a new business development campaign designed to drive local film production and advertising business. More than 350 people joined us at the August FMI Happy Hour to learn more about the new initiative and see elements of the marketing campaign; that’s a record attendance for the monthly event!

And the Winners Are…

August 27, 2013 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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In July Washington Filmworks profiled the 48 Hour Film Project: Seattle (48HFP) on the eve of their largest competition to date. As producer of the event, Krk Nordenstrom provided a glimpse into the history of 48HFP: Seattle and offered insight as to why the event has become the largest filmmaking competition in Washington State.

Local Producers Pump Up SIFF Cinema

August 26, 2013 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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Last month, the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) held a presentation entitled Independent Film Producing. Experienced local producers Mel Eslyn and Lacey Leavitt outlined the role of the indie producer and the mechanics of such a position. Using real world case studies and detailed insights, the course followed the job from development, to physical film production, through to distribution.

Join Us for the Launch of Commercialize Seattle

August 22, 2013 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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Please join us next Wednesday August 28th, for a very special Film Music and Interactive Happy Hour, as we launch Commercialize Seattle, a new business development campaign designed to drive local film production and advertising business.

Classifying Freelance Labor

August 19, 2013 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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In the most current issue of Media Inc. Magazine, Greg Smith, President of IATSE Local 488, and Bob Riggs, Business Agent for the union, shared a letter to area producers and production companies designed to address the growing practice of misclassifying freelance labor as independent contractors

News from the Innovation Lab

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WF has received many inquiries as to when we will begin accepting applications for the Innovation Lab. We are currently working with the filmmakers from the inaugural cycles to help them complete principal photography as well as evaluating the effectiveness of the program.

Destination Washington

August 13, 2013 Blog, Washington Filmworks News
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Considering Washington for your next project? Washington Filmworks can help. Here are the last year’s worth of Location of the Month Newsletters. Learn more about all that Washington has to offer production.

Making a Living in Film

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Want to be a film director? At July’s Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour, James Keblas, Director of the Seattle Office of Film + Music, walked the audience through the details of this infographic, illustrating how one Seattle film director has found success in a versatile and creative approach to filmmaking.

August 2013 Bellingham

August 7, 2013 Locations Newsletter
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    Like the bulls-eye in a target, Bellingham represents an epicenter of northwest Washington’s blend of rural…

August 2013

August 7, 2013 WF Newsletter
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____________________________________________________ ANNOUNCING THE NEW WF BOARD CHAIR    Washington Filmworks (WF) is pleased to announce Don Jensen as…

Tony Doupé Talks the Business and Politics of Art

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Tony Doupé is a familiar face to Washington film industry professionals. As an actor he’s won roles in no less than 9 Washington incentive productions since 2011! This June, Doupé shared his valuable insight about the film industry with the 253Film Collective, a group of filmmakers dedicated to fostering a vibrant and sustainable film and media community in Tacoma by encouraging, mentoring, and promoting local filmmakers and businesses.

On the Vine

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Vine is a mobile app that allows users to easily upload and edit six-second video clips that can be shared with people all around the world. For casual users Vine is an easy-to-use app that makes real time editing simple and accessible. For more serious media creators, Vine is becoming an exciting new platform to share original content.

Come on Get Happy – FMI is Tomorrow

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Come learn how a film director makes a living working in Seattle. At July’s FMI Happy Hour, James Keblas, Director of the Seattle Office of Film + Music, will walk the audience through a soon to be published infographic, illustrating how one Seattle film director has found success in a versatile and creative approach to filmmaking.

UFOs & Men in Black Arrive in Puget Sound

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Washington Filmworks is pleased to announce that The Maury Island Incident, a short film chronicling a 1947 UFO sighting over the Puget Sound, has wrapped principal photography. From late June through early July, filming took place in Burien, Des Moines, Tukwilla and the waters off of Maury Island.

WF Loves Loves Walla Walla

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Last week, Washington Filmworks (WF) Executive Director, Amy Lillard, presented findings from the first Annual Report of the Washington State Film Industry at the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Meeting.

WF Tours Whidbey and Camano Islands

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This June, Washington Filmworks (WF) Production Services Coordinator, Krys Karns, spent two days meeting with city officials and visiting areas of the Whidbey and Camano Islands, as part of WF’s quarterly liaison visits.

LAGGIES Wraps Principal Photography

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The Washington Filmworks (WF) production incentive project Laggies recently wrapped principal photography after filming in the Puget Sound Region throughout June and early July.

Community Spotlight: Three Dollar Bill Cinema

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Three Dollar Bill Cinema is a Seattle institution that has helped connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, their friends, and their families through the power of film. For almost twenty years, Three Dollar Bill Cinema has acted as an important forum for LGBT filmmakers to share their work and connect with audiences.

Help Rocketmen Save You!

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Washington Filmworks (WF) is pleased to announce the launch of the Kickstarter campaign for Rocketmen, a madcap serial adventure that recently premiered its pilot episode to a packed house as part of Seattle’s July 2013 First Thursday