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A downtown heist gone wrong brings an economic windfall to the City of Everett.

Seattle, WA – July 1, 2013 – Washington Filmworks’ production incentive project 7 Minutes recently wrapped principal photography after shooting in Everett, Washington. Written and directed by first time feature filmmaker, Jay Martin, the action-drama stars an exciting mix of up-and-coming talent such as Luke Mitchell (Neighbours), Leven Rambin (The Hunger Games), Zane Holtz (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Brandon Hardesty (Bucky Larson), as well as seasoned pros Kris Kristofferson (Blade), Kevin Gage (Heat) and Jason Ritter (Parenthood). The film was produced by Jacob Estes, Jacob Mosler, Jim Hart and Rick Rosenthal, in association with Whitewater Films.

The film tells the story of a once-promising college athlete, his drug dealing brother and their ex-con friend who embark on an ill-fated heist. As each minute of their simple plan unfolds, the action spirals closer to a tragic conclusion. This production is the second feature film that Whitewater Films has brought to Washington State in the last two years and is one of 89 projects Washington Filmworks has approved through the standard funding assistance program. These productions represent an estimated $213 million dollar economic impact statewide since the Washington Legislature created Washington Filmworks in 2007.

“The production was based in Everett, where the combination of urban and rural settings within minutes of each other made for a very attractive production center and central location. Everett city officials were incredibly helpful. Their positive attitude and unbelievably proactive cooperation made the budget of our indie film go a long ways. With picturesque locations and solid film crews, the lure to shoot in the Pacific Northwest is strong, but it was the 30% incentive from Washington Filmworks that helped make an unbeatable case for filming in the state,” said producer Rick Rosenthal.

The Holiday Inn Downtown Everett was host to cast and crew during production. “It was a great experience and opportunity,” said Tina Nevarez, Entertainment Sales Manager for the facility. “The cast and crew stayed with us for a little over 2 months, and the film was great business for the Hotel, as well as many other companies in Everett. Since their stay we have been fortunate to have a commercial and TV show stay with us and look forward to welcoming additional crews. Our entire staff is now very knowledgeable of the needs of this industry. We really know how to take good care of them.”

About WF: Washington Filmworks is the non-profit 501(c)(6) organization that manages the state film and production incentive programs. Its mission is to create economic development opportunities by building and enhancing the competitiveness, profile and sustainability of Washington’s film industry. We do this by creating possibilities for local and national filmmakers, offering comprehensive production support, as well as financial incentives.