Following a whirlwind weekend, filled with passionate pitches, feedback sessions, and a much-needed reception, Washington Filmworks finally knows who will be awarded funding assistance from the first ever Film Cycle of the Filmworks Innovation Lab. The Board of Directors has approved the Jury’s recommendations, but we’re holding our cards for just a little longer, and will officially announce the outcome at our 12/12/12 Two-Part Party in Seattle. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate with the award recipients when the results are revealed that evening!

A Jury of three was chosen to represent all facets of the film industry, including physical production, story and structure, and marketing and distribution. All members share a deep understanding of the business of film in Washington State. The Jury spent significant time evaluating applications against program selection criteria, considering the creative merits of the proposals, and getting to know the Finalists.

The Innovation Lab was created in response to community requests for support for emerging local filmmakers. We wanted to introduce the Jury who made this inaugural process possible. Washington Filmworks extends our gratitude for their collective expertise, their contributions to the Innovation Lab, and their investment in the future of Washington film.

Filmworks Jury

Innovation Lab Jury Members – Warren Etheredge, Adam Boyd and Mark Lipsky (Photo Credit: Philip Eichner)

Adam Boyd is a film and commercial producer from Spokane, WA. A member of the Directors Guild of America, Adam works as an Assistant Director on feature films in the Northwest and abroad. When he isn’t working on a film set, Adam serves as a board member and programmer for the Spokane International Film Festival and is also a member of the Spokane Arts Commission.

Warren Etheredge has conducted over 2,000 interviews with a wide range of filmmakers, authors, and personalities. He hosts The High Bar (, an award-winning weekly television series and is the founder of The Warren Report ( where he curates and speaks at over 200 events every year. Warren is a founding faculty member of The Film School, former Curator for the 1 Reel Film Festival, a published author, an Off-Broadway produced playwright, an acclaimed documentarian, a regular contributor to public radio and, internationally, a much sought-after public speaker on myriad topics.

Mark Lipsky is a respected film industry veteran and former executive at companies including Miramax Films, The Independent Film Channel (IFC) and Lot 47 Films. For over a dozen years, Lipsky has been at the bleeding edge of digital media innovation. In 1999 and 2000, he led business development and marketing at multimedia search service (now an AOL property.) In 2008 he developed and launched Gigantic Digital, which, for the first time, bridged traditional and broadband film distribution. More recently, he led Microsoft’s effort to introduce the company’s 2D barcode technology, TAG, to the entertainment industry.