Washington Filmworks uses our Location of the Month newsletters to showcase the diversity of unique looks and resources for production in a number of jurisdictions around Washington State. Find previous installments archived on our website and on the WF Blog.
Washington Filmworks has enjoyed spotlighting state-wide cities throughout the past years on the Location of the Month newsletter, yet we decided to shake things up – starting with Seattle’s own distinct neighborhoods. They are too diverse and film-friendly to ignore – therefore, we’re excited to alter our approach and feature these different, inspired neighborhoods that are perfect destinations for all kinds of production.
Georgetown – August 2015
Georgetown, Seattle’s oldest neighborhood, is located 10 minutes from downtown Seattle and just East of the Duwamish River. The historic brick buildings of the Old Rainier Brewery keep Georgetown steeped in nostalgia of a bygone era yet still lend itself to the innovation of the industry and arts that not only thrives on the grit but finds beauty in its unique landscape and people.
January – High 44.9 F Low 35.1 F
July – High 75.1 F Low 54.6 F
January Rainfall – 5.79 inches
July Rainfall – 0.77 inches
January Snowfall – 5.1 inches
Source: Western Regional Climate Center
Projects Filmed in Georgetown
Because of its unique and almost preserved landscaping, Georgetown is a popular place to film. Recent works shot in Georgetown include; “The Man in the High Castle,” a SIFF Fly Film, Breathing in War Time, as well as scores of music videos, like Duff McKagan’s video for his band Loaded and stills that have been used in projects like the film Exorcist.
Key Locations of Interest
There are several sites that are film friendly, most notably, the Old Rainier Brewery and Malt House, as well asThe Ox Bow Park, home to The Hat and Boots. The Georgetown Trailer Park and The Georgetown Arts & Cultural Center are also of notable places with unique visual appeal. Many of the historic buildings on the west side and in the main business corridor are the Horton building, the Stables and the beautifully restored space, the Georgetown Ballroom.
Distance to Downtown Seattle
- Georgetown is approximately 5 miles from downtown Seattle and Westlake Center.
Distance to Closest Large Washington Airport
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is approximately 10 miles from Georgetown.
Annual Events or Festivals Hosted by Georgetown
Georgetown is host to several recurring events, most notably the Georgetown Carnival on the Second Saturday in June. The Georgetown Carnival is like our monthly Art Attack (an art walk with a Georgetown spin) on steroids, featuring the world famous Power Tool Races, live music, industrial, contemporary and visual arts, drag queens, acrobats, carnival sideshows acts and more. This one event draws up to 11,000 people a year. Some of the other events that are popular with locals and visitors alike include; Honkfest, Cross Pollinate Garden Walk, the Haunted History Tours and now a special Georgetown Bites event featuring the culinary expertise of Georgetown’s eateries, breweries and wineries. All events are posted and updated on the Georgetown Merchants Association web page as well as a map of sites and businesses.
Relevant Names and Contact Information
Local Film Liason – Emilie Shepherd, firstname.lastname@example.org
Agency that issues permits and costs – City of Seattle: Office of Film and Music, http://www.seattle.gov/filmandmusic
Police or Sheriff’s Department or agency that handles traffic control – City of Seattle: Office of Film and Music, http://www.seattle.gov/filmandmusic
- Bella Vita Suites, http://www.georgetownartcenter.org/rental/
- Georgetown Inn, http://www.georgetowninnseattle.com/