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Washington Filmworks Feature Film Project The Architect Wraps Principal Photography
State, County, City, and Tourism form unique partnership to lure Hollywood to Everett.
Seattle, WA – JANUARY 14, 2014 – The Washington Filmworks (WF) production incentive project The Architect wrapped principal photography after filming in Everett and surrounding areas last fall. The feature is directed by Jonathan Parker and written by Parker and Catherine DiNapoli. It stars Parker Posey (Best in Show), James Frain (True Blood) and Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) and is a film from Architect Movie LLC, and produced by Catherine DiNapoli, Jonathan Parker, Patrick Peach, and Tony Grazia.
The Architect tells the story of a couple longing to build their dream home. The couple’s plans are crushed when their architect builds his ideal home instead of theirs. The film is one of 93 projects WF has approved through the standard funding assistance program. These productions represent an estimated $243 million dollar economic impact statewide since the Washington Legislature created WF in 2007.
“This is the second project I have brought to Washington State because Washington Filmworks continues to be the premiere state incentive program in the United States,” said Producer Patrick Peach. “Because of the funding assistance we received, this film could not have been done anywhere else, and Washington Filmworks deserves very strong commendations for such stellar, filmmaker friendly support and service. I have developed strong relationships with the local talent, crew and vendors, and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with them. This is why people need to shoot in Washington!”
The Architect shot primarily in the city of Everett, but also brought production to Seattle and Mukilteo. In addition to WF funding assistance, the film received a grant from the Snohomish County Tourism Promotion Area (TPA). “The TPA remains focused to bringing in more film opportunities into the area,” noted Shawn Walker, Snohomish County TPA Board Chair.
Motion picture production had a positive economic impact for Everett and Snohomish County in 2013. The Architect was the second feature film, and third major production, shot in Everett last year. The feature booked more than 450 overnight stays in Snohomish County, and the three projects collectively generated around 2,000 overnight stays. “The Snohomish County TPA Board, Snohomish County, and the City of Everett understand the positive economic impact that the film industry brings to our area. We hope to see many more films come here to work, play and spend the night in 2014— and beyond,” said Sean Straub, Tourism Services Director for Experience Everett, an initiative of the City of Everett.
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.