Washington Filmworks (WF) is pleased to announce Don Jensen as the new Chair of the WF Board of Directors. Jensen was appointed to the position this month by Governor Jay Inslee. He has over 25 years experience in film and video production, and post-production, and has long been at the helm of Alpha Cine Labs in Seattle. Jensen has been a member of the WF Board of Directors since the organization’s inception. 

As former president of WEIPA, the trade organization that formed to pass the Washington film incentive legislation and improve the business environment for the entertainment industry, Jensen was instrumental in the development and passage of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program. He was the inaugural recipient of the Seattle Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film. Jensen is also a former board member of IFP/Seattle. Congratulations, Don! 




Abby Dylan, member of the WF Board of Directors, was recently elected to a 2-year term as a SAG-AFTRA National Board Member. She represents SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local, which encompasses Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. You can find herfull bio here. Congratulations, Abby!





Join us tomorrow, Wednesday August 28th from 5-7 pm at Spitfire in Seattle, for a very special Film, Music and Interactive Happy Hour. It’s the launch of Commercialize Seattle, a new business development campaign designed to drive local film production and advertising business. Seattle Mayor, Mike McGinn will kick off the presentation and introduce the key industry leaders who are driving this exciting new initiative. This FMI Happy Hour presentation begins around 6:00 pm.









Watch the official Touchy Feely trailer.

Washington incentive feature film, Touchy Feely is now available On Demand via your local cable provider and on iTunesTouchy Feely is directed by Lynn Shelton and shot around Seattle last year. The film premiered at Sundance 2013 and stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Josh Pais, and Ellen Page.Touchy Feely is distributed by Magnolia Pictures and available in theaters beginning September 6.

Lucky Them to premiere at TIFF 2013.

Washington incentive feature film, Lucky Them will premiere at theToronto International Film Festival on September 6. Lucky Them is directed by Megan Griffiths and stars Toni Colette, Thomas Haden Church, and Oliver Platt. The film shot in Seattle and surrounding areas earlier this year and tells the story of a rock journalist (Collette) who is given the impossible assignment to hunt down a long-unseen, revered local musician. She is joined on the road by a music-hating, aspiring documentarian (Church) in this edgy comedy.




WF has received many inquiries as to when we will begin accepting applications for the Filmworks Innovation Lab again. We are currently working with the filmmakers from the inaugural cycles to help them complete principal photography and simultaneously evaluating the pilot program. Head over to the WF blog, where we’ve shared a look back at the first year of the Lab. You’ll also find a short film from the Seattle Channel on the making of Box Walk, the first Innovation Lab project to go into production and be completed. 

Clearwater in production. Photo courtesy of Melissa Woodrow.

People of the Salish Sea is the first documentary-based project to receive funding assistance through any of WF’s programs. The interactive project is made up of new media, including underwater mapping, online environments documenting the Canoe Journey, and community-produced storytelling. At the center of this project is Clearwater, a feature length documentary about the tribal peoples of the Salish Sea. The team behind Clearwater recently documented the 2013 Paddle to QuinaltThe Canoe Journey creates opportunities for tribal members to re-learn, strengthen and reinforce their canoe traditions. As many as 90 US tribes participate, as well as Canadian First Nations and New Zealand tribes. Watch for upcoming “production diaries” on our blog.


Watch the Rocketmen Kickstarter campaign “thank you” video.


Congratulations to Rocketmen the webseries! This web serial is part drama and discussion of “jobs programs,” part comedy, and certainly a deranged adventure. Rocketmen has already completed their pilot episode. The project also successfully raised more than $33,000 for production costs for future episodes through a Kickstarter campaign.



Filmmaker Lacey Leavitt. Photo courtesy of Seattle Mag / Hayley Young.


Filmmaker Lacey Leavitt was recently honored with the 2013 Spotlight Award from Seattle Magazine. As a recipient of funding assistance through the Innovation Cycle of the Lab, Leavitt will write and direct a web series with transmedia elements known as Emerald City. The project is a neo-noir retelling of The Wizard of Oz, inspired in part by Seattle’s Gas Works Park and set in the Emerald City. Leavitt is no stranger to the Filmworks family, having co-produced Washington incentive filmsLaggiesTouchy FeelyLucky Them, and Safety Not Guaranteed.







WF uses our blog to share information about our programs and incentive projects, to announce film events and happenings statewide, and to discuss industry trends and the business of film. Check some of these posts from August and be sure to subscribe to receive future posts via email.


Tony Doupe Talks the Business and Politics of Art – Local actor, Tony Doupé shares his insights about growing the local film industry by encouraging mentoring, and promoting local filmmakers and businesses.


Making a Living in Film – The Seattle Office of Film + Music released an infographic, illustrating how one local director builds their career through a versatile and creative approach to filmmaking. The infographic echoes WF’s findings.


Destination Washington – In 2012 WF launched a Location of the Month newsletter to showcase the range of unique looks and resources in jurisdictions around Washington. Take a virtual tour of the state.


Classifying Freelance Labor – WF shares a letter to production companies and producers from IATSE Local 488. The union published the letter in Media Inc. to address the practice of misclassifying freelance labor as independent contractors.