The Washington Filmworks Board of Directors recently approved funding assistance for one feature film. The project is slated to go into production this fall in the Puget Sound area. Since 2007, WF has approved 89 projects through the standard program, representing an estimated $213 million dollar economic impact statewide.
WF is also pleased to announce that the Board has approved five new Innovation Lab projects, bringing the total to ten projects approved through this program since 2012.
WF is still accepting applications for the standard program for this year. Please contact staff at (206) 264-0667 with inquiries or go towww.WashingtonFilmworks.org for more information.
WF APPROVES 5 INNOVATION LAB PROJECTS
Our wonderful Lab Jury helped announce the results at SIFF. A very special thanks to (L to R) Matt Vancil, Jane Charles, Kraig Baker, & Scott Macklin.
On June 8, WF announced the recipients of funding assistance from the Innovation Cycle of our Innovation Lab. Project evaluations and funding recommendations were steered by a jury of industry experts. The Board of Directors committed $175,000 to five Washington filmmakers who are pushing the boundaries of storytelling. The program, which is part of a long term economic development strategy, is designed to invest in the future of film by tapping into Washington’s creative community and encouraging original storytelling that capitalizes on new forms of production and technology. The Board may allocate up to $350,000 per year in funding assistance to support local filmmakers and the motion picture production components of groundbreaking projects that apply to the Innovation Lab.
Emerald City – Lacey Leavitt (Writer/Director) and Eric Stalzer (Co-Writer)
Rocketmen – Alycia Delmore (Producer/Actor) and Webster Crowell (Writer/Director)
The Maury Island Incident – Steve Edmiston (Writer/Producer) and Scott Schaefer (Director/Co-Producer)
People of the Salish Sea – Tracy Rector (Producer/Director) and Lou Karsen (Producer/Co-Director)
Science-Trak – Kevin Maude (Executive Producer) and Graeme Lowry (Producer)
Learn more about the Innovation Lab and these five projects here.
WF INCENTIVE FILMS NOW AVAILABLE
Summer is production season in Washington State and many incentive films are gearing up to film. Be sure to take a little time to catch some of these past incentive feature films online, on demand, or on television through your local cable provider.
Eden – Directed by Megan Griffiths, this incentive feature shot in areas such as Ellensburg and Moses Lake in 2011. Eden is inspired by the harrowing true story of Chong Kim. The film shines a light on the dark world of sex trafficking and won several awards on the film festival circuit, including the Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival. It’s available online, on cable, and VOD from a number of sources. It’s also available on DVD under the title “Abduction of Eden.”
Touchy Feely – Mark your calendars! Incentive film Touchy Feely, directed by Lynn Shelton, is available later this summer in theaters, online, and on VOD. The film is distributed by Magnolia Pictures and stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Josh Pais, Ellen Page, Scoot McNairy, Allison Janney and Ron Livingston. Touchy Feely filmed in Seattle in 2012 and follows a family whose delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels. Watch for it online August 1 and in theaters on September 6. In the mean time, be sure to catch the trailer.
21 & Over – After spending the spring in theaters, incentive film 21 & Over is now available via VOD, streaming online, and on DVD. This madcap comedy was written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the team that wrote The Hangover. The film follows a straight laced college student who cuts loose on the night before a crucial medical school interview after his two best friends convince him to celebrate his 21st birthday in style. 21 & Over shot in Seattle in 2011 and features the University of Washington campus and surrounding areas. See it on cable, or watch online and VOD.
JOIN WF AT FMI HAPPY HOUR
Music is a real job. It’s also tremendously connected to film. This month’s Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour is tomorrow, Wednesday, June 26. James Keblas Director of Seattle’s Office of Film + Music, will walk the audience through a soon to be published infographic illustrating how three Seattle musicians from diverse genres are making a living on music alone. This revealing presentation categorizes a musician’s revenue potential into six areas and shows how the percentages change depending on your style of music, ranging from hip-hop to rock to classical. If you’re a musician on the make, this presentation will help you better understand how to leave that part-time barista job and make the leap to full-time musicianship.
Join us Spitfire in Belltown from 5 to 7 p.m. for this presentation and more. Please mark your calendars for FMI, invite a friend, and join others at this great networking event.