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Women In Film at 16th Annual Whistler Film Festival!

press_scottcapestany_mediaincmagazineAs the 16th annual Whistler Film Festival kicks off this weekend high in the Canadian Mountains, MEDIA INC MAGAZINE continues their coverage and support of #WomenInFilm who’s creative vision behind the camera gives hope and inspiration to the next generation and of younger feamale filmmakers.

“With 15 feature films in our lineup directed by women and over half of the participants in our talent programs being women, the Whistler Film Festival is committed to ensuring that their stories have the best opportunity for success.”, said Co-Founder and Festival Executive Director Shauna Hardy Mishaw.   “The industry is calling for change and WFF is behind the movement to ensure that it happens. This year, we’re putting women at the top of our agenda and our mountain.”

Media Inc Magazine is proud to introduce each of these women and thier spectacular works of art as a collective celebration of thier hard work and passion to level the playing field with the boys enhancing gender equality in the workplace.  Now let’s meet this years WFF Women In Film! (Not in any specific order)

The Will to Fly – Australia | 95min | Canadian Premiere | 2016 | English | English Sub.
Screening Times:  Dec 3rd @5pm and Dec 4th @ 3:30pm – Maury Young Arts Centere
**Media Inc’s #1 Documentary Pick! **
An extraordinary sports biography of Australian Olympic ski jumper Lydia Lassila as she trains to become the first woman to ever successfully complete a quadruple, twisting triple somersault jump, a move that combines skiing prowess and gymnastic ability. This Film is a story about resilience, dreams and fulling one’s destiny in life!  *Sports Documentary and Women Empoerment *
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Thee Death (and life) of Carl Narrdlinger – Canada | 92min | World Premiere | 2016 | English
Writer / Directer: Katherine Schlemmer
One of Five films selected by Telecanada for funding ($100,000).  A very original comedy about a double Doppelganger. Police come to the door looking for a man with the same oddball name as our hero, only to discover that the man has a brother who is his identical twin.
Shades of Winter: Between
Austria | 96min | Canadian Premiere | 2016 | English | English Sub.
December 4th – 6:30pm and 9:30pm – Rainbow Theater
*Women Empowerment and Sports Documentary*
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Austrian filmmaker and extreme sports enthusiast Sandra Lahnsteiner takes us on a global celebration of female athleticism as we travel from New Zealand to Austria, through Canada searching for the biggest waves and the best ski runs for her merry band of all-female adventure-seekers to conquer. Beautifully shot and duly inspiring for thrill seekers.
Hunting Pignut – Canada | 95min | Western Canadian Premiere | 2016 | English
Writer/Director: Martine Blue
Bernice, a 15 year old misfit runs away from her rural Newfoundland community in search of Pignut, a tormented and violent gutter punk, after he steals her father’s ashes right out of his urn.

Before the Streets – Canada | 97min | Western Canadian Premiere | 2016 | Atikamekw | English Sub.
Saturday Dec 3rd 8:30pm – Village 8 Cinema
Writer/Director:  Chloe Leriche
This film celebrates a revival of native culture and its traditions, as embodied by the very actors who participated in the film. The first dramatic feature shot in the native language of atikamekw, the film boasts a cast composed almost entirely of non-professionals living and working in the villages where the film was shot. The story takes place in Manawan, the First Nations reserve on the south-western shores of Lake Métabeskéga in the Lanaudière region of Quebec, Canada.
The Space Between – Canada | 90min | Western Canadian Premiere | 2016 | English
Writer/Director: Amy Jo Johnson
December 4th 10:30am – Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Center
**Media Inc Magazine TOP Comedy pick **
Amy Jo Johnson (Felicity and MM Power Rangers) presents her directorial debut heartfelt comedy feature film about a proud new father who learns that his wife took his infertility into her own hands with a 19-year old university student and sets out on a journey to find the biological baby-daddy.  Brilliant cast including Michael Ironside (Top Gun), Julia Sarah Stone, David Peatkau (FlashPoint TV Series and Crimminal Minds) and Sonya Salomma (Flashpoint TV Series).  EPIC soundtrack including three songs written and performed by Canadian Award Nominated Lead actor Michael Cram.
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The Sun at Midnight – Canada | 93min | Western Canadian Premiere | 2016 | English
Writer/Director: Kirsten Carthew
The adventure/drama tells the story of Lia, a troubled teenager from Montreal who is sent to live with her grandmother in Ft. McPherson. Desperate to get back to the city, she flees into the wilderness and finds a world of danger and vulnerability. She meets Alfred, a caribou tracker, who reluctantly takes her under his wing. When Alfred is severely wounded in a bear attack, their roles reverse and Lia must fight to save both their lives.
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Actress Devery Jacobs as LIA – The Sun at Midnight

Anatomy of Violence – Canada – 93min – Western Canada Premier – Hindi – English Sub

Director:  Deepa Mehta

Trailer HERE

Deepa Mehta takes an innovative docudrama approach to analyzing the rape culture that exists in India. She specifically workshopped six character backgrounds to depict the infamous rapists of a young woman on a decommissioned bus. Grinding poverty, deep-rooted misogyny and a sense of male entitlement are explored to great effect.

Broken – Canada – 68min – Western World Premier – English

Director: Lynne Spencer

Ballet BC’s prima ballerina Simone Orlando overcomes a career threatening injury in this intimate portrait of what happens to an artist (or athlete) who has devoted their life to a single pursuit when personal injury threatens that very way of life. Orlando is now CEO of Ballet Kelowna.

Sled Dogs – Canada – 82min – World Premier – English

Director: Fern Levitt

A provoking expose of the cruelty to dogs that permeates the commercial dog sled operations that supply sled dogs for such famous races as the Iditarod in Alaska. The film addresses the sled dog cull that occurred in Whistler and the attempts by locals to run an ethical puppy farm in its stead.

Melody Makers: Should’ve Been There
Director: Leslie Ann Cole
Canada | 95min | World Documentary Premiere | 2016 | English
A behind the scenes peek at all the rock ‘n roll legends of the 70s, as director Leslie Ann Coles guides us through the ribald history of the influential British rock magazine Melody Makers, featuring unseen photographs of all the greats by Barrie Wentzell.
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From the Land of the Moon
Director: Nicole Garcia
France, Belgium | 121min | Western Canadian Premiere | 2016 | French | English Sub.
Marion Cotillard is mesmerizing in her role as a small-town girl who refuses to accept a loveless marriage and is treated as having a mental illness because she dares to hold out hope for true love, which she finds in the form of a young injured veteran. Subtitled.

Going Furthur
Director: Lindsay Kent
Canada, United States | 99min | Canadian Premiere | 2016 | English
December 4th – 9pm – Meury Young Arts Centre
The psychedelic counterculture movement is alive and well today. Fifty years after Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters’ first acid-laced bus trip, his son Zane has taken his Dad’s bus on a 15,000 mile, 75 day tour of music festivals, tribal gatherings, and happenings, man. Enjoy the trip!

Below Her Mouth
Writer/Director: April Mullen

Canada | 92min | British Columbia Premiere | 2016 | EnglishDecember 4th – 10:15pm – Village 8 Cinema

A woman who is engaged to be married succumbs to the lesbian advances of an attractive roofer, and her life is turned upside down with newfound desire. A very adult film with the rare distinction of having been made by an all-female crew. April Mullen directs.

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Whistler Film Festival primed for EPIC winter showcase!

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Scott A. Capestany Editor In Chief

Whistler, BC – Winter 2016

The 16th Annual Whistler Film Festival (WFF) will kick offs this week welcoming cinema fans and filmmaker creatives  to the winter wonderland playground of Whistler Blackcomb Resort packed with new films, VIP guests,  panel discussions and industry events. The Whistler Film Festival will feature an international  film competition with a industry summit of events devoted to the collaborative process of movie making in the 21st century digital age.

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WFF combines an esteemed film competition with an intimate industry Summit that in 2015 attracted 13,332 attendees including 855 industry delegates. To recognize the vitality of the art form, WFF 2016 will feature ten juried competitive sections with 15 awards and one audience award selected from up to 1,000 submissions. Approximately 90 films from Canada and around the world (including 45 features and 45 shorts) will be presented.

Oscar-winning filmmaker John Madden is poised to receive the Maverick Award for directing during the festival.  His recognition takes place as he brings his latest film, Miss Sloane, starring Jessica Chastain, to the festival.  Madden is best known for his 1999 best picture Oscar winner Shakespeare in Love.

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Director John Madden

Madden will join a talent lineup in Whistler that includes Alan Thicke, who is bringing his latest movie, It’s Not My Fault and I Don’t Care Anyway; Middle Man’s Jim O’Heir; Amy Jo Johnson, director of The Space Between; and Menorca star Tammy Gillis.

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Oscars Best Picture favorite this year La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, will open the Festival on November 30th.

Over the years, WFF has established an impressive track record for launching new films and filmmakers, and has earned a reputation as a ‘filmmakers festival’ through its coveted competitions and non-competitive sections that celebrate the best in independent Canadian and world cinema. Did you know that WFF features the second largest cash and commission festival prize for a Canadian film in the country? Over $150,000 in Cash and prizes will go out in 2016!

The Whistler Film Festival has been recognized as ‘Canada’s coolest film festival’, ‘one of the top 30 film festivals in the world’ by Variety, ‘Whistler’s Best Arts & Cultural Event of 2013 & 2014’ by Whistler’s Pique News magazine, and is consistently rated as one of the top film festivals in the country by film fans and filmmakers alike.

WFF’s full schedule and guest lineup are now available at whistlerfilmfestival.com. Festival’s online box office at TICKETS and PASSES is now open for VIP patron passes, industry passes, ticket packages, and festival credentials.  The festival box office is now open for phone sales (1-877-838-FILM) and on Nov. 25 for walk-up sales.

Media Inc Magazine is honored to partner with one of Whistler’s leading hotel properties The Aava Whistler Hotel  during the 2016 Whistler Film Festival this year.  We are honored to have them host our Whistler Filmmaker reception Friday night.  The Aava has received a certificate of excellence from TRIP ADVISOR and voted by ‘real people’ as a top destination hotel at Whistler for from 2012-2016.  Guests of the Hotel have access to their complimentary GoPro Hero 4 HD cameras to capture their holiday on video and images while in Whistler.

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Filmmakers with festival badges and their guests can RSVP HERE.  ** Limited Capacity **

Event is presented by WHISTLER BREWING ,  WHISTLER BUNGEE and Canadian Wilderness Adventures.  Come enjoy some ice cold Canadian Beer, win some door prizes  and view some of the #WFF2016 Trailers!  Follow us on Twitter @MediaInMag for daily details on #WFF2016 and their high altitude events!

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The Aava Whistler Hotel

The US Dollar is the strongest it’s been in over a decade meaning American’s visiting Canada can experience awesome savings!  Check out the current EXCHANGE RATE courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS NHL HOCKEY!

If you are planning on heading up to the film festival early, might consider attending the Tuesday November 29th home hockey game at ROGERS ARENA in downtown Vancouver.  We had the opportunity to take a full tour of the facility and took in two very exciting overtime hockey games!  The experience was one of the most impress professional sporting events we’ve ever attended. Tickets can be purchased here Vancouver CANUCKS.  Heading back from Whistler, you also could catch legendary multi-platinum, Grammy® Award Winning-music icon STEVIE NICKS December 9th.

The Whistler Film Festival and Summit are supported by Telefilm Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, funded by the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification, and is sponsored by Creative BC, Variety, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Cineplex, Tourism Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb, Gibbons Whistler and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.

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Seattle Shorts Film Festival a Fall spectacle this year!

press_scottcapestany_mediaincmagazineBy Scott A. Capestany – Editor-In-Chief

This years 2016 sixth annual Seattle Shorts Film Festival presented by Media Inc Magazine recently wrapped up after three solid days of impressive screenings, panels, parties and awards.  With exciting plans for 2017 already now confirmed, this year marked the final year for the festival hosting their venue at the SIFF Film center.   For 2017, plans to move the festival to the larger multi-screen SIFF UPTOWN theater already has Executive Director/Found Daniel Hoyas excited. “We’re so grateful to have completed a great six year run at SIFF Film center with a one of our busiest festivals to date this year.” Said Hoyas.  Now moving our festival to the Uptown in 2017, we’ll be able to screen more films, host more events and screen more films in the future.”

Special VIP guests this year included FATIMA PTACEKfatima-and-brenden-1 best known as the voice for Nickelodeon’s Dora The Explorer.   Her brilliant performance in the 2014 film short ‘Curfew’ earned the film an Academy Award Oscar win for best short in 2012.  The feature length adaptation ‘Before I disappear’ was this weekends  opening night film which drew a fully packed house followed by a Q&A by both her and producer BRENDEN HUBBARD.   “It was such a great experience attending Seattle Shorts Film Festival where I was able to connect with wonderful independent filmmakers and Washington-based actors who are so passionate about their craft.” Said Ptacek.  “We bonded over our love of storytelling and shared lots of laughs. I really enjoyed visiting Seattle and my visit to the Seattle Space Needle was especially memorable.”

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King 5 Morning news broadcast. Executive Director/Founder of SSFF Daniel Hoyos (L) and Editor-In-Chief Scott A. Capestany (R) Watch clip here:  KING5

Founder and Executive Director DANIEL HOYOS, who has been the mastermind behind the evolution and growth of the festival over the years, sat down with Media Inc Magazine to share more about his endeavor.

Media Inc: Congratulations on another great year!  How many submissions did you have this year that made up the final 48 films?

DH: This year we had around 1300 submissions from all over the world that also included over 35 filmmakers in attendance.

MI: Tell us more about your 2017 approval by The Seattle International Film Festival partnership you have moving your festival to the uptown theater next year.

DH:  We have been strategically working with SIFF over the years in preparation to move our festival from the Film Center to the Uptown theater.  Turns out 2017 will usher in a new looks and feel our festival.  The move will expand our operational space to multiple theater screens and give filmmakers a wonderful theater venue to showcase their films in.

MI: Where can filmmakers submit for 2017?

DH:  Filmmakers can submit via Without A Box, Film Freeway and also directly on our website. www.seattleshorts.org  Filmmakers registered at an accredited college can submit for as little as $10 while other filmmakers submit throughout the year between $20-35 depending on the month they submit leading up to festival.  We also pride ourselves on keeping our submission fees very low compared to other festivals encouraging more people to explore our festival.    Submission can be made here begining NOW for 2017!  SSFF 2017 Submissions

MI: Tell us how your programming selection process works.

DH:  As submissions come in, we have a team of around 15 screeners throughout the year watch our films and suggest films to both myself and festival coordinator Marissa Huntley for final decision to be included.  Our screening blocks this year allowed for us to showcase films from a diverse group of filmmakers from a variety of genres.  These blocks included “Women In Film” (Women Directors/Leads), Musical Cinema” (Music Videos), Raising Awareness” (Global issues), “Made in Washington” (Locally produced films from WA State) and a few other blocks that featured films of highly impressive cinematic art. 

MI: Tell about other activities filmmakers can expect while attending your film festival.

DH:  This year we hosted a Saturday night Dance party for filmmakers, an opening night feature film that was based on the 2012 Academy Award Winning short ‘Curfew’ called ‘Before I disappear’ that included a Q&A with celebrity guest Fatima Ptacek and a few industry panels.

MI:  What kind of awards and door prizes do filmmakers receive from the Seattle Shorts Film festival .

DH:  All of our winners receive very unique and special ‘etched in glass’ award trophies.  We were very grateful to partner with the Youth Actor Theater Camp this year in which we nominated four young bright actors Rachelle Henry, Belle Shouse, Hannah Ord, and Connor Muhl to be eligible for a tuition free scholarship to attend the Winter 7 day or Summer 11 day camps.  Local Actress RACHELLE HENRY won the award this year.   Filmmakers were given discounts or a variety of activities, transportation and food offerings close to the festival that included partnerships with LYFT (car rides) and our hotel sponsors THE MARQUEEN and MEDITERRANEAN INN

One of the biggest highlights and moving events was the Youth Talent panel hosted by SAG-AFTRA Seattle Actress ASHLEY CORZINE. The panel featured both local Pacific Northwest Guests Rachelle Henry and CONNOR MUHL and special Hollywood guests Fatima Ptacek and star of ABC TV Series Blackish MARSAI MARTIN.  Martin, only 12 years old, empowered the crowd and brought tears to many with her heart felt talk on equality and what it means to be an actor in the industry.  “I want to be known as  strong person, not just a little black girl in the business”, She said.

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L-R Ashley Corzine, Rachelle Henry, Marsai Martin and Fatima Ptacek

Award Winning Seattle Actor and filmmakers Rachelle Henry had this to say about the festival this year; “I had a wonderful time at Seattle Shorts Film Festival getting to support two films I’m in and asked to be on the Breaking Into The Business: Young Actors panel.  I met some amazing filmmakers! It was so exciting to have “Creased” be chosen for the Grand Jury Award. A highlight for me personally. Most importantly honored and grateful to have been chosen to receive a scholarship to YATC! Special thanks to Shawn Ryan, John Ainsworth, Young Actors Theater Camp and Seattle Shorts Film Festival for this honor!”

Winners of the 2016 Seattle Shorts Film Festival:

Grand Jury Prize – Creased – Directed By Jade Justad
Best Director-Last Night in Edinburgh – Directed By Bita Shafipour
Best Actor – Kristoffer Polaha (Frontman AFI Thesis Film)
Best New Talent – Alexandra Turshen (Behind the Wall)
Best Cinematograhy – Vemon Thearpy 
Best College Student Short – Bunee: The Boy Constanta
Best Animation – The Wishgranter
Best Documentary –  Bunee: The Boy Constanta
Best Music Video – Cupido

 

 

 

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Filmmaker Tracy Rector Speaks out for Indigenous people

Originally posted by THE STRANGER on Oct 31, 2016

Guest Editorial: Standing Rock Is a Wake-Up Call to All Americans

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Right now, corporations threaten the lifeblood of Mother Earth. There are thousands of water protectors mobilized against the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) in Cannonball, ND, on the traditional territories of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, guaranteed to the Tribe in the 1851 and 1868 treaties with the US government. The activists at Standing Rock are not only concerned with protecting their sovereign rights, history, and land; they’re fighting for the health of the land and water for millions of US citizens along the Missouri River.

Frankly, they’re gifting Americans with an opportunity to critically analyze the state of our so-called democracy. Their resistance is a wake-up call. We are living in a time of great change and tribal prophecies have foreshadowed what’s to come.

My work as an artist and activist responds to the pervasive colonizer mentalities of racism, entitlement, misogyny, and domination plaguing this country. Native history is everyone’s history, here on the territories now called the United States of America. We Native people are still here on the land of our ancestors despite the calculated genocide of our relatives. Our life experiences are a strength that we can draw upon in times of need. Our people are superheroes poised to shake our collective sleepy psyches awake. It’s not just brown and black bodies these corporate psychopaths are sacrificing for blood money—it’s everyone.

Indigenous people all around the world have been facing environmental genocide for centuries. Colonial corporate greed permeates the air we breathe. But Energy Transfer Partners’ BLACK SNAKE (DAPL) should concern us all. Their investors and shareholders are raping the lands and poisoning the waters that nurture everyone’s lives. Chemicals released into the environment as the result of domestic oil and natural gas production can damage our reproductive health. Our future generations are facing genocide before they are even born.

Mainstream media often ignores the pattern of numerous pipelines that have leaked, spilled and broken as our capacity for domestic oil production continues to grow. The most recent spill happened just last week in Cushing, Oklahoma, when a section of one of the biggest pipelines in the country burst. On October 20, 55,000 gallons of gasoline spilled into a tributary of Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River, and just a month before that, another pipeline ruptured and dumped 250,000 gallons of gasoline in rural Alabama. On October 13, the Heiltsuk First Nation characterized the oil spill just north of Vancouver Island as an “environmental disaster” to their clam beds. With these clear patterns of corporate pipelines failing, it’s not a matter of IF the Dakota Access Pipeline will break. It’s WHEN.

The way we treat the earth is inseparable from how our society treats women. Rapists rape because they feel entitled to do so, because they’re abetted by cultures that systematically dehumanize certain bodies and lands. But what if we re-educated all Americans to feel empowered and proud to protect Mother Earth? What if we prioritized healing the bodies of water and land over buying a new car every year, or created a culture that values sustainable practices? What if the majority of Super Bowl commercials made it feel exciting to be environmental stewards?!?!

This is why Natives and non-Natives alike must honor the sacrifices being made by the water protectors resisting another dangerous pipeline project. Let’s hold one another accountable for the waste of precious resources. Let’s nurture our children’s natural love for Mother Earth and reward them for being good stewards of the land. Our strength comes from protecting, not raping.

If you strip away the illusions of consumption and capitalism, you will realize that there is a connection to the earth that cannot be severed or ignored. Your bloodline is your heritage and your ancestry — the future generations, your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and all your relatives throughout history and the natural world. To stand up for what is right and to be a true warrior is about the importance of honoring the water ways, the lifeblood of Mother Earth, and the presence of our ancestors in every molecule and particle surrounding us today.

My final thoughts come directly from the woman who initiated the stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Ladonna Bravebull Allard, who founded Sacred Stone Camp, says: “How can we stand in the face of violence? Because I was born to this land, because the roots grow out of my feet, because I love this land and I honor the water. Have we not learned from history? I pray for each of the people who stand up. We cannot live like this anymore. It has to stop—my grandchildren have a right to live. The world has a right to live. The water, the life blood of the world, has a right to live. Mni Wiconi, Water of Life. Pray for the water, pray for the people.”

Warriors on the front lines are standing for land and life, not only for the sacred water here, but for water across the globe. One day, when this is over and we win this fight, I want my grandchildren to be able to say, “My grandmother fought for me so I could be here today.”

Tracy Rector is a mixed race Choctaw/Seminole curator and filmmaker, a co-founder of Longhouse Media, and serves as a Seattle Arts Commissioner. Rector has made 360 short films, is currently in production of her third feature documentary, CLEARWATER, and has most recently curated BLOODLINES, featuring contemporary works by Indigenous artists on the significance of ancestry, identity, and political action at Bridge Productions.

 

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INDIEFLIX CEO Scilla Andreen – Community engagement

Raising Awareness without spreading Fear

By Scilla Andreen – CEO/Co-Founder of INDIEFLIX

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I want to help. I think we all do, we just need a

clear path to follow. But how do we raise awareness to formulate a plan of action without spreading fear?

How do we respond to homelessness, global warming, mass shootings etc.? I feel completely out of my wheelhouse. I’m at a loss of how to approach the situation. It’s just so big. Thank goodness there are amazing organizations working tirelessly to address so many of these issues but I don’t even know how to begin the vetting process to identify which organizations to support.

The steady stream of negative images and overwhelming numbers bombarding us at lightening speed is paralyzing. We live in survival mode. My silver-lining syndrome is greatly challenged.

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I think we can start by paying more attention to our immediate community. Let’s figure out how to really be there for each other. Let’s put our phones down and look up into each other’s eyes. We need a closer look and a long term fix.

Technology has got to play key a role. Let’s celebrate the positive and acknowledge, even pay tribute to the incredible and often invisible people who shape our lives. Let’s get to know each other; perhaps we might notice when someone is going off the deep-end. We need to talk to each other and share our stories, the good stuff, the mundane and the tough stuff. We need to listen. Ideas will percolate and maybe, just maybe an actionable plan will emerge.

I think about the work we do at the IndieFlix Foundation. We support stories mostly in the film and VR medium to start conversations that turn into movements. The Foundation works closely with the IndieFlix Corporation to access the globe and as a result the response has been incredible. Students, families and educators share how our work has helped to save lives, transform communities and empower women all over the world. I am proud of this work, our team, our partners and the incredibly talented women and men we work with every day but there’s got to be more we can do? Whatever it is I know for sure we have to do it together.

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My mother used to say, “after me you come first” I used to think she was so selfish but now that I’m the adult, I understand. It’s the same premise as, put your oxygen mask on first and then your child. If we don’t take care of ourselves how can we take care of each other? And if we can’t take care of each other how will we be able to spot when someone is in distress? How can we make the world safer? Perhaps by being the best living, breathing, role models every day; maybe that will create a halo effect. It’s a start.

Sharing thoughts from 38k feet

Scilla will be a featured speaker at the 2016 SEATTLE INTERACTIVE CONFERENCE Oct 18-19, 2016.  This a is ‘Must Attend’ Seattle event for those engaged in the creative, tech and business communities.

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Scilla Andreen, mother, filmmaker, CEO & Co-Founder IndieFlix, Founder IndieFlix Foundation, Executive Producer Empowerment Project, Screenagers, Angst, Speaker SIC16

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SIFF Chief Curator and Festival Director Carl Spence Steps down

 

SEATTLE – October 4, 2016 – SIFF announced today that Carl Spence will begin transitioning out of his role as Chief Curator and Festival Director.  He will continue to serve SIFF in an advisory capacity through Spring 2017.
Spence began his career at SIFF in 1994, helping SIFF co-founders Darryl Macdonald and Dan Ireland grow the Festival to become one of the largest in North America.  For the past 13 years Spence has led the organization’s artistic and educational programs, first as SIFF’s Artistic Director and then more recently as its Chief Curator and Festival Director.  Spence also held curatorial leadership positions at the Palm Springs International Film Festival during this time and also helped launch the Orcas Island Film Festival in 2014.

“When I started at SIFF in 1994 on a three-month contract for the Festival’s 20th anniversary edition, I had no idea that it would turn into a journey of more than two decades,” said Spence.  “I’m so proud of the work we’ve done together, transforming SIFF from a single major annual event into a vibrant year-round arts organization.  I salute my colleagues at SIFF for their unwavering dedication to this aim and most importantly to the thousands of artists involved in the craft of filmmaking along with our film partners who have helped me provide films and experiences to millions of film lovers in Seattle.”

Under Spence’s leadership, SIFF built its flagship film center under the shadow of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, saved and revived two historic neighborhood cinemas (SIFF Cinema Uptown in Queen Anne and SIFF Cinema Egyptian in Capitol Hill) and supported SIFF’s transition into a major arts and cultural force for all things film. His deep passion and love for film will be his most beloved legacy and lasting gift to the organization and Seattle.

“SIFF’s major expansion has occurred concurrently with Carl curating outstanding film-centered experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world, while also building a world class programming team with a depth and breadth that rivals that of the top festivals in the world,” said Brian LaMacchia, SIFF Board President.  “SIFF’s current success as a year-round film organization is due in large part to Carl’s passion and vision.”

Spence continued, “My career at SIFF has been filled with many exciting opportunities and it’s been a monumental journey to nurture and guide our exponential growth.  But it’s time to start my next story in the arts.  My favorite place in the world will continue to be the back of a completely full theatre as I watch an audience experiencing something awe-inspiring, funny, eye-opening, informative, and entertaining for the very first time.”

SIFF Festival Director of Programming Beth Barrett (Far left) has been appointed Interim Artistic Director. siff-leadership Barrett has worked for SIFF since 2003 and has been responsible for managing all aspects of film programming, the staff of film programmers, and securing films and guests for the Festival.  Barrett has also been instrumental in the programming and management of SIFF Cinema and SIFF’s other year-round programs.  An aficionado of short films, she helped secure SIFF’s status as an Academy Award® qualifying festival in 2008.

Over the past year the SIFF Board has been conducting a search for a new Executive Director, and hopes to announce one shortly.  SIFF is committed to continuing Spence’s progress finding new ways to bring extraordinary films from around the world to SIFF in Greater Seattle and beyond.

 Spence was instrumental in leading SIFF’s transformation from annual film festival to vibrant year-round arts organization

About SIFF
Founded in 1976, SIFF creates experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world with the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education.  Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States, reaching more than 150,000 annually.  The 25-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging and eclectic programming, presenting over 450 features, short films, and documentaries from over 80 countries each year.  The 43rd annual Seattle International Film Festival will be held May 18 through June 11, 2017.  SIFF Cinema exhibits premier theatrical engagements, repertory, classic, and revival film showings 365 days a year on five screens at the SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, and SIFF Film Center, reaching more than 175,000 attendees annually.  SIFF Education offers educational programs for all audiences more than 13,000 students and youth in the community with free programs each year.

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ORCAS ISLAND Film Festival kicks off Oct 7-10!

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The 3rd Annual ORCAS ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL kicks off this weekend in WA State’s San Juan Islands!  This 4 day spectacle will feature some of the most impressive Indie films on the circuit including a lineup of over 30 stellar and intriguing films from regional and international filmmakers.  OIFF is sponsored by Orcas Open Arts and the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF).  SIFF is recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America.

The OIFF features a selection of critically acclaimed films and audience favorites direct from their debut at the world’s greatest film festivals, including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Telluride, Toronto, New York and Seattle.  Many of these films are bound to be award contenders at the Oscars as they show up in cinemas this fall and over the Thanksgiving and Christmas movie-going season. The Orcas Island film festival provides an intimate and arts-rich setting in which these films can be seen  before their official theatrical release.

Located in the tiny village of Eastsound on Orcas Island,  the festival can be reached only by sea, air or boat.  Taking the Antecortes ferry (1.5 hours North of Seattle) directly to the island is the best this time of year.  The ferry ride in the Fall is well worth the trip with all the vibrant Autumn colors seen along the way.

OIFF each year donates three (3) $3500 grants to filmmakers as part of a unique filmmaker event to shoot a short film in San Juan county in the Spring/Summer before their Fall festival.  Grant winners films will be juried by the audience and the winner will have the honor of having their film screened in the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival in May.

Opening night gala begins Friday at the ORCAS CENTER @5:30pm.

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Director Jean-Marc Vallee

This years festival will again feature a STAR studded line-up of Award Winning Producers, Directors, Writers and Actors from highly acclaimed films.  Canadian Director Jean-Marc Vallet will be in attendance for a Q&A following some of his recent work.  His most notable films include DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (Starring Award Winning Actors Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey) and also Directed WILD (Starring Award Winning Actress Reese Witherspoon).

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Matthew McConaughey (left) and Jared Leto (right)

Reese Witherspoon (left) and director Jean-Marc Vallee (right) filming on location for WILD.

Reese Witherspoon (left) and director Jean-Marc Vallee (right) filming on location for WILD.

Here’s the FULL SCHEDULE AND TICKETS for this years festival!

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Orcas Open Arts has supported arts education on Orcas Island for over a decade and is the host of the the OIFF.  Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the worlds largest and longest running International film festival in the world and leading 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization in our region.  SIFF reaches over 250,000 annually with both SIFF Cinema and SIFF Education.

For OIFF  Press inquiries, contact sara@orcasfilmfest.com

Website:    www.orcasislandfilmfest.com

TWITTER: @OrcasFilmFest

 

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Portland Film Festival ushers in cinematic spectacle.

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The Portland Film Festival 2016 delivered an impressive eight day showcase of independent films that came in from all four corners of the globe.  Completing only their fourth year and already making headlines as a nationally recognized  festival (TOP Festival to attend by MovieMaker Magazine), we got the chance to sit down with founder/executive director Josh Leake to share with us his elaborate endeavor.

Founder and Executive Director Josh Leake

Founder and Executive Director Josh Leake

Q:  Tell us a bit about PDXFF.

A:  We launched PDXFF in 2013 and recently were told that our film festival feels like a festival that’s been around for many more years.  We are fortunate to have been voted as a TOP film festival to attend by the press this year which allowed for us to reach a much broader demographic of national and international filmmakers from our start-up years.  We’ve been grateful to have skipped our “terrible” two’s so to speak and present a festival that’s growing quite rapidly among Indie filmmakers from around the world.  In 2015, we have over 1500 industry people attend with hundreds of filmmakers in attendance.  this year we exceed both of those figures.  Opening night this year featured a speed networking event that brought in over 125 people from as far off as Australia that had the unique opportunity to meet with distributors, which is the primary goal for most filmmakers.

Q: Your volunteer team has been highly recognized as one of the biggest and most dynamic components of your festival.  Tell us about that.

A: One thing that makes our festival unique is that we are 100% volunteer driven.  That model really brings people that are dedicated and are committed that love film.

Q: Tell us about your opening night film VIP guests that attend from MIDDLE MAN.

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(R-L) Josh McDermitt, Jim O’Heir, Ned Crowley (Writer/Director) and Josh Leake @ Red Carpet Opening night premier

A: We were very grateful to have the Writer/Director Ned Crowley and his two lead actors JIM O’HEIR (Parks and Rec ) and JOSH McDERMITT (Walking Dead) join us during the entire film festival. Their attendance complimented our mission to bring recognizable names to our festival that support IndieFilm.

Q: What did you do differently this year than last year that helped your festival  model?

A:  In 2015, we were in over 15 venues around the city of Portland.  But this year we decided to consolidate our entire festival into one venue that would create a much more intimate connection with our filmmakers, guests and local businesses in one area of the city.  Logistically it turned out to be much more effective that lead to creating much more dynamic energy in a more controlled environment.  We learned that having multiple venues around the city seemed more fractured regarding energy and engagement. But this years model proved to be a true winner for us all around.

Q:   Tell us about your core leadership team and your programming. 

A:  We have over 20 staffers that help out with various aspects of our festival.  But one new addition that really complimented our programming goals this year was bringing on SMARTHOUSE CREATIVE Co-Founder, Seattle filmmaker, producer and festival guru BRAD WILKE. Brad has been one of the most valuable programmers at the Seattle International Film Festival for many years. His programming team received over 3800 submissions this year that resulted in one of the most impressive screening schedules of over 120 films from around the world that included 51% from Female Directors.  We also really pride our selves on being a ‘storysentric’ film festival that is not genre specific.     

Q: Tell us about your educational outreach program throughout the greater Portland area.

A: Last year we featured over 90 workshops, classes, panels and events at over 15 different venues that highlighted multiple aspects of the filmmaking and creative process.  Colleges we partner with each year include Clakamus Community College, Portland Art Institute and Portland State University to mention a few.  This year we scaled down the outreach to compliment our new intimate connective creative outreach model to less than 30.     

Media Inc highly recommends the PDXFF for emerging filmmakers to submit and and attend for 2017!

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(L-R) UK Award Winning filmmakers Rebecca Brand and DP Daniella Cesarei of Credible Likable Superstar Role Model documentary and Media Inc’s JESS

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www.portlandfilmfestival.com 

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LA Diversity Film Festival brings unique stories to screen from global filmmakers.

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Media Inc. Magazine recently caught up with one of LA’s newest Film Festival Director’s Hollis McLachlan from the Beverly Hills Four Seasons hotel to share with us her rapidly growing and distinguished endeavor, the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival.LADFF 1

Founded in 2013, this unique festival showcases films that are produced and directed by filmmakers whose voices authentically reflect marginalized groups in society. “Anyone and everyone who feels as though they’re on the outskirts of what is represented in our mainstream media, we welcome.” McLachlan said.  “When selecting films for our screenings, we look at issues like LGBT, race and religion, women filmmakers and groups that we feel are under-represented and need a bigger voice”.

Their non-profit 501c (3) festival ran three full days this July with plans to grow to five days in the summer of 2017 that could include national satellite events in other cities around the country. “We want to impact communities that might not know much about what or how diversity may look like from a cinematic point of view”, McLachlan added.  “A longer festival and more satellite events will allow filmmakers a much more fair and equitable opportunity on screen and networking with other filmmakers and the media.”LADFF 2

Having spent over ten years in the industry as an actor (currently an active SAG/AFTRA member) and educator, McLachlan’s time working with people has allowed her the skill set to understand the unique perspectives of creatives and connect them with others in the industry that often lead to empowering filmmakers to tell much more diverse and compelling multi-cultural stories.  “When it comes to Women in Film, there clearly is an in balance of female characters in films these days.” she says.  “One of the goals of LADFF is to help change that by bringing more films to screen that accurately and fairly represent our culture at large especially our female audiences world-wide.”

The LADFF accepts films of all genres and lengths including animation while each screener and programmer looks at each film with a very particular critical eye making sure the stories meet the festival commitment to showcase empowering and educational films from these unique groups within our culture.

Visit www.LADFF.com for upcoming 2017 submission dates and also follower her @LADFF and @HollisMcLachlan on Twitter.     

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Anne Marie Gillen joins MI as associate editor

Media Inc Magazine welcomes Award Winning Producer Anne Marie Gillen (Producers Guild of America) as Associate Editor to compliment the publications efforts of increasing its global  outreach and engagement  within the independent film arena.  She will help oversee coordinating National and International press, PR and industry event editorial coverage.

As former COO of Morgan Freeman’s production company ‘Revelation Entertainment’, Gillen’s work as a Producer, Consultant, Lecturer and Corporate/Executive Coach has spanned the elite levels of motion picture development and financing business for over 25 years.  Her work as Executive Producer on Universal Studios feature film ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ paved the way for  global box-office success grossing over $110M.  As an expert in film finance, distribution, digital media and film development, Gillen also brings a plethora of top tiered industry relationship to Media Inc Magazine’s network.  She is the co-author of the 3rd edition of The Producer’s Business Handbook – published by Focal Press and co-branded by Variety. Her second book The Business of Show Business for Creatives has also been published by Focal Press and co-branded by American Film Market (AFM). The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance®  She is the CEO and President of ‘The Gillen Group, LLC’ whom specializes in working with ‘IndieFilm’ producers realize their projects.  Anne Marie can be reached at  amgillen@gillengroupllc.com 

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