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Announcing The Northwest Filmmakers’ Expo

The Northwest Film Center has announced an innovative new addition to this year’s Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival. To complement the festival, the very first Northwest Filmmakers’ Expo will bring together buyers and users of filmmaking equipment and services with top regional and international vendors, offering a hands-on look at their latest technology and the multitude of filmmaking resources available. Already confirmed vendors include Canon, Zeiss, JVC, Panasonic and Sony, among many others. nwfilmmakers

While drawing heavily from film and video industry professionals, the Expo—built into the 42nd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival—will also feature many of the top creative agencies in the Northwest, making this Expo uniquely suited to the Portland creative film community.

The Expo will wrap up at 5pm, followed by the 42nd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival’s Opening Night program of short films, and then the Festival’s Opening Night Party with plenty of filmmakers, music, drinks and an out-of-jury premiere screening of Lower Boom’s Joan.

Event time and location:
November 12 – Thursday 10am-5pm
Fred & Suzanne Fields (aka Sunken) Ballroom – 1219 SW Park Ave.

Expo Admission is $10. Advance tickets here.

42nd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival Opening Night shorts program is $9. Opening Night screening + party is $15. Advance tickets here.

SHORT CUTS

These films, both shot in Washington State, will be featured as part of the Seattle Shorts Film Festival, running November 14-15.

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Even the Walls

A short documentary co-directed by Sarah Kuck and Saman Maydani, Even the Walls details the experiences of the residents of a public housing neighborhood grappling with the forces of redevelopment and gentrification.

Over the next few years, developers will be transitioning Yesler Terrace, one of Seattle’s poorest neighborhoods, to mixed-income, mixed-retail use, thereby destroying the tight-knit community that has formed there for more than seven decades. Even the Walls, which won the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Short Film at this year’s SIFF, explores the impact this is having on its residents.

“On a personal level, Saman and I created Even the Walls to explore our personal interests in home, culture and community,” explained Kuck. “Both being global nomads from birth (my father was in the U.S. military and Saman’s was in global development), we are deeply interested in what it means to belong. In Yesler Terrace, we were able to see the type of connectivity we had always been curious about. Although its networks had already been slowly dissolving (news of deconstruction were announced in 2006), we were still able to witness the relationships that make a neighborhood a community and a house a home.”New Image3

Kuck and Maydani used a series of personal vignettes to weave the film’s story, taking viewers inside the homes, experiences and memories of the residents themselves.

Even the Walls does not ask a slew of architects, builders, academics or public housing experts about Yesler Terrace and its ‘track record,’” said Kuck. “Instead it takes a more personal approach and speaks with the experts on Yesler Terrace and its efficacy: its community members. Those who know viscerally the reality of what will be lost and what we can gain by shifting our perspective from short-term financial gain to long-term prosperity for all members of our city’s communities.”

She added, “The film’s storyline focuses on personal stories, seeking to foster empathy over sympathy. It avoids divisive thinking and finger-pointing, and instead exemplifies the life experiences we all struggle with, the joys we’ve known, and the desire for home, safety and belonging we can all feel.”New Image2

The film, shot throughout 2014, was made possible in part by the Seedworks Foundation, which gifted the filmmakers with its initial funding of $25,000.

“Only partially funded, we moved forward with production because the deconstruction was happening quickly,” explained Kuck. “Between post-production and distribution, we started a Tilt Campaign (similar to Kickstarter), which raised $8,000.”

Kuck and Maydani hope that the film will resonate with all those going through the process of displacement, especially those being asked to move because developers have decided the location of their community is now prime real estate.

“To destroy a place like this without honoring its existence, recognizing its place in a chain of incredibly similar events across the country, or viewing it as a great loss to Seattle’s social systems would be a disgrace,” said Kuck.

“We hope that the universality of the characters’ stories will help everyone connect to why gentrification is painful. Many people feel gentrification is for the best, and have a difficult time connecting with why being asked to move would be painful. We see this film as a tool for building empathy.”

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Signs Everywhere

From director Julio Ramírez, the 12-minute short narrative Signs Everywhere follows a man who attempts to disconnect from reality, which results in an unusual visualization of other people’s struggles. As the images bring him into a deeper state of isolation, an unexpected event challenges him to break free from his unhealthy patterns.

The film, starring Tony Doupe and Cynthia Geary (Northern Exposure), was shot in Seattle over two and a half days, “which was a very ambitious schedule for the kind of script that we had,” said Ramírez. And time constraints weren’t the only tricky aspect of the production.Still SE1

“We filmed in several outdoor locations that were challenging for us,” he added. “One of them was the intersection of Denny Way and Stewart Street, right across from the Orion Center. This was particularly challenging because I wanted to film during rush hour in order to create a more realistic world to immerse our main character. The other challenging location was the triangle park located at the intersection of Denny Way, Westlake Avenue N, and 9th Avenue, right across from Whole Foods. In both scenes we had a great deal of background talent participating, about 20 or more. We also used several cars as props, and had to stop the traffic with the help of the Seattle Police Department. I have to add that the Mayor’s Office of Film + Music was key in helping us reach our goals.”

For Signs Everywhere, TheFilmSchool—which boasts both Ramírez and the film’s writer Andrew Kwatinetz as graduates—not only served as the production house for the film but also partially funded it, along with two associate producers.Still SE3

“The rest of the services and/or in-kind funding came from my own work and the work of many generous local and out-of-town filmmakers and artist friends who participated in the making, all of which accounted for at least 35 percent of the total budget,” said Ramírez. “That’s independent filmmaking right there.”

The film utilized 90 percent local cast and crew, the only exceptions being the music supervisor, two musicians involved in the film’s scoring, and the mixing and mastering of sound, which was done by a recording studio in Bogotá, Colombia.

“Seattle has a remarkable film community that is able to fulfill the needs of any professional film production,” said Ramírez. “(Our people) are the best asset that the state can offer to the film industry, followed by the richness of the region’s landscape. The sense of community that I have found in this region is simply hard to beat. And I mean in general, because I have found support from all kinds of people for every project that I have produced in Washington State.

“Many of them had never been involved in any film or artistic endeavor, but the idea of being a part of something that is bigger than any of us—that creates a sense of community and aims to make the world a better place—has always motivated people in this region to participate. I believe there is a natural desire here to support the arts, as well as the flow of ideas that challenges us all to move forward as a community.”

Signs Everywhere premiered in competition at the 2015 Salento Finibus Terrae Film Festival Internazionale, winning the award for best film in the international competition. After screening at various other festivals around Europe, the film had its North American premiere at the World Film Festival in Montreal.

“Now we’re happy to be able to showcase Signs Everywhere in the Northwest before continuing the journey through the festival circuit,” said Ramírez. “IndieFlix has partnered with us to distribute the film.”

Seattle Shorts Festival Celebrates Five Years

Festival director Daniel Hoyos with filmmakers from Fish Tale.

Festival director Daniel Hoyos with filmmakers from Fish Tale.

It’s been five years since the Seattle Shorts Festival launched, bringing with it the opportunity to see some of the best short films in the world, right beside their talented creators.

Since the festival fits so naturally in the Seattle filmmaking landscape, it might be easy to assume the event has always been around, lighting up November with award-winning animation, drama, comedies and more. The festival returns again this year with twice the number of short movies across two days, November 14-15, at the SIFF Film Center.

Says festival director Daniel Hoyos, “Our goal was and is to bring Seattle film lovers the very best short films from around the globe.”

Still from short film Curfew.

Still from short film Curfew.

And they’ve been successful! Since the first event in 2011, the festival continually plays to sold-out audiences. Past lineups have included Academy Award-nominated shorts, such as Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (2013) and Curfew (2012), which won the award for best live action picture. And 2015 may be another Oscar-caliber year: the festival will be screening the Student Academy Award finalist The Ballad of Holland Island House in the animation category.

One of the festival’s notable features is the number of directors and actors who attend along with their movie, a luxury often overlooked in larger events that focus more on feature films. Last year, Seattle Shorts hosted over 30 guests, and anticipates an even bigger contingent of visiting artists this year, as the festival doubles in size from one day to two.

Jury member Lucy Walters.

Jury member Lucy Walters.

This year the festival is also proud to have a star-studded jury of powerful female entertainment leaders for the second year running. Jury members include: actress Alicia “Lecy” Goranson, well known for her role as Becky Conner on ABC’s Roseanne, but whose career spans indie film, television and New York theater; actress Lucy Walters, who gained notoriety as the Woman on the Subway in Steve McQueen’s Shame, and currently plays Holly Weaver on the popular Starz series Power; and actress Shannon Maree Walsh, who made a splash playing opposite Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine in Begin Again.

And if that’s not enough of a draw, the festival is holding an all-night Karaoke party for filmmakers at Ozzie’s Five Star Dive-Bar, just down the street from the official hotel sponsor, the MarQueen Hotel, in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle.

The Seattle Shorts Film Festival is fast becoming a major Seattle event that attracts high-profile industry leaders and Hollywood fare, while keeping the main focus on filmmakers. Hoyos and programming assistant Jonah Kozlowski are looking forward to having two full days of programming to share with the region this year. The full lineup and tickets are available online at www.seattleshort.org.

Herskowitz Joins Ashland to Program Festival

After Joanne Feinberg departed from the Ashland Independent Film Festival in April, the festival searched for a suitable replacement. Stepping into Feinberg’s shoes, Richard Herskowitz brings over 20 years of festival experience to Ashland. Media Inc. talked with Herskowitz about his latest foray into festival programming.

Media Inc.: Tell us about your background with film festivals.
Richard Herskowitz: I became the director of the Virginia Film Festival in 1994 and did 15 of those, leaving in 2008. This was an unusual festival. It was hosted by the University of Virginia and it focused on a theme each year (“Cool,” “U.S. and Them,” “Animal Attractions,” “Speed,” etc.). We mixed a variety of new and classic, narrative and documentary and experimental films. There were one or more big stars each year, and I hosted Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Sandra Bullock, Vanessa Redgrave, as well as Arthur Penn, Michael Moore, Paul Schrader and many other celebrated guests.

Richard Herskowitz (Courtesy of Houston Cinema Arts Society)

Richard Herskowitz (Courtesy of Houston Cinema Arts Society)

MI: How long have you been in Oregon?
RH: I moved to Eugene in late 2008 when my wife, Jill Hartz, became the director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA). She had followed me to Charlottesville, and it was my turn to follow her. Before I got a job in Oregon, though, I was hired by a coalition of arts organization in Houston to be the Artistic Director of the new Houston Cinema Arts Festival. I’m currently programming my seventh edition, scheduled for November 12-19, 2015. This is also an idiosyncratic film festival in that it has a specific, unique focus, which is films by and about visual, performing and literary artists. Once again, I can program a wide range of contemporary and classic, mainstream and experimental works, but there’s also a celebrity component; we’ve had Robert Redford, Isabella Rossellini, Tilda Swinton, Richard Linklater, and many other illustrious figures as guests.

Then, the University of Oregon invited me to start a film festival in conjunction with their new Cinema Studies and Media Management programs. I started Cinema Pacific in 2010 as a “teaching festival,” with a staff made up mostly of student interns. We also had a focus, which was films from Pacific-bordering countries, and had six great editions. Unforgettable highlights included bringing the Chinese movie star Daniel Wu, the Mexican screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, and Seattle director Lynn Shelton, and importing the Adrenaline Film Project, a 72-hour mentored film competition I had started in Virginia. When I got the Ashland job, though, I told UO that I could no longer run the festival and teach, but that I hoped to continue two projects—the monthly Schnitzer Cinema film and gallery exhibition series, and the James Blue Project, centered on exploring the archive and promoting the films and teachings of this great, neglected Oregon filmmaker. Cinema Pacific continues, then, with these programs and my new role as Curator of Media Arts at the JSMA, and a film festival may return in the future.

The James Blue Project at University of Oregon celebrates the late Oregon filmmaker. (Courtesy of UO James Blue Archive)

The James Blue Project at University of Oregon celebrates the late Oregon filmmaker. (Courtesy of UO James Blue Archive)

MI: What drew you to working with the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF)?
RH: First of all, I fell in love with Ashland soon after moving to Oregon and seeing the incredible quality of the productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Then, two years ago, I attended the Ashland Independent Film Festival and was tremendously impressed, and, frankly, jealous of the large, devoted audiences and great affection from independent filmmakers they had built up over 15 years. The program director, Joanne Feinberg, programmed it beautifully for 11 years; when she decided to move on, I jumped at the opportunity.movie poster

MI: Tell us about the World Film Week at the AIFF.
RH: It takes place October 2-8, and is an annual collaboration with Coming Attractions’ Varsity Theatre. I had to program this quickly once I was hired, but I monitor international new releases and festival programs every day, and so I was able to choose films that were already on my radar. I wanted a broad range of countries, and we ended up with titles from Senegal, Brazil, France, India, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Australia, and the U.S. I was encouraged to bring filmmakers, and so I recruited Jeremy Teicher from Eugene, maker of the incredible Tall as the Baobab Tree, filmed in Senegal, and Beth Harrington, whose marvelous The Winding Stream: The Carters, the Cashes, and the Course of Country Music we’re also featuring. The full schedule can be found at www.ashlandfilm.org.

Eugene filmmaker Jeremy Teicher, whose Tall as the  Baobab Tree will screen at AIFF’s World Film Week. (Courtesy of Visit Films)

Eugene filmmaker Jeremy Teicher, whose Tall as the Baobab Tree will screen at AIFF’s World Film Week. (Courtesy of Visit Films)

MI: What are some of your plans for the AIFF?
RH: For the first year, at least, I’m going to follow closely in Joanne’s footsteps, and learn the ropes. Managing a screening process that attracts over 1,200 submissions is new to me, since my festivals in recent years have been curated and thematically focused. I did oversee a smaller “call for entries” section at the Virginia Film Festival and a “CineSpace” film competition in Houston, but this is much bigger. Even in my curated festivals, I solicit a lot of input from partners and audiences, so I’m not simply imposing my taste but also reflecting the audience’s interests; developing a good sense of the audience here will take a little while.

I do hope local audiences will be open to some of the interactive, new media works that I highlighted in Cinema Pacific’s Fringe Festival and Houston’s “Cinema on the Verge” section, since I think that film festivals should adapt to emerging modes of exhibition. I may also steal a tradition from the True/False festival in Missouri (my favorite American festival), and invite musicians and other performers to entertain while people take their seats. Finally, I have developed, over the years, very good connections in the “Indiewood” branch of the film industry, and I’m going to try to attract some of them to Ashland, hopefully with some major upcoming releases in tow.

The Ashland Independent Film Festival hosts its World Film Week October 2-8, 2015. The festival will take place April 7-11, 2016. More information is available at www.ashlandfilm.org.

Film Flourishes with Three Fall Festivals in the San Juan Islands

Mt. Baker above Islands. Photo by Carl Silvernail

Mt. Baker above Islands. Photo by Carl Silvernail

Three young festivals are establishing the San Juan Islands as a cinema-lover’s paradise for fall film watching. Each festival—the Orcas Island Film Festival and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, both on Orcas Island, and the Friday Harbor Film Festival on San Juan Island—celebrates a sense of place and our connection to nature. Opportunities to meet directors and actors, Q&As with filmmakers, discussion about important cultural and environmental issues and the chance to explore the autumnal beauty of the San Juan Islands are just part of the appeal.

The 2nd annual Orcas Island Film Festival – Off the Edge (OIFF) Orcas Island Film Festivaltakes place in the arts-rich village of Eastsound from October 9-12. Venues include the Orcas Center, the newly upgraded Sea View Theater, and a beloved Eastsound music venue, Random Howse. The festival includes a short film contest, awarding three grants to filmmakers to use the islands as a canvas to create short inspirational works. These shorts will be shown at the festival, in addition to a curated selection of feature-length and short films.

The festival focuses on films of the avant-garde, art house, trans-media and emerging edge film culture from around the world. OIFF curators work with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) to choose the lineup. Visit www.orcasfilmfest.com for more information.

Friday Harbor. Photo by Mike  Bertrand

Friday Harbor. Photo by Mike Bertrand

On San Juan Island, the third annual Friday Harbor Film Festival – Stories from the Pacific Rim & Beyond – carries forward the momentum of the past two years’ successes. In addition to award-winning documentary films and special events, Q&A periods with the filmmakers will enrich and engage participants. Five venues within easy walking distance of the ferry terminal present the opportunity to discover the historic waterfront town’s galleries, museums and shops without a car. Friday Harbor Film Festival Logo

Running November 6-8, the 2015 lineup will offer more documentaries focusing on the Pacific Ocean and its Rim, with films about island cultures, marine ecology, environmental issues, great adventures and individuals who live and work near the world’s largest ocean. A sampling of the over 30 films includes: Chihuly Fire & Light, which follows the renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly as he conceives and creates an extraordinary exhibition of his works; Unbranded, winner of the Audience Award at the 2015 Telluride Mountain Film Festival and Toronto’s HotDocs festival, about a real-life adventure that makes the case for better land and wild horse management; and Dancing with Thoreau, a unique environmental film told from the perspective of a naturalist and organic farmer.

Eastsound beachfront. Photo by Robert Demar

Eastsound beachfront. Photo by Robert Demar

The second Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the festival’s Opening Night Gala on Friday, November 6, to actors Katharine Ross (who will be present to receive the award) and Sam Elliott, celebrating their outstanding careers in film and television. For more information, visit www.fhff.org.

Finally, on November 14, the third annual one-day Wild & Scenic Wild & Scenic Film FestFilm Festival at Orcas Center features short films made by change makers that are rethinking how we inhabit our planet. This year’s short documentary films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling with the festival theme of “A Wild Life.” Hosted by Orcas Center and the San Juan Preservation Trust. Visit www.orcascenter.org/calendar/showDetails.asp?key=747.

Local Sightings Announces 2015 Winners

This just in from Local Sightings Film Festival, which just recently wrapped up more than a week of screenings and events:

“We, the jury felt this year’s Local Sightings Film Festival beautifully showcased the vibrancy and diversity of the Northwest media landscape. All the selected filmmakers and storytellers should be proud of their cinematic accomplishments. This being said, through some long discussions, the jury has made our decisions.

First off, we would like to give an honorable mention to a short that blew us away with its fearless take on cinema and reminding us the beauty and strength of experimental storytelling. Congratulations to Hidden Picture and filmmaker Hayley Park.

The cinematic craft is at its peak with the winner of the shorts section. The film shines with a script brimming with tension, outstanding performances and gorgeous cinematography. But through the eyes of a young child, we see how complex and overwhelming the world can be. The jury has selected American Gladiators, directed by Lara Gallagher.

For the features competition, the jury appreciated all the films for their different strengths and cinematic ambition, but are unified on the winning title. Expertly crafted beyond the typical ethnographic documentary, the winning film shines a light on an under represented community in an honest way, never being heavy handed or relying on sensationalism. Through an intimate portrait of a Nepalese farming family, we learn the importance of family and need for educational opportunities. We, the jury are honored to declare the winner of the features competition is Drawing the Tiger, by filmmaker Amy Benson.”

Here is the full list of winners:

tiger
Winner of Feature Film Jury Award
Drawing the Tiger

gladiators
Winner of Short Film Jury Award
American Gladiators

bezango
Winner of Best Original Score for a Feature Film
Bezango, WA

69
Winner of Best Original Score for a Short Film
Summer of ’69

june
Winner of Audience Award for a Feature Film
Killing June

maiden
Winner of Audience Award for a Short Film
Maiden of Deception Pass

Klamath Independent Film Festival Expands its Reach

A still from Ryan Niemi’s CG film The Edge of Eternity.  (2013 Klamath Independent Film Festival)

A still from Ryan Niemi’s CG film The Edge of Eternity. (2013 Klamath Independent Film Festival)

By Jesse Widener

The Klamath Independent Film Festival highlights resident filmmakers of Klamath, Lake, Jackson, Siskiyou and Modoc counties of Oregon and California. As a new addition to the festival this year and part of its continual expansion, films from outside filmmakers primarily shot in the region are also welcome. There is no cost to filmmakers to submit, and general admission is free thanks to full support from sponsors and donations.

Part of the daily routine in Sean Johnson’s Monday. (2013 Klamath Independent Film Festival)

Part of the daily routine in Sean Johnson’s Monday. (2013 Klamath Independent Film Festival)

At nearly a mile in altitude, Southern Oregon’s Klamath Falls sits against a backdrop of rugged high desert and alpine mountains, miles of national forest, and the largest and deepest freshwater lakes in the Western United States. It also serves as the hub of commerce and entertainment for Southern Oregon and Northern California residents off the beaten path as far as 100 miles in any direction. With its roots in timber and agriculture, and an increasingly strong technology presence, Klamath’s burgeoning arts community is as varied as it is spread out. Painters, photographers, musicians, writers and filmmakers grown locally, along with those settled in from greater metro areas, are seeking out means to exhibit their work in this community previously unknown for its arts presence.

A wanderer contending with the desert in Jesse Widener’s Bare the Sun. (2014 Klamath Independent Film Festival)

A wanderer contending with the desert in Jesse Widener’s Bare the Sun. (2014 Klamath Independent Film Festival)

The Klamath Independent Film Festival (KIFF) is the premier event bridging the gap to put the best films from the best filmmakers in and around the region on the big screen… and what a big screen! 2015 marks the third year of the festival, produced by the Klamath Film Makers Group in partnership with the Ross Ragland Theater, a genuine 700-plus-seat Art Deco theater from the 1930s. This theater had fallen into disrepair in the 1980s and was on the brink of demolition. It was rescued, renovated and expanded into Klamath’s cultural arts center as it stands today. Twenty-five years into its tenure, the Ragland serves up national and international entertainment for the region, capping its season each year with the festival in late August.

Interrogation at gunpoint in David Kirk West’s Liberation. (2014 Klamath Independent Film Festival)

Interrogation at gunpoint in David Kirk West’s Liberation. (2014 Klamath Independent Film Festival)

The Klamath Film Makers Group (KFMG) works to create motion pictures produced by or involving filmmakers of all levels in and around the Klamath region. It establishes, grows and supports a base of local talent through the gathering of like-minded individuals, building and utilizing skill sets relating to the film industry, and promoting those films. KIFF is an extension of KFMG’s mission to provide the means and venue for Klamath filmmakers, as well as for other filmmakers in Southern Oregon, for whom there is no other festival headlining filmmakers and films of all genres from the region. KFMG also sponsors additional film-related events to enrich and challenge local filmmakers and the local community. These include filmmaking workshops, guest speakers, and corollary events such as Portland’s Northwest Filmmakers Festival annual traveling show.

Filmmakers on stage for Q&A at the 2014 Klamath Independent Film Festival. (photo by Gary Kout)

Filmmakers on stage for Q&A at the 2014 Klamath Independent Film Festival. (photo by Gary Kout)

This year’s Klamath Independent Film Festival runs Saturday, August 29. Screenings start at 7pm, so mark your calendar and see what else Klamath has to offer. KIFF 2015 is sponsored by the Ross Ragland Theater, Southern Oregon Film and Media, Main Street Jewelers, Klamath Audiology, Bank of the Cascades, Riverside School Learning Annex, and Sharky’s Shack Restaurant. For more information about KIFF and the Klamath Film Makers Group, visit www.klamathfilm.org.

Jesse Widener has a wide range of experience in the arts, including architecture, music composition, photography, software development, drawing and writing, in addition to filmmaking. Jesse is a member of both Klamath Film Makers Group (www.klamathfilm.org) and Southern Oregon Film and Media (www.filmsouthernoregon.org).

Tacoma Hosts the Destiny City Film Festival

The Destiny City Film Festival is a homegrown, true-Tacoma community event, inspired by the city’s nickname—The City of Destiny—and is built to showcase the best independent films from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Our mission is to use the power of vibrant cinematic storytelling to curate an engaged community audience for independent film.DCFF

This three-day festival, founded in 2013, is organized by people who believe at the heart of every great movie is a great story, one that is destined to invigorate an audience through the art form of film. DCFF credits the ingenuity of independent filmmakers for continuing the tradition of compelling storytelling through motion pictures in the digital age, whether told in the documentary, animated, experimental or narrative form. It is our passion to provide screens for the finest of these independent films and strengthen the local film community by building an engaged audience.

Audiences and filmmakers attending the festival can expect top-quality programming of films and an overall celebration of storytelling, including the announcement of the winner of this year’s short screenplay contest. DCFF aims to enhance the vitality of independent filmmaking in the South Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest by playing local films, along with the best being produced from around the world. The Northwest cinema landscape and the thriving talent of its filmmakers deserve to be held to a high standard—and audiences deserve to see great movies. The experienced and devoted DCFF staff is thrilled to be the middleman.DCFF poster

The second annual Destiny City Film Festival (August 28 – 30, 2015) will be hosted, once again, by one of Tacoma’s oldest movie theaters and, at 90 years old, is one of the oldest continuously operating movie theaters in the country—the historic Blue Mouse Theater in the Proctor District in North Tacoma. In 2014, the inaugural DCFF welcomed hundreds of movie-goers, volunteers, community members and sponsors to the Blue Mouse to watch and celebrate 29 of the year’s best independent films (including festival favorites such as I Am Big Bird, Damnation, Copenhagen, and dozens of diverse short films), to network and mingle with cinephiles, writers and filmmakers, and to strengthen the community support for independent filmmaking and screenwriting. The DCFF team aims to build on this success in 2015, by bringing work from some of the most promising and talented filmmakers to Tacoma, to entertain, inspire and engage supporters of the local arts community.

Visit www.DestinyCityFilmFestival.com in July for a complete line-up of this year’s festival! Catch up on the latest festival news at www.Facebook.com/DestinyCityFF and on Twitter: DestinyCityFF.

Pro Photo Supply Hosts Portland Film Festival Educational Events

Pro Photo Supply will once again host a series of workshops as part of the Portland Film Festival.

Pro Photo Supply will once again host a series of workshops as part of the Portland Film Festival.

The Portland Film Festival has always been as much about making films as it is about watching them. Today, cameras capable of shooting cinema-quality video are cheaper and more accessible than ever before, meaning any independent filmmaker can get the tools to give his or her film the look it deserves. However, access to tools alone won’t make a film.

As a camera store, we here at Pro Photo Supply obviously get excited about new technology and products, and we love putting those cameras in as many filmmakers’ hands as possible. But we also know how important education is in training would-be directors and cinematographers in the art of filmmaking. It used to be that it took years of education just to get to a point where one had access to a high-end movie camera. Now, people can literally shoot first and ask questions later. This has made education all the more important.

That’s why Pro Photo Supply is happy to support and partner with a number of local film education resources, and we are excited to once again welcome the Portland Film Festival back to the Pro Photo Supply Event Center for another week of great workshops and filmmaker presentations.

For more information on events at Pro Photo Supply, follow the “Events/Education” link at www.prophotosupply.com.