Monthly Newsletter July 2014
WASHINGTON FILMWORKS APPROVED
With the approval of the latest commercial application, WF has exhausted all of the 2014 funds being held in reserve for projects in the Standard Program. WF can raise an additional $3.5 million starting in January 2015.
Look for updates in Q4 about when WF will once again start accepting applications for the Standard Program.
WHAT YOU MISSED . . .
RECAP OF COMMUNITY MEETINGS IN SEATTLE & SPOKANE
WF hosted Town Hall events in Seattle and Spokane last weekend. In case you weren't able to attend, here's a quick recap.
Executive Director Amy Lillard first presented results from the Second Annual Jobs and Vendor Survey. The survey results clearly indicate that film is an important economic engine in Washington State that creates many jobs and brings in a significant amount of money to our local economy. With $6M in annual income reported from cast and crew and over $32M in film / video revenue for Washington businesses that support the film industry, the economic impact of film is felt statewide. There was also strong evidence indicating that film upholds the larger creative economy and supports a diversity in creative industries such as video games, theater, music and advertising.
Lance Rosen and James Keblas, Co-Chairs of the WF Advocacy Committee, also spoke at the Town Hall meetings about the action items for the committee in 2014. Knowing that the production incentive program is the best tool that we have to win business, Rosen, Keblas and Lillard have been meeting with elected officials and state leaders to talk about the feasibility of additional funding for the program. During these discussions, there has been recognition of the important economic impact that the film industry has had in the state. These discussions have also sparked creative thinking about how to make the production incentive program more competitive. Rosen and Keblas suggested that community engagement will be imperative, should there be legislative action in January 2015 and Lillard recommended that the community follow the WF newsletter and blog to get the most up-to-date information about how to support the efforts.
At the conclusion of the meetings, several industry leaders spoke about the ways in which the community can get involved at this early date. In Seattle, Douglas Horn spoke about a social media campaign to elevate awareness about the film, television, and commercial industries in Washington. The goal is to educate elected officials and the public about the true scope and importance of the statewide film industry. Using the hashtag #filminWA, Douglas encouraged the community to post images of all kinds of filmmaking moments - from writing a script to auditioning, to buying props or even booking hotel rooms and working on post-production. This will create a visual representation of the scope of work in the film industry. Lacey Leavitt and Krk Nordenstrom in Seattle and Mischa Jakupcak in Spokane spoke about the WA Film PAC, a political action committee working to promote growth in Washington State filmmaking. Several events for WA Film PAC are in the planning stages, but you can find out more on the Film PAC website.
To keep up-to-date on the work of the Advocacy Committee and WF activities make sure to follow the WF newsletter and WF Blog.
INNOVATION LAB MEETING: BELLINGHAM
MANDATORY MEETING AUGUST 5
If you missed the first two Filmworks Innovation Lab meetings in Seattle and Spokane, you have one more chance to attend this mandatory meeting! Join us in Bellingham on Tuesday, August 5 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Pickford Film Center.
Filmmakers will learn more about the program and will get valuable insight about the application process and selection criteria. If you missed the Seattle and Spokane meetings and can't attend the Bellingham meeting, please contact WF to make alternative arrangements.
For a detailed description of the program and application process, see the current Filmworks Innovation Lab Guidelines & Criteria. If you have questions, please contact us at Lab@WashingtonFilmworks.org or call (206) 264-0667.
Applications will be accepted the week of August 21.
'4 MINUTE MILE' THEATRICAL RELEASE
Washington Filmworks' incentive film 4 Minute Mile will be released in theaters on August 1 and is already available on cable and VOD. Visit the film's Facebook page for ticketing information.
You can also enter the film's unique promotional campaign, the 30-Day Challenge, for the chance to win prizes from Washington Filmworks and the W Seattle Hotel . The challenge asks followers of the film's Facebook page to pledge to achieve a goal they set for themselves in 30 days.
The film's IMDB page summarizes the plot as follows: "A former track coach decides to train a student with natural athletic talent. Tragedy strikes right before the biggest race of his life, forcing him to confront everything that has been holding him back.
Learn about a cutting-edge media lab, available resources for filmmakers, the latest WF news, and beautiful filming locations in the WF Blog this month. Subscribe to get posts via email. See some recent highlights below.
James Keblas and Lance Rosen to Co-Chair Advocacy Committee - WF has appointed James Keblas and Lance Rosen as Co-Chairs of the WF Advocacy Committee. The Committee is responsible for advising the Board of Directors on legislative strategy, among other things.
Port Angeles - Where the Mountains Meet the Sea - Situated among the forest and the sea, Port Angeles brings a mix of industry, beauty, and Northwest native culture to the shores of Juan de Fuca. It's perfect for small-town and historic sets. The city is our July Location of the Month.
State-of-the-Art Teaching Technology at CrewSpace - The Walla Walla Public Library is home to a cutting-edge media lab called CrewSpace. After only two years in existence, CrewSpace has taken in students of all ages to teach a range of courses at various levels of expertise.
Coffee Talk: Northwest Film Forum Visits WF - Our friends from Northwest Film Forum visited WF to give us the scoop on what's going on at the Forum. Among their new offerings is the Agents of Convergence series and Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, a collection of films handpicked by Martin Scorsese.
MUSIC COMMISSIONERS AND THE RECORDING ACADEMY
NEXT FMI HAPPY HOUR 07/30
Come meet members of the Seattle Music Commission (SMC) and members of the Recording Academy's Board of Governors at July's FMI Happy Hour. Appointed by the Mayor and City Council, the SMC champions Seattle's eclectic musical industry through concrete and impactful interactions with local government, communities and individuals. The Pacific Northwest Chapter of The Recording Academy works closely with local music organizations to support the region's flourishing arts community and collaborates with regional technology corporations at the forefront of the digital age. Join us Wednesday, July 30 at Spitfire for the Film + Music Interactive Happy Hour and mingle with our city's industry leaders.
Mark your calendars for July 30 and join others at this monthly networking event at Spitfire in Belltown at 2219 4th Ave. Seattle, WA 98121. FMI Happy Hours are from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and the presentation begins at 6:30.
1411 Fourth Ave., Suite 420
Seattle, WA 98101