December 22, 2011
September 7, 2011
иконописAs part of the extra-curricular opportunities at The Art Institute of Seattle, we’re offering free participation in the Emerging Leaders Program, which is an eight week program focused on self knowledge and “soft skills” like group facilitation, mentoring and active listening. It also involves participants in a service-learning activity of their own choosing and encourages self reflection and community involvement.
This program is not-for-credit, but a great value for the time spent. During Fall Quarter, the Emerging Leaders Program will run on Monday afternoons from 4:45pm – 5:35pm, starting week two.
August 31, 2011
КартиниOnce a quarter I would like to get everyone in the filmmaking program together to talk about upcoming changes in the curriculum, the campus, the industry and get feedback from students about what’s working, what’s not working and suggestions that can improve our programs and education.
This meeting will be next Wednesday, September 7th from 4:45-6:00 PM in Room 717-718
August 12, 2011
As a teenager living a semi-cloistered life in rural northwest Montana, James Reeves dreamed of exploring the world.
But even in his wildest fantasies, he never imagined he’d one day be sitting in small underground bunker in Uganda with a group of destitute street kids.
Yet that’s exactly where Reeves, a film student at the Art Institute of Seattle, found himself earlier this summer.
Along with a film professor named Dan Fabrizio, Reeves recently spent three intense weeks in sub Saharan Africa working on documentary exploring the lives of some of the poorest kids in one of the poorest regions of the world.
Despite his inherent wanderlust, Reeves had somehow never managed to become the world traveler he once envisioned. In fact, save for a few short trips to Canada, he’d never left the friendly confines of America prior to boarding a jumbo jet set for Uganda.
His static life might have continued had it not been for Fabrizio, who often spoke to his students about the many times he’d been to Africa. Fabrizio wanted to film a documentary in the country he loved so much, and he asked Reeves if he’d like to join him on the trip to work as a cinematographer.
Once they arrived in Kampala, Uganda’s capitol and largest city, the pair met up with Herbert Anderson, a reformed “street kid” who would act as a liaison and tour guide during the trip. Apparently not wanting to sugar coat the social problems of the city, Anderson immediately introduced Reeves and Fabrizio to a gang of street kids who lived in a small, man-made bunker under the streets in the city’s bustling downtown core.
Once the interviews got started, Reeves said he was shocked by what he heard from the kids, some of whom were as young as seven-years old.
“Being in the capitol city of Kampala and being right downtown, they’re faced with rape and starvation every day. They have to pay off the cops just so they don’t beat them up,” Reeves said.
He said most of the children aren’t from Kampala, but came to the city after being cast off from their remote villages when their parents could no longer feed them.
Forced to adapt to a cutthroat urban life at such a young age, Reeves said many of the kids turned to marijuana, which is cheap and readily available, to help dull the pain and give them the courage to steal food and money.
“Most of them at some point have committed a crime,” Reeves said. “They’ve been pushed into that by the need to survive.”
After wrapping up the three-week trip, Reeves said he returned to Seattle a changed man.
“It made me recognize that I have the ability to make a difference,” he said of the experience. “Even in small amounts, it can affect the people around me, and those people can do the same thing.”
Fabrizio is now editing the hours of footage into an hour-long documentary, which he hopes to sell the BBC.
August 2, 2011
My name is Kylie Ishimitsu and I am an intern at the casting company Foreground Background LLC. The owner Denise Gibbs, is an advisory member of the University of Washington Performing Arts Board. I am currently looking for college age students to be paid extras for a feature film “21 and Over” that will be filming here in Seattle.
Here are some tidbits about the film:
Feature Film titled “21 and Over”
Filming in Seattle and surrounding communities.
Filming from August 22-September 29
Hundreds of college age paid extras needed (ages 18-25). Must be 18 years of age or older.
Film is being made by the writers of “The Hangover” and “The Change Up”
College party movie in the genre of Animal House and American Pie.
I was hoping that with your help I could get the word out among the Art Institute of Seattle Student community.
If you need more information or have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.
July 22, 2011
The Northwest’s premiere showcase of new work by regional filmmakers, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival—for 37 years called the Northwest Film & Video Festival—brings artists and audiences together for a singular community celebration. Each year the Festival draws more than 400 entries from filmmakers in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, presenting to the public carefully selected programs of outstanding work and awarding critical recognition to top juror- and audience-recognized films. After the Festival, the event lives on in the form of the “Best of the Northwest” touring program, presented at key cultural and educational organizations across the Northwest.
38th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival: November 11-19, 2011
2011 Entry Deadline: August 1, 2011
Eligibility: Permanent residents of Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington may submit two works of any length or genre released since August 1, 2008 and not previously entered in the Festival. Student entries (college and university only) must be from a school located in the Northwest.
There is no entry fee. Entry deadline: August 1, 2011
Submit an entry form and a copy of the work (for jurying purposes) on DVD. Label disc clearly with name, phone, title, and running time. Please include publicity stills for the work; other publicity materials are welcome. All materials must be POSTMARKED by August 1, 2011. We appreciate receiving entries as early as possible.
For further information, contact Thomas Phillipson via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail All Entries To:
Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival
1219 SW Park Ave.
Portland, OR 97205
THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE
Notification and Entry Return
Artists whose works are chosen for the Festival will be notified via e-mail by mid October.
June 23, 2011
A bit of terribly exciting news for the local film community was released this afternoon. Community film center/theater/production house Northwest Film Forum just announced their new grant program, the Northwest Film Fund, which allocates funds and resources to burgeoning documentary filmmakers in the Northwest.
One lucky documentary creator “of promise and vision” in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska will win the $10,000 cash reward as well as services including legal consultation, 80 hours of post-production support in some of Seattle’s leading production houses, and a “first look” deal with KCTS-Channel 9 and SIFF. Docs of all genres and styles and at all stages of development are encouraged to apply by August 20.
This grant comes at a particularly tense time for Seattle area filmmakers. With the death of the Washington Film Incentive program last month, industry folk have been nervous about the fate of their careers and craft. This grant is particularly encouraging; it sends a message. The Northwest still believes in and has hope for filmmaking and creativity, even if the State doesn’t.
Filmmakers, be sure to check out the application here. Film lovers, send a big thanks to the NW Film Forum!
June 14, 2011
This Wednesday we will host a screening of student projects at the Northwest Film forum in the small theatre.
Screening begins at 9:15pm. Student projects, rough cuts, edited short films and class projects can be shown.
Talk to faculty or see me for inclusion. Please join us.
Northwest Film Forum is located at 1515 12th Ave in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, on 12th Avenue between Pike & Pine Street.
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June 13, 2011
The Giant Puppets, Save the World Float is seeking a videographer to cover their participation in the Freemont Solstice Parade this weekend, Saturday June 18th.
If interested contact; Toni Mikulka 917.648.8834 for details.
June 8, 2011
икониSIFF has sent us 40 codes to any remaining seats for the film festival.
Email me for the codes, film festival ends soon.
All Good Wishes, Ric