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Seattle Filmmaker’s $600 Feature Lands at Zero in NY and LA
Self-financed, indepedent Seattle filmmakers continue to quietly flex their creative muscles on the international film festival circuit. The latest, a $600 feature film offering by Seattle director Daniel L. White, opens in New York on November the 15th and in Los Angeles on December the 11th as part of the 3rd Annual Zero Film Festival.
John Phillips and Hannah Johnsonthere’s a real focus on creativity rather than just rehashing the same old thing…
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) November 12, 2010
While perhaps most famous for coffee and grunge music, Seattle filmmakers have quietly been racking up festival accolades around the world. Largely centered around the iconic Northwest Film Forum, the last few years have seen self or community financed films by Seattle filmmakers such as Lynn Shelton, Linas Phillips, David Russo and Robinson Devor play to audiences from Sundance to Cannes.
The latest addition to the roster, a quiet little art-house feature titled “The Middle of the Middle” by Seattle director Daniel L. White. The film, which was shot for only $600, centers around a young woman, known only as “The Girl”, who is in love with two different men. Set in Hollywood, the film offers a stark portrayal of modern love against a backdrop of urban blight.
Selected from over 1000 submissions, “The Middle of the Middle”, chosen as the closing night film in Los Angeles, is one of 10 feature and nearly 150 short films from around the world that are being presented by the Zero Film Festival. In its 3rd year, the Zero Film Festival is one of the fastest growing festivals in the world, with a diverse roster of films debuting from across North America, Western Europe, the Middle East and Japan. The festival is noteworthy in that it requires films be completely self-financed to avoid becoming what festival founder Richard Hooban decries as “the Hollywood marketing campaigns” disguised as “independent” or “underground” film festivals.
Regarding the Seattle independent film scene and his film’s festival inclusion, director Daniel L. White states that “I’ve been so impressed with the film community in the Seattle area. I think it is easily one of the most supportive, vibrant and creative filmmaking scenes in the country. I’ve met some of the most incredibly talented and visionary filmmakers, but they’ve all got this wonderful humility and love of art to them. Seattle filmmakers and festivals like Zero are just what the film industry needs because there’s a real focus on creativity rather than just rehashing the same old thing. I think we’re a perfect fit with the Zero Film Festival and I’m proud to be a part of both.”
“The Middle of the Middle” will premiere in New York on Monday, November 15th at 8:00 p.m. at the Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St. Brooklyn, NY 11201. Admission is free. Complimentary drinks will be served. Space is limited.
The West Coast premiere of “The Middle of the Middle” will be Saturday, December the 11th at 6:00 p.m. at The Silent Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Ave. Hollywood, CA 90036. Tickets are $12 in advance. Complimentary drinks will be served. Tickets can be purchased via the web at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/137732
The 3rd Annual Zero Film Festival runs in New York from November 13-20, Miami from December 2-5, and Los Angeles from December 8-11.
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