15th Anniversary Scrapbook: Great grantees of yesteryear

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Our Arboring Film program is a nice highlights reel of films we had a hand, big or small, in helping foster to creation.  Here’s a more comprehensive list.  You can read about the Film Forum’s artist support programs here.

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This is our production package access grant. It underwrites free use of the Film Forum’s Panasonic DVX100 camera or 16mm camera. Packages include camera, sound and lighting gear. Applicants for the camera are offered up to 6 days of free use (weekends count as 3 days).

–2006—
The Daughter (dir. Sahra Meuhlheim)

This Side of the Grave (dir. James Spencer)

In the Forest, There is Every Kind of Bird (dir. Robinson Devor)

Version 1.0 (dir. Bryant Hodson)

Murder Ballads (dir. Mary Simpson)
A multidiscplinary project that will incorporate film, sound and paperworks in a gallery installation and film screening. Murder Ballads will offer an investigation into the history of this distinictly American genre—its irrefutabel violence and its ongoing appeal to popular American culture.

Coyote Central Video (dir. Lisa Fox)

—2007—
Sing the Same Song(dir. Nick Casalini)

Ugly(dir. Jason Ryan)

The Mountain, The River and the Road (dir. Michael Harring)
Feature film – opened Local Sightings Film Festival, 2009.

The Thirteenth Step (dir. Frank Oliver)
Dryly humorous black comedy about a 12-step support group.

— 2008 —
35mm camera exchange (dir. Jonathan Sheneman)

The Day My Parents Became Cool (dir. Steve Edmiston)
Short film comedy about a conflict between parents and their rebellious teenaged children everywhere.

In Pursuit of the Pomegranate (dir. Alexandra Roxo)
Story of two lovers looking for each other, and ultimately finding themselves.

Rainier (dir. Mia Roozen)
Document of the diversity in Seattle.

Parts Don’t Work (dir. KT Niehoff)

Church Weather (dir. Curtis Taylor)
Short film that tells the story of a waking dream.

The War of the Grandmas (dir. Frank Oliver)
First half of a feature comedy with two love triangles, and evil toddler, a gun-toting texan, and a flood.

Rock Paper Scissors (dir. Peter Wick)

The House I Keep (dir. Jhene Erwin)
Short film that chronicles one woman’s struggle to come to terms with a recent miscarriage.

>NEW MODEL EDIT<
This is our non-linear post-production facilities grant. It underwrites free use of Northwest Film Forum’s non-linear editing suite for up to 40 hours. The editing system is a Mac G5 with Final Cut Pro and a DVCAM deck.

— 2004 —
Phone Calls (dir. M.C. Shuler)

Birds in Winter (dir. Herbert Bergel)

Ghost Coat on the Pacific (dir. Wesley Hottot)

— 2005 —
Tidal Wave (dir. Salise Hughes)

In the Forest, There is Every Kind of Bird (dir. Robinson Devor)

Coyote Central Video (dir. Lisa Fox)

The Orchard (dir. Adam Wallace)
The Orchard will explore life’s unpredictable journey via self-portraiture.

— 2007 —
The Story Exists, If It Is Told Or Not (dir. Marissa Niederhauser)

— 2008 —
35mm camera exchange (dir. Jonathan Sheneman)

Tracings (dir. Marissa Niederhauser)

Rock Paper Scissors (dir. Peter Wick)

>OUT OF THE CAN<
This is our 16mm post-production facilities grant. It underwrites unlimited, free access to the Film Forum’s traditional 16mm edit suite for up to 40 hours. Available facilities include flatbed editors, workbench with film rewinds, optical printer and film-to-video transfer.

— 2009 —
Drifting (dir. Malic Amalya)

— 2008 —
35mm camera exchange (dir. Jonathan Sheneman)

— 2007—
Alchemy of the Oracles (dir. Karn Junkinsmith)
2007 short dance film

— 2005 —
Tidal Wave (dir. Salise Hughes)

— 2004 —
Dance With Me (dir. Corneila Moore)

Resurrection (dir. Trish Van Huesen)
Experimental film about internal and external migration

Birds in Winter (dir. Herbert Bergel)

The Lighted House (dir. Hugh Kim)

— 2003 —
Eternal Return to Sender (dir. Andy Spletzer)

Anomalies of the Unconscious (dir. Jon Behrens)

(untitled) (dir. Michael Wilde)
Cyborg love film

Chicken Girl (dir. Sarah Biagini)

—2002 —
US (dir. Corwin Fergus)

(untitled) (dir. Martin Burga)

A Better Life (dir. Karry Fefer)

Passion (dir. Serge Gregory)

—2001 —
Downsizing (dir. Brad Wilke)

Clarice (dir. Sean Kirby)

Polterchrist (dir. Brady Hall)

>PROGRESS IN WORKS<

— 2008 —
Alistair MacLean: Y’did Nefesh (dir. Meredith Binder)
Alistair MacLean must convert to Judaism in order to marry the love of his life.

The Descendants Project (dir. Michal Blum)

Bury Me in Redwood Country (dir. Ben Greene)

Crossing Lines (dir. Meredith Binder)
A feature length suspense drama

The Day My Parents Became Cool (dir. Steve Edmiston)
A short film comedy about a conflict between parents and their rebellious teenaged children everywhere.

Shifterland-Television by Nick Shiflet (dir. Nick Shiflet)

Travel Queeries (dir. Elliat Graney-Saucke)

Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz (dir. Kay D. Ray)

Tracings (dir. Marissa Niederhauser)

— 2007 —
3 short music films (dir. Curtis Taylor)
Trilogy of short films using music as a primary narative device

Movie Pizza Love (dir. Peter Wick)

The Church on Dauphine Street: One Katrina Story (dir. Ann Hedreen)

Pierre, A Hole With a View (dir. Dan Brown)

Cthulhu (dir. Dan Gildark)

The Corporal’s Memory (dir. Patricia Boiko)

Great Speeches From a Dying World (dir. Linas Phillips)

Walking to the Cage (dir. Matthew Hickney)

Normalizing Christiania (dir. Robert Lawson)
Docmentary about an anarchist squatter community in Denmark.

— 2005 —
Worlds Apart (dir. Eliaichi Kimaro)

>SIGNATURE SHORTS<
Signature Shorts is a program to commission 1-3 films by regional filmmakers. Filmmakers selected make the films and the Film Forum finishes the movies as 35mm prints so they can be shown in commercial theaters at no charge to the venue. Independent theaters from around the state commit to screening the shorts before feature films, allowing them to reach a broader, more diverse audience than most shorts ever would.

Signature Shorts introduces local filmmakers to audiences in Washington. Although there are independent cinemas around the state, with the exception of a very few non-profit organizations, they typically show neither short films nor local films. As on-screen  commercials have replaced the pre-feature short, these films will mark a new art experience for many audience members who little exposure to locally made work.

With generous support from 4 Culture, Alpha Cine Labs and Modern Digital each participant will receive a modest cash budget per project to complete production, free services to finish the film on 35mm, and a $400 artist fee upon the completion of the  project. In addition, Northwest Film Forum will provide additional production and post-production equipment, and negotiate with Seattle area vendors to solicit donated and discounted services.

The Signature Shorts program began in 2005, and to date has commissioned films by Sarah Jane Lapp, Stefan Gruber, Britta Johnson, Matt McCormick, and Wes Kim. Theaters interested in  screening Signature Shorts should contact Dave Hanagan at dave@nwfilmforum.org.

—2007—
Bedtime Story (dir. Sarah Jane Lapp)

(untitled) (dir. Natt Thangvijit)

—2005—
But Soft (dir. Britta Johnson)

It Was a Crushing Defeat (dir. Matt McCormick)

Annaelle (dir. Stefan Gruber)

Cookies For Sale (dir. Wes Kim)

>ONE SHOT FILMS<
Started in 2007, this program is issued as a kind of challenge to visiting filmmakers: make a short film using just one shot. We supply camera, tape (or film), editing, crew, location scouting, music composition.

—2009—
A One Shot Film (dir. Barry Jenkins)

(untitled) (dir. Joe Swanberg)

(untitled) (dir. Lisandro Alonso)

—2007—
One Shot Film (dir. Andrew Bujalski)

9 to 5 (dir. Aaron Katz)

(untlted) (dir. Todd Rohal)

>FISCAL SPONSORSHIPS<
Non-profit sponsorship
Extends Northwest Film Forum’s non-profit umbrella to your production. With sponsorship, many grants that fund only non-profits become available to your project, and individual contributions to your production become tax-deductible. (This program does NOT provide financing)
40 from 2008-2010, including

—2008—
Alistair MacLean: Y’did Nefesh (dir. Meredith Binder)
Alistair MacLean must convert to Judaism in order to marry the love of his life.

The Descendants Project (dir. Michal Blum)

Film Festival: Rwanda (dir. Leah Warshawski)
Documentary follows Rwandan filmmakers from production to projection, as they take their stories to remote villages and screen the film to crowds of all ages.

Bury Me in Redwood Country (dir. Ben Greene)

The Thirteenth Step (dir. Frank Oliver)
Dryly humorous black comedy about a 12-step support group.

Where is Pakistan? (dir. Ethan Casey)
Feature length doc based on interviews representing the full range of Pakistani on the preceding decade.

Crossing Lines (dir. Meredith Binder)
Feature-length suspense drama

Huntington’s Disease (dir. Kate Bayley)

The Day My Parents Became Cool (dir. Steve Edmiston)
Short comedy comedy about a conflict between parents and their rebellious teenaged children everywhere.

In Pursuit of the Pomegranate (dir. Alexandra Roxo)
Two lovers looking for each other, and ultimately finding themselves.

Minor Differences (dir. Heather Dew Oaksen)
Mutli-platform media project chronicling the fifteen year jouney into manhood by five former juvenile offenders.

Image Mind Light(dir. Taryn Rux)
Short film, loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s Matchstick Girl.

The War of the Grandmas (dir. Frank Oliver)
First have of a feature comedy with two love triangles, and evil toddler, a gun-toting texan, and a flood.

Beyond Thought’s Compass(dir. Dave Ohlson)
One man’s journey  from  enduring a sever illness back to climbing the Himalayas.

Runa Kuna (dir. Stephen Hyde)
Mosaic of short docs on every day life in the Ancash region of Peru.

Imagine Capitol Hill – A Sustainability Fair (dir. Gabriel Scheer)
2008 Sustainable Capitol Hill is creating a festival that will highlight the potential and need for sustainability in our community. “Imagine Capitol Hill” will be a one-day outdoor street event designed to inspire participants to imagine what Capitol Hill could be like as a more sustainable community.

Humpday (dir. Lynn Shelton)
Brief reunion of two college buddies

Creative Context(dir. Patricia O’Brien)
Making the environment in which artists create part of the story.

Tracings (dir. Marissa Niederhauser)

Sweet Crude (dir. Sandy Cioffi)
Documentary on oil in Nigeria.

Oil and Water(dir. Francine Stickwerda)
Feature documentary about the environmental and cultural damage in the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin.

The Chronicles of Cleo and Jack 2 (dir. Karn Junkinsmith)
16mm b/w experimental dance film

Rock Paper Scissors(dir. Peter Wick)

—2009—
The Murmur of Bees (dir. Apryl Richards)

Walk Right In (dir. Marth Christensen)
Doc about the 1968 Yale Summer High School.

By the Wind Sailor (dir. Ryan McMackin)
Doc about the Seattle music scene in the late ‘00s. (Shot on Bolex.)

The House I Keep (dir. Jhene Erwin)
Short film chronicling one woman’s struggle to come to terms with a recent miscarriage.

From Black Scratch (dir. Denise Marie Thomas)

Ira Finklestein’s Christmas Vacation (dir. Sue Corcoran)
Comical feature film

100 Plus (dir. Nancy Jordan)
Documentary about innoventor attempting to win a fuel efficient car prize

Long on the Island (dir. Ruth Fischer)

Big Joy (dir. Stephen Silha)
Doc (and website) about James Broughton, poet and filmmaker from Port Townsend.

This one is about love (dir. Jacob Leander)
Intertwined love stories of three generations living in the ‘20s, ‘40s and present day

Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz (dir. Kay D. Ray)
2009 a documentary focusing on women who played jazz during the decades when to be a woman in music was to be truly an exception.

Nothing Against Life(dir. Julio Ramirez)
Beautiful film on suicide.

120 Acres: An American Farm (dir. John Helde)

—-2010—
Secret Mother (dir. Jannat Gargi)

Howdy Partner – Tales of the Cowboy Hat (dir. Lulu Gargiulo)
Doc about cowboy hats.

Take a Bow(dir. KaiLi Yang)
Renowned piano teacher and pedagogue Ingrid Clarfield

SuperFly Filmmaking Gathering 2010 (dir. Tracy Rector)
4 short films made with youth in a workshop.

>START TO FINISH<
Start-to-Finish is a program to commission a narrative feature film of a Washington-state filmmaker. Using a holistic approach to supporting the filmmaker, the Film Forum aids in the project from conception to preproduction, shooting, post-production, sales and distribution.

Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle
The 6th recipient of the Start-to-Finish grant is internationally acclaimed Seattle filmmaker David Russo, who will write and direct the feature film The Immaculate Concenption of Little Dizzle. The Start-to-Finish grant is an innovative grant project through which the non-profit Northwest Film Forum throws the entirety of its resources behind a filmmaker’s feature film.

Police Beat
Co-written by Seattle critic and journalist Charles Mudede (whose weekly writings include The Stranger’s crime blotter column, “Police Beat”) and produced by Seattle locals Jeffrey Brown and Alexis Ferris, Police Beat presents a unique protagonist in the post-911 world: a morally upright, Republican Muslim police officer.

Hedda Gabler
Hedda Gabler is the sixth feature film produced with Northwest Film Forum, and the fourth produced through the Start-to-Finish program. Artist Paul Willis directed this contemporary feature film adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s late 19th century play Hedda Gabler. This project is produced in association with Best Ten Dollar Suit Pictures and Printer’s Devil Theatre, who staged the play to critical acclaim in Fall of 2000 at Sand Point Naval Base. Printer’s Devil collaborated heavily on the casting and workshopping aspects throughout pre-production.

Buffalo Bill’s Defunct
A hit at the Seattle International Film Festival, Buffalo Bill’s Defunct is an intergenerational study of the various messes family members make when they attempt to deconstruct the walls that separate them. Bill, the patriarch of a Washington family, accidentally drives his car through the garage. From this seed, a tangled web of family stories emerges, painting a touching and funny, but stubbornly unsentimental portrait of a rural northwestern clan. Improvised from a detailed treatment, the film focuses on bringing authentic human behavior to the screen. This the third film to emerge from the Start To Finish program.

Out of the Blue
Directed by Sue McNally (2000)

Money Buys Happiness
Money Buys Happiness is the first film to emerge from Northwest Film Forum via its groundbreaking Start-to-Finish project. The film was shot in Seattle in 1998, Money Buys Happiness premiered at the 1999 Seattle International Film Festival to a sold-out house at the Cinerama Theater as a benefit for the Start-to-Finish program. It went on to play the Los Angeles International Film Festival, the Hamptons and many others. It was released theatrically on 35mm by Northwest Film Forum, and on DVD by Vanguard Cinema.

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