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MINING FROM WITHIN: PRODUCING THE PERSONAL FILM
The most powerful story a filmmaker can tell on screen is often one from his or her own life, but balancing honesty and catharsis with the demands of the cinematic form to create a work with broad appeal can be an enormous challenge. In this workshop, Andy Blubaugh will use the story of his career as a personal filmmaker as a case study for looking at the genre, from the award-winning short films HELLO, THANKS, and SCAREDYCAT to his new feature film THE ADULTS IN THE ROOM. Through his journey, a strategic approach for capitalizing on presented opportunities is revealed. Referencing the works of such influences as Alan Berliner, Judith Helfand, and Gay Block, emphasis will be placed on the importance of effective storytelling methods and styles and on the issues of privacy, ethics, and objectivity as they play out with the genre. Participants interested in developing a personal film of their own are invited to informally workshop their ideas with the instructor and the group as the session concludes.
No previous experience required. Tuition includes admission to the Portland premiere of THE ADULTS IN THE ROOM, presented as part of the Northwest Film & Video Festival. Register with the Northwest Film Center School Of Film.
You are a filmmaker reveling, struggling, or probably riding the roller coaster of emotions in the quest to make films in the Northwest. Whether you have more questions or more answers, this is the event for you. Welcome to the modern world of user-generated conferences, a.k.a. BarCamp. Rather than flying in so-called experts, BarCamp relies on the experts among us to share stories, best practices, shortcuts, and inspiration. It's all about getting resources in the hands and frames of Northwest filmmakers. How does it work? You can present a topic and lead the discussion at BarCamp or simply call out an issue that you would like to learn about. BarCamp begins online where you enroll and start talking with the other BarCampers, suggesting topics to discuss and helping organize the event. The conference itself begins with creating the day's schedule—all the potential topics are thrown up on the wall and then organized into a schedule of breakout sessions held in the School of Film's classrooms. You decide the topics. You decide the schedule. All for the same price: free. To enroll or find out more information, contact Festival Manager Thomas Phillipson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
As a constructive aside to the screenings of lauded films in this year's NW Fest, we offer this opportunity to sample a few of the films not selected for the Festival this year. They will be accompanied by always helpful, sometimes hilarious commentary from Seattle film pundit Warren Etheredge. He will take a look at the first five minutes or so of the works offered up by brave volunteers and offer his wickedly honest and always spot-on insight, delivered with quick wit and good will toward the dedicated artists in the mix. What a great way to help make your film better and learn what pitfalls to avoid and what your audience might see that you may not. Do yourself a favor and don't miss this entertaining and informative spectacle that has become a favorite event of many loyal Festivalgoers.
WARREN ETHEREDGE curates, organizes, and hosts the Warren Report, is host of the TV series THE HIGH BAR, and served as curator for the 1-Reel Film Festival at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival. Besides having watched more films than anyone you know, he is also one of the founding faculty of The Film School in Seattle.
New York Foundation for the Arts Workshop
The New York Foundation for the Arts may be based in New York, but its mission of empowering artists at critical stages of their creative lives is directed at creatives across the nation, including the Northwest. Learn about the many support programs that it offers to help artists "take it to the next level" and participate in an informal dialogue and coaching session about the blind spots which often prevent individual advancement in one's chosen pursuits. Whatever is stopping you, identify it, get it out of the way. Then dig into NYFA's many resources: NYFA Source, an extensive national online directory of awards, services, and programs for artists; Fiscal Sponsorship, allowing artists to apply for funding usually available only to organizations with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status; NYFA Source Hotline, a live, toll-free hotline for artist's business and technical questions; and NYFA Learning Online, a collection of workshops, panels, and conferences for artists.
PANEL DISCUSSION: SO YOU WANT TO BE A FILMMAKER?
There are many possible paths to becoming an independent media artist. Aimed at aspiring teens and their families, this informal conversation with a panel of filmmakers references their personal experiences to explore a variety of approaches from traditional means to those which are unique and risk-taking. Whether you are contemplating college-level study in film or a bootstrapping, do-it-yourself approach outside of the norm, this active discussion is intended to articulate the range of opportunities and clarify the elements which can ultimately advance a young person toward their dreams. Panelists will talk specifically about the film school experience, working one's way up the ladder, and networking within the local film community. Invited speakers include Andy Blubaugh and David Cress, whose most recent works are screening in this year's Northwest Film & Video Festival, and the jurors of this year's Young People's Film Festival: Lori Damiano, Janet McIntyre, and Tom Olsen, Jr. (90 mins.)
DOCTOR'S HOURS: ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATIONS WITH RORY GOLDEN
Take the advice you heard in the morning session above and get ready for a new perspective on your art career or artistic practice. A 20-minute one-on-one session with NYFA Program Officer Rory Golden will provide candid, inspired, straight talk about what's between you and your goal. Bring an open mind and willingness to let the conversation go where it needs to! Your treatment is about to be prescribed.
Pre-register by calling 503-221-1156. Some appointments may be available on a walk-in basis. Inquire at the School of Film front desk at 934 SW Salmon.