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Simply put, BarCamp NWFilm-5 is an un-conference for Northwest filmmakers that takes place to exploit the convergence of regional filmmakers which happens opening weekend of the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival. “Un” in the sense that no for-profit company is making it happen—there’s no preset agenda and no corporate keynote address. Instead, it is organized by the filmmakers/participants for the filmmakers/participants. The day-long event begins weeks earlier in the virtual setting. Filmmakers come together online to pledge their participation, suggest topics, and start taking control of the agenda. Past break-outs have included everything from self-distribution to archiving your work to building social communities around your film. Everyone’s invited and it’s free. Just contact Festival Manager Thomas Phillipson at email@example.com and he’ll walk you through the interactive wiki website where you can sign up, suggest discussion topics, and immediately connect with your comrades-in-film in the Northwest. This is the sort of event where novice filmmakers meet their crew and accomplished filmmakers meet their inspiration. The Northwest has a wealth of filmmaking resources—none as invaluable as the filmmakers themselves. Avail yourself.
WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
As an aside to the screenings of the films in this year’s Festival, this opportunity to sample a few of the films that were not selected is both instructive and entertaining. Led by the always helpful and sometimes hilarious commentary of Seattle film pundit Warren Etheredge, the audiences will take a look at the first five minutes or so of works volunteered for scrutiny by brave filmmakers. Etheredge will offer his wickedly honest insight, delivered with quick wit and good will, and solicit audience response to the cases at hand. For filmmakers who want to make their films better, gain honest insight into what real audiences (and film festival programmers) see that they might not, this is a unique feedback forum. Even if you are not a filmmaker, you’ll enjoy and learn from an event that has become a popular Festival tradition.
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.
ASIFA and NWFC Present
Portland is internationally known for a vibrant animation community that includes award-winning independent artists and teachers, as well as world-class commercial production. This year’s Festival includes new works by five Portland animators who were invited to take part in this panel discussion and audience conversation about working in Portland, nurturing careers, and finding new opportunities. Moderated by ASIFA (Association International du Film d’Animation) Portland President Rebekah Villon, the panelists include Timothy Firth, Barbara Tetenbaum, Marilyn Zornado, and Ben Popp. An afternoon of insight, advice, and inspiration for students, artists, and audiences alike.
The Hand Painted Film Society, School of Film, and Grand Detour Present
Did you know that you can make films by coloring, painting, scratching, inking, and otherwise treating the celluloid surface of actual film stock as a canvas? Learn such no-budget DIY fundamentals as scratch-on-leader, hot iron plastic bag ink transfer, direct photocopy, and radical collage.
No experience necessary. All equipment and supplies are provided.
PANEL DISCUSSION: SO YOU WANT TO BE A FILMMAKER?
There are many possible paths to becoming an independent media artist. This discussion is intended to articulate the range of opportunities and clarify the elements which can ultimately advance a beginner 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 current and past filmmakers whose most recent works are screening in this year’s Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival and the jurors of this year’s Young People’s Film Festival.