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An Evening with SIFF 2013 Fly Filmmakers

KCTS 9 hosts an evening with the SIFF 2013 Fly Filmmakers Curtis Taylor, Lulu Gargiulo, Ben Andrews, and Amy Enser, with Warren Etheredge as MC.

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Independent films from or about the Pacific Northwest. Image from 'Love, Seattle' by Peter Edlund.

SIFF 2013 Fly FIlms
Honor the Treaties

Inspired by works of art created by one of the 2012 Artist Trust Fellows, our four Fly Filmmakers (Ben Andrews, Amy Enser, Lulu Gargiulo, and Curtis Taylor) rose to the challenge with original films that were shot in neighborhoods across Seattle.
2012 SIFF FLY FILMS
Honor the Treaties

Four filmmakers sign up to make short films for the Seattle Film Festival. They are given one week to write, three days to shoot, five days to edit and no money. Catch the SIFF 2012 Fly Films, C.B., Reviens Moi, The Return & D.C.I.
The Piano
Directed by: Matthew Brown; Running Time: 5 min 25 sec ReelNW The Piano

What happens when you take the prim and proper concert piano and pianists straight off the stage and throw them into the dusty, scary, grimy mess of the factory where the majestic black creatures are born.

About the Filmmaker
Matthew Brown – The Piano

My name is Matthew Brown, and I am a visual storyteller. I love to create moving portraits of life around me, the mundane and the exhilarating alike. I have been making videos since I was five, after the 1989 earthquake in San Francisco inspired me to be a filmmaker and to think differently and creatively about the world around me. I grew up in a very rural town called Rough And Ready, California, where I basically had nothing but my imagination to use up my time. I practiced on my cheap little out-of-date camera until just three years ago. Then, as I played more with filmmaking and experimented with editing and shooting, I realized that I had a knack for it. I write, direct, shoot, and edit, and try to evolve my craft with every video I make. Read More

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Directed by: Sarah Jolley; Running Time: 3 min 45 sec
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Silent comedy is immortal, except when the film begins to burn through - but abandoning his film causes this silent star to encounter movies and a leading lady that he was never cast for.

About the Filmmaker
Sarah Jolley - Skip

An incorrigible doodler from birth, Sarah Jolley studied animation for the past four years at both Vancouver Film School and Newport University of Wales, with the solid backing of a Foundation year at Manchester Metropolitan University behind them. Whilst making things move has evolved into her true passion, she also practices her storytelling in writing comics, literature and scripts. Sequential imagery and character design often accidentally lead to writing entire novels at two in the morning, but having been raised in Cheshire on a strict diet of classical reading and comedy, it's hardly surprising that she aims to complete at least six impossible things before breakfast.

Love, Seattle
Directed by: Peter Edlund; Running Time: 2 min 15 sec
Love, Seattle

An open letter to Clay Bennett.

About the Filmmaker
Peter Edlund - Love, Seattle

As a child Peter Edlund dreamed of growing up to be a dinosaur or playing in the NBA, but unfortunately neither of these career paths panned out. After a period of severe emotional anguish, he settled on pursuing a career in filmmaking instead, and enrolled at Seattle University. While there he was lucky enough to meet cinematographer extraordinaire Rachel Klein, and editor/taskmaster Megan “the Wolf” Leonard, with whom he began creating films under the moniker of Visual Pollution Productions. He is forever in debt to his incredibly supportive family.

Honor the Treaties
Directed by: Eric Becker; Running Time: 11 min 15 sec
Honor the Treaties

***2013 NW Regional Emmy® Award***

Honor the Treaties is a short film that examines photographer Aaron Huey’s work for Native American rights on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The film explores the idea that journalists sometimes ‘get the wrong story’. Using Aaron’s seven-year experience as a photographer on the Pine Ridge Reservation, we examine the idea of growth and change in relationship to telling a story.”

About the Filmmaker
Eric Becker - Honor the Treaties Eric Becker is a Seattle-based director who has been working domestically and internationally in documentary film for 6 years. His work, both short and feature-length, focuses on human rights, peace, and the environment, and has screened at festivals and on television. His unique visual style and approach to storytelling seeks to reaffirm our shared humanity, reminding us that there are tangible solutions to issues of social justice. His most recent short documentary, Honor The Treaties, was featured at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival’s shorts program opening night. He graduated with an MPH in Global Health from Yale University in 2006.”
Preguntas Hermosas
Directed by: David Viau; Running Time: 3 min 23 sec Preguntas Hermosas

***2013 NW Regional Emmy® Award***

Preguntas Hermosas is a poetic story of time shared and love lost, told through a combination of “Poema X” by Pablo Neruda and “Under the Harvest Moon” by Carl Sandburg. It unfolds in three parts: a fond remembrance, loss, and then finally acceptance.

About the Filmmaker
David Viau - Preguntas Hermosas

David Viau is a creative director born and raised in Seattle, Washington. From an early age, he has loved to draw, write and direct movies.

After graduating from the University of Washington in visual communication, he worked for apparel giant Nike and various interactive design agencies. His love of motion-based design drove him to embrace the television and film industry and led him to work as one of the founding designers at Superfad.

As a creative director and artist, David displays a host of skills that range from live action direction, visual effects, photography, illustration and design.

The House I Keep
Directed by: Jhene Erwin, Jennifer Little; Running Time: 9 min 30 sec ReelNW The House I Keep

In The House I Keep we experience the life of the lead character Nicole, as she grapples with her day, six weeks after suffering a miscarriage. What lies beneath a thin veneer of normality is a rage and sorrow that isolates and warps. She struggles to come to terms with the loss of something that was, but never was. Something that she alone felt was real. It is in the war between her internal and external life that we come to understand the conflicts that have plagued her recovery. What is remarkable about this day is that she stumbles upon a curious symbol of hope that will ultimately lead her back to peace.

About the Filmmaker Jhene Erwin – The House I Keep

A graduate of Toronto, Canada’s Ryerson Theater School, Jhene Erwin starred in the feature film The Fishing Trip, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. She played a supporting lead in the Family Channels M.O.W. Night of the Twisters, as well as the lead in Janice Gambles story on CBC’s The Scales of Justice. Jhene was a series regular in Nancy Drew for New Line Television and Liberty Street for the CBC. Other appearances include Joanna Stubbins on USA’s Psych and Snyder in the feature film Crimes of the Past. Read More

Capsule
Directed by: Antonio (Tony) Altamirano ReelNW Capsule

Two astronauts struggle to stay alive as their crashed space capsule slowly runs out of oxygen.

About the Filmmaker
Antonio (Tony) Altamirano - Capsule

Antonio (Tony) Altamirano was born in Lima, Peru and moved to the US at an early age. Tony started making VHS films with no budget at a very early age then graduated film school in hopes to one day make a film as perfect as "Raiders of the Lost Ark”. He has developed effective & award-winning filmmaking skills by serving as a writer, producer, director, and editor on a variety of projects, large and small. Tony loves SCI-FI, The Muppets and avocados.”

Director's Statement

Hula Hoop
Directed by: Tess Martin; Running Time: 1 min 43 sec
Honor the Treaties

A girl with a hula hoop becomes a goldfish becomes the Earth itself. The ordinary and the extraordinary loop and transform in this playful take on the circle of life told in grains of sand.

About the Filmmaker
Tess Martin - Hula Hoop Tess Martin is an independent animator who works with back-lit paper cut-outs, ink, paint and sand. She is the recipient of three 4Culture grants, two City of Seattle grants, and numerous others in support of her films, including Plain Face (2011), a 10 minute short that premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2011. More recent works include The Whale Story, animated on a 16 foot high wall in a public park, and Hula Hoop, a loopy sand piece. Her films have displayed at galleries as well as festivals worldwide. She is a member of SEAT, Seattle Experimental Animation Team, a collective of independent animators, and has curated a program of SEAT films titled Inter-Action, which screened in Seattle, Portland, New York City and toured Europe in October 2011. Tess received her BA of Fine Art from the University of Brighton in the UK and spent the majority of her life overseas before settling in Seattle in 2008.
Piano Pat
Directed by: Matthew J. Clark
Not Available online. Watch it on KCTS 9 Television. Piano ReelNW Pat
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Piano Pat is one of those living legends. She's been playing the same venue, the Sip 'N Dip Lounge, in Great Falls, Montana since 1963. She's one of those characters you don't see every day.

About the Filmmaker
Matthew J. Clark - Piano Pat

Matthew J. Clark is a Director and Cinematographer with roots in the Northwest and life experiences that span the globe. Growing up the son of an Air Force pilot, the Clark family lived in various places and traveled and moved a lot. This vagabond imprinting on Matthew’s brain embedded the desire to explore and see new things. At an early age, the camera was introduced and has been a companion since for Matthew. This propensity to shoot, lead him to study at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in the film school for an emphasis on cinematography.
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10/15/12

Marsanyi, thanks so much for watching "The House I Keep," and for your kind words. - Jhene Erwin

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