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Directed by Adam Sekuler

1922 was a project housed in a larger series called the memory (loss) bank, in which choreographer Shannon Stewart and I, through a year long series of films and dances, explored the the ephemeral, overly documented, unknown, and purposefully forgotten aspects of our lives, neighborhoods and cities. Tasked with exploring the traces of each rooms inhabitants, dancers choreographed an exploration of the lived memory of each space. The film became a kind of travelogue of a domestic space.

About the filmmaker
Adam Sekuler is a filmmaker whose work strikes a delicate balance between stylization and naturalism, anchored within an observational world while creating a poetic and lyrical form of visual storytelling. His films have been screened at festivals from Rotterdam to Portland, museums including the Walker Art Center, and art houses across the globe. While not making films he's also a curator, having programmed most recently for Northwest Film Forum.


Directed by Lou Karsen TV Schedule

Made in four days for the 2013 International Documentary Challenge, Shell Game is the vignette story of Kathleen Flenniken (Washington State Poet Laureate). Flenniken grew up near the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Washington, where she later worked as an engineer.

About the filmmaker
Lou Karsen is a Seattle-based documentary filmmaker and youth media educator with Longhouse Media. His work has appeared in film festivals around the world, on PBS and the History Channel. He is currently co-directing a feature documentary, Clearwater, about the health and people of the Salish Sea.


By Danny Tayara, Kate Nilsen,TV Schedule
Summer Matthews, & Emma Marmor

Note: At the time when this film was made, Danny T. and Kate N. were both 19 years old, Summer M. and Emma M. were both 17.

Close your eyes and open your mind. While We’re Asleep is a short youth-produced film where kids are the experts in explaining and exploring the world of dreams.

While We're Asleep has been featured at multiple film festivals, including Citizen Jane Film Festival (2012), Tower of Youth Film Festival (2012) and the Los Angeles Film Festival (2013).

RANDY PARSONS: American Luthier

By David Aldrich

Randy Parsons: American Luthier is a documentary short about a Seattle guitar-maker whose client list includes some of the greatest guitar players in the world. The film recounts Parsons' transformation from aspiring musician to guitar-maker. The guitar had been Parsons' identity since he was a child, but after studying classical and jazz guitar in college, he realized that he would never make a living as a musician. So he gave it up - and then one day he had a vision of how the guitar would come back into his life. Now he's creating instruments that are sought after by musicians such as Jack White and Jimmy Page.

American Luthier premiered at the ITSA Film Festival in California and won the Jury Award for Best Documentary. The film has been an official selection in numerous international festivals, screening in the United States, Canada, France, England, Wales, Croatia, Australia and Korea. The film has also been recognized for its cinematography.

About the filmmaker
David Aldrich is an independent filmmaker, producer, director cinematographer and editor living in Seattle, Washington.

In addition to documentary and commercial film work, he has worked as an independent motorsports journalist, camera operator, editor and field audio engineer while producing Peckhammer TV, a documentary-style web series about people who ride and race motorcycles. David's earliest experimental work as a videographer, editor and actor have been included in numerous shows at Hallwalls Contempory Arts Center in Buffalo, New York.


Directed by Eric Becker TV Schedule
Fifty years ago, Jim Whittaker became the first American to summit Mt. Everest.

About the filmmaker
Eric Becker is an Emmy Award winning Seattle-based director with a focus on short documentary film. His work seeks to create an emotional connection between the viewer and subject through intimate, authentic portraiture and storytelling. His pieces have been seen in festivals, on television and online. He is the founder and owner of We Are Shouting, a commercial production company in Seattle.


By Tess MartinTV Schedule

A fisherman experiences a moment of connection with a female humpback whale in the waters off of San Francisco. Is this an example of inter-species communication or a mysterious fluke? This true story is retold in paint on a 16 foot high wall with the help of the passing public in Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park. This film has screened at more than 40 festivals worldwide and was the winner of the Lomography Prize at L'Alternativa Festival in Spain in 2012.

About the filmmaker
Tess Martin - The Whale SongTess Martin is an independent animator who works with back-lit paper cut-outs, ink, paint, sand or objects. She is the recipient of three 4Culture grants, two City of Seattle grants and numerous others in support of her films, including The Whale Story, animated on a 16-foot-high wall in a public park.

Her most recent films are One Night in Florida, a one minute look at the George Zimmerman acquittal and They Look Right Through You, a nine minute marker-on-glass animation about human-pet relationships. 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 two programs of SEAT films: Inter-Action, which screened in Seattle, Portland, New York City and toured Europe in October 2011, and Strange Creatures, which is currently touring. Tess is currently based in The Netherlands.


Dan McComb (director, cinematographer and editor)
Lisa Cooper (producer and sound recordist)

Facing blindness, Seattle metalsmith Andy Cooperman renews his commitment to making things worth seeing.

About the filmmakers
Seattle filmmakers Dan McComb and Lisa Cooper make documentary-driven films. Their production company, Visual Contact, has produced videos for Fast Company, covered the cutting edge of science for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and made web videos for Nordstrom, IndieFlix, University of Washington and many others.

In their spare time, they make movies. This spring they won Best Documentary Feature for Beyond Naked, a 92-minute look at one of Seattle's most extreme forms of creativity. The film is available on IndieFlix and Vimeo On Demand.

ROBERT G. BURCH – Fractured Series

Directed by Ethan Steinman

The balance of heat, gravity and time as glass artist Robert G. Burch pushes the limits of the material in a Seattle glassblowing studio.

About the filmmaker
Ethan Steinman launched his career in film and television in 1995. Over the years, Steinman has worked on a programming for NBC, FOX and Comedy Central, commercial projects for clients including Dodge, Burger King, Capri Sun, Mercedes, Nike, Ford, Nissan, Pepsi, BMW, Novartis and Unilever and Produced for series’ for Discovery Channel, Discovery Health and A&E.
Over the past few years, he has directed the award winning documentary “Tesoros Descartados (Discarded Treasures),” documentary programs for AJE and CNN, and “Glacial Balance.” He is currently speaking at universities alongside presentations of his film “Glacial Balance” and at the same time is in production on several projects dealing with subjects such as technology, sports, glassblowing and color blindness.


Connor Gaston (Writer/Director/Editor)TV Schedule

Accused of murdering his step father, a young inventor maintains his innocence, claiming the real culprit was a modified television set.

About the filmmaker

Nathan Williams – CBBardo Light is Connor Gaston’s first short film. The film has screened at wide variety of film festivals, including premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. Gaston is currently working on his first feature film.


Directed by Peter EdlundTV Schedule

In the Rough centers on two men whose lives overlap and divide over the course of one strange day.

Winner of the Jury and Audience awards at the inaugural Seattle University Film Festival and the Audience Award winner and a Best Short finalist at the Local Sightings Film Festival.

About the filmmaker
Peter Edlund - Love, SeattlePeter Edlund is a 24-year-old writer and director living in Seattle, Washington. In 2012, he co-founded Visual Pollution Productions with collaborators Megan Leonard (Producer) and Rachel Klein (Director of Photography) and they have produced a variety of commercial and narrative work together over the last two years. Their other short films include History is Subject to Interpretation, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival and won the MOHAI Best Emerging Filmmaker award, and Love, Seattle, which received the Jury Award at Capitol Hill Block Party's Totally Stacked Competition.


By Kendra Ann Sherrill TV Schedule

Simon isn’t really socially oriented. One day, while going through his daily routine with his trusty dog by his side, Simon finds his reading bench occupied. Flustered, he makes the decision to relocate to another bench nearby. This choice results in a life-altering change when he sees a beautiful, quirky girl named Lauri.

The Park Bench screened at Local Sightings Film Festival and Spokane International Film Festival.

About the filmmaker
Kendra Ann Sherrill currently a film student at Eastern Washington University. She has been very involved in the film community in her hometown of Spokane, Washington. She is the youngest and one of few woman board members on the Spokane Film Project, an organization of Spokane’s most passionate filmmakers.

Many of her films have screened at regional festivals such as the Spokane International Film Festival and the Local Sightings Film Festival in Seattle. She has received many honors such as the “Judges Award” at The Inland Northwest’s 50 Hour Slam and “Best Production” at the Spokane TeenVideofest, “Best Director” from the EWU Film Department and most recently the Silver SpIFFy award at the Spokane International Film Festival.

She constantly stays involved in the film community by volunteering, holding various internships and working on many short and feature films such as the award winning "Different Drummers" and "At Middleton". Recently, she was a top ten finalist for the DGA's national award for a student women filmmaker. Her passion and skills lie in directing, but is also experienced in editing, assistant directing and producing. In addition to filmmaking, Kendra has a passion for graphic design and photography.


Ruth Gregory (Writer & Director) TV Schedule
Luke Ware (Producer)
Daniel Berman (Producer)

This short documentary is about Tony and Anjela’s decision to treat their severely autistic 5-year-old son, Dominic, with medical cannabis.

A Dose for Dominic premiered at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto in May 2013 where it won an award from the International Documentary Challenge. It has also screened at Local Sightings in Seattle and the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

About the filmmaker
Ruth Gregory is a filmmaker, academic and nerd working in the Pacific Northwest. While her creative work has transgressed many mediums over the years, she currently identifies herself as a documentary filmmaker first and a writer second. In her twenty years in the media business she’s managed movies theaters, frozen her buns off making a documentary about female ski jumpers trying to get their sport included in the Winter Olympics and even danced across the Soul Train stage during her tenure as a Page at Paramount Pictures.

Ruth earned her MFA in Film from Ohio University and she also has a MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington Bothell. She currently teaches media arts classes at the Arts and Academics Academy (a public arts-infused high school) in Burien, Washington where she is more commonly known as Ms. G.


Jeff Chiba Stearns (director/producer)TV Schedule

Featuring animation from the original Anijam creator Marv Newland along with Oscar® winners Alison Snowden and David Fine and Academy® Award nominees Cordell Barker, Janet Perlman, Chris Hinton and Paul Driessen.

For the first time in Canadian history, 15 of Canada’s most award-winning and celebrated independent animators have come together to create a collaborative animated film. Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam is an innovative and global approach to animation filmmaking and unites animators from coast to coast, from Vancouver to Halifax and all parts in between, to self reflect on one day of their lives using only 4x6 inch yellow sticky notes, a black pen and animation meditation.

To create the film, the animators were asked to self-reflect through animation on personal and global events that impacted one day of their lives. Each of the animators created their sequences without knowing what the other participants were creating. Starting with a ‘to do’ list written on the day of a life-altering event, the animators transitioned from text to imagery by utilizing ‘animation meditation’ to create a visually animated poem representing how their lives were affected by that pivotal day. In the end, the thousands of sticky note drawings link together to create a dynamic and inspirational animated film that connects the human spirit while celebrating individual artistic expression with the goal of inspiring future generations of animators.

About the filmmaker
Nathan Williams – CBJeff Chiba Stearns is an Emmy® nominated and Webby award winning animation and documentary filmmaker. After graduating from the Emily Carr University with a degree in Film Animation, he founded Vancouver based boutique animation studio Meditating Bunny Studio Inc. in 2001. From animated viral video ads and broadcast commercials for companies like Sharpie, 3M, Generali and Post-it Note, to short and feature films like What Are You Anyways? (2005), Yellow Sticky Notes (2007), One Big Hapa Family (2010), Ode to a Post-it Note (2010) and Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam (2013), Jeff’s work has broadcast around the world, screened in hundreds of international film festivals and garnered 33 awards. The studio is currently completing its second feature length ani-doc and pitching various animated series.


Don Hamilton (director)TV Schedule


Directed by Nathan Williams TV Schedule

The Dinner Table is a short film about a family, that like any other family, is funny and poignant, surprising and familiar, simple at times and irreducibly complex at others. Through six short scenes spanning almost a year, the film depicts a family slowly but irrevocably in transition.

About the filmmaker
Nathan Williams – CBNathan Williams is a narrative filmmaker. He attended the University of Washington and has been making films in Washington and Oregon for the last decade. His films have played at the Seattle International Film Festival, Bumbershoot One Reel, Northwest Film Forum’s Local Sightings, Vienna Independent Shorts, International Kurtzfilmtage Winterthur, the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, Dances With Films, the Hamburg Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and other festivals worldwide.

He is currently working on a new feature film, If There’s a Hell Below, a thriller about whistleblowers and journalists.