calendar for may 2017


WHERE: St John’s Bar and Eatery in Capitol Hill
719 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
WHEN: 5:30-7:30 PM
Women in Film is a co-sponsor of Northwest films at SIFF and the NW meet and greet party for local filmmakers.

Women in Film Seattle is proud to be a continuing Community Partner of Seattle International Film Festival, the largest festival in the nation, right here in our hometown. Women in Film is a presenting sponsor of the SIFF Filmmaker Meet & Greet Party. Woohoo! Congratulations SIFF filmmakers, we look forward to seeing you on May 8 at St. John’s Bar and Eatery in Capitol Hill to celebrate. Mingle with compatriots and colleagues, get your picture taken, enjoy a glass or two. We can’t wait to see your films on the big screen at the 43rd Annual Seattle International Film Festival.

(Please let Virginia Bogert know the details of your film so we can get you a little press on the website and facebook.
Women in Film Professional members in good standing, watch for your email invitation to the party!


Women in Action: Super Heroes in Film

WHERE: Works Progress
WHEN: 6:30 - 9:00 PM
115 N 85th Street, Suite 202
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 206-466-1624

With the release of the Wonder Woman movie in June 2017, and the popularity of movies like The Hunger Games, Star Wars, and Mad Max: Fury Road, women led action films are on the rise. TST hosts a discussion about women’s roles in action films and women directed action films. We will discuss the genre, the role of women and what may be in store for the future.

Entry for all paid members of Women In Film Seattle is free; cost for guests or the general public is $6.

MAY 18

The Big Sick, directed by Michael Showalter, produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, screenwriters: Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani. Based on the real-life courtship, Pakistan-born comedian Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) and grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) fall in love, but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail must navigate the crisis with her parents and the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.


MAY 21
A Closer Look at Sweetheart Deal

WHERE: Pan Pacific Hotel, SIFF Lounge
2125 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
WHEN: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Sweetheart Deal examines the lives of four women grappling with addiction on Seattle's Aurora Avenue. The harrowingly intimate story presents unique challenges for Impact Producer Tracy Rector, as she works to craft a meaningful outreach program that engages audiences without whitewashing the daily horrors of lives ruled by heroin.

Sweetheart Deal is a gritty new documentary. Elisa Levine, co-director/producer focuses on the story of four women heroin addicts and their intersection point. Heroin addiction, a widespread epidemic, doesn't recognize social boundaries. These addicts range from a runaway child to suburban mom.

Levine follows the women as they negotiate prostitution to afford their fix along Aurora Ave., Seattle's tacky highway into downtown. We learn of their tragedies in their words and discover the real people beneath the tag society assigns them. They all try to kick their addiction with the help of Gray Cloud, who offers a warm sanctuary in an RV along the corridor. Their reaction is mixed when Gray Cloud's true purpose is exposed.

Elisa Levine is a WIF Seattle grant winner, her unique documentary is also a 2017 SIFF True Productions, a Sundance Documentary Fund, and a JM Kaplan Fund grant recipient Peggy Case and Tracey Rector produce along with Elisa.

MAY 28

WHERE: Pan Pacific Hotel, SIFF Lounge
2125 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
WHEN:  3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
No host Happy Hour to follow! Join us.
Admission $10

Each year Women in Film collaborates with SIFF to present a panel forum for filmmakers and festival attendees whose topic revolves around films and filmmakers screening at SIFF. This year the SIFF theme is “Gather,” so accordingly, we will present as this year’s festival forum:

Gathering Your Team: a Conversation with Filmmakers
Filmmakers break down the process of assembling crew-members,
We hear of the filmmaker as auteur, the one in control of all aspects of a film - at the same time, again and again we hear, “Filmmaking is a collaborative process.”

You must gather a team that provides support and expertise to take on the challenging but rewarding journey of movie making. Each crew member specializes in a specific important area for the production of the film. How do you gather a dream team whose goal is to create together? How important is synergy and harmony? How does the director assemble her or his team to carry out their vision and make it work? What do they look for when looking for people to work and create with?

Hosted by Women in Film Seattle

Introductions by Virginia Bogert, President Emerita, Women in Film Seattle
Moderated by: Susan LaSalle, UPM, Producer; Women in Film Seattle

SJ Chiro, Director / Executive Producer 
SJ Chiro graduated from Bennington College with a degree in theater and French literature. She spent much of her early career as an actor and director in Seattle’s theater scene. Her 2006 debut short film LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD garnered awards for Best Live Action Short at Children’s Film Festival Seattle and Best Cinematography at the San Francisco Women’s Film Festival. Her next film, THIRD DAY’S CHILD, premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival and screened at the Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Film Festival, One Reel Festival, and Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films. Her short HOWARD FROM OHIO was awarded a special jury prize at Seattle International Film Festival, best short film at Seattle’s Local Sightings Film Festival, and the Director's Award at the Boston Underground Film Festival. Her short film THE EPIPHANY, based on a short story by Jonathan Lethem, was made for the SIFF Fly Filmmaking Challenge 2011. This marked the first collaboration with producer Mel Eslyn. In 2011 a tribute to Jørgen Leth’s THE PERFECT HUMAN, was commissioned by Seattle's The Project Room and a collaboration with Charles Mudede, THE THIRD WHEEL, premiered at SIFF 2013.
LANE 1974, Chiro’s first feature film premiered at SXSW, draws upon her own experience as a child of revolutionary thinkers who retreated to a communal life in Northern California in the 1970s. LANE 1974 screens at SIFF Friday June 2 at The Egyptian 7PM and Saturday, June 3 at SIFF Uptown 2:30 PM.

Lisa B. Hammond, Set Decorator
Lisa is a Set Decorator with IATSE Motion Picture Studio Mechanics Union and sits on the Board of Local 488. After 15 years independently designing environments and art directing details for commercial and retail advertising campaigns, Lisa discovered filmmaking. She immediately fell in love with the collaborative process and the challenging dynamics presented in building and working with just the right crew to create visual sets and props for story telling.
Lisa has a background in design and art history with a Bachelors Degree in Art and Photography from The University of California. A few of her credits include: SyFy’s  Z Nation, Sundance favorites: SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, THE DETAILS and Megan Griffith’s THE OFF HOURS; Stephen Gyllynhaal’s GRASSROOTS and Matt Lillard’s FAT KID RULES THE WORLD.

Ron Leamon, Costume Designer
Ron has designed films, television series, and commercial productions for over 30 years that featured the talents of Alan Arkin, James Earl Jones, Dolly Parton, Parker Posey, David Lynch, and many others. His work has been presented at MOHAI and the Festival International Cinéma Costumes et Mode in Paris which celebrates costume design in film.
Leamon’s work has showcased Seattle and the Northwest in feature films including Sherman Alexie’s Sundance award winning SMOKE SIGNALS, LynnShelton’s LAGGIES, David Lynch’s BLUE VELVET,and Stephen Gyllenhaal’s GRASSROOTS. His TV series work includes Twin Peaks and Stephen King’s Rose Red. His commercial production work includes hundreds of local, national, and international clients.
In addition to film production, Ron is a well-respected, tireless advocate of the northwest film industry. In 1998, he organized the first film lobby event on behalf of the industry. He is the President and Chair of the political action committee Washington FilmPAC, is an active member of IATSE 488 and the Costume Designers Guild 892, and serves on Friends of the University of Washington School of Drama. Ron’s devotion to fostering and attracting new business and talent has raised the profile of Seattle and the region’s film industry through his advocacy and his cultivation of new film business, mentorship, and support of up-and-coming talent. Ron Leamon continues to be a vital source of energy and inspiration for the industry, he was presented the Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Film in 2014.

Jennessa West, Producer
Jennessa West started her production career while living in Los Angeles, working in one hour episodic television for Warner Brothers Television, the FX Channel, and CBS Television. In 2012, Jennessa partnered with Sebastien Scandiuzzi and Rob West to create Pressing Pictures, LLC., a production company dedicated to creating narrative, short, and documentary works. Jennessa’s producing credits include MY LAST YEAR WITH THE NUNS which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2015. SPIN, which premiered at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival and LANE 1974 which had its world premiere earlier this year at SXSW. She executive produced Stefanie Spark’s feature IN CASE OF EMERGENCY and co-produced a short virtual reality piece, AUTO, with director Steven Schardt premiering at Tribeca Film Festival this year. She recently wrapped production on Megan Griffith’s feature film SADIE in January and has signed on to produce Ahamefule Oluo’s original screenplay THIN SKIN along with director Charles Mudede, and producer Michael Seiwerath in the fall of 2017.

Susan LaSalle, Unit Production Manager, Producer
Susan is a rarity in Seattle, she is a UPM in the Directors Guild of America. She also sits on the board of Corporate Accountability International and is the Grant Administrator for Women in Film Seattle. Susan has a degree from Evergreen State College in Documentary Filmmaking.
After producing and managing over 200 documentaries and commercials, Susan forayed into feature films, negotiating a deal for Reuben Gonzales’ film MAMBO CAFE starring Paul Rodriguez. She produced the award-winning family film IRA FINKLESTEIN’S CHRISTMAS (AKA SWITCHMAS)starring Elliott Gould and David De Luise which premiered at Seattle International Film Festival, and THE BREACH, a feature documentary which earned Best of Fest at Palm Springs International and won Best International Documentary at Galway Film Festival, Ireland. Highlights of Susan’s work include an Academy Award winning documentary DEADLY DECEPTION, New York Film Festival award winner IT’S YOUR CHOICE, SIFF Golden Space Needle award winning short FULL DISCLOSURE, and IFP Spotlight Award short, DIGGERS.
Susan's producer expertise has snagged Christopher Lloyd to reprise his role as Doc Brown in a BACK TO THE FUTUREspoof, and legendary commentator Vin Scully for a series of LA Dodgers Time Warner TV spots at Dodger Stadium. She currently has two documentaries in the works: the RISING STAR PROJECT for 5th Avenue Theatre and a documentary about the Women's March.


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