The next Burien Film Office Happy Hour will be Tuesday, March 1, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Tin Theater in Olde Burien.
This month’s guest speaker will be Courtney Sheehan, Artistic Director of the Northwest Film Forum:
Courtney leads Northwest Film Forum’s year-round film exhibition and special events programs, and has curated film programs and produced events for theaters and festivals on three continents. On a year-long Watson Fellowship, Courtney investigated the organizational structures, community roles, and programming strategies of twenty film festivals and media centers in India, Spain, the Netherlands, Brazil, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia. As a journalist, Courtney has covered film events ranging from the world’s largest documentary festival (IDFA in Amsterdam) to South America’s largest animation festival (Anima Mundi in Rio de Janeiro) and her publications include Bitch Magazine, Senses of Cinema, The Independent, and NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies. She co-founded Cine Migratorio, a migration-themed film festival in Santander, Spain. Courtney first worked at Northwest Film Forum in 2009 as a programming and Children’s Film Festival Seattle intern. She holds a degree in Visual Culture from Grinnell College.
The Northwest Film Forum began life in 1995 as “WigglyWorld Studios,” a filmmakers’ collective focusing on post-production founded by filmmakers Jamie Hook and Deborah Girdwood. As the organization expanded to include more aspects of production, it also started showing films – first with the historic Grand Illusion Cinema in 1997 and then with the newly-built Little Theatre in 1999. The name “Northwest Film Forum” was created to describe all of the organization’s exhibtion, education, equipment access and production operations. In 2004, NWFF sold its two cinemas and began the move to a brand new space that would consolidate all aspects of the organization under one roof. The current space, at 1515 12th Ave (between Pike and Pine), is Seattle’s first proper cinematheque, located on Capitol Hill and housing two theaters (one seating 119, the other 48) as well as facilities and equipment for filmmakers, a dedicated space for workshops as well as filmmaker offices.
This is an open and free event, and all filmmakers, film buffs, artists and anyone else who appreciates cinema are invited to meet others, network, learn about local productions in Burien and much more.
NOTE: This event is open to all ages.
The Tin Theater is located at 923 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien.
GUEST SPEAKERS NEEDED!
Guest Speakers are also being sought for these monthly events, and will have 30+ minutes to show clips, short films, stills, etc. about their work, as well as do Q&A with the audience. If you have something film-related you’d like to present, please email [email protected] (BTB Publisher Scott Schaefer is volunteering to help the city manage these events).
For more information, contact the city’s Economic Development Manager, Dan Trimble, at (206) 248-5528, or email Scott Schaefer at [email protected].