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10 Local Filmmakers Make Documentary Shorts

Seattle, WA (March 19, 2003) – The Fly Filmmaking Challenge will reappear at the 2003 Seattle International Film Festival to be held May 22- June 15, the Festival Director and Founder Darryl Macdonald announced today. Returning after a one-year hiatus, this year’s Challenge features ten local filmmakers, each making a short film (3-5 minutes) on a Seattle theme. Each filmmaker has a crew of five people and makes their documentary short on the “fly;” 5 days to shoot, 5 days to edit, and 2 days to post. The short films will premiere opening weekend at the 29th Annual Seattle International Film Festival.

Nominated by a Fly Filmmaking Advisory Board, this year’s Fly Filmmakers are: Sherman Alexie, Shannon Gee, John Helde, Tanya Hughes, John Jeffcoat, Leigh Kimball, Jen Peel, Brian Quist, Lynn Shelton and Mark Titus. The Fly Films Executive Producers are Darryl Macdonald and Helen Loveridge, Kathleen McInnis and Amy Lillard are producers.

“We are thrilled to receive so much support for the return of Fly Filmmaking at the Seattle Festival,” said Darryl Macdonald, Festival Director. “Both the caliber of filmmakers and the quality of suppliers involved in this year’s program provide the basis for an incredibly exciting group of shorts. We look forward to the line-up of Fly Films to be as stimulating and delightful as the city in which they are made.”


“This new and exciting direction for Fly Filmmaking is a testament not only to the extraordinary talent of our Seattle filmmakers and filmmaking community, but also the documentary format which has emerged as a re-energized and vital art form,” says Kathleen McInnis, Producer of the Fly Films.

Designed to nourish the creative impulse of cinema, the Fly Filmmaking Challenge allows each director to make a short film without regard to political or financial constraints. In previous years, after premiering at SIFF, Fly Films have gone on to make television debuts on the Sundance and Bravo networks and have played at other leading industry festivals such as Sundance, Rotterdam, and the New York Shorts Film Festival.

The following are the 2003 sponsors for the Fly Film Challenge: Modern Digital, Bad Animals, Rocket Pictures, Seattle Composers Alliance, Wigglyworld Studios/NW Film Forum, Pacific Grip and Lighting, Seattle Grip and Lighting, Oppenheimer Cine Rental, Panasonic Camera, Jonas Jensen, The Mayor’s Office of Film and Music, The Washington State Film Office, 911 Media Arts, National Videotape, A&V Tape Handlers and Pro-Tape.

The Seattle International Film Festival is the largest festival in the US and has been cited by the New York Times, Variety, Film Comment, and USA Today as one of the top five festivals in North America. It is also one of only seven film festivals in North America chosen to qualify films for consideration in the Independent Spirit Awards, the Indie film world’s equivalent of the Oscars. Running a full 25 days and screening over 250 feature and short films from over 40 different countries, SIFF is considered one of the most influential festivals in the world. SIFF is produced by Cinema Seattle, a not-for-profit, membership based organization.

Contact: Kate Galbraith, 206.315.0661