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Don't be alarmed. The nation's largest film festival opens for us viewers on May 21 and runs through June 14. Already you can buy passes

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SIFF Begins Two Months Early

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Don't be alarmed. The nation's largest film festival opens for us viewers on May 21 and runs through June 14. Already you can buy passes from SIFF on its Web site. But the Seattle International Film Festival has already begun for directors participating in its Fly Filmmaking Challenge. This week, three locals began work on their four-day shoots: Laura Jean Cronin, Bao Tran, and Shawn Telford. Additionally, Shannon Hart-Reed is filming a documentary about the process (just like one of those DVD extra reels). Later, the quartet has five days to edit their films, plus two for post-productions. And we'll see the results at SIFF.

You can read short descriptions of the four projects, and their creators, along with SIFF's rules, after the jump:

This from SIFF's press release, dated March 17:

SIFF 2009 Fly Filmmaking Challenge Rules:

  • All narrative films will be shot on 16mm film
  • Documentary will be digital
  • An iconic Seattle location must appear in each film
  • Filmmaker must make a cameo appearance in their film
  • Five days for pre-production
  • Four days to shoot
  • Five days to edit
  • Two days for post-production

The four projects (and their directors):

"Arthur," a film by Laura Jean Cronin, written by Joshua Bourland

Fearing that his mother's accomplices plan to double-cross her following a recent heist, young Arthur Matthews must ensure her safety by any means necessary. The script by Joshua Bourland won the Great American Short Screenplay Competition held by TheFilmSchool at SIFF 2008.

About the filmmaker: Laura Jean Cronin, born in the Bronx and raised in the Northwest, is an award-winning filmmaker and accomplished artist and educator. Cronin recently wrapped her sixth short film, "One Night," a thriller in thirteen minutes, as well as the first half of Season Two of the television show "Biz Kids" on which she is First AD. Other credits Free Parking" (SIFF 2006). Cronin has served on the Board of Directors for Women in Film Seattle in the capacity of Membership Chair since 2006.

"Black Coffee," A film by Bao Tran, written by Timothy Watkins and Charles Forsgren

Someone has found out about David's affair and is blackmailing him. David plans to make the payment to spare his political career, but he's about to find out he's been double-crossed. The script was chosen from the Fly Filmmaking Script Competition.

About the filmmaker: Bao Tran started making movies in Hi8 at an early age and developed his visual sense from Kung Fu movies, silents, musicals, and Hitchcock. His most recent film, "Bookie" (SIFF 2008) has been both nominated and awarded Best Short at several film festivals. He is currently developing feature-length projects, including an action fantasy to be shot in Asia.

"Safe Passage," a film by Shawn Telford, written by Michael Raymond

Two arguing friends catch a late-night ride on the Seattle monorail, but the ride isn't quite what they expected-nor is the destination. The script was chosen from the Fly Filmmaking Script Competition.

About the filmmaker: Shawn has written and produced his own solo work for audiences in Seattle and New York. He has also appeared in the Seattle Fringe Festival and was a member of the Acting Apprentice Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Directing credits include A Night in the Sunlight and Gimme Music, Gimme Shelter.

"Fly Filmmaking Documentary," a film by Shannon Hart-Reed

An imaginative, behind-the-scenes look into the Fly Filmmaking process.

About the filmmaker: Shannon Hart-Reed has a background in feature film Art Departments. (In the Bedroom and Pirates of the Caribbean). Since moving to Seattle over 3 years ago, Shannon has turned her attention to creating stylized documentaries on a variety of short and feature-length subject matter. Credits include "Ladies Who Lunch" and "My My Hey Hey: A Let's Talk-u-mentary" (SIFF 2008)

Looking for last year's SIFF coverage? click here.

 
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