Monday, September 29, 2008

The First Gig Harbor Film Festival

On September 13th, Dry Rain played at the first Gig Harbor Film Festival. We were honored to be selected to play at the festival in a group of really great shorts. The collection of shorts, curated by Amy Dee and Beth Barrett of the Seattle Film Festival, were created by Seattle filmmakers including Dan Brown (Pierre) , John Hilde (Hello), Sean Pecknold (The Strange Hunger) , Mike Standish and Thom Harp (Fortune Hunters), and Douglas Horn (Full Disclosure).

Interestingly enough, Hello, Pierre and Dry Rain were all past winners of the IFP Spotlight Award and Full Disclosure and Fortune Hunters were finalists that didn't win, but went on to make their picture anyway. Just goes to show you that the award actually helps get things made and motivates people to create their film.

You got to check out Sean Pecknold's work. He has done a few videos for the up and coming band Fleet Foxes. The Strange Hunger is a cool animated short. Hopefully I'll be able to work with Sean one of these days. Sean's company is called Grandchildren.

Pierre was a fun film. Dan Brown asked me to shoot that film for him ages ago, it seems. It got good reviews and won the Golden Space Needle Award at the Seattle International Film Festival last year. You can see the film here on the South By Southwest site. Dan won an award there too.

A big thank you goes to the Gig Harbor Film Festival and especially Paula Lillard for putting so much hard work into getting it off the ground for the first year. Nice job Paula!