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Seattle International Film Festival Filmmakers For
06 Jun 1998 :

The Seattle International Film Festival is finishing this Sunday, closing with the Irish based film 'This is my Father'. Of particular interest this year is the Filmmakers Forum.

The 24th annual Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), May 21 - June 14, 1998, announced the participation of Academy-Award winning writer/director/producer James L. Brooks (As Good as it Gets) in its fourth annual film industry and trade symposium, the Filmmakers Forum, which runs concurrently with the final week of the Festival. Brooks, along with dozens of other industry leaders including actors Aidan Quinn (Legends of the Fall), Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap), choreographer Adam Shankman (Boogie Nights), and editor Craig McKay (Silence of the Lambs), will host the three-day event of master classes, lectures, panels and hands-on workshops June 11, 12, and 13.

SIFF Filmmakers Forum also announced the participants in the second annual Fly Filmmaking, a six-day challenge to three directors to rediscover their impulse and passion for filmmaking. Acclaimed directors Miguel Arteta (Star Maps), Michael Engler (Party of Five), and Tim Blake Nelson (Eye of God), will be paired with Seattle crews and dispatched to script, shoot, edit and then screen a short film all in the final week of the Festival.

The Filmmakers Forum embodies the Festival's commitment to encourage dialog between artists and audience. Ticket holders gain an opportunity to work with and pose questions to experts in the field. The program includes symposia on the ever-increasing crossover between television and feature film production with panelists actor/writer Mary Kay Place (Big Chill, "Mary Hartman") and writer/director/producer Brooks (Taxi); the future of cinema on the Internet with a panelist Wired magazine called "one of the 25 most likely to transform entertainment," Bart Cheever (D.FILM); music's influence on cinema with musician Dave Dederer (Presidents of the U.S.A.) and composer and score producer Hummie Mann (Sleepless in Seattle); a master editing clinic with editor Craig McKay; and a lecture/dance class on the impact of dance on modern movies with choreographer Adam Shankman.

Highlights of the program also include a round-table discussion on filmmaking and family with brothers Paul, Aidan, and Declan Quinn (This is My Father), and a theatrical read-through of the first-ever Grand-Prize winning script in the Washington State Screenwriting Competition, Andre LeDoux's Cat by the Road. Lectures on deal-making from Hollywood talent agents, a session about fundraising, a conference on bringing novels to the screen with panelist writer Darryl Ponicsan (Taps), and a discussion on producing and pulling it all together with producer Karen Murphy (Drugstore Cowboy) round out the three-day Forum. Filmmakers Forum crops up in a variety of venues throughout Seattle over the final weekend of the Festival (June 11 - 13).

For more information visit thier website @ - www.seattlefilm.com

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