Shoreline goes to SIFF 2012SCC goes to SIFF 2011Film Faculty blaze trail at SIFF Thursday, May 06, 2010 

siffWe had students involved in three feature films both on the cast and crew side that played SIFF. "Safety not Guaranteed", which is now playing in theatres, "Ira Finkelsteins Christmas" and "Eden".


SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival)
Fat Kid Rules the World
(also played the SXSW Festival; employed students)

Safety Not Guaranteed
(also played Sundance; employed students)

Bobby Ellis is Gonna Kick Your Ass
(employed several students and was shot on our campus)

(also played SXSW; employed students)

Senior Showcase
(this is a short film I directed, using a production crew comprised entirely of SCC and Nathan Hale High School students)

STIFF (Seattle True Independent Film Festival)
The Summer Home
(faculty produced)

Easter Weekend
(employed students)

A Man, Buried
(employed students and stars Tony Doupé)

Happy Monday
(student produced)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

 Jarrett Nelson edits When the Lights Go Out a documentary about the
projectionist at the Seattle Center laser show, John "Ivan" Borcherding.

Shoreline Community College will be well-represented when the Seattle International Film Festival opens on May 19.


Not just in the audience, on the screen.


"The program here at Shoreline - the faculty, the students, the support é is really building and that's reflected by the work being done here," said Tony Doupe, Performance Arts & Digital Filmmaking department chair. Shoreline has a direct connection to four films being shown at the 37th edition of SIFF, the largest festival of its kind in the United States. Running from May 19-June 12, the event will feature 257 feature films and 184 shorts, including 96 premieres.  


Doupe and Shoreline student Garr Godfrey appear in "The Off Hours," which shines a light on the drama that comes while working the night shift at a diner. The project that premiered earlier this year at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival also features Seattle's Lynn Shelton of "Hump Day" fame. "The Off Hours" is scheduled to play at 7 p.m., June 6, and 4 p.m., June 7, at the Neptune Theater in Seattle's University District.


 A time-lapse photo shows the audience watching a laser show at
the Seattle Laser Dome, Feb. 6, 2011. The show and projectionist,
John "Ivan" Borcherding, was the subject of a documentary
titled "When the Lights Go Out," which has been accepted to
show at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival. More photos

A time-lapse photo shows the audience watching a laser show at the Seattle Laser Dome, Feb. 6, 2011. The show and projectionist, John "Ivan" Borcherding, was the subject of a documentary titled "When the Lights Go Out," which has been accepted to show at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival. More photos

Perhaps one of the more interesting efforts due its source is "When the Lights Go Out." The six-minute video was created by students as a collaborative final project for Shoreline faculty member Ruth Gregory's Film/Video 287 class on documentaries.


"We offer the class during winter quarter because it is designed to coincide with the International Documentary Challenge as the final project of the class," Gregory said. Although the video didn't make the finals for the challenge, SIFF judges liked the work and subject é a story about the projectionist at the Seattle Center laser dome, a man named John "Ivan" Borcherding é enough to give it a coveted spot in the festival.


While Gregory served as producer, every other role was filled by students, including director Karen Ducey. A former Seattle PI photojournalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times and National Geographic, Ducey said she loved the filmmaking process. "One thing I learned was that when you see all those names on a film, it really takes all those people working together," Ducey said.


"When the Lights Go Out" is scheduled to show with the Seattle Stories package of shorts at 11 a.m., Monday, May 30, at the SIFF Cinema in the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall, part of McCaw Hall at Seattle Center.


"Photo Booth," another piece of the Seattle Stories package, was edited by Shoreline faculty member Kris Boustedt. The 18-minute murder mystery is also the work many Shoreline students. The film is scheduled to play at 11 a.m., Monday, May 30, at the SIFF Cinema


Boustedt also edited "Tilting at Windmills," an entry in The Fly Filmmaking Challenge, one of SIFF's most popular events. This year, the filmmakers raced the clock with a week to write a script, three days to shoot with only 2,000 feet of Kodak film and then five days to edit a total of 10 minutes of screen time. And, there was a documentary crew there to catch all of the behind-the-scenes action. The Fly Filmmaking Challenge is scheduled to play at 4:30 p.m., May 30, at the Egyptian Theatre, in downtown Seattle, and 5 p.m., June 7, at the SIFF Cinema.


"Having a film festival like SIFF in our backyard is a tremendous asset," Doupe said. "Having the work of our students and faculty in the festival is even better."


siff03The Seattle International Film Festival has made a name for itself in the world of film festivals, now ranked as the largest and most well attended in the U.S.  It has also become one of the more competitive venues for filmmakers, and this year's SIFF includes the work of all of the SCC film/video instructors - Tony Doupe', Kristofor Boustedt and Ruth Gregory.  What a testament to the creativity and quality of their work.  (Photo left to right): Ruth Gregory, Kristofor Boustedt and Tony Doupe'.


Tony Doupe's work has been included in the SIFF lineup for more than 10 years.  TonyThis year, he returns to the screen in the short film, -Your Lucky Day" ? in which he plays a convenience store manager.  The plot evolves around the circumstances that follow an announcement to everyone in the store by an elderly man that he just won the lottery.  A young man, who had already helped himself to something from the store's shelves, decides he would like that ticket, and from there everything falls apart. Please check out the SIFF schedule to see the date, time and theater that -Your Lucky Day" ? will play.  Doupe' is also starring in -My Life with Betty," showing at the Harvard Exit May 21 and May 23 at the Harvard Exit. 


Doupe' said that current film students and grads often work with him and Boustedt as crew members.  Shoreline Community College film graduate, Brien Houston is working on both films that Doupe' stars in at this year's festival. Student, Chris Geilos also worked on the crew for both films.


He is currently filming a feature film, -The Off Hours,"in which he stars as Stu, an alcoholic diner owner.  Written by Megan Griffiths, The Off Hours tells the story of three residents of a small, truck-stop town.   Doupe' has played lead roles in such films as Warner Brothers, -Frayed" and principal roles in -Life or Something Like It" as well as other production companies such as LLC Productions, Vagabond Pictures and UFO Productions.  Shoreline grads Sean Welch and Brien Houston are also working on the project.


KrisKristofor Boustedt (and his wife, Lindy) wrote, directed and produced the feature film, -Perfect 10,"a low-budget drama/comedy about a married woman who goes to her 10-year high school reunion sans her husband for a second chance with the boy she loved in high school.  The underlying theme of the film is about how our perception of ourselves is impacted by how others perceive us and the nature of trust and honesty in relationships. The film takes place (and was filmed in just two weeks) in Seattle and in Eastern Washington (where the Boustedts met while going to Eastern Washington University.)  -Perfect 10" is scheduled to play on June 7 at 9:15 p.m. and again on June 8 at 4 p.m. at the SIFF Cinema at SIFF Cinema on lower Queen Anne.  It will be released online and on DVD through IndieFlix in December.


Brien Houston was a crew member on the -Perfect 10" team.  -He was really, really good,"? Boustedt said. 


The Boustedts have a number of short films in their repertoire, but this is their first feature film. Instructor Ruth Gregory is taking the SCC Film Club to see it. 


Ruth Gregory

RuthThis is the second year Ruth Gregory (far right in photo, and Don Savage, editor of "The Stranger," is also in photo) has had her work included in the SIFF line-up.  This year's film, "I Saw U," is a short documentary about the people who meet via the -I Saw U" ads in the Seattle newspaper, -The Stranger."


Gregory, who co-produced the film, said it was made in five days as part of the International Documentary Challenge, a timed filmmaking competition.  The film, which won -Best of First Person Genre" and "Best Soundtrack (The President of the United States)"at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival in Toronto, features Editor and Chief of -The Stranger," Dan Savage.  Co-director, Maile Martinez, is also an occasional associate faculty member at Shoreline.  -I Saw U" is playing during the opening program for shorts weekend - at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 21 at the SIFF Cinema.  More of Gregory's work from her film collective, LadyLikeFilms, is available here: 


"Shoreline's Digital Filmmaking program has become a top notch, dynamic film program that prepares students with hands-on professional opportunities for actual work in the field. Our students' technical and field experiences take them into the community and the workforce as well as into academic transfer to baccalaureate film programs," Dean Norma Goldstein said.


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The Seattle International Film Festival will celebrate its 36th birthday this season with 256 feature-length films and 150 shorts from 67 countries.