We had two pieces of good news this weekend from FiLMLaB AD Tony Forsyth. Item #1: the little film that could, Alis Volat Propriis, was accepted into the Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival November 8-10 in Hood River, Oregon. You will remember Alis from previous columns as our 2012 FiLMLaB experiment and more recently as OIFF’s 2013 Best Comedic Short. We don’t have the schedule yet, but will post it as soon as it is available.
Congratulations to 2012’s winning Script-to-Screen Contest writer Haley Isleib and director Christopher Alley for their newest laurels.
Our second piece of good news from Tony is that the Parkside Pub in the Kenton Park Neighborhood is hosting a free screening of both FiLMLaB shorts this Saturday, October 12th at 7:00 pm. The Parkside Pub is a cozy cafe by day and a friendly place to grab a beer and enjoy a nosh after work. Directly across from Kenton Park, they graciously allowed us to utilize their cafe as a set for the 2013 Script-to-Screen Contest’s winning short and FiLMLaB experiment, Inspiration, (by Barbara Thomas) during two very long days in June. We are indebted to them for their generosity and hope to see you there this Saturday evening.
The third new thing in FiLMLaB this week? I’m thrilled to announce that Mary Andonian has agreed to step in as Film/FiLMLaB Coordinator for the 2014 Willamette Writers Conference. You will be hearing from Mary in the weeks ahead as we transition away from 2013’s contest and prepare for 2014 (fair warning: it will start much earlier!).
Mary has a lengthy history with Willamette Writers, serving both as a board member and fulfilling multiple roles on the conference planning committee over the past several years, including 2013 where as Program Coordinator she put together an exceptional slate of classes and faculty. She brings a wealth of experience to FiLMLaB and will play a critical role in continuing to build a solid foundation for its success. Please join me in welcoming her to FiLMLaB.
I will be available to assist Mary in her new role as needed and as family responsibilities allow, so you’ll still hear from me from time to time. I have greatly enjoyed my affiliation with Willamette Writers, and have learned so much. After three years as Film Coordinator and two in FiLMLaB, however, I’m ready to sit my ass down.
Ruth Witteried is the Film Coordinator for the Willamette Writers Conference and Executive Producer of FiLMLaB. You can follow her on Facebook at FilmLab and SitYourAssDown; Twitter @sityourassdown1, or as RH Cohen on her Young Adult website zombienoel.com.