Craig T. Nelson at 10th Annual Film Festival
The Ellensburg Film Festival is excited to announce that Craig T. Nelson, who plays Zeek Braverman on the NBC series "Parenthood," will be our featured guest at the 10th Annual Ellensburg Film Festival, October 3-5, 2014. Nelson, who was born in Spokane and attended Central Washington University for a time, will attend several events on Friday and Saturday of the festival. Nelson has had many starring roles in both film and television during his career, but he is particularly proud of his role on "Parenthood," where he plays a Vietnam-era veteran who struggles with the life events of his extended family members. Stay tuned for more information as the festival date nears.
Oscar Bash Set for March 2nd
Last year, the Ellensburg Film Festival hosted its first annual Oscar Bash and it was such a huge success, we've decided to continue it again this year. The Academy Awards Ceremony is being broadcast on Sunday, March 2nd, and we plan to have a live feed into the same venue, which has been renamed The Elmira (the old Raw Space). There, you can watch each award unfold as you enjoy drinks and great food with family and friends. This year's Oscar host is none other than Ellen DeGeneres, who first hosted back in 2007. Not only does she have a great first name, but she's a class act who'll again do a great job as Emcee of the ceremonies. So put this date on your calendar, and check back after the first of the year for more details.
This year year, the Ellensburg Film Festival screened some great movies, making it one of the best yet for film buffs in Central Washington. Winner of the Audience Award this year was an indie production called Cement Suitcase, which was filmed just down the road from here in Yakima, Sunnyside, and Prosser. Director Rick Castaneda and several actors and crew members were on hand for the screening and talked afterward about production. Winner of Best Documentary went to Blackfish, which gained a lot of buzz after the festival when it was shown on CNN Films. All in all, it was a great festival, and we're really looking forward to next year and the 10th Anniversary!
Teen Filmmaking Workshop
This past summer, in conjunction with the Ellensburg Public Library, the EFF hosted a Teen Filmmaking Workshop to help support aspiring young auteurs in the local community. A total of 32 students organized into different teams produced four wonderfully engaging short film that were first shown publicly at the Library and will be seen again during the festival. You're going to love these shorts!
A special thanks go out to Josephine Camarillo, Children's Librarian, Ralla Vickers, EFF Board Secretary, and volunteer instructors John Otteni, Allison Carpenter, Elizabeth Maurer, Laura Newman, Lynn Ostenberg, and Debbie Rowden. We also want to thank Jordan Perry, Maddie Schlesinger, and Nick White with Clearwater Studios Access Channel, as well as the Central Washington University Film & Video Studies for helping to secure four Vixia cameras for filming.