For the LOVE of Film – SIFF Film Center and Folklife Unite. Part Two.

In partnership with SIFF Film Center, the 2014 Festival presents bold and local films throughout the entire weekend. Come join us in the Film Center and get inspired!

Listening to music just isn’t enough for you? Come join us to celebrate two music inspired documentaries as part of our Indie Roots Programming at this year’s 2014 Northwest Folklife Festival; The Light in the Attic’s:  Wheedle’s Groove Movie and 50 Feet of Song.

Light in the Attic Records: Wheedle’s Groove Movie, Director Jennifer Maas

Friday 4:00PM, With Q&A by Jonathan Zwickel

People forget that Seattle used to have a very thriving soul music scene. It was growing in popularity when it stopped suddenly and seemed to fade away as quickly as it came.  In the documentary, Wheedle’s Groove, filmmaker Jennifer Maas examines the legacy of Seattle R&B, and interviews some of the leading musicians of the day. Seattle’s once-thriving now-forgotten soul/funk scene of the 1960s and ’70s in entertaining and highly educational fashion; while none of them broke through to nationwide success, bands like Cookin’ Bag, Black On White Affair, The Soul Swingers and Cold, Bold & Together were stars in the city’s African-American community and they headlined the city’s many nightclubs catering to soul music fans. This film is centered around grace, specifically having grace about not succeeding at the level that maybe you thought you would. Seeing as how the bands responded to not becoming hugely famous became the theme throughout, that making it is not everything. Wheedle’s Groove is the proof of Seattle’s thriving music scene, as it shows footage and photos, and interviews with talented artists. Light In The Attic Records mission is simple: put out great music, wherever it may be found, however it may sound. This documentary proves they did just that.

 50 Feet of Song

With Q & A by Max McSimov and Stacy Atkinson

Saturday 6:15, Sunday 4:00, Monday 2:15

Created in 2012, 50 Feet of Song sets out to create original documents of the songs of our day.  Inspired by both the direct cinema of the late sixties and the field recordings of Alan Lomax, each session is catered to this time limit and shot on location which makes for a completely original version of the song. The 50 feet refers to the one cartridge of super 8 film that the sessions are shot on. 50 feet of film equals about 3 minutes of record time. By introducing this restraint of time, the artist has to work within the confines of the film and is forced to recreate and adapt their song to the space that is shaped by the super 8 cartridge, and creates a more intimate and personal rendition of the song.


The 2014 Northwest Folklife Festival is partnering up with SIFF to also welcome courageous youngesters to participate in a media movement.  The Reel Grrls and SIFF’s Crash Cinema are both non-profit organizations who provide hands-on experience with filmmaking and production.

Reel Grrls

Saturday 2:00PM, Monday 5:00PM, With Q&A

Reel Grrls is a non-profit organization located founded in 2001 by Seattle media educator and filmmaker Malory Graham, as a project of the 911 Media Arts Center and YMCA of Greater Seattle. Malory was inspired to launch Reel Grrls after her experience teaching media production in co-ed groups of teens, finding that boys jumped at the chance to film while girls in the class appeared intimidated by technology. She recognized the need for a non-competitive all-girl learning environment so girls could share their ideas, build confidence, and master technology. The Reel Grrls’ mission is to empower young women from diverse communities to realize their power, talent and influence through media production, as well as cultivating a voice and leadership skills in girls at a vulnerable age in their development. Reel Grrls is the premier year-round media-training program for girls ages 9 – 21 to learn production skills through hands-on workshops and classes taught by female media professionals and educators. Reel Grrls is a unique after-school media & technology training program to critique media images and to gain media production skills in a safe, open environment, mentored by a network of multi-cultural women media professionals. During that first program, Reel Grrls served 15 teenaged girls. Since then, Reel Grrls has offered engaging, skill-based media training, accessible after-school programming, and summer camps to more than a thousand girls in the Puget Sound region and beyond. Since 2001, over 1000 students have participated in Reel Grrls programs and Reel Grrls media have been honored in more than 90 film festivals globally.

SIFF’s Crash CinemaSIFF

Sunday 6:00PM

SIFF Crash Cinema is a non-competitive movie production challenge, taking participants ages 9 -19 from concept to screening in one day. It is about having fun, making a movie and seeing it on the big screen. The script is developed on the spot by your Crash team, usually 3-6 people, and you design your story based on your team’s resources. Crash Cinema is free and engages local schools, youth, and families with a meaningful approach to cinema production. Participants receive hands-on experience with filmmaking in less than 24 hours. Young people arrive in the morning, are assigned teams, and are given basic materials and instructions for their films. Then the teams scatter to script, shoot, and edit their productions. At the end of the day, the new films are screened for the first time at the SIFF Crash Cinema world premiere and wrap party. Crash Cinema is a bi-monthly and non-competitive challenge.