Team Smarthouse's Holiday Movie Watch List

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Team Smarthouse's Holiday Movie Watch List

It’s Thanksgiving week (already!?!?) and Team Smarthouse is here for the start of holiday film watching season! We've put together a list of films on our annual holiday watch lists:

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND MUSTS

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
“Those aren’t pillows!” Rachel watches this with her family every year! It's the perfect holiday bonding experience. 

Home for the Holidays (1995)
We are ALL Holly Hunter trapped in our parents house for an excruciating Thanksgiving.  

Pieces of April (2003)
Charming indie-film magic, starring Katie Holmes who is definitely NOT playing the same character she played in Dawson’s Creek.

Master of None "Thanksgiving" (2017)
We know this isn’t a film, but we need to throw in Master of None Season 2, Episode 8, “Thanksgiving” because it’s PERFECT in every way.

CHRISTMASTIME ESSENTIALS

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Maybe it’s cliché to say you love this Frank Capra heartstring-tugger, but Amie watches this every year and still cries every single time Mr. Gower yells at George. And during the “lasso the moon” scene. And, honestly, AT EVERYTHING.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974)
The lesson we learned from this animated classic: if you send an insulting letter to Santa, he’s definitely gonna skip your house Christmas morning. (Ryan still has this recorded on VHS with the original ads!)

Christmas Evil (1980)
Brad’s a big fan of this bad 80’s Christmas horror movie. Pop this thing in your DVD player and MST3K away with friends and family!

Gremlins (1984)
Few movies master the art of horror-comedy, but Gremlins NAILS IT. Heads up: if all you remember is how cute Gizmo is, you’ve forgotten the part where Phoebe Cates’ character tells the story about her dad.

Scrooged (1988)
Somehow this still seems like a fresh take on A Christmas Carol … even though it’s almost 30 years old. Cranky Bill Murray FOREVER!

Die Hard (1988)
Ain't no party like a Nakatomi Plaza party because a Nakatomi Plaza party don't stop until ALL the machine guns go off.

Batman Returns (1992)
“You know, mistletoe can be deadly if you eat it.”
“But a kiss can be even deadlier ... if you mean it.”

Michelle Pfeiffer was, is, and will always be, the most amazing Catwoman EVER.

While You Were Sleeping (1995)
In which Sandra Bullock is somehow adorable even though she lies to an entire family for the whole movie, and Bill Pullman plays the PERFECT man.

Krampus (2015)
Be careful what you wish for … especially if it involves summoning an ancient demon who will punish your entire family.

 

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13 CHAMBERS featuring 13 women directors now available on demand

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13 CHAMBERS featuring 13 women directors now available on demand

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Smarthouse Films is proud to announce that our Seattle-made surreal film anthology, 13 CHAMBERS, is now available on Amazon Video! 13 CHAMBERS brings 13 women directors together to create 13 short films that explore themes of the uncanny, the supernatural, and the sublime.

This collection of surreal and horror-tinged shorts feature a killer twin, an inter-dimensional time traveler, a doomed magician, and other strange characters that exist within the confines of a decaying building slated for demolition.

13 tales. 13 women. 13 CHAMBERS. 

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Seattle Film Summit 2017

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Seattle Film Summit 2017

Smarthouse Creative is an industry partner with Seattle Film Summit this year! The Summit is around the corner (December 10) and just announced its full line up, which is chock-full of major LA studio and agency executives and Seattle industry leaders. Check out the full line up here.

The Summit is the only event like it in the PNW, giving filmmakers and actors the opportunity to meet, network with, and learn from industry professionals from CAA, WME, Stage 32, Sony, Overbrook Entertainment and more. Space is limited, so register ASAP here. The pitch panel is already full (although you can still attend to watch it). Looking for acquisition opportunities? You can schedule a face-to-face meeting with industry pros who can give you access to potential opportunities. Space is also limited. Request to schedule here: http://seattlefilmsummit.com/11-meetings/.

If you’re an actor, attend the casting director workshop (http://seattlefilmsummit.com/panels/casting-director-panel/) and get the opportunity to meet our Seattle-based casting directors and ask them questions to take your work to the next level.

If you need lodging or just want to make a night of it, the Summit’s 4-star location, the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, is offering attendees a HUGE deal on rooms: Stay for just $109 per night during Summit time! Click here to make your room reservation (choose “Attendee” from the drop-down menu). Many of the Summit’s LA guests will be staying at the hotel … just sayin’ (networking!).

Hope to see you there! #SFS2017

Photo: Seattle Film Summit 

Photo: Seattle Film Summit 

 

 

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Women-Directed Horror

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Women-Directed Horror

We know horror film fans have probably already decided their “what to watch on Halloween” lists, but we wanted to add a few more for your consideration just in case! Here are a few terrifying favorites released in the last few years -- all directed by women -- for your viewing pleasure.

The Babadook (2014)
Directed by Jennifer Kent
Discovering your child thinks there’s a monster in the basement is one thing; discovering that the monster is real is … something else.

 

The Invitation (2015)
Directed by Karyn Kusama
This atmospheric tale of terror takes an awkward dinner party at an ex's house from really uncomfortable to full-on WTF madness.

 

The Love Witch (2016)
Directed by Anna Biller
A horror-comedy about a beautiful witch looking for love who won’t be held back by the patriarchy! Drenched in a gorgeous vintage aesthetic.  

 

Raw (2016)
Directed by Julia Ducournau
There’s hazing, and then there’s HAZING. Once new veterinary student Justine tastes meat for the first time, only one thing will satisfy her hunger: human flesh.

 

XX (2017) 
A Horror Anthology Directed by Roxanne Benjamin, Annie Clark, Karyn Kusama, and Jovanka Vuckovic
Four tales of terror: An ancient evil spirit. A birthday party gone tragically wrong. A mysterious box. A rebellious son. That’s all we can tell you without giving anything away! Just. Watch. It.

[Header Photo: THE LOVE WITCH (2016)]

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An Interview with Larry Mizell, Jr.

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An Interview with Larry Mizell, Jr.

“Whoever’s within earshot are my people - that’s my curatorial sense for a world of music and experience - I want everybody to understand. Music is universal and that’s what I’m dedicating my life to. Every culture has their own take on it. It’s infinite, you’ll never hear it all. It’s everywhere. It’s like church to me. I want everybody to come in.” -Larry Mizell, Jr.

In this TAMP episode, The Stranger's "My Philosophy" columnist, KEXP's Street Sounds DJ and musician, Larry Mizell, Jr. talks with poet Colin Walker about his unexpected career in the arts, why he loves what he does, and how he’s built his audience by following his passion for music and community.

Check out Larry’s KEXP Street Sounds Facebook page and follow him on Twitter at @larrymizelljr

TAMP music by Dude York.

Note: During the time of this interview, Mizell hosted Street Sounds, the weekly hip-hop show on KEXP. He wrote the column My Philosophy for the Stranger and was in local Seattle bands like Cancer Rising and Don't Talk To the Cops. He has since moved to Los Angeles.

Listen on Soundcloud here, http://bit.ly/TAMP_LarryMizellJr

Larry Mizell, Jr. recording at KEXP. Photo by Victoria Holt. 

Larry Mizell, Jr. recording at KEXP. Photo by Victoria Holt. 

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An Interview with Smarthouse Founders

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An Interview with Smarthouse Founders

In this TAMP episode, Smarthouse co-founders Ryan Davis and Brad Wilke share helpful tips and tools to build your audience, boost your brand, and follow your passion.

They also discuss the origins of our in-house podcast and how it aspires to be a rich and generative resource for creative entrepreneurs looking to gain traction, promote their projects, and grow their fan base. Tune in and start putting your best foot forward when it comes to connecting with your audience, both online and off.

You can check out our Smarthouse Facebook page here, smrths.com/FB_SHC, and follow us on Twitter at @teamsmarthouse.

Listen on Soundcloud here, http://bit.ly/SHC_TAMP_Episode12.

Ryan Davis and Brad Wilke, Co-Founders of Smarthouse Creative

Ryan Davis and Brad Wilke, Co-Founders of Smarthouse Creative

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Meet the Feline Stars of CHATTY CATTIES!

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Meet the Feline Stars of CHATTY CATTIES!

Introducing the furry cast of CHATTY CATTIES, a laugh-out-loud comedy set in an alternate world in which cats are able to communicate with humans. Now available to pre-order on iTunes! Available to rent or download on iTunes and Amazon on August 29!

Name: Dexter (aka I'm the v handsome boy) Age: 9 Toy of choice: Can a toy be food? Okay, if not food, I have this small, soft ball that I can chew and chase, but I really love to sit on it and then pretend I didn't know it was there and then attack it! Favorite thing to do when mom's not looking: Don't let my handsomeness fool you, the second Mom turns away I will try to eat everything in sight, especially anything plastic because Yum! I love plastic!

Name: Dexter (aka I'm the v handsome boy)
Age: 9
Toy of choice: Can a toy be food? Okay, if not food, I have this small, soft ball that I can chew and chase, but I really love to sit on it and then pretend I didn't know it was there and then attack it!
Favorite thing to do when mom's not looking: Don't let my handsomeness fool you, the second Mom turns away I will try to eat everything in sight, especially anything plastic because Yum! I love plastic!

Name: Meeko Age: 5 Toy of choice: The boxes the toys arrive in! Favorite thing to do when Mom or Dad aren't looking: Drinking out of the sink...or my mom's water glass.

Name: Meeko
Age: 5
Toy of choice: The boxes the toys arrive in!
Favorite thing to do when Mom or Dad aren't looking: Drinking out of the sink...or my mom's water glass.

Name: Maggie (The Magnetic Fields is my full name) Age: 9...maybe? Toy of Choice: Laser Favorite thing to do when Mom or Dad aren't looking: Swat at foster kittens. I'm a bad girl.

Name: Maggie (The Magnetic Fields is my full name)
Age: 9...maybe?
Toy of Choice: Laser
Favorite thing to do when Mom or Dad aren't looking: Swat at foster kittens. I'm a bad girl.

Name: Murray Jenstead Age: 7 Toy of choice: Catnip Cigar Favorite thing to do when Mom or Dad aren't looking: Scratch wooden corners on walls. Best way to drive Mom crazy. And get her attention.

Name: Murray Jenstead
Age: 7
Toy of choice: Catnip Cigar
Favorite thing to do when Mom or Dad aren't looking: Scratch wooden corners on walls. Best way to drive Mom crazy. And get her attention.

Name: Basil Age: 4 years Toy of choice: Star Chaser Turbo Scratcher Favorite thing to do when Mom or Dad aren't looking: Tear up the bottom of the gray tweed accent chair that mom thinks is SO special when it's totally basic.

Name: Basil
Age: 4 years
Toy of choice: Star Chaser Turbo Scratcher
Favorite thing to do when Mom or Dad aren't looking: Tear up the bottom of the gray tweed accent chair that mom thinks is SO special when it's totally basic.

Name: Eris and Nyx Age: 7 (Eris) and 6 (Nyx) Toy of choice: Tiny wool felted ball Favorite thing to do when Mom or Dad aren't looking: Drink from guest's water glasses and steal felt coasters.

Name: Eris and Nyx
Age: 7 (Eris) and 6 (Nyx)
Toy of choice: Tiny wool felted ball
Favorite thing to do when Mom or Dad aren't looking: Drink from guest's water glasses and steal felt coasters.

In Memoriam Name: Major Age: 8 Toy of choice: Kitchen sink water fountain Favorite thing to do when Mom wasn't looking: Kill a mouse, eat its head, then cuddle with mom before she finds it on the porch the next morning. I know, but what did you want from me? I'm a cat, remember?

In Memoriam
Name: 
Major
Age: 8
Toy of choice: Kitchen sink water fountain
Favorite thing to do when Mom wasn't looking: Kill a mouse, eat its head, then cuddle with mom before she finds it on the porch the next morning. I know, but what did you want from me? I'm a cat, remember?

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Knowing When to End It: ON A KNIFE EDGE in MovieMaker magazine

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Knowing When to End It: ON A KNIFE EDGE in MovieMaker magazine

MovieMaker Magazine recently featured an article by Smarthouse Launchpad grant winner Eli Cane (producer) and Jeremy Williams (director), all about the process behind creating their indie documentary ON A KNIFE EDGE. Jeremy describes what he learned during the seven years it took to make the film and the moment that he realized he'd found his film's ending. 

Jeremy shares helpful tips throughout the article such as, "Sometimes not filming something is more valuable than filming everything," and "true meaning only emerges in the edit." Read the article to learn more about the project, the Dull Knife family at Pine Ridge Reservation and tips for indie filmmakers.

View a clip from the project below. 

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Northwest Film Forum Announces 20th LOCAL SIGHTINGS Film Festival

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Northwest Film Forum Announces 20th LOCAL SIGHTINGS Film Festival

Big news from our friends at Seattle's Northwest Film Forum:

"Northwest Film Forum announces the milestone 20th annual edition of Seattle’s only festival dedicated to Pacific Northwest films and filmmakers. Complete with premieres, parties, industry events, and the best in local emerging film talent. Opening weekend will be filmed by the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck.

The complete lineup for Local Sightings 2017 will be released online on Tuesday, August 22. A press event will be held on August 31 at 2pm, announcing the full festival schedule and trailer premiere; screener links will be available for features.

Read the full press release here.

Poster design by Nick Shively.

Poster design by Nick Shively.

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2017 Big Sky Native Filmmaker Initiative

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2017 Big Sky Native Filmmaker Initiative

Smarthouse client Big Sky Film Institute just announced a brand new Native Filmmaker Initiative!

The NFI aims to:

- support and engage the American Indian media arts community

-expand youth outreach and film education in Indian Country

-bring more American Indigenous stories to the 2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Funded in part by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the
Native Filmmaker Initiative will include special festival programming,
educational outreach & resources, and a Native Filmmaker Fellowship
program at the 2018 Big Sky Doc Film Fest.

OPEN CALL for Native-made Documentary Films - No Entry Fee!
While Big Sky has a long tradition of celebrating Indigenous documentary
film, this year we will select films for a special strand composed solely of
films directed or produced by Native filmmakers. Submissions are open NOW!
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/BigSkyDocumentaryFilmFestival

As part of the NFI, Big Sky will give four filmmakers the opportunity
to attend the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, DocShop filmmakers forum
and a private seminar with leaders in the Indigenous filmmaker community.
Fellows will receive a cash stipend, five nights of accommodations during
the festival, an all-access festival pass, and round trip airfare to and from
Missoula. More here: bigskyfilmfest.org/education/native_filmmaker_initiative.

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