Monthly Archives: February, 2017

6th District Town Hall Event Announced for This Weekend!

February 24th, 2017 Posted by blog, get involved 0 comments on “6th District Town Hall Event Announced for This Weekend!”

More than 1/2 of state representatives and senators will be hosting in-district town hall events the weekend of March 10.  We encourage you to attend these local meetings and talk to your elected officials about the importance of supporting HB 1527 and SB 5502.  Do you know the details of your local town hall event?  Please share them with us—read on to learn where to send the info!

For those of you that live (or have businesses) in the 6th legislative district, Senator Michael Baumgartner (6, R) is having a Town Hall event TOMORROW. If you are able to attend the event thank him for sponsoring the bill and remind him how important it is that the bill gets passed this session. Without it, the vital MPCP will sunset on June 30, 2017.  

What: Town Hall meeting with Sen. Michael Baumgartner (6, R)
When: Sat, February 25 at 12:00 pm (noon)
Where: Northwest Museum of Art and Culture (MAC) 2316 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA 

Click here for Senator Baumgartner’s online town hall announcement.

Please wear your “Keep Film in WA” T-shirt—or dress in green to show solidarity if you don’t have yours yet!

Got information about a town hall meeting coming up in YOUR district?

We would love to help spread the word. Please email all relevant information to info@keepfilminwa.com and remember to include:

• Legislative district
• The name of the representative(s) or senator who’s holding the meeting
• The location of the meeting
• The date and the time of the meeting
• A link to the official announcement 

You Still Haven’t RSVP’d to Film Day Yet?!

February 22nd, 2017 Posted by blog 0 comments on “You Still Haven’t RSVP’d to Film Day Yet?!”

Dashing and daring film industry advocates, bolstered by a few errant zombies, assemble on the steps of the State Capitol during Film Day 2016

Film Day is closer than you think, folks! On Monday March 13, film industry professionals from across the state will converge on Olympia to send a clear message to our state legislature: Keep film in WA!

So far this year, we’ve only had 100 people RSVP for Film Day.

Last year around 250 people participated, which was a fantastic turnout, but we can do even better this year. Let’s get at least 300 film professionals and supporters to Olympia Monday, March 13th!

So if you haven’t already, PLEASE RSVP NOW

Legislators can’t say no to this little number

Already RSVP’d and wondering what else you can do before the big day? Buy yourself a stylish and sensible “Keep Film in WA” t-shirt! The more activists in green on Monday the 13th, the more visible we are, and the clearer our message becomes. 

So reach out to your network, set up a car pool, order a t-shirt, and let’s make this the biggest Film Day yet, because your voice, story, and presence is crucial in this critical year. 

 Don’t forget to RSVP HERE! and see you in Olympia!

Film Day Details:

  • Monday, March 13, 2017
  • Registration Opens at 9:00 am
  • Advocacy Training and Tips at 10:00 am
  • Meetings from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where:

  • Legislative Building
  • Columbia Room
  • 416 14th Ave. SE
  • Olympia, WA 98509

As a reminder, this year’s event will include a virtual and augmented reality demo on the Capitol steps as well a screening of short films made by Washington State filmmakers, curated by our friends at SIFF. 

Attendees are encouraged to join us at a no-host Happy Hour at The Fish Tale at 4pm to celebrate the success of Film Day and share individual meeting experiences.

Behind the Olympia Curtain – February 2017

February 22nd, 2017 Posted by blog, get informed 0 comments on “Behind the Olympia Curtain – February 2017”

This year we wanted to pull back the political curtain and give our community a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes in Olympia. While it may sometimes seem like there’s not a lot of activity on our bills, there’s actually lots (and lots) of activity happening in district and at the state Capitol. Read on to get an insiders look at how we worked together this month to KEEP FILM IN WA!

The Bills Are on the Move

The bills to renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program (MPCP) continue to make their way through the political process in Olympia.  On February 9th, SB 5502 had a hearing in the Senate Committee on Water, Agriculture, Trade and Economic Development.  Thanks to the more than 30 people that attended the hearing – with a special shout out to our Spokane area film professionals who braved a snow storm to participate remotely on the campus of WSU Spokane!

Shortly after the hearing, the bill was voted out of this policy committee and referred to Ways and Means (where we are waiting for a hearing date).

HB 1527 continues to be held in the House Finance Committee. If you live in the district of a Representative who sits on this committee, please write and call them to ask for their help in moving the bill. You can find a list of the committee members here.

 

Washington Arts and Heritage Day

Amy Lillard and Krys Karns from Washington Filmworks (above) attended Arts and Heritage Day in Olympia on February 8th. Organized by the Washington State Arts Alliance, the renewal of the MPCP was one of four legislative agenda items that the hundreds in creative professionals spoke to elected officials about throughout the day.

#KeepFilmInWa in the News

As our campaign builds in energy, the press is taking note. In his interview for a KOMO news story, Washington stuntman Jeff McKracken (above) voiced a common sentiment among members of our state’s film community: We like it here and don’t want to leave. The Seattle Times recently featured Washington Filmworks in an excellent story on the very real potential for a local production of a The Boys in the Boat, which could be made possible by a State Legislature decision to renew the MPCP, KUOW also recently covered our mission, and The Stranger featured a guest editorial by local film hero Megan Griffiths on the importance of maintaining the film incentive. Oh! And we also had stories on KIRO and KOMO radio too.

Elected officials pay attention to the news. If you’re interested in writing a letter to the editor for your hometown paper, let us know! The clock is ticking so send us a note today—info@keepfilminwa.com.

Ten to the Town Hall

On February 25th, ten Spokane film industry professionals attended a town hall event (donning some very attractive t-shirts) to thank Sen. Baumgartner (R, 6) and to ask his advice about how to move the bills through the political process.

If you have any tips about upcoming town hall forums in your legislative district, please let us know so we can help spread the word. Send all pertinent information (date, time, location, district, legislator) to info@keepfilminwa.com.

Labor Relations

The month kicked off with Washington State Labor Council Lobby Day on February 3rd, a day when organized labor from across the state convened on Olympia to advocate for working people, united by a common cause of keeping good paying jobs in Washington State. The MPCP is one of the only incentive programs in the state that the WSLC supports and a delegation of cast and crew representing SAG-AFTRA, IATSE 488 and Teamsters 174 were their to remind elected officials why the support the renewal of MPCP. Thanks LABOR!

On February 21, Amy Lillard met with leadership from SAG-AFTRA (above) to brief them on the bills and to work with them on recruiting members to attend Film Day. Hey, speaking of Film Day…

Film Day is LESS THAN 2 WEEKS AWAY!

Film Day 2017 is happening on March 13, and it has never been more important! If you only make one civics-oriented field trip to Olympia this year, Film Day 2017 has got to be it. This is the moment when a concerted, coordinated effort from film professionals and supporters has the best opportunity bring our campaign to the forefront of The Legislature’s attention, and a large turnout is critically important to that end. Let’s show lawmakers how many working people in this state depend on the MPCP. And as if all that weren’t enough, there will also be Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality demonstrations throughout the day. Oh, and zombies. There will be zombies too. Just come, okay?

We’re shooting for a goal of attracting 275 constituents from legislative districts across the state to The Capitol for this full day of lobbying. If you haven’t already, PLEASE RSVP NOW, and tell your friends to too! For a full schedule of the day’s events, click here. And don’t forget to order your t-shirt!

Senate Bill on the Move & Help with the House

February 16th, 2017 Posted by blog 0 comments on “Senate Bill on the Move & Help with the House”

On Tuesday morning at the Water, Agriculture, Trade and Economic Development Committee hearing, Senate Bill 5502 (the bill to renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program) was voted out of this policy committee.  While in committee, the bill was amended to add clarifying language about how Washington Filmworks interfaces with the Department of Revenue.  Because the bill was amended in committee, the bill is considered a substitute, and will now be referred to as SSB 5502.  The bill was referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and we are awaiting a date for the hearing. 

The Keep Film in WA campaign would like to thank the 49 people who attended the Senate hearing on Thursday, February 9.  A special shout out to the Spokane film professionals that braved the snow and convinced the staff at the WSU Spokane campus to open it’s doors so that they could testify remotely!

The companion bill in the House (HB 1527) remains in the Finance Committee awaiting action (which is scheduled to occur on Friday.)  There is an ongoing discussion in Olympia about changing the funding structure of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program.  If legislators succeed in changing the structure of the program, it would mean our funding would need to be renewed every two years (instead of the 10 year extension that is currently in the bill to renew the program). 

We need film industry professionals that live or work in the 43rd legislative district to let Speaker Frank Chop (D, 43) know that we support renewal of the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program as it is currently structured in HB 1527. Equally important is that he let Representative Kristine Lytton (D, 40) know of our concerns. 

Need inspiration? Check out filmmaker Megan Griffiths’s guest editorial for The Stranger’s Blog about the importance of the incentive, here.  In the article, you can also find Speaker Chopp’s contact information.  

RSVP NOW FOR FILM DAY on March 13, 2017

February 13th, 2017 Posted by blog 0 comments on “RSVP NOW FOR FILM DAY on March 13, 2017”

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON — FILM DAY IS ONE MONTH AWAY!

RSVP Today for Film Day in Olympia on Monday, March 13

Each year hundreds of creative professionals descend on the state Capitol on Film Day to meet with their state Senator and Representatives. These face-to-face conversations have proven to be one of the most powerful ways in which we convey the important impact our industry has statewide.

This year’s Film Day is likely the most important in years as we try to get the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program (MPCP) renewed during the 2017 legislative session. Without renewal, the MPCP program ends June 30, 2017, jeopardizing the livelihoods of countless in the state. Please join us on Film Day and help lobby state legislators to Keep Film in WA! 

This year’s event will include a virtual and augmented reality demo on the Capitol steps as well a screening of short films made by Washington State filmmakers curated by our friends at the Seattle International Film Festival. Show your spirit on Film Day by wearing a green Keep Film in WA tee-shirt.  Order one here.

Last year we had 250 people attend the event.  Can we do better this year?  Can we get representatives to attend from EVERY LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT?  Yes, WE CAN!

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Film Day Details:

  • Monday, March 13, 2017
  • Registration Opens at 9:00 am
  • Advocacy Training and Tips at 10:00 am
  • Meetings from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where:

  • Legislative Building
  • Columbia Room
  • 416 14th Ave. SE
  • Olympia, WA 98509

Attendees are encouraged to join us at a no-host Happy Hour at The Fish Tale at 4pm to celebrate the success of Film Day and share individual meeting experiences. 

Olympia, Here We Come!

February 3rd, 2017 Posted by blog 0 comments on “Olympia, Here We Come!”

Senate Hearing on Thursday, February 9 at 8:00 am

 

Dust off the driving directions and get ready to join us in Olympia for a hearing in the Senate Committee on Water, Agriculture, Trade and Economic Development!

The hearing will take place at 8:00 am on Thursday, February 9, 2017. There will be a panel of film professionals testifying on behalf of SB 5502, the bill to renew the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program. But we also need to fill the room with Keep Film in WA supporters who will sign in on behalf of the bill and be present at the hearing.

Exciting news for those of you east of the mountains – you can now participate remotely by teleconference at WSU Spokane Riverpoint. If you are interested in attending via satellite, please sign up HERE.

In signing up to participate remotely by teleconference at WSU Spokane Riverpoint, make sure to register for the correct bill: SB 5502. We already have panelists to testify, so please simply sign in “pro” for the bill. Space is limited and you must register to attend no later than Wednesday, February 8 at 8:00 am.

30 people attended the House Hearing in January. Can we rally more people to make the trek to Olympia next week? Please help to make it happen!

Senate Hearing – Water, Agriculture, Trade and Economic Development Committee

  • Thursday, February 9, 2017
  • 8:00 am
  • JA Cherberg Building
  • Hearing Room 1

If you plan to attend the Senate hearing in Olympia, RSVP here.

If you arrive early, join other attendees in the cafeteria located in the Pritchard Building on the Capitol Campus.

About SB 5502

Prime sponsored by Senator Randi Becker (2,R), SB 5502 maintains the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program at its current level of $3.5 million per calendar year with a sunset date of July 1, 2027.  The bill also allows for a one-time allocation of up to $3 million for a major motion picture production with a total budget of at least $20 million that portrays a significant historical event in Washington. If no such production is secured by July 1, 2019, the allocation will be returned to the general fund.