Our July Newsletter, featuring the updates from 3- Week Intensive, Digital Media Innovation Lab members and More!

Digital Media Innovation Lab Update:
SIGNS EVERYWHERE, penned by Andrew Kwatinetz and directed by Julio Ramirez, both TFS graduates, will be making its international debut at the Salento Film Festival Internazionale in Italy on July 20th.

More information here.

“Demystifying the Film Festival”

with Beth Barrett, Director of Programming at SIFF

Tuesday, July 6th at 6:30pm
Roy Street Coffee and Tea

rsvp here

*Please note:
TheFilmSchool will not have a FIRST TUESDAY program in August but we will resume with regular programming in September.

Summer 3-Week Intensive Alumni Opportunity
Alumni Perks
Three Week Intensive Drop In Classes.

The 3 Week Screenwriting & Filmmaking Intensive is right around the corner. This year it runs from July 13 – August 1st.  We have added new sessions including:

  • Guerrilla Filmmaking with Jospeh Assi
  • Story Structure  with Brian McDonald, Pixar Consultant
  • Producing with Stacey Adams, past Development Executive CBS Television 

As  an alum, you can drop into any class that was part of the curriculum when you attended the 3WI as our guest. For those of you interested in participating in sessions that were not part of the curriculum, we have created a special enrollment program for you.  Please contact diana@thefilmschool.com for details.



Brian McDonald
Pixar Consultant 

Brian McDonald is the author of Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories that Resonate, and The Golden Theme.An accomplished screenwriter and director, Brian has taught and consulted, at Pixar, Disney and Industrial Light & Magic. His films include Flickering Memories, and the award-winning short film White Face, which sold to HBO. He has also directed spots for Visa and MTV’s $5 CoverMcDonald scripted Abe Sapien: Drums of the Dead, the first Hellboy spin-off comic book, as well as Lost in Space and Predator – Strange Roux for Dark Horse Comics.


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Alumni News

Cornelia Moore’s film WEST OF REDEMPTION with A lister Billy Zane, was a part of the SIFF line up this year!

Amy Sedgwick’s Feature film PEARL was recently accepted into the Mexico International Film Festival. Go Amy!

Sponsor Spotlight

For more than a century, Foster Pepper has been an integral part of the growth of the Pacific Northwest community. With more than 120 attorneys located in Seattle and Spokane, Washington, we have the deep industry knowledge, commitment to client service and a collaborative environment that allow us to provide the best legal and business solutions for our clients. 

Our clients include closely held businesses, publicly traded companies, municipalities, government agencies, entrepreneurs, philanthropic organizations and individuals throughout the region, as well as nationally and internationally.

We are consistently recognized as a leading law firm by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and U.S. News-Best Lawyers â€œBest Law Firms.”


The Digital Media Innovation Lab at Pierce College

Funded by a Generous Grant From:


Bashey, Hutchinson & Walter, CPA

Bellevue Bone and Joint Physicians 

Realogics Sotheby’s Advantage

4 Culture

Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation


Foster Pepper, PLLC

HUB International

Pure Insurance

Wells Fargo Bank

Foundation Sponsors
Gary E. Milgard Foundation
Keith & Mary Kay McCaw Foundation
Fidelity Charitable Grant
Harvey Motulsky & Lisa Norton Fund
GW Cadbury Charitable Trust
The Seattle Foundation
Schultz Family Foundation
Vogt Family Foundation
Gull Industries – Bill & Ruth True
Gold Circle Sponsors
Laura & Max Clough

Dr. Lisa Block

Jeannine Christofilis

Michael J. Mandelbaum

Dave & Terri Sharkey

SR Education Group

The Washienko-Mathieu Family


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