FIRST TUESDAYS with TheFilmSchool

On the first Tuesday of every month TheFilmSchool hosts free Professional Development workshops at Roy Street Coffee on Capitol Hill. Each month focuses on a screenwriting or filmmaking element and is conducted by industry professionals that have had success as a creative. This speaker series is open to the public.

October 1st Tuesday @ Roy Street Coffee & Tea

Documentary Film Production & Distribution 

TFS Alumni Kate Keckler Dandel & Heather Pilder Olson share their insights on obtaining distribution for their documentary feature film GOLD BALLS.

  • Setting yourself up for success.
  • Self distribution as a desirable alternative to traditional distributors.
  • Licensing and insurance an important factor

An award winning film will be available on Alaska and Virgin Airlines in-flight channels in December 2017 and will screen on PBS in 2018. Gold Balls has shown in 16 festivals around the world.

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Roy Street Coffee & Tea
700 Broadway East
1st Tuesday Professional Development Workshops are sponsored by:


We are grateful to 4Culture for their ongoing support of the First Tuesday program.


Enjoy these videos of our recent First Tuesday speakers!

Free Professional Development Workshops Sponsored by 4Culture

Location: Roy Street Coffee & Tea

October 6th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm in PDT

Seattle Latino Film Festival


September 1, 2015, 6:30PM

Join TheFilmSchool on September 1st with Basil Shadid who will speak about Community Powered Filmmaking .

Independent filmmaking is always easier if there’s a community behind your project. Whether that community is the niche audience that your story is built from or it’s the group of filmmaking friends who come together with a shared interest in filmmaking, community powered filmmaking is the main way to bring your budget down, connect with your audience, and build a successful film. This is important in fiction as well as non-fiction filmmaking.

Basil Shadid is a Seattle-based producer and writer who uses community powered filmmaking to create successful films including the micro-budget indie films Heart Breaks Open and R/Evolve, and the currently touring documentary Drag Becomes Him. These small films have played to sold out theaters, played at festivals around the world, and have accumulated dedicated audiences who continue to promote the work.

Get more info on our Facebook | The FilmSchool page.

June 2, 2015, 6:30PM

Warren EtheredgeWarren Etheredge | Such a Character

Warren Etheredge is the founder of TheWarrenReport, an influential film industry tip sheet and film fan club dedicated to the empowering notion that “smarter audiences make better movies!” Etheredge is president and head of development for Lockspring Pictures and served for six years as curator of Bumbershoot’s 1 Reel Film Festival, the nation’s best-attended celebration of short cinema. He has written and directed more than 40 plays off- and off-off-Broadway, penned five books and several short films, and written countless magazine articles on film and related topics. Warren is currently hosting the show, THE HIGH BAR.

May 5, 2015

Stacy Adams | Spirit of the Note

Stacy Adams is a Senior Television Executive with 15 years of both Network and Studio experience. Stacy has 10 years experience producing at CBS where she managed the creative direction of drama and comedy series CSI, CSI Miami, The Big Bang Theory and Flashpoint.