News & Events

June General Meeting

Thursday, June 8
6:30 pm

Location: Seasons Fresh Grill

209 E Lakeside Ave, CDA

Please RSVP now to:
Meeting Cost: $5  (First time guests and current members are free.)  All Are Welcome!

Speaker: Mason William

Our June speaker will be Mason Williams who is the volunteer coordinator for SpoCon, Spokane’s Sci-Fi Convention. Also in attendance will be three members of the SpoCon Board to assist in answering questions about the event.

Subject: SpoCon

SpoCon is your home for all things geek. It is a science fiction and fantasy convention held over three days every August at the Double Tree Hotel in downtown Spokane. SpoCon brings you gaming, costuming, and a chance to learn all about the geeky things you’re into, whether it’s science, writing, art, or geek culture in general. Panels include writing, arts, costuming, and science. There is also a Writing Contest, a Masquerade Contest, Art show, and vendors area. Please come and learn about SpoCon and the many different areas that are so popular in today’s film culture.


Workshops, Projects & Special Interest Groups


Veteran’s Project Update

Notes from March 28th

Editing meeting at Steve Wyttree’s production center

We took a brief time to review the Film Alliance NW mission statement and our goals for this project.

FAN Mission Statement

As stated in our mission statement: Film Alliance NW is dedicated to providing an open forum for all inland Northwest film,

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The Rise of the Studio – Selig Polyscope

Parts 14 in a History of Film Series by Larry Telles

willam-selig William Nicholas Selig was born on March 14, 1864 and raised in Chicago in a Bohemian-Polish immigrant family. After starting as a furniture upholsterer, he worked as a vaudeville performer and produced a traveling minstrel show in San Francisco while still in his late teens. Selig saw Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope at an exhibition in Dallas, Texas and returned home to Chicago. He opened a small photography studio and began investigating how he might make his own moving pictures without paying a patent fee to Edison’s company. Together with his machinist, were able to build their own camera, the Selig Standard Camera.

In 1896, Selig founded the Selig Polyscope Company in Chicago, which was one of the first motion picture studios in America. He began making actuality shorts, travelogues

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The Fall of the Studio – Essanay Film Company

Parts 13 in a History of Film Series by Larry Telles

Marguerite ClaytonIt took over a year for the decline inside Essanay to cause its doors to close. It wasn’t any one thing that caused the problem, but a multitude. Marguerite Clayton, Broncho Billy Anderson’s leading lady left for the Chicago studio. Spoor continued to not allow Anderson to make feature films in Niles. Roy Clements who had directed the Snakeville Comedies left for Los Angeles. Victor Potel went with him. Roy was replaced by Wallace Beery. victor potel

With the departure of studio’s biggest moneymaker, Chaplin, Essanay signed French comedian Max Linder. His clever pantomime was often compared to Chaplin’s. Linder failed to match Chaplin’s popularity in America.

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CDA Press Features Film Alliance Project

‘Slammin’ the Scammin’

Crystal Reiber slammed down the phone, exhaled heavily and shook her head in dismay.
“Scammers,” she said under her breath.

Although the disgust with telephone scammers was feigned for a video shoot Tuesday afternoon,

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General Meeting

General Meetings

General meetings are open to the public, and held the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Times rotate: 6:30 pm / 11:30 am.
Meeting announcements, including guest speaker, location and time, are posted HERE.
Please RSVP for all general meetings to:
Cost: $5.00 (First-time guests and current members are free. Renew today!)
Locations change, so please watch for updates!

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