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February General Meeting

Thursday, February 8
6:30 pm


White Tree Studio (Steve Wyttree’s Studio)
2775 Howard Street, CDA

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

Speaker: Rebecca Cook

Rebecca is an active member of the Washington film community, and has worked as an actress, director, costumer, make-up artist, producer, and director throughout the state. For the last several years, she has worked with wardrobe on over 20 feature films, various commercial productions, as well as co-producing the ground-breaking virtual reality series Music of the Spheres, and directing 5 award-winning short films.

Rebecca recently finished her fourth season working on Syfy Channel’s Z Nation. In her passion for the film industry, she serves as a board member for IATSE Local 488, is the Spokane Community Coordinator for Washington Filmworks, and is a board member of Spokane Film Project. She recently launched her own company Thundering Kitten Productions. Along with her film work, she also has narrated over 75 audiobooks, produces and directs local theatre productions, and teaches various classes. Because of her diverse background in the industry and entertaining style, she has been asked to speak to many theater students and local professionals about her journey creating a life in the arts.

Other Film Alliance News


President’s Message

February Greetings!

I’m certainly glad to see most of the snow gone. At least for now maybe and possibly for the foreseeable future. Our January meeting was canceled because our speaker, Rebecca Cook couldn’t get across the border due to the weather. Most members probably looked outside and saw bad conditions for driving and stayed home. So, you now have a second chance.
We have Rebecca Cook as our January speaker. She will give us the lowdown on what each member of a film crew’s responsibility is.

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Screenwriting Group Meeting

Next Screenwriting Meeting:

Tuesday, February 13th
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.,
Location: CDA, details provided with your RSVP
RSVP to: Meeting Facilitator Robert Johnson  208-772-9838  (No texting available)
$5 (Free to members and first time guests.)

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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

Next General Meeting

Thursday, February 8th
6:30 pm
White Tree Studio (Steve Wyttree’s Studio)
2775 Howard Street, CDA

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

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General Meetings

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

Time: 6:30 pm
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!)
Location TBA, so please watch for the announcement each month!

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