Northwest Film Forum is proud to announce the first recipient of our Northwest Film Fund: Off Label by Portland-based directors Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher. The winners receive a check for $11,000 along with a package of post-production services. The film is being produced by Film Science (Anish Savjani, Vincent Savino) and Wishbone Films (Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher). Off Label presents an alternatively tragic and bleakly comic road trip through the methods and madness of pharmaceuticals in our culture. Setting personal storytelling against archival and industry footage, Off Label examines the medicated margins of American life – from the testing, marketing, and consumption of pharmaceuticals to the alienation, perseverance, and spiritual striving of individuals living in a society that pathologizes our desires for health, happiness, and even our sense of identity for profit.
“Northwest Film Forum is pleased to revive this fund, which Humanities Washington began in 2003,” says executive director Lyall Bush. ”Off Label rose from a original pool of 39 and and out of an elite group of 10 finalists. It clearly represents the best in Northwest filmmaking, and we look forward to showing the film in our cinemas.”
In addition to the $11,000 check Off Label receives 80 hours of post production services from leading Seattle vendors Bad Animals and Modern Digital, legal consultation from Lance Rosen, and meetings with KCTS and the Seattle International Film Festival.
Submissions were accepted from throughout the Pacific Northwest. A grand jury consisting of Elizabeth Radshaw (Hot Docs Forum), Joel S. Bachar (Microcinema DVD) and Murray Battle (Knowledge Network) made the selection from the ten finalists.
The Film Forum has nurtured filmmakers since 1995, having supported over 700 Northwest projects through our artist support programs. The Northwest Film Fund was created to offer vital support to emerging filmmakers. The Northwest Film Fund receives generous financial support from A.J. Epstein, Humanities Washington, Margot Kenly and Bill Cummings, the Martin-Fabert Family Foundation and Philip and Christina Wohlstetter. The Film Forum is proud to carry on the legacy that Humanities Washington created in the Documentary Pooled Fund, which was created in 2003 and which from then to 2005 supported 10 local documentary films, including the award winning Wheedle’s Groove, and Made in China.
Elizabeth Radshaw is the Hot Docs Forum and Market Director at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. The Hot Docs Forum is a documentary film pitching forum which provides a unique opportunity to pitch feature documentaries, series and interactive documentary projects to financers such as broadcasters, distributors, NGOs, charities, foundations, and media platforms.
Joel S. Bachar founded Blackchair Productions in Seattle in 1992. Since 1996, Blackchair Productions has curated and promoted Independent Exposure; a monthly Microcinema screening that has programmed over 2000 short works to audiences in 45 countries plus Palestine and Antarctica.
Murray Battle is the Director of Independent Production and Presentation at Knowledge Network in British Columbia. Through television and the Internet, Knowledge Network broadcasts a unique mix of arts and culture programs that explore the world from provincial, national and global perspectives. Murray has been a filmmaker for over 30 years.