“Safe Passage” goes to 1-Reel

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Shawn directsBumbershoot is fast approaching and for the third year in a row, I’ve got a film playing 1-Reel. That film is of course “Safe Passage” featuring my friends Khanh Doan, Rob Manning and one of the finest actors of my generation Francile Albright. (more…)

The Safe Passage Going Away Party

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Khanh shocked.As you may know, this year my friends and I had the honor of making a Fly Film for the the Seattle International Film Festival. Our film was completed in April, screened twice during the festival then once at Rawstock. In case you missed those, it’ll play again at Bumbershoot Sunday the 6th of September at 1PM.

Thereafter, we hope to send it off into the ‘real’ world where it will play a number of film festivals beyond Seattle. That’s the hope anyway.

In the meantime, Jonathan Houser and I are hosting a special fundraising screening of the film in hopes of raising some completion funds. This means we’re hoping to cover the costs of duplicating, printing and manufacturing the DVD as well as covering some of the costs of sending it out to many other festivals where the entrance fees can add up quickly. For example, I spent over $1000 submitting my second film “A Night in the Sunlight” to film festivals all over the world.

This soiree is a no-pressure opportunity to see the film, socialize and party with the cast and crew… and maybe drop a few coins to the cause.

We’ll have beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres and lots of good company. Please join us.

Saturday August 22, 8PM until whenever at Jon’s loft in Pioneer Square.

PS. Even if you’ve already seen the film, this screening will have all new surprises!

“Safe Passage” & Rawstock V

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After a successful two screenings at the Seattle International Film Festival, my third film “Safe Passage” will screen July 25th at Rawstock V. Our little film that could is meeting the little festival that could.

Now in its fifth year, Rawstock continues to support the local film community by programming local films. They’re also getting larger. They’re still at ACT theater but now their screenings are taking place in the larger Falls Theater.

This Rawstock features new films from Calvin Lee Reader, David Lowery and myself.

Safe Passage posters

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My good friend Seth McOmber is also a self-employed graphic designer. I asked him to come up with some possible designs for the “Safe Passage” poster. Here are three of his best ideas:

Sketch #7Sketch #3Sketch #1

“Gimme Music, Gimme Shelter” invited back to SF.

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I met Josh Lowman when GMGS screened at the SF Indie Fest. Funny and somehow memorable, the film stayed with Josh and when we was looking for more comedic shorts to round out his self-produced mini-festival, “Shorts and Rock” he thought of me.

If you’re in San Fran around June 19th at the Rickshaw Stop, please stop by.


“Safe Passage” World Premier

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Fran Looks SurprisedThis year the Seattle International Film Festival asked myself and two other Seattle-based narrative filmmakers to be a part of the Fly Filmmaking Challenge.

Also known as the Fly Films, the challenge supplies the filmmakers with in-kind donations of goods and services that also includes a script, a genre, 7 rolls of film and a promise to screen twice during the festival as well as a kick-ass, all-access pass for screenings, festival events, beer, wine, women and a shortcut to the front of the line!

In short, enough impetus and stimulus to make a movie. And so I did. (more…)

Hitting the boards at the Seattle Repertory Theater

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Nicky Giblin in the SeafarerThere’s people that do this for a living and they’re much more clever than I am, so here’s their words:

“In this darkly compelling recent Broadway hit, four Irish friends gather for a card game with devilishly high stakes.”

Still not hooked? Perhaps, the longer version:

“In a forgotten corner of Northern Dublin, four old friends gather to face the holidays the only way they know how—with a bottle of whiskey and a deck of cards. But when a mysterious stranger arrives and wants a piece of the action, the men find themselves playing a game with devilishly high stakes. Steeped in Irish myth, this recent Broadway hit dubbed “Best New Play of the Year” (Wall Street Journal) is darkly funny and surprisingly uplifting.

Under the direction of Tony-Award-nominee Wilson Milam (The Lieutenant of Inishmore), the Seattle Rep production features local favorites Hans Altwies, Frank Corrado, Sean G. Griffin, Russell Hodgkinson and Shawn Telford.”

The show begins previewing Thursday February 26 and continues previewing that week Friday, Saturday, as well as Monday and Tuesday the following week.


All shows are 7:30PM

The show closes March 28th

Rush tickets purchased one hour before curtain are $20. Under 25? $10 (Cheaper than a movie, twice as many laughs and someone gets naked, I won’t say who.)

Lick a Ninja

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Some of my best ideas are born in bars. Such is the case for the Doritos Superbowl contest this year. The only problem was that our idea was too good. Or maybe too long. Chopping it down to the required :30 proved to be quite difficult, so we recut it… as a two-minute short.

This super-sized commercial contestant can be seen here

Now on Facebook!!!

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Friends, I hate to say it but I’ve done it again. I’ve got involved with another social networking site. This time it’s Facebook.

I blame Fran. She’s been bugging me to get with it. So I did. Now, it seems, I’m hardly ever over here managing, updating, obsessing over the official Shawn Telford dot com site. Facebook does it all… or so it seems. And everyone appears to be doing it.

So, if you’re looking around for me, you can always find me dinking around on Facebook.

Look for the one with me on the cover!

Sunlight Takes a Lap at Lakedance

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heir-directorMy second film “A Night in the Sunlight” is playing three weeks in a row beginning at the Washougal International Film Festival, followed by 1-Reel Film Festival, then finally the 2008 Schweitzer Lakedance Film Festival, September 7-14th.