COVID-19 has taken its toll on Seattle artists and performers — Many rely on Capitol Hill’s thriving nightlife for gigs and income. With live performances and gatherings on hold, many creatives are suddenly out of work. A new streaming film festival is hoped to bring some of that work and energy into homes around Seattle and the world while raising money to help artists make ends meet.
The Capitol Hill Arts District Streaming Film Festival starts Wednesday and runs through May 3rd featuring a dozen Capitol Hill arts organizations. Facilitated by the Northwest Film Forum, the event is free to all, but purchasing sliding scale festival passes are encouraged. All proceeds will go to the COVID-19 Artists Trust Relief Fund.
“Given all of the circumstances around COVID-19, with artists really being displaced and out of work, and a lot of people having a difficult time with this, we thought this would be just an excellent opportunity to provide that platform for artists to showcase their work, to provide resources for them, and to connect them with engaging audiences,” said Terry Novak, chair of Capitol Hill Arts District and executive director of Photographic Center Northwest. “I’m very proud of the district and the work that we do, and we’re just happy that we have the resources and the talented team to be putting something together like this,”
“I think it’s an exciting initiative at this time because it gets money into the hands of arts administrators and arts organizations,” said Vivian Hua, executive director of Northwest Film Forum. “Because the optional donations go towards Artist Trust and artist’s relief funds, we’re also able to give money to artists. Everyone in the arts community at some level is able to get some support out of this.”
The festival’s format give each presenting partner a 90-minute block of programming, and “whether that presents one artist, or 10 different artists within 90 minutes is up to the organization,” Novak affirmed.
Some of the participating organizations include: Photographic Center Northwest, The AIDS Memorial Pathway, The Annex Theater, BeautyBoiz, Capitol HIll Block Party, Crybaby Studios, Hugo House, SubKulture Cabaret, Velocity Dance Center, Longhouse Media, and Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas. The roster will change as more artists and organizations are confirmed and announced.
Photographic Center Northwest will feature a collaboration between local photographers Jenny Riffle and Natalie Krick, among other works.
Founder and creative director of BeautyBoiz Kaleb Dameron wants to focus on an oft-overlooked part of Capitol Hill nightlife: its videographers. “We’re definitely used to seeing drag queens on stage or performers on stage and they’re the people that are highlighted . . . I feel like this right now is really important to highlight another group of artists in our community who don’t always necessarily get that opportunity.”
BeautyBoiz programming will feature the work of videographers Joe Moore, Justin Ortiz, Stephen Anunson, and Bri Patin.
“All of the artists that I’m working with, they’re all researching and thinking about how dance fits in with the context of what we’re all experiencing right now,” Velocity’s artistic director Erin Johnson said. “Dance is the practice of being in your body, and thinking about and sharing in a community what it means to move your body and be a human in the world. I think it’s really poetic to use dance to express what it means to be in your body right now because we’re all experiencing new choreography, a new societal choreography.”
Velocity Dance Center’s 90 minute block will include work that had been canceled due to COVID-19 as well as previously-released dance film, like Daniel Costa’s premier of a duet choreographed by Adam Barruch, Alicia Mullikin’s Trapped, and an excerpt from Lavinia Vago’s stage performance NOESIS X.
For more online and virtual events, check out the CHS “Stay Home” Calendar.
CAPITOL HILL ARTS DISTRICT STREAMING FESTIVAL
Wednesday, April 29 to Sunday, May 3
FACEBOOK EVENT: bit.ly/caphillarts2020fb
OPENING NIGHT: Wednesday, April 29: bit.ly/caphillarts2020A
6:30–7:30 pm – NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
7:30–8:30 pm – PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTER NORTHWEST
8:30–8:40 pm – COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
8:40–9:45 pm – CENTRAL DISTRICT FORUM FOR ARTS AND IDEAS
Thursday, April 30: bit.ly/caphillarts2020B
7:30–8:30 pm – COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
8:30–9:30 pm – SUBKULTURE UNDERGROUND
Friday, May 1 – bit.ly/caphillarts2020C
7:00–8:30 pm – CRYBABY STUDIOS
8:30–10:00pm – BEAUTYBOIZ
Saturday, May 2 – bit.ly/caphillarts2020D
4:30–5:45 pm – THE AMP: AIDS MEMORIAL PATHWAY
5:45–6:00 pm – COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
6:00–7:30 pm – HUGO HOUSE
7:30–9:00 pm – CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY
9:00 pm until late – KAME HAUS
CLOSING DAY: Sunday, May 3 – bit.ly/caphillarts2020E
4:30–5:30 pm – MIPoPS x NWFF
5:30–7:00 pm – LONGHOUSE MEDIA
7:00–7:30 pm – VANISHING SEATTLE
7:30–8:30 pm – VELOCITY DANCE CENTER
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