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Two local filmmakers – John Portanova (Writer/Director) and Jeremy Berg (Director of Photography) – have just finished shooting a new feature horror film called “Valley of the Sasquatch.”

These two have collaborated before, and are partners with Matt Medisch in a production company called The October People. This is their third film; previous productions include “The Invoking” and “The Device.”

Here’s a synopsis of the film:

After losing their home following a devastating loss, a father and son are forced to move to an old family cabin. Neither reacts well to being thrown into this new world. The son’s attempts to relate to his father are complicated when two old friends arrive for a weekend of hunting. This trip into the forest will unearth not only buried feelings of guilt and betrayal, but also a tribe of Sasquatch that are determined to protect their land.

“’Valley of the Sasquatch’ was our biggest production yet, which allowed us to attract talent from all over the country including stars David Saucedo (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and Bill Oberst Jr. (Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies),” Portanova told The B-Town Blog.valleysasquatchslate

Their first film, the psychological thriller “The Invoking,” has been out on DVD and VOD since February, and came out in Redbox earlier this month. Their second film, the alien abduction story “The Device,” was shot around the area, and will be released on home video this winter.

On this shoot, they worked with a crew made up primarily of Washington filmmakers, and one of their leads – D’Angelo Midili, also from The Invoking – is also a Washington resident.

“We shot the film for four weeks near Easton, WA at Meany Lodge,” Portanova said. “Since it was off season for the ski lodge, we had full run of the place to house cast and crew and used forest locations all around the lodge to shoot 90% of the film. Other scenes were shot in Roslyn, WA.”

They wrapped shooting just a few weeks ago, and the film is currently in the early stages of editing.

“We aim to have our film festival premiere in early 2015!” Portanova added.

If you recognize Berg, it’s because he sometimes bartends at the Scotch & Vine in Des Moines, while his wife Monica works at 913 in Burien.

Here’s a story done about the Sasquatch project by KING5′s Evening Magazine:

Here’s a trailer for “The Invoking”:

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You can keep up with updates on the film via Facebook: facebook.com/valleyofthesasquatch, or Twitter: @sasquatchhorror, and also follow The October People at facebook.com/theoctoberpeople or @October_People.

by Dave Markwell

With the cool mist of an early August morning breaking the sleepy grip of my night’s rest, I see my world in my yard and understand that it’s a good place to be. As the sun begins to crack through the tree tops to my east, a sense of possibility and potential shines on the swing set sitting quietly on my lawn. An empty swing with rusty chains and a dew-covered seat is a good reminder that I have much. I have important things.

Drinking my coffee, gazing at the dry grass and flowers in bloom, I take stock of my life. As my dogs wander through the yard, peeing of every shrub and fixture, I only feel the good things this morning. The worries of bedtime and stresses of yesterday have been erased and replaced with a new dawn. It’s fun when this happens: a simple moment of peace and contentment.
While waiting for my coffee to brew, I stood in my living room looking out the window at water and trees and sun-capped mountains. My daughter slept on the couch and I looked at her, too. Snuggled in her favorite purple blanket, her sleepy peace was reassuring. She’s getting too big for the little couch she was sleeping on, but her face in slumber was as it has always been. And it has always brought me comfort.

Through the hustle and bustle of the business of life, these moments are sometimes hard to shake from the tree. Distractions distract and urgency is urgent. With much to do, plan, think and be, it’s easy to miss a morning of profound and necessary quiet. It’s important at these times to surrender. To let go and just let the good feelings be. In the race to arrive at a “better” place, these mornings are easy to miss, but when we don’t miss them, we see that they are the “better” place and we already live here. This is worthy of some regard…

[EDITOR'S NOTE:"Feel Good Friday" is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, who just published his first book called "A Feel Good Life" (buy it on Amazon here). Dave also extols to all neighbors: "Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!" Also, you can "friend" Dave on Facebook here. Or work out with him at his exercise company Waterland CrossFit!]

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Aug. 10 – is a fabulous 5-bedroom Des Moines view home with a reduced price!

Not only is this home in an excellent location, it boasts wonderful views of Puget Sound and the Mountains, and there is plenty of room for everyone and everything.

Enjoy the Gourmet Kitchen with huge bar for entertaining, along with a light, bright Dining Room that looks out to a gorgeous yard.

A Living Room with Fireplace leads to 3 Bedrooms on the main floor, plus a Master Suite with walk-in closet and full bath.

Upper level offers additional bedroom/office/den and huge family room.

This is a 1940 home that had updates and an addition added in 2002.

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 10: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 23130 Marine View Dr South, Des Moines, WA 98198

INFO:

  • List Price: $574,950
  • MLS Number: 664743
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1940
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,090
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 25,875

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Green House
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Shop
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Pantry

Marketing remarks:

Excellent Location! Fabulous Home! Wonderful Views of Sound and Mountains!

Plenty of Room for Everyone and Everything.

Enjoy the Gourmet Kitchen with Huge Bar for Entertaining, Light, Bright Dining Room looks out to Gorgeous Yard.

Glass Door to Sunny Deck for Relaxing.

Living Room with Fireplace leads to 3 Bedrooms on Main Floor plus Master Suite with Walk in Closet and Full Bath. Upper Level offers Additional Bedroom/Office/Den and Huge Family Room.

A 1940 home w/updates and addition in 2002!

All at a new, reduced price!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

NPAleHouseThe newest tenant at the thriving and growing Normandy Park Towne Center officially opens for business Friday morning August 8 at 11:30am.

“We’ll be open seven days a week,” said Jeremy Johns, General Manager. “We’ll serve terrific ales and beers and better quality traditional pub food.”

Normandy Park Ale House’s food menu is family friendly. The Ale House will be open to all ages until approx. 9pm daily, then open to grown ups until close each night.

Normandy Park Ale House
19803 1st Avenue South #104
Normandy Park, WA 98148

Phone: 206-592-6986

Website: http://normandyparkalehouse.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/normandyparkalehouse

A “Back-to-School Fair” was held at Steven J. Underwood Park in Des Moines on Thursday, Aug. 7, where some 500 free backpacks were given out to local, low-income students.

The backpacks were filled with free school supplies.

In addition, free shoes, haircuts, food, and plenty of other necessities to get the school year off to a good start were handed out by volunteers with the Highline Schools Foundation and many others.

Kids were also invited to play fun games led by Des Moines Parks and Rec, or sign up for the free and reduced lunch program offered by Highline Public Schools, explore the school district’s website in a bus, have fun in a photo booth, get free pancakes and drinks and much more.

Of course, this event would not be possible without the support of these Sponsors:

  • Comcast
  • The Grainger Foundation
  • Sonic Warehouse and Transportation
  • Des Moines Parks and Rec
  • The City of Des Moines
  • Highline Schools Foundation
  • Des Moines Rotary
  • Recology/Cleanscapes
  • Highline Medical Center
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • South King Fire and Rescue
  • HealthPoint Community Health Center

Scott Schaefer was on hand and he took these photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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by T.M. Sell

Frank Ferrante was afraid.

Every actor with a pulse is a little afraid before going on stage, but it’s a kind of fear and excitement and adrenaline that most use to drive their performances. Because once the lights come up, the game is on the line.

But this was more than usual for an actor who has been doing this particular show for 30 years, a recreation of Groucho Marx so spot on that surviving family members and friends of the late comedic genius had long since given it their blessing. The show and the actor had both won awards. It should have been a done deal.

And yet, Ferrante recalled some months later, “I was literally starting to tremble.”

Fear was part of what originally attracted Ferrante to Marx’s work, and led him to create what is now called An Evening with Groucho, a one-man (plus piano accompaniment) show encompassing Marx’s life and career.

“He’s been armor for many of us,” Ferrante said in Seattle this week, getting ready for his Aug. 7-24 run at ACT Theatre in Seattle. “He was the spokesman for a lot of us.”

Laughter can be a defense for the small, the unpopular, the challenged – for anybody. In Ferrante’s case, it was the uncertain environment of parochial school that made the Marx Brothers such a welcome escape.

His interest in Marxism eventually led to a college senior project, a performance witnessed by the late Arthur Marx, Groucho’s son and an accomplished writer in his own right. The younger Marx tabbed Ferrante to star in his play about his father, which went on to long, successful runs in New York and London.

“I knew more about Groucho at age 23 than I knew about myself,” Ferrante recalled.00010001

But Australia was virgin territory. Groucho had never been to Australia; Ferrante said he had no idea what people might know of the great man and his work.

“It seems such an American piece and it evolved in the states,” he said.

“The reality of doing it in another country hit me as we approached the venue,” Ferrante said. “What if this audience doesn’t get what I am doing?”

And if it didn’t work, it was going to be a very long four weeks in Australia, and far too late to back out of the outback.

Nonetheless, Ferrante stepped on the stage in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia, and did what any actor worth a good cigar would do: He soldiered ahead, because the show must go on.

“I thought, ‘Just breathe, and do what you do.’”

And then he was reminded about what makes a show like this work: People the world over like to laugh.

“The laughs were happening and they were effusive and in the same places as in the states,” he said.

In the end, “I got a standing ovation,” Ferrante said. “That was affirming. I thought, ‘I can do this now.’”

Over time, Ferrante learned that some things had to be explained. Groucho’s television quiz show, You Bet Your Life, never aired down under, and a joke that involves the “secret word” from that show got a much bigger laugh when Ferrante explained it to the audience beforehand.
Ferrante ended up doing 12 cities in four weeks, and the producers are working on a return to the West End in London.

Despite 30 years of being Groucho multiple evenings a year, Ferrante said he doesn’t tire of the experience.

Part of that is because unlike any number of vintage comedians, Groucho remains funny.

“Groucho has a point of view,” Ferrante said. “He’s still surprising, the way he can twist something around, the way he can take down your defenses. You never knew what he was going to say.”

Ferrante has become a master of spontaneity, one of Groucho’s hallmarks.

“Part of Groucho’s genius was you never knew how much was improv and how much was script,” Ferrante said, a touch that requires, ironically, a lot of preparation.

“It’s a bit of an illusion,” he said, making a well-practiced joke sound as though it has been crafted on the spot.

Ferrante’s Groucho consequently frequently breaks the fourth wall, as actors say, wading verbally and physically into the audience to drag and coax the unsuspecting into the act. As with Groucho in both film and TV, anyone can be a foil at any time, and usually in a way that is neither mean-spirited nor obvious.

Ferrante said he is also delighted with the show’s appeal to multiple age groups, from older folks familiar with Groucho, to younger ones who might have never even seen a Marx brothers film.
“I don’t know how many shows can appeal to multiple generations and still have an edge,” Ferrante said. “And Groucho has an edge.”

Unlike his characters – Groucho, the Caesar, the Gangster of Love – Ferrante himself is decidedly not edgy. His eyes sparkle with the passion he displays for his work, but he’s otherwise disarmingly warm when he personally thanks anyone and everyone who shows up to see his work.

Ferrante’s three-decade run as Groucho got a plasma injection a couple of years ago from his longtime friend and collaborator Dreya Weber, who, like Ferrante, is a regular fixture at Seattle’s Teatro Zinzanni.

“Dreya has helped me a lot,” Ferrante said.

As director, Weber has pushed Ferrante to move beyond mere impression to a broader exploration of Marx the man, making the show slightly more touching without sacrificing much in the way of laughs.

“When I first saw the show I felt like there were opportunities for Frank to show more of his range as an actor,” Weber said. “And I felt like it needed more shadow.”

And so we learn that Marx was brilliant and intellectual despite a lack of formal education, and a man who cared deeply for his brothers and fellow performers. And one who didn’t suffer fools.

“He’s a man of great dimension and complexity,” Ferrante said of Marx.

“We lift the curtain a little bit,” Weber said.

“She may have been the only person who could have improved the show,” Ferrante said of Weber. “She’s the only person I know who’s smart enough. I trust her.”

Consequently, Groucho, via Ferrante, still gets laughs.

“I get to extend his presence a bit,” Ferrante said. “I get to interpret it. He was an original.”

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Ferrante recently got to meet Hal Holbrook, still doing his one-man Mark Twain show after 60 years.

“I’d like to do this for another 30 years,” Ferrante said. “It’s been a constant in my life. It’s familiar territory.

“I keep doing it because I like to hear people laugh.”

To buy tickets to see Ferrante, click here:

http://www.acttheatre.org/Tickets/OnStage/GrouchoReturns

New Des Moines restaurant Blue Whale Bistro will be holding a Grand Opening this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8 and 9, at their location at 22341 Marine View Dr South, Unit D, in Des Moines.

“For the nights of our Grand Opening, instead of our usual menu, we will be preparing a variety of small (one and two bite) treats, both savory and sweet,” said Owner Margie Nelson. “Our servers will be moving through the restaurant with trays of these goodies and guests can pick and choose which ones they want to try. They will cost $2-3 each. It will be a little like a dim sum restaurant!”

They will also be offering a couple of their beers and wines at special prices.

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Blue Whale Bistro – formerly Blue Vanilla Bakery – is located on the West side of the building at 22341 Marine View Dr South, Unit D, in the lower level.

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The gorgeous days just keep coming and the farmer’s fruits and vegetables are in full bloom…we purchased a baby watermelon, yum! And, did you get any of the first arrivals of the red plums? Life is good when you live in Des Moines.

This week is National Farmers Market Week. Where communities all over the country are urged to visit and patronize their local small farmers and artisans. For many of the vendors, the markets are the only outlet for selling their products. Stop by and say hello and tell them how much you appreciate them being at our market. Click here to see how our market benefits our community.

Last week both poster art on canvas were sold. More are ordered. This week the artwork featured at the wine booth is the actual 2014 poster framed by Madrid Frame. Remember all proceeds go to support of the market.

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This Saturday we are hosting our annual Health & Fitness Day. Be sure to stop by and check out the local groups that will be conducting demonstrations and sharing information. Here are some of the participants, SeaMar Community Health Centers, Mt. Rainier Pool, Health Point, Wraps, LA Fitness, Sukha and Marine View Massage.

Food Trucks – look for your favorites: Six Coins Japanese Mobile,Stella Fiore Pizza,Bing of FireandCharlie’s Buns N Stuff.

The market board would like to thank the following long time sponsors for their continued support of the maket.

Visit market sponsor Wesley Home’s booth to learn about their not-for-profit retirement communities and in-home care services. They offer a full range of retirement living options and care services for seniors and their families.

Also check out sponsorSeattle Southside visitor services for area information, maps, restaurant recommendations and free post cards and visitor guides. The Visitor Center staff will be on hand to let you know about the exciting upcoming events in our region. Have guests traveling from out of town and need ideas on how to entertain them? They can help!

Market sponsorBECU, a not-for-profit credit union, will be giving out information whether you are looking for a savings plan, financing, or business services. They offer a complete range of accounts with better rates and fewer fees than you’ll find at traditional big banks.

Also a sponsor and participating in the Health & Fitness Day is Marine View Massage.   They believe that each massage is an individualized experience. Their clients are their purpose, and they will offer their very best to ensure that you feel valued and appreciated in their office.

Here are the community groups for this week: Mt Rainier Pool will be talking about the importance of kids learning to swim and about how water-based exercise is a great way for adults and seniors to remain active. They will also promoting their first-ever Pumpkin Plunge set for Sunday, Oct. 26. Instead of kids having to trek to the pumpkin patch, they can come visit them where they will be tossing pumpkins into the pool (yes, they float) for the kids to retrieve. There will be pumpkin decorating stations, Halloween treats and entertainment, too. Admission will be $5 per person and they MUST preregister (so they can make sure each child gets a pumpkin).

Access and Outreach will be giving out information on how to apply for assistance for the most vulnerable in King County.

Music this week is the Fabulous Mojo King Blues Bandfrom 10-noon and Blues crooner PK Dwyer from noon to 2pm.

If you think you have the best chili in town and want to challenge perennial champion, Dave Markwell. You can sign up your team for the last market day (October 25th) of the season, the 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off. You can pick up an application at the market information booth or check our web site and download an application.

The Des Moines Area Food Bank “Picnic in the Park” continues their free summer lunch program for all school age kids. Look for them in the grassy area next to the marina office. They will be there every Saturday until school starts.

Upcoming events: September 13th is Kids Back to School/Safety Day and the SeattleFoodTruck.com Truck-In at the market. You can check out this web calendar for all the local events, such the Outdoor Family Movie Night.

To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the web site and sign up for our e-newsletter that comes out once a week. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the market’s Facebook page.

WLB Reader Sarah Isham sent us the following email Wed. morning (Aug. 6), about hearing gunshots near the Pinebrook Terrace condominiums near 21st and Kent/Des Moines Road early this morning:

“I was woken (sic) by gunshots (again) around the intersection of Kent Des Moines Rd and 21st Ave, same area where someone shot towards the bus stop a year and half or so ago. It happened around 1:30 this morning. I don’t know which direction the sound came from, but we did call it in. Just wanted to give a heads up in case you can find out more and put it on the blog.”

We reached out to Sgt. Doug Jenkins of the Des Moines Police Department, who told us this:

“We did receive three separate reports of the sounds of gunfire in the area from about the 1800 block to the 2100 block of Kent Des Moines Rd. this morning at about 1:15 AM. No one saw anything such as vehicles or persons and the officers did not find anything suspicious in the area. One of the reporting parties seemed to think it was her daughter’s ex-boyfriend shooting at their house, but there was absolutely nothing to substantiate that claim.”

Also of interest is the following warning posted onto the condo’s website:

“Pinebrook has been experiencing prowling and break-ins. Please remember to turn your carport lights on at night!”

Wednesday night’s (Aug. 6) FREE concert in the park will feature The Coats band at Des Moines Beach Park, starting at 7 p.m.

The Coats are a contemporary a-cappella group with a twist! Definitely upbeat fun music to enjoy on our amazing Des Moines waterfront.

Don’t forget there is food and a beer/wine garden at the event. The beer/wine garden benefits the Des Moines (WA) Arts Commission and local events produced by Destination Des Moines.

The Des Moines Farmers Market will be hosting a summer blood drive on Saturday, Aug. 16, and the Puget Sound Blood Center needs help!

With summer, come vacations.

Vacations mean fewer blood donors.

Summer does not mean less need for blood. As a matter of fact, with people being more active, demand for blood goes up in the summer. This means there are fewer donors available at a time of the year when the need increases.

“Can we count on you to give?”

Here are the details:

WHAT: Summer Blood Drive at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market (look for the bus parked near Yacht Club)

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 16, 9:00am – 3:00 pm (closed 11:00–12:00 pm)

WHERE: Des Moines Farmers Market – look for a bus parked near the Yacht Club

Please click HERE to schedule your appointment online.

Walk-in donors are welcome around scheduled appointments.

by Dave Markwell

Two days ago I was ripe with anticipation awaiting my wife’s return home from her week-long adventure. Well, she’s home now and I have moved on to anticipating leaving her for a four-day boy’s weekend debacle of my own.

It’s fun looking forward to something. I certainly try to appreciate the days as they come, but carrying a sense of excitement about a coming event can add a little spice to the “todays”. A fine balance must be struck between living the day and taking what it has and giving what we have to it, and keeping a happy eyeball on the future. I think they are both important parts of the dream.

It’s important that today’s actions, ideas and inspirations actually occur to help shape a future worthy of excitement. One cannot mail-in life. It must be moved by our hands and feet, minds and hearts. It must be lived. Each day. That said, working toward something inspiring can make today a little more fun.

“All animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.” -Samuel Butler

We find our joys where we can. They sometimes live in odd places. I received a text message early this morning from an old buddy with a cartoon picture that I will chuckle about all day. In fact, I’m chuckling as I write about this. While it’s easy to get stuck in the mud of life’s challenges, it’s also easy to get unstuck. Sitting with a cool morning breeze and a cup of coffee remembering this stupid cartoon has me unstuck. Looking forward to something cool does this, too.

Later today, I will see my old buddies and we will begin where we left off. Names will be called. Cards will be played and we will laugh. We will all be engaged in the “principal business of life”. And we will add to our vast collections of shared experiences to enjoy on our dark days.

“Success is being both content and ambitious at the same time.” This is the most apt definition of success that I have ever read. We need to look back and look forward in the same breath to feel the depth and breadth of our worlds. Remembering and anticipating are necessary to enjoy the day. And enjoying the day seems a worthy goal. Every day.

So, as I sit eagerly buzzing waiting to take off on my little trip. I look forward to golfing and swearing freely and standing by the BBQ with no shoes on and a cold beer in my hand. These will be days of gold that will brighten some gray days ahead. But, come Sunday, I will gratefully anticipate laying my head on my pillow next to my wife’s and this thought will comfort me, too. It’s a wonderfully vicious cycle…

[EDITOR'S NOTE:"Feel Good Friday" is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, who just published his first book called "A Feel Good Life" (buy it on Amazon here). Dave also extols to all neighbors: "Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!" Also, you can "friend" Dave on Facebook here. Or work out with him at his exercise company Waterland CrossFit!]

The Maury Island Incident” – a short film that was shot locally last summer (and which plays tonight at a fundraiser at the Tin Theater) – has been turned into a 6-part original series and will premiere on Seattle-based IndieFlix, an independent film streaming service on Aug. 19, 2014.

Based on declassified FBI documents, the film tells the incredible, tragic, and forgotten story of Harold Dahl, who on June 21, 1947, alleged a UFO sighting over Puget Sound, Washington. This sparked ‘the summer of the saucers,’ the modern era of UFO obsession, the first appearance of a ‘Man in Black’ as well as a governmental battle over UFO sighting jurisdiction reaching directly to FBI Executive Director J. Edgar Hoover.

The Aug. 19 date coincides with an FBI document sent to Executive Director J. Edgar Hoover, explaining how Dahl’s original claim that the sighting was a hoax was only said to avoid any further damage to his family. This historic document will also be released on Aug. 19 by filmmakers as a downloadable PDF on the official website www.mauryislandincident.com.

“IndieFlix viewers will not only learn new information about a lost, historic UFO case, they’ll also find out just how interested J. Edgar Hoover was with these ‘flying disc’ occurrences,” Producer/Director Scott Schaefer said. “And we will also be releasing some fascinating declassified FBI documents that show his personal interest in UFOs, specifically The Maury Island Incident.”

Initially shot as a short in the south Puget Sound area, with local talent and crew, The Maury Island Incident has been a labor of love for Producer/Writer Edmiston and Producer/Director Schaefer, and Washington FilmWorks, which gave out an Innovation Lab Award to this production. The Lab is a groundbreaking new program offering funding assistance to Washington filmmakers and filmmakers using emerging technologies. In its comments, the jury said this of the film:

“Equal parts mystery and documentary, The Maury Island Incident exposes a fascinating hidden history: the first recorded UFO incidents in the US didn’t occur in Roswell, but in Washington. This captivating project brings a spooky Seattle area legend to light and sets the stage for ongoing storytelling on the subject.”

Thanks to the help and support of Washington Filmworks’ Innovation Lab, Edmiston and Schaefer got the opportunity to turn their content into a series.

“We simply did not foresee the heightened tension that could be created with re-shaping our content into a serialized structure, and the Innovation Lab pushed us to that discovery,” Edmiston said. “From that moment, we began seeking an ideal partnership for development and distribution of the serial content and of course, IndieFlix was at the top of our wish list.”

Founded by filmmakers in 2005, IndieFlix is a membership-based streaming service that has become one of the most meaningful global online platforms in the industry. IndieFlix gives film lovers access to thousands of high quality independent shorts, features, documentaries and series from around the world via Roku, Xbox and all Internet connected devices including smartphones and tablets. IndieFlix’s mission is to champion filmmakers, launch careers, rethink traditional approaches to distribution, and celebrate the artistry and impact of independent film. IndieFlix’s unique royalty payment system pays filmmakers for every minute watched.

Edmiston adds: “We are excited to collaborate with IndieFlix, a company with an incredible track record of innovation. Of course, we love the fact that IndieFlix puts filmmakers first in almost every way imaginable. But even more, we have been impressed by the level of creativity and enthusiasm shown by the IndieFlix team as part of planning The Maury Island Incident series launch.”

Launching The Maury Island Incident as their first Original Series adds IndieFlix to the mix of online channels offering original content.

“We are so thrilled to have The Maury Island Incident as our first Original Series.” says CEO and co-founder, Scilla Andreen. “The show is so reminiscent of The X-Files and will be such a great new offering for our customers.”

If you’ve not yet seen this film – TONIGHT, FRIDAY, AUG. 1 – is your next chance as it will be playing at the Tin Theater (923 SW 152nd Street) in Olde Burien, with tickets still available for the 11 p.m. showing – buy them online here.

Here’s the trailer:

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Scilla Andreen CEO / Co-Founder Indieflix:
Scilla Andreen is an award-winning filmmaker, Emmy-nominated costume designer, disruptor and pioneer in the independent film space. Leading the charge to empower content creators, IndieFlix has become one of the most meaningful global online streaming platforms in the industry thanks to their latest innovation: the RPM model (Royalty Pool Minutes) which jettisons antiquated and complicated payment systems in favor of refreshing and transparent simplicity: for every minute watched, a filmmaker gets paid.

Steve Edmiston Producer / Writer The Maury Island Incident:
Steve Edmiston works as an independent feature film screenwriter and producer. He is also an attorney with 25 years of experience practicing business, litigation, intellectual property, and entertainment law. Edmiston is a frequent teacher, advisor, and speaker on film and film industry issues. His most recent feature premiered on Lifetime. His films have screened at a variety of film festivals including: Palm Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Seattle International Film Festival, Big Island Film Festival, Ashland and Port Townsend. Edmiston wrote and directed the award-winning short The Day My Parents Became Cool, which was shot entirely in the south Puget Sound area.

Scott Schaefer Director / Producer The Maury Island Incident:
Scott Schaefer is a three-time National Emmy Award winning Writer (Bill Nye The Science Guy, PBS/Disney) with over 27 years’ experience in media, including over 20 as a Director and Producer, six of which were spent in the trenches of Hollywood.

His directing credits includes for the TV shows Penn & Teller:Bullsh*t! (Showtime) where he was nominated for a Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Directing in a Reality Show (2005), Sightings (a UFO show for Paramount Pictures), The Arsenio Hall Show (Paramount), Totally Hidden Video (Fox), The Late Show (Fox), Fox On-Air Promotions, Almost Live! (KING-TV, where he won 6 Local Emmy Awards) and many others in-between.

Schaefer currently runs a network of six local blogs for an area south of Seattle called South King Media, which includes the award-winning B-Town Blog.

John White Executive Producer The Maury Island Incident:
The Maury Island Incident is John’s first motion picture project, and followed his extraordinarily successful career as an entrepreneur. In 1990, John invented his own pile driving machine in his garage, then founded American Piledriving Equipment (APE), the largest pile driving equipment company in the world. John’s machines operated exclusively on vegetable oil to prevent damage to water and soil. His other ventures include Crazy Horse Motorcycles LLC, which manufactures the 45 degree V-Twin engine featured on the TV show American Choppers. His unique engine is the powerplant featured in Microsoft’s Gears of War Trike built by Paul Jr. and featured in the video game.

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Aug. 3 – is an exquisite North Hill home!

Every inch of this 3-bedroom 2-bath home has been transformed into a classic contemporary style.

The new kitchen boast stainless steel appliances, white quartz counter tops and ton’s of natural light.

The dining room has a large sliding glass door that opens to a deck perfect for summer Bar-B-Q’s!

The lower level has a rec room with fireplace, office area and large bonus room.

The large back yard has alley access and a parking pad for your boat or RV.

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 3: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: 20730 3rd Ave S., Des Moines 98198

INFO:

  • List Price: $350,000
  • MLS Number: 658019
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1958
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,980
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 6,500

Site Features:

  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Patio

Marketing remarks:

Exquisite North Hill Home!

Every inch of this 3 bedroom 2 bath home has been transformed in classic contemporary style!

The new kitchen boast stainless steel appliances, white quartz counter tops and tons of natural light.

The dining room has a large sliding glass door that opens to a deck perfect for summer Bar-B-Q’s!

The lower level has a rec room with fireplace, office area and large bonus room.

The large back yard has alley access and a parking pad for your boat or RV.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

Last Saturday was another gorgeous day by the bay. I talked with a couple from Coeur d’Alene Idaho at the wine booth who said it was their second vacation in Puget Sound and they fell in love with our little city, especially the marina.

And speaking of the wine booth, back by popular demand is our buy 4 bottles of the markets wine get 20% off, free wine tote and cork screw. All proceeds go towards the market’s foundation.

Local artist, Jenny Elliott, who does our poster art every year, had this year’s art put on canvas for a fund raiser to benefit the market’s foundation. Market vendor Madrid Frames put his many talents to work for the framing. You can view the completed work at the wine booth.

Poster Art

Overall size is 21”W X 26”H

Food Trucks – look for your favorites: Six Coins Japanese Mobile,Stella Fiore Pizza,Fish Basket, Charlie’s Buns N Stuff.

Health & Fitness Day is coming up on August 9th. If you and your business would like to participate, please click for application.Health.&.Fitness. Day

Don’t forget the Senior Services Hyde Shuttle is available again this Saturday and every other Saturday thru the end of October. The shuttle provides door to door transportation to the market for seniors 55 and older and those with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park and Burien from 11am-2pm. To make your reservation, call 206-727-6262.

Here are the community groups for this week: The Des Moines Art Commission will be at their booth to inform people of all the upcoming summer events, including the Concerts in the Park and Shakespeare in the Park, just to name a few. Mount Rainer High School Dance Team will be holding a bake sale at their booth to raise funds for their activities.

Music this week is a people’s favorite, Salt Water Saints.

I know it is early, but people are asking about signing up their team for the last market day (October 25th) of the season, the 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off. You can pick up an application at the market information booth.

The Des Moines Area Food Bank “Picnic in the Park” continues their free summer lunch program for all school age kids. Look for them in the grassy area next to the marina office. They will be there every Saturday until school starts.

Upcoming events: August 9th is Health & Fitness Day; September 13th is Kids Back to School/Safety Day and the SeattleFoodTruck.com Truck-In at the market. You can check out this web calendar for all the local events, such as Shakespeare in the Park and Outdoor Family Movie Night.

To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the web site and sign up for our e-newsletter that comes out once a week. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the market’s Facebook page.

The Angle Lake Shore Club of SeaTac held their annual ‘Clean Sweep’ on Saturday, July 26th, and in addition to retrieving lots of trash and half a wooden boat, they also found a Browning 30 caliber machine gun!

Read the full story – with a pic – on our sister site The SeaTac Blog here.

The 5th annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival is coming up on Saturday, Aug. 23, with a day filled with local blues together with a variety of fine brews from local breweries.

This event is the prime fundraiser for the local Music4Life program, expanding music to youth in our local schools.

The festival – put on by the Rotary Club of Des Moines – will be located on the shores of Puget Sound at the Des Moines Beach Park.

Tickets can be purchased online here, or at Airways Brewing Company, 99 Bottles, B&E Meats , as well as through members of the Rotary Club of Des Moines.

Here’s a Podcast interview with The Wired Blues Band, who will be playing from 12:30 – 2 p.m.:

This is an outdoor event and will be held rain or shine, you must be 21 or older to attend. No pets will be allowed inside the event.

No outside food or beverages allowed. Low lawn chairs and picnic blankets allowed.

There will be plenty of free parking in the Des Moines Marina.

While you are in town, you might also want to visit the Des Moines Farmer’s Market, which runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the day.

To complement your blues and brews, they will be barbecuing Bratwurst and B&E Meat’s famous Tri Tip for your dining enjoyment.

Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the gate.

Six tasting tokens included with the price of admission.

The Highline Soccer Association will be holding a NEW Soccer Shoe Sale, with Youth, Men, and Women’s Shoes Brands including Nike, Puma, Diadora and more this weekend:

  • Saturday, July 26: 10:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 27: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The sale will be held at the Angle Lake Family Resource Center, 4040 S 188th St Suite 100, SeaTac.

Prices will range from $10 to $20 for a pair of shoes. We will also have socks for $2 a pair.

Cash and credit cards will be accepted.