Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival’s 15th anniversary to open with two independent television projects produced in Washington State.

 

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Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival’s 15th anniversary to open with two independent television projects produced in Washington State.

 

July 25th at Factory Luxe

 

SEATTLE, WA (July 8th, 2019) – The Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival announced that it will celebrate Opening Night of the festival by featuring two independently produced television projects filmed entirely in Washington State. The Opening Night party will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the festival by bringing award winning television shows Tabitha, Witch of the Order (Decoded Films) and Strowlers (Zombie Orpheus Entertainment) home to Seattle. The celebration will commence at 7p on Thursday July 25th at Factory Luxe in Seattle’s historic Rainier Brewery building. The party immediately following the screenings will feature food, drinks and the opportunity to network with fans and filmmakers.

 

Opening night of the festival is the exclusive Seattle premiere of award-winning television series Tabitha, Witch of the Order. Creators, James Dailey and Arthur Rains-McNally affectionately refer to their vision for this one-hour television drama as “a cop show with witches”. The series celebrates female empowerment through the fantastic world of magic and witchcraft. Tabitha, Witch of the Order is designed to explore the complex philosophical questions that plague our society: “What are the obligations of power? What is the nature of the soul? At what point does persecution lead to radicalization?”

 

Opening night will also feature award winning urban fantasy television series Strowlers created by Ben Dobyns (JourneyQuest) and L. Gabriel Gonda (The Gamers). Showrunner, Ben Dobyns, says representation is a crucial element of the series. “While the pilot is about rescuing a child with unregistered magical talent, the perspective that the protagonist’s life has given her—as a queer woman of color—affects how she chooses to help a child in need, as well as her interactions with the institutional forces that seek to control the lives of everyday people.”

 

Both projects were produced years apart and completely independently. Tabitha, Witch of the Order creator James Dailey says, “While very different in tone, it’s truly amazing how similar the two shows are in terms of theme. There must be something in the Seattle zeitgeist that has columnated in the creation of two shows featuring the rise of women with amazing abilities who threaten the traditional American patriarchy. I think individuals interested in film study will enjoy seeing both films back to back. The similarities are striking but it’s fascinating to compare and contrast the very different approaches the filmmakers have taken.”

 

Both Strowlers and Tabitha, Witch of the Order were produced in part with funding assistance from the State of Washington via the Washington Filmworks Innovation Lab. This state-run incentive program serves to bring film production to the State of Washington. According to Strowlers showrunner Ben Dobyns, "When it was time to try something new and experimental, support from Washington Filmworks made it possible to create the foundation for a series that has gone on to become a hit on Amazon Prime. Without their risk-taking and investment in new ideas, Strowlers would never have been made."

 

Tickets to the 2019 Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival Opening Night party can be purchased here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stiff-2019-opening-night-tabitha-witch-of-the-order-and-strowlers-pilot-tickets-64663158247?ref=eios

 

Tabitha, Witch of the Order

Web: http://www.witchoftheorder.com/press.html

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Strowlers

Web: http://strowlers.com/press-release/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/strowlers

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/strowlers/

 

Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival

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