Anchorage to Seattle

I’m on the plane preparing to depart Ted Stevens Airport in Anchorage for my flight home to Seattle. Anchorage is a hotbed for film and culture. Or is at least well on it’s way. The folks in the Alaska film office are really friendly. I registered with them as a director, sound and camera guy. Sometimes in helps to have parents on Alaska. But heck, I sure miss them most of the year. I’m hoping my networking efforts will lead to work in the growing production industry in Alaska and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

I also enjoyed the lively theater in Anchorage. In particular off Broadway hit “Freud’s Last Session” at Cyreno‘s Off Center Playhouse in Downtown Anchorage. Me, my brother Wayne and niece Carmie all took in a day of  skiing at the municipal ski area “Hilltop”. The slopes were mostly gentle which suited us just fine. It was the first time on a lift for Wayne and Carmie and my first time since 1985. At the end of the day we were all swooshing down the slopes like pros.

I really enjoyed the photo ops in the Chugiak Mountains near my parent’s home, at Hatcher Pass and on the frozen lakes. Hopefully I will have some more of those to share with you here soon.

As always Alaska, you offer so much and always leave me wanting more.

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Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle
The friendly Eskimo prepares to fly me to my home.

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Ski Trip
Me, my brother Wayne and niece Carmie, having an excellent time at Hilltop Ski Area.
Ducks on an icy lake.
With warm December temperatures, these ducks decided to hang out at Reflection Lake in Anchorage.

 

 

Alaska sunset December 2012
I took this photo looking South from the Chugiak Mountains above Anchorage

 

 

 

How to Make Money from Your Short Films & MARCELL award

I was at the event she mentions in her blog. Actually two panels hosted by Seattle’s chapter of Women in Film. One on Film Financing and the other on Film Distribution. I filmed an interview with Scilla Andreen from Indieflix a few weeks back. I find the whole idea of making money very interesting. Especially for making films which are art.

Other good news. Me and Wenda Zonnefeld share a silver medal for our collaboration on “Marcell” from the Park City Film Music Festival. Here is the posting:

Silver Medal for Excellence in Original Music for a Short Film for the film MarcellComposer(s) Wenda Zonnefeld / Director(s) Michael Kleven

 

Kellie Ann Benz looks at how to make money from your short films – Industry Centre – National Screen Institute – Canada’s national training school for writers, directors and producers in film, television and digital media..

I need to learn how to use Kellie’s good advice now that I am an award winning filmmaker for Marcell! I am currently wrestling with pulling my films from Youtube and Vimeo and selling them, or learning how to give them away more successfully. My music video Ending the Dhoom is about to release. I am in love with it. But it cost more to make then I was paid. I’ll find it hard to remain a full time working artist unless I can find a way to change that trend soon!

Thomas Beale Cipher: How to Launch your film: www.tiny9.com/u/9841

Composer Wenda’s Website: www.wendaz.com/

 

 

Marcell
Poster for my Short Film “Marcell”

Marcell showing this week at Park City Film Music Festival

Marcell
Poster for my Short Film "Marcell"

 

Marcell will be showing Sunday May 29th at the Egyptian Theater in Park City Utah. Thank you to our composer Wenda Zonnefeld for submitting the film and to my brother Tyler Kleven for making this awesome poster for the film. We are up for several juicy awards. Although in all humility I am really just happy to be there. The film was made in conjunction with the Film and Video program at Seattle Central Community College and Aesthetica Pictures.

Marcell on the festival schedule!

Festival Main Page:

http://www.pcfmf.com/MainPage.html

Film Program at Seattle Central:

http://seattlecentral.edu/programs/video/