Scilla Andreen, Soup and Kookies & Aesthetica Pics!

Howdy Folks. I am crazy busy these days. Today I was cinematographer and production manager for an interview with Indieflix CEO Scilla Andreen. The interview was conducted by Nick Blake of Apartment 18 Productions. We had production help from Lainy Bagwell and John Elkin on lights and sound. Scilla helps indie filmmakers make money  with their films. In the interview she will detail that and also talk about important work being done by the Indieflix foundation. Later the same day we taped a promo for the Soup and Kookies event coming up at Coleman Park in Seattle’s Central District. Actors Tom Ricciardelli and Andi  Norris were hilarious as pernicious squirrels fighting over where to bury a nut. You guys are awesome and so talented. I’ll be sure to post something here when Lainy has completed these edits. Oh, and by the way, please enjoy the photos above. They are available for sale or license at or by clicking on the images in the slide show above.

Cheers, Michael Kleven

Wet, Cloudy, Icy Washington! Photos on Photoshelter

Wet, Cloudy, Icy: Washington! – Images by Michael Kleven

I am working to unite my Photoshelter website with my online personal website and blog. Towards that end here is a link to gallery of images I’ve taken in my travels around the state. Some are from the blueberry fields of Puyallup and the nearby Foothills Trail. Others are from the White River near Auburn Southern Kind County and the Outdoor Sculpture Park on Elliot Bay. All photos may be ordered as prints or licensed for publication. Let the integration begin!

Reviving the Broken Marionette

I’m stepping outside of my normal role here as photographer & filmmaker to talk about something that is very important to me. In 1987 I was struck with profound fatigue after many years living as an adult with an active physical lifestyle. Some of my joys including stage acting, modern dance, bicycling and hiking. For the next 4 year this unexplainable fatigue had a profound effect on my health & outlook on life. Eventually I regained much of my former vigor. But only by accepting that I could no longer burn the candle at both ends. That and lot’s of vitamins, exercise and an otherwise healthy lifestyle. I was recently reading the Reviving the Heat Blog, ( and I saw this article on Maija Haavisto and her book “Reviving the Broken Marionette”. I’ve included here a link to her book on Amazon and her website.

Now back to making movies! The 1st day of auditions for the Das Dhoom Music Video project went very well. We should be in production in some regards later this week. Later was the annual dinner and slideshow for the American Society of Media Photographers, (ASMP). I feel so honored to have my image up on the same screen with some of Seattle’s best. Here are a few of those.