The second annual Bellingham Music Film Festival will screen several music videos by Western Washington University students on Friday, April 7, during Art Walk at Make.Shift Art Space. The Music Video Night is free to the public and also features other regional, national and international music videos. Western students included in this year’s festival include:
- Adam Kane & Michael Barone for “Fingers, The Clown,” music by Johnny Thursday
- Conor O’Keefe for “Like Daaam!,” music by Klefto.
- Maddy Ruppel for “Sleep Furiously,” music by House of Blue Leaves.
- Sierra Tucker for “Synesthesia Light Show,” music by Sierra Tucker.
- Mikah Washburn for “Demon Eye,” music by Sleeper Muscle.
BMFF was founded last year by Kacey Morrow, filmmaker and associate professor in the Department of Design at Western. Morrow was on the board of directors for Make.Shift Art Space and while brainstorming opportunities for new events and possible fundraisers thought of the idea to bring the community’s love for film and music together through a music-inspired film festival. The Pickford Film Center embraced the idea and became an equal partner in the festival’s development.
The festival will be held April 6–8 at the Pickford Film Center and Make.Shift Art Space in downtown Bellingham. Other activities during the festival include an opening night screening of David Byrne’s recent documentary, “Contemporary Color,” featuring color guard teams performing live to artists such as St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Ad-Rock, and even Ira Glass. This film will kick off the festival on Thursday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pickford.
Saturday, April 8, is chock-full of events including three screening blocks at the Pickford featuring music videos, music-inspired short films and feature films. The last screening at 6 p.m. plays the Best in Show including the Best Music Video, Best Short Film, and Best Feature Film.
Following the screenings at the Pickford is an after party at the new Sylvia Center for the Arts including a beer garden and live music by Briana Marela, Cumulus, and I Love You Avalanche. All donations go towards the festival and the non-profits involved.
Find out more information at http://bellinghammusicfilmfestival.com/ and the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1310343842386943/.