The following events were part of the 2017 CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival held in Bellingham, WA on April 20-23, 2017.

Pre-Festival Event:

CASCADIA Women’s Film Club Screens

Unslut: A Documentary Film

Western Washington University (WWU)

Miller Hall Room 152

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

6 to 9 PM

UnSlut: A Documentary Film by Emily Lindin, USA

UnSlut features conversations with those who have experienced the life-altering effects of sexual shaming, but also offers immediate and long-term goals for personal, local, and institutional solutions.

WWU’s new CASCADIA Women’s Film Club, in partnership with WWU’s Women, Sexuality, and Gender Studies Program, are co-sponsored a FREE screening and panel discussion of the film.
UnSlut is the product of The Unslut Project, aimed at eliminating shaming and sexual bullying in our schools, communities, media, and culture. It features conversations with those who have experienced the life-altering effects of sexual shaming, but also offers immediate and long-term goals for personal, local, and institutional solutions.
After the screening, there was a panel discussion between students, professors, and filmmakers. Filmmaker Montana Hall who’s short film Monster was paired with UnSlut at the CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival held in Bellingham April 20-23.
WWU Professor Vicki Huesch and students Devin DeGagne and Sascha Geunter-Schlesinger and CASCADIA helped make this event possible.

Festival Event:

CASCADIA/Bellingham Film LIVE Script Studio Session

Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room

April 23, 2017

10 AM – 1 PM

script studio cascadia international womens film festival bellingham whatcom mel damski mount baker theatreA special LIVE Script Studio Session was presented during the festival in partnership with Bellingham Film, a local organization that fosters community among area filmmakers.

CASCADIA presented the 3-hour event where portions of developing scripts were read by experienced actors. A panel of Industry professionals offered pro-writer feedback based on their vast experience before a LIVE audience.


Mel Damski Cascadia international womens film festival bellingham whatcom

Mel Damski, Director

Damski is an Emmy- and Oscar-nominated Director of 28 films, many documentaries and more than 200 television episodes and TV movies. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,  the Writer’s Guild of America, the Director’s Guild of America and Director’s Guild of Canada. Damski also generously serves on CASCADIA’s Advisory Board.

Karen Kruper CASCADIA International Women's Film Festival Bellingham Whatcom Script Studio

Karen Kruper, Actress

Vancouver- and L.A.-based Kruper has appeared in numerous TV movies and series including the series Cold Squad. She is known for her work as Drew’s Mom on Scary Movie (2000), The Convenient Groom (2016) and Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1995).

Candice Elzinga Leo Award Script Studio CASCADIA international women's film festival bellingham whatcom

Candice Elzinga, Casting Director

Elzinga is an Emmy-Nominated Vancouver-based Casting Director with more than 20 years in the business. She’s cast dozens of television movies and series and is known for her work on The Man in the High Castle (2015-2016), Elysium (2013), Rat Race (2001) and The Ron Clark Story (2006). She won a Leo Award in 2015 for Best Casting in a Television Movie.

Michael Pavone CASCADIA International Womens filmm festival bellingham whatcom

Michael Pavone, Producer/Writer/Director/Actor

Pavone created and executive produced critically acclaimed shows such as Against The Grain (NBC), and High Incident with Steven Spielberg (ABC). He’s been an Executive Producer/Show runner on ten television series including Jack & Jill (WB), Street Time (Showtime), Side Order of Life (Lifetime) and The Client (CBS).
Pavone has also gained acclaim as a feature film screenwriter, producer and director. Some of his projects include writing The Blue Wall (Disney), Seven Men from Now for Beacon Films, and Northmen for Warner Bros.
Pavone is perhaps best known for the film he wrote, directed, and produced, That’s What I Am (2011), which was nominated for a Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. He’s written, directed, and produced multiple television series and movies over the past 20 years.

Script Supervisor Maggie CraigMaggie Craig CASCADIA International Women's Film Festival Bellingham Whatcom Script Studio will moderate the panel.

Craig is a Script Supervisor with international credits spanning three decades. Some of her more recent projects include DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, NBC/Amblin TV’s pilot, Reverie and the recently released feature film, Rupture. She is currently developing her first feature film based on the novel, Sunpath: The War Orphan Train, by Bellingham author Michael

Pre-Festival Event:

Bellingham Film/CASCADIA Virtual Reality Panel & Mixer

“The Emerging Technology of Immersive Technology”

Pickford Film Center

April 11, 2017

6 to 9 PM

virtual reallity VR panel cascadia International womens film festival bellingham whatcomBellingham Film and CASCADIA teamed up to bring the local film community a free educational Virtual Reality Industry Panel Discussion and Film Mixer including a Q & A session.

Featured Panelists

Amy Lillard, Executive Director of Washington Filmworks (WF)

Amy Lillard Washington FilmWorks CASCADIA International Women's Film Festival Bellingham Whatcom Virtual RealityLillard will talk about some of the unique assets that WA has to lead the 360 revolution. Since 2007, WF has helped over 116 film projects complete principal photography, which have brought an estimated $319 million to the statewide economy.
Lillard started her career as an independent film publicist out of New York and Los Angeles designing the release campaigns for groundbreaking films such at “The Blair Witch Project,” “American Psycho” and “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” Since settling in Seattle in 2002, Lillard has worked in various capacities including, director of publicity and promotion at SIFF, festival director of the Reel Cinerama Film Festival, and producer of the Fly Filmmaking Challenge.

Sandy Cioffi of Fearless 360°

Sandy Cioffi Fearless 360° CASCADIA international womens film festival virtual realityWe are so thankful to have Cioffi return as a VR panelist. She participated in our VR event last year. Cioffi is a Seattle-based film and video artist. She is director and producer of the documentary film Sweet Crude and has produced and/or directed the films Crocodile TearsTerminal 187 and Just Us.
Fearless360º is a start-up collective working at the intersection of arts, culture, education, storytelling and technology to develop content, programming, and curriculum for immersive / VR / AR / 360º media.

Avielle Heath

Avielle Heath Bellingham Film Cascadia international womens film festival virtual realityHeath will also bring a set and discuss their recent VR shoot. Heath has extensive work in the film industry. She is always the hardest worker on set. Her attention to detail, focus and demand for good communication helps tell the best stories. She has created mini-cities, zombie torn worlds, taken us back in time and made a table of food look beautiful. She is talented, blunt and always having fun. She also runs Bellingham Film, an organization supporting filmmakers in Whatcom County.
Mary Keane of the Foundry Makerspace also conducted VR demonstrations and shared about the Foundry’s monthly VR Meeting via meetup.com, the equipment they have available via membership and day use, as well as their First Friday program that offers VR demonstrations free to the public.