The fourth annual Bellingham Music Film Festival is a showcase of music through the medium of film. The films include music videos and shorts all focused around music-inspired subject matter. The Bellingham Music Film Festival is an inclusive space inviting both student and professional filmmakers from both the Pacific Northwest and international landscape.
Nestled between Vancouver and Seattle, Bellingham, Washington has always been a hub for music and film. BMFF would like to celebrate the union of the two by screening exclusively music-related films and connecting this community on a global scale.
Not only will a wide range of film formats be featured at multiple screening sites, but the weekend will be powered by live music.
Kacey Morrow is an Associate Professor of New Media in the Department of Design at WWU. She founded the Bellingham Music Film Festival while serving on the Make.Shift Art Space board in 2016 and doing freelance design for the Pickford Film Center. She thought the event would be a way to give back to the community and raise funds for the two non-profits, while celebrating the marriage between music and film.
She is also an experimental filmmaker, freelance graphic designer, and illustrator. Her award-winning experimental videos have appeared in several film festivals and exhibitions nation-wide including the Seattle International Film Festival and Atlanta Film Festival. She co-wrote the third edition of the textbook, Producing for TV and New Media and illustrated the book, Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations about Film, Television, and Theater.
Lindsey joined the Pickford in 2013, shortly after moving to the NW. She got a taste for event coordinating during her years in Austin, Texas and though she misses the hot hot heat, she couldn’t be happier in Bellingham. Her favorite part of the Pickford is the endless variety of topics in the films on screen. The rotating door of fascinating stories allows her to connect with many facets of the community, while also feeding her need to be a perpetual learner. Lindsey believes that music makes the world go round, and that creating is always more fun with a great soundtrack.
Mikayla was once called “more movie than person,” which she took as a compliment. Mikayla moved to Bellingham in 2015, and joined Pickford Film Center as an intern a year later. Most of her favorite experiences have taken place at the Pickford, from serving the Bellingham Music Film Festival, to seeing Anomalisa three times. She loves art house theaters and video stores, and now divides her time between both.
Katie has been an active member of the Bellingham music scene since she moved here in 2011. She’s a singer-songwriter and currently fronts The Katie Gray Band. Her career in radio began in 2013 as the maintenance engineer for KUGS at WWU. After earning her BA in Music and minor in Audio Technology she went on to commercial radio at KAFE 104.1 & KGMI AM790. Katie worked with Make.Shift for 3 years to put on her miniature music festival, MiniHam, before joining the official Make.Shift family in March 2017 as Station Manager of KZAX and taking over as Executive Director in January 2018.
Michael joined the Pickford clan in the Summer of 2016 soon after graduating from Western. He received a Film Production major through Fairhaven College, where he and three other classmates made a feature-length film entitled “Gone” as their senior project and premiered it at the Pickford! His work in film started out as a fun hobby that slowly evolved into a lifelong passion and career path, as much of his time is spent working as a freelance filmmaker around town. Michael also finds astronomy fascinating and he enjoys any movie that involves space as well as sci-fi, thriller, and horror films (although he finds it impossible to pick a favorite film because it’s always changing). On his days off, Michael loves to cook, garden, play video games, think of bad puns, and of course, go to the movies.
Jed is a long-time Pickford member. He has participated in some local filmmaking — acting in numerous Bleedingham and Trailer Wars entries, as well as being the writer-director of a few. Jed stays occupied by growing organic vegetables on his family's farm. When not seeing every movie that comes though town, he likes learning about self-defense combatives, and pondering the dynamics of identity and belief.
With an undergraduate degree in video production and a life-long love of film, Carrie Cooper has served as a judge for BMFF for the past three years. When she’s not watching movies, Carrie makes embroidery art, spends way too much time in art museums, and co-owns the Temple Bar with her husband.
Colin Dalvit is a writer/producer/director from Bellingham, WA and a co-founder of the film production company P-51 Pictures. Dalvit is also a professional animator and motion graphic artist. He runs a small animation company, Kinetikos Animation Co., in between film projects.
Andy Eddy has worked in film for almost 20 years, continuing today in various projects for non-profits and bands throughout Whatcom County. During the day he runs the Jobs Training program for the Re-Store, and fills the rest of his time with various creative projects including DJing vinyl records at local radio stations and clubs. You’re most likely to find him enjoying a plate of spaghetti, writing a short story, and feeding treats to neighborhood cats.
Jessyca is an artist and musician, active in the Bellingham arts and music scene since they went to Western in 2004. They have been involved with Make.Shift since 2010 and joined the Gallery Committee in 2013. Since they took over as Gallery Director in 2017, Jessyca's goal has been to bring more interactive arts experiences to the gallery and promote diversity of representation in the Bellingham arts community.
Filmmaker and podcaster Christopher Patton has been creating professional and recreational videos of varying levels of quality in Whatcom County for the past decade. A co-founder of Bellingham's Trailer Wars, which featured 50 local film events from '09 to '16, he enjoys guerrilla filmmaking, working with small crews, and being creative without asking for permission. Christopher's various short films, music videos, and pieces produced for Cheezburger have amassed millions of views online and he won What's Up! Magazine's first ever award for best music video in 2011. He curses gear snobbery.
Cassie has been involved in the film world nearly her entire adult life. She studied Film and Psychology at Denison University, specializing in film editing and buying expensive textbooks, before moving back to the west coast to put that dual degree through its paces at a once-little place called Pickford Film Center. While she no longer works for the Picky, it (and cinema itself) will always occupy space in her heart. She has over ten years of film projecting and film-making experience and is fiercely proud to live in a place that celebrates the art in all its forms, from the truly profane to the truly profound. When she's not at work, she's listening to true crime podcasts, embroidering, hiking, or enjoying Twilight Zone marathons with her husband.
Thomas Stoneham-Judge is a local film critic based here in Whatcom County. His day job consists of graphic designing and social media marketing with local appliance company, Judd & Black. But in his free time, he is typically watching movies and writing reviews for films on his blog ForReel Movie News and Reviews, where he and his blogging partner, Tim Nagle, each summarize their thoughts on movies in 200 words or less. Thomas has lived in the Pacific Northwest his entire life, growing up in Oak Harbor, attending college at Washington State University in Pullman, and now residing in Whatcom with his husband of 4 years, Cody Stoneham-Judge.
Andrea Tjoelker is an artist and the store manager of Everyday Music in Bellingham, WA. Andrea received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on mixed media studio art from Western Washington University. In the fifth year of her BFA program, she was the director of the Viking Union Gallery. She served on the Film Is Truth Nonprofit Board of Directors from spring of 2016 to fall of 2017. Andrea is an avid supporter of the Bellingham music, art, and film community. She has displayed art in local galleries, booked in-store performances at Everyday Music, and attended countless live concerts, art openings, and films.
Chris is a video maker, interdisciplinary artist, and the Executive Director of MOTHA, the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art—a semi-fictional arts and hirstory institution highlighting the contributions of trans art to the cultural and political landscape. He teaches Time-Based Art in the Art/Art History Department at WWU.
Gary graduated in from Fairhaven College/WWU With a B.A in Visual communications with focus in social justice in 2012. After teaching video workshop classes and working for a few non profit organizations, Gary now works in marketing during the day and shoots horror films at night. Since then, most of his time is devoted to the local DIY film community, through various projects. In addition, Gary is the co- founder and curator of the horror short film festival Bleedingham. This festival occurs annually in Bellingham, WA at the Pickford Film Center.
Since moving to Bellingham from the greater Seattle area in 2014, Cole Wilder has been a member in the town's music and film communities and has been known to travel absurd distances (this is debatable) for either concerts or film screenings. Currently, some of his favorite bands include Pile, Jeff Rosenstock, and Brockhampton; and some of his favorite movies are Playtime (1967), Ratcatcher (1999), and The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017). He considers Stop Making Sense and Shut up And Play The Hits to be the two best concert films ever made. Outside of those interests, he is currently starting his last quarter at Western Washington University (studying English literature and film) and finds great joy, as well as physical pain, in grinding coffee beans to feed his mild caffeine addiction.