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Nonprofit Mission Spotlight: OlyFilm – ThurstonTalk

Eeach month, Thurston Community Media The nonprofit mission of (TCMedia) connects with local organizations and agencies that positively impact our communities. This month, Mission Nonprofit host Robert Kam sat down with Board Chairman Jeff Barehand and Board Member Janice Liu from the Olympia Film Collective (now OlyFilm)to discuss their history, goals for the future, and their upcoming 10-year anniversary screening at the Capitol Theater on December 12, 2022.

Olympia Film 10th Anniversary Screening

On December 12 from 6-10 p.m., join OlyFilm at the Capitol Theater to celebrate Olympia’s 10 years of independent cinema with a retrospective celebration. Pre-sale tickets are only $10 and can be purchased on the OlyFilm website, or $15 at the door. All ticket sales benefit OlyFilm.

The beginnings of OlyFilm

Originally called the Olympia Film Collective, the non-profit has been nurturing, promoting and educating Olympia’s independent filmmakers since 2012. Had to resort to Craigslist to find someone like-minded,” Jeff shares. At the same time, Riley Gibson had also posted on Craigslist looking for people to make a movie with. Jeff got along with Riley and a few other people, including Russel Brooks and Dylan Glocker.

They ended up choosing “The Sweet Sorrow”, written by Jeff, as their first film because it only had two actors and three scene locations. “So we four filmmakers – this motley crew of, you know, just people, strangers, really – got together and made this little short film.”

OlyFilm today

It was the beginning. Over the past 10 years, OlyFim has grown into a major non-profit organization that helps independent filmmakers bring their screenplays to life. Education is a big part of the collective, including things like helping Girl Scouts earn movie badges; Inter-tribal youth projects; and running workshops such as filmmaking, motion graphics, video editing, audio, script writing and more.

OlyFilm also has its own podcast which interviews experts, local independent filmmakers and more. They emphasize diversity and inclusion, particularly increasing the role of women and people of color in film.

As part of their support, OlyFilm has grants available for making short films. They also help to obtain external grants for projects.

For more information, watch the full video above and visit the OlyFilm website. Contact Jeff at [email protected] or [email protected] to donate.

You can watch Mission Nonprofit on Channel 77 on Sundays at 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. You can also look at TCMedia.org, Video on Demand or our Roku channel. To learn more about what TCMedia does, visit the Thuston Community Media YouTube Channel or the TC Media website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.



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