All Hail the Video Store

By Mary Erickson When I was little, my family owned an RCA Videodisc player. This groundbreaking technology, introduced in 1981, used an LP-sized disc encased in plastic, which was inserted into a slot in the front of the machine. Halfway through the movie, we’d have to take out the disc, flip it over, and reinsert…

Wearing Many Hats as an Independent Filmmaker

This article was originally published at If a Tree Falls on October 13, 2014. By Jackie Weissman I’m betting that some readers here don’t really know what a producer does, let alone what an independent producer does.  Well, a producer gets films/TV/media, in general, made.  They do everything that needs to be done to get…

Shaun Scott and “Pacific Aggression”: An Interview

By Mary Erickson Seattle filmmaker Shaun Scott’s fourth film, Pacific Aggression, delves into the intricacies and intimacies of life within and without the digital world. Meryl Applegate (played by Libby Matthews) is on a digital fast of sorts after admitting she was online stalking writer Frank Waters (played by Trevor Young Marston), who had visited…