The ‘L’ Word in 1990s Bellingham

 “The ‘L’ Word”: Politicized Lesbian Identity in 1990s Bellingham, Washington By Nova Clark  “The L Word” was a volunteer made, alternative newspaper from 1994-1996, distributed in Bellingham, Washington. The paper’s self-proclaimed goal was to serve the “women loving women” community of Whatcom County. The paper was created by a lesbian named Mary, and run entirely…

From Bra-Burners to Bureaucracy

From Bra-Burners to Bureaucracy: The Evolution of Second-Wave Feminism through NOW Newsletters By Alexandria Baker In recent years, the feminist movement has made something of a comeback. While still the cause of narrowed eyes in some parts of the country, it seems the majority of American women now identify at least somewhat with the movement.…

Film Festival Review: The 2018 Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival

by Alex Bauman, Natalie Bex, Nick Branch, Daniel Deshaies, Michael Dragovich, Sam Gabler-Brown, Cassandra Gammie, Tynan Hall, Amber Holloway-Cook, Mikayla Lawrence, Kathryn McClain, Nathan Milburn, Rebecca Partin, Carrin Romain-McErlane, Briana Schlemmer, Catherine Sebastian, Jacob Shelley, Grace Snitselaar, Mckenna Snyder, Jessica Vangel, and Lucas Vigil The second annual Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival took place in…

Independent Filmmaking around the Globe

Independent Filmmaking around the Globe Edited by Doris Baltruschat and Mary P. Erickson With a Foreword by David Hamilton from Hamilton Mehta Productions University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2015 Independent Filmmaking around the Globe calls attention to the significant changes taking place in independent cinema today, as new production and distribution technology…

Mid Century Oregon Genius: Harry Smith and Homer Groening, Jan 16-17

By Anne Richardson Members of Pacific Northwest Media Research Consortium receive discounted admission to two installments of the Mid Century Oregon Genius screening series, which will be held at Portland’s Hollywood Theatre on January 16 and 17. HARRY SMITH’S HEAVEN AND EARTH MAGIC – JAN. 16 @ 7PM Dennis Nyback’s recreation of Harry Smith’s multi-projector,…

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…