Bring Seattle to Sundance

Posted on January 08, 2013, 10:25 am
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BRINGING LIGHTIn the first of what will be a series of posts concerning the upcoming 2013 Sundance Film Festival, we’re focusing on an upcoming short documentary out of Seattle that is a contender for Sundance’s prestigious Focus Forward Films Award. The doc, Bringing Light, comes from Seattle filmmakers Bert Klasey, Chris Baron, and James Allen Smith.

The focus of the short is the painstaking process in which neurosurgeons more precisely identify brain tumors and the film is in the running to receive the $100,000 grand prize. Seattle’s Dr. James Olson has been working with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, The University of Washington, and Seattle Children’s Hospital to develop Tumor Paint, a way of lighting up brain tumors to help doctors better discern cancer from normal brain tissue. Dr. Olson, with his patient Keaton Wrenn and the patient’s mother Lisa Owen, discuss the breath-taking discovery in the three minute 33-second documentary and what it could mean for future brain cancer patients when Tumor Paint begins human trials in 2013.

While the film is already one of 20 contenders in the Focus Forward Competition, backers of the project are urging Seattle film-goers to visit their page, watch the film, and vote for it for Sundance’s Audience Film Award, which would allow the project a screening during the festival next month in Park City, Utah.

See the film and vote here.

Molly Spurgeon is a writer and on-camera host, associate member of Women in Film, and proud contributor to Vanguard Seattle. She’s always been passionate about arts and culture, but it wasn’t until she started with the Seattle International Film Festival while working on her undergrad at UW that she decided to move away from music and start focusing on film and entertainment. She’s long been fascinated with the strange, sometimes nonsensical nature of pop-culture zeitgeist and how one artist supersedes another, to the point where she’s begun a side project interviewing success stories within the industry in the hopes of tracking trends and patterns among their stories and personalities. She looks forward to showcasing Seattle as a major mover and maker of the film industry and seeing Seattleites enjoy the major-city talent that lives all around them.