Newsletter 11

Greetings to those here and there. I’ve been contacted… and not by little green men like last time. I’ve been contacted by T h o m a s P h i l l i p s o n. He apparently spells his name with a lot of extra spaces but don’t judge him, his parents were probably just hippies or something, that’s how I got the middle name Moonbeam. Anyhow, Mr. P h i l l i p s o n is the Regional Services Coordinator for the Northwest Film Center and he wants more Alaskan submissions for the prestigious Northwest Film Festival.

The Northwest Film Festival is a festival for independent Northwest film and video makers. It’s been judged in the past by such noteworthy folks as Gus Van Sant (Director of “Good Will Hunting”) and Matt Groening (Creator of “The Simpsons”). The festival usually accepts 30-45 shorts, features and documentaries and of those 10-15 shorts are selected for the Best of the Northwest Tour program which travels throughout the Northwest to media arts centers, museums, arts councils and universities. The total audience will likely exceed six thousand and if that’s not enough to get your motor running… entry is FREE. I’m going to say it a few more times so I catch the skimmers.. FREE FREE FREE.

Entry forms and more information-

More information on the Northwest Film Center

Summer Film Fest

As for our own little corner of the world, the JUMP Society Summer Film Festival was yet another wild success. We had three full shows at the Silverbow with the late show Friday packed tighter than a tube of Pillsbury biscuits. If you left an entry tape with us and want it back just drop by the office and pick it up.

Ninjas in our Midst

Several of the films underway for the Winter film festival are going to be Ninja themed and the festival posters will feature the jump logo in some kind of throwing star design. This is not going to be a required theme but I was thinking it would be fun to have some recurring element for our next festival so we’ll try it out and see how it goes.

Music and Mayhem

Mukhya Khalsa and a few other folks have suggested some experimental film projects to get people interested and editing over short periods of time. One idea is a music video project where you select a piece of music and have 24 hours to edit a music video for it. Another idea is a 24 hour movie scramble where participants have 24 hours to make a film, they get together at a kick off event and everyone gets a list of words and places that must be included in the movie and then are set to work. At the end of either of these events the tired and worn down filmmakers get together and watch their films. Maybe it would make more sense to have a two day event than a 24 hour event so people can sleep. Sounds like fun to me.. what do you think? Something you’d participate in?


According to Aaron, our equipment fund czar, we have quite a bit of spare change socked away for a sunny day. Thanks to some helpful folks at the door taking donations we actually made more from our two Friday shows this summer than all of our previous festivals combined. Long story short, with the help of Lucid Reverie, and possibly some arts money, we’re planning on purchasing a new computer for the office that can be used as an editing machine for those who need it. This means we can still provide an area for people to edit and not have to lose time and money from the business by tying up our machines. The computer will have Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, and some sort of capture card for digital video. The cost of renting the machine will be $5/hr with all proceeds going back to the Jump Society. If you really don’t have the money we’ll work out something fair, maybe working the door or hanging posters for upcoming festivals. Tutorials and manuals will be available as well. Other items on our list are a tripod, a cheap digital camera, and some sound gear.

All this talk of money makes me realize we need to get our 501(c)(3) non-profit status. I’ve heard it isn’t to hard but the paperwork is tedious. If anyone wants to lend a hand by filling out some paper work just let me know. It would be greatly appreciated.

Sorry for the long e-mail, if you made it this far you’re home free.

Newsletter 10

Tell your friends, tell your enemies, shout it from the rooftops, we want your short film submissions! There are still two weeks until July 1st when the films are due and I’m certain that you folks are creative enough, inventive enough, and resourceful enough to pull off some real gems… and if you’re not, I’ll bet you know someone who is… tell them! We’re looking for all kinds of entries… push your political agenda, subvert the masses, make them laugh, make them cry, make them scratch their heads and feel like they missed the point when in fact there was no point.

I’m just now starting to get the warm, frenzied feeling of a film festival off in the distance and I can tell you this is going to be a good show. Juneau is full of creative people and each of them is full of creative ideas and each of those ideas is full of detailed creative elements. It’s like those little Russian dolls, containers inside of containers and lots of little hand painted babushkas. I always wanted one of those things, I don’t really know why, I would have swallowed the smallest piece and lost everything else except for the bottom half of the second largest doll. I guess my parents knew that.

So, does anyone need movie ideas? I’m your man… here’s some freebies. Don’t worry if someone else does the same thing, different interpretations of the same idea are great, ask God.

  • Grab your favorite song and make a music video.
  • Take a three minute clip from an old movie and dub over it
    with new dialogue.
  • Make a parody of one of those Bass Fishing shows with trinket
    shop employees trying to reel in the blue hairs.
  • Interview people about a local issue.. (flight noise, downtown
    traffic, people who complain too much)
  • Do a short cooking show with your favorite recipe… (my
    favorite recipe is pasta-roni)
  • When all else fails, strap a camera to your dog and let him
    loose downtown.

Note: If any of these ideas have potentially negative real world outcomes then I trust you to have better foresight than I and not get into trouble. We already have one casualty from this film festival, a guy tried jumping off the dock in a kayak and hurt his back. Now the only dance he can do is the robot… not pretty.

Helpy Helperton

There’s this guy who wants to help out on films. His name is Darrell. His number is 321-9529. Give him a call if you need a hand. Hmmm.. maybe I can get him to be a stunt double for my shark tank scene?

I’m looking for an older woman who jogs and a beefy middle aged guy for a film.

Know anyone else who wants to act, video tape, edit, or be a gaffer? Send me some contact info and I’ll put you in the next newsletter.

Question and Answer

Last newsletter I asked a bunch of questions about what people wanted to do in the future… here’s the general direction of things:

The film festival won’t be juried any time soon and we’re not going to be handing out any awards or prizes. We may hold a separate contest in the future where everyone is required to use a similar theme or idea but the twice a year JUMP festivals will remain non-competitive. Comment cards will continue.. this time they may even be distributed to the filmmakers. Email me if you want your comments from last time. I’ll probably make more stickers, I’m still disappointed that I haven’t found more in random places around town. The condom machine in the Alaskan is the best place I’ve found a sticker so far and I’m about 70% sure that I put it there, that night was kind of fuzzy though.

As always, if you have suggestions for making the shows better, let me know… and don’t say better films, make one.


Thanks to Julie, Abel, Rosie, Holly, Lou, Aaron, Jack, Bob, Bill, Big Mike, Justin and anyone else that has finished or is currently working on a film for the upcoming festival. The more entries we get, the better a show we can put on.

Thanks to Roald Simonson for showing his films at the Silverbow.

Thanks once again to the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

Community News

The New Music Rag is a pretty cool little newspaper floating around the downtown bulletin boards. If you’re into music, entertainment or the Juneau night life I would recommend giving it a read. I put some JUMP ads in there, it only cost ten bucks an issue, it came out of the general fund… I think that’s our only fund but maybe Aaron’s got some pork bellies stashed away for a rainy day.


Stick a fork in me, I’m done but I’ll be back with more whimsical ramblings in a week or two. Thanks for hanging in there until the end. You’re my favorite.

Newsletter 9

It’s time to get Jumpin’

The summer film festival rapidly approaches so arm yourself with a camera and capture some of these fleeting summer days on tape because they’re going to be gone faster than a plush moose in a trinket shop.

The deadline for the next film festival is July 1st and the films must be 12 minutes or less. We’ll make some exceptions to the rule for true masterpieces but generally a good rule of thumb is the shorter the better. Shave frames with triple blade action, judiciously elimintate the third slow motion repeat of that big stunt scene, and please please please please make the credits shorter than the movie :) That said, the JUMP Society festivals are a place to learn. Bring your work, see how the crowd reacts, see what other people are doing, have a bagel.

As usual, any suggestions or help is appreciated. Call for entry posters are being printed as I type so if you want to help hang them up around town, swing by the office and pick some up. Here are some questions for you to respond to that will help the JUMP Society’s evolution…

Should the film festival be juried this time around?
Should I do the comment card thing again?
Should we do the film maker introductions?
How about one show for the film makers where we take some time after
each film to discuss what we were trying to do, how we did it, and
answer questions?
More stickers?
Anything else that would make it a better event?


Thanks go out to my good friend Gage Choat for all of his work on the previous JUMP Society Film Festivals and all his creative films. You will be missed.

Continual thanks to the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

Community News

Roald Simonson may be showing some of his films in June, more as that develops.


That’s all I’ve got today. I’ll write again soon, flooding your mailbox
with sweet caramely goodness.