Seattle animator Neely Goniodsky has been selected for the first Cue Northwest Residency. This is a partnered project between the Northwest Film Forum and Brick Lane Records, where one filmmaker makes a short film based on a pre-selected song. Neely will receive $5,000 and will make a short animated film using music from Benjamin Verdoes’ record, “The One & the Other,” as the score. It’s super cool that an animator has received the first commission!
This is the first in a series of projects designed to build connections between the independent film and music communities in Seattle and the Northwest, including production residencies and networking events.
“I’m very excited to be a part of the Cue Residency, working together with talented Benjamin Verdoes and applying my animation magic to create a surreal intergalactic music video,” Goniodsky said.
Brick Lane Records founder Kirt Debique said, “It’s exciting to enter this next phase of our partnership with the Northwest Film Forum, bringing together talented creatives in film and music. We look forward to the beautiful art Neely will share, inspired by the music in Benjamin Verdoes’ ‘The One & The Other.'”
The film will have its world premiere in the 19th Local Sightings Film Festival this September at Northwest Film Forum (submission deadline for you other animators out there is June 13th!). “Cue Northwest represents a significant new production opportunity for artists, and builds on Northwest Film Forum’s history of commissioning new work and connecting filmmakers with artists across multiple disciplines,” said Northwest Film Forum Artistic Director Courtney Sheehan.