A Creative Community Newsletter for Information and Inspiration
Each week we will send news you need to know about the COVID crisis that will help put us on the road to recovery. We will also give you a glimpse of how our creative colleagues from across the state are using their talent to bring us all closer together! Read on for more.
We’ve got more tips and tricks for gig workers trying to navigate unemployment. Check out our updated one sheet here

The Payment Protection Program (PPP) opened again —providing an additional $310 billion in forgivable loans for small businesses (including independent contractors and nonprofits.) Congress also put some new guidelines in place to help people without a banking relationship get access to the fund. Here’s our updated one sheet guide with info about what’s new.

Got questions about renter’s rights during the pandemic? We’ve partnered with Artist Trust for another webinar about the moratorium on both residential and commercial evictions, what to do if your landlord violates it, and other aspects of tenant rights. It's today at 3:30pm . You must register to view the webinar. Registration closes an hour before start time.
World Famous ’ Creative Director John Koenig talked to Adobe’s 99U about his secret to maintaining creativity and collaboration when you are 1,700 miles away from your teammates, His secrets to success? His office and fruit snacks. Read what John and other creatives do to set the scene for creative exchanges and productive collaboration in the age of remote work and distributed teams. 

Gallery One is offering a free webinar this evening about how to seek out new audiences and channels from Lucas Spivey, founder of Culture Hustlers , a collaborative business school for creators.

Washington Lawyers for the Arts has lawyers ready with FREE advice to help artists with COVID-19 legal questions.
WA Film Festivals Offer Favorite Films to Watch During Lockdown
A Still From Lady Macbeth
This week we asked a few select film festivals in Washington State to tell us which film from one of their past festival seasons we should watch during lockdown. Here are some that are currently streaming!

Many of these amazing WA State festivals are going online or changing their dates—find out more here .
Life Hack / 2017 / Director: Sloan Copeland
(Currently streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime)

" Life Hack is a gem with great production values and smart writing, reminding us that the threats in cyberspace are not exactly what we think they might be. Hope to see more from this talented team." - Janette Force, Executive Director, Port Townsend Film Festival  
(Currently streaming on Amazon Prime)

"It’s uplifting, humorous, inspiring and endearing." - Jane Julian, Director of Programming, Port Townsend Film Festival  
Angels Wear White / 2017 / Writer & Director: Vivian Qu
(Currently streaming on Amazon Prime)

"Qu's film collected several nominations and awards, including the prestigious Taiwanese Golden Horse Award. Nevertheless, the film encountered some problems with Chinese censorship because of its controversial topic and social commentary which makes you wonder how the film even got made in the first place." - Cheryl Crooks, Executive Director, Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival
Cake / 2018 / Director: Asim Abbasi
(Currently Streaming on Netflix)

"Hidden secrets and new tensions arise when two sisters reunite under one roof for the sake of their aging father." - Ketki Asher, Programming Manager, Tasveer South Asian Film Festival
Lady Macbeth / 2016 / Director: William Oldroyd
(Currently on streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime) 
"This stone cold and unforgiving period piece shook me to the core and introduced Florence Pugh in one of the all-time breakout performances." - Joseph Hernandez, Senior Programmer, North Bend Film Festival 
Substance / 2019 / Writer & Director: Jamaal Bradley 
(Currently streaming for free on substanceshortfilm.com )
"The film stood out to us because of the pristine quality of the animation, and the attention to detail with certain aspects of the African American characters that you just don't see in mainstream animation. The story is genuine and the characters and sound design are masterfully crafted." - Andrea Stuart-Lehalle, Director, Seattle Black Film Festival 
eTc Gives Back in Tacoma and Film Festivals Team Up with Distributors for Online Streaming 
eTc in Tacoma is doing their part to help small businesses in their community during the COVID-19 crisis. 30% of all proceeds from the SidebySide product line will go to help small businesses in the 253 area code. 

Seed&Spark is spearheading an effort to waive policies blocking film festivals to move onto an online platform during COVID-19. Long-standing industry-wide policies have prevented festivals from going online. Seed&Spark is getting commitments from festivals and distributors to temporarily waive these policies in the interest of the independent film community at large.
Creatives in Bellingham Join Forces
Sing, dance, be creative—and celebrate community. The Whatcom Arts Project is a collaboration of more than 30 performing and visual arts organizations. They’re now offering performances, classes, narratives, interactive tours and other arts experiences—all online!
Washington Filmworks (WF) is the private 501(c)(6) non-profit organization that manages the Motion Picture Competitiveness program as well as a diversity of resources for the creative industries in Washington State. WF's mission is to create economic development opportunities by building and enhancing the competitiveness, profile and sustainability of Washington State’s film industry.
 At Whipsmart, we are unapologetic advocates for creative people and businesses. We give creative professionals the tools they need to succeed, by meeting them where they’re at—offering intentionally curated mentorships, job opportunities, and business resources scaled to every stage of their career.