UPDATE — The deadline for film submissions has been extended to Friday, April 20.
At its 2011 Convention, Washington State Labor Council delegates approved a resolution calling for the WSLC to create a month-long celebration of workers’ culture in May 2012 to honor of the 100-year anniversary of the Lawrence, Mass., textile strike — the “Bread and Roses” strike.
As part of this celebration the WSLC has launched a You Tube film competition (3- to 5-minute films) under the theme of “work” or “we do the work.” The three best short films from around Washington State will be shown at the SIFF Theater as part of the 2012 Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle over Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-28). In addition, the top three filmmakers will receive prizes $250, $150 and $100, respectively.
All film entries should be submitted to the local Central Labor Councils around the state.
April 20 is the deadline for submissions. The CLCs will review the film entries in April and each council will submit its best three to the WSLC, where a panel of judges will evaluate the films and decide the winning three that will be shown at the Northwest Folklife Festival at the end of May in Seattle.
If you know any filmmakers at your workplace, in your family, at your church, please urge them to participate in this competition. Here is the contact information for the CLCs, where entries will be submitted. For more information, contact Kamaria Hightower at 206-281-8901.