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Movie magic: UW alums make hit documentary

Graduate from college. Form a production company. Premiere films at some of the biggest festivals in the world. Sounds like a dream children have as they picture growing up, right? For Travis Senger, this dream is reality.

After graduating from the University of Washington in 2005 with a degree in creative writing and drama, Senger went on to direct films and produce them with fellow UW alum Michael J. Mouncer. Together, they founded Lincoln Leopard Films. Their most recent work is White Lines and the Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug, an award-winning documentary on the life and death of the famous Bronx DJ from the 1980s.

With a Short Film Competition Special Jury Award at the Seattle International Film Festival, a Special Jury Prize at South by Southwest (SXSW) and the win of Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival in Lower Manhattan, White Lines has definitely made an impact.

In addition to the White Lines documentary, Senger’s team has produced a Sesame Street look-alike music video and a Seattle-based sci-fi short film.

The Saturday Knights, a music group from the Northwest, teamed up with Lincoln Leopard Films to create a music video for their new single “Count it Off.” Children singing and dancing, Muppet-like puppets, and the feel of a street block party all bring to mind the iconic children’s television show put to a new hip-hop beat.

CC 2010, a coming-of-age science fiction work, played at the 2009 Seattle International Film Festival to rave reviews. CC Raven works to spread her parents’ ashes inside the Pacific Science Center and transcends time and space to cosmically reunite with them. Watch the full video here.

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