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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.

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Black Panther movie “Night Catches Us” produced by UW alum Ron Simons

Night Catches Us, a new film about the Black Panthers produced by UW alumni Ron Simons, will be released by Magnolia Pictures on Dec. 3. Written and directed by Tanya Hamilton, it premiered at Sundance 2010 and was an Official Selection.

This is the first feature film produced by SimonSays Entertainment, Inc., which Simons founded in 2009 to tell the stories, fables and narratives of under-represented communities. Simons left Microsoft Mail’s marketing division to earn his Master of Fine Arts in Drama from the UW in 2001. He now lives in New York City.

It’s 1976 and Marcus (Anthony Mackie) returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. He quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced and must protect a deep secret that could shatter everyone’s beliefs. For more, see the official movie site.

Night Catches Us will be screened Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Cinebarre in Mountlake Terrace. The screening will raise money for the UW School of Drama Career Entry Endowment Fund and is co-sponsored by the UW School of Drama and the Graduate School. More info in this University Week story written by Elizabeth Lowry.

Now, on to this week’s Dawg Treats:

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UW alum Samantha Rund hosts new UW 360 show

Samantha Rund has always had an active imagination. Growing up in New York City, that’s only natural. But when her family moved to Montana she found herself reading, writing and painting with a creative zest that changed her outlook on the future.

“I started out wanting to be a movie actress, opera singer, lawyer or Supreme Court justice,” says Rund, a 2006 graduate of the UW School of Drama and host of the new UW 360 show. “The first moment I recall being on stage and thinking, ‘This is what I want to do,’ was when I was playing Juliet in high school. Getting to do that was really a fork in the road for me.”

UW 360 debuted on Wednesday, Oct. 6 as part of UWTV’s new fall lineup. A magazine-style TV show that focuses on the wonderful things happening in our community, the first UW 360 show explored the renowned Lamborghini Lab, dental care for young children, neighborhood farmers markets and more.

Rund, who has her Master’s degree from the UW’s prestigious Professional Actor Training Program, says meeting new people and learning new things attracted her to the UW 360 job. When her agent called with the opportunity to audition, she jumped on it.

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