The Bowmakers Documentary Screening & Filmmaker Chat
Join writer/director Ward Serrill and producer Rocky Friedman for a screening of the documentary The Bowmakers, a story of the silent servant of the music world—the bow. Journey from the workshops of five master bowmakers in the Pacific Northwest, to the fascinating origin of the bow in France, and to Brazil, home of the imperiled tree from which the finest bows are made.
A film for all people who love music. A film about hope and beauty, and how a handful of craftsmen are preserving this centuries-old trade in service to world-class musicians.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
WARD SERRILL – WRITER & DIRECTOR
Ward Serrill is an award-winning director of The Heart of the Game, released by Disney/Miramax to wide critical acclaim. Ebert and Roeper called it An Oscar level piece of work. His feature Song of the New Earth: Tom Kenyon and the Power of Sound is in worldwide release.
He has created over 90 short films on education, the environment and art including Building One House with Robert Redford and Wild America with Sissy Spacek. He produced 50 films for Paul Allens Vulcan Productions on education reform and Something in the Water a documentary on Seattles music scene for PBS.
His work has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and been reviewed by Jay Leno, Good Morning America, People Magazine, USA Today, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and many others.
ROCKY FRIEDMAN – PRODUCER
Rocky Friedman has been managing the 1907 Rose Theatre in Port Townsends National Historic District for 27 years. At the time of its restoration in 1992, it was recognized by the Washington State Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation as the last surviving Nickelodeon in the state. A second screen, the Rosebud Cinema was added in 1995.
The Rose has been presenting independent and Hollywood films, including documentaries, foreign, classics, and programming from the Metropolitan Opera, National Theatre of London and the Bolshoi Ballet. A third screen, The Starlight Room was added in 2013 in partnership with the Silverwater Café.
Friedman co-founded the Port Townsend Film Festival and the School of Athens Lecture Series. He is a 1976 graduate of the University of Southern California Department of Cinema. The Bowmakers is his first film as a producer.
SUE JACOBS – MUSIC SUPERVISOR
With a career spanning over twenty years, Susan has built a distinguished resume. She started her career in music at Island Records as the assistant to founder Chris Blackwell and eventually transitioned into artist management. Later she met director Robert Altman, which started her down the path of Music Supervision.
In 2017, Susan Jacobs was the winner of the first ever Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Supervision for the HBO series Big Little Lies, season finale episode, You Get What You Need. She recently received three nominations for the Guild of Music Supervisors Awards for her supervision work on Sharp Objects, I, Tonya and Big Little Lies an award she has won in the past for David O. Russells film American Hustle, and has been nominated for two other times for the films Wild and Silver Linings Playbook.
She also has two Grammy nominations under her belt for Best Compilation Soundtrack for American Hustle and Little Miss Sunshine, as well as an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound for the documentary film, Pecados de mi Padre.