Philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions has jumped on board as one of the sponsors of the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival taking place May 19 to June 12.
In addition to sponsoring the festival, Vulcan Productions’ Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale will have its world premiere and Midsummer in Newtown will have its Seattle premiere at the 2016 festival. Paul Allen is an executive producer of both films.
Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale is the incredible, true story of a baby elephant’s fight to survive when she loses her mother. The film is part of Paul Allen’s ongoing elephant conservation and anti-poaching efforts, which also include the Great Elephant Census, an Elephant DNA study with the University of Washington and Washington State Initiative 1401 which prohibits the trade of products made from endangered species.
In Midsummer in Newtown, parents and children search for hope and acceptance after the Sandy Hook tragedy. In this film celebrating the transformative power of the Arts, director Lloyd Kramer follows a group of students performing a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and grieving parents committed to honoring their daughter. A co-production with Participant Media and The Documentary Group, the film is part of Paul Allen’s long-standing commitment to the classics, and the Allen family’s decades-long legacy of support for the works of Shakespeare. As a youth, Paul Allen’s parents took him to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which instilled in him an appreciation for Shakespeare and the classics. Paul Allen believes that the Arts are critical ingredients for a healthy community, and supports work like Midsummer in Newtown that nurtures creative expression.