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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: 2014 Mayor’s Film Award Recipient Announced: Ron Leamon
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
5/14/2014  3:00:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kate Becker, Office of Film + Music (206) 684-5030
Karin Zaugg Black  (206)733-9810
Megan Coppersmith (MO)  (206) 684-8379


2014 Mayor’s Film Award Recipient Announced: Ron Leamon

SEATTLE (May 14, 2014)Today Mayor Ed Murray announced the 2014 recipient of the 9th Annual Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film: Ron Leamon.

“Ron’s impressive film costume design career, his championship of Seattle as a thriving place to make movies, and his devotion to fostering and attracting new business and talent which has raised the profile of Seattle and the region’s film community make him an obvious honoree this year,” said Mayor Murray.

The Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film recognizes an individual or entity for exceptional work that has significantly contributed to the growth, advancement and reputation of Seattle as a filmmaking city. He will receive Silvered Piccolo Venetian with Pale Lime Handles by artist Dale Chihuly.

The five Seattle film industry representatives on the Nomination and Selection Committee considered many deserving people before reaching a unanimous decision on the 2014 recipient Ron Leamon.

As a costume designer, Leamon has designed for feature films, television series, and commercial productions for over 30 years, working with the talents of Alan Arkin, James Earl Jones, Dolly Parton, Parker Posey, David Lynch, and many others.

Leamon’s designs have been showcased at MOHAI and the Festival International Cinéma Costumes et Mode in Paris, which celebrates costume design in film.

Leamon’s works have showcased Seattle and the Northwest in feature films including the Sundance Award-winning Smoke Signals, Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, and Stephen Gyllenhaal’s Grassroots. His television series work includes Twin Peaks and Stephen King’s Rose Red.
“Receiving the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film is a reminder that I am privileged to live in a city where the mayor and the community care and celebrate the film industry in which I have the honor to be a costume designer,” said Ron Leamon. “Seattle has one of the best crew bases in the world, and I share this award with the amazing Seattle crew I work with on productions. I thank the City of Seattle and the community for realizing not only the strong economic revenue that film can bring to a city, but the goodwill and art that it brings as well.”
In addition to his film production work, Leamon is a well-respected, tireless advocate of the Northwest film industry. In 1998, Leamon organized the first ever film lobbying event on behalf of the industry. He is the President and Chair of political action committee Washington FilmPAC, is an active member of IATSE 488 and the Costume Designers Guild 892, and serves on the board of the University of Washington School of Drama. 

“Through his work, Ron Leamon continues to be a vital source of energy and inspiration for the local film industry,” said Kate Becker, director of the Office of Film + Music.  “I congratulate Ron on this recognition, which speaks to his great body of work, his steadfast support and stewardship of the local film industry, and his continued involvement in local organizations such as the University of Washington School of Drama.”

Visit IMDB.com to see a full listing of Ron Leamon’s Filmography.

The 9th Annual Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film will be presented officially by Mayor Ed Murray during the opening ceremony of the Seattle International Film Festival, Thursday, May 15, 2014 at McCaw Hall.

Previous award winners are Paul Matthaeus, Benjamin Kasulke, Jennifer Roth, Simon James & David Sabee, Lynn Shelton, Michael Seiwerath, James Longley, and Don Jensen. More information about previous recipients can be found at http://seattle.gov/filmandmusic/news/mayorsfilmaward.htm

City’s Office of Film + Music (OFM)
The Seattle Office of Film + Music is part of Seattle’s economic development agenda.  Its charge is to make Seattle a great place to make a living making film and music. OFM is a streamlined resource for all of your film and music needs. We offer creative tax incentives and professional business development opportunities, making this vibrant city the perfect background for your next film or music production.

Chihuly
Chihuly is credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art. He is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world, in historic cities, museums and gardens. Chihuly’s work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass. Major exhibitions include Chihuly Over Venice (1995-96), Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999), de Young Museum in San Francisco (2008), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2011) the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (2012) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2013). Chihuly Garden and Glass opened at Seattle Center in 2012. For more information, please visit the Website, Facebook and Twitter.

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)
Founded in 1976, SIFF creates experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world with the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education. Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States, reaching more than 150,000 annually. The 25-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging and eclectic programming, presenting over 450 features, short films, and documentaries from over 70 countries each year. SIFF Cinema exhibits premiere theatrical engagements, repertory, classic, and revival film showings 365 days a year on four screens at the SIFF Film Center and the historic SIFF Cinema Uptown, reaching more than 120,000 attendees annually. SIFF Education offers educational programs for all audiences serving more than 13,000 students and youth in the community with free programs each year. The 40th Seattle International Film Festival runs from May 15 through June 8, 2014 at venues in Seattle and around the Northwest. www.SIFF.net

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