Press Release


March 2, 2018

Media Contact:

Kauilani Robinson, Visit Seattle
(206) 461-5839 |

Janelle Nazario, DCI on behalf of Visit Seattle
(424) 274-4767 |

“Dear Seattle” Series Premieres Short Film Teaser, “Dreamcatcher” at Film Independent Spirit Awards

Matty Brown, recipient of the IFC Seattle Story Award Grant, to debut his love letter to Seattle at this weekend’s star-studded event.

SEATTLE – When Hollywood stars gather to celebrate the art of independent film, Seattle will take center stage amidst all the action. IFC Seattle Story Award Grant recipient and filmmaker, Matty Brown will premiere a teaser of his short film titled “Dreamcatcher”—a kaleidoscope of textures and experiences that have shaped one woman’s life and memories in the Emerald City, at this Saturday’s Film Independent Spirit Awards. Celebrities like Chadwick Boseman, Timothée Chalamet, Fred Armisen, Nick Kroll, Jon Hamm, Ethan Hawke, Salma Hayek Pinault, Margot Robbie, Amanda Seyfried and Ava DuVernay will be amongst the first to get a sneak peek at this film.

Visit Seattle, with their agency of record, PB&, is the first and only destination marketing organization to partner with IFC on a collaboration of this kind. As part of the Visit Seattle and SundanceTV partnership, a series of short films collectively titled “Dear Seattle” will be rolling out 6 films throughout the year from notable filmmakers Dave Grohl, Josh Taft, Megan Griffiths, JJ Augustavo, and one additional filmmaker to be announced. Brown, an Emmy-nominated visual storyteller, joins the artistic group of Dear Seattle filmmakers after he was awarded with the $25,000 IFC Seattle Story Grant in November 2017. The grant was awarded to a progressive filmmaker who has demonstrated the ability to immerse and transform people through soulful storytelling and who uses that ability to create their own love letter to Seattle.

“We’re excited to be a part of this year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards for the first-time knowing that entertainment-based content is a rich and powerful way to share the city’s story,” says Ali Daniels, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of Visit Seattle, “the Emerald City is one of the most creative destinations in the world and we are proud to create a great home for filmmakers, artists and artisans to shine. We are honored to have such talented people bring the beauty of Seattle to life in their work”.

For those not attending the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 3, you can catch the short film on and along with the already premiered series short film, How I Ended Up in Seattle by Dave Grohl.

About Visit Seattle:
Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region. For more information, visit

About PB&:
PB& is a strategically driven ‘SWAT Team’ that uses creativity to solve problems, unlock business potential and add value to people’s lives.






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