"The Hive" documentary to chronicle the story of Seattle's legendary 619 Building

A Seattle director I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with several times, Brian Nunes, is embarking on a new documentary called The Hive. It will tell the story of a Seattle landmark that looms large in the mind of many local artists: the 619 Western Building. I lived in the building myself for a time, and I think half the artists in Seattle have done the same or know someone who has.

People from all walks of life found inspiration in 619 – from local business leaders to quirky artists… even famous actors could be seen wandering its corridors.

After years of neglect though, a 2001 earthquake and finally Seattle’s deep bore tunnel project… 619 Western was forced to close its doors and the artists were forced to find new places to live and create.

Our film intends to celebrate the space for what it was and highlight the importance of working artists in communities. It will serve as a mirror for capitalism and the creative spirit – how the two interact and often conflict.

The film is already “in the can,” as they say, meaning in this case that over 100 hours of footage have been shot. The money is needed to cover hiring an editor to put the pieces together into a story worth watching.

Brian has put together some outstanding rewards, by teaming up with artists including Ingrid Pape-Sheldon, a Seattle portrait photographer who is offering individual or family portraits. Billy King, who once lived and worked in the 619, will paint the portrait for the first person to donate $1,200.

Remember the 619! Learn more.

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