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Whether you want help editing footage or need the perfect historic photo, we're here to help! Please review the list of resources below to learn more about equipment rental, workshops and classes, historical research opportunities, and places to meet other History Is ____ filmmakers.

Workshops and Classes

MOHAI History Is ____ In-Class Program

In this one-hour program, a MOHAI educator works with your class to explore ways in which film has been used to tell or create Seattle's history. This is a great kick-off for participating in the History Is ____ Film Competition. Program is FREE! For more information or to book a program please contact alyssa.kay@mohai.org.

911 Media Arts Center

From intensive, semester long video production and screenwriting workshops to evening and weekend classes on editing, sound design, motion graphics and the business of film making, 911 offers a schedule of extensive film programs appropriate for adults and youth.


Curious about the past? MOHAI's award-winning Nearby History workshops have trained hundreds of community members in researching and writing about history. Our wide variety of workshops promise to teach both newcomers and seasoned history buffs new skills for revealing what's old. Teacher trainings also offered.

National Archives and Records Administration

Having trouble with your research? The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) offers workshops that address the federal agency records held at Seattle repository.

Northwest Film Forum (NWFF)

NWFF classes and workshops are designed to instruct filmmakers on both the mechanical skills required in current filmmaking technology and the artistic application of tools needed to explore the critical and emotional range of the cinematic experience. Classes and workshops are taught by working artists, filmmakers, writers, producers, and editors.

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)
Work with SIFF to bring a filmmaker to your classroom or community organizations.

Film Equipment

911 Media Arts Center

911 Media offers a variety of video production equipment as well as post production facilities at low cost. Services include access to video production equipment, video transfers, post-production facilities, and animation stations.

Film Guide Seattle Film Guide

Film Guide Seattle offers a vast listing of various local businesses that rent film-related equipment to meet your audio-visual needs.

Northwest Film Forum

Northwest Film Forum offers rentals of filmmaking equipment and post-production facilities.

Libraries and Archives Resources

MOHAI Photo Collection & Library

Browse over 4,000 digitized photos from Mhttp://www.mohai.org/research/sophie-frye-bass-libraryOHAI's collection or make an appointment to visit our library at the MOHAI Resource Center.

King County Archives

This repository focuses on collecting and preserving documents, photographs, and oral histories pertaining to King County.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

From treaties, to maps, to historic photographs, NARA can provide you with an abundance of materials related to the Pacific Northwest - including Alaska.

Seattle Municipal Archives

Located in central downtown, the Seattle Municipal Archives hold an impressive collection of resources (including architectural plans, photographs, letters, film and much more) relating to the City of Seattle. Visit their website to view an impressive on-line collection of digitized photographs.

Seattle Public Libraries

So much more than just books! Consider utilizing the library's collection of archived periodicals - including local newspapers and magazines. Or visit the Seattle Room on the upper level of the Central Library downtown to take a peek at rare books significant to Seattle History.

University of Washington's Suzzallo and Allen Libraries

While you cannot check-out books unless you are a student or UW employee, anyone is welcome to do on-site research. These libraries are one of the best places on the west coast to research - they offer an extensive microfilm collection, historic photo collection, and thousands of original documents in their Special Collections.

Washington State Archives - Puget Sound Regional Branch
Located at Bellevue College, this local archive is particularly helpful when conducting research on historic buildings.

Meet-ups & Social Events


Fourth Tuesday of the month, 7pm
911 Media Arts Center welcomes local documentarians to our documentary community group DocuTalk@911. Every third Monday of every other month 911 provides an opportunity for documentarians to network, share knowledge, find feedback and mentoring opportunities, and gain support in the pursuit of their work.

Film, Music and Digital Media Happy Hour

Last Wednesday of the month, 5–7pm
This Happy Hour offers an environment for people from the film, music and digital media industries to socialize, network, and build a unified community. Hosted by Office of Film + Music, Washington Filmworks, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy, Art Institute of Seattle, and Geekwire. Guests 21+ only.

Open Screening

Second Sunday of the month, 7pm
Open Screening is an "open mike night" for video and digital media arts; an open forum for filmmakers and digital media artists- ranging from amateur to professional. Discussion follows each screening.

For additional information on up-coming events and social meet-ups, check the Events page.