VIDEO: Sneak Peek Of ‘B-TOWN – How Burien Came Into Its Own’ Film

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Last summer, we first reported on a documentary being filmed about Burien by some old friends from our days at KING-TV; and yes, mostly because they had four cameras in everyone’s faces (including ours) during several events.

We were lucky enough to be invited to a recent sneak preview of the completed production, which we found to be a well-produced, interesting and entertaining 30-minute film that showcases what’s been going on in this area over the last few years.

Featuring interviews with local dignitaries like founding City Councilmember Sally Nelson, first Mayor Arun Jhaveri, current Mayor Joan McGilton, as well as businesspeople like Dan “The Sausageman” House and many others, this film has very high production values and is a great tribute to our city.

What was once known as “Where We Live Now, Burien” is now called “B-TOWN – How Burien came into its own,” (hmmm…”B-TOWN”? I wonder where they got that idea…?) and here’s a 4:55 preview of the finished product, hosted by former Seattle Times travel editor Terry Tazioli (that’s his mug in the screengrab pic) who has found his true calling:

Here’s promo copy from the production company’s website, where you can still donate online to help cover the costs and get your name in the credits as well as a free DVD copy:

What does it take to have the health and resilience to rebound from an economic downturn by putting up art in an unfinished section of your Town Square and throwing a party?

We have completed a half-hour documentary and a 5:00 trailer will soon be available on DVD. It provides a mosaic of stories that illustrate how the leadership and vision of different groups contribute to the well being of the whole.

The documentary tells the City of Burien’s story about what to pay attention to as we struggle to live well . . . right where we live!

It’s a great story — and much needed right now! It is the story of a vision people had for their city and how they made it come true – how, even in hard times, they are still making it come true.

Last year, Burien artists and city officials did something inspired. They created an Interim Art Space in a potential eyesore when the city center was at a standstill. That marked yet another evidence of the buoyancy and changeability of this place. Featured are artists; the Town Square developers and other business people; new arrivals; old timers, and the government officials that help make it all happen.

The Burien stories fulfill and dramatically illustrate German Urban Planner Thomas Sieverts thesis that: Our choices matter; the landscape in which we live now is the result of countless choices; and that much of it now is an in-between space, neither urban nor rural, but a mingling of both.

Through generous donations, we have completed the documentary and a “Trailer” Burien Video Trailer

AND now we need $7500 to pay the people who’ve done the major work.

Donors will receive a copy of the finished product and where possible, be credited in the video.

Please Donate below using the “PayPal” online process “Make Donation” button, AND send an e-Mail to us Burien Video Project providing us with information regarding how you would like your name to appear in the film credits.

The crew behind this production includes many well-known Northwest video folks, such as:

  • Executive Producer: Anne Stadler, community leadership consultant, formerly KING-TV5 documentaries and specials Producer
  • Co-Producers and Writers: Terry Tazioli, writer/on-air Host, formerly with The Seattle Times, KING-TV5
  • Lucy Mohl, formerly Senior Manager, Microsoft (and previously KING-TV, and RealNetworks)
  • Production Manager, Videographer, Editor: Aaron Stadler,
  • Videographers: Bill Fenster,, Diana Wilmar,; Videographer/Editor: Rowan North, LinkedIn
  • Still Photographer: Kimi Milo
  • Audio: Stevan Smith, Scott MacLaughlin, Robin Sarmento

We’ll let you know when a local premiere will happen, so stay tuned to The B-Town Blog…

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