Steve Edmiston, screenwriter and independent film producer, will present “FINDING STORY IN HISTORY: a screenwriter’s journey into adapting history to film” at the Renton Carco Theatre on Wednesday, June 17.
Edmiston, most recently known for writing and co-producing the history-based “The Maury Island Incident,” will share five “Tales of Adventure from Old Military Road” that he has selected and developed into screenplays as part of a 4Culture Site Specific Phase I project grant. The stories span over 100 years, ranging from the plot hatched to save Chief Leschi from hanging in 1858, to a tense 1962 Cold War taleÂ at a Nike Ajax Missile site during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The project has been jointly supported by SoCo Culture, the Tukwila Historical Society, Highline Historical Society, Greater Kent Historical Society, and the Historical Society of Federal Way.Â The evening features a “behind the scenes” presentation of the challenges in adapting history to the screen; an interview with film Director Scott Schaefer; two live Military Road script “table readings” by local actors led by Northwest Talent Management founders David Hogan and Ben Andrews; and an unveiling of the project movie poster. The presentation will be filmed for later broadcast by Puget Sound Access.
About Steve Edmiston
Steve is a lawyer, writer, director, producer, and game designer. He has written and produced many feature-length and short films which have won festival awards and accolades (including “Crimes of the Past,” “The Day My Parents Became Cool,” and most recently “The Maury Island Incident”). HeÂ is a faculty member at the Seattle Film Institute, and teaches screenwriting for short films at the University of Washington. He is an advisor to several film festivals, including the Port Townsend Film Festival and Gig Harbor Film Festival. He isÂ on the board of the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, and the advisory board of IndieFlix and Women in Film Seattle.
About Military Road
The portion of Military Road connecting Fort Steilacoom to Seattle was finished in 1860. The road would eventually reach from Fort Vancouver to Fort Bellingham.Â Military Road was built to provide a defense for settlers, and to provide a telegraph line and supply route for the US military. Military Road’s development invokes some of the greatest names in Civil War history, among them Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Ulysses Grant, Philip Sheridan, George McClellan and George Pickett.