Movie Produced by Young, Local Filmmaker and Partially Shot at Swedish's Ballard, First Hill Campuse

Movie Produced by Young, Local Filmmaker and Partially Shot at Swedish's Ballard, First Hill Campuses Debuts in Seattle

SEATTLE -- Recent Ballard High School graduate Jesse Harris' feature film, "Living Life," premiered April 8 at the Landmark Metro Cinemas in Seattle's University District (4500 9th Avenue NE). The film is about a male high-school student dealing with cancer, and numerous scenes were shot both at Swedish Medical Center/Ballard Campus and the Swedish Cancer Institute on Swedish's First Hill campus.

The day after Harris graduated last year, he secured a distribution contract for his film through Los Angeles-based FilmMates Corp. In September, the film earned "Someone to Watch For" semifinalist recognition in the Independent Spirit Awards at the IFP New York Film Market event. The following month, "Living Life" won an Audience Award at the Orinda Film Festival.

It's the first theatrically released dramatic film written, directed and produced by a high-school student.

Harris and FilmMates have also established the Living Life Foundation to benefit various cancer-care and research organizations. Part of the movie's theater ticket and DVD sale proceeds will go to the Foundation and a benefactor of those funds will be the Swedish Cancer Institute.

Within the film's first two weeks at the box office, "Living Life" is now the No. 8 film in the nation for per-screen gross averages.

For more information about the film and its limited-time, exclusive engagement at Landmark Metro Cinemas (current movie times: 1:40 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:40 p.m.), visit


Media Coverage

  • To read an article about Harris and the movie that ran in the April 7 issue of The Seattle Times, click here.
  • To read a review of the movie that ran in The Seattle Times on April 8, click here.
  • And to read the transcript of a story that KING 5 Television's Evening Magazine program recently aired, click here.
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