It started with six actors, a 1931 Model A truck with a fold-down stage, a few basic props and costumes, and a passion for transforming public spaces into extraordinary events. For over four decades, One Reel has produced a wide array of educational, cultural and artistic events with Bumbershoot being its most iconic.
Since 1972, One Reel has been involved with Bumbershoot. In 1980 the City of Seattle hired the organization to produce the Festival and in 1995, One Reel started to produce the Festival independently. In various years over the last decade, One Reel has worked with AEG Live to produce the event.
One Reel's projects are propelled by deep and meaningful community partnerships with arts and civic organizations. City of Music Career Day, a unique arts and education program for high school students, is made possible through partnerships with EMP Museum, the Seattle Music Commission, the Seattle Office of Film and Music, and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. Students are provided free and direct access to music industry professionals through individual mentor sessions, inspiring interviews and panel discussions, engaging workshops, and intimate performances.
One Reel is grateful to current and past staff, board members and volunteers for their contributions, hard work and support. A special thanks to former One Reeler and Founder, Normann Langill, for making a lasting and positive impact on our region's cultural landscape.
Reminisce with the Posters and Lineups of each Festival since 1972!