How Did We Begin

The idea of a film festival had been tossed around in our community for a few years.  Bill Nelson's ITD Production had produced four feature films in our region, and he had worked for numerous years at Sundance with his wife Teresa.  He was interested in starting a local festival.  Joseph D. Wulczynski began making short films in 2004, and worked on three of ITD's films.  In 2016, Chewelah PACA bought the old armory and began developing it into a non-profit performing arts center.  2017 seemed to be a good time to start a festival.  With the support of the 50 Hour Slam, we held Chataqua Film Festival: Sister Slam in July of 2017.

Joseph D. Wulczynski


Born and raised in Southern California, Joe has had a love of films, forever.  He married Heidi in 1979 and enlisted in the US Army in 1980.  They have three children, each born at a different duty station, who also serve or served.  He retired from the Army in 2002 and made his second short film in 2004.  He made numerous short films-usually starring his kids and their friends-and joined Into Deep Productions in 2012 on "Snapped".  He worked on the next two films.  He greatly enjoyed the experience because it was a group of people who wanted to make a movie, not talk about making a movie.  He has written, acted, produced, or directed over 12 stage productions with Chewelah's Park Avenue Players and is a current board member of Chewelah PACA.  He believes that if you are not interested in following your dreams: you should just go back to sleep.

William Nelson


Bill produced "Wages of Sin" for his niece, and enjoyed film making so much he began to write screenplays.  His first feature under ITD Productions was 2012's "Snapped" followed by its sequel "Fire Worms" in 2014.  In 2016, he was able to film his dream project, "Rum Runners", a film based off of events in the Spokane, Colville, and the Idaho region during Prohibition.  "Rum Runners" was the 2016 AOF Official Selection, Official Selection for the Covellite International Film Festival, and the Official Selection for the 49th Annual Worldfest-Houston.   He currently lives in Valley with his wife Teresa and writes screenplays.