What is Quadrant45?
As a lawyer, screenwriter, indie film producer, entrepreneur, start-up consultant, game designer, event creator – I’ve learned that my work always returns to a core mission – persuasive communication through compelling stories delivered to the right audience for a specific result.
For whatever DNA-level reason, my passion for “the creative side” is always tethered to a geek-level desire to design an optimal business pathway for success (with its many definitions) and most importantly, finishing the job. In other words, the film should be seen. The game played. The services hired, the product bought, and like Atticus Finch, the legal argument should be designed to carry the day despite the overwhelming odds.*
The tagline “at the intersection of business and creativity” is a simplification of where this passion lives.
So then, to the point. What is the purpose of this Quadrant45?
Quadrant45 is an ongoing attempt to illustrate, curate, catalog, and share projects that reflect my work – both creative and business (with the exception of my most, most gratifying “day job,” as a business-entertainment-IP lawyer, Of Counsel to Bracepoint Law, you’ve got to go elsewhere for that).
Note: I chose the photograph above - Albert Einstein in 1913 - because he is playing the violin. Elsa Einstein: “Music helps him when he is thinking about his theories... he goes to his study, comes back, strikes a few chords on the piano, jots something down, returns to his study.” An intersection that intrigues me.
*Yes, know Mr. Finch tragically did not prevail in securing an acquittal for Tom Robinson – but the reference is to see if you’re still reading as well as homage to one of our family’s favorite stories and characters. And Mr. Finch, with such nobility, won in so many other ways worth exploring – blog, anyone?
Life is messy. My epically wonderful wife Melody will attest, my/our ongoing efforts to engage in these varied pursuits, spend a decade or so fighting cancers, raise two wonderful children to adulthood who seem to be contributing to the betterment of the planet on a daily basis, and our more recent discoveries that we have a taste for microhistory, event design, and community activism, has not brought order to the chaos.
So, this website is messy. I built it – take a dive into whatever is interesting, look under the hood, kick a tire. Let me know if there’s an intersection somewhere we should meet up. I’m big on coffee.
Photo: Albert Einstein welcomed at the Newark Airport in 1939. I like the era, the airplanes, and well, the signature hair.
I wasn’t sure where else to put them. But here are a few focused on a favorite topic - live historical programs, creative presentations, and screenings.
“Steve Edmiston is a terrific raconteur. He unearths facts so improbable that you can't make this stuff up, then masterfully employs a storytelling toolkit of laughter and suspense to make local history come alive and connect it to the bigger picture. The result: folks who hear his presentations get both top-notch entertainment, and a deeper sense of connection to their community.”
- Barbara McMichael, SoCo Culture
“Steve Edmiston’s ‘Good Bootlegger’ talk is every bit as intriguing, entertaining, and surprising as you might imagine it would be. The Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s audience thoroughly enjoyed it.”
- Jeff McCord, Exec. Director, Southwest Seattle Historical Society
We were thrilled to have Steve and Scott [Schaefer] present for us at the 20th Annual McMenamins UFO Festival in McMinnville, OR, this past May. Not only did we have a tremendous turnout for their film, but the Q&A afterwards was thoughtful and engaging. And they were a helluva lot of fun to hang out with, to boot. So, we’ve invited them back!
McMenamins UFO Festival
Both Steve and Scott represent the best of what Washington State film has to offer. Not only are they able to tell compelling, well-crafted stories that cultivate a global audience, they also understand the business of film, balancing art and commerce in graceful and enviable ways. Washington Filmworks was so very pleased to partially fund the Maury Island Incident and we can't wait to see what this dynamic duo does next!
Amy Lillard. Washington State Film Commissioner, Washington Filmworks
“Steve Edmiston can tell a tale. I suspect he was born to do such. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Steve tell The Maury Island Incident story almost a dozen times at various venues and I cannot recall a single moment where I wasn’t riveted – and I know this story by heart! I think that’s sure evidence of someone at the very top of their craft.”
- Vince Ynzunza, Founder, Pacific NorthWeird
“Steve Edmiston launched the 2018 Des Moines Waterland Classic Yacht Show by bringing l Pacific Northwest history to life. The story of Roy Olmstead, Seattle’s Good Bootlegger, was a perfect beginning to our maritime festival! Steve entertained and enlightened the audience with passion. Months later, our fellow boaters are still fascinated with both Roy and Steve! “
- Bill and Patti Linscott, Classic Yacht Association / Des Moines Wooden Boat Show
Steve Edmiston’s Tales of Adventure have injected the sprawling history of Military Road with a sense of drama and urgency, of being there - history you can feel - one where you can make your own decisions, and come to your own conclusions; the best kind of history, in my book.
- Charlie Rathbun, King County 4Culture, Arts 4Culture, Creative Consultancies
The "The Maury Island Incident" is one of the most convincing and compelling UFO accounts that I have seen. Steve Edmiston, screenwriter, provides an excellent, detailed background introduction to the film audience for this, the first of three major West Coast UFO incidents that started on June 21, 1947 over Puget Sound waters in Washington State and ended with an August 6, UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico.
- Steve Craig, Yelm UFO Festival