Sherrye Wyatt of Freeland has joined the board of directors with Washington Filmworks. Wyatt serves as the public relations and marketing manager at Whidbey Camano Islands Tourism and is the film liaison for Island County. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Island County film liaison picked for Washington Filmworks board

Board members with Washington Filmworks have already known about Island County and its potential for scenic backdrops.

Since Sherrye Wyatt joined the board this month, the visibility of Whidbey and Camano islands in the film industry will only increase.

Wyatt, from Freeland, was one of three new Washington Filmworks board members appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Each of the board positions represent a different industry or sector of the economy impacted by the film industry.

Wyatt is filling the vacated tourism position on the nine-member board for Washington Filmworks, a nonprofit that manages the state film and production incentive programs.

“I think I bring to the board sort of a destination marketing perspective other than a filmmaker, director or someone else in the industry,” Wyatt said.

Wyatt serves as the public relations and marketing manager at Whidbey Camano Islands Tourism and is the film liaison for Island County.

She is continually trying to bring motion pictures and commercials to Whidbey and Camano because of their economic impacts and is currently working to try to make the film permit process more streamlined across the county to make it more film-friendly.

Wyatt said she believes her spot on the Washington Filmworks board, which involves meetings in Seattle, will help her grow and give Island County more exposure.

“It’s a really diverse board,” she said. “It’s interesting being on the other side of film talking to people who are more involved than just location scouts. I found the conversation at the first meeting very, very interesting. It’s super big picture.”

A picture that could benefit Whidbey and Camano islands.

“I think it helps for a number of reasons,” she said. “It’s helping me understand what the needs are and how to work with production companies. Of course, it’s increasing the visibility for Island County just among the board members themselves. But they already knew.”

Last September, the final episode of the Syfy Channel zombie television series “Z Nation” was filmed at Fort Casey State Park in Coupeville. “Z Nation” has filmed exclusively in Washington state for three years because of the state’s film incentive program that is managed by Washington Filmworks.

Washington Filmworks has been lobbying the State Legislature to extend the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program, which is scheduled to end June 30.

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