Monthly Archives: June 2011

Look Out New York, Here Comes The Emerald City

Once again I’m bringing a collection of Seattle short films to New York City. This year’s program will screen at the seminal venue Anthology Film Archives. Its also one of two programs from Seattle new Yorkers can catch at the … Continue reading

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RIP Peter Falk

Today we mourn the great Peter Falk, who died peacefully in Los Angeles Thursday night. Earlier this year, as part of Three Dollar Bill’s Queer Cinema series, he appeared in The Balcony. I’m including his amazing scene from the film … Continue reading

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Illuminating the Shadows: Film Criticism in Focus

Came across this rather impressive series of conversation about film criticism and thought I’d share it with you. Audio clips included. Enjoy! Illuminating the Shadows: Film Criticism in Focus Leading film critics from across the country and Chicago took part … Continue reading

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Essential Reading

A. O. Scott and Manohla Dargis’ article on recent contemplative cinema, whose long tradition in the history of cinema dates back to the Lumiere’s first projected image of a train arriving at the Lyon station, is perhaps the most important … Continue reading

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Exquisite Delay: The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival + Tindersticks perform Claire Denis film scores

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While Cannes assumes its privileged position in the cinematic cosmos, the extant film world lurks in relative shadow, an eclisse that nonetheless calls attention to more modestly proportioned proceedings. Still flashy in its own west coast (relaxed) way, the recently … Continue reading

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Seeing Double

Like its wandering father-and-son protagonists, the charming, locally-produced short Scamp is on the move. The film left its Tacoma birthplace and rode the boxcar north to Seattle’s Central Cinema, where this Saturday June 4 you can spot it at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival (details at www.facebook.com/ScampMovie). The rough and scruffy vagabonds in Scamp offset the crisp, clean visuals of downtown photographed by Chris Joseph Taylor.

The cinematographer-editor has found himself juggling numerous projects in recent months. While seeking a Bachelor’s in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production from the Art Institute of Seattle, he makes time to assist director Andrew Finnigan on color correcting his full-length Fantastic Confabulations (also shot by Taylor). And I caught him last week in the midst of editing his latest entitled A Man, Buried, a quirky short with a wonderful premise – drunkard’s family digs up a better version of him in the backyard.

With such a concept you know audiences will expect at least some visual tricks (i.e. seeing the same actor twice in one shot), but Taylor didn’t consider the challenge too daunting. “(The effects) came out really well,” he notes. “There’s a shot where…they’re playing chess with each other (a single actor photographed twice), and one reaches across and punches the other one.” Taylor laughs. “It’s pretty awesome.”

Speaking of seeing double, in case you miss Scamp this weekend it plays later in the summer at the Columbia River Gorge Film Festival.

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