In spite of Seattle’s legendary status as a haven for alternative comix and cartoonists, the city has lacked a book fair or arts event to pull together all its talented people. Finally, the Short Run Small Press Fest has come along to fill that gap, and fill it well.
Director Lorraine Levy tells the story of two teenagers, one Israeli, and one Palestinian, who discover they were switched at birth. We follow the two young men as they and their families absorb the shock, re-assess their relationships, and forge new ones.
This week, Ryan turns the table on the Star’s José Amador, discuss the lesser known movies that are coming up on the program, briefly touch on the influence of European films on the Noir genre, and talk about Billy Wilder’s notable characteristics on the way to discussing this month’s Classic noir: Double Indemnity.
This week, the Star continues its conversation with Brandon Ryan, talking a bit about Christopher Nolan’s Memento, play a game of Noir/Not Noir, and discuss some of Ryan’s considerations regarding what films to select for the series.
The Star continues its conversation with Brandon Ryan, the curator behind Central Cinema’s Night and Day film noir series, first by defining his criteria for what makes a film noir, and then delving into the convoluted and controversial production history behind the first of September’s offerings: Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil, a film both Ryan and the Star’s José Amador consider to be one of the finest in the genre.
Seattle has always been a radio city. It should surprise no one that Seattle still remains a vital home for audio drama and dramatists like Sable Jak, winner of the 2012 Moondance prize for Best Radio Drama Script for her story, The Enchantress.
Last week, we began a conversation with Brandon Ryan, the curator of the Night and Day Film Noir Series at the Central Cinema. The series is designed to feature two noir genre movies a month, a classic entry to be followed the subsequent week by a modern noir film. These conversations are comprised of general impressions and arcana attached to the movies in question, in order to whet the appetite and set some low key expectations going into a viewing
The Star sat down with Night and Day Film Noir Series’ curator, Brandon Ryan, and discussed what he aims to do with the series, why he feels particularly drawn to Humphrey Bogart, and the unfortunate circumstance that the movie making process ended up driving some of the century’s best writers to self-destructive excesses.
Cole Hornaday talks with experimental animator Tess Martin about her work with SEAT and her part in the upcoming film, Barzan.
José Amador talks with David Nixon, of the band “Awesome”, The Half Brothers and philosophy teacher at the University of Washington’s Bothell campus, about Bladfold, Nixon latest cinematic effort. The interview includes images and links to music from the film, as well as the movie The Shelf, Nixon’s animated film debut.
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