A vision is just a vision if it’s only in your head. Sometimes life gives you a chance for that vision to become a reality. I had this idea of taking my living room movie screenings to a more epic scale and unleashing my cinematic insanity onto the city I love so dearly. Three years ago the opportunity fell in my lap. I was able to screen some of my favorite movies, from NIGHT OF THE HUNTER to TROOP BEVERLY HILLS, complete with servers, booze and friends.Some movies were huge (CLUELESS, CASABLANCA and BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA), while some were major bombs. We don’t discuss those. To have been a part of the Seattle movie going experience and to everyone who went on the journey with me, I am humbly and shockingly grateful.
The time has come for me to explore new challenges and more High Adventure in life. I am excited to welcome Jessica Aceti, one of the masterminds behinds MOVIE CAT TRIVIA as the new programmer at Central Cinema. She is walking into a wonderful situation as we have reached our Kickstarter goal to install a new DCP projector and I know for a fact that she a huge fan of ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING.
During my tenure I learned what true professionalism is. Shane Whalund and Michael Anderson from Collide-O-Scope, Jessica Aceti and Brian Kirk, Mystic O’Reilly and her Burlesque Along crew, Mia Roberson, The lovely ladies of GeekGirlCon and the folks behind WAXIE MOON IN FALLEN JEWEL all raised the bar and showed that you MUST be willing to give the audience what they want, while maintaining a level of integrity in your work.
For the Central Cinema peeps, it has truly been a happening. I don’t think I will ever get the smell of popcorn out of my winter coat and I will never ever eat anything with Celery Root in it again. It would be remiss of me to not mention a couple of people who always had my back. Morgan Galloway taught me the fine art of Morganization ( IT WORKS!) and under no circumstances pass up your shift meal. Also, Chelsea Popp advised me to keep your chin up, try to do the best you can and try to laugh at everything. Both Morgan and Chelsea listened when I spoke to them and never ever lost their cool, well…almost never ever….Through the madness, insane joy and distress of a clunker movie screening, they implored that I shrug it off and exhale. Also, Brian Van Williamson has always been a great sounding board and good friend. He saw the big picture and shared the vision I was trying to create.
Mercy, mercy, mercy. After taking over the Sing Alongs, I learned what TRUE comradery and joy meant. Each event has it’s own insane story to tell and it you weren’t there then you missed it. From the Dream Date Series to the Ladies of R&B, it was an experience unlike any other. By far the most personal and most intense one was the past Totally Gay Sing Along. Hitting right in the middle of the DOMA overturn, Prop 8 shutdown and Seattle Pride, the roof was blown off and left in orbit somewhere. The feeling of love and togetherness has never been as strong….well besides anytime TEAM MARIAH gets together.
I live according to BadMovieArt rules. The most magical nights were the BadMovieArt screenings. From ROLLERBOOGIE to last month’s gonzo LADY TERMINATOR, I have seen people laugh so hard they cried. I have seen a movie end and everyone remain in their seats completely stunned i.e,. THE LONELY LADY. I have seen people get so mad at the movie, they start yelling at it, like PIPE DREAMS and MAC & ME. I have loved every single minute of every single screening of every BadMovieArt and I will remember it as long as I can.
I want to thank Kevin and Kate Spitzer for taking a chance on a good ole country boy who love movies and loves to party. Usually at the same time.
Thanks to all of my friends who have been so supportive and have come to tons of screenings either by their own free will or dragged there, with a promise of discounted drinks and a ride home. Jeff Dorion, Ryan Hicks, David Schmader, Jake Nelson, Tom Nelson, Boris and Richard Kennedy have made my cinematic endeavors so rewarding in so many ways and I thank them from the bottom of my darksided heart.
Jason A. Miller
Life ain’t nothing but a movie. But you get to pick the soundtrack.