SketchFest Seattle presents the 8th Annual Comedy Film Challenge. Comedy filmmakers from around the country (and Canada!) vie for the title of Audience Favorite. Also present will be three comedy & film luminaries to present a Juried Award. Jurors this year include solo performer Jennifer Jasper, filmmaker Jade Justad, and producer Krk Nordenstrom. Film! Prizes! Food! Booze! Hilarity! It’s all at the SketchFest Seattle Comedy Film Challenge!
For the past ten years and counting, the Found Footage Festival has toured the country, with co-founders founders Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett presenting their carefully curated found video treasures on the big screen. Tomorrow and Friday, the Found Footage Festival land at Seattle’s Central Cinema. In advance of the shows (one on Thursday, two on Friday), David Schmader at The Stranger chatted up Nick Preuher about all things FFF.
Joe and Nick are coming to Seattle and bringing their Found Footage Fest back to Central Cinema, this time for two nights. In the past we have had to squeeze three back-to-back shows into one night to accommodate their hectic tour schedule. This year we get to spread it out a little over both Thursday and Friday December 4th & 5th. Joe and Nick are so funny it literally hurts to go to their show. Vol. 7 is their latest installment of new material dug up from the FFF cave. These shows always sell out but there is still some room at all three showtimes. Don’t let your procrastinating self miss out this year, go get some tickets now before its too late………
Of course you want to GiveBIG this year! Why not do it in style? We’d like to invite you to enjoy cocktails and camaraderie with us to celebrate Seattle’s giant day of big-hearted giving. A trio of cool Theater companies and all their friends will be having a very special happy hour in the Cinema tomorrow.
This week we are happy to bring back Wes Hurley’s WAXIE MOON IN FALLEN JEWEL to Central Cinema. If you missed last month’s sold out screening or you are itching to watch it again (believe me we all are!) then you will have your chance on Thursday March 28th at 8:00pm. The film will be hosted by star, Waxie Moon and the alluring and always talented Ben DeLacreme! Expect insanity, musical performances and tons of surprises!
We sat down with director Wes Hurley for 3 Questions.
1. What were your inspirations and influences for Waxie Moon In Fallen Jewel?
The initial inspiration for Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel came from Marc and I’s shared love of “Sex and the City” and the old “women’s films” particularly Douglas Sirk’s masterpieces like “All That Heaven Allows” and “Imitation of Life”. We wanted to imagine Waxie in these genres. I love Goddard’s “Breathless” and the ending in that film is referenced a lot in our ending. Many of my muses in Seattle are dancers and performance artists but I’m also very much in love with all things pulp, melodrama and low brow, so in my films I like to explore different ways in which stylized movement and experimental performance art can serve a seemingly tawdry narrative and vice versa. So you’ll see things like Waxie channeling Martha Graham in her moments of grief and the ghost of Klaus Nomi suddenly taking over an aerobics instructor during a big musical number. Sarah Rudinoff’s number which was composed by the brilliant Eric Lane Barnes and choreographed by the equally brilliant Wade Madsen, was initially inspired by the Bollywood legend, Helen, and the very dramatic music video “Original Sin” by Taylor Dayne. I had “Original Sin” on VHS back when I was a teenager in Russia and I’d play that video over and over and over and over again so it’s forever burned into my brain. Other things that really influenced the aesthetic of this film are Japanese anime, Tom of Finland, the Kuchar Brothers, Lynch, Fassbender, Fellini, 70’s porn, and silent movies. The film is so different that it’s hard to explain to people so sometimes I mention John Waters, but in reality the only thing I have in common with early John Waters is making feature films on no budget and having a drag performer as my muse, although I don’t think Divine and Waxie have much in common.
What was one of the biggest challenges of getting the movie made?
The biggest challenge in making the film was scheduling. There are over 200 people involved and they’re all busy working artists. Everybody was very generous and supportive but juggling so many schedules was hard. I’m so grateful to everybody involved but especially Harmony Arnold, my co-producer and costume designer, who basically lived and breathed this film that summer and worked so hard on making it look like a million bucks. My other co-producer and art director, Jennifer Zeyl, was also instrumental in making this film happen. She embraced my gorilla style film-making and believed in my warped vision from the start; she brought many artists on board. I don’t know what I would do without these two women.
What is your favorite swear word?
My goal is to stop swearing and be classy. I never swore in Russia, but it’s easy to say “fuck” for me because on some level it’s still a very foreign and sterile word. I have to remind myself that it probably sounds just as vulgar to native English speakers as some Russian words do to me. But yeah usually it’s like “fucking fuck fuck” or “jesus on a stick!”
Join us this Thursday for WAXIE MOON IN FALLEN JEWEL!
Tickets still available. $12 all seats.
We have two stellar movies that are starting at Central Cinema this week!
Friday and Saturday night at 7:30pm is NIGHT OF THE HUNTER.*
$6 advance/ $8 day of show
“Get your state troopers out here. I got something trapped in my barn.”
The 1955 film, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, is a nightmarish journey into the darkness of a man’s soul and the light that shines from one woman’s spirit. Famed actor, Charles Laughton, directed only one film and if you are going to only direct one film it should be as good as NIGHT OF THE HUNTER!
With a cast led by Robert Mitchum as a preacher who isn’t as God lovin’ as he pretends and Lillian Gish as a widow out to protect the innocent, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER turns into a deadly cat and mouse game of startlingly results.
With Shelley Winters as the put upon mother of two, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER is a classy thriller that remains timeless and still absolutely horrifying.
This Friday and Saturday at 9:30pm.*
Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN
$6 advance/ $8 day of show
Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (AND YOUR MOTHER TOO!) is a dream road trip! Sex, drugs, more sex and having to grow up all await two best friends who hitch a ride with a sexy Maribel Verdu to a secluded beach called Boca del Cielo, translated as Heaven’s Mouth. The problem now is that no beach really exist and two boys have fallen head over heels in love with their arousing travel companion. Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN is an unrated lusty tale of coming of age and having to remember that what happens at the pool stays at the pool.
This groundbreaking and mesmerizing film launched the Hollywood careers of not only the two leads, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, but also that of the director, Alfonso Cuaron.
So take a break from the overcast Seattle weather and travel south of the border for a road trip you will never forget!
“Nothing tastes as good as a free pizza. Now if I could only figure out how to get free beer.”
Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with a bona fide Leprechaun! This time he around he is turning 1000 years old and all he wants for a birthday present is a BRIDE!!
Warwick Davis is back as the Leprechaun with a mean streak and Shevonne Durkin is the unlucky lady of his desires!
Two screenings of this classic 90’s horror sequel! Think of it as One Wedding and Lots of Funerals!
*Additional screening of Night Of The Hunter on Monday & Tuesday at 7:00pm
*Additional screenings of Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9;30pm
As I type this there is a new show of paintings going up in the lobby by Seattle painter Derek Erdman. You may be used to seeing his work around town and in the Stranger and now all over our walls! Do drop by and see them in person.
Last night I ventured into Central Cinema, not knowing what was to await me. When David Schmader, from The Stranger and the “the foremost authority” on the classically awful, yet surprisingly delightful (sans UGH! rape scene at the end) film SHOWGIRLS, pitched the idea of doing a screening of SHOWGIRLS 2 at Central Cinema, it seemed like a match made in heaven. Boobs, booze and a room full of people having the same experience would make SHOWGIRLS 2 a happening.
Last night that “happening” happened. I decided to watch the film cold, which is a major gamble in the world of repertory theater. But when it comes to SHOWGIRLS and David Schmader, it is always worth the roll of the dice. I stayed away from the trailer, so not to give anything away. All I knew was that Rena Riffel is a sweet potato, David Schmader was deep in the trenches of working on his commentary for Continue reading
Starting this Friday at 9:30pm!
Friday March 8 at 9:30pm
Saturday March 9 at 9:30pm
Sunday March 10 at 9:30pm
Monday March 11 at 9:30pm
“Bon apetit. It’s French…”
In 1989, Peter Greenway unveiled his stunning motion picture, THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE & HER LOVER on the world. It was slapped with an NC-17 rating, but Greenway chose to release the film as Unrated and it became a must see movie. Over 20 years later, the film is still as powerful and haunting as it was on its initial release.
Starring Micheal Gambon as the malevolent Thief and Helen Mirren as his alluring Wife, they find themselves wrapped up in lust, murder, fine dining, torture and cannibalism as they try to outwit one another at all costs.
Truly bizarre and utterly mesmerizing from start to finish, THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE & HER LOVER is a movie you will not be able to tear your eyes and senses away from!
This movie is unrated and suggested for mature audience only!
SERVE IT UP!