The Harvard Exits
Screening at 4:45pm
Discussion at 6pm
Fond farewells at 7pm
Sunday, Jan 18 at 04:45PM
"Which Seattle theater will close next?" the Seattle Met wondered last month, observing (and warning) that, "We have a trend, people."
The incomparable Harvard Exit flickers into darkness on the heels of a perfect storm that led to the unexpected art house release of a gaseous wave of Seth Rogen jokes. Small, independently owned movie theaters are the mom and pop shops in an industry dominated by box stores, at a time when customers are shopping increasingly online. The wild wild west of the film industry is now multi-platform.
So, how are Seattle's small theaters doing these days? We're wrangling together theater operators, programmers and filmmakers from across town in a public discussion to contemplate the current state and future of theatrical exhibition. Speakers include:
Jeff Brein, Faraway Entertainmentoperates multiple theaters in the area and just bought the Varsity
David McRae, Ark Lodge Cinemathe first Seattle theater to book The Interview
Brian Alter, Grand Illusionprogrammer of the only volunteer-run theater in town
Charles Mudede, The Strangerfilm critic and filmmaker
After setting the scene with this talk, we'll pay our respects and bid fond farewells to the Harvard Exit and On 15th Video. All are welcome to join and share memories and odes, propose toasts, and perform interpretive dance pieces.
It all starts at 4:45pm on January 18 with a free screening of The Juche Idea (Jim Finn, 2010), an hour-long satirical imagining of King Jong Il's ideological textbook "On the Art of Cinema." It follows a South Korean video artist and her Bulgarian interviewer on a rural North Korean art residency populated by Stalinist vegetarians. They clean chicken poop and create video mash ups of anti-capitalist English lessons between a spaced out Russian and a friendly but confused North Korean, footage of the mind-boggling choreography of the Mass Games, and excerpts from propaganda-laden North Korean films. Plus, a socialist sci-fi sequence.
Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122