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Building Character - An Interactive Film Series hosted by Warren Etheridge
West of Lenin
Seattle, WA
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Building Character - An Interactive Film Series hosted by Warren Etheridge
Tuesday, February 25 @ 7pm - "What Maisie Knew"
Wednesday, February 26th @ 7pm - "Valentine Road"
Thursday, February 27th @ 7pm - "Smashed"
Friday, February 28th @ 7pm - "Ain't Them Bodies Saints"
Saturday, March 1st @7pm - "Mud"

FULL SERIES PASS: Good for all days. Buy on any date. Show up 15 minutes before film to be guaranteed a seat.
3-FILM FLEX PASS: Good for 3 of the 5 films. Buy on any date. Show up 15 minutes before film to be guaranteed a seat.

The best movies of entertain and enlighten; they wow us and allow us to better understand the craft of filmmaking. This selection of five of the most impressive and unheralded titles of 2013 offer us the opportunity to explore big-screen storytelling by watching them then discussing their construction in conversation with TheFilmSchool's Warren Etheredge and, often, with input from the filmmakers themselves. Whether you're a movie-lover or an aspiring movie-maker, these post-show talks will provide the tools to create better work and more fully appreciate the films that pass before us. Heck, they'll even help you build character.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 @ 7pm

WHAT MAISIE KNEW  (Rated R; 99 mins) d. Scott McGehee & David Siegel
Cast: Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Alexander Skarsgard, Onata Aprile

Synopsis: An ugly divorce as seen through the eyes of a young daughter-turned-pawn.

Discussion: Based on Henry James' eponymous 1897 novel, WHAT MAISIE KNEW remains relevant in McGehee & Siegel's pitch-perfect contemporary take. How do you respectfully capture the nuanced perspective of minors?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 @ 7pm

VALENTINE ROAD (documentary; 89 mins) d. Marta Cunningham

Synopsis: The true story of an eighth-grader shot and killed by his classmate reveals there may have been more than just the one, obvious victim.

Discussion: Marta Cunningham's courageous documentary begs viewers to explore our reflexive rush to judgment. Instead of seeing just the crime, we must consider all of the back-stories. How do you illuminate characters  even real people  that personify the grey in a culture that is accustomed to seeing in black and white?

Thursday, February 27, 2014 @ 7pm

SMASHED (Rated R; 81 mins) d. James Ponsoldt
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead; Aaron Paul, Nick Offerman

Synopsis: A boozy couple's bond is tested when one of them takes the first step towards a 12-Step program.

Discussion: Mary Elizabeth Winstead's portrayal of a delusional drunk desperate to recover is Oscar-worthy. How do you creating a riveting portrait of addiction without falling into stereotypes? How do you make an unexamined life worth living?

Friday, February 28, 2014 @ 7pm

AINT THEM BODIES SAINTS (Rated R; 96 minutes) d. David Lowery
Cast: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster

Synopsis: A fugitive, desperate to reunite with his lost love, must cross paths again with those most likely responsible for his imprisonment.

Discussion: David Lowery's debut feature spotlights a talent for timeless storytelling. How do make a melodrama and avoid the maudlin? How do you nurture organic emotional truth while satisfying the need for classic structure?

Saturday, March 1, 2014  @ 7pm

MUD  (Rated PG-13; 2 hrs, 10 mins) d. Jeff Nichols
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon

Synopsis: A fugitive, desperate to reunite with his lost love, befriends two boys who, eventually, choose sides.

Discussion: Jeff Nichols' brilliant examination of innocence as "corrupted" by romance places the protagonist in ever-shifting light. How do you craft an "anti-hero" that can still win an audience's attention and empathy?


West of Lenin (View)
203 North 36th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
United States


Film > Movies

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: West of Lenin
On BPT Since: Jul 27, 2011
Emily Harvey

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