The 29th annual
Olympia Film Festival We began our careers at the Olympia Film Society as volunteer projectionists with no idea of the path in store for us. Like so many others we gravitated towards the theater for the community and wide range of experiences it never ceased to offer us. Needless to say it is our great, great privilege to coordinate this annual centerpiece of the Olympia arts calendar. Projectionists foremost, we see it as without a doubt a bittersweet turning point in our organization's history as 2012 marks the last year that film studios will primarily send their movies out on 35mm film. As film has been at the core of our theater's identity for almost 100 years, it will be a challenging transition. With the sustainability of our theater in mind, we asked ourselves how we might broaden our community of South Sound arts patrons and then did just that. We are proud of this year's lineup of advertisers, sponsors, films, and events. We are especially proud of a new tradition beginning in this 29th year. We hope the Olympia Film Festivalâ€™s Lifetime Achievement Award, this year presented to director Philip Kaufman and actor Fred Willard will spark a change in our amazing homegrown event. It is perhaps now more important than ever to support the work of arts organizations such as the Olympia Film Society. As the Historic Capitol Theater must make the conversion to digital cinema we must celebrate this organization's effort to uphold the 35mm format for as long as it has. We genuinely believe in the work of this incredible force in the community and urge you to support its work by coming out for this momentous event!
Lisa Hurwitz Festival Director
Joel Minkin Programming Director
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Festival At A Glance
Map & Hotel Information
OFS Cast & Crew
64 OFS Member List
Festival At A Glance FRIDAY
NOVEMBER 9 6:30
Velvet Goldmine (6:00 Doors)
VIP Reception w/ Todd Haynes
Mystery Screening w/ Mystery Special Guest
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10
The Gang's All Here
Selected Shorts* (At Washington Center)
Bitch Magazine Presents: Sleepwalk &You Are Not I
Sun Don't Shine
Midnight All Freakin' Night:
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 14
Santa Sangre Night Train to Terror Driller Killer Mo, the Boxer's Omen Eraserhead
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15 Consuming Spirits
7:00-2:3o Benefit (at New Moon)
CineX Spotlight: Travelling Light
The Loneliest Planet
9:30 Kung Fu Double Feature: Crippled Avengers Fist of White Lotus
Smokin' Fish* (At Washington Center)
Benefit (at Le Voyeur)
All films at the Historic Capitol Theater except special Pay-What-You-Can events at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, November 9th through Sunday, November 18th
with a special pre-festival performance by Jolie Holland Thursday, November 8th
Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers
5:00 You Make Me Feel So Young
The Green Wave
Caesar Must Die
Benefit (At the Brotherhood Lounge)
Errors of the Human Body
NOVEMBER 16 4:30
Crazy & Thief
Best of the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival* (At Washington Center)
7:45 Best in Show w/ Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award to Fred Willard 10:00
Afterparty w/ Fred Willard (At Swing)
The Unspeakable Act
11:00 Saturday Morning Confusion: A VHS Voyage into Crazy Kids' Stuff 1:30
Nothing But a Man
Night Across the Street
Somebody Up There Likes Me
House of Wax 3D
Rock n' Roll Hotel
Jake's on 4th Presents: The Queen w/ Beauty Pageant hosted by Marlayna McBride
NOVEMBER 18 11:30
Take Me to the Balooney Bin!
Welcome O Life!* (At Washington Center)
5:00 The Right Stuff w/ Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award to Philip Kaufman
Bold Titles denote special guest in attendance i Denotes Pay-What-You-Can films showing at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts
Northwest Wonders Here at the Olympia Film Festival, we’re proud of the incredible work made by current and former Olympia residents, and we hope that after viewing our Northwest Wonders your chest will swell with pride, too! First up is Evergreen alumna Rachel Leah Jones’ inventive family saga Gypsy Davy. Then, festivalgoers will have a unique opportunity to not only screen but also provide feedback on You Make Me Feel So Young, a feature shot right here in Olympia, including at our very own Capitol Theater! Finally, don’t miss our annual showcase of locally-produced shorts, Locals Only, this year curated by Olympia Film Society projectionist Stephanie Zorn. When your friends and family in far-flung locales talk about these films next year, you can boast that you saw them here at home first!
Passport Series Travel around the world without leaving the theater with the Olympia Film Festival’s annual Passport series! This year, start your journey off in Cambodia with acclaimed filmmaker Chantal Akerman’s Almayer’s Folly. Then, move on to Iran and The Green Wave, an emotionally searing retelling of 2009’s people-powered protest of Mahmood Ahmadinejad re-election as president. Moving West to Europe, wittness the innovative Shakespearian Itallian prisondocu-drama that took top prize at the Berlin Film Festival. Next, jump to Chile to witness the late Raul Ruiz’s farewell film, Night Across the Street. Finally, we’ll fly you back across the Atlantic for the Portuguese dreamscape-on-celluloid Tabu. No vaccinations, cramped seats, or lost luggage – book your globetrotting trip with us!
Fringe Fringe: Not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme. We’ve had some great Fringe films in festivals past, but this year’s slate could definitely be in the running for the “fringe”iest title. To start Fringe off right, director Richard Elfman will present in person his masterpiece of cinematic insanity, The Forbidden Zone. Next, for the first time ever, the Olympia Film Festival is partnering with The Stranger to be one of the few venues for amateur porn Hump! Festival 2012. We’ve brought back the Kung Fu double-feature for another year, this time with Crippled Avengers and Fist of the White Lotus. But wait, there’s more – you can’t miss an ultrarare opportunity to see the original 1953 House of Wax projected in Natural Vision two-projector 3D, the way it was meant to be seen. And we’re not done yet – you’ll also have a chance to catch the long-lost Judd Nelson musical from 1983, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel. Come hungry for the unusual; you’ll be sure to leave satisfied!
Cine-X The Olympia Film Festival’s venerable Cine-X segment is sure to captivate fans of experimental film and video. This year’s Cine-X features are the mesmerizing Travelling Light by Gina Telaroli and the 15 year labor-of-love Consuming Spirits by master animator Chris Sullivan. There’s much more in store, but as experimental film lovers know, it’s best to experience it yourself firsthand, so check it out!
Kid Flicks Continuing our tradition of programming films that appeal specifically to kids without pandering to the lowest common denominator, the Olympia Film Festival has given our youngest audience members a lot to enjoy this year. We start with an OFF first: Radical Recess, an experimental film program that hopes to prove that kids’ tastes can be more avant-garde than their parents. Next, join us for an unforgettable journey into the fertile imaginations of Crazy & Thief as they make their way through a fantastical landscape using their star map. Then, relive the Saturday mornings of your youth (or show your kids how much fun you used to have) with Saturday Morning Confusion, presented by our friends at Scarecrow Video. Finally, on our last day you won’t want to miss Take Me to the Balooney Bin, a collection of shorts that each feature our colorful air-filled childhood companions. Whether you’re a kid or simply a kid at heart, you’ll find something to love this year!
Ticket Pricing WHERE TO BUY
On-line tickets and passes available now! Advance tickets and passes are available at our box offices starting 11/1.
VIP Pass: OFS members Only $125 Includes pass photo. Entitles bearer to all events (with priority admission) & deluxe festival gift bag.
Festival Box Office *Advance Tickets* (Across from the Capitol Theater) 215 5th Ave SE/ Olympia, WA.
Full pass: $75 OFS Members; $85 Non-members; Includes pass photo. Entitles bearer to all events (with priority admission) excluding Special Events (defined at left.) Includes festival gift bag.
Capitol Theater Box Office 206 5th Ave SE/ Olympia, WA
Student Pass: $30 (With I.D.) Includes pass photo. Entitles bearer to all events excluding Special Events (defined at left.)
For showtimes, call 360-754-6670 x 4 For questions call 360-754-6670 x 18 or visit www.olympiafilmfestival.org
Partial Pass: $30 OFS members; $40 Non members; Entitles bearer to any five events excluding Special Events (defined at left.)
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Single Tickets: OFS members $7; Non-members $10; Kids 12 & under $4. Excludes Special Events.
Opening Night (All Access): Includes Velvet Goldmine, VIP Reception w/ Todd Haynes, + Secret Screening. OFS members/Students (With I.D.) $30, Non-members $40. Opening Night (Velvet Goldmine Only): OFS members/Students (With I.D.) $12; Non-members $18. All Freakin' Night: OFS members/Students (With I.D.) $10; Non-members $15 Best in Show w/ Fred Willard + Afterparty: OFS members/Students (With I.D.) $20; Non-members $30. Best in Show w/ Fred Willard (Film Only): OFS members/Students (With I.D.) $12; Non-members $18. HUMP! Fest: $15 Closing Night: OFS members $12; Non-members $18
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Jolie Holland: OFS members/ Students (With I.D.) $15; Nonmembers $20.
All screenings at the Washington placeholder Center are Pay-What-You-Can. The films are: for Jollie Sat. 11/10 1pm: Selected Shorts Holland ad for Wed. 11/14 7pm: Smokin' Fish concert on Fri. 11/16 6pm: Best of Seattle 11/8 Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Sun. 11/18 12pm: Welcome O' Life
Getting to the Theater
HOW TO GET HERE
OUT-OF-TOWNERS: HOTEL/TICKET PACKAGES
To the Capitol Theater from Interstate-5: Take I-5 to exit 105B ("City Center/Port of Olympia" exit) - this exit splits in two; follow the "Port of Olympia" signs. Off the exit ramp, stay to the right to merge with north-going traffic on Plum Street. You will pass Union, 8th, 7th, and Legion Avenues; the next street is 5th Avenue. Turn left. There is no traffic light at 5th. (If you miss 5th, do not turn left on 4th Ave, it is a one-way street; you must continue to State before you can make a left.) You will soon see the Capitol Theater glowing on the horizon, between Franklin and Washington Streets.
Make it day or a weekend at the Olympia Film Festival. Stay at the Phoenix Inn just blocks away from the festival's basecamp, the Historic Capitol Theater. Olympia package: $110 1 room 1 day pass good for an unlimited number of regular priced festival screenings Olympia Package: $130 1 room 2 day passes good for an unlimited number of regular priced festival screenings
VIP Package: $130 1 room 1 day pass good for an unlimited number festival screenings, including special events; festival gift bag included VIP Package: $170 1 room 2 day passes good for an unlimited number festival screenings, including special events; festival gift bag included Phoenix Inn is at 415 Capitol Way N / Olympia, WA 98501. Call (877) 570-0555 or visit phoenixinn.com/olympia to make a reservation.
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Friday November 9th
OPENING NIGHT GLAM GALA
with Velvet Goldmine Director Todd Haynes
6:00 Doors 6:30 Show
+ VIP RECEPTION W/
TODD HAYNES 9:30
+ MYSTERY SCREENING with Special Mystery Guest
10:15 Doors 10:30 Show
VELVET GOLDMINE Opening Night All Access Pass [Velvet Goldmine + VIP Reception + Mystery Screening] $30 Student (With I.D.) / OFS member; $40 Non-member Velvet Goldmine $12 Student (With I.D.)/ OFS member; $18 Non-member Mystery Screening $7 OFS member; $10 Non-member
6:00 Doors 6:30 Show
1998 / USA / 124 min / 35mm Todd Haynes will be in attendance. Director: Todd Haynes Cast: Christian Bale, Toni Colette, Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers Print Source: Killer Films Directly influenced by Orson Welles’ massive Citizen Kane, Todd Haynes’ 1998 epic fictionalized fragmentary biopic of David Bowie and Iggy Pop, Velvet Goldmine maps the transatlantic and transmodern anxiety of dandyism, glam and pop as it digs a deep an opulent narrative goldmine. It is a film for music fans, lovers of musicals, fashion fetishists and literary fops alike, and no one can say at the end in which direction history is headed. Envelopes of flashbacks cast contemporary journalist Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale) as a tortured teenager whose sexuality erupts out of the flash of album covers, platform shoes and the exquisite hip moves of Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), our faux-Bowie, who moons at, wrestles with and falls in love with Curt Wild (Ewan MacGregor), our ersatz Iggy. Haynes’ approach, as always, is to use cinema to write an essay on pop culture itself, constellating Jean Genet and Oscar Wilde overhead, while below, the protagonists measure themselves against the fantasies that drive them. It’s a queer and human cinema, for sure, in that all of the lushness and theatricality of Haynes’ films also stands just slightly aside, pointing to (in the most Brechtian sense) that slim gap between reality and appearance, between language and desire, and between pop sweetness and melancholy. An important turning point in Haynes’ career, this film takes up the subjects of his earlier films but on a much more ambitious scale. Not to be missed – you’ll dance in your seat and prance and sing down the aisles after the show!
Radical Recess: Avant Garde for Kids! An experimental 16mm film series for kids, presented in partnership with Canada’s Images Festival and curator Larissa Fan. Radical Recess engages children with experimental film and contemporary art, demonstrating that they can have even more radical tastes than their parents! Playful, colourful and lyrical, the films provide a feast for the senses and a respite from mainstream entertainment. Suitable for all ages! Primiti Too Taa Dir: Ed Ackerman 1986 / 3 min / 16mm / Canada A playful sound poem based on Kurt Schwitters' Sonata for Primitive Sounds.
1PM (WA Center) The Girl's Nervy Dir: Jennifer Reeves 1995 / 5 min / 16mm / USA Fleeting shapes in lush colors flicker and move across the screen. Stable Dir: Robert Todd 2003 / 7 min / 16mm / USA A poetic look at grazing horses and the barns and fences that contain them. Kratzig 3: Alles bewegt sich wie van selbst (Everything Moves by Itself) (Excerpt) 2010 / 7 min / 16mm Delightful samples of scratch animation and stop motion animation featuring people, cutouts and objects; all created by students from the Hunsrück elementary school in Berlin.
The Gang's All Here
Bananazzz (dir: Kate Sweeney) An art-punk Spinal Tap, featuring appearances by members of the Vivian Girls, R. Stevie Moore, and the Screaming Females. Family Nightmare (dir: Dustin Guy Defa) A dizzy trip through the mid-1990s with a dysfunctional American family. American Juggalo (dir: Sean Dunne) In the tradition of Heavy Metal Parking Lot, this is an oddly moving fly-on-the-wall documentary about a particularly rambunctious subculture.
Interlude Dir: Joost van Veen 2004 / 2 min / 16mm / Netherlands A group of fish swim through the chemical layers of hand-processed black-and-white film.
1943 / USA / 103 min / 35mm Director: Busby Berkeley Cast: Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Phil Baker, Benny Goodman and his orchestra Print Source: Criterion Pictures
Carabosse Dir: Larry Jordan 1982 / 3 min / 16mm / USA A dream-like animation in indigo blue set to piano music by Erik Satie
The finest of legendary choreographer Busby Berkeley’s experiments with Technicolor, this is a gorgeous new 35mm restoration of a legendarily bizarre golden age musical turned psychedelic cult item. Surrealist muse Alice Faye acts her heart out as the romantic lead, legendary big band leader Benny Goodman makes a rare singing appearance, and Carmen Miranda wears a tutti-frutti hat a mile high. This is eye-popping visual spectacle for all ages, with catchy nonsense songs boasting lyrics like “Paducah, Paducah, if you want to you can rhyme it with bazooka” and “the polka is gone, but the polka dot lives on!” Always lighthearted, even when it turns as abstract as a Stan Brakhage short, critic John Soles calls this “some of the best escapist entertainment available... [it] needs to be experienced, preferably on a large screen.”
Didre Novo Dir: Steven Woloshen 1983 / 2 min / 16mm / Canada Simple shapes, lines and colors dance to the beat of Masai tribal music.
A wide-ranging assortment of new and unusual short films, including:
The New Herald (dir: Erick Mertz) A creative micro-budget sci-fi in which artificial limbs and organs suddenly rebel against their hosts.
Sea Horses and Flying Fish Dir: Rick Raxlen 2003 / 1 min / 16mm / Canada Christian Bök recites words from Hugo Ball, one of the leading pioneers of phonetic poetry.
Observatory, The Dir: Alexi Manis 2004 / 5 min / 16mm / Canada A quiet observation in which the night sky is turned on its head by graphite sketches.
Two by Sara Driver
Sleepwalk 1986 / USA / 78 min / 35mm Director: Sara Driver Cinematographer: Jim Jarmusch, Frank Prinzi Cast: Suzanne Fletcher, Ann Magnuson, Dexter Lee, Tony Todd, Steve Buscemi Print Source: Sara Driver You Are Not I 1981 / USA / 50 min / HDCam Director: Sara Driver Cinematography: Jim Jarmusch Cast: Suzanne Fletcher, Evelyn Smith, Luc Sante Print Source: Sara Driver Suzanne Fletcher will be in attendance. One of the most original and overlooked members of the 1980s New York independent
art scene, Sara Driver is perhaps best known for her collaborations with longtime partner Jim Jarmusch (who is credited as cinematographer on both of these films.) Recently her work has screened in Greece and Iceland, and in a full retrospective at New York’s Anthology Film Archive. Sleepwalk, co-written with Tom Waits’ wife and songwriting partner Kathleen Brennan, draws from fairy tales and ghost stories as it follows a copy shop employee (Fletcher) who becomes haunted by a mysterious Chinese manuscript. A mysterious mood piece that intentionally leaves conventional narrative logic by the wayside, Sleepwalk creates a fully immersive fantasy world out of downtown New York. Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum had this to say: “Driver invites us to enter her nocturnal fun house, and to close the door firmly behind us. For spectators willing to accept her dare, the movie offers a singular array of thrills and enchantments. Both its images and sounds are ravishing – it’s hard to think of a better looking and sounding American 35-millimeter film.” Sleepwalk screens with the long-lost You Are Not I, an adaptation of a Paul Bowles story that the New York Times calls “a female variation on David Lynch’s Eraserhead.”
Saturday Festival Etiquette
Forbidden Zone November 10th [continued]
Sun Don't Shine
Welcome to the Festival. Below are a few guidelines to help you enjoy your moviegoing experience to the fullest. Become a member of OFS, and support your favorite non-profit arts organization. Membership saves you money on tickets both during festival and year-round. VIP Pass Holders and Full Pass holders get priority admission for all events, but please show up early because seating is on a first-come first-served basis. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended. Some events are expected to sell out, so you should get your Opening Night, Closing Night, and All Freakin’ Night tickets soon. Every attempt is made to ensure that events start on time. Showing up late is not okay if you want to get a good seat, see the entire film, and avoid the enmity of fellow film-goers. Please remember to turn off your cell phones, and as always, no talking during the film. No alcohol in the theater except at designated events, and no smoking ever. Glam garb strongly recommended for Opening Night. Gory garb is encouraged for All Freakin’ Night. Just don’t get them mixed up.
2012 / USA / 80 min / HD Cam Director: Amy Seimetz Cast: Kate Lyn Sheil, Kentucker Audley Print Source: Amy Seimetz Amy Seimetz will be in attendance. Indie actress Amy Seimetz (The Off Hours, Tiny Furniture) makes her feature directing debut with this sweaty Florida neo-noir that plays like a hybrid of Terrence Malick, A Woman Under the Influence, and Deliverance. Shot on sultry 16mm and inspired by a series of recurring nightmares, Sun Don’t Shine follows an unraveling couple armed only with a car, a gun, and the knowledge that they’ve just done something very, very bad. Playing a novel twist on the archetypal femme fatale, Kate Lyn Sheil delivers a remarkable, animalistic performance that is equally matched by Kentucker Audley’s quiet panic. Cineaste magazine calls this “a new peak in low-budget American cinema... a film so streamlined, sophisticated, and personal that it’s shocking to learn it’s a directorial debut,” while The New Yorker’s Richard Brody notes that “the action concludes with one of the great last lines of recent times.”
1982 / USA / 73 min / HD Cam Director: Richard Elfman Cast: Hervé Villechaize, Susan Tyrell, Danny Elfman, Marie-Pascal Elfman, Toshiro Boloney, Ugh-Fudge Bwana, Viva Music: The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo Print Source: Jack F. Murphy Richard Elfman will be in attendance. In a rare treat, director Richard Elfman will personally present Forbidden Zone, his bawdy musical freakout that Film Threat describes as “the Citizen Kane of underground film”. A plot summary only offers the barest hint of the insanity contained within: Skipping school one afternoon, Frenchy Hercules is downstairs in her family’s basement when she decides to go through a strange door. Upon emerging from the intestinal passage, she discovers that she is in the Sixth Dimension, which is ruled over by King Fausto (Fantasy Island’s Herve Villechaize) and Queen Doris (the late great Susan Tyrell). Chaos ensues. This bizarre and truly unique experience of a film is packed with unforgettable music from Danny Elfman and the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. While most definitely not for the squeamish or easily offended, Forbidden Zone will take you back to the golden and long-sincevanished pre-home video age of midnight movies.
All Freakin' Night Eastside Big Tom, official food sponsor of All Freakin' Night, is not only renting a food truck for the very first time... he's parking it in front of the Historic Capitol Theater...ALL NIGHT LONG! Proceeds will be donated to the Olympia Film Festival, so eat up! The menu includes burgers, fries, breakfast sandwiches, and more!
Santa Sangre 1989 / Mexico/Italy / 123 min / 35mm Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky Cast: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Sabrina Dennison, Guy Stockwell Print Source: Academy Film Archive From Chilean surrealist Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, The Holy Mountain) and Italian horror producer Claudio Argento (Dawn of the Dead, Suspiria) comes this bizarre tale of love, passion, obsession, and revenge. Hallucinatory, grotesque, beautiful, and musical, the story follows Fenix (Axel Jodorowsky), a boy who grows up in a circus and witnesses the horrible mutilation of his religiously devout mother. After some time in a mental hospital, Fenix is called home to act as his mother’s murderous handyman. A picturesque Mexican setting filled with religious iconography is bolstered by the colorful cast of circus performers, tattooed contortionists, little people, clowns, pimps, magicians, mimes, bodybuilders, druggies, and a very ill elephant. This is what might have happened if Fellini had attempted to make a triumphantly sleazy slasher movie. Yet despite the persistent weirdness and the well-earned NC-17 rating, Santa Sangre remains one of Jodorowsky's most straightforward and accessible films, and is a deft blend of slasher horror, poetic surrealism, melancholy longing, and pitch black humor. Visually stunning and hauntingly scored by composer Simon Boswell, we are proud to open All Freakin’ Night with the only existing uncensored print of this modern masterwork.
Midnight Saturday, November 10th thru Sunday Morning
Night Train to Terror
Mo, The Boxer's Omen
Night Train to Terror 1985 / USA / 98 min / 35mm Directors: John Carr, Phillip Marshak, Tom McGowan, Jay Schlossberg-Cohen, Greg C. Talas Cast: John Phillip Law, Cameron Mitchell, Eva Hesse Print Source: American Genre Film Archive Night Train to Terror is an unholy mess of an anthology film, cobbled together from three abandoned projects and filled to the brim with what-the-fuckery. The bonkers editing and continuity are whiplash inducing, but this is really just a showcase for bizarre handmade special effects, dozens (dozens!!) of breasts, a painfully catchy earworm of a theme song, and a "oh hey, it's that guy" cast of B-movie actors. The wrap around story features God and the Devil riding a train with the most '80s of '80s new wave bands – hair teased, legs warmed, shoulders padded, and dancing their hearts out to three full performances of the number one single in bizarroworld "Everybody’s Got Somethin’ to Do (Everybody But You!)”. ALL ABOARD!!
The Driller Killer 1979 / USA / 96 min / 35mm Director: Abel Ferrara Cast: Jimmy Laine, Carolyn Marz, Baybi Day, D.A. Metrov Print Source: Harry Guerro
Mo, The Boxer’s Omen 1983 / Hong Kong / Cantonese, Mandarin w/ English Subtitles/ 99 min / 35mm Director: Chih-Hung Kuei Cast: Somjai Boomsong, Tien-Chu Chin, Phillip Kao Print Source: American Genre Film Archive
“THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD”. So begins this prime slice of NY sleaze, one of the original video nasties, a grimy bloodsoaked shocker banned in the UK until 2002! A bohemian painter (director Abel Ferrara, acting under the pseudonym Jimmy Laine) loses his mind. His needy roommates, an increasingly agitating punk band playing downstairs, and financial pressures from his art dealer lead him to snap and take to the streets armed with a nasty piece of machinery. Ferrara's official debut film (following his “unofficial” debut, a porn flick called Nine Lives of a Wet Pussy) is filled with elemental trademarks from his later films (Ms. 45, Bad Lieutenant, etc.): Catholic iconography, eyebrow-raising transgression, gritty urban night locations (late 70's NY – think Maniac meets Taxi Driver), and scenes of extreme violence. Dark and grisly, this is a must see for gorehounds and horror freaks. The tagline says it all: "There are those that kill violently.”
It’s a story as old as time: Man travels to Thailand to hunt down the boxer who crippled his brother and, upon discovering that he’s supernaturally linked to an immortal monk, battles evil wizards who gain strength by eating, regurgitating, and then re-eating chicken anuses. Prepare for your jaw to hit the floor. This is some of the weirdest nightmarish imagery ever burned into celluloid! Filled with disgusting and surreal set pieces, Mo is your one-stop shop for laser beam wizard battles, an army of reanimated alligator skulls, bursting bubble gum skin, expanding murderous neck veins, a dessicated bat set on fire by Sanskrit, an evil Buddha morphing into a naked dancing witch, and a levitating alien head that hatches from a psychedelic egg. You may never be the same again!
Eraserhead 1977 / USA / 85 min / 35mm Director: David Lynch Cast: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Laurel Near, Jack Fisk, Jennifer Lynch Print Source: Absurda The original midnight movie, David Lynch's 1977 debut film is a surrealist body horror/ black comedy nightmare set within desolate industrial wasteland, in which an oddlycoiffed man is left to care for his deformed monster baby. The stark black and white
photography barely contains the nervous energy of the brilliant sound design, which is sonically obtrusive and unnerving to say the least. Boasting hallucinatory Grand Guignol comedy, an array of creepy and intense side characters, dark ambient organ music, dreams, hallucinations, umbilical cords and, of course, a lady in a radiator, this is a film that must be seen in a dark theater, on a very large screen, with the sound turned up high. In heaven, everything is fine.
Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers
1980 / USA / 51 min / 16mm Director: Les Blank Cast: Alice Waters, Rose ‘Pistolias’ Evangelisti, Werner Herzog, Ruth Reichl Print Source: Flower Films
1947 / USA / 124 min / 35mm Director: Charlie Chaplin Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Martha Raye, Mady Correll Print Source: The Film Desk
Book signing with Kim O'Donnel.
“The cleverest, most brilliant film of my career” – Charlie Chaplin
2011 / Belgium/France / French, Central Khmer w/ English Subtitles/ 127 min / 35mm Director: Chantal Akerman Cast: Stanislas Merhar, Aurora Marion, Marc Barbe Print Source: Doc & Film International
A zesty paean of praise to the greater glories of garlic from last year’s guest director, Les Blank, this lip-smacking documentary about the history of garlic, the science of garlic, the taste of garlic, and, above all, the love of garlic alternates deliriously photographed feasts with commentary from unique and eccentric garlic aficionados. It features appearances by director Werner Herzog (taking a break from filming Nosferatu, appropriately enough) and famed chef Alice Waters of Chez Panisse as well as a boisterous musical soundtrack. If you have a taste for the stinking rose, this movie is guaranteed to cause a rumble in your stomach. Appropriately enough, nationally renowned journalist Kim O’Donnell will be on hand to introduce the film and sign copies of her newest book, Meat Lover's Meatless Celebrations: Year Round Vegetarian Feasts (You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into).
No matter what you think of the Little Tramp and the silent-era slapstick of Charlie Chaplin, you can't know all sides of Chaplin until you have seen his darkly political comedy, Monsieur Verdoux. Made late in his career and with plenty of sound, it follows the career of the titular bankclerk-turned-serial-killer (based on real-life murderer Henri Landru, aka Bluebeard), who marries women for their money and offs them shortly thereafter. Based on an idea that Chaplin reportedly bought from Orson Welles for $5,000, this is Chaplin like you've never seen him before. While still hilariously funny, this is an angry, political movie, loaded with a ferocious indictment of capitalism, not taken well in its time. And with a new 35mm restoration, this overlooked tour-de-force has never looked better. Time Out wrote, "now it shapes up as Chaplin’s most startling, most invigorating movie; its icy temperature is positively bracing after the hot syrup of his earlier work... There are few comedies as resoundingly defiant.”
Chantal Akerman will be in attendance. Legendary director Chantal Akerman (Jeanne Dielman..., News from Home) will make a rare visit to the West Coast to present her new film, an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s first novel, Almayer’s Folly. Akerman is known for the intuitive, languorous approach she takes to her work, feeling her way through the points of a narrative, which brings unique and unusual tempos and shape to her films. Having previously adapted Proust, she loosely updates Conrad’s 19th century tale of colonialism to the jungles of modern-day Cambodia, and weaves a hypnotic story of the shifting power dynamics between European trader Almayer (Stanislas Merhar) and his mixed-race daughter Nina (Aurora Marion). Critic Fernando F. Croce aptly describes the film as “a work of engulfing jungles and rivers, vehement and incantatory speeches, and piercing female gazes in front of and behind the camera” while Indiewire calls it “brilliant, mesmerizing... an astoundingly terrific work.”
Errors of the Human Body
Benefit at the Brotherhood
2012 / Germany/USA / 100 min / Blu-ray Director: Eron Sheean Cast: Michael Eklund, Karoline Herfurth, Tomas Lemarquis, Rik Mayall Print Source: Eron Sheean Boasting an international cast and real scientific pedigree, this icy Cronenbergian thriller is a collaboration between rising horror auteur Eron Sheean and the staff and students of Germany’s Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics. Dr. Geoff Barrow (Michael Eklund) arrives in Germany to contribute to a top-secret research project, a human regeneration gene. But when he uncovers a conspiracy amongst his colleagues, he finds instead something quite different: a terrifying new virus, with devastating and miraculous consequences for humanity – and for Geoff, who is not only its first victim, but its unwitting source. Sound on Sight’s Edgar Chaput calls Errors of the Human Body “a more than worthy entry in the ‘scientific research gone wrong’ subgenre of horror and thriller films.”
Proceeds between 9:00PM Sunday & 2:00AM Monday go to support the Olympia Film Festival! No cover 119 Capitol Way N at the corner of State Ave 119 CAPITOL WAY
Monday OLYMPIA FILM SOCIETY PROGRAMMING
2012 / USA / 70 min / Blu-ray Director: Zach Weintraub Cast: Justine Eister, Zach Weintraub, Kymberly Walden Cinematographer: Nandan Rao Print source: Zach Weintraub
2010 / Germany / Persian and German with English subtitles / 80 min / Digi-beta Director: Ali Samadi Ahadi Featuring: Mitra Khalatbari, Shadi Sadr, Payam Akhavan Print Source: Red Flag Releasing
You Make Me Feel So Young
The Green Wave
Weekly Film Series Our Weekly Film Series showcases awardwinning international and independent films. Each series provides opportunities for question and answer sessions with visiting filmmakers and engaging and thought-provoking discussion panels. Special Film Series & Film Festivals In addition to our Weekly Film Series, OFS also presents three special film series—Kids and Family Films, the Classic Film Series, and Midnight Movies. Our annual film festivals provide additional exciting and thematic programming. OFS produces three annual film festivals—the Documentary Film Festival, the Environmental Film Festival, and the beloved Olympia Film Festival, now in its 29th year! OFS also partners with outside promoters to bring exciting traveling festivals, such as the BANFF Mountain Film Festival, to our community.
Cast and crew will be in attendance. Join us for an exclusive work-in-progress screening of Olympia-based filmmaker Zach Weintraub’s latest project. The film features Justine Eister as its sadeyed protagonist who relocates to a new town when her boyfriend lands a job programming the local arthouse movie theater. Dropped suddenly into an unfamiliar place and stripped of everyday routine and distractions, Justine is left mostly by herself to contemplate the perhaps ill-advised move and her own growing sense of dissatisfaction. The film was shot almost exclusively in Olympia and features landmarks such as Le Voyeur, the Evergreen campus, and even our own Capitol Theater (among others), all rendered in gorgeous, cinematic black and white. In lieu of a standard Q&A, the cast and crew want to hear your feedback before finalizing the movie and sending it out to festivals around the world. Olympia represent!
In this age of social media and ubiquitous consumer technology, regardless of whether or not a revolution is televised, it will certainly be tweeted, blogged about, captured on cell phone video, and transmitted around the world in minutes. Such was the case of the widespread protests that followed the 2009 Iranian election, where Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was reelected despite polls that indicated an overwhelming preference for opposition candidate MirHossein Mousavi. The Green Wave utilizes footage filmed by participants themselves, as well as letters, interviews, and blog posts animated in a style reminiscent of Waltz with Bashir, to reveal both the idealistic buildup to the election and its tragically violent aftermath. This immediate, essential film is a powerful indictment of government repression as well as a primer on the youth-led attempts at political reform that presaged last year’s unprecedented Arab Spring uprisings.
Caesar Must Die
2012 / Italy / 76 min / 35mm Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani Cast: Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano, Giovanni Arcuri Print Source: Adopt Films Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Caesar Must Die deftly melds narrative and documentary into a powerful drama-within-a-drama. The film was made in Rome's Rebibbia Prison, where the prisoners are preparing to stage Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. After a competitive casting process, the roles are eventually allocated, and the prisoners begin exploring the text, finding in its tale of fraternity, power and betrayal parallels to their own lives and stories. As we witness the rehearsals, beautifully photographed in various nooks and crannies within the prison, we see the inmates also work through their own conflicts. The Tavianis break the boundary between reality and fiction in startling ways â€” amongst the inmates, they insert an actor who was once a prisoner himself; some of the conversations are ad-libbed, others carefully scripted â€” and the result is thoughtful, engaging and a triumphant celebration of art's ability to impact lives.
Tuesday Olympia Film Festival Volunteer Opportunities OFS is volunteer driven! The Olympia Film Festival relies almost entirely on volunteers to staff the Historic Capitol Theater. OFS is recruiting individuals to sell tickets in the lobby and box office; tear and tally tickets inside the doors; provide security at special events and All Freakin’ Night; sling pop and popcorn in the snack stand; oversee lobby operations; and ready the theater during our pre-fest dark week (Nov. 4 -8). OFS loves its volunteers! Volunteers earn festival passes and tickets, enjoy comp snacks, are entered into raffles, and are invited to the Film Fest Afterparty. Learn more about volunteer opportunities and training dates by emailing volunteer@ olympiafilmsociety.org.
The Unspeakable Act
2011 / Israel/USA/Spain / 96 min / HDcam Director: Rachel Leah Jones Cast: David Serva Jones Print Source: Rachel Leah Jones Website: www.gypsydavythemovie.com
2012 / USA / 70 min / HD Cam Director: Dan Sallitt Cast: Tallie Medel, Sky Hirschkron, Aundrea Fares, Kate Lyn Sheil Print Source: Dan Sallitt
Selected by Screen International as one of the top 10 movies of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, this documentary by Evergreen alum Rachel Leah Jones (who will participate in a Skype Q&A following the screening) tells the unusual story of her father, flamenco guitarist and serial womanizer David Serva. Shot over a tenyear period across three continents and utilizing an ingenious editing structure that Variety describes as akin to a “flavorsome, twisty literary novel”, Jones turns a tangled family history into a homemade epic. Featuring performances from some of the finest flamenco artists in the world, as well as interviews with the many women and children that Serva left in his wake, the richly textured film pivots on an attempted reconciliation between the filmmaker and the father who left her thirty years earlier. As Paul Sturtz, programmer of the True/ False Documentary Film Festival, wrote about this new classic of the genre, “other than a few other landmarks like Capturing the Friedmans, I'm not sure I could name very many films that use interviews so effectively.... this is quite special, and begs to be watched.”
Jackie Kimball is a typical 17-year-old girl except for one thing: she has been in love all her life with her older brother Matthew… and now he’s come back from his first year of college with a girlfriend in tow. Navigating the waters of one of the deepest human taboos can be tricky business, but professional critic turned filmmaker Dan Sallitt eschews sensationalism, advancing his story with deep character development and a revelatory central performance from first-time actress Tallie Medel. Critic Glenn Kenny describes it as “a fully realized— sure, I’ll say it—masterwork, an emotionally wrenching character study that puts its uncomfortable truths forward without recourse to conventional psychology,” while MUBI’s Craig Keller writes of Medel, “[her] intellect, emotive capacity, and force of persona place her in the outstanding category of such ascendant figures as Greta Gerwig.”
BEST IN SHOW
with Fred Willard in attendance to accept OFF Lifetime Achievement Award
7:15 Doors 7:45 Show
+ AFTERPARTY W/
10:00 @ Swing Wine Bar
Swing is the sponsor of this OFF Lifetime Achievement Award An Evening With Fred Willard [Best in Show + Afterparty w/ Fred Willard ] $20 Student (With I.D.) / OFS member; $30 Non-member Best in Show $12 Student (With I.D.)/ OFS member; $18 Non-member
BEST IN SHOW 2000 / USA / 90 min / 35mm Director: Christopher Guest Cast: Parker Posey, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Fred Willard, Michael McKean Print Source: Warner Brothers After reinventing the mockumentary with 1996’s Waiting for Guffman, Christopher Guest and his ensemble troop of brilliant improvisational comedians proved with 2000’s Best in Show that in the previous film they’d only just begun to mine the depths of their talent. Best In Show takes the viewer on a personal journey with 5 sets of competitors at the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show: Meg (Parker Posey), who coordinates not only her outfits but also her neuroses with her husband; Gerry (Eugene Levy) and Cookie (Catherine O’Hara), a couple with two left feet and a Wilt Chamberlain-esque past, respectively; Stefan (Spinal Tap’s Michael McKean) and Scott, a gay couple who pack a fabulous wardrobe along with their prize Shih Tzu; Sherri Ann (Jennifer Coolidge), a trophy wife, whose special bond with her trainer, Christy Cummings (Glee’s Jane Lynch), deepens over the course of the show; and Harlan Pepper (Christopher Guest), who dreams of becoming a ventriloquist. Add the dog show personnel, including Lifetime Achievement Award winner Fred Willard as Buck Laughlin, a confoundingly clueless color commentator, and this is a dog show you’ll never forget!! Stephen Holden of The New York Times enthuses, “the actors improvising from a bare-bones screenplay… riff off one another like jazz musicians to create what may be the cleverest on-the-spot caricatures since the heyday of Mike Nichols and Elaine May.”
Benefit at New Moon Cine-X Spotlight:
November 14th 6:45PM
The Loneliest Planet
The Loneliest Planet
On Wednesday, proceeds between 7:00AM & 2:30PM go to support the Olympia Film Festival!
What Was That 2011 / USA / 3 min / 35mm Made by the band Idaho Print Source: Jeff Martin
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Travelling Light 2012 / USA / 57 min / HDCam Director: Gina Telaroli Print Source: Gina Telaroli
The New Moon Cafe 113 4th Ave West at the corner of Columbia St.
An Amtrak train pulls out of Penn Station in New York City on a cold, sunny February morning. The train moves forward as the landscape changes—the East Coast giving way to the Midwest. Passengers fill their seats, the snow begins to fall, and the next train station is announced, all while the light continues shifting, bouncing, swelling and slouching into eventual darkness. This is an innovative, immersive experience described by Film Comment as “hypnotic” and “the most sensually pleasurable” film at this year’s Migrating Forms festival.
7:00PM (WA Center)
2011 / USA/Germany / English, Georgian/ 113 min / 35mm Director: Julia Loktev Cast: Hani Furstenberg, Gael Garcia Bernal, Bidzina Gujabidze Print Source: IFC Films The adage that nothing puts a relationship to the test like traveling together is given a uniquely unsettling embodiment in The Loneliest Planet, the third feature by Russian-born Julia Loktev. Nica (Hani Furstenberg) and Alex (arthouse favorite Gael Garcia Bernal) are experienced travelers exploring the post-Soviet region of Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains before their upcoming wedding. Having secured the services of a local guide (real-life guide Bidzina Gujabidze), they set off to trek across a breathtakingly lovely land, where they are often the only humans in evidence. It is an idyllic pre-honeymoon of a trek and then... it all changes. Nothing is predetermined in this backpacking trip where sex, death, exile, love, and loyalty enter and leave like the weather.
2012 / USA / 81 min / Blu-ray Director: Luke Griswold-Turgis A tragicomic documentary, Smokin' Fish tells the story of one man's attempt to navigate the messy zone of collision between his culture and the modern world. Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau, Alaska. Hungry for smoked salmon and nostalgic for his childhood, he decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family's traditional fish camp. The unusual story of his life and the untold history of his people interweave with the process of preparing traditional food, keeping the IRS off his back, and keep his business afloat. Edited by past festival guest Maureen Gosling (Blossoms of Fire.)
9PM DOORS 9:30PM SHOW
Hosted By Dan Savage 9:00pm doors/9:30pm show Festival VIP passes accepted The Stranger's HUMP! Fest, hosted by Dan Savage, showcases homemade erotica, amateur sex cinema, locally produced pornography, and community sexcapades. Films can be hardcore, softcore, live action, animated, kinky, vanilla, straight, gay, lez, bi, trans, genderqueer — anything goes at HUMP! (Well, almost anything: No poop, no animals, no minors.) Three first place prizes and one grand prize are awarded at HUMP! — all decided by secret audience ballot, with cash prizes ranging from $250 to a whopping $5000! All films are destroyed on stage at the end of the night, so switch off your computer — this is your one chance to see your friends and neighbors' saucy bits projected twenty feet high!
Benefit at Le Voyeur Get your pre-func HUMP! dancing shoes on from 7:00 - 9:00PM at Le Voyeur. They'll be hosting food and drink specials, and a Live DJ will be keeping the tunes hot and heavy! Admission is FREE, and portions of the bar sales will be donated to OFS. While we want you to get wild and super sexy, please do so responsibly! Le Voyeur is at 404 4th Avenue East—Between Jefferson and Adams.
ART IN THE MEZZANINE OFS showcases the work of over 50 visual artists annually through our Art in the Mezzanine program and through special events, including Duck the Malls—our annual arts and crafts Holiday Bazaar—and our annual Silent Art Auction.
3rd annual Kung Fu Double Feature
CONCERTS & SPECIAL EVENTS OFS brings a wide variety of concerts and performance events to the Capitol Theater. Our music events include everything from heavy metal to surf rock, and from folk music to rhythm and blues, showcasing local, national, and international acts. OFS is also dedicated to supporting artists working in underrepresented expressive art forms. In 2011/2012, we brought a variety of artists including Henry Rollins, Modern Lovers' Jonathan Richman, Macklemore, and Wolves in the Throne Room. OFS collaborates with many local performance groups including TUSH Burlesque, Tall House Arts Consortium, the Olympia Independent Music Festival and creates several annual award winning events, including Night of the Living Tribute Bands and Repeal Prohibition Celebration, packing the house year round!
2012 / USA / 136 min / HDCam Director: Chris Sullivan Voice cast: Nancy Andrews, Robert Levy, Chris Sullivan Print Source: Chris Sullivan Chris Sullivan will be in attendance. “An artistic achievement so ambitious that most projects seem mundane in comparison.” – Daniel Walber, Movies.com 15 years in the making, this passion project from Art Institute of Chicago professor Chris Sullivan is a singular vision, primarily animated on layers of glass, then shot frame-by-frame onto 16mm film. The result is a sprawling, shockingly original small– town epic, reminiscent of a great, lost Appalachian murder ballad. Consuming Spirits is meticulously crafted, utilizing a wide variety of animation techniques and a haunting soundtrack with a deft sense for the harmonies of ambient noise, old-time music, and the rhythms of conversation. Make no mistake, this is a one-of-a-kind film experience. The A.V. Club’s Tasha Robinson calls it “a powerful narrative based around the bitter longing for love,” Twitch Film names it “a film that exudes the true spirit of American independent filmmaking... adult animation at its best and most unique,” and the Huffington Post raves, “two and a half hours of ugly characters make up the most beautiful spectacle you’ve ever seen.”
Crippled Avengers 1978 / Hong Kong / Mandarin w/ English Subtitles/ 107 min / 35mm Director: Chang Cheh Cast: Kuan Tai Chen, Feng Lu, Kuo Chui Print Source: 35mm Kung Fu Archive Dan Halsted, founder of 35mm Shaolin Archive will be in attendance. The Venom Mob: One blind. One deaf and mute. One legless. One mentally disabled. All kung fu killing machines!!!! They have banded together to defeat the villain who crippled them, a ruthless man with iron fists. Get ready for non-stop martial arts mayhem, brutal violence, weird acrobatics, and funky training montages. This is one of the greatest movies ever made! Fist of White Lotus 1980 / Hong Kong / Cantonese w/ English Subtitles/ 95 min / 35mm Director: Lo Lieh Cast: Gordon Liu, Lo Lieh Print Source: 35mm Kung Fu Archive The Shaolin Temple has been destroyed!! Gordon Liu is out for revenge!! He's up against an incarnation of the greatest villain in martial arts movie history: the unstoppable, white eyebrowed Pai Mei, renowned for his ghostlike fighting style and a sneering, cackling demeanor. He’ll even fight while naked – but watch out for his kung fu crotch! The opening credit sequence alone is worth the price of admission.
OLYMPIA FILM SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP Save Money During Festival! Your membership will save you on passes, film screenings, and special events! Join the esteemed ranks of the one of the largest membership based media arts organization in Western Washington, become an OFS member today! Membership includes . . . • Discounts at OFS and Olympia Film Festival events; • A regular delivery of the OFS Series Program right to your mail box; • Entrance to special members only screenings; • The power to vote at general membership meetings and make OFS the organization you want it to be; and • Feel good about supporting your Olympia Film Society . . . Membership Levels: $17 - Low income / Senior Individual $28 - Regular Individual $45 - Low Income Family* $55 - Sustaining Individual $65 - Family Membership* $125 - Auteur $165 - Supporting Cast $225 - Patron Leading Cast $500 - Executive Producer $1000 - Mogul *All Family Memberships include 2 Adults and All Children living in the same household. Support OFS by becoming a member! Go online to www. olympiafilmsociety.org or visit our box office to sign up. Payments can be made at the Capitol Theater box office during Showtimes (while purchasing tickets) or at the OFS office at 416 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501.
6:00PM (WA Center)
Crazy & Thief
Best of the Seattle Night Across Lesbian & Gay the Street
Film Festival 2012 / USA / 52 min / blu-ray Director: Corey McAbee Cast: Willa Vy McAbee, John Huck McAbee, Gregory Russell Cook, Graham P. Stanford Print Source: Steve Holmgren Prepare to have your heart melted. Crazy & Thief is a family-friendly musical adventure from cult filmmaker Cory McAbee (The American Astronaut). The stars are 7-yearold Yaya (aka Crazy) and her trusty sidekick, 2-year-old Johnny (aka Thief). Together they embark on a whimsical voyage through a world of homemade mythologies, armed with nothing but a star map and a bag of flies. To the tunes of an undeniably apt soundtrack courtesy of the elder McAbee’s band The Billy Nayer Show, they overcome hunger, a cyclops, public transportation, a giant, and time travel before their climactic encounter with a god machine located in Bethlehem, NY. An honest portrait of childhood and a love letter to the imagination, this is a movie suitable for the youngest of the young and the oldest of the old.
Held annually in October since 1996, The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. The festival continues to gain industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. An important venue in the Seattle film scene— and the social event of the season—the festival provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage and entertain over 10,000 attendees. We are pleased to present an exclusive collection of the best short films from this year’s festival!
2012 / Chile/France / Spanish & French w/ English Subtitles/ 110 min / blu-ray Director: Raul Ruiz Cast: Christian Vadim, Sergio Hernandez, Valentina Vargas Print Source: Cinema Guild When Chilean filmmaker Raul Ruiz passed away in August 2011, he left behind a legacy of 116 films, including such critically acclaimed masterworks as Three Crowns of the Sailor and Mysteries of Lisbon. Night Across the Street is his final film and much more than a swan song – this is a farewell, specifically conceived to be shown after he was gone. An aging office worker, Don Celso is nearing retirement. As he relives memories both real and imagined, the film slips around in time, raising the question: is the dying Don Celso dreaming of his childhood, or is a boy dreaming of his impending old age? Despite the circumstances of its making, this film is far from grim — Variety calls it “cheerfully deranged... more nimble and playful than elegiac”, filled with “wry wit and a great generosity of spirit”. Screen Daily names it “one of the jolliest hearted valedictories that cinema has ever produced... wildly imaginative to the last, this film shows Ruiz going out dreaming, and laughing.”
House of Wax 3D
RENTING THE CAPITOL THEATER
Consider renting the historic Capitol Theater for your next event! The theater is an all-ages venue that holds over 750 (seated). It also has a smaller performance area called The Backstage, which holds up to 150 people. The theater accommodates both public and private live music, film screenings, presentations, and performances. Concert and Full Stage Rental: $850.00* ($600.00 Non-Profit Rate)* 1953 / USA / 90 min / dual-projector 35mm Director: André de Toth Cast: Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones, Charles Bronson Print Source: Warner Brothers Oympia Film Festival is proud to present a rare screening of the only existing print of 1953’s House of Wax in its original Natural Vision dual-projector 3D format, for which only two other theaters in the US are currently equipped. As anyone who attended last year’s screening of Dial M for Murder in 3D can attest, Natural Vision is a uniquely immersive experience. While other 3D formats tend to be murky (a natural side effect of watching a movie through the filter of dark glasses), Natural Vision requires two perfectly synched 35mm projectors to blast light at the same time, creating an incredible vibrancy that must be seen to be believed. What better film to experience this with than House of Wax, a colorful and creepy burst of camp horror featuring an iconic performance by Vincent Price as Professor Henry Jarrod, a sculptor whose wax statues are suspiciously lifelike. Featuring a fiery climax that bursts from the screen, this special screening of House of Wax 3D is exactly the sort of moviegoing experience that the Capitol Theater was built for!
2012 / USA / 75 min / HDCam Directors: Shade Rupe, Teller Cast: Todd Robbins Print Source: RIP, LLC Co-directed by former Olympia Film Festival programming director Shade Rupe, this is a screen version of a long-running gory stage show created by silent magician Teller and Coney Island showman Todd Robbins. Play Dead is inspired by the American spook show, an underground entertainment that thrived from the 1930s to the 1970s. A variation on France’s Grand Guignol tradition, spook show raconteurs would tell stories (some true, many embellished) of bizarre murderers, then recreate their crimes onstage using startling magic tricks, nude assistants, and gallons of fake blood. As the New York Times wrote of Play Dead’s original off-Broadway run, “if you find that Halloween haunted houses just don’t do it for you anymore, this just might be the show for you: scarier and smarter.” This film comes to Olympia direct from a sold out screening at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.
The Backstage Rental: $300.00* Rentals on The Backstage are primarily booked on Friday nights. Some midweek and weekend nights are available. Rental includes a mandatory house manager, PA, and sound engineer for 7 hours of work. Film Rental: $575.00* ($475 NonProfit Film Rate)* Hourly Use: $50 plus $15 for each additional hour (billed by the hour)* Rate applies to local filmmakers, matinee screenings, and private rentals. Mezzanine Bar service is available to enhance your event; OFS staffs alcohol and concessions counters and keeps 100% of all sales. Service is based on availability. Merchandise Rate: 10%-15% on all goods. Visit our online booking page at olympiafilmsociety.org for more information or contact Theater Manager Audrey Henley at Audrey@ olympiafilmsociety.org or 754-6670 x20. *Additional staffing, technical, and administrative fees may apply. Promoter may need to provide some staffing and is responsible for all promotions. A 50% deposit is required.
Saturday Morning Confusion A VHS Voyage of Crazy Kids' Stuff
Presented by Scarecrow Video 2012 / USA / 100 min / fabulous VHS Assembled by Brian Alter & Spenser Hoyt Specially selected from the extensive videotape library of Seattle’s world famous Scarecrow Video, this is a mind-blowing compilation of the weirdest, wackiest, and wildest children’s entertainment. Strange and silly, this collection contains some of the oddest sounds and visions ever captured on videotape during the halcyon days of consumer home video. Featuring an assortment of cartoons, sock puppets, semicelebrities, rappers, wrestlers, all-kid rock bands, preachy stop-motion animation, and, of course, Katharine Hepburn. This program is 100% kidfriendly, and great for anyone who’d like to start their day with a dose of absurdity!
Nothing But a Man
Somebody Up There Likes Me
1964 / USA / 95 min / 35mm Director: Michael Roemer Cast: Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln, Yaphet Kotto A Cinema Conservancy Release of a Cinedigm/ New Video Film.
2012 / USA / 76 min / HDCam Director: Bob Byington Cast: Nick Offerman, Keith Poulson, Jess Weixler, Stephanie Hunt, Kate Lyn Sheil, Megan Mullaly Print Source: Tribeca Films
This new restoration of a landmark piece of African American independent cinema. One of the first films to transplant cinema verite documentary style into narrative film, the film follows the burgeoning relationship between Duff Anderson (Ivan Dixon) and Josie Dawson (jazz singer Abbey Lincoln), as they struggle to keep their love alive while facing a host of problems, including illegitimate children, unemployment, racism, and Duff’s drunken father. While never ignoring the social background, the film presents Duff and Josie as fully fleshed-out, complex, and contradictory individuals, not merely archetypes or symbols. A major work of cinema that shines in a new 35mm restoration by the Library of Congress' Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation.
A hilarious, formally inventive comedy about life, love, and the passing of time. Max (Keith Poulson) and Sal (Nick Offerman, best known as Parks & Recreation’s Ron Swanson) both work at the local steakhouse alongside Lyla (Jess Wexler). As their lives continually intersect over 35 years, the film refuses to play by the traditional rules of cinematic storytelling: major milestones are marked without sentiment, entanglements form and fall away without much protest, characters age without changing and change without aging. The film’s supporting cast is stacked with masters of comic timing, but the film belongs to Offerman, “whose brawny presence and deadpan manner recall John Goodman in his prime,” writes The Hollywood Reporter. A laugh-out-loud funny date movie that packs a sneaky emotional punch, Somebody Up There Likes Me is the next big indie crowd-pleaser.
2012 / Portugal/Africa / Portugese w/ English Subtitles/ 118 min / 35mm Director: Miguel Gomes Cast: Teresa Madruga, Laura Soverat, Ana Moreina Print Source: Adopt Films One of the major films at this year’s Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals, Tabu is many things – an impassioned love story, an homage to the expressionistic silent films of F.W. Murnau, a deadpan comedy, and a dreamlike, heartbreaking work of art. Shot in painterly black and white, the story divides into three parts, beginning with an ill-fated encounter between a mustachioed adventurer and a particularly melancholy crocodile. From there it jumps back and forth in time, as an elderly Portuguese heiress reminisces about a tragic love triangle generations earlier in colonial Africa. The Guardian calls it “a gem: gentle, eccentric, possessed of a distinctive sort of innocence – and also charming and funny,” while Indiewire writes that it “has been claiming hearts at every festival lucky to have it. It’s one of those rarities when too many compliments are not enough and the recommendation to see it as soon as it’s near you cannot be stressed enough.”
Rock n' Roll Hotel
Jake's Presents: The Queen
1983 / USA / 85 min / DVD Directors: Richard Baskin, Paul Justman Cast: Rachel Sweet, Judd Nelson, Dick Shawn, Colin Quinn Print Source: Dale Brumfield Dale Brumfield will be in attendance. We are so chuffed to present the fourth ever theatrical screening of long lost disasterpiece Rock n’ Roll Hotel, starring Stiff Records recording artist Rachel Sweet and a pre-Breakfast Club Judd Nelson. This jaw-droppingly incompetent, yet fist-pumpingly rock n’ roll extravaganza (picture an ‘80s rock version of The Room, then add a time travel subplot and an animatronic raccoon) was never released and all copies were thought to have been destroyed. Twenty-five years later, a VHS dub was found buried deep in the set designer’s closet. Investigative journalist Dale Brumfield, who hunted the film down and now possesses the only known copy in existence, will be on hand to answer all of your burning questions about this one-of-a-kind rock n’ roll odyssey.
1968 / USA / 68 min / 35mm Director: Frank Simon Cast: Flawless Sabrina, Harlow, Mario Montez, George Plympton, Edie Sedgwick, Terry Southern, Andy Warhol Print Source: Shade Rupe Marlayna McBride will be in attendance. We are thrilled to present a rare screening of the only existing print of this queer cinema landmark, thought to be lost for over thirty years. A favorite of John Waters (its poster features prominently in Pink Flamingos) and featuring appearances from counterculture icons like Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick, this fly-on-thewall documentary of a 1960s New York drag beauty pageant has been called “gutsy, funny... and really very moving” by Roger Ebert. This documentary takes us behind the scenes from the contest planning through the suspenseful final judgment, immersing us briefly in the lives and opinions of these pioneers of drag culture as they hold court on topics ranging from sex change operations to the Vietnam War. The screening will be followed by a beauty pageant hosted by Jake's Miss Marlayna. So wear your most garish apparel and come on down!
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12:00PM (WA Center)
Take Me to the Balooney Bin!
Welcome O Life!
A selection of family-friendly short films about balloons. Children receive a free balloon with admission!
2012 / USA / 67 min / Blu-ray Director: Nicholas Redding Cast: Gregory Zukauskas. Nora McKinnon, Sean Canning, Kevin Ashcraft, Tess Wachter
The Red Balloon Dir: Albert Lamorisse 1956 / France / 35 min / 35mm A timeless, heartwarming film about a little boy and his balloon.
Welcome O Life is a film about the search for the sacred within a broken world of industrial ruins. Integrating autobiography with ancient mythologies, the film invites the audience into a dream-scape where psychological changes become possible through self-expression and love. Shot on 16mm film and entirely self-financed in Olympia, Welcome O Life features an all local cast of artists, actors, and musicians.
The Balloonatic Dir: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton 1923 / USA / 27 min / 35mm In this classic Buster Keaton slapstick comedy, a hapless amusement park attendant finds his runaway balloon ride has left him in a strange predicament. Balloon Land Dir: Ub Iwerks 1935 / USA / 7 min / 35mm The residents of Balloon Land battle the evil Pincushion Man in this delightful cartoon. The Black Balloon Dir: Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie 2012 / USA / 21 min / 35mm A balloon learns that humans are complicated creatures. Winner of the Short Filmmaking Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Members of your community are making movies! These short films are as diverse as your neighbors. In the spirit of OFSâ€™s founding principles, Locals Only! supports and encourages local artists by housing their moving images on the big screen, where they belong. The full lineup will be announced on our website, but this year thereâ€™s an extra twist: two Locals Only award winners will receive $200 prize packages from QuickFilmBudget.com!
THE RIGHT STUFF with Philip Kaufman in attendance to accept OFF Lifetime Achievement Award
Sunday November 18 4:30 Doors 5:00 Show
$12 Student (With I.D.) / OFS member; $18 Non member
OFF Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Acqua Via + Water Street Cafe
1983/ USA / 193 min / 35mm Director: Philip Kaufman Cast: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Barbara Hershey, Veronica Cartwright Print Source: Warner Brothers The Olympia Film Festival ends this year on a liftoff, with Philip Kaufman’s epic adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s classic of new journalism, The Right Stuff. Project Mercury started in 1959 and lasted until 1963. It was the Cold War’s biggest show since the H-bomb. The mission: human spaceflight achieved before the Soviets. The materials: a desert and a bunch of glorified tin cans with fuel strapped underneath them. The men: Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordo Cooper, and Deke Slayton. The result, eventually: one of the great achievements in human history. The winner of four Academy Awards (and nominated for four more, including Best Picture), The Right Stuff holds up incredibly well, standing as both a subversion of the standard hero narrative and a testament to the capacity for wonder. “Preserving the irreverent tone of Tom Wolfe’s juicy, sprawling book, the cinematic adaptation concedes that Glenn and the other Mercury astronauts were heroes, just not the ‘walking apple pies’ … trumpeted by pressops,” writes Scott Tobias of the A.V. Club, while Roger Ebert considers the film “a landmark” that “joins a short list of recent American movies that might be called experimental epics: movies that have an ambitious reach through time and subject matter, that spend freely for locations or special effects, but that consider each scene as intently as an art film.”
Cast & Crew
Festival Crew Festival Director- Lisa Hurwitz
Poster Artist -Anna Strain
Programming Director- Joel Minkin
Opening Night Poster- Rachel Carns
Programming Assistant- Emmie Forman
All Freakinâ€™ Night Poster- Kevin Jacobs
Theater Manager & Live Events Director- Audrey Henley
All Freakinâ€™ Night Host- Kenny Ward
Interim Volunteer Coordinator- Nick Prager
Festival trailers and commercials- Gary Voelker Festival Web Design- Brandi Lane
Executive Director- Thom Mayes
Sponsor Booklet Design- Lisa Hurwitz
Cinema Technician- Joaquin de la Puente
Sponsor Booklet Photos- Tor Clausen
Production Manager & Audio TechnicianDave Harvey
Programming Volunteers- Tug Buse, Chris Carson, Joaquin de la Puente, Emmie Forman, David Kindle, Jilda Lamb, Marcy LaViollette, Kelly Lux, Jeff Pike, Alison Riffer, Daniel Schreiber, Tobi Vail, Nathan West, Julia Zay, Stephanie Zorn
Series Film Programmer- Helen Thornton Housekeeping Technician- Su Smiley Festival Interns- Riley Gibson, Sam Hall Watson, Laura Henke, Lily Marra, Jasmine Rose Program Design- Laurel Collier Smith Design Assistants- Lisa Hurwitz, Paul F Maul, Henry Chavis, Chris Mayes
We dedicate the 29th Annual Olympia Film Festival to Linda Friedman. Linda, we are so grateful for the 21 years you gave to OFS! We will miss you so much and hope you know that you will always have a place here at the theater and in our hearts.
Proofreading Team- Joaquin de la Puente, Emmie Forman, Linda Friedman, Lisa Hurwitz, Marcy LaViollette, Joel Minkin, Kevi Walsh
OFS Volunteer Crew Art in the Mezzanine- Pat Tassoni, Diane Kurzyna, Christopher Ross, Vince Ryland, Shanty Slater
Tatol, Zela Thoma, Teezy Thompson, Murdoc Trammell, Ben Trogdon, Georgia Wack, Jamie Willis, Scott Yoos
Bar Managers- Christine Salvador, Allen Stanton, Helen Thornton
Committees- Linda Friedman, Kitty Koppelman, Joyce Mercuri (Finance), Marcy LaViollette (Marketing), Isaac Overcast, Alison Riffer (Personnel)
Board of Directors- Marc Baldwin, Meli Bless, Lisa Hurwitz, Dick Meyer, PaulPotasnik, Tim Sweeney, Bert Trobman, Kaylynn What Concessions Manager- Michael Sherrill Lobby- Justin Baumgartner, Cindy Beck, Jim Burlingame, Simon Calavecchia, Chris Carson, Michael Chapman, Simon Conrad, Steve Conway, Jerome Cox, Phillip DeBord II, Alex Fiore, Emmie Forman, Aerick Duckhugger, Joseph J.W. Sing, Neal Jensen, Macy Jewell, Shane Jewell,West K, Joe Kirsh, Jilda Lamb, Marcy LaViollette, Micki Moffatt, Hali Panneton, Maxine Peabody, Paul Pennell, Alex Pratt, Michael Radelich, David Raffin, Alison Riffer, Anna Robbins, Creighton Rose, Eric Sarai, Daniel Schreiber, Samantha Sermeno, Brenna Shea, Monika Sovine, Allen Stanton, Dan Swire, Sean
Concessions Buyer- Michael Sherrill Graphic Design- Christopher Edwards, Brian Fullerton, Grace Duda Housekeeping Assistants- Fraoigh Howard Maintenance & Special Projects- Scott Busk, Jimmi Davies, Frank Lynam Marquee Masters- David Campbell, Eric Fleming, Lois Maffeo Program Writers- Emmie Forman, Kelly Lux, Jeff Pike Projectionists- Alan King, Andy Ebright, Angel Jon Camama, Clara Knight, Craig August, Dave Harvey, Diane Froelich, Ed Glidden, Erik Cornellier, Irina Gendelman, Isaac Overcast, James Maney, Jessie Herzog, Joaquin de la Pu-
ente, Joel Minkin, John Flack, Josh Brastad, Kanako Wynkoop, Lisa Hurwitz, Nick Redding, Palu Kingston, Paul Potasnik, Rachel Weber, Richard Stone, Stephanie Zorn, Sunny Okena, Suzy West, Vadi Erdal Security- Sy Khan, Leah Compaogno, Gautam Dutta, Neil Fleming, Nora Larson, Greg Hilchey Series Program Production- Christopher Edwards, Emmie Forman, Brian Fullerton, Claire Hansen, Kelly Lux, Jeff Pike, Seth Vincent Stage Managers- Jeff Galegher, Tanar Stalker Program Distribution/ Street TeamMatthew Bohl,Vicky Gorny Webbies- Micah Gilman, Brandi Lane
Guest Bios Justine Eister
Chantal Akerman Chantal Akerman is a Paris-based filmmaker, writer, actor, producer, composer, and one of the most important European directors of her generation. Akerman started making her own films in the late '60s and gave a new meaning to the term "independent film" as an embodiment of pure independence and creativity. Her body of work includes Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles; Saute ma ville (Blow up my town); News from Home; Les Rendezvous d 'Anna; Je, tu, il, elle; Window Shopping; Toute une nuit (All night long); Les Annèes 80 (The Eighties); Nuit et jour (Night and Day); D'Est (From the East); Portrait d'une jeune fille de la fin des annèes 60 à Bruxelles (Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the 1960s in Brussels); Un Divan à New York (A Couch in New York); Sud; and La Captive. Almayer’s Folly is her 46th film.
Dale Brumfield Dale Brumfield is the author of Standers; Remnants: A Novel about God, Insurance and Quality Floorcoverings; Three Buck Naked Commodes: and 18 More Tales from a Small Town; and the eBook releases Trapped Under the Pack-Ice and Bad Day at the Amusement Park. He is also an arts features writer, cartoonist, and opinion commentator in Richmond, VA's Style Weekly magazine, and in 2010 won numerous state and national awards for his investigative cover story The Best Worst Movie you Never Saw, about the ‘lost’ 1982 Richmond movie Rock n' Roll Hotel. He lives in Doswell, VA, and blogs at www. newsfromdoswell.com.
Justine Eister grew up on Vashon Island. She moved to Olympia in 2006 to attend The Evergreen State College, graduating in 2010. You Make Me Feel So Young is her feature film debut, though her face is already familiar to many Olympians due to her prominent social position in several local circles.
Richard Elfman Richard Elfman grew up in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles (Boyz n the Hood (1991)), and has been a semiprofessional boxer, food and wine critic, and successful stage director. He is also a noted Afro-Latin percussionist and the founder of the original Mystic Knights of the Oingo-Boingo. Richard's first novel, “The Schlemazl of Sebriem” will be published later this year.
Suzanne Fletcher Suzanne Fletcher is an actress based in Los Angeles, best known for her collaborations with Sara Driver and photographer Nan Goldin.
Dan Halsted Dan Halsted is the head programmer at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR, as well as the organizer of the Grindhouse Film Festival and founder of the 35mm Shaolin Film Archive. In 2009, Dan unearthed the largest collection of 35mm martial arts films in the Western Hemisphere from an abandoned Chinese theater in Vancouver, B.C. He's dedicated himself to preserving these films and presenting them to modern audiences.
Todd Haynes Portland, Oregon resident Todd Haynes grew up in Encino, CA before earning a B.A. in Arts and Semiotics at Brown University and working towards a M.F.A. at Bard College. His 1991 debut feature, Poison, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Subsequent films include Safe (1995), Velvet Goldmine (1998), Far From Heaven (2002), and I'm Not There (2007), as well as the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce (2011). He has earned an Academy Award nomination for Original Screenplay and has won two Independent Spirit Awards.
Rachel Leah Jones Rachel Leah Jones is a director/producer born in Berkeley, California and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has a BA in Race, Class, & Gender Studies and an MFA in Media Arts Production. Her directorial credits include 500 Dunam on the Moon (France/USA, 2002) and Ashkenaz (Israel/Netherlands, 2007). Jones has worked on numerous socially and politically engaged documentaries in Israel/Palestine such as Wall, Citizen Bishara, and The Bombing (dir. Simone Bitton) and Raging Dove, Café Noah and Warp And Weft (dir. Duki Dror). Over the years, she has been affiliated with various progressive media outlets such as the Alternative Information Center in Jerusalem, where she worked as a researcher, writer, and photo editor, and the critically-acclaimed public TV/radio program Democracy Now!, where she worked as a camera operator and video editor.
OFS is proud to make Philip Kaufman an inaugural recipient of the Olympia Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award! Raised in Chicago and schooled in the ivy covered lecture halls of the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School, Kaufman went on to a career in filmmaking that has lasted nearly half a century. It has been said that his early backpacking years through Europe watching Cassevettes films in tiny cinemas served as fuel to the fire in his becoming a filmmaker. You can see the independent influence of the self exiled American in Europe in one of his most iconic films Henry and June, which is a classic story
49 of an American in Paris and writer Anais Nin, who Kaufman met in his travels. His debut film Goldstein won the Prix de la Nouvelle Critique at Cannes. French director Jean Renoir called Goldstein the best American film in 20 years. However, Kaufman was not to be limited to the art house cinemas and international film festivals of the world. He would go on to write and direct major works that received both critical acclaim and reached blockbuster level of renown at the box office and in Hollywood. Notable entries in his filmography include Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Right Stuff (1983), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), Henry & June (1990), Rising Sun (1993), and Quills (2000). His masterpiece, The Right Stuff, won four Academy Awards. OFF will screen the Right Stuff in honor of Philip Kaufman receiving the Olympia Film Festival Life Time Achievement Award.
Kim O'Donnel For over a decade Seattle based chef and author Kim O'Donnel has written for publications such as the Washington Post, Huffington Post, USA Today, Real Simple, and Culinate. Kim's bestselling 2010 book Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes Carnivores Will Devour, is more or less the kitchen companion to the "Meatless Monday" campaign. The much anticipated follow up, Meat Lover's Meatless Celebrations: Year-Round Vegetarian Feasts (You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into), is set for an October 2012 release.
Nandan Rao Nandan Rao was born, raised, and still resides in Corvallis, OR. Bummer Summer was his first film as cinematographer, but he has since gone on to shoot several noteworthy projects including Sophia Takal's award-winning Green. He has also written and directed two feature films of his own: The Men of Dodge City and Hawaiian Punch.
Outspoken journalist and pioneering columnist Dan Savage grew up in Chicago, moving to Seattle in the early 1990s to help found The Stranger, where his "Savage Love"
reinvented the relationship advice column. In addition to serving as The Stranger's former editor-in-chief and current editorial director, Dan Savage has written four books, given countless hours of call-in advice (both on radio and via podcast), and made numerous appearances in national print, radio, and television media. He also spearheaded the creation of the HUMP! Fest in 2005 and currently serves as its Master of Ceremonies. In addition, in 2010 he and husband Terry Miller started the It Gets Better Project, which aims to prevent suicide among LGBT youth.
Amy Seimetz Amy Seimetz is a writer/ director/actor/producer widely regarded as one of the most ubiquitous presences in contemporary independent cinema. Her many acting credits include The Off Hours, Tiny Furniture, Myth of the American Sleepover, A Horrible Way to Die, and Alexander the Last. As a producer, Amy has worked on Medicine for Melancholy, The Dish & the Spoon, Silver Bullets, and No Matter What. Sun Donâ€™t Shine is her first feature as a director.
Christopher Sullivan Christopher Sullivan is an animator, filmmaker, and performance artist whose experimental film and theater work spans 30 years. His work has been shown in festivals, theaters, and museums worldwide, including the Zagreb Animation Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, New York Short Film Festival, Black Maria Film + Video Festival, and Pacific Film Archives. Since 2008, he has also created three evening-length performances, The Outer Giants and Their Moon, Aggression Therapy, and Mark The Encounter. He is currently working on a new experimental feature, The Orbit of Minor Satellites.
Zach Weintraub Zach Weintraub has lived in Olympia on-and-off since the age of three. He made his first film (Bummer Summer) here following four years studying film in New York City. His second film (The International Sign for Choking) was shot entirely in Buenos Aires in the spring of 2011, and has since screened at major festivals worldwide. You Make Me Feel So Young is his third film.
Fred Willard is originally from Shaker Heights, Ohio. He served in the U.S. military, an experience which prepared him for his unforgettable role as the lieutenant at the base where Spinal Tap is playing in their eponymous classic, This is Spinal Tap. This may have been a breakthrough role, but Willard had been in the public eye for almost two decades by then. Who could forget him on the Bob Newhart show, the Love Boat and his many other hilarious TV and movie roles. Having honed his improvisational comedy skills in Chicago's famed Second City sketch comedy troupe, he rocketed to cult status for his roles in the Christopher Guest mockumentaries This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration. He has received three Emmy nominations for his recurring role on the TV series Everybody Loves Raymond and in 2010 received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on the ABC TV series Modern Family. His innumerable roles on television and as a guest on shows like Late Night with Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live and Mad TV make him one of the most recognized faces and voices in comedy in any media today and our pick for an Olympia Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. Thanks for all the laughs, Mr. Williard.
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Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment
Now Available as an eBook
with Margot F. Boyer, Liz Goodwin, Garth R. Johnson and Laurel Collier Smith
Pivotal work by local performer & educator Dr. Leticia Nieto
ABOUT THE OLYMPIA FILM SOCIETY The Olympia Film Society (OFS) was founded in 1980 by a local group of film enthusiasts who sought to share their love of cinematic art with the community. More than thirty years later, OFS continues to strive to enliven and enrich our community by presenting and fostering the development of independent and underrepresented film, music, and allied arts. The historic Capitol Theater is home to OFS and many friends and fans. Our movie palace of 1924 is located in the heart of downtown Olympia's Historic Theater District, the hub of entertainment, from great restaurants to peaceful parks and shops. OFS takes pride in preserving the historic purpose of the Capitol Theater through multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary programming.
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About The Capitol
The Capitol Theater, built in 1924, was the crowning glory of a succession of local theaters owned by E.A. Zabel and William Wilson. The two commissioned local architect Joseph Wohleb to design a “monument to amusement lovers in Olympia,” a luxurious “picture palace” that was designed for orchestras to accompany silent films. On October 7th, 1924, the Capitol Theater opened its doors to an audience of over one thousand people who came for an evening of festive entertainment including music, song, dance, movies, and community networking. For the next half century, the Zabel family operated the theater. The Capitol was used primarily as a film venue and as a home for vaudeville. In the early days, many films premiered here, including Tugboat Annie, Ring of Fire, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. There were also many performances by famous musicians and singers such as Judy Garland. Built in the Mission Revival/Beaux Arts style, the Capitol Theater features glazed terra cotta and circular leaded art-glass insets depicting the Greek Muses, designed by Northwest glass artist Raymond Nyson. Terra cotta masks designed by Polish illustrator W.T. Benda flank the backlit stained glass. The interior above the massive stage is crested with a large “C”—which you can still see today—and also originally featured the Pegasus you see on the exterior of the theater, along with golden angels and horns. Unfortunately, a fire in 1937 caused extensive damage, and much of the original interior was removed and replaced. In 2009, Mayor Doug Mah, the City of Olympia, and the Olympia Heritage Commission presented the Olympia Film Society with the Historic Preservation Award for replacing the rusty, dilapidated 1940s marquee with a newly fabricated replica of the Capitol Theater’s original 1930s marquee, simultaneously revealing and relighting the stained glass muses that had remained hidden for over 70 years. Today, as you pass by, you may catch a glimpse of what the theater was like in its younger days! Since 1986, the Olympia Film Society has continued to carry on the Capitol Theater’s tradition of hosting movies, concerts, and live stage performances, and is working to continue the renovation and preservation of one of Olympia’s most treasured landmarks! Source: Puget Sound Theater Organ Society, Eugene Nye, The Olympian, UW Archives, Audrey Henley, Shanna Stevenson, Olympiana, Historical Vignettes of Olympia, and the State Capitol Museum.
Photo courtesy of Meg Cunningham
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Thursday, 11/8 7:00 pm Jolie Holland pre-fest show Friday, 11/9 6:00 pm Velvet Goldmine w/ Todd Haynes 9:30 pm VIP Reception w/ Todd Haynes 10:30 pm Mystery Screening w/ special guest Saturday, 11/10 11:30 am Radical Recess 1:00 pm The Gang's All Here 1:00 pm Selected Shorts (at WA Center) 3:00 pm Bitch Magazine Presents: Sleepwalk & You Are Not I w/ Suzanne Fletcher 6:15 pm Sun Don't Shine w/ Amy Seimetz 8:45 pm Forbidden Zone w/ Richard Elfman Midnight ALL FREAKIN' NIGHT Santa Sangre Night Train to Terror Driller Killer Mo, the Boxer's Omen Eraserhead Sunday, 11/11 2:00 pm Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers w/ Kim O'Donnel 4:00 pm Monsieur Verdoux 7:00 pm Almayer's Folly w/ Chantal Akerman 10:30 pm Errors of the Human Body Monday, 11/12 5:00 pm You Make Me Feel So Young w/ Cast & Crew 7:15 pm The Green Wave 9:30 pm Caesar Must Die
Tuesday, 11/13 5:00 pm Gypsy Davy w/ Rachel Leah Jones 7:45 pm Best in Show w/ Fred Willard 10:00 pm Afterparty w/ Fred Willard 11:00 pm The Unspeakable Act Wednesday, 11/14 5:00 pm CineX Spotlight: Traveling Light 6:45 pm The Loneliest Planet 7:00 pm Smokin' Fish (at WA Center) 9:30 pm HUMP! Fest w/ Dan Savage Thursday, 11/15 6:00 pm Consuming Spirits w/ Chris Sullivan 9:30 pm Kung Fu Double Feature: Crippled Avengers and Fist of White Lotus Friday, 11/16 4:30 pm Crazy & Thief 6:00 pm Best of the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (at WA Center) 6:15 pm Night Across the Street 9:00 pm House of Wax 3D 11:15 pm Play Dead Saturday, 11/17 11:00 am Saturday Morning Confusion: A VHS Voyage into Crazy Kids' Stuff 1:30 pm Nothing But a Man 4:00 pm Somebody Up There Likes Me 6:00 pm Tabu 8:45 pm Rock n' Roll Hotel 11:30 pm Jake's on 4th Presents: The Queen Sunday, 11/18 11:30 am Take Me to the Balooney Bin! 12:00 pm Welcome O Life! (at WA Center) 2:00 pm Locals Only! 5:00 pm The Right Stuff w/ Philip Kaufman
www.olympiafilmfestival.org Olympia Film Society Identification as required by the U.S. Postal Code: This is the Olympia Film Festival Program Guide. The issue date is November 2012. This is Issue #29 of an annual non-profit publication, published by the Olympia Film Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit located at 416 Washington Street SE, Suite #208, Olympia, WA 98501.