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Happy Endings She’s a novelist. He’s a screenwriter. Now they’re making a life together in Bellevue.
By Megan Campbell
t’s the fifth century in Ireland. That’s as specific as the timing gets, because that’s how legends work. St. Brigit, having earned a place in the Catholic church after being born a slave, was popular among the poor and known for her compassion toward women. She did annoy St. Patrick, though. Her complaints about women forced to wait around for proposals that might never come irked him to such an extent he declared that every four years, on leap day, a woman could propose to a man. Now it’s Feb. 29, 2004 in Los Angeles, the night of the Academy Awards. Screenwriter Stephen Susco had just returned from Tokyo after wrapping up production drafts for the 2004 horror film The Grudge. He began researching “The Ladies’ Privilege” for another project and, offhand, shared the legend with his girlfriend Bridget Foley, a recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
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LISTEN | Concerts at Marymoor
Every year, King County Parks brings in A-list musicians for three months of outdoor concerts in Redmond’s Marymoor Park. 2015’s line-up includes sounds for everyone, including indie rock, outlaw country, reggae, or film scores. Artists playing in June include A.R. Rahman, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (performing the music of John Williams) and Willie Nelson with Alison Krauss and her band Union Station. When: Various dates June 14-Sept. 19. Full schedule: marymoorconcerts.com Where: Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy N.E., Redmond
WATCH | SIFF at the Kirkland Performance Center
Just as the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center and Lincoln Square Cinemas are finishing up their programming for the Seattle International Film Festival, the Kirkland Performance Center is picking up the final week of festival programming on the Eastside. The KPC will screen 18 films, beginning with Good Ol’ Boy on June 1. We at The Eastside Scene personally recommend 3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets, a riveting documentary about the fatal shooting of Jacksonville, Florida teen Jordan Davis over the volume of a car stereo and shooter Michael Dunn’s subsequent court proceedings, dubbed the “loud music trial” in the media. When: June 1-June 7 (Schedule of programming on page 9) Where: 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland
LAUGH | Norm Macdonald
After canceling a performance in Bellevue earlier this year, Norm Macdonald — former SNL Weekend Update anchor, actor and stand-up — is back to make good. One only need look at the 2008 Roast of Bob Saget to appreciate Macdonald’s comic genius. Asked by a producer to make his work “edgier,” Norm decided to swing in the opposite direction, pulling out a sweater jacket, pipe and evening newspaper for an evening of corny dad jokes — allegedly written by his own father. When: June 19 and June 20 Where: 700 Bellevue Way N.E., Ste. 300, Bellevue
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In Norse mythology, Valhalla is a celebratory hall where half of those who die in combat can feast and prepare to aid Odin in the future apocalyptic event known as Ragnarok. The Viking battle at LefseFest in Issaquah won’t be sending anyone to Asgard (there’s only so muchdamage foam rubber can do) but the warriors — and guests — will at least be able to enjoy a Scandinavian pancake, music and traditional wares at this heritage festival. When: June 6 Where: Issaquah Valley Senior Center, 75 N.E. Creek Way, Issaquah
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Happy endings Continued from cover page Later, they waited for the Oscars to start. The ceremony is a huge deal for them — they even refer to it as the “Hollywood Super Bowl.” They passed the time with chardonnay and Indian food. Then they wrestled. In a flash, Foley pinned Susco to the floor. She looked down at him, into his eyes, and the playful moment turned suddenly very serious. “You should really marry me, you know.” They took their vows in the fall of 2005. The couple now lives in Bellevue, raising their family, a son, 7, and a daughter, 1 ½. The couple shares a family, but they also share a passion for the written word. Susco continues to write for films, while Foley debuted her first novel, Hugo & Rose, under St. Martin’s Press in May. Susco’s latest film, Beyond the Reach starring four-time Golden Globe winner Michael Douglas, released in select theaters and video on demand in April. Based of the 1972 novel Deathwatch by Robb White, the cat-and-mouse thriller follows a corporate shark, played by Douglas, on a hunting trip gone wrong. This is the seventh film Susco’s name has appeared on, though he’s written upwards of 90. He’s probably best known for The Grudge, which grossed nearly $40 million on its opening weekend. “It’s more like a craft than an art,” he said
of scriptwriting. The pair described the difficult and sometimes brutal process of turning in a script and watching it morph into a film. “There are a lot of differences between script and screen,” Susco said. “But it’s OK.” It’s the way this business works. After 20 years in screenwriting, Susco said he’s made his peace with it. “I never wanted to fall out of love with movie making,” he said. “If I have (a story) I really care about, I need to write a book, because it will always be what I thought it would be.” Producers must account for real-world conditions, like weather, and budgetary constraints like the costs associated working with wild animals. They will make changes in order to adapt the imagined world to reality. Foley’s taken her own shot at screenwriting, but said the loss of creative ownership turned her off to the idea of a career in film. So in 2010, when she woke from a dream that would eventually inspire the story for Hugo & Rose, she realized her idea could only exist as a book. “I can do anything I want in a book,” she said. “I have all the money I need in my head.” The novel follows Rose, an unsatisfied housewife with a seemingly perfect life. But every night she dreams of Hugo, who is not her husband. Rose and Hugo have grown up, lived and adventured through a magical dream world.
But life goes awry when Rose meets the man of her dreams in reality. Foley plans to dress like a homemaker, yoga pants and all, for her book-signing at The Elliott Bay Book Company bookstore on Capitol Hill at 7 p.m. June 1. The creative couple has happily enjoyed life on the Eastside for nearly a year. Susco, now 42, and Foley, now 37, realized it was time to move out of Hollywood when their then-3-year-old son, Harpar, was reading billboards sporting pornography advertisements. “LA is a very difficult place to be a parent in,” Foley said. They moved to Susco’s home state, Pennsylvania, where they spent a few years on a horse farm. Susco quickly found himself
missing family time, as work required he regularly fly out to LA. Last year, in a 48-hour consideration of the Pacific Northwest, Susco took a car, found a house to rent and fell in love with Washington. He had never visited before that, but knew this was the next place they’d call home. “It was so gorgeous,” he said. “(Plus) I could have breakfast with the kids in the morning, fly out to LA (for work) and be back by midnight.” They’re still not sure what the future holds. If a current project pans out for Susco, the family might end up in Europe for a while. For now, they’ll continue life in the Evergreen State.
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ven approaching middle age, Cabaret remains one of the stage’s most fascinating morality plays about the power of apathy to beget evil. Yet something’s amiss in Village Theatre’s production (playing in Issaquah through July 3): The Nazis rising to power outside the walls of the Kit Kat Klub are relegated to the role of special guest stars. Sure, every 20 minutes or so our hero Cliff Bradshaw (Brian Earp) will casually mention he’s reading Mein Kampf to understand local politics, or the Klub’s Emcee (Jason Collins) and ensemble singers will rip off a flamboyant costume to reveal a swastika. But, instead of adding up in a slow and menacing arithmetic, these moments feel somehow tacked on and the story’s tragedy ultimately seems like the doing of a devil in the machine. Otherwise, this is undeniably a wellcrafted show, high in energy and crackling with strong performances on the most beautifully crafted set of the season. Billie Wildrick walks the fine line separating Sally Bowles’ manic charm and grating selfishness with grace; her singing voice is a small miracle that doesn’t really produce loaves and fishes until her climactic titular solo. Anne Allgood is another standout as Fraulein Schneider, lending her a dignity as proud as it is comically tenuous, particularly in her bickerings with her mischievous tenant/working girl Fraulein
Kost (Nicole Beerman). Cabaret easily takes home the award for visuals. If No Way To Treat a Lady’s set design was notable for clean, cartoonish minimalism, Cabaret’s is a maximalist, textured (and literally textual) feast of stuff. The Kit Kat Klub is a womb of light and motion crowded on all sides by the scraps, swastikas, posters, propaganda and news clippings of the Nazi era in Germany. This theme creeps into scene changes: Bradshaw’s apartment wall is a page from the show’s original source novel Goodbye to Berlin. The obsession with paper ephemera works powerfully as a visual metaphor for black-and-white reality creeping in on the characters’ delusions. In the end, this show may be too reliant on its visuals to reinforce the rise of the Third Reich. It takes chutzpah for sure: Most stories suffer for holding the audience’s hand too tightly. But Village was too quick to let go and, in doing so, lost track of one of Cabaret’s most important themes.
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he Paciﬁc Northwest sparkling wine scene is in a dynamic state right now, and it’s only going to get better and more interesting in the years go come. At Michelle Sparkling Wines (formerly Domaine Ste. Michelle), longtime bubble master Rick Casqueiro retired this spring and was succeeded by Paula Eakin, who has worked for the company for more than 20 years. On the south shore of Lake Chelan, Karma Vineyards’ focus on sparkling wine is paying off, as it is crafting some of the best anywhere. And we should expect a veritable explosion of sparkling wine in the Willamette Valley in the next few years, as Andrew Davis (formerly of Argyle Winery) has launched Radiant Sparkling Wine Co. Davis is helping several wineries make small lots of sparkling wine (minimum of 300 cases) by providing the expertise and equipment to riddle, disgorge, cork and label. We recently conducted a comprehensive blind judging of Northwest sparkling wines the summer issue of Wine Press Northwest magazine. Below are some of the ﬁnest we tasted. For the complete list, go to www. winepressnw.com. Karma Vineyards 2011 Brut, Columbia Valley, $50: Cornell-trained winemaker Craig Mitrakul is crafting some of the Northwest’s most delicious sparkling wines along the south shore of Lake Chelan. This bright, dry bubbly opens with aromas of white ﬂowers, mango and brioche, followed by ﬂavors of lemon yogurt, cream and pineapple. The silky mouth feel is
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y the time this magazine comes out, there will still be one more week of screenings for the 41st Seattle International Film Festival. But two-thirds of the festival is over and its movies won’t be seen again until their official release. Here are some of the movies we saw, and our impressions — for better or worse. ............................................................................................By Daniel Nash
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Since the Apple co-founder’s death, many writers and ﬁlmmakers have vied to present the ultimate warts-andall portrait of Steve Jobs. But Alex Gibney’s takedown forgets the “all” altogether. The problem is this: People already know Jobs was an asshole. This documentary adds nothing new to that discussion while omitting any and all redeeming information. At more than two hours, with little sense of chronological or thematic structure, this movie is less exhaustive than exhausting.
Joshua Oppenheimer’s 2012 documentary The Act of Killing quietly distinguished itself to this reviewer as thoughtful, unﬂinching about its subject matter (it followed the contemporary lives of perpetrators of the 1965-66 Indonesian genocide against alleged communists) and unusually cinematic. It asked important questions about human morality and the banality of evil. For Western audiences, the alienness of Indonesian culture translated into an overwhelming sense of unreality. One could be forgiven for assuming Oppenheimer’s new companion ﬁlm, The Look of Silence, merely ﬂips the switch by following the surviving family of a man killed in the genocide. But Oppenheimer searches for new ground in his methodology. The Look of Silence leans into a singular storytelling style — the people, places and events are real, but it seems like we’re watching a ﬁctional story. The result is a story that carries less density than its predecessor, yet also lacks its emotional resonance, its sense of personal journey and its ultimate catharsis.
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Soft-spoken and slow, this Basque drama by Jon Garano and Jose Mari Goenaga nevertheless carries a powerful message that will linger long after the credits. By telling the story of two characters who leave each other ﬂowers anonymously — for different reasons — it examines the meaning people assign to simple gestures. Consequently, the story refuses to dive right into emotional motivations and instead allows the audience to ebb and bob in the ripples.
SIFF’s opening night gala ﬁlm, the Paul Feig-directed Melissa McCarthy vehicle Spy, is only masquerading as a mainstream comedy. There’s a lot of heart and brains wedged between the slapstick and fart jokes. McCarthy is endlessly charming as an overly self-deprecating and put-upon analyst turned ﬁeld agent. Fans of espionage and action ﬁlms will appreciate this ﬂick’s take on genre
With the opening premise of School of Rock and the emotional stakes of a drama like Flight, Pat Mills’ darkly comedic Guidance is a bullseye. This ﬁlm — about a selfdestructive former child star who fakes his way into a job as a guidance counselor — eschews easy and tired lessons about the healing power of youth (see: School of Rock, Bad Teacher, Bad News Bears, etc.) for a roughshod, skidding crash into self-acceptance.
SIFF in Kirkland A quick and dirty guide to Festival films playing at the Kirkland Performance Center Good Ol’ Boy/Opening Night Gala | 8 p.m. Growing up a 10-year-old boy in ’70s suburban America, all Smith wants to do is watch “Happy Days”, play with his Star Wars figurines, and hang out with the girl-nextdoor. But things aren’t so easy when his father insists on pushing his Indian heritage on him every second of every day.
Ghadi | 6 p.m. In this irresistible and charming fable, the clueless residents of a tiny Lebanese village get touched by an angel when an imaginative and resourceful father hatches a plan to outsmart their intolerance for his young son born with Down syndrome. Strangerland | 8:30 p.m. When two teenagers go missing in the Australian outback on the eve of a massive dust storm, their parents Catherine (Nicole Kidman) and Matthew Parker (Joseph Fiennes) see their fragile world crumble when the assigned police officer (Hugo Weaving) starts digging into their past.
3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets | 6 p.m. In 2012, Michael Dunn shot at four African American teenagers over the volume of their rap music, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis. This riveting Sundance prize-winner dives right in, combining trial footage, exclusive interviews, and even the defendant’s phone calls from prison. Next Time I’ll Aim For The Heart | 8:30 p..m. A 1970s-set chilling chronicle of notorious French serial killer Alain Lamare, who also happened to be the highly efficient and meticulous model policeman tasked with apprehending the killer. A heart-pumping thriller with a strong turn from Guillaume Canet.
Sherry & The Mystery of Palo Cortado | 6 p.m. Dusting off antiquated notions about what once was Spain’s most important export, this documentary examines the culture and creation of sherry, with special focus on the “palo cortado,” a type of sherry which oxidizes spontaneously, releasing the most complex and coveted flavors. Henri Henri | 8:30 p.m. In Québec’s enchanting answer to Amélie (with flourishes of Jacques Tati), a young orphan with a gift for fixing lights receives the shock of his life when his nun caretakers sell their convent and force him out to face the vast and strange world all by himself.
Key House Mirror | 3 p.m. This twilight-years romance illustrates the blooming relationship between Lily, a woman who must take care of her mute and immobile older husband and deal with her beginning
stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and Erik, a man with Parkinson’s with whom she accidentally falls in love. The Killing Field of Dr. Haing S. Ngor | 6 p.m. Dr. Haing S. Ngor, the only Asian to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar® (The Killing Fields), used his fame to speak out against Pol Pot’s regime and the Vietnamese occupation of Cambodia until his still unsolved murder in 1996. A riveting and eye-opening look at a pivotal moment in history through a heroic life. The Price of Fame | 8:30 p.m. Based on an unbelievable true story, this upbeat French comedy follows two lovable crooks who decide to exhume Charlie Chaplin’s remains shortly after his death in 1977 and hold him for ransom.
Challat of Tunis | 12 p.m. A masked assailant rides through the Tunisian capital on a motor scooter slashing the backsides of women in jeans and short skirts in Kaouther Ben Hania’s genre-bending mockumentary about sexist attitudes in Arab culture.
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Love, Theft and Other Entanglements | 2:30 p.m. Shot in stylish black and white, this Palestinian dark comedy centers on bumbling car thief Mousa who’s in the wrong place at the wrong time, inadvertently inserting himself into the delicate negotiations of far more powerful forces. North American Premiere. My Skinny Sister | 5:30 p.m. My Skinny Sister dives into the love-hate relationship between siblings as shown through the eyes of chubby and awkward 12-year-old Stella and her anorexic older sister, Katja. North American Premiere. The Sacred Arrow | 8:15 p.m. A thousand-year-old Tibetan archery competition sets the stage for this tale of passion, jealousy, honor, tradition, and love as rival villages clash amid breathtaking scenery.
Paper Planes | 12 p.m. Robert Connelly’s charming crowd-pleaser follows 12-year-old Dylan as he folds his way to the World Paper Championships in Japan. Our Summer in Provence | 5:30 p.m. After their parents separate, teens Léa and Adrien are sent to stay with their grandparents at a remote village in France. At first reluctant, the siblings eventually come to enjoy the locals and town festivities in this effervescent family comedy. Excuse My French | 8 p.m. In this family comedy and Egyptian box office smash, 12-year-old Hany, a precocious kid from a privileged Coptic Christian family, must adjust when a change in circumstances sends him to the local majority-Muslim public school.
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nce upon a time, Pat Mills was a child actor on the Canadian sketch series You Can’t Do That on Television. Then he quit acting — for 20 years. Now he’s written, directed and starred in his debut feature Guidance, about a closeted, alcoholic and manic former child star who decides, golly, he just has so much to teach today’s children. Mills took time out from SIFF to answer our questions. Interview by Daniel Nash
First off, I just watched this film last night and I have to say that Guidance is probably my favorite movie to come out of the festival so far. Thank you, that’s so nice to hear. In it, you play a former child star who’s become an absolute mess as an adult and decides he’s going to fake his way into a job as a guidance counselor. How did you develop this idea? I came up with the character first and the idea came out of that. What I kind of did was I was writing another teen movie that focused on the younger characters and I found myself wanting to give these teenagers advice from a writer’s perspective. Over time that desire morphed into a character all his own, David. I’ve always been inspired by dark comedies with crazy behavior. It kind of evolved from my idea of this person and how he would act in this high school environment.
I think what struck me the most about your film is that it shares an opening premise with School of Rock — so it’s this undeniable comedy on one side of things — but it has the emotional stakes of a serious drama like Flight. I found myself genuinely cringing at a lot of the choices made by your character David, like taking shots with students in his office. Basically, I made this out of the Canadian funding system, the Canadian Feature Film Fund. And my thought was, as a Canadian film it’s going to be looked at as an alternative film anyway, so why not go for it? I wanted something comedic but also something Hollywood wouldn’t do. It can’t have the budget of School of Rock, so it was unnecessary to try to make it a big mainstream comedy. It still has these big comedic moments but it’s also able to go to these darker places that a mainstream comedy can’t. The film that inspired it the most is Young Adult, where Charlize Theron plays another faded star who has all these problems.
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You wrote and directed Guidance, but I understand you hadn’t originally planned to star in the movie as David. How did that come about? That basically happened because we couldn’t find the lead. For whatever reason, things weren’t clicking in casting. So when we were auditioning some of the younger
cast, I would go up with the actors and stand in to read the lines to them. That seemed to work, so then the producers decided I had to audition to play David. That was awkward, writing a character for a film you’re going to direct and then auditioning for the part for your producers. It’s a lot like your parents watching you masturbate. Like David, you were a child performer yourself, on the kids show You Can’t Do That on Television. How closely do you relate to him and his coping mechanisms? The child star thing not so much but I do feel like I’m a bit stuck in high school, emotionally. As a result I think I’m really sensitive to the needs of teenagers and when I’ve worked with teenagers we really seem to connect. So if you’re able to connect with the emotional state of teens as an adult, that starts to make you feel like, “Is there something wrong with me?” That’s an issue that David has. I don’t think that makes me a total trainwreck like he is, but he’s an exaggerated version of a person that has problems that I can identify with. I heard that you had to pay a hefty fine to the Canadian actors’ union to perform in your own movie. That’s true. It was a big pain in the ass because we did the movie in the union before we knew I’d play David. I stopped acting in the early ‘90s and stopped paying dues. I was kicked out of ACTRA so to go ahead with the movie I had to pay dues from 1994 to 2013, which came out to something like $3,000. And when you’re doing an independent film you don’t have a lot of money, so that’s a lot to have to pay. And that was sort of heartbreaking. But in the end it was worth it, because now that I’m back in the union. What’s next for the movie? It will be playing some festivals, probably some gay and lesbian festivals over here, then it’s going to South Korea to screen in a youth film festival. It’s just been great to receive the attention we’ve had so far because with your first film you don’t expect to be exposed. Because it’s still an underdog little movie, it’s been really wonderful.
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LUMINETTE® PRIVACY SHEERS
May 5 – June 30, 2015
ON ANY OF THE FOLLOWING PURCHASES:
1 Luminette® Privacy Sheer
(plus $100 rebate each additional unit) 1 Skyline® Gliding Window Panels
Shine the light. Design the light. Hunter Douglas window fashions allow you to do so much with light. Illuminate, soften or darken your spaces. Create a shimmering glow, dramatic rays, a soothing retreat. Design with light and see the difference it makes. Ask for details.
(plus $100 rebate each additional unit) 2 Pirouette® Window Shadings
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(plus $50 rebate each additional unit) 4 Duette® Honeycomb Shades
(plus $25 rebate each additional unit)
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14102 NE 21st Street, Bellevue, WA 98007
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In-Home Decorator appointments available daytimes Monday through Saturday and evenings Monday through Thursday. Serving the Eastside and Seattle since 1984.
* Manufacturer’s mail-in rebate offer valid for qualifying purchases made 5/5/15 – 6/30/15 from participating dealers in the U.S. only. A qualifying purchase is defined as a purchase of any of the product models set forth above in the quantities set forth above. If you purchase less than the specified quantity, you will not be entitled to a rebate. Offer excludes Nantucket ™ Window Shadings, a collection of Silhouette Window Shadings. Rebate will be issued in the form of a prepaid reward card and mailed within 6 weeks of rebate claim receipt. Funds do not expire. Subject to applicable law, a $2.00 monthly fee will be assessed against card balance 7 months after card issuance and each month thereafter. Additional limitations may apply. Ask participating dealer for details and rebate form. ©2015 Hunter Douglas. All rights reserved. All trademarks used herein are the property of Hunter Douglas. 49970
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