Museum of Modern Art acquiring “Police Beat”
From an email by Robinson Devor:
The Museum of Modern Art is acquiring Police Beat as part of its permanent collection, thanks in no small part to Michael Seirwarth’s tireless promotion of the film (even after he left his NWFF post).
Devor is the movie’s director. Until last year, Seirwarth ran the Northwest Film Forum. Charles Mudede wrote the script for Police Beat based on his always riveting musings on crime and punishment at the Stranger. Below, a portion of an earlier interview with Mudede.
Had you envisioned your column as a movie?
Never. Rob (director Robinson Devor) suggested it. I started writing it in 1999. Emily White was editor at the time, and it was her idea. Cops enter a variety of homes in a way that’s staggering. Seattle has a lot of little worlds, and there is no other way for these kinds of things to surface in the public record.
Somebody kills a goose in a park, somebody rips open a package of raw meat and eats it in a supermarket, somebody tries to walk across Lake Washington. Also, there are serious crimes. Bodies turn up.
Yes, the dead. They never know how their stories end.
Seirwarth confirmed that acquring is the right word, as it suggests a process. Police Beat has a final museum committee to impress before it joins the museum’s holdings in two weeks.
The Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery and the Frye do not own their own copy. Seirwarth says Seattle lacks a museum culture that considers movies as art and worth collecting. Video yes, movies no.