“I am Secretly an Important Man” to close Local Sightings

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The new documentary about poet Jesse Bernstein will screen at the Moore Theatre on October 6 with director Peter Sillen in attendance.  Local Sightings is a celebration of Northwest filmmaking achievements that takes place at the Film Forum October 1-6, 2010.

Seattle, WA — Northwest Film Forum has announced that the closing night film of this year’s Local Sightings Film Festival will be director Peter Sillen’s new documentary, I am Secretly an Important Man. The West coast premiere of the film will take place at the Moore Theatre on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, a symbolic location, as it is where Bernstein once shared the stage with his mentor, William S. Burroughs. The film will then open theatrically at the Film Forum where it will play October 22-28.

Directed and co-produced by Peter Sillen and executive produced by Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudson of Parts & Labor (Old Joy, Wild Tigers I Have Known), I am Secretly an Important Man examines the life, work, addiction and mental illness of poet, musician and performance artist Steven Jesse Bernstein. Best known for his recordings on Sub Pop Records and his close relationship with William S. Burroughs, Bernstein was a fixture of the Seattle arts scene until his suicide in 1991. He opened for artists including Nirvana, Big Black and Soundgarden and counted Kurt Cobain and Oliver Stone among his notable fans.

The film features interviews with many recognizable Northwest faces, including Larry Reid (promoter and art curator), Slim Moon (music producer/KillRockStars), Dave Rosencrans (curator and music producer), Bruce Pavitt (producer, SubPop) and Steve Fisk (sound engineer and producer), among others.

Peter Sillen is a New York based documentary filmmaker. Best known for his low-tech approach and sensitivity to his subjects and their environment, Sillen’s previous works include Speed Racer: Welcome to the World of Vic Chesnutt (1994) and Benjamin Smoke (2000). Sillen received grants from the Jerome Foundation and Creative Capital for his work on I am Secretly an Important Man and has screened his films at a wide array of festivals and venues including the Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, South By Southwest, Slamdance, the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music and San Francisco’s Castro Theater.

For more information about Local Sightings, please visit www.localsightings.org.

Tickets for the October 6 event will be available through Seattle Theatre Group at www.stgpresents.org. Tickets for the theatrical run will be available at www.nwfilmforum.org.

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