Archive for November 21st, 2008

Historic photos from Seattle’s “film row”

November 21, 2008

Yesterday I got a call from KING5 news looking for leads on a story they were working on.  The reporter wanted photos of the old Lorraine Hotel, which is now the William Tell apartments in Belltown (and has just been sold).  He mentioned that the hotel once housed the likes of Clark Gable and other Hollywood royalty in its heyday.

According to a similar story in the Seattle Times:

The William Tell, originally known as the Lorraine Hotel, was built in 1925 in the middle of what then was Seattle’s “Film Row.” Major Hollywood studios all had distribution centers in Belltown, where Northwest theater managers would come to preview films and decide which ones to book in their theaters, according to the city’s 2007 historic-resources survey.

Managers, studio representatives and movie stars on publicity tours all reportedly stayed at the Lorraine, then one of Belltown’s few hotels.

Jerry Everard, co-owner of Belltown’s Rendezvous Jewel Box Theater, sent over these photos for the story.  Enjoy!

An update from our Board President, who also happens to be a prolific line producer

November 21, 2008

This just in from Jennifer Roth:

Greetings from the NWFF board president, the one who should have been blogging about the movies I line produced in Seattle over the last 6 months. I’ll try to submit more frequent production updates in the future.

I just completed two 35mm back-to-back features here in Seattle. In June I started on “World’s Greatest Dad”, a $4 million movie starring Robin Williams about a father who fakes a suicide note after his son dies in an auto-erotic asphyxiation accident…yes it’s every bit as hilarious as it sounds.

Exactly 6 weeks after principal photography wrapped on “World’s Greatest Dad”, cameras rolled on “The Whole Truth”, a $3.5 million screwball comedy with a twist. “The Whole Truth” sported a terrific ensemble cast including Elisabeth Rohm, Eric Roberts and Sean Patrick Flannery.

It’s not news that Seattle is awesome, for me working in our hometown has been amazing. By far the best part has been meeting working with so many wonderful qualified local people.  We have serious talent in this city and 99 percent of them aren’t jerks.

Film highs:

In both cases it was the directors. “World’s Greatest Dad” director Bobcat Goldthwait who made the uncompromisingly brilliant ‘Shakes the Clown” is the nicest and funniest director I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Local heroine Colleen Patrick created “The Whole Truth” with a unique and business plan and a lot of hope. She is the most enthusiastic, caring and delightful director ever. She’s a walking field of dreams and her enthusiasm is contagious, even for a cynic like me.

Film lows:

On “World’s Greatest Dad” after a few weeks of spectacular weather, Bobcat commented that he found all the references to our summer a little creepy. He said (rightly) “Yes it’s beautiful here, but in LA we call this…Tuesday”.  Is our weather so bad the rest of the year that we are THAT ecstatic about a sunny day?

On “The Whole Truth” when an extra approached Eric Roberts and said “I don’t know anything about you except that you are Julia’s brother” – What??!! really lady??? “Runaway Train”, “Star 80”???!!! Eric handled it like a pro and charmed her, my stomach hurt all day.

I’m off to New York next week, more later…