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.
Archive for February 10th, 2009
Impress Your Valentine With One of Cinema’s Greatest Romances
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Northwest Film Forum’s 69 series celebrates one of cinema’s greatest couples! These films were made by two great French filmmakers who were married for 28 years. Both offspring of the French New Wave, directors Agnes Varda and Jacques Demy achieved their first successes with films released in 1961- Demy with Lola and Varda with Cleo From 5 To 9. The two were married the following year.
We are pleased to present a pair of feature films made individually and simultaneously by the couple at the end of that decade while in Los Angeles. Released in 1969, Demy’s Model Shop and Varda’s Lion’s Love are both unique takes on relationships, counter culture, and and the banality of LA. Both are alternately exquisite and flawed, and both are most definitely worth seeing on 35mm in the cinema.
February 13-19 at 6:30pm
The first and only Hollywood movie from French director Jacques Demy is a poetic tale of human disarray, transient happiness and love lost. A semi-sequel to Lola, which also stars Anouk Amiée, Model Shop focuses on a directionless young architect who quits his job and bums off his friends. But the film’s star is the city of Los Angeles, whose boulevards, parking lots and supermarkets Demy photographs with the same blend of wonder and authenticity that characterizes his French films.
February 13-19 at 8:30pm
While her husband Jacques Demy was shooting Model Shop, director Agnes Varda took a very different cinematic approach in capturing the banal beauty of Los Angeles. Lion’s Love is an imaginative, cinema verité-like fiction film starring Gerome Ragnai, James Rado (the composers of Hair) and Warhol superstar Viva as a ménage-à-trois looking for a future in LA. Filmmaker Shirley Clarke (The Cool World) plays a fictionalized version of herself attempting to get studio financing for a film project.