Archive for April 15th, 2009

NWFF and 826 Seattle present a sneak-peek of AWAY WE GO

April 15, 2009

Northwest Film Forum is proud to collaborate with 826 in presenting a special sneak-peek screening of Away We Go, a new film from Focus Features and director Sam Mendes. The event, a benefit for 826 Seattle, will be held Saturday, May 9, 2009, at 5pm at the Harvard Exit Theater on Capitol Hill. Screenwriter Dave Eggers attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening.

Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) from an original screenplay by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, Away We Go is a funny and heartfelt film that follows an expectant couple (John Krasinski of The Office and Maya Rudolph of Saturday Night Live), as they travel the U.S. in search of the perfect place to raise their family. Along the way, misadventures and renewed connections with relatives and old friends help them discover “home” on their own terms for the first time. The movie features the music of Alexi Murdoch. The film is due to open with a wide release this summer.

Screenwriter Dave Eggers is the bestselling author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and What is the What. He is also the publisher and founder of 826 National. His screenwriting credits also include the forthcoming 2009 release Where the Wild Things Are. His wife, Vendela Vida, co-wrote the Away We Go screenplay. Her other writing credits include Girls on the Verge and And Now You Can Go.

All proceeds from the evening go to support 826 Seattle’s programs. 826 Seattle is the city’s only writing center entirely dedicated to helping students, ages 6 to 18, improve their written communication skills. All 826 programs are structured around the belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to a young person’s future success. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, 826 Seattle offers free after-school tutoring, special writing workshops, class field trips, in-school programs, and publishing opportunities for Seattle students to improve their ability to communicate effectively in writing.

More information about 826 Seattle can be found at

Tickets are $25 ($20 for Northwest Film Forum members and active 826 Seattle volunteers) and are available here.


Going to Tallahassee this weekend? Catch LITTLE DIZZLE!

April 15, 2009

The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle plays its third film festival this weekend, making its Florida premiere at the Tallahassee Film Festival this Friday.

Sounds like there is already some excitement building for the film down there:

Films with ‘crazy buzz’
…Organizers also looked to well-established festivals such as South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, to cherry-pick movies that were hits with audiences.

Tallahassee Film Festival programmer Chris Faupel is banking on an oddball, surreal comedy titled “The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle,” which is being screened Friday night at FSU’s Student Life Cinema.

“This film got crazy buzz when it was shown (in Austin),” Faupel said. “You couldn’t get on a bus and ride from one end of the street to the other without hearing people talking about it. There was real excitement over this one.”
Tallahassee Democrat

“Here are five films that are really worth seeking out:
*”The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle” (9:30 p.m. Friday at the FSU Student Life Cinema) — Just what a film fest needs — a ribald, weird and goofy story about night janitors who eat experimental cookies that cause men to give “birth” to little blue fishes.”

SWEET CRUDE benefit tonight

April 15, 2009

Here’s a fine last minute suggestion for your evening plans:


In April 2008, Seattle-based filmmaker Sandy Cioffi and crew members Sean Porter, Tammi Sims and Cliff Worsham returned to the Niger Delta to finish the documentary Sweet Crude. While on their way to a shoot, they and their Nigerian guide Joel Bisina were picked up on the waterways by the Nigerian military. They were held in military prison and interrogated for a week. Thanks to a huge effort by many friends, family, organizations and elected officials who brought pressure on the Nigerian government, they were released. But their footage was confiscated for good.

On their way to prison, during a terrifying truck ride under armed guard, music helped the crew make it through the night. They created a spontaneous iPod playlist and the powerful songs gave them comfort and hope.

Come hear the songs that made the difference that night – the Sweet Crude Freedom Mix performed by a fabulous group of singer/songwriters. And help raise finishing funds for Sweet Crude.

Your glass. Your voice. Your spirits. Your awareness. Cold hard cash.


The Playlist Singers: Karen Pernick, Jen Todd, Mel Watson, Erin McKeown, Karyn Schwartz, Zoë Lewis, Jennifer Sutherland
The Playlist Band: Jen Todd, Mel Watson, Erin McKeown, Pam Barger, Barbara Marino, Kate Wolf

Date: April 15, 2009
Location: The Triple Door
216 Union Street
Seattle, WA
Show Times: Two shows: 6:00pm and 9:00pm
Ticket Information: Suggested donation: $30 – $1,000
Purchase online at or by phone at 206.838.4333
For more information about Sweet Crude, visit