Archive for May 4th, 2010

Mother’s Day Special

May 4, 2010

Mother’s Day is sneaking right up, and so are the ticket pre-sales for our special presentation of Peter Pan!  It’s no suprise; this is the perfect way to spend the day, if you ask me:

Peter Pan – Special Mother’s Day Event

A CD Release party and screening of Peter Pan, with live harp accompaniment by Leslie McMichael

Special refreshments for all mothers and children!

Live music gives new life to this amazing 1924 classic version of Peter Pan, lovingly restored after having been “misplaced” for over 70 years.

Three years ago Northwest Film Forum commissioned renowned harpist Leslie McMichael to compose a new score for Herbert Brenon’s black and white masterpiece, which stars Betty Bronson, Ernest Torrence, and Anna May Wong. After our premiere, McMichael took the score on the road and has performed it to the delight of audiences all over the country. Now she’s recorded a CD of the score, which will be available at the performance on May 9.  Prepare to fly to another place and time, where magic is in the air and children never have to grow up.

Appropriate for all ages.

“Bronson literally soars in the title role, beautifully capturing the character’s alternating strains of puckishness, petulance and occasional melancholy at the prospect of growing up”—Bright Lights Film Journal

“With three different kinds of harps, McMichael creates a soundscape that is both varied in texture and tone, alternating between the various sounds with cinematic panache. Her score shifts between a distinctly Irish rogue for Hook and his men, and Celtic soothsaying arpeggios for Peter, Wendy, and their families. The mermaids…are given the lush, grainy sound of an electric harp, their glistening tail fins perfectly matching the shimmering, unorthodox sound that in effect is more like a pedal steel than anything else…It’s hard to imagine what the more standard musical accompaniment would have been, now with the harp washing over all the sepia-toned images.” —Ali Marcus, Rivet Magazine
More info and tickets here

Jafar Panahi Petition!

May 4, 2010

From our dear friend Kathleen Murphy, please re-post!

Dear members of the Seattle film community,
It’s been suggested that we join critics groups, film festivals and many American filmmakers in making a statement about director Jafar Panahi’s imprisonment in Iran. Please read the statement below and if you support the language and the position, please let me know and I will add your name to the list of undersigned.

Please repostin other venues for it. While we may not have an impact on Iran’s government, I think it is very important to stand up for Panahi and any other artist who suffers under a repressive regime.
Kathleen Murphy

In March 2010, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi (The White Balloon, The Circle, Crimson Gold and Offside) was arrested and locked up in Tehran’s Evin prison, initially for “unspecified crimes,” then on charges directly related to his work. Though Mr. Panahi’s award-winning films have brought credit to his native land, his countrymen have been banned from seeing his work during the last ten years. Worse yet, this outstanding director has essentially been prevented from making movies in recent years. Panahi suffers from a heart condition and there are serious concerns about his health.

Filmmakers, film festivals and film critics all over the world have protested the incarceration of Mr. Panahi, a respected artist who should enjoy the freedom to make and screen movies for the pleasure and admiration of audiences everywhere.

As members of the film community in Seattle, Washington, we (the undersigned) deplore the detention of Jafar Panahi and strongly urge the government of Iran to release him immediately.