Archive for May 18th, 2010

More on Jafar Panahi’s Detainment

May 18, 2010

From the Telegraph

(Jafar) Panahi was due to take his place on the Cannes jury this year. Instead, he is incarcerated in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, after he was arrested for unspecified crimes. The festival has left an empty chair on the jury panel. (video here)

Attention documentarians

May 18, 2010

While filmmakers in the US were making such pictures Hendrixas Woodstock and Gimme Shelter, Academy Award winning filmmaker Murray Lerner was in England trying to capitalize on the marriage of movies and music by filming what would ostensibly be the last great concert of its kind, the Isle of Wight Festival. There Lerner filmed dozens of the music worlds most talented acts.

Of his films from that time, Northwest Film Forum will screen films on The Who, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen amongst others in our series 40 Years On: Murray Lerner’s Isle of Wight Films (May 21-27). While in attendance for these screenings, Lerner will also be teaching an essential documentary workshop. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to learn from this legendary filmmaker. A few slots are still open, make sure your one of the lucky to learn from a master.

Here are the details:

Documentary Workshop and Critique with Murray Lerner
Sunday, May 23, 4-7pm
Instructor: Murray Lerner
Tuition: $15/WigglyWorld members, $20/general
Max Attendance: 12

Legendary documentary filmmaker Murray Lerner  (Festival!, Message to Love) will be here to offer his tips and feedback for documentary producers. Murray has exposed the gritty scenes behind music festivals with a penetrating eye. It takes tenacity and courage to expose an audience to an unfamiliar reality. In this small group workshop, discuss documentary techniques and come prepared to have Murray watch a few minutes of your work to get a critique with the benefit from his vast experience.

Register for Documentary Workshop with Murray Lerner

Seeking a House Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

May 18, 2010

Northwest Film Forum is hiring for two positions, one paid, and one volunteer:

House Manager

Northwest Film Forum is seeking a House Manager to start early June 2010.

This position is an important one for the organization as this person will often be the first ‘face’ the public sees before shows and events. The person who wins this position will be outgoing, good with numbers, an able manager of volunteers, and willing to collaborate with fellow staff inside an always dynamic  workplace.  He or she oversees the lobby, the box office, concessions and is responsible for upkeep of audience support facilities such as the marquee, cinemas, sidewalk, hallways and the restrooms (which includes janitorial duties).  He or she runs the cash register and takes ultimate responsibility for box office cash handling and ticketing.  He or she oversees, schedules, and trains box office staff, with a focus on customer relations, is the front of house point person for special guests and festivals, and takes a leadership role in developing ticketing, lobby membership sales and concession systems and budgeting.  He or she works with program staff on special event scheduling, management and staffing; with the technical director on theater operations, audience and lobby issues; and with the executive director on front of house goals.  He or she manages and schedules all front of house volunteers.

This is a .65 percent salaried position, and comes with benefits.
Please email letters of interest and resumes to by May 27. No calls of inquiry, please.

Volunteer Coordinator – part time unpaid

Northwest Film Forum seeks an outgoing, responsible and detail-oriented Volunteer Coordinator.  The volunteer coordinator is the liaison between the intern and volunteer corps at the organization and the staff.  The volunteer coordinator works with the administrative and events staff to fill volunteer positions (administrative support, box office and concessionaires, projectionists, internships, film production, special events, work parties and the street team).  Tasks include:

– interviewing and orienting new volunteers and providing them with basic training

– assigning qualified volunteers to the position of greatest use and personal reward

– maintaining ongoing contact with current volunteers and keeping all positions filled

– posting calls for volunteers and interns as needed

– regular email correspondence with volunteers and those interested in volunteering

– keeping volunteer contact information updated in organization’s database

– calling and facilitating quarterly volunteer meetings

This position is 6-10 hours per week and is unpaid.  Some hours can be worked from home but one regular 2-4 hour shift at the Film Forum office is required. Northwest Film Forum requests a commitment to the position of at least one year.

Job perks include unlimited free movie screenings at the Film Forum and $5 for every hour worked toward workshops and equipment rentals.

Applicants should send resume to by June 7, 2010.

Northwest Film Forum is Seattle’s premier film arts organization, screening over 200 independently made and classic films annually, offering a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes for all ages, and supporting filmmakers at all stages of their careers. NWFF brings together a community of individuals dedicated to great film in Seattle and beyond. You can learn more at

The Most Important Interview You Read This Week…

May 18, 2010

… can be found here. A conversation between Jean-Luc Godard (cinema) and Daniel Cohn-Bendit (politics).

GODARD: The film might provide some ideas. Take Greece — it’s what used to be called one of our humanities. And now one can only speak of Greece’s debt.

COHN-BENDIT: Whereas we’re indebted to Greece…

The passage I quote gives us some insight into why this could very well be Godard’s final project (the end of cinema). Monsieur Godard, we are indeed indebted. Merci.