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Start: 4:00 pm
Shoot It! is a revealing history of how Hollywood, with its eye on the bottom line, arguably lost its ability to support the work of creative filmmakers; it is also a passionate portrait of the independent filmmakers around the world who have risen up to fill the void. In accessible and expertly informed prose, film critic David Spaner examines the Hollywood studio system over several decades, from the period when it produced films like Citizen Kane or Casablanca, to today, when studios seem only interested in surefire sequels and comic-book adaptations aimed at a global audience. The rise of studio film in the mid-twentieth century eerily foreshadows the global corporate culture of today; Spaner's account of the 1940s union protests (and resulting riots) outside Warner Bros. Studio could easily be a report of an Occupy Oakland or Wall Street action in 2011. Shoot It! suggests that the globalization of culture has received less attention (and mobilized frustration) than the globalization of economies. In the second half of the book, Spaner shifts his focus to a celebration of today's great movies produced outside of the studio system. The book chronicles the international independent film movement in seven countries: the United States, Canada, Mexico, Britain, France, Romania, and South Korea. Spaner follows international independent filmmaking from its roots (European New Waves, New York independents) to the revolutionary impact of digital technology. It also features commentary from indie film notables such as Mike Leigh, Gus Van Sant, Claire Denis, Miranda July, Woody Allen, Atom Egoyan, Catherine Breillat, Sally Potter, John Sayles, and Ken Loach. While the studios envisage a generic universe, repressing local film cultures along the way, talented independents continue to tell local stories with universal appeal. This book is a celebration of those determined filmmakers who, despite it all, overcome every obstacle and just shoot it! David Spaner has worked as a movie critic, feature writer, reporter, and editor for numerous newspapers and magazines. Spaner's writings about culture (mostly film) and politics have appeared in alternative (The Open Road, Yipster Times, Georgia Straight) and mainstream publications (Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Magazine). His movie coverage and other cultural writing was featured in the Vancouver Province daily newspaper from 1999 to 2008, and won the Publishers Award for best feature writing in the paper. Spaner's column on independent film, "Indie City," also appeared in the newspaper.
JESS THOMSON, DISHING UP WASHINGTON: 150 RECIPES THAT CAPTURE AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVORS--FOOD SAMPLES!
Start: 7:00 pm
Come join food author Jess Thomson as she talks about and provides delicious samples from the recipes in her new book, Dishing Up® Washington. Washington State is known for its vibrant food community, and Dishing Up® Washington presents the highlights with recipes contributed by local farmers, fisherman, restaurants, small food producers, and artisanal makers of cheese, wine, and beer. Dishing Up® Washington is the perfect memento of a place and all it offers to food lovers. Thomson will be bringing in samples of Pickled Beets with Clove and Star Anise, Spanish-Inspired Root Vegetable Stew, Picnic's Kale Salad, and Two-Pound Espresso Brownies, so come try these tasty dishes. Jess Thomson is a food writer based in Seattle, and was recently named "one of seven writers you should know" by the Chicago Tribune. Her work regularly appears in Sunset and Edible Seattle. She is a regular guest on Seattle's NPR station, KUOW.