First Annual Rainy States Film Festival to Showcase Northwest Filmmakers
Seattle - The Rainy States Film Festival will present six feature length
films and 16 shorter films produced by independent filmmakers from the
Pacific Northwest at the inaugural Rainy States Film Festival to be held
February 16-19, 1995 at the Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway
(Broadway & Pine) Seattle, WA. The Rainy States Film Festival was
founded in 1994 by a group of local filmmakers committed to producing an
annual festival that provides exposure to independent films produced in
the Pacific Northwest and is a non-profit organization sponsored by the
Allied Arts Foundation. For more information, Please call (206) 322-3772.
Film Descriptions/The Features
A Formula For Mayhem
Dir: Kevin McKeon & Kurt Wahlner 90 Mins 16mm B/W 1992 Seattle Premiere
This homage to old "B" detective movies introduces gumshoe Ernie Boylan
(McKeon) as a Seattle detective investigating a burglary at the
Algamated Chemical Building. Rumpled sleuth Boylan delivers wry comedy
while he unravels this classic whodunit and tries to win the heart of
the classy dame he's been hired to protect. McKeon and Wahlner wrote,
produced and directed this witty and stylized comedy.
Dir: James C. Sander 95 Mins 16mm B/W 1994 World Premiere
An amnesiac wakes up in a bowling alley and searches for his identity
with the help of a Freudian donut clerk. Across town, a dry cleaning
attendant carries a torch for her missing favorite customer in this dark
comedy produced by writer Laurie Maassen and husband Sander. "Oedipal
Breakfast" features a haunting original score by Lori Goldston and Kyle
Hanson of the Black Cat Orchestra and an outstanding supporting cast
including Brian Finney and Rick Barnes as a quarrelsome pair of would-be
The Miracle Strip: A Story Of Longacres Race Track
Dir: Stephen Sadis 80 Mins 16mm Color 1992
When director Stephen Sadis heard that Boeing had purchased Longacres
Race Track in 1991, he quit his job in Hollywood and promptly returned
to his hometown of Seattle for the sole purpose of making The Miracle
Strip. This remarkable documentary lovingly chronicles the Renton Race
Track from its miraculous 28-day construction in 1933 to its somber
closing in 1992. The film focuses primarily on Joseph Gottstein,
founder and owner of Longacres and a man who was once hailed as "one of
the most influential men in Seattle's modern history." This fascinating
film represents more than just the sport of kings; it represents an
important part of Seattle's cultural heritage.
The Seven Mysteries Of Life Dir: Gregg Lachow 88 Mins 16mm B/W 1994
Seattle filmmaker Lachow scores big with his debut feature that has been
hailed in the Seattle Times as 1994's "Outstanding local production."
The films focuses on two women and a young boy stuck waiting for their
time-traveling friend (Lachow) who wants to prevent Lincoln's
assassination. The two women, played by Megan Murphy and Kara McMahon
meet an oddball assortment of characters and dance with a very animated
skeleton as they ponder "The Seven Mysteries of Life".
Trust Me Dir: Jeff Probst 85 Mins 35mm Color 1994 World Premiere
This offbeat action comedy pairs a senator's ex-girlfriend (Terese Tinling)
with a would-be assassin (Adrian LaTourelle) as they drive to Montana in
writer/director Jeff Probst's debut feature film. The couple is chased by
the senator's inept henchmen (hysterical Jevon Hull) and a rabid
television reporter who senses this story is "definitely network." This
quirky road movie features stunning cinematography by Director of
Photography Andres Garreton and original songs by Braden Blake and
the Young Fresh Fellows with an original score by B.C. Smith.
Print courtesy of Leo Films.
27 Pieces Of Me Dir: Gerald Donahoe 88 Mins 16mm B/W 1994
"27 Pieces of Me" tells the story of two sisters who are suddenly reunited
when the younger sister runs away from her husband and arrives
unannounced at the Seattle home of her older sister. This award-winning
film is the debut feature of Seattle filmmakers Gerald Donahoe and Gina
Hicks who co-wrote (with Jeanne Munro) and co-produced, this
contemporary drama. Cinematographer Hicks has been strongly applauded
for the professional look of the film which features an original score
by Matt Nimms of the Tiny Hat Orchestra and songs from several Seattle
bands including The Ganja Farmers, Stinkhorn, and Lisa Koch.
Rainy States Film Festival The Shorts
Atlanta Lowdown Dir: Bob Hutchinson 3+ Mins 16mm Color 1994
Beautiful animation (poster chalk on black board - not rotoscoped!) set
to a 1929 jazz tune.
Cowboy Jack Dir: Chris Tumbusch 15 Mins 16mm B/W 1994 World Premiere
A love story about death, an evil clown, and shaving cream.
Daughterline Dir: Grace Lee-Park 11 Mins 16mm Color 1994 NW Premiere
A moving tribute to an immigrant mother from her second-genneration
Drive Through Death Dir: Ila Packman 2 Mins 16mm B/W 1993 Seattle Premiere
An experimental film which takes a brief and frenzied look into
capitalist death denial.
The Gunfighter Dir: Rodney Rogers 6 Mins 16mm Color 1994 Northwest Premiere
An uplifting film about a dying young man contemplating his life while
on the basketball court.
Inertia Dir: Keith Bearden 14 Mins 16mm B/W 1991
A hysterical look into a day in the life of a 20's something newspaper
boy in Olympia, WA.
Lookin' Good Dir: Kevin Shortt 10 Mins 16mm Color 1992 Seattle Premiere
Comedy from the Vancouver Film school about the battle between a
narcissist and his reflection.
The Lunch Hour Dir: Rob Lundsgaard 5 Mins 16mm B/W 1992
A comic tribute to silent era films with a surprise twist(ed) ending.
My Brown Eyes Dir: Jay j. Koh 18 Mins 16mm Color 1994 World Premiere
A touching film about an immigrant Korean boy as he faces his first day
of school in the U.S.A..
Ode To Joy Dir: John D. Pai 20 Mins 16mm B/W 1990
A visual celebration of Charlie Parker's life and music with narration
by Jack Kerouac.
Plot Dir: Michael Gitlin 6 Mins 16mm B/W 1993
An eerie fugue of paranoid voices filled with metaphor and the
repetitious smashing of walnuts.
Red Square Dir: Marc Burgio 22 Mins 16mm B/W 1991
An Evergreen student is confronted by a bizarre suicide which haunts her
Reign of the Dog Dir: Ruth Hayes 16 Mins 16mm Color 1994
Annimated short staring the "dog" as a metaphor for western culture.
Spree Dir: Rustin Thompson 29 Mins s16mm Color 1994 Seattle Premiere
A fast paced story about a woman who embarks on a 24 hour crime spree.
Stolen Toyota Dir: Kelley Baker 7 Mins 16mm Color 1993
A documentary about getting your car stolen.
Wire We Here Dir: Doug Aberle 12+ Mins 16mm Color 1994 Northwest Premiere
Two animated characters constructed of pipe cleaners go over the edge.
Rainy States Film Festival Exhibition Schedule
Thursday, February 16, 1995 at 8:00 P.M. Opening Night
Oedipal Breakfast (95 Mins, 16mm B/W, 1994, World Premiere) with Inertia
Friday, February 17, 1995 at 8:00 P.M. The Shorts
Atlanta Lowdown, The Gunfighter, Drive Through Death, Lookin' Good,
Stolen Toyota, My Brown Eyes, Daughterline, Wire We Here, Cowboy Jack,
Saturday, February 18, 1995 at 2:00 P.M.
27 Pieces Of Me (88 Mins, 16mm B/W, 1994) with Daughterline
Saturday, February 18, 1995 at 5:00 P.M.
The Seven Mysteries Of Life (88 Mins, 16mm B/W, 1994) with Atlanta Lowdown
Saturday, February 18, 1995 at 8:00 P.M.
A Formula 4 Mayhem (90 Mins, 16mm B/W, 1992, Seattle Premiere) with
Sunday, February 19, 1995 at 2:00 P.M. The Feature-ettes
Ode to Joy, Spree, Reign of the Dog, Red Square
Sunday, February 19, 1995 at 5:00 P.M.
The Miracle Strip: A Story of Longacres Race Track (80 Mins, 16mm Color,
1992) with My Brown Eyes and The Lunch Hour
Sunday, February 19, 1995 at 8:00 P.M. Closing Night
Trust Me (85 Mins, 35mm Color, 1994, World Premiere) with Lookin' Good
Rainy States Film Festival
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