After writing about local flimmaker Richard Lefebvre's epic remake of Aki Kaurismaki's Calamari Union last year, I got roped into taking a bit part in the movie myself and helping with the soundtrack supervision. It's a strange, amusing, and beautifully shot B&W film that uses Georgetown and Ballard as primary backdrops--and the final cut of the film screens tonight at the Georgetown Ballroom (a rough cut was shown at the Film Forum last winter).
It's also cast almost entirely with Seattle musicians and familiar urban characters (Slats, anyone?). As Lefebvre puts it: "If you drink in Seattle or go to shows you will recognize everyone in this film." A few of the familiar faces include erstwhile Soundgarden bassist Ben Shephard, Sean Spits (the Spits), Kwab Copeland (REVERBfest promoter, Eugene Wendell & The Demon Rind), Shannon Brown (the Girls), Otis P. Otis (Napalm Beach, the F-Holes), Josh Freer (Himsa), Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Mike Maker (the Makers) and Bret Netsen (Caustic Resin, Built to Spill). In my brazenly biased opinion, the soundtrack is kick-ass and features Pussy Galore, the Oblivians, the Chrome Cranks, the Blind Shake, and the Spits, just to name a few. Lefebvre has listed a start time at 7 p.m. on his ads and flyers, but given the amount of sunshine out and the lackadaisical, rock 'n' roll time clocks of everyone involved, I wouldn't expect it to start before 7:30.
Here's the trailer:
The Georgetown Ballroom is located at 5623 Airport Way South. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or via Brown Paper Tickets.