In a town that’s seen some of its most beloved watering holes

In a town that’s seen some of its most beloved watering holes and venues shutter to make way for urban development, local director Ryan Worsley’s worthwhile documentary, Razing the Bar, is an intimate portrait of yet another space to recently bite the dust: the Funhouse. The doc relates the legendary punk bar’s history as a gritty arts incubator, exploring not only the tightknit community that revolved around the club, but also gentrification, always a charged topic in booming Seattle. The film’s energy—and that of the many fans, punks, and musicians who frequented the club—gives it a certain kinship to the 1996 grunge doc Hype!, which Worsley cites as a strong influence. Ultimately, the flick renders poignant commentary on the power of music and the resilience of community. funhousedocumentary.com

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