Whether you’re still mourning the loss of the Funhouse, or you’re a really big fan of the Master Builders at BrickCon, there are lots of SIFF films shot in Washington or created by local filmmakers to catch at this year’s film festival. Here are five Washington films that you can check out over the next month.
Razing the Bar. For punk rock fans all over Seattle, the day the Funhouse fell was a sad day and the end to a raucous era. Razing the Bar documents the rise and eventual fall of the well-loved, skeleton-adorned venue by talking to employees, musicians, and music lovers. The documentary shows how Funhouse owner Brian Foss created an environment that could have been wild and inhospitable, but instead was a collaborative community for people who love punk.
Strictly Sacred: The Story of Girl Trouble. Strictly Sacred: The Story of Girl Trouble is about the Tacoma-based garage rock band Girl Trouble that has been a favorite in the local indie scene for more than 30 years. The band members have handled every aspect of their career themselves and spent the last three decades documenting their shows, photos, exclusive recordings, and memorabilia. Director Isaac Olsen weaved together this nostalgic treasure trove for a documentary that tells the story of how these self-proclaimed “weirdos” were able to spread their musical influence all around the globe.
Beyond the Brick: A LEGO® Brickumentary. Beyond the Brick: A LEGO® Brickumentary is the first official documentary about the tiny blocks everyone loves to play with, but never step on. The documentary shows people playing with the toys all over the world, but a lot of time is spent on BrickCon, the conference in Seattle where LEGO® enthusiasts gather to talk about the bricks, show off their best projects, and learn tricks from experts called “Master Builders.” Directors Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson are scheduled to attend both showings of the film.
Fly Colt Fly: The Legend of the Barefoot Bandit. Reaching tall-tale status, 17-year-old Colton Harris-Moore spent years living as a fugitive in forests outside of his hometown of Camano Island, WA before leading authorities on an international manhunt. Fly Colt Fly: The Legend of the Barefoot Bandit tracks Colt’s journey and the widespread search for him as he escalated his crimes from taking food and cash to flying a stolen plane. Using animations and re-enactments, directors Adam and Andrew Gray document the nearly unbelievable story of this teenage criminal.
4 Minute Mile. 4 Minute Mile is the only non-documentary on this list. It tells the emotional story of an idealistic and troubled Seattle teen track runner named Drew. Drew constantly comes in second during all of his races until a reclusive, elderly, former track coach starts training him. Together they find ways to improve each other’s lives, while also improving their own. Director Charles-Olivier Michaud is scheduled to attend both showings of 4 Minute Mile at SIFF.