Episode #35: The Draw of Movies

Why are movies such a draw for us?  Robert and Steve are hanging out in Steve’s basement, amidst the old comics and books and  trying to figure out why the movies that were shown on weekend afternoons on local television stations so drew them into the world of cinema.  Bogart, Davis, Wayne, Bacall crept into their young minds and settled in for a long cohabitation.

Robert was given the “Spirit of Port Townsend” award at the Port Townsend Film Festival.

Steve is the Seattle  Town Hall Scholar In Residence , Fall 2014.  He’s got a project going on. He wants to put you to  work.

He writes:

“The  project is “Taking Root: Where are you home?” It is an exploration of the notion of home,  when you know you had found your home.  When you know you are home.  When did you feel you were starting to sink your roots into the place you call home? How did happen? Where, when and why did you find yourself taking root?

Check out my essay about the topic on KCTS TV’S Pie.

The project will unfold over the next few months.  I am  collaborating with dancer Elana Jacobs, artistic director of Cabin Fever dance company.

Think about a few places where you can point out how you started to take root in the  place you call home.

Share your story on Facebook and twitter, @whereareyouhome or #whereareyouhome.   Post a story, share a picture, sing a song, write a poem, make a movie, record the sounds. All focused on this question of the shift you felt, from a place to a home.

On October 17th, I invite you to Town Hall. We will record your story or videotape it. You can come up on stage and tell it.  We will also play a game to jumpstart our brains.”

Robert Horton  reviews movies for The Herald (Everett, Washington) and Seattle Weekly.  He has contributed many pieces to Film Comment since 1990 as well as other publications. He is the author of the  “Cultographies” volume on Frankenstein (Wallflower Press, 2010), “Billy Wilder: Interviews” (University Press of Mississippi, 2002), and had work included in Best American Movie Writing: 1999.

He is the co-author of the zombie Western comic book, Rotten (Moonstone Books, ongoing), and runs the “Magic Lantern” monthly series of film lectures at the Frye Art Museum. His website The Crop Duster is a busy collection of short takes, long pieces, and compulsive lists.

He is on TV over at The Seattle Channel as well with another episode of “Framing Pictures.”

Follow us at  @citizenhorton, @sscher , @theoverlookpod on Twitter.

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Steve also likes to talk about science and nature. Check out his gardening podcast, A Dry Rain