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SIFF 2014: Razing the Bar
The Funhouse was "Cheers for punk rock" in Seattle. That apt description is thrown out about halfway through Razing the Bar, the documentary chronicling the now-defunct clown-adorned punk venue that used to sit in the shadow of the Space Needle. The film captures the extensive, dingy history of the bar (which was older than the Space Needle itself) and the mayhem that took place inside its walls (loud and fast music, dancing eyeballs, the formation of the Rat City Rollergirls, urine spitting, etc.). More than anything, Razing the Bar serves as a love letter to the Funhouse booker and co-owner Brian Foss, the man behind the music and the community. With the glut of new apartment buildings forcing spring up all over town, the movie also explores the conflict of urbanism expansion pushing out establishments that give a city its culture. While the doc glosses over certain parts of the building's history and has a bit of a tense confusion (as the result of interviews taking place both before and after it was announced the Funhouse would close), it doesn't detract too much from the story about the people that breathed life into that crazy place.
Event Categories: Film
May 20, 2014 at 9pm
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