North by Northwest

Finding the Seattle connection in five films at this year’s SIFF.

By Laura Dannen April 22, 2011 Published in the May 2011 issue of Seattle Met

Screening at SIFF
Bin Hyeon (left) and Wei Tang find love in Late Autumn.

Late Autumn
Kim Tae-Young’s remake of a Korean love story—handsome fugitive meets lovely lady convict while she’s on parole—was shot everywhere in Seattle but your backyard. Look for close-ups of Belltown, Pike Place Market, and the Fremont Troll.

The Off Hours
In a truck stop on a dreary Pacific Northwest highway, waitress Francine ( Tiny Furniture’s Amy Seimetz) is looking for more to life than coffee and restroom quickies. Seattleite Megan Griffiths writes and directs, and colleague Lynn Shelton (director of Humpday ) guest stars.

Catechism Cataclysm
What kind of hell breaks loose after Father Billy drops his Bible in a rest-stop toilet? Writer-director Todd Rohal shot his priest-on-sabbatical comedy around Seattle and Central Washington. Fun fact: Megan Griffiths ( The Off Hours ) is a coproducer.

Debut directors Steven Schardt and Sean Nelson (our friendly local actor, writer, and musician) create an absurdist comedy about two struggling LA screenwriters trying to pitch a script to a movie star in rehab.

Hit So Hard: The Life and Near Death 
Story of Patty Schemel
“How many famous woman drummers do you know?” asks the documentary by P. David Ebersole. None quite like Patty, the ferocious beat-keeper for Hole who was “very nearly in Nirvana”—and almost went the way of Kurt Cobain. She lives to tell the tale, along with bandmates Courtney Love, Melissa Auf der Maur, and Eric Erlandson.

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