Scarecrow Video Zeitgeist ’23! “Nine Things I Learned Watching Every Movie Ever Made in the Pacific Northwest”

Saturday, April 29, 2023
2:00pm PT

FREE online presentation

A monthly online series highlighting unique perspectives on current film-related issues.

FILMLANDIA! A Movie Lover’s Guide to the Films and Television of Seattle, Portland, and the Great Northwest is coming out on April 18. To celebrate its launch, author David Schmader will be presenting a very special Zeitgeist session focusing on nine things he learned “watching every film ever made in the Pacific Northwest,” including Regional Character, Hollywood Rain, Pacific Northwest All-Stars, and Upsetting Horse Stories.

“From Twin Peaks to Twilight, from Practical Magic to Portlandia!, Filmlandia! highlights more than 200 film and television entertainments created and centered in Seattle, Portland, and the greater Pacific Northwest, extensively researched and curated by culture writer David Schmader. This is a book for any cinephile, full of iconic moments and hidden gems, but for those who love and live in the PNW, it’s an absolute must-have.” (from the press release)

David Schmader is a writer and performer devoted to exploring his obsessions, from homophobic rock stars and pray-away-the-gay Christians to trash cinema and legalized drugs. His solo plays have been performed in theaters across the US. From 1998–2015, Schmader was staff writer and editor for Seattle’s Pulitzer-winning newsweekly The Stranger, where he wrote the issue-opening column “Last Days: The Week in Review” for 18 years. In his spare time, he is the world’s foremost authority on the glorious terribleness of the movie Showgirls, hosting annotated screenings of Paul Verhoeven’s notorious stripper drama at cinemas all over North America and providing the commentary track for the Showgirls DVD. His first book Weed: The User’s Guide was published by Sasquatch Books in 2016. He lives in El Paso, Texas.


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