On Wednesday, the Bing Crosby Theater filled with Walters, Maudes and the Dudes for the Inlander's showing of The Big Lebowski. The beer was from Perry Street Brewing and a good time was had by all. See for yourself:
The Inlander's Suds & Cinema series pairs film classics — very loosely defined — with beer from local breweries for movie nights at the Bing Crosby Theater. Once announced, the next event will be posted here.
Hydroelectric and navigational dams have for decades shaped the waterways of Washington state. Many people find the immense structures awe-inspiring feats of human engineering while others consider them hideous crimes against nature. For those looking to learn more about the legacy and impact of our dams, the new documentary DamNation offers an engaging, scenic exploration of the national issue with much of the film dedicated to the Northwest.
Highlights of the documentary focus on the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam on the Olympic Peninsula in 2011, the largest project of its kind at the time. But other sections of the film take on Columbia River dams and multiple dams along the Snake River.
The 90-minute film follows the historical arc of dam construction to what appears to be a shift back toward re-opening many waterways. The film does not hide its sympathies for the anti-dam movement, but also incorporates interviews with dam supporters and power officials. Here's a dam-related FAQ from the film's website.
The film is showing 7 pm tonight at the Lincoln Center. Doors open at 6 pm. Tickets cost $10. A question-and-answer session with filmmakers will be held after the showing.
In case you didn't know, the Inlander is hosting a screening of The Big Lebowski tomorrow night at the Bing Crosby Theater.
The doors open at 7 pm and Perry Street Brewing is providing the beer. It's an all ages event, but keep in mind the movie is Rated R and has the F-word in it and stuff like that.
Also, there's an after party following the screening at Rain Lounge featuring White Russians with vodka from Spokane's own 21 Windows Distillery. There will also be Lebowski-themed food specials.
You should also keep in mind that there's going to be costume contest. We'll be giving out awards for The Best Dude, Best Non-Dude Character and an award for the Best Lebowski Little Urban Achiever, the criteria for which will be kept secret (read: we'll figure it out after a couple Perry Street pale ales).
We're aware that some people are taking this quite seriously, which is why we've fielded at least one phone call today inquiring where someone could get a "cheap bowling ball" and another inquiry about wig sales in the greater Spokane area.
People in other cities have taken these Lebowski costume contests quite seriously. Take a look at this effort.
Here are some random shots from around the internet, in case you need some help.
A story first published in the Inlander nine years ago has arrived on the big screen. In 2005, Kevin Taylor wrote “Dreaming In Green,” a cover story about the B.C. Bud industry and a group of Coeur d’Alene kids who became a top smuggling ring before a homicide led to their downfall. Rolling Stone caught on a while later, and now the story is told in the just-released movie Kid Cannabis.
Nate Norman remembers sitting around one day with his pal, Topher Clark, toking a little weed and reading a High Times magazine. He was just out of Coeur d'Alene High School, working two jobs — doing auto body work by day, delivering pizzas at night — and daydreaming about something better.
"Me and Topher were sitting on the couch and there was this big article — it was like four or five pages — and it said if you want good weed, go to the Canadian border with a backpack," Norman recalls.
It sounded insanely easy. Buy good-quality weed at Canadian prices, take a short walk through the woods and sell it to Americans. There had to be a catch.
They drove north, and in a couple hours were on a gravel road at the international border. It was an eye-opener. No guard towers, no barbed wire, no German shepherds straining against their leashes. Instead they found a little cemetery, a weathered wooden fence, an obelisk. Norman and Clark took a breath and, in more ways than one, stepped across the line. No sirens went off, no helicopters came swooping out of the sunny afternoon sky.
Pretty soon they were in Creston, British Columbia, and bumped into a guy smoking a joint out on the street. "We said, 'We're Americans. We'd like to buy some weed,' " Norman says.
Read the full story here. Last year, Taylor also wrote about the experience of being on the movie set and how it all came to happen. Kid Cannabis begins show today at Hayden Discount Cinema — whose owner had mixed feelings about showing it — and will open at the Magic Lantern next week. It’s already received positive reviews from the LA Times and New York Times.
If you were at the last Suds and Cinema, you might remember (depending on how many of those Selkirk Abbey IPAs you had) that we announced the next installment of the Inlander movie/beer night.
Yes, we are showing The Big Lebowski on Wednesday, April 23 at the Bing Crosby Theater.
We are encouraging you to dress as your favorite character from the movie and if you think that's stupid, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man. But we'll have prizes for the best costumes. If, for example, someone comes in a purple one-piece jump suit, a la The Jesus, that would probably deserve a prize. If you want to wear the actual suit from the movie, too bad — somebody already bought it.
The beer for this special event should really tie the night together. Perry Street Brewing will be on hand, pouring pints outside of their own brewery for the first time. We'll have their pilsner and pale ale for you.
Keep an eye on Inlander.com and our Facebook page for ticket giveaways. In the meantime, dig on this, man.
Different Drummers has hit No. 1 this weekend at River Park Square's AMC 20 for the third week in a row. The film is locally written, produced, and directed by Don Caron and Lyle Hatcher.
Caron says they've seen people returning to see it again and again, bringing friends and family along. "The first weekend we thought it was just because the film had such strong local ties, but it's gone way beyond that," he says in a press release.
The year is 1965 and Lyle Hatcher is struggling. With both boundless energy and endless optimism, fourth-grader Hatcher has penchant for stirring about trouble and a chronic need for attention. David Dahlke is his well-behaved, patient antithesis, and is also, incidentally, confined to a wheelchair with muscular dystrophy. The two fourth-graders become unlikely friends, as Dahlke rises to whatever challenge Hatcher brings to the table. The film stars local actor Brayden Tucker, who won Best Young Actor for his role as Hatcher at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, as well as Ethan Reed McKay from Portland.
Some additional notes from the directors to put the success of Different Drummers into perspective…
1. This weekend, ticket sales nearly doubled blockbuster hits like Lone Survivor, American Hustle, Ride Along, Jack Ryan, and Frozen.
2. Different Drummers did five times the ticket sales of new studio blockbuster, I, Frankenstein.
Because of its success, Different Drummers will be opening at Wandermere Village Centre Cinemas on Friday, Feb. 7.
Mean Girls is turning 10 this year, which makes it the perfect selection for the next edition of Suds & Cinema at the Bing. So, come enjoy mean girls and nice beer. The $4 pints from Selkirk Abbey might just open your eyes to all the insightful lessons we learned in our youth from this classic film. Here are 10 things Mean Girls taught us:
Calling someone fat won’t make you skinnier
“Fetch” is a slang word that originated in England
Cady is just a weird spelling for Katie
Kalteen bars are not for dieting
Brutus was just as cute as Caesar
Joining Mathletes is social suicide
Wear pink on Wednesdays
Everyone in Africa knows Swedish
The limit does not exist
The rules of feminism
The schedule for the 16th annual Spokane International Film Festival has been released —compile your list of must-sees now. Along with award-winning feature films and documentaries from Uruguay, The Philippines and so many places in between, don't miss the chance to support great shorts from Pacific Northwest filmmakers at the Best of the Northwest screening, on Friday, Jan. 24, at the Bing ($5). Two of the shorts featured, "I Have to Go" and "Chapters," are 50 Hour Slam award winners. For the annual competition last year, filmmakers adapted the top three winning stories from the Inlander's 2013 fiction contest. We're also excited that Inlander videographer Nathan Brand's mini documentary Sidney: Portrait of an Axe Murderer is also being screened.
The locally written and produced sci-fi/fantasy web series Transolar Galactica is also hosting a special screening event during the festival, on Sat, Jan. 25 ($5) at the Garland. We featured the cast and crew in a cover story about the local film industry last summer.
Here are a few international films we also recommend:
Empty Hours (Las Horas Muertas)
The festival is scheduled for Jan. 23-Feb. 1, show times for each film varies, so make sure you check the schedule online. A full festival pass will run you $150. Individual tickets are $10, $8 for anything before noon and $5 for students with valid ID.
Tickets available at spokanefilmfestival.org
Every week, Inlander editors go through a number of ideas for what should appear on the cover of the Inlander. For this week’s winter movie preview, here are some of the alternate concepts that never made it to print:
And it was this one, of course, that eventually became the image that graces the cover of the Inlander this week:
Independent Spokane filmmaker Justin Marko is a skateboarder with a passion for filming fellow local skateboarders at locations familiar to most Spokanites. In fact, he is in production for his second feature skateboard film, Folklore, slated for release next year.
Marko started filming at a young age while growing up in Elk, just north of Spokane, and is passionate about supporting the local skateboarding scene, including local stores. Marko says that it is tough to film in certain spots of Spokane because people are not always friendly toward that kind of community, but he happily admitted that "rough spots generally breed strong talented skateboarders."
"The greatest feeling I get is when all four wheels touch down and roll out of screen," Marko says. "The connection between skater and filmer is like no other — even though he landed the trick, said person probably would have never been trying that trick unless I was there."
The photos I took of him filming were from a scene showing some of his trick shots. Folklore will feature a few of the riders from his first film, Public Announcement, including Ronnie Schroder, Nathan Akers, Adrian Santillan, as well as first timers Bryan McGlynn and Alex Delgado.
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