Film Festival

Film with Drew Christie and Megan Griffiths

Saturday, December 5, 2015
12:00 – 5:00 pm


The Genius Film Festival includes screenings and discussions with film makers.

Program Producer: Courtney Sheehan; Program Consultant: Northwest Film Forum.

Drew Christie: Animating Stories

12 pm

Screening followed by Q&A with Drew Christie, moderated by Megan Griffiths

Drew Christie’s animated films mine Americana for forgotten figures, untold stories, and topically resonant issues. From tracing the roots of psychedelic music to contextualizing our experiences of contemporary art and culture for the New York Times’ Op-Docs series, Christie excels at whittling complex stories into short form tales.

Song of the Spindle (2011)
A man and a whale square off in a thoughtful inter-species dissection of modern life.

Allergy to Originality: A New York Times Op-Doc (2014)
Generic Hollywood fare jumpstarts a conversation about the possibility of originality in contemporary art and culture.

The Beast Inside (2014)
A young man experiencing homelessness in Seattle tells his story and shares his song.

Some Crazy Magic (2011)
An anecdotal portrait of experimental filmmaker, animator, and music anthologist Harry Smith.

Psychedelic Blues (2015)
The origin story of the first band to use the word “psychedelic” in their music.

Louis Riel for Dinner (2015)
Experimental filmmaker, Guy Maddin relays an unusual tale he discovered in 1964 on the ground outside his elementary school.

Drones for America

Vanity Fair Decades – The 1940s (2014)
A whirlwind animated tour of the decade that saw the end of World War II, a burst of tattooed servicemen, and the rise of artists like J.D. Salinger and Stanley Kubrick.

Fire, Fire, I Heard The Cry (2010)
An animated interpretation of the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. Made using linocut prints.

Megan Griffiths: Creating Crewtopia

2:30–5 pm

Screening followed by Q&A with Megan Griffiths, moderated by David Schmader

Known for coining the Seattle-specific term “crewtopia” to describe the tight-knit filmmaking world, Megan Griffiths builds community through her approach to production. The stories she’s drawn to tell tend to revolve around relationships and the way they ebb and flow through subtle exchanges of expression, deep personal struggle, and reflective contemplation.

Eros (2008, 3 min)
Poetic narration lifted from Rod McKuen’s 1963 recording overlays sumptuous closeups of a carefully crafted meal. Created for the 2008 Spletz-o-rama Invitational for Northwest Film Forum’s Local Sightings Film Festival, and featuring the talents of fellow Film Geniuses Ben Kasulke (cinematographer) and Lynn Shelton (editor).

The Off Hours (2011, 94 min)
The seven years Megan Griffiths spent working on her first feature paid off: The Off Hours premiered at Sundance in 2011, establishing Griffiths as a distinctive emerging voice in independent film. The quietly evocative drama is the antithesis of the road movie. The Off Hours is about the stagnant outposts alongside the highway, and the way dreams can freeze or never form in passionless places. Ben Kasulke, yet another Film Genius, captures the mood of pensive malaise with his expert lensing.

About the artists

Drew Christie is an animator, filmmaker and illustrator whose work appears regularly in the New York Times. His films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival among others. He lives on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound.

Megan Griffiths' latest feature is The Night Stalker, starring Lou Diamond Phillips, currently in post-production. Her previous filmography includes the Lucky Them (2013), starring Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, and Johnny Depp, Eden (2012), starring Jamie Chung, Matt O’Leary, and Beau Bridges, and The Off Hours (2011), starring Amy Seimetz, Ross Partridge, and Scoot McNairy. Megan has worked on production teams for The Catechism Cataclysm, The Guatemalan Handshake, Zoo and Your Sister's Sister. Megan is on the board of the Northwest Film Forum and is an advocate for sustainable production.

Still from The Beast Inside, 2014. Directed by Drew Christie and Amy Enser. Courtesy of the filmmakers.