Film Festival

Film with Ben Kasulke and Lynn Shelton

Sunday, December 6, 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.

Benjamin Kasulke: Camera at the Core

12 pm

Screening followed by Q&A with Ben Kasulke, moderated by Paul Mailman

Cinematographer Ben Kasulke may very well have had a hand (and an eye) involved in the creation of more of his peers’ work than any of his fellow Film Genius winners. This selection of scenes and shorts spans many years of his career as a director of photography, as well as many forms, including shorts, television episodes, feature excerpts. Although he has worked nationally and internationally and is now based in Los Angeles, Ben has contributed to the creation of countless Seattle films and continues to collaborate regularly with Crewtopians.

Rat Pack Rat (short film directed by Todd Rohal)

The Forbidden Room (excerpt from feature film directed by Guy Maddin)

Keyhole (excerpt from feature film directed by Guy Maddin)

Crustvaska (short film directed by Ben Kasulke)

Safety Not Guaranteed (excerpt from feature film directed by Colin Trevorrow)

The Lie (excerpt from feature film directed by Joshua Leonard)

Red Oaks (excerpt from television series)

Bong Life (music video by the Intelligence)

Lynn Shelton: Dynamic Bonds

2:30 pm

Screening followed by Q&A with Sean Nelson

As a working actor, editor, and experimental filmmaker prior to her career as a feature film director, Lynn Shelton developed a strong sense of the kinds of performances she wanted to see and worlds she wanted to create through film. A versatile director, she is as comfortable directing television comedies as she is independent dramas.

My Effortless Brilliance (2008, 79 min)
Screens with behind-the-scenes documentary directed by Nate Miller. Premiered at SXSW and stars The Stranger’s Sean Nelson and Basil Harris as Eric and Dylan, two estranged friends attempting to reconnect in a cabin in the Washington woods. Mixing mumblecore-era improvised dialog with subtle social analysis of gender norms, My Effortless Brilliance contains the seeds of Shelton’s subsequent film and breakout success, Humpday, with its inklings of male bonding beyond the limited imagination that normative masculinity allows.

About the artists

Benjamin Kasulke is known for his work on Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), Your Sister's Sister (2011) and Laggies (2014).

Lynn Shelton's first feature, We Go Way Back, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival and her second, My Effortless Brilliance, earned the Independent Spirit "Someone to Watch" Award. Shelton's third feature, Humpday, won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Independent Spirit "John Cassavetes" Award. Her follow up films, Your Sister's Sister and Touchy Feely premiered at TIFF and Sundance, respectively. Her latest effort, Laggies, is currently available digitally and on DVD. Shelton also directs for television shows such as Mad Men, New Girl, The Mindy Project, and Fresh Off The Boat.

Still from My Effortless Brilliance, 2008. Directed by Lynn Shelton. Courtesy of IFC.