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SEEDArts Launches Homegrown Cinema Series

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by Rustin Thompson

Seattle documentary filmmakers, the kind who work for no money and make even less, will showcase their work in Columbia City, April 5-6, during the first ever SEED Arts Cinema Series. The series features four homegrown documentaries covering a range of topics: an independent music fest, reformed juvenile delinquents, off-the-grid hippies, and a mixed race woman’s search for identity.

The series, “Made in Seattle: Homegrown Documentaries,” will screen at Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S Alaska Street. Each film will be followed by a question and answer session with the filmmakers, all of whom live in Seattle.

Rainier Valley director Eliaichi Kimaro opens the series Friday night with, “A Lot Like You”, her film about delving deeper into her Tanzanian roots. “A Lot Like You” has played in dozens of film festivals– as has director Kevin Tomlinson’s “Back to the Garden”, in which he revisits a group of back-to-the-land hippies to find out if all that free love was really free. Tomlinson and producer Judy Kaplan will talk about their movie after the screening on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

Heather Dew Oaksen also examines the past in “Minor Differences,” which traces the eighteen-year journey (from mid-teens to adulthood) of five former juvenile offenders incarcerated in Chehalis. The series concludes Saturday evening with an inside look at a popular music festival in the San Juan Island enclave of Doe Bay. “Welcome to Doe Bay” was screened at the Seattle International Film Festival. Producer Sarah Crowe will be on hand to talk about the film.

“We hope this cinema series, which we curated with an eye to the cultural diversity of the Columbia City neighborhood, will be the first of many to come,” says SEED Arts director Jerri Plumridge. More information can be found at seedseattle.org.