Programs & Events
Cinema Seattle. Presenter of the Seattle International Film Festival
Screenwriters Salon

The Screenwriters Salon is a public forum on the craft of screenwriting. We present panel discussions, programs and staged script readings for screenwriters and film enthusiasts alike who are encouraged to interact and openly discuss all manner of issues and topics on screenwriting and film, to creat a dialogue with local and national screenwriters as well as scholars, teachers, filmmakers, and critics.

Past program participants have included Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), Sherman Alexie (Smoke Signals), Robinson Devor (The Woman Chaser), Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), Randall Wallace (Braveheart), Stewart Stern (Rebel Without a Cause) and Jim Taylor (Election).

February 18th, 7:30 pm - Script Reading: Booth One by Nicola Opdycke

The Screenwriters Salon is proud to present the winner of the Screenwriters Salon/UW Extension Screenwriting Program Script Competition Nicola Opdycke and her script Booth One.

This reading is the third annual event held in conjunction with the University of Washington. Each year one winning script is selected from a graduating class to be read at the Screenwriters Salon in front of a live audience followed by a Q&A session with the author.

The Screenwriters Salon believes that the fostering and education of new local talent is crucial to the artistic fabric of any city, and we see this as a way to introduce amateur writers to local audiences by means of a presentation of their work as well as feedback by the audience so that the writer can put that information toward future drafts of the screenplay as well as future new works.

March 31st, 7:30 pm - Censorship

Are some things better left unsaid? Why is violence acceptable but sex isn’t? Are writers more creative when they can’t say anything they wish?

Screenwriter/teacher Geof Miller and film critic Jeff Shannon explore the various forms of censorship in screenwriting and film. From “Pre-Code” filmmaking, to the McCarthy Blacklist, to the subtle social politics of present-day, all will be discussed in an attempt to explore and determine the ill and favorable effects of censorship in screenwriting and filmmaking. This is sure to be a surprising evening full of opinions and viewpoints that will alter some of the preconceptions that many have regarding censorship in filmmaking.

April 21st, 7:30 pm – Our Favorite Scenes

Our Favorite Scenes is an evening conversation amongst friends about the smaller parts of film that we all love to discuss: the scene.

Our panel of writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers and critics choose their own favorite scenes from a film to screen for the audience and then add their unique viewpoints to discuss things like character, construction, story arc, or simply what they like. This is one of the few film programs out there that talks to a wide variety of artists to gain fresh insights from their own unique perspectives.

Our panelists will include:
Claire Cowie (visual artist)
Frances McCue (poet and Artistic Director, Richard Hugo House)
Andy Spletzer (filmmaker and critic)

All Salons are held at the Richard Hugo House (1634 11th Ave, off of Pine on Capitol Hill)

Admission is $5 regular, $2 for students and FREE for all Cinema Seattle and Hugo House members. Tickets go on sale at 7 pm. No late seating.

The Screenwriters Salon is a public forum on the craft of screenwriting. We present panel discussions, programs and staged script readings for screenwriters and film enthusiasts alike who are encouraged to interact and openly discuss all manner of issues and topics on screenwriting and film, to creat a dialogue with local and national screenwriters as well as scholars, teachers, filmmakers, and critics. Past program participants have included Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry), Sherman Alexie (Smoke Signals), Robinson Devor (The Woman Chaser), Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), Randall Wallace (Braveheart), Stewart Stern (Rebel Without a Cause) and Jim Taylor (About Schmidt).

The Screenwriters Salon is co-sponsored by Richard Hugo House.

Screenwriters Salon is a part of Cinema Seattle, producers of the Seattle International Film Festival and other fine film-related events.

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