Join us for a staged reading of Robinson Devor & Charles Mudede's script Police Beat which follows conservative, West African-born Seattle bicycle cop Z on his beat for seven days and six nights. During this week, Z is plagued by several things: the woman he's dating leaves on road trip for the Washington coast with her roommate, a man she insists is only her friend; massive lay-offs in Seattle are causing an abnormally high amount of criminal activity; and finally, a fellow bike cop, Officer Swan, is romantically involved with a drug-addicted prostitute, to whom he's possibly supplying heroin as well as using it himself.
The reading will feature musical accompaniment by DJ Riz Rollins and will be followed by a workshop Q&A where the audience will be able to give feedback and thoughts directly to the writers. Police Beat is based on the writings of Charles Mudede's weekly column in The Stranger of the same name and is the follow-up project to Rob's critically acclaimed directorial debut The Woman Chaser which played at SIFF 2000. Budgeted at $100,000 and to be shot digitally in Seattle, Police Beat will be produced with Northwest Film Forum as part of its Start-to-Finish Program.
Screenwriters Salon is a monthly series produced by Cinema Seattle dedicated to furthering the craft of screenwriting and educating not only screenwriters of all levels of experience but also film enthusiasts who are seeking a deeper understanding and education of film. The Salon presents panel discussions, programs and workshop staged script readings, to interact and openly discuss all manner of issues and topics on screenwriting and film. Past program participants have included Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry), Sherman Alexie (Smoke Signals), Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), Randall Wallace (Braveheart), Stewart Stern (Rebel Without a Cause) and Jim Taylor (About Schmidt).