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Local film critic Robert Horton’s work curating “Celluloid Seattle” at MOHAI pulls back the curtain to frame Seattle as a character in film through the years. As part of this insightful presentation, Robert will narrate Seattle’s history as an “imagined place,” and focus on how the rest of the world has cast Seattle as a character in film. Both insider and outsider points of view have directed the evolution of classic Seattle archetypal films and smaller projects.
Robert Horton is a film critic for KUOW (Seattle’s National Public Radio station) and the Herald in Everett, Washington; he is also a longtime contributor to Film Comment and other magazines. He curates the Magic Lantern film-discussion program at the Frye Art Museum, teaches film at Seattle University, and is a guest speaker for Smithsonian Journeys and Humanities Washington, as well as a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. His books include Billy Wilder: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi), the upcoming Frankenstein (Columbia University Press), and the zombie-Western graphic novel Rotten and its prose spin-off The Lost Diary of John J. Flynn, U.S. Agent (Moonstone Books), and he blogs on movies at The Crop Duster (roberthorton.wordpress.com) and What a Feeling! (eightiesmovies.wordpress.com).
Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies is the first special exhibit at the Museum of History & Industry’s brand new location at Lake Union Park! On view from December 29, 2012 – September 8, 2013, Celluloid Seattle explores both the image of Seattle captured in films, and how the idea of “going to the movies” has changed in the city over the years. Along with film clips and historic artifacts, the exhibit will help visitors truly engage with the historic movie experience through a set of recreated mini-theatres and interactive games and activity kiosks.