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Filmlandia! A Movie Lover's Guide to the Films and Television of Seattle, Portland, and the Great Northwest

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2023-04-18
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books

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From Twin Peaks to Twilight, from Practical Magic to Portlandia!, Filmlandia! highlights more than 200 film and television entertainments created and centered in Seattle, Portland, and the greater Pacific Northwest, extensively researched and curated by culture writer David Schmader.

The PNW has a thriving, rich film culture, and it's finally celebrated in a guide as visually arresting and compelling as the films and television themselves!

More than 200 entries are included and feature:
• Hilarious, insightful synopses
• Behind-the-scene facts and trivia
• Regional scenic highlights

In addition, sidebars pepper the pages, covering:
• Regional filmmakers like Gus Van Sant and Lynn Shelton
• Television shows that shaped the public's perception of the region (such as Twin Peaks, Shrill, and Portlandia!)
• Documentaries, queer cinema, silent films, Vancouver-shot imposters, and more.

Colorful artwork, inspired by the primary VHS color palette of the 80s, turns this handy guide into a visual treat as well. This is a book for any cinephile, but for those who love and live in the PNW, Filmlandia! is an absolute must-have.

Author Biography

DAVID SCHMADER is a writer and performer devoted to exploring his obsessions, from homophobic rock stars and pray-away-the-gay Christians to trash cinema and legalized drugs. His solo plays—Letter to Axl, Straight, and A Short-Term Solution to a Long-Term Problem—have been performed across the US, including productions at San Francisco’s Theatre Rhinocerous, New York City’s Dixon Place, Los Angeles’ Highways Performance Space, Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, and the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. From 1998–2015, Schmader worked as a staff writer and editor for Seattle’s Pulitzer-winning newsweekly The Stranger, where he wrote the issue-opening column “Last Days: The Week in Review” for 18 years. In his spare time, he is the world’s foremost authority on the glorious terribleness of the movie Showgirls, hosting annotated screenings of Paul Verhoeven’s notorious stripper drama at cinemas all over North America and providing the commentary track for the Showgirls DVD. His first book Weed: The User’s Guide was published by Sasquatch Books in 2016. 

ASHOD SIMONIAN is a creative director and designer known for advertising campaigns and packaging projects for Focus Features, Columbia Sportswear, and Peet's Coffee, among others. He is the co-owner of Imaginary Authors, a niche perfume house known for its unique branding, and author of Real Fun, a book of photography and stories documenting his decade spent touring the world in a variety of indie rock bands.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Film Lover's Paradise

Washington Fun Boxes (sidebars to appear throughout)
Bruce Lee | Dystopian Futures | Film Festivals | Frasier | Grey’s Anatomy | Kurt Cobain | Lynn Shelton | Megan Griffiths | Movie Houses | Northern Exposure | PNW Film All-Stars | PNW XXX | Queer Cinema | Seattle Verite: Seattle Documentaries | The Real World | Rose Red | Scarecrow Video | Twin Peaks | Vancouver Switcheroo

10 Things I Hate About You | 21 & Over | 50 Shades of Gray | American Heart | The Art of Racing in the Rain | Assassins | Battle in Seattle | Beacon Hill Boys | Benny & Joon | A Bit of Bad Luck | Black Widow | The Book of Stars | Boy Culture | Brand Upon the Brain! | Bustin Loose | The Changeling | Cinderella Liberty | Come See the Paradise | Cthulu | Daredreamer | Dear Lemon Lima | The Details | Disclosure | Dogfight | Double Jeopardy | East of the Mountains | Enough | The Fabulous Baker Boys | Fear | Frances | Georgia | Get Carter | Gory Gory Hallelujah | Grassroots | The Hand That Rocks the Cradle | Harry and the Hendersons |Harry in Your Pocket |Highway |Hit! |House of Games |The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle | It Happened at the World’s Fair | Karl Krogstad | The Last Mimzy | Late Autumn | Life or Something Like It | Little Buddha | Love Happens | Mad Love | Money Buys Happiness | My Last Year with the Nuns | Officer & a Gentleman | Old Goats | Paper Tigers | The Parallax View | Plain Clothes | Police Beat | Power |Practical Magic | Red Dawn | The Ring | Safety Not Guaranteed | Say Anything | Seven Hours to Judgment | Singles | Slaves to the Underground | Sleepless in Seattle | The Slender Thread | Snow Falling on Cedars | Surviving the Game | This Boy’s Life | Trouble in Mind | True Adolescents | Tugboat Annie | Twice in a Lifetime | Twilight | Unforgettable | The Vanishing | Waiting for the Light | War Games | Where’d You Go, Bernadette? | World’s Greatest Dad


Portland Fun Boxes (sidebars to appear throughout)
Astoria! | Behind the Music | Eternal Silents | Film Festivals | The Technicolor Frontier! | Grimm | Gus Van Sant | Jack Nicholson | Kelly Reichardt | LAIKA Studios | Movie Houses | PDX Docs | Portlandia! | Prefontaine vs Prefontaine | The Real World: Portland | Shrill | The Simpsons
Animal House | Benji the Hunted | The Black Stallion | Body of Evidence | Captain Fantastic | C.O.G. | Dead Man | The Fog | Foxfire | Free Willy | The Goonies | Hear No Evil | How to Beat the High Cost of Living | I Don’t Feel at Home in This World | The Indian Fighter | Into the Wild | Kindergarten Cop | Lean on Pete | Leave No Trace | Lost Horizon | Maverick | Men of Honor | Mr. Brooks | Mr. Holland’s Opus | My Name is Bruce | Overboard | Pay It Forward | PIG | Point Break | The River Wild | Ring of Fire | Roaring Timber | Rooster Cogburn | Short Circuit | Sometimes a Great Notion | Stand By Me | Swordfish | Thumbsucker | Wild

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