Dispatch From the Boiler Room: August 26



A brief dispatch this week, as I’m fighting off the worst kind of cold: a summer cold.

Having lived in a creative mecca for most of my adult life, and having an institution like the Northwest Film Center in my orbit in one way or another for almost all of my career, it’s easy to forget that I am in daily contact with exceptional artists who are quietly cranking out amazing work. I’m looking forward to correcting that, at least in part, by attending Internal Review: Films by Northwest Film Center Staff this Thursday at the Whitsell Auditorium.

Meanwhile, here in the boiler room things are chugging along: the first episode of our series profiling Northwest Filmmakers, Deep Focus, is in review and with any luck will be premiering later this week. And I’m continuing to work my way through the stack of articles highlighting the career of Judge Anna Brown in anticipation of interviewing her as the honoree for this years’ District Court Historical Society Lifetime Achievement Award.

This week…

…is the lead up to International Bat Nights, celebrated on the last weekend of August. Launched in 1997, International Bat Nights is an invitation to observe one of natures most misunderstood creatures, and learn about the crucial role they play in our ecosystem. A single little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) can ingest over 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour, and the spread of seeds through bat guano is a major factor in tropical rainforest reforestation.

Until next time…