For the second year, five works by Cornish students will be shown as part of the Seattle Center's Movies at the Mural.
Elizabeth Bube (’20) plans to attend and watch herself – or, more accurately, her eye—cry for seven minutes, under the stars, on a forty foot screen. (Her film is titled “Eigenlicht” and it will be the short film that precedes the screening of I Am Not Your Negro on August 18.) Reilly Miller (’20) says he sees the connection between his film, “Ave Maria,” and Wonder Woman, which it is paired with on August 25, as both films are about strong woman. He is back home for the summer in Colorado and likely won’t be able to attend.
Peyton Cuddeback will be there, however, finding time among her three summer jobs. “The best response,” she says, thinking about how audiences might respond to her comic take on an old Doris Day song, “Everybody Loves a Lover,” “would just be laughs and an appreciation of the mockery of the old fashioned gender norms and word play of ‘I love you so much, I could just eat you up’.”
Movies at the Mural, named after the Seattle Center spot where the films screen, is a free outdoor summer film series in which people from all over the city gather under the stars (and under blankets) to watch classics and blockbusters—and, this year, a blockbuster documentary. It’s a tradition: the series enters its sixteenth year this summer. Films begin once the sun has gone down, but people start to jockey blankets into place, and set up picnics, ninety minutes before. Expect a crowd of 1,200 for such for the perennial favorites as The Princess Bride.
It’s a big stage for a Film student: a studio class is composed of twelve or fifteen students. The end-of-semester departmental showcases draw fifty people, if you include friends and, some of the time, family. Student films are usually featured on screens on campus, and a few play in rotation on the website. But we might generously include all under the marquee title “micro-cinema.” That all changed beginning last summer thanks to Cornish’s partners at Seattle Center: students now have an annual opportunity to have their work seen by hundreds of people.
If you are going, a couple of notes: Pete Rush, Seattle Center’s Arts Program Manager, who curates the series, suggests that you consider bringing a blanket to sit on, and along with that “low-back chairs, additional layers of clothing, and picnic supplies.” (Seattle Center also asks that people leave their pets at home.) Come early you can also participate in trivia contests, win movie snacks, and maybe meet an emerging filmmaker.
This year, work by four second-year students and one recent graduate share the screen with films you must know:
Movies at the Mural
July 29: The Princess Bride (dir. Rob Reiner). Paired with “Troubled Waters,” by Makena Griffin (class of ’20).
August 4: Get Out (dir. Jordan Peele). Paired with “Besame,” by Nicholas Van Buren (’18).
August 11: Little Shop of Horrors (dir. Frank Oz). Paired with “Everybody Loves a Lover,” by Peyton Cuddeback (’20).
August 18: I Am Not Your Negro (dir. Raoul Peck). Paired with “Eigenlicht,” by Elizabeth Bube (’20).
August 25: Wonder Woman (dir. Patty Jenkins). Paired with “Ave Maria,” by Reilly Miller (’20).
For more FAQs and usual patron information, visit this page: seattlecenter.com/moviesatthemural
There are also Facebook events for each of the 5 screenings: