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Razing the Bar

USA | 2014 | 83 minutes | Ryan Worsley

Debauched, often destroyed, and now defunct Seattle punk venue The Funhouse is honored in this debut from local filmmaker Ryan Worsley. Interviews with artists and participants match an appropriately killer soundtrack, as eclectic as the scene itself.

May 20, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 27, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Loud, messy, and often outrageous, The Funhouse was one of Seattle's landmark punk rock venues. From 2003 to 2012, the venue offered artists a place to experiment with new musical styles and performance ideas, and quickly became a breeding ground for local talent. As a young man, KEXP DJ Brian Foss made the decision that it was better to fail at something that you loved than spend a lifetime doing something that you hated, and he imbued The Funhouse with the same spirit, creating a place where creativity, risk, and fun could flourish both onstage and off. Many members of the venue's offstage community soon found their way both onstage and into the Seattle culture at-large, including the then-nascent burlesque movement and the Rat City Rollergirls. First-time director Ryan Worsley was one of those people in the crowd, and had been documenting the scene for years. By incorporating a wealth of archival footage and memorabilia with dozens of interviews with employees, friends, and a multitude of local musicians, Worsley's Razing the Bar stands as a testament to the creative community that The Funhouse fostered, as well as a warning of what may become lost in Seattle's all-consuming quest for urban density.

Director Biography

Ryan Worsley is a painter, writer, and filmmaker originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has produced short films and videos that have screened internationally as far away as Vancouver, BC.

Sponsored by 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Black Rapid Media, CityArts, Shoreline Community College, EMP Museum, KEXP 90.3 FM.

Director: Ryan Worsley
Principal Cast: Brian Foss, Joetta Velasquez, Bill Bullock, Chris Chambers, Jake Stratton, Rachel Ratner
Premier Status: World Premiere
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 83 minutes
Producer: Debbie Porter, Ryan Worsley
Screenplay: Ryan Worsley, Kris Kristensen, Laura Dean
Cinematographers: Ryan Worsley, Kris Kristensen
Editors: Ryan Worsley, Kris Kristensen
Music: Aaron Nicholes
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
Format: HDCAM
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