Rocketmen

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USA | 2017 | 67 minutes | Webster Crowell

The Stranger Genius Award winner, Webster Crowell, blends live action with animated interludes for the deranged comedic adventures of Seattle’s little-known protectors, The Department of Municipal Rocketry.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

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  • Matinee

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

7:00 PM Director Webster Crowell, cast/crew and Director James Allen Smith (Haskell) scheduled to attend

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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  • Matinee

Shoreline

3:30 PM Director Webster Crowell, cast/crew and Director James Allen Smith (Haskell) scheduled to attend

Monday, June 5, 2017

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SIFF Cinema Uptown

4:00 PM Director Webster Crowell, cast/crew and Director James Allen Smith (Haskell) scheduled to attend

Fans of retro sci-fi and old-school special effects will find much to love in this comedy web series-turned-feature flick by local director Webster Crowell, winner of The Stranger Genius Award for film in 2003. Originally filmed as a seven-part miniseries, Rocketmen follows an FDR-era jobs program comprising men in tight leather jackets with rockets on their backs, their sole goal to defend the good ol' U.S. of A. from Communist invasions and giant robots. The only problem is America was never attacked by such forces, leaving Rocketmen by the wayside 70 years later. That is, until a new threat arrives in Seattle's airspace, while goofy realities float into the surreal when their hydrogen-powered rockets release hallucinogenic gas. The Rocketmen's job woes are inspired by Crowell's own experiences of the Great Recession, commenting on the importance of government-provided jobs. Shot in and around the Emerald City, scene locations bounce from coffee shops to Pioneer Square, downtown, and the International District. This local ensemble cast, brilliantly orchestrated by Crowell, presents a hardily quirky testament to Seattle's creative spirit.

Director Biography

Webster Crowell is an animator and filmmaker in Seattle. His award-winning films include the shorts "Parasol" and "Last Call", and his feature Borrowing Time. Webster was the first recipient of The Stranger Genius Award for Film in 2003.

Sponsored by 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Shoreline Community College, IATSE Local 488, Encore City Arts, Seattle Weekly, Women in Film - Seattle

  • Director: Webster Crowell
  • Principal Cast: Alycia Delmore, Basil Harris, Christopher Dietz, Ian Fraser, Ben Laurance
  • Premiere Status: World
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 67 minutes
  • Producer: Alycia Delmore
  • Screenplay: Webster Crowell
  • Cinematographers: Nathan M. Miller
  • Editors: Britta Johnson
  • Music: Jason Staczek
  • Filmography: Borrowing Time (2004)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP

Preceded by Short Film: "Haskell"

This film will be preceded by the short film "Haskell" (USA | 2017 | 11 minutes | James Allen Smith)

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