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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Northwest Film Forum’s New Program Director

Posted by on January 24 at 11:40 AM

Adam Sekuler replaces outgoing program director Jaime Keeling. Here he is:


Adam Sekuler comes to us from Minnesota Film Arts in Minneanapolis, where he has been programming the non-fiction film series for a year or so. (Before that, he programmed for the University Film Society and the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, which is administered through with MFA.) Currently on the schedule at his theater: Ganges River to Heaven, New York Doll, The Untold Story of Emmett Till, and The Goebbels Experiment. Minnesota Film Arts hasn’t been having a great time of it lately: They may be closing down their other theater, which programs narrative classics like Casablanca and Citizen Kane. The programmer of that space quit at the beginning of January. Good job getting out while the getting out is good, Mr. Sekuler!

But here’s the kicker. If Minnesota Film Arts sounds familiar, it’s because that’s where we shipped Northwest Film Forum cofounder (and former Stranger film editor) Jamie Hook, who was subsequently ousted from his MFA executive director perch after failing to apply for a crucial $50,000 grant. According to a hostile witness, board director Larry Lamb, “[Hook] missed numerous grant deadlines. His folly was on a grand scale.” So it appears that Hook’s presence led, in a roundabout way, to Sekuler’s exodus. Ironic, n’est-ce pas?

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Does anybody know where Hook is now? And wasn't Hook the film editor of The Stranger back in the day.

Tres interesting scoop on Jamie Hook.

Meanwhile, has "The Untold Story of Emmett Till" ever played here? Is it good? What's the untold story?

Hook was our film editor for a while—Annie should have mentioned that.

okay, i updated the post to include the stranger connection.

Also, the Emmett Till doc played at Seattle University recently, but it hasn't opened theatrically. A theater in PDX is showing it starting next Friday.

Where's Keeling going?

i believe her plans are not firm as of this date. more later.

It's Minneapolis, Hook missed only one grant deadline, and Mr. Hook is now in NYC at Exit Art

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MFA crisis and Hook shenanigans aside, Adam is a fantastic program director to lead NWFF. It was clear during his visit here that his infectious, energetic charisma will charm Seattle's socks off!

Is it me or does this guy look like a previous photograph of the man who stoped smoking?

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