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SEAT OF EMPIRE DVD signing Friday, April 23rd at 7pm

As I write this, it is a beautiful spring day in Seattle. Seeing the skyline in all its non-cloud enveloped glory always spikes my civic pride and gets me thinking about the history of our fair city. It's a subject I indulge my interest in with activities such as visits to The Museum of History and Industry, frequent check ins with VintageSeattle.org, and pouring over the pictures in books like Vanishing Seattle. But like any good Scarecrow employee, I prefer to learn everything from the movies. That's why I'm looking forward to next Friday, April 23rd, when Scarecrow welcomes director Shaun Scott and his documentary SEAT OF EMPIRE to the store. The film, funded by the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, begins when Europeans first arrived and goes on to examine the many factors that have shaped the region's physical and social landscapes: SEAT OF EMPIRE sings the story of the social and environmental struggles that have shaped Seattle. From the Duwamish to the domed stadium, Bill Boeing to Bill Gates, the IWW and Philippine laborers to the Post-WWII boom that brought Seattle to unprecedented national prominence, SEAT OF EMPIRE explores the cross-sections of environmental sacrifice, military development, and municipal struggles over space and resources. The film is one artist's contribution to the small but growing canon of poetic reconstructions of our city's history... Charles Mudede's review in The Stranger paints an excellent picture of what the documentary covers, but here are a few excerpts to give you a better idea of the film's scope: This part is about the Denny Regrade, which I'm sure you all know is how several of our big hills were leveled to make room for neighborhoods. There's also this intriguing clip which features a brief glimpse of our Roosevelt neighbors Cafe Racer and reveals that the woman for whom the street I live on is named ran a brothel: I wish Seattle still had a reputation as a "gaudy, wide open bachelor town." Shaun Scott will be at Scarecrow on Friday, April 23rd at 7pm to sign copies of Seat of Empire and answer questions about the film. We invite you to stop in and check out this fascinating and remarkable work. Also, there will be pizza. We also invite you to revisit this vintage post from our blog all about Seattle on Film and browse our eclectic Seattle Interest rental section. There you'll find everything from J.P Patches, a documentary about Longacres, and things like this: [caption id="attachment_3217" align="aligncenter" width="270" caption="Director Shaun Scott "][/caption]

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