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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

Bob Birdnow's Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self

This event took place on Nov 17, 2015

$12 General Admission
$9 Student/Senior
$7 Member

Eric Steele
US
2013
1h 18m
Series - Visiting Artists

Visiting Artist

Seattle premiere! 
Filmmakers in attendance! 
Hosted after party at Vermillion
Co-presented with Fandor

Discussion

  • Before the screening, join producer Adam Donaghey and local producer Lacey Leavitt for an industry conversation: “Unusual Tales from the Unusual Profession of Independent Film Producing”
  • After party with hosted bar at Vermillion, sponsored by Fandor.

About

“One day, on a flight from Cedar Rapids to Dallas, I opened up my laptop and thought, ‘If I were pulled into another ‘motivational conference’ somewhere in the Midwest, what could somebody say that would actually change my life?’ Thus writer-director Eric Steele began to pen Bob Birdnow, first as a one-man stage play about a former pilot who lost two limbs in a horrific crash and lived to tell the tale as a somewhat reluctant motivational speaker. Steele then adapted the play into his first feature film: an experimental endeavor in deconstructing both the concept of the motivational speech and the format of the feature length film.

Set in a conference room in Dubuque, Iowa, Bob Birdnow stars lauded theater actor and renowned coach for television anchors Barry Nash, as he gives a singularly epic monologue. Unbounded by TED talk strictures, Bob presents a sprawling, visceral account of his life and struggles to a dumbfounded sales team. Nash took on his first cinematic role for the film adaptation of the play, which he also starred in.

A film about the accomplishment of human survival and transcendence of self, Bob Birdnow explores what motivates us to persevere and overcome formidable challenges.
The second edition of VOD IRL: video-on-demand screenings in the movie theater, brings this remarkably unusual film to Seattle audiences for the first time.



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