Top 10 Fight Scenes in Film

~posted by Di Z.

Martial arts have been in film for almost as long as major motion pictures have existed. First appearing in Shanghai in the 1920s, martial arts flicks have become a major genre in film with worldwide stars such as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Jean Claude Van Damm, Jet Li, and many more. This list is not at all exhaustive, it is merely a start on your journey to discovering great martial arts movies. Each of the fight scenes mentioned has a link to view the fight, and the full film is available for a free rental through the Seattle Public Library. Continue reading “Top 10 Fight Scenes in Film”

Directed by Women: A Brief History

    – posted by Ellen

In the early years of motion pictures – from the 1890s to the 1930s – women were major players behind the scenes on movie sets in Hollywood and around the world. Here are a few who made their mark back in the day.

Visionary French director Alice Guy-Blaché is credited as the first woman director with her 1896 film La Fée aux Choux, the story of a woman who cannot have children so she creates some in a cabbage patch. More than 700 films made in France and the U.S. followed, from melodramas to gangster films, horror films to fairy tales. See a collection of her films on the dvd Gaumont Treasures

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Directed By Women is Underway at Your Library

     – Posted by Nancy P

The global viewing party Directed by Women is underway, and Seattle Public Library is part of it! Join the global party this September, as people across the United States and around the world in United Kingdom, Ireland, Turkey, India, Singapore, Spain, Italy, Canada and Australia celebrate women directors and their works.

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Directed by Women from Around the World

We are participating in Directed By Women, a global celebration of women directors and their works this month. Here is the full schedule of our Directed by Women Film Series. For more contemporary international women directors, check out these films for a trip around the world!

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Directed by Women, Northwest edition.

    – posted by Ellen F.

This September, Seattle Public Library will be joining in a global celebration of women directors with a series of free film screenings around the city. A US News and World Reports study estimated that women made up only 7% of Hollywood directors in 2014, but in Seattle the industry is dominated by women who have broken through the celluloid ceiling. These directors often work collaboratively on their films, and the following is only a shortlist of the directors making movies in the Northwest.

Seattle Women in Film is a collection of the best short films by 21 Seattle women filmmakers in the indie film scene.

Director/writer/producer/actor Lynn Shelton’s latest movie Laggies was filmed in Seattle and stars Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell. Shelton previously directed the awarding-winning Hump Day and Your Sister’s Sister. She wrote and directed her first film We Go Way Back way back in 2004. Continue reading “Directed by Women, Northwest edition.”