Young Bainbridge filmmaker goes with his gut for Celluloid debut
March 13, 2009 · Updated 12:09 PM
Richard Murphy’s ‘Man Cooking’ among dozens of films to appear at the Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival this weekend. See a full lineup at the bottom of this story.
High-school senior Richard Murphy is so immersed in his next filmmaking project that he’s nearly forgotten his big debut.
“Oh, it’s this weekend?” he said.
Mark your calendar – or in Murphy’s case, mark your arm – so you don’t miss the offerings of roughly two dozen local filmmakers in the 11th annual Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival. It runs all day Sunday at the Lynwood Theatre.
Inspired by late-night cooking shows helmed by rabidly macho chefs, Murphy and some buddies devised the 3-minute “Man Cooking,” which features a chainsaw-wielding, naked-from-the-waist-up cook who, as host of the titular show-within-a-show, pounds out and grills up the biggest burger ever.
In many ways, his homemade effort embodies the spirit of Celluloid, which has long offereed a forum for new filmmakers to debut their work.
This year, too, veteran filmmakers and producers will show off past work, like Renée and Harry Longstreet with “Forget Me Never,” and Marian Rees and Anne Hopkins with “Foxfire,” staring the late Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn.
First-time Celluloid coordinator Paula Elliot, of the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council, grouped the showings into loose categories to encourage people to stick around for multiple screenings rather than to pop in just for one.
That’s a tasty prospect for participants, especially younger ones like Murphy – who’s been so inspired this year that he plans to major in filmmaking and videography in college, and minor in film studies. “Man Cooking” is just the beginning.
“You can see as I play the stuff, they get higher and higher in quality as I’ve grown,” he said.
What’s on the menu
Celluloid Bainbridge starts at 9 a.m. March 14 at the Lynwood Theatre.
The St. Barnabas Youth Mission to New Orleans, Barb Ellis
Bury Me in Redwood County, Benjamin Greené and Benj Cameron
POW McGrath, Mary Dombrowski
I Am Here, I Am Not Afraid, Heidi Corbin
Romancing the Buddha, Michael Lisagor
A Bainbridge bouquet:
Natural Instincts, Cathy Bellefeuille
Forest in the City, Cameron Snow
Beat Poets on Bainbridge Island, Karen Perry
A Portrait of Louise, Stephen Stolee
Forget Me Never, Renée Longstreet, with Harry Longstreet
Flight School, Crosby Olsen
Knock on Wood – Toco Madera, David Adler
Truth (Teen Talking Circles on Bainbridge Island), Rob Dalton
Inside-Out, Buster Keaton in the Doghouse, Klondike Kill, John Kersten
Green Fashion Show, Sean Leonard; The College Roommate, Jesus Inc.
Dwarf Lord and Get Him Back, Ned Thorne
Law 9, Super 8 Fairy, Let’s Make Cupcakes, McKayla SewnSew
Get Beat, Zack Nelson
Food for thought:
Man Cooking, Richard Murphy
I Scream, Richard Lasser
Intertwined, Dan Kowalski
Fumiko Hayashida: The Woman Behind the Symbol, Lucy Ostrander
Three Poems on Water, Dan Kowalski
You’re the Top, Paul Brians
Ars Magna, Sean Roach
The Evening feature
Foxfire, Marian Rees and Anne Hopkins