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Young Bainbridge filmmaker goes with his gut for Celluloid debut

A still of the end product, from Richard Murphy’s “Man Cooking.”  - Courtesy of Richard Murphy
A still of the end product, from Richard Murphy’s “Man Cooking.”
— image credit: Courtesy of Richard Murphy

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.

Morning meditations:

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

The matinee:

Forget Me Never, Renée Longstreet, with Harry Longstreet

Bainbridge millenials:

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

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