SCARECROW ON SEATTLE
In appreciation and recognition of Seattle's long and illustrious film history, we are proud to partner with Scarecrow Video to bring you weekly reviews of historical Seattle films. Each week we will showcase a new movie, with special emphasis on how these films show Seattle's most filmable locations.
Police Beat (2005)
Based on a long running column in local weekly The Stranger, Police Beat is an idiosyncratic and ambitious independent film produced by local arts organization Northwest Film Forum. The movie follows a Senegalese immigrant called Z (Pape Sidy Niang) who is working in Seattle as a bike cop. The film strings together several recreated "criminal" events from the newspaper column intermixed with Z's personal struggles. Many scenes unfold near water (especially Lake Union), extensive use is made of Capitol Hill, but nobody goes to the Pike Place Market. There are too many locations to detail here as Police Beat was shot at over 100 different spots around the city in lush, 35mm cinemascope by ace local camera guy Sean Kirby. The filmmakers also used lots of Seattle actors, non-actors and technicians. If you've been around town very long you'll undoubtedly recognize some familiar faces and scenic views. Hell, I'm even in the movie for about 20 seconds but I've got a black stocking mask over my head so you won't be able to recognize me. Police Beat is not for every taste but it has the power and ability to make a real connection with some viewers and rarely has Seattle been so beautifully captured on film.