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.
The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle (2009)
In an interview on the DVD, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle writer/director David Russo says his film, "asks to be misunderstood." That was only true for me before I watched the film. I thought I was sitting down to another fair-to-moderately enjoyable indie comedy. What I discovered was a visually innovative, richly detailed, and surprisingly emotional indie comedy. Mild-mannered Dory (Marshall Allman) loses his cool and his cushy data analyst job. He ends up as a part of the Spiffy Jiffy janitorial crew with dreadlocked Ethyl and her druggy boyfriend Methyl, tortured artist/philosopher O.C., and their boss/Desert Storm vet Weird William. One of their clients is a company that's testing a cookie baked with a chemical they believe makes each bite taste like it's fresh out of the oven. But, of course, the chemical does a bit more than that. After participating in a taste test, Dory and the staff are hooked. Corporate tester Tracy (Natasha Lyonne) takes advantage of their addiction and starts planting cookies in the garbage-they gobble them up; she surveys the results. The men grow irritable, crave salt, suffer intense stomach cramps, and have strange visions. The reason for the suspicious symptoms becomes apparent when Dory gives "birth" on the office's bathroom floor. Russo and cinematographer Neil Holcomb create a beautiful look throughout the film, from the opening sequence following a message in a bottle to Dory's electric hallucination of a blue fish swimming out of a painting. I don't want to give too much away about the animation and effects and montages; you'll just have to watch it. On to locations: The film opens with Dory sitting on the rocks near the fishing pier at Myrtle Edwards Park. He storms out of his old job and on to Eastlake Ave. in front of Pazzo's. Spiffy Jiffy's offices are in Georgetown (624 Lander St., says their business card), and O.C. tries desperately to woo Tracy at the wonderful Georgetown Liquor Company. I'm unfamiliar with the interiors of most downtown skyscrapers but I think the cookie company's offices are either in the Columbia Tower or somewhere in the vicinity. The crew enjoys herbal refreshment and watches the Fourth of July fireworks from the roof of a building that appears to be between Westlake and I-5. Dory rides his motorcycle over the viaduct a few times (as seen from Victor Steinbrueck Park), and there are a few obligatory ferry-on-the-water shots as well. Local people wise, among the players you'll find writer/actor/musician Sean Nelson as a fellow data analyst and future Stranger Genius Award winner John Osebold as OC's theremin-playing bandmate (his comedy/performance art/band "Awesome" provided much of the music, too). And Office of Film + Music folks, correct me if I'm wrong, but did I spot your offices and a few of your staffers in a cameo? Dizzle was produced in association with Northwest Film Forum's Start-to-Finish grant program, which also helped fund films such as the previously Scarecrow on Seattle reviewed Police Beat. -Jen Koogler
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