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Taubman Sucks: The Movie!

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Taubman Sucks: The Movie
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In late 2003 I was contacted by Theo Lipfert, an award-winning filmmaker who was searching for an idea for a movie project. He had stumbled across this website, and he wanted to know if I might be interested in allowing him to use the TaubmanSucks saga as the basis for a short documentary. As you might imagine, I was more than pleased to facilitate an effort to tell the story of the nefarious machinations of The Taubman Company and their lawyers via yet another medium. (And the chance to star in a movie about me was definitely a plus.)

The movie was a project of The Warren Report, a Seattle-based organization that is basically dedicated to anything having to do with movies. (The Warren Report is the eponymous creation of Warren Etheredge, Seattle's quintessential film buff.) The project, officially known as "New Voices 2004," was undertaken in cooperation with 911 Media Arts Center, whose mission is "to support the expressive use of innovative media tools by providing the access, training, and environment needed to create/exhibit works of enduring merit and artistic excellence." Support for the project was also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and KCTS, the PBS television affiliate in Seattle.

I attended the premiere of Taubman Sucks: The Movie at the Seattle Art Museum on June 19, 2004. I thought it was very well received (not that I'm entirely impartial), and I had a wonderful time. (Not only was it the first movie premiere I've ever attended, it was the first time I've ever attended a movie about me, an unbeatable combination.) I should mention that the film was greatly enhanced by a fittingly dramatic score, which was the creation of Stefan Hakenberg, a gifted composer with whom Theo has worked in the past on other film projects.

After the premiere, Theo launched an effort to enter the movie in film festivals, as he's done with his previous works. As of this writing, Taubman Sucks has been screened at more than 30 film festivals and other theaters, has appeared on television about half a dozen times, and is available on DVD from Film Baby. (The DVD-to-Web video conversions for this website were performed by Nina Kleinberg.)

Theater Screenings
Cucalorus Wilmington, NC November 11, 2006
Vintage Computer Film Festival Livermore, CA November 5, 2006
Media Theatre & Arts Colloquium Bozeman, MT October 20, 2006
Cinema Slam Ann Arbor, MI May 16, 2006
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture Spokane, WA November 10, 2005
Missoula Art Museum Missoula, MT November 10, 2005
Austin Film Festival Austin, TX October 22 & 24, 2005
Mill Valley Film Festival Mill Valley, CA October 9, 2005
Best of the Best Film Festival Eugene, OR October 2, 2005
Washington State University Pullman, WA September 20 & 21, 2005
DC Shorts Washington, DC September 17, 2005
Bear Tooth Theatre Anchorage, AK July 21, 2005
Portland Art Museum Portland, OR July 7 & 8, 2005
Butte Silver Bow Arts Foundation Butte, MT June 16, 2005
Filmstock Luton, UK June 12, 2005
Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA May 19, 2005
University of Oregon Eugene, OR May 13, 2005
Portland Community College Portland, OR May 12, 2005
PDX Film Festival Portland, OR April 24, 2005
Nashville Film Festival Nashville, TN April 20, 2005
Blue Mountain Community College Pendleton, OR April 12, 2005
Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls, OR April 9, 2005
Lewis and Clark College Portland, OR April 9, 2005
Pacific University Forest Grove, OR April 8, 2005
Idaho State University Pocatello, ID April 8, 2005
Detroit Film Center Detroit, MI April 2, 2005
Ann Arbor Film Festival Ann Arbor, MI March 19, 2005
Cinequest San Jose, CA March 8 & 9, 2005
NOVAC New Orleans, LA March 3, 2005
Big Muddy Film Festival Carbondale, IL February 27 & 28, 2005
Dam Short Film Festival Boulder City, NV February 4, 2005
Digital Video Expo West Los Angeles, CA December 8, 2004
Northwest Film and Video Festival* Portland, OR November 5 & 13, 2004
Bumbershoot Seattle, WA September 3, 2004
Seattle Art Museum Seattle, WA June 19, 2004
*Selected for the "Best of the Northwest Film & Video Festival Tour."

Television Screenings
TECC Tampa, FL September 17, 2006 9:00 PM
DUTV Philadelphia, PA June 6, 2006 9:00 PM
DUTV Philadelphia, PA May 2, 2006 9:00 PM
DUTV Philadelphia, PA April 4, 2006 9:00 PM
WSIU Carbondale, IL July 31, 2005 10:00 PM
KCTS Seattle, WA May 26, 2005 9:00 PM
KCTS Seattle, WA November 29, 2004 3:00 AM
KCTS Seattle, WA November 28, 2004 1:00 PM
KCTS Seattle, WA November 25, 2004 8:00 PM

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