What John Callahan was to Portland, poet Steven J. Bernstein was to Seattle—a troubled, idiosyncratic icon of the seedier side of the street. Now Bernstein also has his own movie: I Am Secretly an Important Man, which is arranged by director Pete Sillen as a scramble of Emerald City diners in 16 mm. With a voice somewhere between Steve Earle and the guy who narrates those Wizard People, Dear Reader videos, Bernstein became a patriarch of grunge, but describes his poetry in the old-fashioned terms of workaday duty, even appearing in a department-store window to read. Keep Seattle Weird! Clinton Street Theater.

  • Best paired with: Black Butte XXIII.
  • Also showing: The Odessa File (Laurelhurst), Wayne’s World (Academy).