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