The Celluloid Bainbridge festival invites the Bainbridge Island community to take a cinematic walk on the noir side with several films that are reminiscent of the 1940s-50s film noir genre, with its crime-related plots, morally ambiguous heroes, urban settings, and dark, moody tones.
Started in 1998, Celluloid Bainbridge is an free, all day screening of films with a Bainbridge Island connection: the films must have been filmed on Bainbridge Island or feature a past or present Bainbridge Islander in the cast or crew. The goal of the festival is to bring the Bainbridge community together to learn about and celebrate local filmmakers, both established and aspiring, and to provide a venue for the filmmakers to share their work with their community.
Initially part of the Bainbridge Island Arts Walk, Celluloid Bainbridge quickly grew into its own event at The Historic Lynwood Theatre as, year after year, it managed to attract or unearth a day or more’s worth of movies that were either made on Bainbridge Island or featured a past or present Bainbridge Islander in the cast or crew.
Highlights over the years – all with surprising Bainbridge connections – include Woody Allen’s What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, Sherman Alexie’s Smoke Signals; The Last Detail, with Jack Nicholson; and the 3-D classic, It Came from Outer Space, plus nearly 300 other masterpieces, in all sizes and genres, from more than 260 contributors.
Celluloid Bainbridge would not be possible without the ongoing co-sponsorship and support of the Historic Lynwood Theatre. This year, Celluloid Bainbridge was also awarded a Project Support Grant from the Washington State Arts Commission.