Think Thank vs ‘The Weas’: A Packed House for Premier Night in Seattle

Seattle, WA (September 20, 2010) – Rainy Seattle nights at the King Cat Theater can only mean one thing: it’s premier season. And Friday nights festivities at the feline film venue brought us a double dip of pre-season stoke: Think Thank’s “Right Brain Left Brain”, and the world premier of Airblaster’s “Respect Your Elders”.

The over-21 crowd was well-represented in the back bar, despite the draw of Screeching Weasel’s first appearance in ten years at the nearby Showbox—industry types from Krush Kulesza to the Seattle K2 contingency, Corey Koniniec, the one and only Gary Milton, Mike Yoshida, Blue, Maxx V.M., Ryan Davis, Liam Gallagher, and a slew of other “pushing 30” heads were on the scene.

Up front, a near sold-out crowd waited patiently for autographs from the riders and collected fresh posters from Spacecraft and other perks from the event sponsors that bring the stoke to all generations. Then it was time for the films: Respect Your Elders was high on my list of movies to see this winter, and it’s loose, down-home vibe was a bona-fide crowd pleaser, as Aaron Robinson, Ben Lynch and others traded lines with Travis Parker, Josh Dirksen and the Cummins brothers from Bend to Baker and north to Alaska. It was a treat to see Temple Cummins on film, introducing A-Rob to his favorite lines, and Travis Parker’s return to the silver screen—something a little different for the old guys and youngsters alike.

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Then Right Brain Left Brain rolled for the packed house. I had the good fortune of taking the film in during the summer, so I won’t get too deep into the details here, but suffice to say that Jason Robinson is a well-rounded snowboarder, Jess Kimura is definitely one to look for in the next year or two, Blair Habenicht made time to film for three movies and rode some of the more creative and flowing lines in the flick with a healthy bit of trickery, and the diversity of riding styles and creativity of Scott Stevens, Hironaka, Burtner, Edgers and beyond kept it fresh through the full double feature. Afterwards, it was time to head back into the wet feet streets of a Seattle fall evening, stoked by the fires of another season knocking on our door.

Thanks to the Burtners, Snowboy Productions, and everyone else who made it happen on Friday night. See you soon in the mountains.


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