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Razing the Bar: A Documentary About the Funhouse (2014)

Razing the Bar documents the development and eventual demolition of a well-loved fringe punk rock Seattle venue through interviews of employees, friends, and a multitude of local musicians.

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Jimmy Berg ...
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David Bessenhoffer ...
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Beau Binek ...
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Kurt Bloch ...
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Eric Bruckbauer ...
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Bill Cerise-Bullock ...
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Chris Chambers ...
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Cody Creel ...
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Rich Evans ...
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Flower Grosskopf ...
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RAZING THE BAR documents the development and eventual demolition of a well-loved fringe punk rock Seattle venue through interviews of employees, friends, and a multitude of local musicians. By going out on a limb and being uncompromising in his golden rule values, club owner Brian Foss cultivates an environment that transforms an occasionally aggressive and inhospitable music scene into a supportive and collaborative community where many marginalized and outcast performers can finally call home. The power of his influence is demonstrated in the entertaining juxtaposition of the outrageous and often obscene acts inherent to punk performance against the sincerity of love and respect shared amongst the key participants. Written by Anonymous

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Perfect depiction of what this club meant to everyone who ever darkened its doors.
12 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a very mammoth project for a first time director. The making of this film ran a very high risk of offending and disappointing a fair amount of people who fell in love with this club that was demolished in early 2013. I think that Ryan Worsely completely captured the history and spirit of the scene that cub owner and booker Brian Foss continues to foster and promote.

It is especially inspiring and to note that this film was also produced with a budget of only $8,000, reflecting Brian Foss's ethos of "embrace failure", by doing what you want in life without worrying about the consequences of not succeeding. Worsely relates this environment of freedom, acceptance and experimentation went on to help spawn many more successful bands, performers and a roller derby league.

In short, this is a great snapshot of Seattle's history that I hope will see a new chapter.


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