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Project Premiere: I Am Secretly an Important Man at IFC Center on December 15

December 9, 2010



I Am Secretly an Important Man IFC Center New York, NY December 15 - 21 2005 Film/Video grantee Peter Sillen's Creative Capital project, I Am Secretly an Important Man, will premiere next week at IFC Center in New York. On December 14, IFC Center will screen a program of Sillen's short films, including Speed Racer: Welcome to the World of Vic Chesnutt, at 7pm. A Q&A with Filmmaker Magazine's Scott Macaulay and Sillen will follow. Sillen will participate in Q&A sessions after the screenings of I Am Secretly an Important Man on December 15 and 16. I Am Secretly an Important Man is a feature length documentary portrait of Steven Jesse Bernstein, one of Seattleā€™s most celebrated voices. Best known for his recordings on Sub Pop Records and his close relationship with William S. Burroughs, Bernstein was a fixture of the Seattle arts scene until his suicide in 1991. He opened for Nirvana, Big Black and Soundgarden, performing his angry, surprisingly fresh, lyrical writings, and counted Kurt Cobain and Oliver Stone among his notable fans. I Am Secretly an Important Man examines Bernstein's life, work, addiction and mental illness. The film is intended not just to eulogize but to invoke his vibrant spirit as it lives on in his work and in the memories of those he inspired. Back to Listing