In the current feature, I wrote that my cousin, Tendai, is a civil engineer "who worked on the bus tunnel that [was] featured on the first video by Hammerbox, 'Size of the World.'" My interest in making movies in Seattle has Hammerbox's marvelous video as its point of origin. Directed by a member of the band or someone closely associated with them at the time, 1990, it was the first piece of filmmaking that showed me the cinematic potential of the city. And the moment the music stops before the race to the cacophonous finish, that silent but tense moment in the bus tunnel, gripped my imagination forever.
I owe everything to that moment.
Also important to my development as a local filmmaker are two short films by Serge Gregory, "Flow" and "Foster Island."