Changing Seattle in the spotlight of ‘On the Brink,’ to be screened at The Admiral

That’s a preview of “On the Brink,” a documentary that’ll be screened at West Seattle’s Admiral Theater, three weeks from tonight. Though it focuses on dramatic change in another Seattle neighborhood, the team behind it says it’s relevant to others including ours:

We have partnered with the Admiral Theater to screen the documentary “On the Brink” for the first time in our West Seattle community. The event will also feature a Q&A with the Filmmaker, Professor Jeff Shulman of University of Washington, and cast members.

The movie explores the hyperbolic growth of Seattle and its ramifications to local communities and neighborhoods. The Seattle Times hailed it as “a cautionary tale and a call to action in the face of Seattle’s rapid growth.” Crosscut wrote, “The history lesson here is one all Seattleites would benefit from learning.”

While the documentary takes place in Seattle’s Central District, it evokes the human impact of a transformation that is occurring in neighborhoods throughout Seattle. West Seattle is experiencing rapid changes and the Historic Admiral Theater is hosting the screening as a community event to start a constructive dialogue about our neighborhood’s growth.

Please join us and help spread the word about this event on Sunday, September 8th at 7PM at Admiral Theater.

Tickets are $13 and are available on the Admiral Theater’s website. All ticket sales will be donated to Southwest Youth and Family Services. Southwest Youth and Family Services partners with youth and families to transform their futures through its counseling, education, family support and youth development programs.

11 Replies to "Changing Seattle in the spotlight of 'On the Brink,' to be screened at The Admiral"

  • Mike August 19, 2019 (4:06 am)

    It should be mandatory viewing by every council member and developer in Seattle. 

    • JS August 20, 2019 (1:02 am)

      Kinda wondering why when I live in the CD I have to drive to West Seattle to see it?

  • H. Gordon August 19, 2019 (7:41 am)

    It seems as though the Seattle Times has been going down the road with this same (editorialized) story for years. People of all races and ethnicities, each with their own culture and personal histories are moving into this neighborhood.  Many of them have worked hard to overcome their own struggles to succeed. Yet they are viewed as blanket gentrifiers that are killing a culture, simply because they weren’t born here and may have a different skin color.  I may check out this documentary but I hope it isn’t as unbalanced as the way this story as been portrayed to date. Other than a few musicians from the 20th Century this “disappearing culture” of the Central District seems thin. Are we really meant to lament that the culture that spawned Sir Mix-a-Lot is going the way of the dodo? No one seems to be celebrating the fact that the chronic problem of violent crime that has been an issue in this neighborhood for decades has been reduced significantly as the C.D. stabilizes.

  • Rico August 19, 2019 (12:23 pm)

    Looking forward to watching this.This could also be about  Ballard . . and soon West Seattle and other areas . .  . One things is very clear:  The City Council, mayor, etc do not care about the legacy of this city or it long time residents.  It is only about what is $, shiny and new . .  . 

  • Diane August 19, 2019 (12:51 pm)

    I wonder if tickets will be available at the door; online ticket prices total $14.75 with fee/tax for adults, and $12.25 with fee/tax for seniors; really look forward to seeing this film

    • sb2780 August 19, 2019 (3:41 pm)

      You can also go to the Admiral theater and purchase an advance ticket to avoid the fee. That’s what I did last night, and it was just the ‘regular’ admission price for a non-matinee showing.

  • third generation August 19, 2019 (1:38 pm)

    So there is more history than is shown in that clip.  No disrespect, and plenty of honor to the legacy they are trying to keep.  But before it was more black, it was more white.  My grandparents moved out of the home grandpa built near 22nd and Jackson due to the changing times way back when.

  • anonyme August 19, 2019 (5:42 pm)

    It all depends on at what point in history one chooses to freeze time.  This is happening all over Seattle, and many neighborhoods, not just the CD, are being impacted.  Developers don’t care about Seattle (whether they’re “local” or not) and the Mayor and Council only care about development. 

  • Peter August 20, 2019 (9:23 am)

    Sounds like the usual worn out “everything old is good, everything new is bad” routine.

    • Mike August 20, 2019 (7:40 pm)

      Ah yes, the old and worn out “I’m better than you so get out of my way and let me do anything I want even if it destroys what you worked for, I’m an entitled brat” routine.

  • Ben August 20, 2019 (10:59 am)

    Thank you all for your support and your perspective. All ticket sales will be donated to Southwest Youth and Family Services for this sharing. This generation donation was made possible by our friends at Far & Away Entertainment, who manage the Admiral Theater. We’re happy to use our proceeds for such a wonderful cause. 

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