Burien Documentary DVDs Available At Our Booth At Today’s Farmers Market

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DVDs for “B-Town: How Burien Came Into Its Own,” the documentary film shot last summer that’s all about Burien, will be available for purchase at The B-Town Blog’s booth at today’s Farmers Market for just $15.

All proceeds from sales will be donated to Hospitality House, a Burien-based shelter which has helped hundreds of homeless women “get their groove back.”

But you’d best act fast – we only have 10 copies today, and we’ll be at our booth from 11am – 3pm.

Featuring interviews with local dignitaries like founding City Councilmember Sally Nelson, first Mayor Arun Jhaveri, current Mayor Joan McGilton, as well as businesspeople like Dan “The Sausageman” House and many others, this film has very high production values and is a great tribute to our city.

Here’s a 4:55 preview of the finished product, hosted by former Seattle Times travel editor Terry Tazioli:


And here’s more info from the film’s website, where you can also purchase the DVD online:

What does it take to have the health and resilience to rebound from an economic downturn by putting up art in an unfinished section of your Town Square and throwing a party?

The documentary tells the City of Burien’s story about what to pay attention to as we struggle to live well . . . right where we live!

It’s a great story – and much needed right now! It is the story of a vision people had for their city and how they made it come true – how, even in hard times, they are still making it come true.

Last year, Burien artists and city officials did something inspired. They created an Interim Art Space in a potential eyesore when the city center was at a standstill. That marked yet another evidence of the buoyancy and changeability of this place. Featured are artists; the Town Square developers and other business people; new arrivals; old timers, and the government officials that help make it all happen.

The Burien stories fulfill and dramatically illustrate German Urban Planner Thomas Sieverts thesis that: Our choices matter; the landscape in which we live now is the result of countless choices; and that much of it now is an in-between space, neither urban nor rural, but a mingling of both.

The crew behind this production includes many well-known Northwest video folks, such as:

  • Executive Producer: Anne Stadler, community leadership consultant, formerly KING-TV5 documentaries and specials Producer
  • Co-Producers and Writers: Terry Tazioli, writer/on-air Host, formerly with The Seattle Times, KING-TV5
  • Lucy Mohl, formerly Senior Manager, Microsoft (and previously KING-TV, Film.com and RealNetworks)
  • Production Manager, Videographer, Editor: Aaron Stadler, www.fatcatVDO.com
  • Videographers: Bill Fenster, www.billfensterproductions.com, Diana Wilmar, www.foxwilmar.com/bios/bios; Videographer/Editor: Rowan North, LinkedIn
  • Still Photographer: Kimi Milo
  • Audio: Stevan Smith, Scott MacLaughlin, Robin Sarmento

Our booth is mid-way down 5th Place SW on the east (library/city hall) side near the Burien Town Square– just look for a big ol’ LCD monitor and The B-Town Blog banner.

Oh, and we only have 10 to sell today, and we take cash only please, so come on down, get a DVD and help out Hospitality House!

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One Response to “Burien Documentary DVDs Available At Our Booth At Today’s Farmers Market”
  1. Theresa says:

    I’m sure this is a great documentary, but does it address what’s going on outside of the few blocks that encompass the new downtown Burien area? Stolen cars are not the only problem we have around here. This was probably filmed before the increased gang activity and rash of small business and home burglaries, but I don’t think this is a true snapshot of Burien, (they also failed to mention almost no one lives in those condos, nor occupies the merchant space). I work in Bellevue, and everyone I work with refers to Burien as ‘the ghetto’, or ‘little Mexico’, so Burien needs to work a little harder if it wants to be seen as the city it’s being portrayed as in this film. My father moved from here a few years ago. When I told him Burien was trying to remodel the downtown area, he said, “You can’t polish a turd and pretend it’s gold.” I’m not saying Burien is a turd, but there were many things that should have been given attention before all of this money was spent, and the money should not have been spent in just one area. We should strive to become the Burien that is portrayed in this film.

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