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Robert Horton Recommends: More Like "Mighty Jerome"

Film critic Robert Horton recommends other movies that mix the themes of race and sports like "Mighty Jerome" does.

Interview with "Mighty Jerome" Director Charles Officer

In this interview, Charles Officer, a former professional hockey player and now the acclaimed director of films like "Nurse.Fighter.Boy," talks about what drew him to the story of black Canadian sprinter Harry Jerome. His film, "Mighty Jerome," aired on Reel NW on November 7.

Robert Horton Recommends: More Like "Smoke, Sand & Rubber"

Film critic Robert Horton recommends other independent films you might enjoy if you like what you’ve seen on Reel NW.

The Race to Be the World's Fastest Man

Usain Bolt of Jamaica

Canadian sprinter Harry Jerome, the subject of Charles Officer’s documentary "Mighty Jerome," was once crowned the “fastest man on earth.” How does one earn such a superlative?

Photos of Aurora Speedway and Playland

Mel Anthony at Aurora Speedway

Mel Anthony, the subject of the documentary "Smoke, Sand & Rubber," used to race midget cars at Aurora Speedway in what is now Seattle back in the 1940s and 1950s. This picture was taken there in 1946.

Aurora Speedway was part of the popular Playland Amusement Park, which offered such entertainments as bumper cars, a rollercoaster, dance marathons, and boat rides on Bitter Lake.

Happy Halloween from the Reel NW Team!

Behind the Scenes @ReelNW: Meet Amelia

The second season of Reel NW, our showcase of the best in independent film from or about the Pacific Northwest, is off to a great start. The third film in the series, "Smoke, Sand, & Rubber," is coming up this Monday night, October 31, at 10:30 p.m. This documentary is about Mel Anthony, who used to race midget cars at Aurora Speedway in Seattle and who decides, at the age of 86, to get behind the wheel again.

Robert Horton Recommends: More Like "Way of the Puck"

Film critic Robert Horton recommends other independent films you might enjoy if you like what you’ve seen on Reel NW.

Places to Play Air Hockey in the Northwest

Air hockey is a vanishing game, as Eric Anderson's documentary “Way of the Puck" shows. But there are still places in the Northwest where you can get your game on. Here are a few. Don't forget to try the "circle drift!"

Grab Your Mallet...er...Phone, It's Time for Some Air Hockey

Sketch Hockey

Air hockey is not the rec room staple it was three decades ago. But still the game retains its appeal. Who can deny the satisfying ricochet of the puck around the table, or the click of a puck dropping in the goal? It’s not surprising that game developers have tried to replicate this game for the phone and iPad. The iPad is particularly well-suited to air hockey, with some games allowing four players on the board. Unlike regular air hockey, virtual air hockey is not just about physics and skill. The puck has a mind of its own, bringing added fun (or frustration, as the case may be).

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