10 Decades in Enumclaw: Film Premier

Ten Decades, Staci Bernstein and Jane Kaplan
Ten Decades, Staci Bernstein and Jane Kaplan
Ten Decades, photoshoot. Photo © Susan Etchy 2013, courtesy of Staci Bernstein and Jane Kaplan.
Ten Decades, photoshoot. Photo © Susan Etchy 2013, courtesy of Staci Bernstein and Jane Kaplan.

Ten Decades: Stories from Enumclaw

Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 12:30 pm
The Chalet Theatre 
1721 Wells St, Enumclaw, WA 98022

10 Decades, a film celebrating the City of Enumclaw’s Centennial, premieres August 2 at the Chalet Theatre in Enumclaw. 10 Decades is a collaboration between video producer Staci Bernstein, director Jane Kaplan, and the City of Enumclaw. This documentary tells five different stories from Enumclaw’s history focusing on the people who brought the  city’s community spirit to life. The project is part of 4Culture’s Site Specific program.

Working with the people of Enumclaw proved to be far more exciting and rewarding than we had ever imagined. Loggers drove in heavy equipment and farmers brought their cows. Local residents became part of the action, volunteering time, housing, food, photographs, and their acting talent. We discovered that Enumclaw’s values of cooperation, hard work and compassion represented in the video are still very much a part of modern day Enumclaw.

–  Filmmaker Staci Bernstein

The inspiration for the video came from the town of Enumclaw and Gary LaTurner who reached out to Staci Bernstein and Jane Kaplan with an invitation to do a centennial video. The historical downtown district appealed with its renovated and well-preserved buildings. 6 months of research followed as the team chose their stories, sadly setting aside many others still waiting to be told.

Rather than taking an interview approach the movie uses historical recreations to bring events to life. The first vignette shows how tragedy sparked innovation and the birth of an insurance company that remains one of the most prominent in the Northwest today. The second follows the adventures of a sheriff that couldn’t drive yet kept the town crime free for a record 30 years. It goes on to depict a lady working in the logging industry during the war years, a school teacher taking a leave of absence to help get her town its first hospital and an auctioneer struggling to support his community as the dairy industry shifts from family farms to big business.

Join us at the premier for this remarkable film and Site Specific project, and discover Enumclaw in person.