Membership Luncheon: Haggis, Whisky, and Cullen Skink: Notes on a Scottish Sabbatical
Seattle author and film critic Robert Horton explores how film unlocks imagination, adventure, and, in his case, a personal journey.
Horton has been a film critic in Seattle for about 30 years, yet he mysteriously retains the blush of youth. He writes on film for The Herald (Everett, Washington) and Seattle Weekly and is a regular contributor to Film Comment and other magazines. From 2005 to 2014 he was the curator and host of the monthly Magic Lantern series at the Frye Art Museum. Books include Frankenstein (Columbia University Press/Wallflower Press, 2014) and Billy Wilder: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi, 2001); his work was also included in Best American Movie Writing 1999 (St. Martin’s Griffin, 1999) and the International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers (St. James Press, 2000). He has appeared on The Today Show, and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. As of May 2013 he begins a five-year term as a candidate in the Fulbright Specialist program.
When it comes to getting up and talking, Horton is a Smithsonian Journeys guest speaker (including presentations on Hollywood history aboard cruise ships), and from 2010-2014, a Humanities Washington “Inquiring Mind” speaker. Since 2012, he has been teaching at Seattle University; in 2013, he taught in the Architectural Association summer school in London.
He has also been president of the Seattle Film Society, a film teacher, and an annual guest at the Port Townsend Film Festival. He was a mainstay of the original incarnation of and has written for many publications online and off, including Newsday, the Chicago Reader, and the Seattle Times