DANCING WITH THE DEAD: Red Pine and the Art of Translation

SUN21apr2:00 PM2:00 PM DANCING WITH THE DEAD: Red Pine and the Art of TranslationSeattle Premiere of DANCING WITH THE DEAD and Special Event - One show only!SIFF Cinema Egyptian, 805 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122

Event Overview

Bill Porter went in search of a lost tradition. What he found made him a significant figure in contemporary Chinese culture, igniting a movement in modern China to seek enlightenment through poetry and mountain solitude.

Northwest filmmaker Ward Serrill (The Heart of the Game; The Bowmakers) presents DANCING WITH THE DEAD: Red Pine and the Art of Translation, a new documentary telling the surprising and singular story of Port Townsend’s Bill Porter.

Porter, who goes by the pen name Red Pine, is a renowned translator of ancient Chinese poetry. He has published over thirty books, including Road to Heaven, his quest to rediscover the tradition of hermit sages who enter the mountains to attain enlightenment. In China, he has attained near cult status as a Westerner who has made a significant contribution to Chinese culture.

The film follows Bill’s adventures as a child of a bank robber, raised in a gilded household, who turned his back on American devotion to materialism and went off to live in monasteries and mountains in Taiwan. He pursued a fascination with Buddhism and poetry and traveled to remote regions of China to find and strengthen an ancient tradition of poetry and mountain solitude increasingly vital to Chinese society today.

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