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1/12/2007 Linfield to host film, talk by author

McMINNVILLE – A film by Seattle, Wash., author Charles Mudede, "Police Beat," along with a talk by the screenwriter, will be featured on Tuesday, Jan. 23, part of the Readings at the Nick series at Linfield College.

The movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library viewing room, followed by a lecture at 8 p.m. The movie is unrated and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Mudede is associate editor of The Stranger, an alternative weekly newspaper in Seattle. His weekly column, Police Beat, views American crime with a unique philosophical, poetic and often humorous tone. He released "Police Beat," a collaborative screenplay titled after his weekly column, which traces the difficulties of an African immigrant working as a Seattle bicycle cop. It was selected for competition at Sundance 2005. A New York Times review called "Police Beat" a delicately funny tale about everyday surrealism. Mudede also wrote "Zoo," a movie about the Enumclaw Horse Case.

His work has appeared in The Village Voice, Sydney Morning Daily, The LA Weekly and The New York Times, among other publications. He is also an adjunct professor at Pacific Lutheran University.

The movie and reading are free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Friends of Nicholson Library. For more information, call Susan Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517.