A chronicle of scholar's revival of Chinese culture


November 2, 2023

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Port Townsend's Bill Porter, aka "Red Pine," translator of historic Chinese Buddhists and Taoists, stars in director Ward Serrill's "Dancing with the Dead: Red Pine and the Art of Translation," now playing at the Rose Theatre in Port Townsend.

I saw "The Bowmakers," by director Ward Serrill and producer Rocky Freidman, as part of the 2019 Port Townsend Film Festival, back when Freidman still co-owned the Rose Theatre.

Even as one of 15 films I saw that weekend, "The Bowmakers" stood out for Serrill's deft weaving of multiple nations' cultural histories, its detailed view of workpeople's processes and its idiosyncratic first-person biographies.

I shouldn't be surprised to find that same alchemy in Serrill's follow-up collaboration with Freidman, "Dancing with the Dead: Red Pine and the Art of Translation," a brisk and contemplativ...

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