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Local artists put their spin on SpIFF

A movie poster designed by Derek Landers for
A movie poster designed by Derek Landers for "Sitting Between Two Chairs", a locally produced film about a Russian photojournalist.

As part of this year’s Spokane International Film Festival, organizers asked local graphic designers to create posters for 25 films.

Those posters will be displayed from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. today at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.

One poster highlights the locally produced film “Sitting Between Two Chairs” about a Russian photojournalist who documented the Cold War-era of the Soviet Union. That photographer, Leonid Bergolstev, now lives in Spokane, said Luke Baumgarten, who is organizing the poster show.

The poster, designed by Derek Landers, shows a Leica camera with lenses reflecting the Soviet hammer and sickle, and the American flag.

Ryne Schillinger’s design for “Bottled Life” uses water bottles to create the look of vampire teeth. Aaron Schaber’s design for “Mountain Runners” evokes the feel of vintage park and travel posters. Sean Murphy dolls up a seductive Marilyn Monroe on his design for a nonfiction feature, “Bert Stern: Original Madman.”

Prints will be available for $25. Each purchase comes with a ticket to one of the following shows at the Bing today: “The Best of the Northwest” program of short films at 5 p.m., “The Iran Job” at 7 p.m. or “The Mountain Runners” at 9 p.m.

You can view the posters online at