September 30 is the 50th anniversary of the death of actor James Dean, who died tragically in a car wreck at the age of 24, after filming just three movies. It's practically unheard of for an actor to have the kind of impact Dean had on both youth culture and film after such a short career, but Dean's appeal hasn't diminished with the passing years.
Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) is celebrating Dean this month with screenings of two of his films, Rebel Without a Cause and East of Eden. (I wish they were showing Giant, too - the Dean trifecta!) At this Friday's first screening of Rebel, audience members were treated to a special guest - screenwriter Stewart Stern was on hand to share some personal stories about the film and field some questions from the packed house.