Pike Place Market : Soul of a City

Photo by : Joshua Sliwa


Feature Documentary tells the story of Pike Place Market and its place in our American History. It honors an enduring, nearly century-old Seattle institution, where four generations of immigrants and native Northwesterners forged their lives with spirit, toil, and passion. "Soul of a City" portrays the colorful, multi-cultural life of the Market from its rough and tumble beginnings in 1907; its heyday in the 30's; and the impact of WWII on Japanese American proprietors and their friends and neighbors.

The documentary is shot in High Definition television and weaves in historic archival footage. It tells of the Market's mid-century decline and urban renewal efforts that nearly caused its demise in the 60's; a public grassroots movement to save it; its end-century re-vitalization... and its humanity.

This "market for the people" consists of extraordinary, ordinary people who have, despite disparity, become a family.

Writer/Producer/Director Virginia Berta Bogert
Produced by Laughing Dog Pictures and KCTS 9

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