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This weekend's film roundup begins with not one, but two film festivals. First up: the AJC SEATTLE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL begins Saturday night at SIFF Cinema with AJAMI, one of the nominees for Best Foreign Film at last Sunday's Oscars. The festival continues through the 21st with an eclectic mix of features and documentaries, including the coming-of-age dramedy HEY, HEY IT'S ESTHER BLUEBURGER with Toni Collette & WHALE RIDER's Keisha Castle Hughes on Tuesday, March 16th and VOICES OF EL-SAYED, a documentary about Bedouin village in Israel that's also home to the largest community of deaf people in the world, on Wednesday the 17th. Check their website for the full schedule. Second: Start your St. Patrick's Day festivities a few days early with the IRISH REELS FILM FESTIVAL running from the 12th to the 14th at Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Center, and our U-District neighbors at the Henry Art Gallery. The fest kicks off Friday night at the Henry with the documentary SAVING OUR HERITAGE: THE IRISH GEORGIAN SOCIETY and a lecture by its subject, the Hon. Desmond Guinness. Visit their website for a complete list of films & locations. Elsewhere around town, Northwest Film Forum is screening 45365, a slice-of-life documentary by Bill and Ross Turner. With their portrait of their hometown of Sydney, Ohio, they "construct perhaps the world's first rural symphony" (that phrase alone makes me need to see it). Also this weekend at NWFF, there's LEONARD COHEN LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT, 1970, featuring his late night performance at the Isle of Wight Music Festival along with new interviews by onlookers Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Kris Kristofferson. You can get your Bond on down at Central Cinema with GOLDFINGER and the Lazenby-riffic ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE. On Monday, March 15th, Central Cinema is hosting my idea for Best Award Show-Related Idea EVER: THE 20/20 AWARDS. The event is an Oscar re-do for the 1990 Oscars (with DRIVING MISS DAISY taking home the top honor), with a team of local cinema experts re-evaluating the nominees and voting on all new winners, honoring what, in hindsight, really should have won. Visit their site for all the new nominees. If you're at all an Oscar nerd (like me) then you'll definitely want to be in attendance to see who win. Go team DO THE RIGHT THING! Lastly at the CC, they're showing LEPRECHAUN on St. Patrick's Day (Wednesday the 17th) at 10pm. Back in our neck of the woods, Grand Illusion Cinema is showing GOLD: BEFORE WOODSTOCK, BEYOND REALITY, a "A bizarre and beautiful journey into the mind and madness of the late 1960's - one overflowing with fantasies of revolution, recreation and raunchy free love." In the Late Night viewing rotation is BLADE--not the one featuring Wesley Snipes as The Daywalker, but the 1973 gritty crime drama about karate-kicking homicide detective Tommy Blade (and keep your eyes peeled for a Golden Girl cameo!). Of course, you can also head into the store and catch up on all the new releases like PRECIOUS, UP IN THE AIR, PONYO, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, three versions of ALICE IN WONDERLAND and much more. Happy viewing, everyone.

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