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If you're in downtown Seattle this weekend and wondering why every other person is dressed as a Studio Ghibli character, it's because SAKURA CON, the largest anime convention in the Pacific Northwest, is at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center. If you'll be among the thousands converging upon the Con, please stop by our booth in the Exhibitors Hall and say hello. In theatrical news, Northwest Film Forum has the Seattle Premiere of LOURDES, a film about an isolated disabled woman who seeks a connection with people by feigning faith to join religious pilgrimages. Three Dollar Bill Cinema's INNOCENCE LOST series kicks off Saturday, April 3rd at NWFF with the rare, not available on DVD (not even here!) 1970 prison drama FORTUNE AND MEN'S EYES starring Michael Greer from THE GAY DECEIVERS. The 1947 British noir BRIGHTON ROCK, adapted from the novel by Graham Greene and starring a young Richard Attenborough, starts Friday at SIFF Cinema, but you can also catch it Thursday night--it's the inaugural film of the EMPIRE OF NIGHT series at Seattle Art Museum. (we still have tickets available). SIFF also just announced the Opening Night movie for this year's festival--see what it is over on their site. Central Cinema's paying tribute to the late Corey Haim with THE LOST BOYS this weekend along with screenings of DONNIE DARKO--and on Monday you have yet another opportunity to experience THE ROOM. Our good neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema are showing the 1978 groundbreaking WORD IS OUT: STORIES FROM SOME OF OUR LIVES, a collection of conversations with gays & lesbians from ages from all around the country that defied the stereotypes of the times. GONE WITH THE POPE, which you can read all about here, makes a encore showing in the Late Night spot. Enjoy.

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