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Theater roundup for the first weekend of June

You wouldn't know it from the weather, but June has arrived and that means Seattle is abuzz with Film Festival Fever. THE SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL rages on into its second week--please visit their site for the schedule, which includes the Tribute to Edward Norton on Friday at 7pm at the Egyptian. Scarecrow would like to welcome Mr. Norton to our fair city--and sir, if you find yourself in the U-District neighborhood, we'd be honored if you stopped by and signed our copy of KEEPING THE FAITH. The other big film fest happening this weekend is the fifth annual "celebration of off-beat independent film from the Northwest and the rest of the world" known as the SEATTLE TRUE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL. It starts Friday (check out the full schedule here) with shorts, features and events at the Rendezvous, Northwest Film Forum and at Central Cinema, where Friday at 7pm you can see THE LOBSTER AND THE LIVER: THE UNIQUE WORLD OF JIM WOODRING, a look at the life and work of the local cartoonist. Our good pals at Grand Illusion Cinema describe their film for the week THE LIVING WAKE as, "anything from a black comedy to an absurdist/existentialist literary tale." This tale about an eccentric man with not long to live decides to head back to his hometown for a living wake sendoff stars Mike O'Connell, Jesse Eisenberg, Jim Gaffigan, and a bicycle powered rickshaw. Director Sol Tryon will be attendance for this weekend's screenings. But no matter what your viewing plans are for the next 48 hours, you'll want to make sure you're at the Grand Illusion on Friday and/or Saturday for the Late Night movie ROLLING THUNDER--the awesome 1977 revenge film starring William Devane and Tommy Lee Jones that tops Scarecrow's list of "Films We Wish We're On DVD." Happy viewing to all.

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