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Theatrical events for the week of 4/21

We'll begin our theatrical roundup midweek at Central Cinema with another installment of their Favorites series.  Our esteemed colleague Matt Lynch (who you may know from our podcast) will present TRUCK TURNER, the 1974 blaxploitation classic starring Isaac Hayes and Nichelle "Uhura" Nichols.  It's rated R for nudity, violence, language, and severe tire damage.  Be there at 7pm to hear Matt introduce the film. This  weekend at Central Cinema, you can cinematically celebrate Earth Day with the DO SOMETHING REEL FILM FESTIVAL, "a collection of six provocative, character-driven films focused on passionate people making a world of difference."  It stars on Friday with VANISHING OF THE BEES narrated by Ellen Page and continues through Monday with DIG IT,  a documentary about a  tree planting/urban beautification campaign led by Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard. Check the CC website for the times & films.  The CC also has a five day run of Terry Gilliam's TIME BANDITS starting Monday, Movie Cat Trivia on Tuesday and an 80's MOVIE ANTHEM Sing-A-Long on Thursday.  Over at Northwest Film Forum,  there's last year's Local Sightings Film Festival winner BUMMER SUMMER,  a Zach Weintraub's tale of two brothers who fall for the same girl. The Stranger's Charles Mudede says, "The film moves across the screen with the lightness of a summer cloud." Sigh. Also at NWFF, there's ZERO BRIDGE, "a neorealist tale of unexpected friendship and moral complication" by director Tariq Tapa. The film, set in the Indian-occupied city of Srinagar, is first film from Kashmir in over 40 years. On Saturday, there's NATIVE LENS FILMS FOR EARTH DAY,  a showcase of film made by Suquamish, Tulalip and Intertribal Native Lens Youth that focus on the regional impact of climate change. Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays series continues at the Paramount Theatre with Buster Keaton in THE CAMERAMAN and Jim Riggs playing live on the Mighty Wurlitzer.  SIFF Cinema has  an ANIMATION FASCINATION mini-fest this weekend with movies for kids and adults alike. Don't miss the great PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH on Saturday afternoon. Visit SIFF's site for a full list of movies & showtimes. Lastly, our friends at Grand Illusion Cinema has the dreamy crime thriller anime PAPRIKA by director Satoshi Kon (Tokyo Godfathers, Perfect Blue).  A dollar from each ticket sold will go to Mercy Corps for Japanese earthquake relief.  The 80's raunchy teen comedy classic PORKY'S is in their Late Night viewing spot. Speaking of anime, SAKURA CON is happening all weekend downtown at the Convention Center so be on the lookout for Totoros and Narutos all around town. If you'll be at the Con, stop by our booth in the Exhibitor's Hall and say hello!  Happy viewing and happy cosplay to all.

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