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Theater-going round up for the 4/29 weekend & beyond

Our theatrical roundup is a bit more festive * than usual this week with not one, but two film festivals!  The first is the LANGSTON HUGHES AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL, which starts on Saturday the 30th. The Opening Night film is Alrick Brown's  KINYARWANDA, based on real stories of genocide survivors in Rwanda. It starts at 6pm at the Quincy Jones Theater at Garfield High School. The festival continues through Sunday, May 8th with features and shorts at Garfield and Central Cinema, including WHEEDLE'S GROOVE with director Jennifer Maas in attendance on Wednesday the 4th.  Click HERE for the full schedule and ticket details.

This week, Central Cinema also has FIGHT CLUB playing Friday through Tuesday and another chance to experience THE ROOM on Thursday.

The other film festival in town this weekend is the  NATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR TALENTED YOUTH , the largest showcase in the country for movies made by filmmakers 22 and younger. It starts Thursday with a sold-out short film Gala at the Cinerama (and an after-party at the Space Needle!) and continues through the weekend with features, shorts, informational panels, parties, and much more.  Click HERE for the full rundown of films, which will be at the Experience Music Project and SIFF Cinema, and HERE for information on the panels. 

Over at Northwest Film Forum, there's THE BANG BANG CLUB, the story of four photographers capturing the violent last days of apartheid, and ON THE BOWERY, the first in a three film series featuring the work of maverick documentary director Lionel Rogosin. ON THE BOWERY is his 1956 portrait of New York City's Bowery and the boozing workers who inhabited its streets. On Saturday there's Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1982 film QUERELLE, the last of Three Dollar Bill Cinema's series of movies written by Jean Genet.

Lastly, our friends at Grand Illusion Cinema have LEGEND OF THE FIST: THE RETURN OF CHEN ZHEN, a kung fu spy thriller starring Donnie Yen (IP MAN) and directed by Andrew Lau (INFERNAL AFFAIRS). The classic 80s teen sex comedy PORKY'S returns in the Late Night spot. Where else in town are you going to see a 35mm print of PORKY'S? Nowhere.  Go see it. Happy viewing to all. *Get It? Festive?