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Theaterical round up for Mother's Day weekend

That's right, don't forget Sunday, May 8th is Mother's Day. Whether the matriarch in your life likes British dramas or Japanese horror, we have plenty of DVDs, Blu-rays, and gift certificates for your gifting needs. And if you're looking to get out and in to a movie, here are some choices for the next few days and the week to come:

The LANGSTON HUGHES AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL concludes this weekend at the Quincy Jones Theater at Garfield High School and at Central Cinema. Click HERE for the schedule of films, which includes a look at the work-in-progress documentary NICE AND ROUGH about Black women in rock music with director Sheila Hardy in attendance.

Also this weekend at Central Cinema, there's BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA and a special Mother's Day screening of the 80's weepy TERMS OF ENDEARMENT starring Jack Nicholson, Debra Winger, and Shirley MacLaine.  On Monday, there's master thespian Vanilla Ice's COOL AS ICE in Hecklevision--you text in your witty retorts and they magically appear on screen. There's a double dose of TV Dinners on Tuesday and Wednesday with VERONICA MARS and PARTY DOWN respectively, the classic slasher PIECES on Wednesday night as presented by DJ Freddy KingofPants as part of CC's FAVORITES series, and an epic Michael Jackson vs. Prince Sing-a-Long on Thursday. 

Over at Northwest Film Forum, there's COME BACK, AFRICA, and GOOD TIMES, WONDERFUL TIMES, the second and third films in their FACT MAVERICK: THE FILMS OF LIONEL ROGOSIN series spotlighting works by the innovative documentary filmmaker. On Saturday there's  THE EMBARGO COLLECTIVE, seven short films by indigenous filmmakers as part of a collaborative challenge by Toronto's imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival. Sunday, you can treat Mom & the family to a collection of great family friendly shorts with the BEST OF THE SEATTLE CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL.

This weekend, Bellevue College hosts the 8th annual AMERICAN INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL with documentaries, shorts, and features.  On Friday night, actress and comedian Elaine Miles (who played Marilyn on Northern Exposure) will give the keynote address. Click HERE for the full schedule of events.

The Seattle International Film Festival is  a buzz with the new festival schedule up NOW (we'll have more on that in the weeks to come). This week, SIFF Cinema has LOUDER THAN A BOMB, a powerful documentary about the teams of Chicago area teens competing in the world's largest poetry slam. It's "a film about passion, competition, teamwork, and trust. It’s about the joy of being young, and the pain of growing up. It’s about speaking out, making noise, and finding your voice." Director Jon Siskel and Poet Lamar Jorden, along with local poets performing live, are expected to be in attendance for the Friday and Saturday screenings.

Lastly, our friends and neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema have BREATH, the new film by Kim ki-Duk (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring) about a death row inmate who falls for a woman who decorates his cell. On Sunday The Sprocket Society presents THE HEART OF LIFE: ROBERT ENRICO'S TRILOGY OF AMBROSE BIERCE FILMS. It's a rare chance to see the three shorts by the French filmmakers based on Bierce's Civil War experiences:  An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Chickamauga, and The MockingbirdGET CRAZY, which our own Spenser Hoyt calls in a "funny and fast moving rock comedy that should be infinitely more appreciated" (read his full take in the cinema punk tome DESTROY ALL MOVIES) is in the Late Night viewing spot. Happy viewing to all.