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Cinema stuff for the July 22nd weekend & beyond

SIFF Cinema returns from its post-festival summer rest for A NOT SO STILL LIFE, a documentary on the remarkable life and work of artist Ginny Ruffner. It won the Golden Space Needle Audience Award for Best Documentary at SIFF 2010. Ruffner and director Karen Stanton will be in attendance for  Q & A the 8pm shows on Friday and Saturday.

It looks like (fingers crossed) the weather will be cooperative on Saturday night for Fremont Outdoor Movies screening of HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE. It is unfortunate there are no White Castle restaurants in the area, but the taco truck by FOM is fantastic.

Northwest Film Forum has REDLAND, Asial Norton's "avant-guarde Western" focused on a desperate family in Depression-era California. There's also INTO ETERNITY,  Michael Madsen's (not that Michael Madsen) documentary on how Finland handles their spent nuclear fuel rods. Then on Thursday, Easy Street Records presents another SECRET COUNTRY night with music from singer/steel player/guitar picker Dave Harmonson and a film that may or may not star one of the following people: George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash.

Goblins and Gelflings invade Central Cinema this week with LABYRINTH and THE DARK CRYSTAL. There's a Ladies Only Pajama Party on Monday featuring CLUELESS, a film which I am not ashamed to say is one of my favorite films of the 1990s (look for that  special rental section coming soon to the Scarecrow shelves). Tuesday brings more MOVIE CAT TRIVIA, now with prizes from Scarecrow Video. Then on Thursday, there's yet another opportunity to experience THE ROOM.

Grand Illusion Cinema has a week-long run of  STAND BY ME. Spencer and John from The MacGuffin Podcast will introduce the film on Friday night and have contests with prizes from us and other reputable establishments. If you haven't seen SBM in a while, I highly encourage you to revisit it at the GI in 35mm. I recently watched it for the first time in years (the Blu-ray has new video commentary with Rob Reiner, Corey Feldman, and Wil Wheaton) and I can honestly say I think it's gotten even better as I've aged. I would also recommend the SBM music video for your supplemental viewing pleasure. If you missed it last week at NWFF, the GI has John Turturro's musical portrait of Italy PASSIONE on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. On Tuesday the 26th, there's THE EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION OF JODIE MACK,  an evening of films by the independent filmmaker and animation professor. Ms. Mack will be in attendance. The sorely underrated slasher flick TOURIST TRAP makes an encore appearance in the GI's Late Night viewing spot.

We have tickets on sale now at Scarecrow for the Grand Illusion's 2nd Annual Fundraiser on Saturday, July 30th. The featuring raffles and a silent auction with items from Northwest Film Forum, Criterion, and the Seattle Mariners. There's also two screenings of Alfred Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW., one at 6:30pm and the other at 9:30pm. Tickets are $25 and available here at the store, online, or at the GI's door.