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Save the Date: Some of Fall's film festivals and movie events

You know it's almost Fall when our front windows are crowded with posters for upcoming film festivals and events. Here's a quick round up of some of what's to come:


MAELSTROM INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL is September 16th-18th at SIFF Cinema. The festival was, "created to offer exposure to films that traditionally are overlooked by the festival circuit from genres including action, fantasy, horror, and science fiction."  The Opening Night film MIDNIGHT SON is a "gritty, realistic new look at the vampire genre" about a man with a rare skin disorder that forbids him from being exposed to sunlight and drives him to drink human blood. Visit their site for the full schedule & tickets and follow them on Twitter for up to the minute details.


Speaking of SIFF Cinema, the FESTIVAL OF NEW SPANISH CINEMA runs there September 21st-25th with the best of contemporary Spanish cinema, such as the Opening Night screwball comedy WITH OR WITHOUT LOVE. The fest also features a screening of the 1976 chilling horror cult classic WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?


THE PORT TOWNSEND FILM FESTIVAL runs September 23rd-25th at the historic Rose Theatre and other fine venues around town.  The schedule includes a number of features and documentaries and special guest Buck Henry. On Saturday night he'll present a screening of Milos Forman's 1971 comedy TAKING OFF, in which he co-stars with Lynn Carlin as parents looking for their runaway daughter. The film, which also features Tina Turner's screen debut, is not on video in the US but we have the PAL DVD. On Sunday Henry will discuss his work as a screenwriter on projects such as GET SMART,  WHAT'S UP DOC? and THE GRADUATE.


On Thursday, September 22nd, DICK DALE: KING OF THE SURF GUITAR plays Seattle Art Museum. Matt Marshall’s documentary explores the creative process behind the pioneering rocker and proves there's much more to the man than just this.


Seattle Art Museum's premiere film noir series enters its 34th season (!) with HEART OF DARKNESS: THE FILM NOIR CYCLE. It begins Thursday, September 29th at 7:30pm with an Opening Night delicacy of black and white doughnuts courtesy of Top Pot and a 35mm print of THE PHANTOM LADY (1944), directed by Robert Siodmak and starring Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, and Alan Curtis. It continues with a different smoke filled tale of woe every Thursday until December 8th--visit SAM's site or pick up a flyer here at the store for the full series listing. We have tickets on sale here for the full series: $59 for SAM, Northwest Film Forum, and The Film School members, $66 for the general public.


October 7th-9th, SIFF Cinema hosts Tasveer's 7th annual SEATTLE SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL, three days of films, workshops and forums exploring the issues of the region and its people. Opening Night features a meet and greet with acclaimed Indian actress Deepti Naval and a screening of her directorial debut TWO PAISE FOR SUNSHINE, FOUR ANNAS FOR RAIN.


Also over the weekend of October 7th-9th, Seattle Art Museum will host LOVECRAFT'S VISIONS, a celebration of the work and inspiration of writer H.P. Lovecraft. There will be panels, art, and over a dozen films based on Lovecraft's work, including Roger Corman's THE HAUNTED PALACE, the director's cut of Dan O'Bannon's THE RESURRECTED, and Peter Weir's THE LAST WAVE. We have tickets on sale here at the store: You can get a Friday ticket for $12, or a full weekend pass for $55, a ticket for Saturday OR Sunday for $25, or a full weekend pass for $55.


SIFF Cinema's grand reopening of Lower Queen Anne's Uptown Theater starts with a trio of musical films: HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH on October 20th, PURPLE RAIN on October 21st, and a  GREASE Sing-a-Long on October 22nd.


There's more where that came from with the anime convention AKI-CON, Northwest Film Forum's LOCAL SIGHTINGS FILM FESTIVALGEEK GIRL CON at Seattle Center, the official Grand Re-Opening of our neighbors at Neptune Theatre and much more. Stay tuned to the NEWS section of this blog for weekly updates on what's in theaters. As always, happy viewing to all.




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