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(Quick) Cinema happenings for the week of April 27

I'm taking a sabbatical to our state's coast this weekend, so our weekly theatrical round-up will be quick. Here we go:


The National Film Festival For Talented Youth, or NFFTY, is this weekend, showcasing works by the best young directors 22 and younger from around the world, including shorts, features, and documentaries in many genres of film. Most of the movies are showing at SIFF Cinema Uptown; you'll find the full schedule and ticket information on the NFFTY site. Alongside the NFFTY films is the Future of Film Expo, featuring the best resources and organizations for film technology and education for entry level and experienced filmmakers alike. The schedule of events, workshops, and panels around Seattle Center is on their site. All the Expo events are free and open to the public.


SIFF Cinema

Indie Game: The Movie, an emotional documentary about the struggles and sacrifices of independent video game designers, opens Friday. 

Starting on Monday, SIFF helps you gear up for the first big summer movie with Avengers Assemble! with screenings of The Incredible Hulk (the one with Edward Norton), an Iron Man & Iron Man 2 double feature, Thor, and Captain America. Those last two will be shown in glorious 3D.

There's a free screening of two work-in-progress human rights documentaries on Tuesday, May 1. The Beyond Borders: An Evening of Film presentation will include about 10 minutes from the upcoming films Oil & Water and Film Festival: Rwanda along with Q & A with the filmmakers. On Wednesday, there's Peter Byck's energy conservation documentary Carbon Nation.

The weekend's Films4Families show is the Marx Brothers' Monkey Business. 


Northwest Film Forum

The Films of Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas series begins Friday with three films by the husband and wife filmmaking team: Jean Gentil plays Friday through Thursday, May 3, Cochochi plays on Saturday, and Ocaso on Sunday. Guzmán and Cárdenas’ will be in attendance for the Friday through Sunday screeings.

Whores' Glory, the last film in the Micheal Galwogger Globalization trilogy, runs Friday through Thursday, May 3.

Notes on the Cinematographer: The Films of Robert Bresson series starts Tuesday, May 1 with six of the influential filmmaker's harder-to-find features. This week brings Les Anges de Peche on Tuesday, Les Dames Du Bois De Boulogne on Wednesday, and The Trial of Joan of Arc on Thursday. If you're looking for more Bresson, visit his section here at Scarecrow.


Central Cinema

Enjoy Planet of the Apes and Revenge of the Nerds** Friday through Wednesday, then a Cartoon Happy Hour on Thursday, followed by a Boys Pajama Party with the John Woo/Jean-Claude Van Damme-tastic Hard Target.


Grand Illusion Cinema

Friday night, the Sprocket Society presents Impaired: Movies Under The Influence, featuring clips spanning the entire history of cinema that are probably best watched, well, let's just say enhanced.

Saturday through Wednesday, May 2, there's It Came From Detroit, (note: the trailer is NSFW) a documentary on the city's internationally famous garage rock scene. Director and music fan James R. Petix will be in attendance for the Saturday show, which will be followed up by a performance by locals Hausfrau. The Grand Illusion is a surprisingly awesome place to rock out to some live music.

Black Rock Horse, a documentary following the construction of a 50-foot tall Trojan Horse at Burning Man, plays on Thursday, May 3. Director Todd Darling will be in attendance to answer questions about how it all went down, or I guess in this case, up.

The totally ridiculous Jaws-ripoff Gums is in the Friday & Saturday Late Night viewing spot.


And don't forget all the great Science Fiction movies playing at Cinerama. I am deeply jealous of those of you who will witness Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in 70mm.  Happy viewing to all.


**Holy baritone, Batman! Is that ORSON WELLES narrating that trailer?!?


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