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SIFF and other cinema events for the week of May 18

"It's the most wonderful time of the year" This song has been running through my head a lot in the last 48 hours. It is a holiday season of sorts for Puget Sound area movie lovers as the Seattle International Film Festival begins its three-week run at various theaters around town. There are far too many great films for us to list here, but our general consensus is that this festival lineup is one of the best we've ever seen. If you haven't already made a SIFF viewing plan, we recommend you pick up a free SIFF guide from our front counter and start leafing through it. If you'd like outside opinions, check out the guides in The Stranger and Seattle Weekly, and listen to Episode 28 of The Scarecrow Video Podcast for recommendations from local film critics Amie Simon and Andrew Wright. Happy SIFFing to all!


Here's more of what's playing on Seattle screens:

Northwest Film Forum

Friday, May 18 & Saturday, May 19

Lauren Weedman: SRO-Single Room Occupancy--Acclaimed monologuist (and former Almost Live! cast member) Lauren Weedman's new one-woman show explores a world of "lawn care, electric guitars, the same dinner every night, horror movies and sex." Don't miss it.


Friday, May 18--Sunday, May 20

Otter 501--A baby otter gets separate from its mother during a storm and is rescued by a determined young adventurer. My guess is the theater will be echoing with coos of "cuuute!" You know you want to see an adorable furry baby otter on a big screen.


Friday, May 18--Monday, May 21

UCLA Festival of Preservation--The film preservation festival continues with the Outfest Legacy Project Program, a collection of three newly resurrected documentaries from the 50s and 60s about the LGBTQ community on Friday; Native Land, a 1942 documentary 'which sought to expose the injustices perpetrated upon Americans by American capitalism" on Saturday; The Forgotten Village, the 1941 film written by John Steinbeck that pits Westernization vs. a Mexican village, on Sunday; and Douglas Sirk's 1948 drama Sleep, My Love on Monday. It stars Claudette Colbert, Robert Cummings, and Don Ameche and was produced by Mary Pickford.

All of these films will be presented on lovely 35mm film.


Wednesday, May 23

Girl Walk // All Day--"A feature-length dance music video and tale of urban exploration follows three dancers across New York City, turning sidewalks, parks and stadiums into an evolving stage as a story of rebellion, love and discovery unfolds."

Hallelujah the Hills--Experimental film director Adolfas Mekas' 1963 surreal romantic comedy is "simultaneously an art film and a parody of art films, it is packed with references to silent comedy, the French New Wave and even Kurosawa’s samurai films." It's co-presented by The Sprocket Society.


Thursday, May 24

3 X 3--Electronic sound and digital projections by up-and-coming artists from students in Seattle University's new film production department.


Central Cinema

Friday, May 18--Monday, May 21

To Kill a Mockingbird--Gregory Peck stars in the #2 film* on the American Film Institute's list of the "100 Most Inspiring Movies" "There's a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep 'em all away from you. That's never possible."


Friday, May 18--Wednesday, May 23

Falling Down--Michael Douglas is mad as hell and not going to take it any more.


Sunday, May 20

Strange Brew--What better way to end Seattle Beer Week than with this Canadian comedy classic presented by the good folks at ODIN Brewing, eh?


Tuesday, May 22

TV Dinner: Glee Season Finale & Singalong--Oh Glee, how I long to be cynical and scoff at your charm, but I just can't.


Wednesday, May 23

Boxing Helena--Jason Miller's BadMovieArt returns with one of my most hated films. Maybe that's because I made the mistake of watching in on Prom Night. Maybe I should give it another shot.


Thursday, May 24

Cartoon Happy Hour--A family-friendly happy hour with classic cartoons from 5:30-7pm

The Room--Another chance to experience the phenomenon that is Tommy Wiseau's film.


Grand Ilusion Cinema

Friday, May 18--Thursday, May 24

Holiday--A luscious 35mm print of George Cukor's classic comedy starring Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn. SWOON.


Sunday, May 20

Steampunk Film Festival Marvelous Meandering Cinema Salon--A touring Steampunk film festival makes a stop at the GI witha variety of shorts from around the world. It's "an articulate and decidedly artistic view of the movement for both experienced Steampunks and for those mainstream civilians who've wondered if there's anything more emotional and intentional behind the façade of cogs and polished brass."


Thursday, May 24

Hard Boiled--The GI has teamed with the 20/20 Awards for a rare 35mm screening of John Woo's 1992 film. To say that it's one of the greatest action films of all time feels like an understatement. It is essential viewing for any fan of the modern action film, or just film in general. The screening is FREE for GI members.

Late Nights are still on Spring Break and will return in mid-June.


* #1 is It's a Wonderful Life

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