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Cinema stuff for your Labor Day weekend

Before we get to the cinema stuff for the last weekend of the summer, a quick programming note: Scarecrow is open regular hours on Labor Day (Monday, September 3) for all your extra-day-off movie needs. VHSpresso will also be open should you need an iced chai or Italian soda as you browse. Now, here's some of what's playing around town:


Labor Day weekend in Seattle of course means Bumbershoot, the three-day music and arts festival at Seattle Center. Amongst all the band-watching and comedy line-waiting and giant corn cob-eating is the 1 Reel Film Festival--a great way to escape the larger crowds and see some of the world's best short films. Check the full lineup on the Bumbershoot site to plan your viewing day. There are also some movie-related comedy podcasts taping at Bumbershoot: How Did This Get Made with Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, and June Diane Raphael; Read It and Weep: A Celebration of Nicolas Cage with Alex Falcone, Ezra Fox, and Chris Smith; and Doug Loves Movies with Doug Benson and a rotating panel of players for the Leonard Maltin Game. If you're going to DLM, make an eye-catching nametag for the chance to win fabulous prizes. Protip: Edible ones seem to get picked a lot.


SIFF Cinema this week has Beloved, a "sly and exquisitely romantic musical drama" starring Catherine Deneuve and her real-life daughter Chiara Mastroianni that spans three decades of the mother and daughter's searches for love. Among their suitors are Paul Schneider and Milos Forman. Speaking of Mr. Forman, his 1965 Czech New Wave classic Loves of a Blonde is showing Tuesday at the SIFF Film Center.

Also new this week at SIFF Cinema is Beasts of the Southern Wild, the highly acclaimed story of a young girl (Quvenzhané Wallis), her father (Dwight Henry), and a group of their misfit neighbors from the backwaters of New Orleans fleeing in the wake of a large storm. SIFF says this feature-length debut from director Benh Zeitlin is "filled with poetic imagery and charged with an emotional intensity seldom seen onscreen." Don't miss it.

Labor Day weekend also brings an H.P. Lovecraft Double Feature to SIFF with The Call of Cthulhu and The Whisperer in Darkness.

Continuing their runs at SIFF this week are local writer/director Taylor Guterson's Old Goats, the locally made story of three men who "refuse to go quietly into the night of retirement and old age," and sci-fi action spoof Iron Sky, in which alien Nazis attempt to take over Earth.


Northwest Film Forum this week has two unique documentaries: Abendland, Nikolaus Geyrhalter's silent collage of a night in Europe culled from 170 hours of footage shot everywhere from hospitals to sex clubs to TV stations; and Kumar, a funny, unscripted documentary following filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into “Sri Kumaré,” a spiritual leader from the mythical village of Aali’kash.

NWFF welcomes legendary band Fishbone to their cinema Monday for an introduction and live Q & A with the documentary Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone. The movie is at 2pm, which should leave you plenty of time to head down to Bumbershoot afterward and see them play at 6pm.


Central Cinema this week has Addams Family Values. Its Wikipedia page says, "Compared to its predecessor, which retained something of the madcap approach of the 1960s sitcom, Values is played more for macabre laughs." They're also showing the film currently ranked at number 21 on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies list: Chinatown starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. Seriously, if you haven't seen it, get yourself to the CC.

On Monday, CC presents Hecklevision Killed The Radio Star, giving you the chance to offer your humorous insights on screen (via the magic of text messaging) to the best and worst music videos ever made. Thursday brings the usual Cartoon Happy Hour from 5:30-7pm, followed by an encore of the Totally 90s Sing-A-Long. Maybe they'll include MC Hammer's "Addams Groove."


Our neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema the Seattle debut of Side by Side: The Science, Art and Impact of Digital Cinema, a documentary exploring how digital filmmaking has changed and advanced the medium. It's produced by Keanu Reeves (!) and features in-depth interviews with directors such as James Cameron, David Lynch, Steven Soderbergh, David Fincher, and Martin Scorsese.

And as you flip your calendar to September, circle Saturday the 15th and save the date for the Grand Illusion's annual fundraiser with Jacques Tati's delightful M. Hulot's Holiday.

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