There's another great round of film festivals in town this week, starting with the Seattle Asian American Film Festival, running Friday through Sunday at the Wing Luke Museum. It looks like Friday's Opening Night screening of A Lot Like You is already sold out, but there are still plenty of shorts and features on Saturday and Sunday. Visit the program page for the full list of films and ticket information.
The Women in Cinema series wraps up at this weekend at SIFF Cinema with a screening of short films and intriguing features like Academy Award®–nominated director Liz Garbus' revealing portrait of Marilyn Monroe Love, Marilyn and Vanishing Waves, director Kristina Buozyte's film which SIFF describes as "hypnotic, erotic, wholly engrossing, and wildly thought-provoking cinema that transcends any perceived limitations of the science fiction genre, becoming one of the year’s most provocative films in the process." Visit the festival page for the full schedule of films and events.
Northwest Film Forum hosts the Children's Film Festival Seattle all this week with wonderful family-friendly features and shorts from around the world. There are also film-related fetes like a rockin' Pajama Party on Friday night with movies, treats, and the catchy tunes of Casper Babypants and a Pancake Breakfast and Short Film Smorgasbord on Saturday morning. Check the festival schedule page for the full rundown of films, classes, and events. The festival is an excellent opportunity to introduce a love of movie going to future generations.
Opening at SIFF Cinema this week is My Worst Nightmare, a romantic comedy about the opposites-attract relationship between an uptight art dealer (Isabelle Huppert) and a flirtatious single dad (Benoît Poelvoorde).
On Tuesday, SIFF presents Sparrows: Celebrating Mary Pickford. Christel Schmidt, editor of the book Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies, will introduce one of the silent-era actress's most famous films (with an originial live score by Dan Redfeld), and there will be books available for purchase and signing courtesy of the good people at Elliott Bay Book Company.
On Wednesday you can see one of the inspirations for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained--the 1966 spaghetti western Django starring Franco Nero (who has a cameo in QTs film). Visit our Chain Links rental section for more movies that inspired Django Unchained, and be sure to ask at the counter for a coupon for $2 OFF tickets to see Django Unchained at SIFF.
Thursday, SIFF hosts Bands on the Big Screen, a showcase of directors' collaborations with local musicians like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pickwick, and Hey Marseilles. The screening, presented by Team Up For Nonprofits, is a benefit for Northwest Folklife.
Central Cinema's I Love Sequels series continues this week with the too hot to handle, too cold to hold Ghostbusters 2 and the T-1000 menace of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Monday's screening of T2 will be in Hecklevision with your humorous retorts to "Hasta La Vista, baby" appearing on screen via text messaging. Also on Monday, Collide-O-Scope presents another round of found-footage greatness with Hollywood Babylon II. Tuesday, BadMovieArt returns with a double feature of Return of the Swamp Thing and (trailer NSFW) Deathstalker 2. David Markey's Circle Jerks documentary My Life as a Jerk has its Seattle premiere on Wednesday, then on Thursday, Cartoon Happy Hour, is followed by Boris Karloff in The Bride of Frankenstein.
This week down at Grand Illusion Cinema, there's Wagner & Me: "English actor and raconteur Stephen Fry explores his passion for history’s most controversial composer, Richard Wagner. Can he salvage Wagner’s music from its association with Hitler? Animated by Fry’s trademark wit and intelligence and set against the backdrop of Germany's annual Bayreuth Festival, this is a provocative yet enjoyable introduction to the life and legacy of one of music’s most complicated geniuses." It's ok, GI, you had us at "Stephen Fry."
On Saturday the Sprocket Society presents another Saturday Secret Matinee, which features a different thrilling classic film each week from now thorugh March. January's theme is Heroes and Villains with epic tales of good guys vs. bad guys. We recommend you get a series pass and make a weekend afternoon movie a part of your winter.
Seattle Art Musuem's VIVA ITALIA series continues Thursday at SAM's Plestcheeff Auditorium with a 35mm print of satirical comedy Divorce, Italian Style (1961) starring Marcello Mastroianni, Stefania Sandrell, and Daniela Rocca.
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