March is coming in like a lion at local theaters. Here are some of the great things on screens around town for the week of March 1-7.
The Seattle Jewish Film Festival begins Saturday at Pacific Place with Opening Night feature The Day I Saw Your Heart, a dramatic comedy about a father and daughter attempting to reconnect that stars Inglourious Basterds' Melanie Laurent. The festival continues through Sunday at Pacific Place, then heads to SIFF Cinema for a full week of films. Visit the SJFF schedule page for the full list of films and events.
Saturday there's an incredible double feature of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Raiders: The Adaptation. If you haven't seen the remarkable shot-for-shot remake made by young fans over several years back when the movie first came out, we implore you to see it now. Matt and I had a chance to talk to Chris Strompolos, one of the then-kids who made the adaptation, a few years ago when it showed at SIFF (you can listen to our conversation on The Scarecrow Video Podcast). Strompolos and fellow adapter Eric Zala will be in attendance for what I'm sure will be an excellent and inspiring Q & A.
Friday through Sunday at the Film Center, 11 Flowers, a coming-of-age story following an eleven-year-old boy during the last days of China's Cultural Revolution. "Brimming with youthful energy and featuring lovingly detailed evocations of time and place, 11 Flowers combines [director Wang Xiaoshuai's] deep engagement with mainland China’s complex cultural history with a stirring evocation of childhood."
On Thursday SIFF welcomes Mystery Science Theater 3000's Joel Hodgson and his Movie Riff Camp, which teaches you the fine art of movie riffing (these skills may come in handy for Central Cinema's Hecklevision screenings). On Friday (March 8), he'll present his one-man show Joel Hodgson: Riffing Myself, "an incredible evening of stories and surprises about his forays into the depths of B-movie insanity, his search for the ultimate ventriloquist dummy (and how that dummy became the inspiration for both Tom Servo and Crow), and the origin story of MST3Ks."
Silver Linings Playbook starring now-Oscar winner/always awesome Jennifer Lawrence, continues its SIFF run this week. Another recent Oscar recipient, the Best Documentary Feature winner Searching For Sugar Man, will also be playing all this week.
Northwest Film Forum kicks off the L.A. Rebellion series Friday night with Daughters of the Dust, director Julie Dash's surreal portrait of the Gullah community, who were descendents of slaves that lived in southern Georgia at the turn of the century. The series continues through Sunday and each weekend in March with films from students at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television during the 60s and 70s. "Occasionally called the 'Los Angeles School of Black Filmmakers,' this group of mostly unheralded artists created a unique cinematic landscape, over the course of two decades in the 1960s and 70s, as university students worked, mentored one another and passed the torch." Visit the festival page for the full list of films and save with a series pass.
Also this week at NWFF, there's Hors Satan, Bruno Dumont's film following a drifter around northern France. For more we refer you to Brian Miller's review in Seattle Weekly. On Monday and Tuesday, Three Dollar Bill Cinema presents Fourplay, an anthology which promises, among other adventures, "Bathroom sexcapades, porn store shenanigans and complex human-canine relationships." Director Kyle Henry will be in attendance on Monday. Then on Thursday, NWFF presents another Search and Rescue, an evening featuring interesting oddities from their 16mm film archives.
Central Cinema has the song, dance, and sex of Cabaret and the high-level awkwardness of Welcome to the Dollhouse. On Monday Fin Records hosts a Happy Hour with short films and music videos (remember those?). Wednesday the Night & Day film noir series continues with Murder, My Sweet. Thursday's Cartoon Happy Hour will be followed by a very special presentation. Did you know there was a sequel to Showgirls? It's called Showgirls 2: Penny's from Heaven. (Get it, her name is Penny and she's from heaven? You can watch the NSFW trailer here). Noted Showgirls expert and The Stranger film editor David Schmader will be on hand to guide the audience through this epic. It's a good thing Central Cinema serves cocktails.
Grand Illusion Cinema this week has Beward of Mr. Baker, a documentary on Cream's infamous drummer. "This no-holds-barred, sad, and hilarious portrait of the man referred to as rock’s first great drummer (and perhaps still its best) lets him tell his own story, intercut with footage of his continent-hopping life, from London to L.A., Nigeria, Italy, South Africa, and (way) beyond. Baker may have broken the mold musically, but his violent, dyspeptic mood swings, fueled by a multi-decade heroin addiction, went a long way to making him persona non grata even among the music greats who still revere his work."
Saturday and Wednesday night, the GI presents an early 90s tabloid flashback--Triple Feature: The Lethal Lolitas of Long Island, a "hilarious metadrama mashup" of the three Amy Fisher biopics (kids, ask your parents) starring, respectively, Drew Barrymore, Noëlle Parker, and Alyssa Milano. Director Dan Kapelovitz will be in attendance Saturday so you can ask him just what drew him to create such a project (aside from sheer awesomeness).
On Saturday the Sprocket Society presents another Saturday Secret Matinee, which features a different thrilling classic film each week from now through the end of the month. March's theme is Alien Encounters: "Humans confronted by the ultimate unknown, in worlds beyond imagining!" Then that night, there's an encore screening of the 35mm print of Lloyd Kaufman's The Toxic Avenger.
Trader Joe's kicks off another set of Silent Movie Mondays this week at the Paramount Theatre. This time around, they're putting the spotlight on the women of silent film, starting Monday, March 4 at 7pm with Heart o’ the Hills (1919) produced by and starring the great Mary Pickford. All of the films feature live accompaniment by Jim Riggs on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. You can get $2 OFF tickets to any of the five films with the promo code WOMEN.
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