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Langston Hughes, Bonebat & more cinema stuff for the week of April 12

We'll begin this week's cinema roundup with the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival starting Saturday and continuing through April 20 at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. The festival, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, showcases stories of people of African descent by independent filmmakers from around the world. Saturday's opening night film is John Sayles 1984 classic Brother From Another Planet and post-show discussion with star Joe Morton. Visit the festival's schedule page for details on all the films, events, and ticket information.


The third annual Bonebat "Comedy of Horrors" Film Festival is Saturday, April 13 at Central Cinema. The day of giggles & gore includes the Seattle premieres of Grabbers, Buck Wild, and Puppet Monster Massacre along with short films, live music from the funky Tip to Base, and much more. Find out more about the films and get the complete list of the days' events on their site.

Also this week at Central Cinema, there's the absolutely perfect Singin' in the Rain (speaking of which, have you read Debbie Reynolds' new memoir?). If you're not in the mood for something as cheery as a musical, put on your sunglasses and enjoy the also absolutely perfect They Live. Damn, we're all out of bubblegum.

Take on your fellow Browncoats Tuesday night in a battle of wits with Firefly & Serenity Trivia. On Wednesday, CC's Night & Day film noir series continues with Stanley Kubrick's The Killing. Thursday has the usual Cartoon Happy Hour, then an encore screening of Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel. Local director Wes Hurley's gender and genre-bending musical comedy follows diva Waxie Moon's search for love amongst our lovely city and its lovely, talented people.


SIFF Cinema this week has the highly anticipated opening of Upstream Color. We've heard it defies summation--SIFF describes it as "a gorgeous, poetic, experimental, and intelligent romantic story that is unlike anything you have ever seen before...[it]strings together a series of incidents that hint at science fiction thriller, existential romance, and spiritual awakening into a stunning story of lives bewildered by forces beyond their control." Primer director Shane Carruth writes, directs and stars with Amy Seimetz (from Megan Griffith's The Off Hours). Go see it.

Just as baseball season arrives in Seattle, there's Jackie Robinson biopic 42 starring Chadwick Boseman as Jackie and Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers manager Branch Rickey. It was wriiten and directed Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential).

SIFF also welcomes the multi-Goya Award winning Blancanieves, a Spanish take on Snow White done as a silent film with an excellent Flamenco soundtrack.

Everyone knows Sunday is the best brunch day, but this week yours can be even better by dining with Big and Little Edie and Grey Gardens. Join SIFF as they celebrate the Grey Gardens musical now playing at ACT Theatre with a mimosa reception followed by the Maysles' brothers documentary on Jackie Kennedy Onassis' cousins. You'll then enjoy a proper continental brunch followed by The Beales of Grey Gardens, the Maysles' follow-up made from unused footage in the original film.

The Shining documentary Room 237 will be held over at SIFF Film Center this week for your continuing hidden meaning/conspiracy needs.


This weekend at Northwest Film Forum, there's Cine Independiente: Discoveries from Argentina, a series spotlighting new, independent film by emerging artists. It starts Friday night with Papirosen, director Gaston Solnicki's decade-long chronicle of his family spanning four generations of history and dysfunction. Visit the series page for the full list of films.

The new documentary Band of Sisters plays all week at NWFF. It follows the history of activist nuns in the Catholic Church from the 1960s to present day who have fought--and continue to fight--for civil rights and other social reforms despite objections from the Vatican. Director Mary Fishman will be in attendance for Q & A Saturday and Sunday at the 3pm and 7pm shows. Sister Nancy Sylvester, IHM will be in attendance for the 7pm show on Saturday.

On Thursday NWFF hosts the world premiere of The Other Paris, a new work by writer and historian Luc Sante which, through various films such as Rififi and Fantômas, explores the grittier lives that lie in the shadows of the City of Lights. It's part of NWFF's ongoing Live at the Film Forum series featuring works that "reflect film's inherent collaborative energy and experimentation."


Our neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema have The End of Love, writer, director and star Marc Webber's touching story of a widowed man with a young son (Webber's real-life son Isaac) who reaches a crossroads between his past and his possible future when he starts dating a single mom. Shannyn Sossamon, Michael Cera, Aubrey Plaza and Amanda Seyfried co-star.

It's the second week for Wrong, the new movie from fearless cinematic surrealist Quentin Dupieux (director of Rubber aka that tire movie), which follows a man (Jack Plotnick) on a bizarre search for his lost dog.

Also continuing on at the GI is My Amityville Horror, the chilling story of Daniel Lutz, whose family experienced the infamous hauntings that inspired the novel and subsequent films. It shows at 11pm on Friday & Saturday and 9pm on Monday.


The French New Wave Masters series at Seattle Art Museum continues Thursday at the Plestcheeff Auditorium downtown with Jean-Luc Godard's A Woman is a Woman starring Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy, and Jean-Paul Belmondo.

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