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STIFF, EDEN & more cinema stuff for the week of May 3

Seattle's spring film festival season is in full bloom this week, starting with the Seattle True Independent Film Festival (STIFF) which kicks off Friday at Grand Illusion Cinema. Take a look at the schedule to plan your festival-going and get tickets online. We've heard good things about Motivational Growth, playing Monday. This story of a depressed man and a life-coaching mold (voiced by Jeffrey Combs from Re-Animator and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) is from recent Seattle-transplants Imagos Films. We're also super-duper excited to see Sader Ridge, co-written and produced by friend-of-the-store John Portanova. Yay John!


Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival returns for its third year starting Thursday, May 9 with the Opening Night extravagaza Gender Failure, a multimedia show by Ivan Coyote and Rae Spoon with animation and video elements from Seattle artist Clyde Petersen. Check out the list of films and full schedule on their site.


In Save-The-Date festival news, tickets are on sale now for all of the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival movies & galas. The full schedule is up online and the free guides are now availble around town, including here at Scarecrow. Go forth and plan your viewing.

As we count down the days to SIFF 2013, this week SIFF Cinema welcomes on of the best from last year's fest: acclaimed local filmmaker Megan Griffiths' Eden. There will be a panel discussion on human trafficking after Friday's screening with producer Colin Plank, Washington State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles and representatives from Hope for Justice, YouthCare, and the Organization for Prostitution Survivors. Ms. Griffiths will in attendance after Saturday night's screening for a panel discussion along with Plank and producer Jacob Mosler, moderated by The Stranger's David Schmader. He says the film is a "a ferociously intense movie about fundamentally upsetting subject matter" that "makes humane art out of inhumanity." Local critic Robert Horton calls it "a project that might have emerged as either dutiful docudrama or exploitation comes to us on a measured tread that is disturbing and genuinely eerie" in his review for Seattle Weekly. We highly recommend you see Eden now and watch the MacGuffin Podcast interview with Ms. Griffiths before you go.

Also playing week at SIFF Cinema Uptown/Film Center:

The Angel's Share-Ken Loach's latest film is a bittersweet comedy following a group of petty thieves in Glasgow through their plans to steal a valuable bottle of whisky.

Renoir--This romantic drama set in the lush French countryside in 1915 explores the relationship between painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, his son/future filmmaker Jean, and the woman who serves as muse to them both.

The Revolutionary--An unflinching documentary chroncling the life of Sidney Rittenberg, an American who joined the Communist Paty in China and was imprisioned there for 16 years. It plays Friday through Sunday.

The Source Family--A look at the infamous 70s hippie commune and their eccentric leader Father Yod. Source Family members Makushla, Omne, and Rain Aquarian will be in attendance for the Friday evening show.

Crazy Sexy Cancer--On Tuesday SIFF hosts a screening of this empowering and inspiring documentary about one woman's journey through cancer treatment. Dr. Jim Olson, a clinical researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will also be in attendance to present two short films that addresses advancements in research and treatment. The evening is a benefit for Accelerate Cancer Cure.



Northwest Film Forum hosts the architectual film series The Built World, featuring "four unique films from across the globe, informed and inspired by architecture, urban design and public space" that take a cinematic approach to architecture. Check the series page for the films and special guests running Friday thorough Sunday.

Also playing this week at NWFF, there's Simon Killer, a tense drama written and directed by Antonio Campos that follows a recently heartbroken man (Brady Corbet) to Paris, where he takes up an increasingly serious and dangerous relationship with an exotic prostitute (Mari Diop). Shane Carruth's Upstream Color moves uphil to NWFF, giving you more chances to see this "mythic, mysterious and sensuous romantic thriller" starring Carruth and Amy Seimetz.

And in important fundraising news, NWFF has less than a month left on their Kickstarter campaign to install DCP technology in their theaters. Get giving, folks.


Central Cinema has the romantic Mexican fantasy Like Water For Chocolate, which ranks high on our lists of "Best Movies About Food" and "Best Movies Where a Naked Lady Rides a Horse." There's also the vampire action of From Dusk 'Till Dawn, which is high on our lists of "Movies You Forgot George Clooney Was In" and "Movies People Think Quentin Tarantino Directed." On Wednesday there's the Dark Romance of The Last Unicorn, which is on our list of "Kinda Depressing Movies for Children." Thursday brings another all-ages, family-friendly Cartoon Happy Hour, then another opportunity to experience Tommy Wiseau's The Room, a film which defies all lists.


The French New Wave Masters series at Seattle Art Museum continues Thursday at the Plestcheeff Auditorium downtown with a 35mm print of Francois Truffaut's Small Change.


For you night owls, the Midnight Movie at The Egyptian this Friday & Saturday is Aliens. If you ever want to start an epic nerd debate, start with this question: "Which is the better sci-fi sequel: Aliens or The Empire Strikes Back?"


And finally, the first big summer movie of the season opens Friday: Iron Man 3. Opinions are mixed among the staffers who've seen it already, so stop in and let us know what you think.




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