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SIFF IS HERE & more for the week of May 17

The Seattle International Film Festival is here! We'll be sharing a booth with them this weekend on the Ave at the University District Street Fair where you can get all your SIFF info and enter to win 25 FREE RENTALS here at the store. Here's hoping the rain stays away!

SIFF is going on all around town, and there are far too many movies for us to cover here. We recommend you browse the schedule online or pick up a free printed schedule here at the store. One film we can recommend is Peter Greenaway's latest Goltzius and the Pelican Company, a "stunningly visual, sexually provocative" tale set in the 16th century. It shows Friday, May 17 at 6:30pm at the Egyptian Theatre. Use the promo code SCARECROW2013 online or at the box office for $2 OFF your tickets.


While you're at the University District Street Fair, you should also stop by the Grand Illusion Cinema booth just by the theater on 50th and the Ave. They'll be selling shirts and GI memberships and offering refuge from the elephant ear-crazed crowds with FREE cartoons in the theater.

This week at the GI there's Graceland, a tense Filipino thriller about a man, his daughter, his boss' daughter, and a kidnapping gone wrong. Twitch Film says it's "twisted enough to keep even the most seasoned thriller aficionado second guessing up to the end."


On Friday and Saturday night, Northwest Film Forum's Live at the Film Forum series continues with We Are Failing Them. This new work by Robin Holcomb, Britta Johnson and Curtis Taylor, "is a song cycle, performed live with film and objects, that engages in a sideways view of the curious and spectacular tragedy of the Donner Party. Drawing upon the languages of recital, film and staged séance, this evening-length entertainment asks: what gets left behind along the trail to the Promised Land?"

Start your movie-going weekend early Friday afternoon with Framing Pictures, the monthly film chat series with esteemed local critics Richard Jameson, Kathleen Murphy, and Robert Horton. Among this month's topics are Baz Luhrmann's recent adpatation of The Great Gatsby and the work of director Jacques Rivette.

Speaking of Rivette, this week NWFF has a new 35mm print of his 1971 film Le Pont du Nord, a dangerous political adventure set in the labryinths of Paris.

On Thursday, NWFF presents Slaying the Gorgon: How The Mediums of Storytelling Shape How We Think And Act. They describe it as "a fascinating and provocative multimedia presentation by storyteller, writer and public radio producer Joe McHugh that explores how stories are told in the modern age with the dynamic and transforming influence of new technologies. From the venerated saints and cathedrals of the Middle Ages to the pop stars and cineplexes of today, he explains why images and sound are increasingly supplanting the authority of the printed word, and, by so doing, radically altering the cultural, economic, and political landscape of United States and the rest of the world."


Central Cinema continues the Black & Beautiful Film Series as curated by Franklin High School senior Mia Roberson as part of her senior project. This week you can see Guess Who's Coming To Dinner starring Sidney Poitier, Katharine Houghton, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy and Jackie Brown starring Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Robert DeNiro, Bridget Fonda, and the most excellent Pam Grier. Thursday brings another all-ages & family friendly Cartoon Happy Hour, followed by the also family-friendly The Wiz.


The French New Wave Masters series at Seattle Art Museum continues Thursday at the Plestcheeff Auditorium downtown with a 35mm print of François Truffaut's Love on the Run, starring Jean-Pierre Leaud as a now thirty-something Antoine Doinel.

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