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Last Days of SIFF & more cinema for the week of June 7

It goes by so fast, doesn't it? This is the last weekend of The Seattle International Film Festival, so get to something now. On Friday night at the Triple Door, esteemed local band The Maldives play a live score they composed for Victor Sjöström's 1928 silent film The Wind. It stars the great Lillian Gish as a proud Southern Belle who moves to the harsh environment of Texas and endures both severe weather and severe emotions. Read up on The Maldives' composing process in their recent interview with Trent Moorman in The Stranger.

On Saturday at 1pm, The Media and the Movies: In Cahoots or at War? panel will discuss how film criticism impacts the industry and the way us regular folks watch film. Joining in the conversation are local critics Sean Axmaker and Robert Horton, Keith Simanton from IMDb, Anne Thompson from Indiewire, Lindy West from Jezebel.com, and moderator Eric Kohn from Indiewire.

And don't miss the last two Midnight Adrenaline shows: the "fiendishly twisted black comedy" Cheap Thrills starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, and David Koechner on Friday night and Cockneys vs. Zombies--aka elderly British people vs. the undead--on Saturday. Use the promo code SCARECROW2013 to get $2 OFF your tickets.

After the festival closes Sunday night, they'll rest up and be back with the Best of SIFF starting with We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks on June 14.

 

It's another busy week at Northwest Film Forum, starting with the Seattle premiere of One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das. The documentary follows Jeffrey Kagel, a musician who was on brink of success with the soon-to-be-famous Blue Oyster Cult but instead walked away from the spotlight and embarked on a spiritual quest. He reemerged as world-renowned spiritual teacher and Grammy-nominated chant master Krishna Das.

On Friday, KPLU 88.5 presents another Music Craft night. This latest installment features a perfomance by Esperanza Spalding, the Portland-raised jazz musician who won the Best New Artist Grammy in 2011, in a collaboration with flamenco specialist Nino Josele.

Sunday night, join director Sameh Zaobi and Seattle-based writer Fred Rice as they discuss the process behind creating their 2010 independent film Man Without a Cell Phone. The chat will be followed by the film, a comedy/drama/poltical satire following Jawdat, a young and relatively carefree Palenstinian living in Israel whose father draws him towards the political world.

NWFF's ongoing "film situation" Search and Rescue continues Tuesday night with more rare and interesting 16mm films from their vaults.

Underground filmmaker Antero Alli will be in attendance presenting two of his films: The Invisible Forest, "a surrealistic trip through the internal landscape of one man's subconscious to a place beyond belief, beyond words and beyond the mind itself to," on Wednesday night; and Dreambody / Earthbody, an examination and demonstration of Alli's concept of paratheatre, "a highly visceral process that incorporates physical theatre, Zazen meditation, modern dance and vocalization to gain access to the internal landscape," on Thursday night.

 

Central Cinema this week has Legend, Ridley Scott's 1985 fantasy epic starring Mia Sara, Tim Curry, and Tom Cruise's long, flowing locks. They're also showing Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers. For a fun Neil Patrick Harris double feature, go see it Sunday night, then come home and watch him host Tony Awards (be sure to set your DVR to record it). Monday's screening is in Hecklevision with your humorous insights about evil alien bugs and co-ed showering appearing on screen via the modern technological marvel of text messaging.

On Tuesday, flex your knowledge of the Flux capacitor and more with Back to the Future Trilogy Trivia Night. Quick: In the second film, what's the date on the USA Today?

Thursday's usual all-ages & family-friendly Cartoon Happy Hour will be followed by a screening of the classic musical West Side Story, a benefit for Dakota Dance.

 

Our good friends and neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema have a week-long run of Herman's House, an emotional documentary which asks "What kind of house does a man who has been imprisoned in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?" Director Angad Singh Bhalla's film tells the story of Herman Wallace, a man falsely accused of murder, who has been in Louisiana's Angola prison longer than any other inmate, and his work with artist Jackie Sumell to create his dream home. After the 7pm show on Friday, ACLU-WA will host a panel discussion on the effects of solitary confinement in the United States prison system.

 

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