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Cinema Happenings for the week of February 7th

Here's what's going on in the vicinity of Seattle's cinematic epicenter

Greetings Film Fiends!

While there is usually a lot going on with Seattle’s cinemas this week seems to be extra happenin’ with film festivals, exciting movies new and old so let’s get right to it! First off is US!

SCARECROW VIDEO SCREENING ROOM- Admission is free (but you have to be 21 or over after 3pm) and we sell snacks, beer, coffee, tea and popcorn at VHSpresso to accommodate your viewing needs.  

FRIDAY: 8pm Bonnie’s Kids trailer NSFW

SATURDAY: 8pm Fear Is The Key

SUNDAY: 2pm Customer selected film featured in The Story of Film

                   5pm CINEMA DAMES OF THE GRAND ILLUSION pick Stage Fright

MONDAY: 7pm MALDIVES Movie Pick: Heartworn Highways

TUESDAY: 7pm GeeksWhoDrinkTrivia!  

WEDNESDAY: 7pm BAADASSSSS CINEMA Darktown Strutters

THURSDAY: 7pm The Story of Film: An Odyssey Episode 13 & 14

Plus don't forget 2 for 1 Wednesday Rentals.

SIFF CINEMA Has a bunch of worthwhile things going on but we really want to emphasize the annual Women in Film-Seattle sponsored film festival: Post Alley Film Festival, which takes place Saturday from 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.It’s at the SIFF Film Center. Tickets are: $15 for the general public, $12.50 for WIF/SIFF/NWFF members, and $10 for students and seniors. SIFF’s film noir series, Noir City, kicks off Friday night with a double bill of Journey Into Fear and The Third Man series passes are available. Also on the screen is the exclusive local showing of Walking The Camino: Six Ways To Santiago. The Director will be in attendance for the Friday and Saturday shows. Tickets are going fast so consider buying advance tickets. They are hosting one of their Doc Brunches on Sunday. This time around it’s Inequality For All at 1pm.There are also some limited shows at the SIFF Film Center of These Birds Walk, Wadja and A Field in England. Click on the links for details.

Another very cool film festival is underway, The Seattle Asian American Film Festival. The festival runs through the weekend. Most of the films are playing in Columbia City at the Ark Lodge Cinemas. Click on the link for the schedule and ticket information. Good news for cheapskates, there are even some free screenings!

Trader Joe’s Silent Movie Mondays continues Monday at 7pm at The Paramount Theater. Running through February 10th its one great silent film after another for. All of the pictures will be accompanied by Jim Riggs on the Wurlitzer Organ. This week’s film is Buster Keaton’s classic The General!

Our pals down the street at THE GRAND ILLUSION CINEMA are keeping busy with The End of Time showing most days. The cinema just got a new surround sound system and this unique documentary sounds like a good way to check it out. Also showing is Interior. Leather Bar. Finally the Sprocket Society’s Secret Saturday Matinees continue on Saturdays at 2pm. Here’s a preview for this week’s show. The showtimes are complicated so click on the cinema’s link for details.

The Seattle Art Musuem’s film series The Golden Age of Italian Cinema continues Thursday night with Ermanno Olmi’s Il Posto. It’s a favorite of one of Scarecrow’s employees (and it’s also a really good film!). If you didn’t buy a series pass, tickets are available at the door.

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM The Capitol Hill venue has a revival showcase of a new digital restoration of Charles Lane’s underrated indie classic Sidewalk Stories. It’s also the closing weekend of the Forum’s fabulous Children’s Film Festival. No pancakes this weekend but still plenty of excellent fun to be had for all ages. We also must mention their late night screenings of The Visitor, which is guaranteed to boggle your mind!

A few films are playing around town in limited release including Visitors, the latest film by Godfrey Reggio which is showing at The Cinerama. The director will be at Friday’s screening for a Q&A. Also playing at Sundance Cinemas and the Meridian 16 is the new Chilean film Gloria. The Past, the new film from Asghar Farhadi (A Seperation) is opening at the Guild 45th. Simon Pegg’s latest film, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, is showing exclusively at Sundance Cinema.

Once again, Seattle offers an abundance of cinematic delight. Hopefully you'll have time to visit a theatre or two and be sure to stock up at Scarecrow Video to enhance this week’s viewing pleasures. 

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