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Cinema Happenings for the week of February 28

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

Hi movie lovers, you may be busy Sunday night with the Oscars but here are some other cinematic suggestions as we offer an overview of repertory revivals, films festivals and limited release films. Enough of this palaver, Let’s get the show on the road and start with 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 BAD GIRLS with Savage Streets

SATURDAY: 8pm Mindgame hosted by our own Kevin Clarke

SUNDAY: 2pm Lost Garden- assorted shorts by Alice Guy-Blanche

                   5pm Cinema Dames of the Grand Illusion present Synecdoche New York

MONDAY: 7pm Oh Yeah! Women on Punk: Punks Not Dead

TUESDAY: 7pm GeeksWhoDrinkTrivia!  

WEDNESDAY: 7pm Antonia’s Line

THURSDAY: 7pm Something Weird Thursdays with My Brother’s Wife

Plus don't forget 2 for 1 Wednesday Rentals.

It seems like lately there has been a film festival or two starting nearly every week. This week it’s the Seattle Jewish Film Festival an event that has been happening here in town since 1995. It’s another strong collection of films (both fiction and non-fiction) which are screened at a variety of venues (including some events on Mercer Island). There are also lots of events to accompany the motion pictures. There is too much for us to pack into this blurb so click on the link for details.

Besides hosting several screenings of the aforementioned Seattle Jewish Film Festival, SIFF CINEMA has a whole lot going on including the new documentary Maidentrip, two fun music video festivals (Sync Music Video Festival and Ultimate ‘80s Music Video Sing Along), an encore showing of the National Theatre Live’s performance of Coriolanus and more. Click the link for showtimes and additional details.

Our pals down the street at THE GRAND ILLUSION CINEMA is showcasing a festival of Woody Allen films from the 80s. This week Radio Days and Spenser’s favorite Broadway Danny Rose are on the screen. The timing of this series isn’t the best but the cinema assures us that these films were booked months ago and are not meant as a comment on recent events. Also playing Friday and Saturday at 10pm is one of the greatest cult films you’ve never heard of, The Telephone Book. The Sprocket Society’s Secret Saturday Matinees continue on Saturdays at 2pm. Here’s a preview for this week’s show. The cinema’s showtimes are complicated so click on the cinema’s link for details.

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM  has some good stuff going on (as usual) including their monthly free event Framing Pictures where local film critics discuss all things cinema, this edition appropriately focuses on the Oscars. Also hitting the screen is the Seattle premiere of Winter in the Blood with the picture’s directors in attendance Friday and Saturday night. Tuesday night brings about their hilarious monthly event Pandemic: Viral Videos and, finally, Thursday night is a special work-in-progress screening of The Play with the director in attendance.  

Other notable local movie action includes Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad’s latest film Omar which shows at Sundance Cinemas, down the street at The Seven Gables Cinema is the two part German film Generation War and last but certainly not least The Seattle Art Musuem’s film series The Golden Age of Italian Cinema continues Thursday night with Frederico Fellini’s wonderful Juliet of the Spirits If you didn’t buy a series pass, tickets are available at the door.

Once again, Seattle offers an over-abundance of cinematic delight. Hopefully you'll take advantage of all these great opportunities and be sure to stock up at Scarecrow Video to enhance this week’s viewing pleasures. 

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