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Cinema Happenings for the week of March 21

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

Movie lovers of all ages rejoice! It’s another great week of film in Seattle and here’s our offering of an overview of repertory revivals, films festivals and limited releases. There is a lot of bigger stuff happening but we trust you can find out about those thingers with the power or your mind and fingers. Enough of this palaver, Let’s get the show on the road and start with US as you’ll probably want to come by and hang out Friday and the rest of the week!


First off: Didya know Scarecrow’s pal, the wonderful and amazing Thelma Schoonmaker is coming back to town? She’ll be presenting films by her late husband Michael Powell at the Seattle Art Museum Thursday and Friday night. We’re talking the 20th and 21st. On Thursday night the film is A Matter of Life and Death and Friday the picture is Gone to Earth. And if you are free Friday (the 21st) afternoon around 2pm stop by Scarecrow Video to say “hi” to Thelma Schoonmaker who’ll be visiting our store.


Meanwhile at SIFF Cinema Uptown starting this Friday you should absolutely check out Enemy, the new film by Denis Villenueve (Prisoners). Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a Toronto college professor leading a frustratingly mundane life until he discovers he has an exact double living across town. Things quickly spiral out of control as the two Gyllenhaals become obsessed with each other. 

Enemy is a moody, disturbing thriller that doesn't reveal its secrets easily. Is one man a figment of the other's imagination? Could they both actually be real? And what's with the kinky sex club? Ultimately Enemy proves to be about a sort of thwarted masculinity and fear of commitment. Each of the Gyllenhaals wants something the other has grown angrily tired of, and they'll both have to decide just who they really want to be. Beyond that though, it's suspenseful as all get out. Oh, and by the way, arachnophobes should definitely be warned about this one.


 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: 7pm special guest Mr. Dan Herbert will be signing copies of his book Videoland (which mentions us!). After the event we’ll be screening the new film Adjust Your Tracking which also celebrates all things video!

SATURDAY: It’s a genuine, old-fashioned VHS related marathon starting at 2pm. Head on over to our Facebook page for details.

SUNDAY: A Seattle on film marathon kicks off at noon and runs all day. Once again, more than we can cram in here! But check out our website and our Facebook page to learn more, friends!

MONDAY: 7pm Oh Yeah! Women on Punk: Smithereens

TUESDAY: 7pm GeeksWhoDrinkTrivia!  

WEDNESDAY: 7pm Bright Star

THURSDAY: 7pm In The Mirror of Maya Deren

Plus don't forget 2 for 1 Wednesday Rentals.


Down the street at THE GRAND ILLUSION CINEMA a weeklong run of the new film by Bill Morrison, The Great Flood gets going. Plus, Thursday night there is a one-night screening of a new comic book documentary called The Image Revolution. The director will be there and advance tickets are available. Also, 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.


As usual, NORTHWEST FILM FORUM  has a bunch of cool stuff happening this week. First up is the German/French/Georgia In Bloom.  The Society for Cinema and Media Studies is hosting a conference here in the Emerald City and the Film Forum is hosting nightly events in conjunction with the conference. Films showing this week at SCMS at NWFF include The Land Beyond The Rainbow and Harry Smith: Early Abstractions and the Animation of Bodily Rhythm. Sunday is World Water Day and the Forum is presenting Water on the Table. But wait, there’s more! Red Renewal: Seattle’s Socialist Spring brings about Jari Mari: Of Cloth and Other Stories. There’s also the world premiere of Color Field and finally it’s a mystery pick by local comedian Hari Kondabolu on Thursday night only.


Alright…can you believe there’s even more cool stuff happening here in the Jet City? I’m crapping you negative cuz there’s more cousin. SIFF CINEMA has a brief, mini-fest called Masterful Suspense Restored transpiring. They’ve got some other fine films a showing so hit their website already.


Okay…this has been a long week for me and it’s dinner time. So I’m sure some stuff has been missed but if you want please send your events here to Scarecrow, we’d love to help you promote cinema happenings. Don’t forget we are here for you! Scarecrow Video

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