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Cinema Happenings for the week of April 25

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

Let’s all go to the picture show! Here’s a rundown of what’s going on this week with an emphasis on limited runs, revivals, art-house, repertory, festivals and similar fare.

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 SciFi Commons presents Blade Runner

SATURDAY: 8pm A very special screening of Killing American Style

SUNDAY: 6pm Best of Siff presents The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

MONDAY: 7pm Kevin Clarke’s Music Mayhem Ladies and Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains

TUESDAY: 7pm GeeksWhoDrinkTrivia!  

WEDNESDAY: 7:30pm Chris Marker Group (a selection of films make by Mr. Marker)

Plus don't forget 2 for 1 Wednesday Rentals.


Here are some cinematic events transpiring around town.

Brown Derby kicks off their 2014 series of staged readings of screenplays with The Lost Boys at the Re-bar (May 1st-3rd)

The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival starts off Friday night with an opening party and a screening of They Die by Dawn. The fest features over 50 movies and events so there is way too much to list here. Series passes are available but you can buy individual tickets too. Click on the link for details, showtimes, etc.


Opening this Friday at Sundance Cinema is Jodorowsky's Dune, a new documentary chronicling a failed attempt by legendary director Alejandro Jodorowsky to adapt Frank Herbert's novel Dune in the late 70s. The film includes interviews with Jodorowsky himself, now well into his 80s, and he depicts the effort as less a film production and more of a spiritual quest. Featuring tantalizing excerpts from the massive preproduction and design work, compiled into a gigantic 1,000-plus page book that was distributed to major studios at the time, this film isn't so much the story of a film that never got made as it is an ode to the power (and limits) of creativity and art itself. If you're a film fan, you owe it to yourself to check this out. Here's a trailer.


Also at Sundance is Honey, the directorial debut of Valeria Golino.

The Varsity is hosting a couple of dance related documentaries: Afternoon of a Faun: Tranquil Le Clercq and Dancing in Jaffa.

British “runaway train” thriller Last Passenger opens at The Regal Meridian 16.

The Bonebat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival is Saturday afternoon at Central Cinema.

Emerald Reels presents a selection of short films from the Experimental Film Fest Portland. This event takes place Wednesday night at West of Lenin.

Meaningful Movies brings their regular Friday night screening of documentary films with a social justice bent this week it is The Wisdom to Survive. The 7pm show is at the Keystone Church in Wallingford.

The Cinerama has a varied schedule this week with lots of cool stuff on its majestic screen. They’ve got a new documentary about the Seattle Seahawks simply called Super Bowl XLVIII Champions, Saturday afternoon its So Say We All Frak’n Day, a special Battlestar Galactica event with Starbuck and Number 6 (Katee Sackhoff and Tricia Helfer) in attendance. Wednesday brings about the Seattle premiere (co-presented by Northwest Film Forum) of Nothing Against Life followed by a Q&A. Finally, Thursday night kicks off the venues second annual Sci-Fi Film Festival with a bunch of great films and amazing special guests. Click on the link for a full schedule.

SIFF CINEMA alert- The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (aka NFFTY) runs through the weekend. Like most film festivals there are too many movies, events and detail to list here so you should hop on over to their website for the full schedule. Tuesday night is a special showing of Not My Life, a documentary about human trafficking. There will be a reception and a panel discussion. Tickets are free but you need to RSVP.

THE GRAND ILLUSION CINEMA Has two Cassavetes joints (projected from 35mm prints). It’s Love Streams and Minnie and Moskowitz. Also continuing (and also from 35mm) is Altered States and a limited engagement of Short Peace, a collection of short films from some of Japan’s most preeminent anime directors, Shows through Sunday. Advance tickets are available. May first brings about a single showing of Junk with directors and actors in attendance. The cinema’s showtimes are complicated so click on the cinema’s link for details.

At NORTHWEST FILM FORUM  Pulsos Latinos (a film festival of exciting new Hispanic cinema) continues through Saturday. Also showing is La Ultima Pelicula, an homage to Dennis Hopper’s notorious The Last Movie. Red Renewal: Seattle’s Socialist Spring continues with High Rise on Wednesday and May Day at the Film Forum on Thursday.

See you at the movies!

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