I know you'll find it hard to believe if you live in the Puget Sound area, but this weekend we're scheduled for yet more rain. Like a good Seattleite, I like my rain and dark cloud cover as much as the rest of you, but even I'm starting to get excited at the occasioal glimpses of blue sky and sunshine. As always, though, you have lots of movie options to keep you happy, and chances are whatever theater you choose, there's a coffee shop nearby to get your obligatory caffeine fix to boot.
This week brings us the Seattle Arab and Iranian Film Festival (March 31-April 6), and what a lineup! The festival has some promising films lined up, including Sundance winner Iraq in Fragments, Gate of the Sun, a 278-minute epic film about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as told through the 50 year history of an uprooted Palestinian family, and documentary The Color of Olives. Check out the full schedule here.
Trudell - Tonight is your last chance to catch this documentary about Native American poet and activist John Trudell. March 31@ 7PM and 9:10PM
Central Cinema brings you the Indigenous Film Festival, featuring an array of films including Homeland, Tattoo on My Heart, The Muckleshoot Canoe Family, Usual and Accustomed Places, and Pulling Together. A bargain at only $5 per individual showing or $25 for a weekend pass - and you can eat and drink while you watch films you aren't likely to see anywhere else. It beats the heck out of spending $9.50 to see Basic Instinct 2. Film times here.
Dangerous Liasons - See Glenn Close and John Malkovich being mean and depraved while wearing fabulous costumes on the big screen. April 5-8 @ 6:45 and 9:30PM
By Design - This special series explores the "intersection of graphic design and moving image." Opening night (tonight!) with Portland renegade multimedia group Wyld File! More fun all weekend. Media geeks won't want to miss this!
TV Party - Head on over to NWFF April 4-6 for some wild fun with this documentary of one of the most wild television experiments ever. In 1978, Glenn O'Brien seized the airwaves with a show co-hosted by Chris Stein from Blondie, with guests including George Clinton, Debbie Harry and more. A slice of pop-culture pie, yours for the taking.
The Egyptian: Brokeback Mountain and a midnight showing of Pulp Fiction!
Harvard Exit: Tsotsi and Summer Storm
Guild 45th: Thank You For Smoking (on both screens)
The Neptune: Awesome, I Fuckin' Shot That!
Seven Gables: Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
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