Like balloons? So do these filmmakers
Festivals, revivals and special screenings for Seattle area film buffs this week include a collection of shorts around the theme of balloons and a “quote-along” showing of “The Princess Bride.”
Seattle Times movie critic
The Mariinsky Ballet performance of “The Nutcracker,” recorded at the historic Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia (home of the original Tchaikovsky “Nutcracker” in 1892), will screen in 3D Monday only at several local theaters, including Pacific Place, Thornton Place, Bella Bottega, Alderwood, Southcenter and more. For additional information, see www.fathomevents.com.
At Northwest Film Forum, a balloon-themed collection of shorts (suitable for all ages) will screen Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m., including Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 classic “The Red Balloon,” the 1923 Buster Keaton short “The Balloonatic,” and Josh and Benny Safdie’s new short, “The Black Balloon.” Also at NWFF, for the next two Fridays: 11 p.m. screenings of “It’s Such A Beautiful Day,” the latest animated effort from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt. NWFF, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380 or www.nwfilmforum.org.
“Shift Change,” a documentary that examines worker cooperatives/employee ownership in businesses in the U.S. and Spain, will screen Thursday at 7 p.m. at Pacific Place. Its directors are Seattle-area filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young; both will be present for a Q&A with special guests after the screening. Tickets are $12 ($10 for coop members with ID) and available now at Brown Paper Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/296031.For more information on the film, see www.shiftchange.org.
Those who enjoy movies with audience participation have a couple of options at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown this week. R. Kelly’s “hip-hopera” “Trapped in the Closet,” a collection of music videos telling a mysterious rhyming tale, will screen Friday (all ages) and Saturday (21 and over, with brown-bag beer included in the ticket price); $12. Or, if that doesn’t appeal, what could be more fun than a “The Princess Bride” quote-along screening, complete with free inflatable swords? Say it with me: “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Friday through Tuesday; $12; Uptown events are at 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle.
Also from SIFF this week, at the Film Center on the Seattle Center campus: The Command Performances in HD series continues, with the contemporary ballet “L’altra metà del cielo” (“the other side of the sky), performed by La Scala Ballet at the Teatro alla Scala, Monday at 6:30 p.m. only. For more information on any SIFF presentation: www.siff.net or 206-324-9996.
The Found Footage Film Festival returns to Seattle Wednesday and Thursday at Central Cinema, with hosts Joe Pickett (“The Onion”) and Nick Prueher (“Late Show with David Letterman”) presenting a new lineup of oddball video salvaged from thrift stores, including a ferret-care video (you needed one of these, right?) found in Washington last year. 7:30 p.m., 1411 21st Ave., Seattle; for more information, see www.foundfootagefest.com.
Film curator Dennis Nyback returns to the Grand Illusion this week with a “Twilight Zone Marathon”: 21 episodes of the classic TV show, hosted by Rod Serling; screening in 16mm complete with commercial breaks. Three different episodes will be screened each day; see www.grandillusioncinema.org for a full schedule. Through Thursday at 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org.
And finally, this weekend’s midnight movie at the Egyptian is “The Goonies,” the 1985 pirate-treasure film shot partly in the Northwest (in Astoria, Ore). Friday and Saturday only; 805 E. Pine St., Seattle, 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
Moira Macdonald: email@example.com or 206-464-2725.