Film noir galore and more
Screenings and events around town include seven days of double-feature film noir at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown; the South Asian Documentary Film Festival at the SIFF Film Center; and American.Film.Week, new films from American independent filmmakers, at Northwest Film Forum.
Seattle Times movie critic
Seattle once again becomes “Noir City” at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown this week, with seven days of double-feature film noir — including a special night of noir in 3D. Eddie Muller, the Czar of Noir, will be on hand to present each double feature. Among the highlights: “Sunset Boulevard,” screening in a new digital restoration; “Native Son,” an adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel screening in an archival Library of Congress 35mm print (with the cast featuring Wright himself); new restorations of “Try and Get Me!,” “Repeat Performance” and “High Tide”; and 3D screenings of “Man in the Dark” and “Inferno.” Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle; double-feature tickets are $13 ($8 for SIFF members), passes are $75 ($45).
Also from SIFF this weekend, at the Film Center on the Seattle Center campus: the 2013 South Asian Documentary Film Festival, with seven films on topics ranging from the business of reproductive tourism to the struggles of Pakistan’s transgender community. Saturday and Sunday; for more information, see www.tasveer.org. To buy tickets for any SIFF event, see www.siff.net or call 206-324-9996.
At Northwest Film Forum, American.Film.Week begins Friday and continues through Thursday with seven new films from American independent filmmakers. Directors will be in attendance for the first two films: Olivia Silver’s “Arcadia” (starring John Hawkes as a single father) on Friday, and Steven Feinartz’sdocumentary “The Bitter Buddha” on Saturday, with the director as well as comedian Eddie Pepitoneattending. Also in the series: Luke Griswold-Tergis and Cory Mann’s “Smokin’ Fish,” Joel Potrykus’“Ape,” Amy Seimetz’s “Sun Don’t Shine,” Cory McAbee’s “Crazy and Thief” and James Benning’s “Easy Rider.” Passes for the full series are $45 ($30 for NWFF members) and available through www.nwfilmforum.org. NWFF, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380.
Attention, Batfans: In conjunction with Emerald City Comicon, Cinerama presents a screening of the 1966 film “Batman: The Movie” (in an archival 35mm print) with stars Adam West and Burt Ward in attendance for a Q&A. Thursday at 8 p.m. only; tickets are $25 and available through www.cinerama.com. 2100 Fourth Ave., Seattle; 206-448-6680.
Lloyld Kaufman, co-founder and president of Troma Entertainment and director of many of its films (“The Toxic Avenger,” “Tromeo and Juliet” among others), will be at Scarecrow Video (5030 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle) on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. to sign films, books and memorabilia and to chat with fans. He’ll then head over to the Grand Illusion for a special 35mm screening of “The Toxic Avenger” at 6:30 p.m. 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; for more info, see www.grandillusioncinema.org or call 206-523-3935.
Just in time for the Oscars, “Argo” will have a special screening at the Historic Lincoln Theater in Mount Vernon on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. — featuring Mark Lijek and Cora Amburn-Lijek, two of the “houseguests” during the Iran hostage crisis whose story inspired the film. The Lijeks, who live in Anacortes, will discuss the film and answer audience questions after the screening. 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon; www.lincolntheatre.org or 360-336-8955.
“Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel,” a local film featuring Seattle burlesque performer Waxie Moon (Marc Kenison) and a slew of Northwest actors, will begin monthly screenings at Central Cinema, starting Thursday with a screening hosted by Jinkx Monsoon and Waxie Moon. 8 p.m. (18 and older only), 1411 21st Ave., Seattle; for more information on the film, see www.fallenjewel.com.
“The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights” will have a free screening this Saturday from Community Cinema, in honor of Black History Month. The documentary, which tells the story of an unsung hero of the civil-rights movement, screens at the Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle, at 2 p.m.; tickets may be picked up at the information desk one hour prior. (Museum members may request tickets in advance.) For more information: www.communitycinemaseattle.org.
And finally: This weekend’s midnight movie at the Egyptian will be Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood,” which won Daniel Day-Lewis an Academy Award for best actor five years ago. Friday and Saturday only, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.
landmarktheatres.com. Will Day-Lewis repeat on Sunday? See you then!
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