Filmmaker Charles Burnett comes to Seattle
Charles Burnett appears at Northwest Film Forum; documentaries on the environmental movement; and the history of the Hearst media empire.
Seattle Times movie critic
Filmmaker Charles Burnett will be present Friday at Northwest Film Forum for a screening of the director’s cut of his 1983 work “My Brother’s Wedding,” now celebrating its 30th anniversary. The 8 p.m. screening is part of NWFF’s “L.A. Rebellion” series this month; other events in the series include Billy Woodberry’s 1984 neorealist film “Bless Their Hearts” on Saturday at 8 p.m. (Burnett, cinematographer for that film, will also be present for this screening); Larry Clark’s 1973 post-Vietnam drama “As Above So Below” Sunday at 8 p.m., and a free Cinema Salon Saturday at 6 p.m., with Burnett and UW professor Clarence Spigner discussing the history and personalities of the L.A. Rebellion school of black filmmaking. (An RSVP is required for this free event; see www.nwfilmforum.org.)
Also at NWFF this week: the documentary “Who Bombed Judi Bari,” about the car-bombing death of an activist in 1990, with the film’s director and producer present (Monday, 7 p.m.), and the Seattle premiere of the documentary “Eco Warriors,” about a longtime Portland activist, with producer Jennifer Pickford present (Tuesday, 7 p.m.). All NWFF events take place at 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380 or www.nwfilmforum.org.
At SIFF, Jenny Deller’s drama “Future Weather” has a free screening Monday at 7 p.m. at the Uptown as part of the ongoing “Science on Screen” series, and filmmaker Shane Carruth will be present for a special sneak preview of his romantic drama “Upstream Color,” on Thursday at 7 p.m. (The film will open for a regular run later this spring.) A Park Chan-wook double feature takes place Tuesday, starting at 6:30 p.m., with the director’s 2003 thriller “Oldboy” screening in 35mm, followed by a sneak preview of his new film “Stoker,”starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska. And the “R. Kelly Trapped in the Closet Sing-Along” returns Wednesday at 7 p.m. All SIFF events take place at the Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle; 206-324-9996 or www.siff.net.
Silent Movie Mondays at the Paramount continues with two screenings this week: Lillian Gish in “The Scarlet Letter” on Monday at 7 p.m., and Virginia Davis in “Disney’s Alice Comedies,” a series of five short silent films, screening Sunday at 2 p.m. All movies are accompanied by organist Jim Riggs on the theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer. Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; tickets are $10 and available through www.stgpresents.org or 877-STG-4TIX.
The Grand Illusion kicks off three weeks of James Bond in celebration of the franchise’s 50th birthday, featuring six Bond classics screening in 35mm. This week’s offerings: “From Russia with Love” screens Friday through Sunday; “Goldfinger” plays Sunday through Thursday. Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org.
An extra night has been added to Seattle Art Museum’s “Viva Italia: Italian Film From Fellini to Commedia All’ Italiana” film series, due to an incorrect print being sent earlier in the series. Martin Scorsese’s personal restored 35mm print of “La Dolce Vita,” previously exhibited in Rome, will screen Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for those who hold series passes for “Viva Italia”; individual tickets are $8 at the door. SAM, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; 206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org.
“Better Mus’ Come,” the latest film from the African American Film Releasing Movement (which brought out the excellent but underseen “Middle of Nowhere” last fall), will screen at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle. The film, a love story set against a backdrop of warring Jamaican gangs, is Storm Saulter’s feature debut; Saulter will be present for a Q&A via Skype after the screening. Tickets are $10 and available through www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door; for more information on the film, see www.affrm.com.
The documentary “Citizen Hearst,” about the 125-year history of the Hearst media empire, will have a special screening on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Crest. The film, narrated by William H. Macy, features interviews with Hearst family members as well as the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Dan Rather, Ralph Lauren and Leonard Maltin. 16505 Fifth Ave. N.E., Shoreline; www.landmarktheatres.com or 206-781-5755.
“The Red House,” a 1947 horror film starring Edward G. Robinson and Dame Judith Anderson, will have a free screening Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Historic Issaquah Train Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E., Issaquah; www.downtownissaquah.com/events.
And finally: Ron Howard’s “Willow,” the 1988 tale of a warrior and a wizard-in-
training, is this weekend’s midnight movie at the Egyptian. Friday and Saturday only, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or firstname.lastname@example.org