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Science-fiction, talented-youth and Langston Hughes film fests

The Seattle area is seeing an invasion of film festivals this week, with the Science Fiction Film Festival, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth and the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival.


Seattle Times staff

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“Pathetic Earthlings ... who can save you now?” The second annual Science Fiction Film Festival lifts off on Thursday, May 1, with an 8 p.m. screening of the 1980 remake of “Flash Gordon,” featuring a Q&A with star Sam J. Jones. Tickets for this presentation are $25-$35. The festival runs through May 14 at Cinerama, 2100 Fourth Ave., Seattle (206-448-6680 or www.cinerama.com).

The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) — a showcase for directors ages 22 and younger — runs through Sunday, April 27, at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown. Passes run $18-$56 (206-905-8400 or ).

The 11th annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, featuring more than 50 films, three local filmmakers and special events, kicks off with a family-film weekend Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, that includes a “Fat Albert” mini-fest. The festival runs through May 4. Individual tickets are $5 for youth under 16/seniors ages 65 and older, $10 general admission. Festival passes are $50-$150 (206-684-4758 or langstoninstitute.org).

For a preview on NFFTY and the Langston Hughes fests, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.

Emerald Reels presents a collection of 14 short films from six different countries that “celebrates the dynamic landscape of contemporary experimental film and video” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at West of Lenin, 203 N. 36th St., Seattle; $7 (800-838-3006 or emeraldreels.com).

The Youth Suicide Prevention Program will screen Julio Ramirez’s 2013 filmed-in-Seattle drama “Nothing Against Life” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Cinerama, 2100 Fourth Ave., Seattle; $15 (206-448-6680 or www.cinerama.com).

“The Met: Live in HD” series continues with screenings of Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte,” at area theaters at 9:55 a.m. Saturday, April 26, and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. For locations and tickets, call 800-295-8587 or go to www.fathomevents.com.

The “Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies” series presents the 2014 documentary “The Wisdom to Survive,” about climate change, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle. The event is free, donations accepted (meaningfulmovies.org).

And finally, over at Central Cinema this week, you can revel in the fairy-tale wonders of Rob Reiner’s 1987 “The Princess Bride” or Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 revenge drama “Kill Bill: Vol. 1.” Tickets are $7 per film. 1411 21st Ave., Seattle ( central-cinema.com ).

Doug Knoop:

dknoop@seattletimes.com

or on Twitter @dougknoop



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