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Originally published Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 3:07 PM

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‘Navajo Weekend,’ ‘Easy Rider,’ ‘Dryland’ rev up the week

This week features “Navajo Weekend” at the Northwest Film Forum, the 1969 classic “Easy Rider” at the Grand Illusion, the documentary “Dryland” at the SIFF Film Center and a sneak preview of “Words and Pictures” at the Seattle Art Museum.

Seattle Times staff


While the 40th Seattle International Film Festival continues to unspool this week, and those “X-Men” are seemingly everywhere, there are several other film events and screenings for area moviegoers.

The Northwest Film Forum is celebrating “Navajo Weekend,” featuring works by Navajo filmmakers. It includes “Navajo Film Themselves,” the result of Navajo students learning to use cameras, at 7 p.m. Friday, May 23; “Navajo Star Wars,” a showing of the 1977 film dubbed by actors speaking five Navajo dialects, at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24; “Navajo Paradisio,” a program of short films, at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 24; and “Miss Navajo,” a documentary about winners of the Miss Navajo Nation pageant, at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 25. 1515 12th Ave., Seattle. The “Navajo Star Wars” screening is free, tickets for the other presentations are $6 for NWFF members, $8-$11 general admission (206-829-7863 or

Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern shared an Oscar nomination for writing “Easy Rider,” the 1969 classic about a cross-country motorcycle journey. The film plays Friday-Thursday, May 23-29, at the Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle. Tickets are $5 for members, $6-$8 general admission (206-523-3935 or

Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm’s documentary “Dryland” will screen at noon Saturday, May 24, as part of the Northwest Folklife Festival. Produced in the farming town of Lind, Adams County, the film follows a young man trying to sustain his family’s wheat farm. SIFF Cinema at the Film Center, Northwest Rooms, Seattle Center; free (

The Seattle Art Museum will present a sneak preview of the romantic comedy “Words and Pictures,” starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27. Plestcheeff Auditorium, 1300 First Ave., Seattle. Tickets are free, but reservations required. Go to for more information.

The Film Noir series continues in Everett with a screening of the 1945 film “Scarlett Street,” starring Edward G. Robinson, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28. Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $5 (425-258-6766 or

The “Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies” series presents Jeremy Seifert’s 2010 documentary “Dive!,” which follows the director (and friends) “dumpster diving” in Los Angeles. 7 p.m. Friday, May 23, at Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle; free, donations accepted (

And finally, you can experience creatures of all sorts over at Central Cinema this week. There’s Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum battling that nasty T-Rex and those crafty velociraptors in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 thrill ride “Jurassic Park,” while Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara cope with their furry friends in the 2000 comedy “Best in Show.” Tickets are $7 per film. 1411 21st Ave., Seattle ( ).

Doug Knoop: or on Twitter @dougknoop

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