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Originally published Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 1:32 PM

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Bumbershoot 2014: 1 Reel Film Festival highlights

Bumbershoot’s multidisciplinary offerings include the annual 1 Reel Film Festival, an eclectic mix of bite-size short movies under 30 minutes. It runs Friday-Monday, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, at the SIFF Film Center.


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‘1 Reel Film Festival,’ Friday-Monday, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, SIFF Film Center, Northwest Rooms, Seattle Center. For full schedule and ticket information: bumbershoot.org.

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Along with comedy, theater and music, Bumbershoot’s multi­disciplinary offerings include the annual 1 Reel Film Festival, an eclectic mix of bite-size short movies under 30 minutes and curated by the Seattle International Film Festival.

Organized into discrete programs and presented at the SIFF Film Center, 1 Reel’s international collection includes some works that drew attention — in some cases awards — at last spring’s SIFF. There’s something for every age and taste.

The festival kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, with a free sneak preview of select films from the various programs. (One of the best in the lineup, “The Phone Call,” starring Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent, appears to be screening only on Friday.)

For information on attending any or all film programs Saturday through Monday (which requires a Bumbershoot ticket), or for a full festival schedule, go to bumbershoot.org.

Here are some Saturday-Monday highlights:

Saturday

“Spacebound” is a touching and imaginative animated story about a boy astronaut having what might be a final, interplanetary romp with his dog. A strain of sadness beneath the adventure makes this one stick in the memory. Films4Families 1, noon.

The stunning “Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution” is a brief documentary shot in the besieged Allepo, Syria, where a couple of ordinary people have learned to swallow their fear and pain and fight back against government forces. (Ripped from the Headlines, 2 p.m.)

“The Gunfighter” is an adults-only comedy set in an Old West saloon, where an intrusive narrator sets a handful of gun-toting scoundrels on edge. (Films4Adults 1, 8 p.m.)

Sunday

“Monkey Rag” is an engaging, animated romp set to a scat-heavy song by the Asylum Street Spankers. This is bound to make you smile. (Films4Families 2, noon)

Possibly the funniest film in the festival, “Fool’s Day” is a dark comedy about a fourth-grade class whose April Fool’s prank on a teacher results in shocking consequences. The kids resort to desperate measures to cover their tracks. (Best of SIFF 2014: Audience Award Winners, 4:30 p.m.)

Mark Lundsten’s “The Bath,” shot in Seattle, concerns an act of grace breaking up the day-to-day stress of caring for a wife and mother with Alzheimer’s. The fine cast includes Frank Corrado, Kathleen Chalfant and Cheyenne Casebier. (Best of the Northwest, 7 p.m.)

Monday

“Gnarly in Pink” answers the question, where are all the up-and-coming female skateboarders? This film’s trio of little girls who don’t seem to fear the half-pipe is something to see. (Films4Families 3, noon)

Essentially a music video by the band Fast Planet, “Lost” is a cautionary tale about the ill wisdom of picking a fight with the wrong brute. (The Memphis Sound, 2 p.m.)

“Maikaru” is a brief history of the horrifying early years of a Seattle artist whose dreams and desire for education kept him alive while under the control of traffickers and drug dealers. (Best of SIFF 2014: Jury Award Winners, 3:30 p.m.)

Tom Keogh: tomwkeogh@gmail.com



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