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Originally published Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 3:02 PM

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Audience to help rewrite 'Teenage Werewolf'

On Seattle-area screens this week: The 1957 Michael Landon horror film "I Was a Teenage Werewolf," presented by Twisted Flicks with live, improvised dialogue and sound effects; and films in the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival and the After Dark Horrorfest

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Twisted Flicks this weekend presents the 1957 Michael Landon horror film "I Was a Teenage Werewolf," shown without its usual soundtrack but with live, improvised dialogue and sound effects created with audience participation. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way N.E., Seattle. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or by calling 800-838-3006. For more information, see www.twistedflicks.com or call 206-352-8291.

The fifth annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival takes place Saturday at Cinerama, presented by the Seattle International Film Festival and Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum. A package of 10 short films will screen at 4 p.m., followed by another 10-film package at 7 p.m., concluding with an awards ceremony after the second session. Tickets for the entire event are $15 (or $9 for a single session). Cinerama, 2100 Fourth Ave., Seattle; for more information, see www.empsfm.org. In conjunction, SIFF Cinema is presenting a weekend of sci-fi films screening in Blu-ray format: "2001: A Space Odyssey" on Friday, and "The Man Who Fell to Earth" and "Logan's Run" on Sunday. For tickets to any of these events, see www.siff.net or call 206-324-9996. The After Dark Horrorfest returns to theaters nationwide this weekend for its fourth edition, featuring "8 Films to Die For." The festival celebrates the horror genre with eight films shown in rotation throughout the week, and this year includes the locally made film "ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction," shot in Port Gamble and directed by Kevin Hamedani (for a preview, which ran Thursday, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies). At the AMC Southcenter 16, 3600 Southcenter Mall, Tukwila; for more information, see www.horrorfestonline.com or www.amcentertainment.com.

Garrison Keillor's radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion," will have a live HD presentation in several local theaters (including the AMC Pacific Place and Regal Bella Bottega) Thursday at 8 p.m., with a special presentation beginning 30 minutes before showtime. For tickets and additional information, see prairiehome.publicradio.org/features/live-in-hd/.

Seattle Asian Art Museum this weekend launches the series "Guilty Pleasures: Popular Films from Asia" with a Sunday screening of "Paint it Saffron," a 2006 drama from India about a group of students hired by a documentary filmmaker to play freedom fighters. Professor Sudhir Mahadevan from the University of Washington will introduce the screening at 1:30 p.m.

The series continues Sundays through Feb. 21, featuring films popular with Asian audiences around the world. Series tickets are $26 ($21 for SAM members) and available through the museum box office at 206-654-3121 or by e-mail at boxoffice@seattleartmuseum.org; individual tickets are $7 at the door. SAAM at Volunteer Park, Seattle; for more information, see www.seattleartmuseum.org.

The Children's Film Festival at Northwest Film Forum concludes this weekend with an assortment of short-film packages for all ages, a live performance of "Gustafer Yellowgold," and a gala closing ceremony featuring films created in the festival's workshops. All events take place at NWFF, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; tickets for most events are $6.50 for kids and $9 for adults and available through www.childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org or by calling 800-838-3006. See the Web site for a full schedule of events.

And finally, this weekend's midnight movie is "Ghostbusters," the 1984 original, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and the ever-beloved Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Who you gonna call? Friday and Saturday at the Egyptian, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.

Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or mmacdonald@seattletimes.com

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