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Bumbershoot picks: 1 Reel Film Festival

The 1 Reel Film Festival, a popular Bumbershoot event, runs four days at SIFF Cinema at the Film Center, on the Seattle Center campus, kicking off Friday night, Aug. 31, with a preview of some of the fest's many international titles. The weekend's lineup includes a Seattle fable, "Catch and Release," and "Randy Parsons: American Luthier," about a local guitar-maker.

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Founded in 1995, the 1 Reel Film Festival is as much a Bumbershoot tradition as the annual festival's music, comedy, theater and dance offerings.

As in recent years, the movies screening this holiday weekend have been curated by Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) staff. Each cinematic offering is less than 30 minutes (most of the films are quite short), and, as always, the works have been grouped into discrete programs built on various themes.

The popular four-day event at SIFF Cinema at the Film Center, on the Seattle Center campus, kicks off Friday night with a preview of some of the fest's many international titles. Visit for information about registering to attend this premiere.

Admission to all film programs requires a Bumbershoot pass. For a full schedule, see our four-page pullout or go to or

Here are some day-by-day highlights.


Barbara Mones' Seattle fable "Catch and Release" is a cute, animated story set at the Pike Place Market, with a Chaplinesque fish thrower who tries a little too hard to impress a flower vendor. (Noon, Films4Families)

Another animated piece, "One Minute Puberty," is a clever two-minute overview of a boy's transition into manhood, including requisite stops at video games and lust. (2 p.m., Flashes of Funny)

Judi Dench (that's right: Dame Judi) is the star of Chris Foggin's wonderful "Friend Request Pending," about a lady who isn't quite up to the anxieties of flirting on Facebook. Tom Hiddleston ("Midnight in Paris," "The Avengers") plays her son in a clever coda. (4:30 p.m., Best of SIFF 2012 Audience Award Winners)


This is the right day for "Sunday," a sardonic Canadian cartoon about a very bored kid stuck at his grandparents' home one afternoon, slipping into adventures with a bear, hungry crows and a speeding train. (Noon, Films4Families)

"Randy Parsons: American Luthier" is a very impressive award-winning short about Seattle guitar-maker Parsons, whose passion for his work is testimony to true craftsmanship. (1 p.m., Face the Music)

Lucrecia Martel's enigmatic Italian production "Muta," about "1940s femme fatales" involved in some kind of dreamy metamorphosis, is largely recommended for recalling the angular, visual poetry of Maya Deren. (8 p.m., Films4Adults)


Nazanin Sobhan Sarbandi's Iranian work, "Zero," looks like a pen-and-ink drawing come to life, the woeful story of a boy so haunted by poor grades on schoolwork he sees zeros everywhere. (Noon, Films4Families)

OK, cat people, "Catcam" is for you, a novel film about a pet owner who attached a camera to his kitty's collar and discovered a surprising world as seen through its eyes. (4:30 p.m., Best of SIFF 2012 Audience Award Winners)

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