Ginny Ruffner doc, 'Superbad' and Gay and Lesbian Film fest
Revivals, special screenings and festivals aimed at film buffs this week of Friday, Oct. 5, include the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, the Seattle Latin Film Festival and a showing of the documentary "A Not So Still Life: The Ginny Ruffner Story."
Seattle Times movie critic
The Tacoma Film Festival takes place this week at several locations in Tacoma, presenting dozens of feature, documentary and short films, many with guests present. The closing-night gala on Thursday will be "The Do-Deca Pentathlon," directed by the Duplass brothers and starring Mark Kelly, who'll be present for a post-film Q&A. Single tickets for most screenings are $10; various passes are available. For more information: www.tacomafilmfestival.com.
This weekend also brings the fourth annual Maelstrom Film Festival, which celebrates genre films from around the world, including action, animation, fantasy, horror and science fiction. Five feature-length films and 40 shorts will be shown, at the SIFF Film Center (Seattle Center campus) and SIFF Cinema at the Uptown (511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle). A full weekend pass is $60; one-day passes are $15-$30; individual tickets are $10. All can be purchased at www.siff.net or 206-324-9996. For more information on the festival, see www.miff.org.
Also at the Uptown is director Amy Do's documentary "Rabbit Fever," which features competitors (including Lindsey Lauterbach, of Spokane) at the National American Rabbit Convention. It screens at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $4 (206-324-9996 or www.siff.net). For more information on the movie, go to www.rabbitfever.com.
All Monsters Attack! month begins at the Grand Illusion this week, with a Saturday-night screening of the documentary "The American Scream" (a prizewinner at the 2012 Fantastic Fest) about a New England town whose residents are very, very serious about Halloween décor. Director Michael Paul Stephenson and producer Zack Carlson will attend; it screens at 9 and 11 p.m. The rest of the week brings John Carpenter's "The Thing" (celebrating its 30th anniversary) and Greydon Clark's alien adventure "Without Warning," both playing nightly Saturday through Thursday, as well as kid-friendly matinees of "The Magic Sword" Saturday and Sunday at noon and 2 p.m. Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org.
The documentary "A Not So Still Life: The Ginny Ruffner Story" screens Sunday as a sneak preview for the Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival (coming up Oct. 20-21). The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Karen Stanton and the film's subject, glass artist Ruffner. Tickets for the event, which also includes a wine-and-appetizers reception, are $25 and available through www.brownpapertickets.com. 7 p.m. Sunday at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 100 Ravine Lane N.E., Bainbridge Island; for more information, see www.bainbridgeartshumanities.org.
Seattle Film Institute presents its Fall Open House on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., preceded by two free workshops, both starting at 9:30 a.m.: "The Documentary Toolkit — Lighting, Interview and Camera Techniques" and "Writing in Seattle, Selling in Hollywood." 3210 16th Ave. W., Seattle; for more information, see www.seattlefilminstitute.com or call 206-568-4387.
The documentary "Minor Differences," which profiles five former juvenile offenders, will screen Thursday at the Northwest African American Museum, with director Heather Dew Oaksen, producer Caroline Cumming and the cast present. Tickets are $10, available through www.brownpapertickets.com (800-838-3006) or at the door. 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; for more information on the film, see www.minordifferences.com.
And finally, this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian is the raunchy 2007 comedy "Superbad," starring Michael Cera and Jonah Hill. 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or firstname.lastname@example.org