Hitchcock and 'Hedwig' top film revivals this week
Special screenings, revivals and festivals for Seattle-area film buffs this week of Nov. 9 include the Olympia Film Festival, with "The Right Stuff"; the Seattle Shorts Film Festival; some classic Alfred Hitchcock; and "Francis the Talking Mule."
Seattle Times movie critic
The 29th annual Olympia Film Festival gets under way this week and continues through Nov. 18 at the Historic Capitol Theater in Olympia. Opening night brings the 1998 glam-pop drama "Velvet Goldmine," with director Todd Haynes ("Far from Heaven," "Safe") in attendance. Other special guests include Fred Willard (hosting a screening of the Christopher Guest comedy "Best in Show" on Tuesday) and Philip Kaufman (with his 1983 drama "The Right Stuff" on closing night). For more information or to buy tickets, see www.olympiafilmfestival.org or call 360-754-6670.
Lots going on at SIFF Cinema this week, starting with a three-day run of Steve James' disturbing, thoughtful documentary "Head Games," about the effects of concussions incurred during not just pro football, but girls soccer. It plays at the SIFF Film Center (Seattle Center campus) through Sunday, as does the Seattle Shorts Film Festival on Saturday only and the HD opera broadcast "Un Ballo in Maschera," from the Teatro Regio di Torino on Monday only. At the Uptown (511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle), Kirby Dick's Golden Space Needle-winning documentary about rape in the military, "The Invisible War," will have a special screening Monday presented by the Women's Funding Alliance. (It also screens at Kirkland Performance Center on Thursday; see www.wfalliance.org for more information.) The 1929 silent classic "Man with a Movie Camera" screens Sunday with a live soundtrack by DJ James Wetzel. "Coldplay Live 2012," a concert film, screens Tuesday night, and a special sneak preview of the new movie "Hitchcock," showing in a double feature with Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" (the new movie is about the making of "Psycho"; cue the screeching violins), takes place Wednesday. And for the kids, Films4Families $4 matinees of "The Wizard of Oz" continue Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. For more information on any SIFF event: www.siff.net or 206-324-9996.
Northwest Film Forum continues its "Universal Pictures: Celebrating 100 Years" series with a full week of Universal classics, all screening in 35mm: "Jaws" on Friday, "Francis the Talking Mule" and "The Sting" on Saturday, "Pillow Talk" on Sunday, "Do the Right Thing" on Monday, "Magnificent Obsession" on Tuesday, and "The Incredible Shrinking Man" on Wednesday. Also at NWFF and screening throughout the week: "We Won't Grow Old Together," the 1972 autobiographical film from French director Maurice Pialet, also screening in 35mm. All NWFF events take place at 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; for more information, see www.nwfilmforum.org or call 206-267-5380.
At the Grand Illusion this week is the 1966 Czech farce "Daisies," a groundbreaking work in feminist cinema directed by Vera Chytilová and screening in a new 35mm print through Thursday; also, the 1996 grunge documentary "Hype!" screens on Saturday only. 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org.
Couch Fest, the only film festival that takes place in people's living rooms, takes place Saturday in and around the Wallingford neighborhood, screening hourlong programs of new short films. Participation is free. For more information, see www.couchfestfilms.org.
The great "To Kill a Mockingbird," based on the Harper Lee novel and starring Gregory Peck, gets a special 50th-anniversary screening Thursday only at several local theaters, including Thornton Place, Bella Bottega, Alderwood and Southcenter. For more information: www.fathomevents.com.
The Second Saturday Film Festival continues at Issaquah's historic train depot Saturday at 7 p.m. with the 1949 film noir "The Black Book," set during the French Revolution and starring Robert Cummings and Arlene Dahl. Admission is free; for more information, see www.downtownissaquah.com.
And finally, this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian is "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," the 2001 rock musical from John Cameron Mitchell. Sing it with me: "Six inches forward, five inches back ... " Friday and Saturday only, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or firstname.lastname@example.org