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Friday, January 25, 2013 - Page updated at 02:30 p.m.
At a Theater Near You
Seattle Asian American Film Festival gets under way
By Moira Macdonald
Seattle Times movie critic
The Seattle Asian American Film Festival takes place this weekend at the Wing Luke Museum, beginning with Friday’s opening-night screening of the documentary “A Lot Like You” (sold out). Saturday brings the feature-length documentaries “Manilatown Is In the Heart” and “The House of Su,” as well as the features “Hibakusha” and “The Crumbles,” all showing with accompanying short films; Sunday’s features include the documentaries “Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful” (sold out), “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings,” “Mr. Cao Goes to Washington,” “Crocodile in the Yangtze” and the closing-night film, the short “Keye Luke,” about the Asian-American actor best known as the original Kato to the Green Hornet and as Charlie Chan’s son Lee Chan. It will be followed by a panel discussion and closing-night party.
All events take place at the Wing Luke Museum, 719 S. King St., Seattle; some individual tickets (full-festival passes and some screenings are sold out) are available through www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information on the festival: seattleaaff.org.
At Northwest Film Forum, the annual Children’s Film Festival gets under way Friday and continues through Feb. 3; for a preview, go to www.seattletimes.com and search for “Children’s Film Festival.” For most individual screenings in the festival, tickets are $10 ($7 for students/seniors/children under 12); pricing varies for special events, such as the festival’s trademark pancake breakfast and pajama party. Go to childrensfilmfestivalseattle.nwfilmforum.orgfor detailed information on each event, including appropriate ages. NWFF, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380.
“Sparrows,” the 1926 orphan drama that was Mary Pickford’s penultimate silent film, will have a special screening at 7 p.m. Tuesday at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, in a restored 35mm print from the Library of Congress. Christel Schmidt, editor of the book “Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies,” will introduce the film and sign copies of her book.
Also at the Uptown this week: “Django,” the 1966 spaghetti Western that inspired Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-nominated “Django Unchained,” screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and “Bands on the Big Screen,” a collection of music videos by local filmmakers, screens at 7 p.m. Thursday as a benefit for Northwest Folklife.
The Women in Cinema festival also continues through the weekend, closing Sunday night with Sally Potter’s “Ginger & Rosa”; for more information on WiC, go to www.seattletimes.com; Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle; 206-324-9996 or www.siff.net.
The Seattle Latino Film Festival begins an educational-outreach program this Friday, with free screenings of Latino films at Lakeside School. The first will be “Maria in No Man’s Land,” a documentary about three immigrant women journeying through Mexico, introduced by Mexican attorney Susana Mercado. 6:30 p.m. in the Kent Evans Auditorium of the Allen-Gates Building at Lakeside, 14505 First Ave. N.E., Seattle. For more information, see www.slff.org.
And finally, this weekend’s midnight movie at the Egyptian is David Fincher’s 1999 drama “Fight Club.” Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter star. Friday and Saturday only, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.org.
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