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July 22-28

Land and Shade

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Land and Shade

César Augusto Acevedo
2015, Colombia-France-Netherlands-Chile-Brazil
97min / Digital

Alfonso is an old farmer who has returned home to tend to his son, who is gravely ill. He rediscovers his old house, where the woman who was once his wife still lives, with his daughter-in-law and grandson. The landscape that awaits him resembles a wasteland. Vast sugar cane plantations surround the house, producing perpetual clouds of ash. 17 years after abandoning them, Alfonso tries to fit back in and save his family. In Spanish with English subtitles.

WINNER: Caméra d'Or, 2015 Cannes Film Festival

"Cesar Acevedo's deliberately paced and distant-feeling debut works its way under audiences' skin, weaving a haunting allegory through painterly compositions." Variety

"It is a gorgeous and thoughtful work. Not one shot in it will not hold and absorb your attention. Land and Shade will definitely be in my top 10 films of the year." The Stranger

Showtimes:
Fri, Mon, Wed, Thur: 7pm & 9pm
Sat: 230pm & 715pm
Sun: 715pm
Tues: 9pm


July 23 & 24

The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale

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The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale

Bob Hannam / 2016, USA
90min / Digital

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Director in attendance! “The Colossus Of Destiny - A Melvins Tale” is a film about a band who have defied all the rules, for over 33 years and counting, and still managed to succeed and do it their own way. This is the journey of band members King Buzzo and Dale Crover which leads us from the backwards-waters of the Chehalis River in Washington State, down through the Golden Gate of Northern California, finally settling into the Los Angeles River Basin of Southern California with the rest of the world thrown in along the way. Witness first hand the beliefs and attitudes, values and obscenities, slows and fasts, triumphs and toils, loves and hates, wits and giggles of a hugely talented and highly influential band. Featuring interviews with Mike Patton, Chris Cornell, Jello Biafra, Gene Simmons, Krist Novoselic, Mark Arm, J. Mascis, Josh Homme, David Yow and many more. 

Showtimes:
Sat & Sun: 5pm & 9pm


July 26

Cinememory: Negotiating the Past Through Film

Cinememory: Negotiating the Past Through Film

Presented by Emerald Reels
video / 90min

Emerald Reels presents a program of international and local experimental films that explore how personal and collective memories are mediated through the use of various cinematic devices. Curated by Kamila Kuc (London, UK) and Reed O'Beirne (Seattle). Includes films by: Sam Jury, Heidi Kumao, Sally Cloninger, Kamila Kuc, Linda Fenstermaker, Jason Robinson, Salise Hughes, Dustin Zemel, Reed O'Beirne, and Caryn Cline.

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Tues: 7pm


July 29 – August 4

Black Girl

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Black Girl

Ousmane Sembène / 1966, Senegal
85min / Digital

New Restoration! 50th anniversary! Ousmane Sembène, one of the greatest and most groundbreaking filmmakers who ever lived and the most internationally renowned African director of the twentieth century, made his feature debut in 1966 with the brilliant and stirring Black Girl (La noire de . . .). Sembène, who was also an acclaimed novelist in his native Senegal, transforms a deceptively simple plot—about a young Senegalese woman who moves to France to work for a wealthy white couple and finds that life in their small apartment becomes a figurative and literal prison—into a complex, layered critique on the lingering colonialist mindset of a supposedly postcolonial world. Featuring a moving central performance by Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Black Girl is a harrowing human drama as well as a radical political statement—and one of the essential films of the 1960s. Screens with Borom Sarret (1963), Sembène’s first film is a neorealist look at the hardscrabble life of a wagon driver who encounters a cross-section of Dakar’s inhabitants as he makes his rounds through the streets of the city. In French with English subtitles.

“An astonishing movie.” Martin Scorsese

“For all the simplicity of the materials and the fablelike aspects of the story, a complex and passionate intelligence is shaping the meaning in every scene.” Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

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July 29

Kamillions

Kamillions

Mikel B. Anderson / 1990, USA
90min / VHS

A mad scientist in his basement lab opens a portal to another dimension, allowing two ugly little shapeshifiting creatures into his house. Luckily, all the relatives are over for a party that same night and we get to watch the KAMILLIONS' powers in action. Filled with cheesy gags and great practical effects! Special Thanks to Scarecrow Video! ONLY ON VHS, ONLY $2.

Showtimes:
Fri: 9pm


August 5-11

Under the Sun

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Under the Sun

Vitaly Mansky / 2016, Czech Republic-Russia-Germany-Latvia-North Korea
106min / Digital

"My father says that Korea is the most beautiful country... Korea is the land of the rising sun," says eight-year-old schoolgirl Zin-mi. Despite continuous interference by government handlers, director Vitaly Mansky still managed to document life in Pyongyang, North Korea in this fascinating portrait of one girl and her parents in the year as she prepares to join the Korean Children's Union on the 'Day Of The Shining Star' (Kim Jong-Il's birthday). As the family receives instruction on how to be the ideal patriots, Mansky's watchful camera capture details from comrades struggling to stay awake during an official event to Zin-mi's tears at a particularly grueling dance lesson. In Korean with English subtitles

"CRITICS' PICK! Startling and chilling." The New York Times

"Fascinating; a revealing act of subversion." Variety

"Behind the scenes in a sinister real-life remake of 'The Truman Show.'" The Hollywood Reporter

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August 6

Pulgasari

Pulgasari

Sang-ok Shin / 1985, North Korea
95min / VHS

$5 admission! Members get in free!

North Korea's insane Godzilla ripoff propaganda film has its own equally insane backstory. North Korean dictator (and movie buff and Rambo admirer) Kim Jong Il kidnapped director Sang-ok Shin from South Korean and forced him to make seven films, including this one. In it, an evil king tries to squelch a peasant uprising, but is thwarted by an metal-eating Godzilla-like creature made from rice and the blood of a child. Staff from Japan's Toho studios participated in the creation of special effects and Kenpachiro Satsuma – the stunt performer who played Godzilla from 1984 to 1995 – portrays Pulgasari!

Showtimes:
Sat: 9pm


August 8

Shot in the Dark: hand-crafted animated shorts from around the world

Shot in the Dark: hand-crafted animated shorts from around the world

Presented by Haptic Animation Amplifier
Various filmmakers / 90min / Digital

Free admission!

Come celebrate the re-launch of the Haptic Animation Amplifier website by watching a selection of animated short films from around the world. Curator Tess Martin is visiting from the Netherlands and bringing with her a charming program of animated shorts seen at film festivals, or discovered during her monthly animation discussion event she runs in Rotterdam called Manifest: Animation Show & Tell. On August 8 she will present the work of her non-profit Haptic Animation Amplifier, show off its revamped website (which now includes profiles on PNW animators, a timeline of animation in our region, and other useful info), and she will introduce you to inspiring independent animated shorts from Poland, Italy, France, Canada, Hungary and more. These films are innovative either in their technique, storytelling approach, or artistic point of view. They are sure to generate discussion and inspiration for the animator and animation fan alike. This event is free to attend and was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture.

Showtimes:
Mon: 7pm


August 12-18

Under the Sun

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Private Property

Leslie Stevens / 1960, USA
79min / Digital

New Restoration! Two homicidal Southern California drifters (played to creepy perfection by Warren Oates and Corey Allen) wander off the beach and into the seemingly-perfect Beverly Hills home of unhappy housewife Kate Manx, in this long-lost film noir gem written & directed by The Outer Limits creator Leslie Stevens. Shot through with shimmering sexual tension and lensed in stunning B&W by master cameraman Ted McCord (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), Private Property is both an eerie, Jim Thompson-esque thriller and a savage critique of the hollowness of the Playboy-era American Dream. When Manx, in irresistible blonde beehive and tight capri pants, purrs that she’s ready for love, her husband waves her off, muttering “Wife noises” to his buddy on the phone. Warren Oates delivers his first great screen performance here as one of the drifters, years before he emerged in The Wild Bunchand Two-Lane Blacktop as one of the finest character actors of his generation; his bizarre, voyeuristic Lennie-and-George relationship with the underrated Corey Allen (James Dean’s hot rod rival in Rebel Without a Cause) is fueled by a barely-suppressed homoerotic tension. The back-story to the film is almost as strange: director Stevens (a protégé of Orson Welles) and lead actress Manx were married at the time, and the film was shot in their own Beverly Hills home. Several years later, Manx tragically committed suicide and her fragile spirit seems to hang over the film. A major rediscovery for noir and crime fans, Private Property was completely lost until UCLA Film & TV Archive recently located the only known 35mm elements, which have been restored in 4k by Cinelicious for this re-release.

CRITICS' PICK! "This tense and upsetting film has more psychological depth and empathy than the comparable sensationalist fare of its time, and shudder-inducing cinematic style to spare. Private Property qualifies as a genuine rediscovery." New York Times

FOUR STARS "Private Property's vicious form of prurience may make some queasy, and is hardly the type of movie that could get made today without great backlash, but there's definitely more going on here than mere time-capsule curiosity. When we peer out that window, we're still gazing back at ourselves, even more than five decades later" The Guardian

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August 13

Under the Sun

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Cockfighter (Born to Kill)

Monte Hellman / 1974, USA
83min / 35mm

Ultra rare 35mm screening! One show only! Deep in the heart of the South, Warren Oates’s obsessive gambling man takes a vow of silence after losing everything in a high-stakes cockfighting match, refusing to speak until he has redeemed himself as champion of the illicit blood sport. Adapted by hard-boiled writer Charles Willeford from his own novel and strikingly shot on location in Georgia by the great Nestor Almendros (Days of Heaven), Monte Hellman’s (Two Lane Blacktop) existential plunge into the subterranean world of cockfighting is intense, bloody, and weirdly beautiful, while Oates--without uttering a word for much of the film--gives one of his very best performances.

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August 20 & 25

Fantastic Planet

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Fantastic Planet

René Laloux / 1973, France
72min / 35mm

Nothing else has ever looked or felt like director René Laloux’s animated marvel Fantastic Planet, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags’ oppression and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence. In French with English subtitles

“It’s not every fancifully encoded cautionary tale that can survive the demise of its historical villains, and it’s not every stoner midnight movie that can stand a second viewing in the sober light of day.” Village Voice

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August 23

Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho

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Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho

Liam Barker / 2015, UK
97min / Digital

Before his bizarre death at the hands of a chiropractor, Robbie Basho was sure that his compositions would not outlast him. Orphaned during infancy, diagnosed with synaesthesia (a union of the senses that caused him to interpret sound as color) and claiming to be the reincarnation of a 17th century poet -- the Baltimore-born guitarist and singer's musical output was equally as outlandish as his persona. In his brief and troubled life he laid the foundations for radical changes to the musical landscape of America during the 1960s and 70s but reaped little more than a sparse (if fervent) following during his lifetime. Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho is a journey into the heart of an artist's lifelong struggle -- designed to illuminate and satiate existing fans while serving as a perfect starting point for the uninitiated. Featuring interviews with Basho's former students, contemporaries and few close friends (including Pete Townshend, William Ackerman, Henry Kaiser and Country Joe McDonald); the documentary integrates new information and anecdotes on Basho with previously uncovered archive material and photography of the natural phenomena and landscapes that informed his work.

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August 26-September 1

The Land

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The Land

Steven Caple Jr. / 2016, USA
102min / Digital

Executive producer Nas presents this vivid inner-city saga set amidst Cleveland's hip-hop underground. Teenage buddies Cisco (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.), Junior (Moises Arias), Boobie (Ezri Walker), and Patty Cake (Rafi Gavron) shrug off school to practice skateboarding, which they hope will be their ticket to a better life. In the meantime, they steal cars to finance their dream. But when they get mixed up in a drug deal and cross a ruthless crime queen-pin (Linda Emond), they put their friendship-and lives-on the line. Set to a choice hip-hop soundtrack and featuring an impressive ensemble cast that includes The Wire's Michael K. Williams, Erykah Badu, and rapper Machine Gun Kelly, The Land crackles with the energy and poetry of the streets.

"A lived-in, breathed-in movie, filled with atmospheric details, unexpected characters, and a striking authenticity." Flavorwire

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