August 16-18

Ray & Liz

Richard Billingham / 2019, UK
107min / digital

On the outskirts of Birmingham and the margins of society the Billingham family perform extreme rituals and break social taboos as they muddle through a life decided by factors beyond their control. At times shocking and laced with an unsettling humour, three episodes unfold as a powerful evocation of the experience of growing up in a Black Country council flat. Ray & Liz is the feature directorial debut of award-winning photographer Richard Billingham. His work is held in many collections including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, V & A and Tate Galleries, London.

"Formally arresting and rigorous, though not at the expense of its direct emotional force" Variety

"The film acts like a reworking of the static images of Billingham's photography book Ray's a Laugh - but this is a deeper and more enriching exploration of the people, their circumstance and Billingham's own relationship to both." Sight & Sound

Fri: 630 & 9pm
Sat & Sun: 4pm, 630pm & 9pm

August 19-25

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

Francis Ford Coppola / 1979, 2019, USA
183min / digital

Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now in its 40th year presents a new, never-before-seen restored version of the film. The new film Apocalypse Now Final Cut, has been remastered in 4K Ultra HD. Apocalypse Now Final Cut employs a ground-breaking sound system engineered to create a truly visceral experience. In addition, the film has been enhanced with High Dynamic Range HDR, delivering spectacular colors and highlights, with brighter brights and darker-dark the result is breathtaking realism. In French, Vietnamese and English with English subtitles.

Mon, Tues, Thur: 7pm
Sat & Sun: 3pm

August 21

Best of SECS Fest - Shorts Program

Best of SECS Fest - Shorts Program

Various / 102min / digital

Presented by the SEATTLE EROTICA CINEMA SOCIETY, who is powered by Shunpike

Dip your toes into the sexy waters of SECS Fest this summer! From dance to documentary, from female pleasure to fetish, from fantasy to comedy - we’ve got you covered. Come see what you've missed or rewatch your favorites from our past two festivals! *No one under 18 admitted*

Full line-up: https://www.facebook.com/events/683583645400382/

Wed: 9pm

August 23-29

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Mads Brügger / 2019, Denmark-Norway-Sweden-Belgium
128min / digital

In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. With the case still unsolved 50-plus years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger (The Red Chapel, The Ambassador) leads us down an investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth. Scores of false starts, dead ends, and elusive interviews later, Brügger and his sidekick, Swedish Göran Björkdahl, begin to sniff out something more monumental than anything they’d initially imagined. In his signature agitprop style, Brügger becomes both filmmaker and subject, challenging the very nature of truth by “performing” the role of truth seeker. As Brügger uncovers a critical secret that could send shockwaves around the world, we realize that sometimes absurdity and irony are the emboldening ingredients needed to confront what’s truly sinister. In French, Swedish, Bemba, Danish and English with English subtitles.

Fri: 9pm
Sat & Sun: 630pm & 9pm
Mon-Thur: 630pm & 9pm

August 30-September 5

Ode To Joy

Jason Winer / 2019, USA
98min / digital

How does a man who is—literally—paralyzed by happiness find love? Thanks to a condition called cataplexy—a rare disorder that causes him to lose control of his muscles whenever he is overcome by strong emotion, particularly joy—Brooklyn librarian Charlie (Martin Freeman) has learned to carefully edit all delight-triggering people, places, and events out of his life. Family weddings, cute babies, adorable puppies, and, yes, romance are all fraught with peril in Charlie’s carefully managed world. But when the beautiful, spontaneous Francesca (Morena Baccarin) falls for him, the risk-averse Charlie finds himself at a crossroads: suppress his feelings of attraction, or take a chance and let love in? Based on a true story originally featured on This American Life, Ode to Joy is a hilarious and touching look at what happens when we stop being afraid and let ourselves truly live.

Fri: 7pm
Sat & Sun: 5pm, 7pm & 9pm
Mon-Thur: 7pm & 9pm

August 30

Attack of the Beast Creatures

Attack of the Beast Creatures

Presented by VHS Uber Alles
1988 / 82min / VHS

Survivors of a shipwreck wash ashore and find themselves surrounded by so many very tiny, very very vicious BEAST CREATURES!! Special thanks to Scarecrow Video! ONLY ON VHS! ONLY $2

Fri: 9pm

August 31, September 1 & 8

The Case of Hana and Alice

Shunji Iwai / 2015, USA
100min / digital

When Alice transfers to a new middle school, she hears an urban legend about a student who disappeared the previous year and is suspected to have been killed by his fellow students. Even worse, Alice discovers that she lives next door to his former house, a supposedly haunted home now occupied by a reclusive classmate named Hana. Hana and Alice decide to investigate this “murder case” together, but soon find their lack of detective skills may be an obstacle, in this unusual and charming film from famed writer-director Shunji Iwai, in which a shaggy-dog mystery tale ultimately gives way to a wonderfully nuanced story of young female friendship, and the fantasies and thrills of everyday teenage life.

Sat 8/31 & Sun 9/1: 3pm
Sun 9/8: 3pm & 5pm

September 6

Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story

John Anderson / 2018, USA
95min / digital

HORN FROM THE HEART: The Paul Butterfield Story is a feature-length documentary about the life and career of legendary blues musician Paul Butterfield. A white, teen-age harmonica player from Chicago’s south side, Paul learned the blues from the original black masters performing nightly in his own back yard. Muddy Waters was Paul’s mentor and lifelong friend, happy to share his wisdom and expertise with such a gifted young acolyte. His interracial Paul Butterfield Blues Band added a rock edge to the Chicago blues, bringing an authenticity to its sound that struck a chord with the vast white rock audience and rejuvenated worldwide interest in the blues. The only artist to perform at The Newport Folk Festival in 1965, The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969, Paul would continue to break new ground in the blues and to stand up for racial equality until his death at age 44 in 1987 of a drug overdose. Through his music and words, along with first-hand accounts of his family, his bandmates and those closest to him, HORN FROM THE HEART: The Paul Butterfield Story tells the complex story of a man many call the greatest harmonica player of all time.

“CRITIC’S PICK! While the last third of Butterfield’s life is tragic, spending the better part of 90 minutes with the man and his music is exhilarating. The picture may get at least a few people talking about him again.” Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

Fri: 7pm & 9pm

September 7

Best of SECS Fest - Shorts Program

SECS Fest 2019

Various / digital

SECS FEST is a sex-positive international film festival celebrating the artistry of erotic cinema while inspiring diverse communities to engage in adult conversations about sex. For 2019, SECS Fest has compiled a diverse international selection of new short films and one feature length film that reflects the diversity of the human sexual experience. Films selected will show a diversity of representations: race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, kink, and body‐type; with a strong sex‐positive core that has been the mission of SECS Fest since its inception. Attendees can expect to experience a range of film genres, sexual orientations, and sexual activities. Both narrative and documentary films will showcase a variety of interests – fetishes, BDSM, sex work, and more.

Out of this World Shorts - 2:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Kink & Cake Shorts - 6:30 PM BUY TICKETS
Love Lesson Shorts - 9:00 PM BUY TICKETS

For full program details visit www.secsfest.org

*No one under 18 admitted*

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September 9-12



James Franco / 2019, USA
96min / digital

In 1969, Vikar (James Franco) rides the bus into Hollywood with a tattoo of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor as they appear in A Place in the Sun on his shaved head. Making an impression on the beautiful actress Soledad (Megan Fox), and friends with Hollywood producer “Viking Man” (Seth Rogen) and editor Dottie (Jacki Weaver), Vikar begins a dreamlike journey into the world of films during Hollywood's '70s upheaval, where he makes a tragic and almost horrific discovery. Based on the novel by Steve Erickson, written by Paul Felton and Ian Olds, and produced by James Franco, and Vince Jolivette, and Michael Mendelsohn.

Mon-Thur: 7pm & 9pm

September 13, 14 & 16

The Films of Sarah Jacobson

Sarah Jacobson / 1996, USA
125min / digital

A double feature of new 2K restorations of I WAS A TEENAGE SERIAL KILLER + MARY JANE'S NOT A VIRGIN ANYMORE from the American Genre Film Archive! Sarah Jacobson's punk-spirited DIY films from the 1990s combine B-movie aesthetics and riot grrrl feminism, standing as a testament to the vision, determination, and raw talent of the Queen of Underground Cinema. MARY JANE'S NOT A VIRGIN ANYMORE, Jacobson's only feature film, is a vibrant and vital antidote to every phony Hollywood teen picture, bringing lo-fi realness to the coming-of-age genre. I WAS A TEENAGE SERIAL KILLER, a 27-minute short, is SLACKER meets Valerie Solanas, as a 19-year-old woman responds to catcalls, condescension, and bad sex the only way she knows how: murder. Taking on every major function from production through distribution, Sarah Jacobson proved herself as a shit-kicker and rule-breaker, finding fans in filmmakers Allison Anders (GAS FOOD LODGING) and Tamra Davis (CROSSROADS), as well as Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth.

Fri: 9pm
Sat: 8pm
Tues: 630pm

September 13-19

Jay Myself

Stephen Wilkes / 2019, USA
79min / digital

JAY MYSELF documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel (he shot the cover of Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue"), who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home—the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as “The Bank.” Through the intimate lens of filmmaker and Jay’s protégé, noted artist and photographer Stephen Wilkes, the viewer is taken on a remarkable journey through Jay’s life as an artist, mentor, and man; a man grappling with time, life, change, and the end of an era in New York City.

“Lovely... it’s really about how Jay Maisel, through his camera lens, takes in the world: as a place where every building, every street, every person is endowed with nearly mystical beauty.” Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“[A] fascinating, improbable, only-in-a-bygone-New York story... Transcend(s) the artist-documentary format and become(s), even more so, a reflection on a life fully and unusually lived that could only emerge between two people with a long, shared history.” – David Alm, Forbes

Fri: 7pm
Sat: 4pm & 6pm
Sun: 4pm, 6pm & 8pm
Mon & Tues: 9pm
Thru: 7pm & 9pm

September 14 & 15

Utano Princesama Maji LOVE Kingdom Movie

Jouji Furuta / 2019, USA
94min / digital

Based on the popular game released in June 2010, Uta no ☆Prince-sama ♪Maji LOVE has been adapted into a four-season anime that aired from 2011 to 2016. The featured pop idols have shared their feelings with countless fans, fostering both love and dreams - and now, in 2019, they finally take the stage! These idols dance with emotion, their voices stirring the hearts of all who hear. When they take the stage, their dazzling, smiling faces are filled with pride and joy. What truly elevates their performance to genuine entertainment, though, is their larger-than-life stage presence and the dazzling camerawork. In a flash, these performers take to the stage, transporting the audience to a genuine live concert - courtesy of the all-new theatrical feature Uta no ☆Prince-sama ♪Maji LOVE Kingdom! We invite you all to alight the stage to enjoy the Maji LOVE experience that not even a kiss could rival!

Sat & Sun: 2pm

September 20-22, 24 & 26

Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story

Adam Dubin / 2019, USA
92min / digital

Seattle Premiere! In the early 1980s, a small group of dedicated Bay Area headbangers shunned the hard rock of MTV and Hollywood hairspray bands in favor of a more dangerous brand of metal that became known as thrash! From the tape trading network to the clubs to the record stores and fanzines, director Adam Dubin reveals how the scene nurtured the music and the music spawned a movement. Murder In The Front Row is told through powerful first person testimony and stunning animation and photography. The film is a social study of a group of young people defying the odds and building something essential for themselves. Featuring interviews with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Death Angel, Possessed and many more! Narrated by Brian Posehn.

Fri, Sun, Thur: 7pm
Sat: 5pm
Tues: 9pm

September 28 & 29

Through the Olive Trees

Abbas Kiarostami / 1994, Iran-France
103min / digital

Kiarostami takes metanarrative gamesmanship to masterful new heights in the final installment of The Koker Trilogy. Unfolding “behind the scenes” of And Life Goes On, this film traces the complications that arise when the romantic misfortune of one of the actors—a young man who pines for the woman cast as his wife, even though, in real life, she will have nothing to do with him—creates turmoil on set and leaves the hapless director caught in the middle. An ineffably lovely, gentle human comedy steeped in the folkways of Iranian village life, Through the Olive Trees peels away layer after layer of artifice as it investigates the elusive, alchemical relationship between cinema and reality. Description courtesy of Janus Films.

** Part of a larger Abbas Kiarostami retrospective co-presented with SIFF, NWFF and The Beacon Cinema. See their websites for more details. SIFF & NWFF members will receive Grand Illusion member ticket prices. **

Sat: 645pm
Sun: 430pm

September 27, 28 & 29

Close Up

Abbas Kiarostami / 1990, Iran
98min / 35mm

35MM PRINT! This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational reallife event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, Close-up—one of Kiarostami’s most radical, brilliant works—has resonated with viewers around the world. Description courtesy of Janus Films.

** Part of a larger Abbas Kiarostami retrospective co-presented with SIFF, NWFF and The Beacon Cinema. See their websites for more details. SIFF & NWFF members will receive Grand Illusion member ticket prices. **

Fri: 645pm
Sat: 430pm
Sun: 645pm

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