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August 20 & 25, plus 27 & 30!

Fantastic Planet

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Fantastic Planet

René Laloux / 1973, France
72min / 35mm

Additional shows added!

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

Showtimes:
Sat 8/20 & Thur 8/25: 8pm
Sat 8/27: 915pm
Tues 8/30: 7pm


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.

Showtimes:
Tues: 8pm


August 24

Score

Score

Presented by Seattle Erotic Cinema Society
Radley Metzger / 1972 / USA-Yugoslavia
92min / Digital

Uncut version! Set in the mythical European town of Leisure, Radley Metzger crafted a unique adult film that capitalized on the brief moment of bisexual-chic of the early 1970s. Adapted from the eponymous off-broadway sex comedy, sexual liberated swingers, Jack (Gerald Grant) and Elvira (Claire Wilbur) invite naïve newlyweds Eddie (Calvin Culver) and Betsey (Lynn Lowry) into their home to see if wife can seduce wife before husband can bed husband in this “feel good movie for the gay matchmaker is us all.” This screening is a fundraiser for the 2017 Seattle Erotic Cinema Society (Festival). Come for the film, stay for the discussion to follow. *No one under 18 admitted*

Showtimes:
Wed: 8pm


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

Showtimes:
TBA


September 2–8

Klown Forever

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Klown Forever

Mikkel Nørgaard / 2016, China-USA
99min / Digital

Klown Forever follows estranged best friends Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam as they travel to the States seeking fame, fortune and friendship, only to immediately dive head-first into an impressive array of wildly inappropriate misadventures and unforgettably mortifying social situations. When Casper attempts to break into Hollywood, Frank follows him to Los Angeles, seeing an opportunity to salvage their strained relationship. As the guys come face-to-face with a number of LA’s denizens—including Isla Fisher, Adam Levine and “Game of Thrones’” star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau—it’s clear that they’re equally ready and willing to take on Hollywood...but is Hollywood prepared for Casper and Frank? A reunion with Klown director Mikkel Nørgaard, Klown Forever sees the series, best described as “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as directed by Lars von Trier, reach ingenious new heights––and stoop to gut-wrenchingly hilarious lows. In Danish & English with English subtitles.

Showtimes:
TBA


September 9-15

Hooligan Sparrow

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Hooligan Sparrow

Nanfu Wang / 2016, Denmark
84min / Digital

The danger is palpable as intrepid young filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows maverick activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a Hooligan Sparrow) and her band of colleagues to Hainan Province in southern China to protest the case of six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal. Marked as enemies of the state, the activists are under constant government surveillance and face interrogation, harassment, and imprisonment. Sparrow, who gained notoriety with her advocacy work for sex workers’ rights, continues to champion girls’ and women’s rights and arms herself with the power and reach of social media. In Mandarin & English with English subtitles.

Showtimes:
TBA


Coming later

Art House Theater Day
Celebrate with us on September 24th! Special screenings!

All Monsters Attack!
Our annual celebration of all things scary returns for its 10th year this October!

New documentaries about the late filmmaker/composer/musician Tony Conrad, and free impov noise band Borbetomagus.

It's A Wonderful Life
46th year! December 9–29 in glorious 35mm film!