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April 17 – 23

1971

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1971

Johanna Hamilton / 2014, USA
79min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround

On March 8th, 1971, eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, PA. Calling themselves the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI, they removed every file in the office. Mailed anonymously, the stolen documents started to show up in newsrooms. The heist yielded a trove of damning evidence. The most significant revelation was COINTELPRO, a controversial, secret, illegal surveillance program overseen by lifelong Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. Despite one of the largest investigations ever conducted, the FBI was unable to catch the burglars. Those responsible have never revealed their identities. Until now. For the first time the burglars have decided to speak about their actions. 1971 is their story, examining the consequences and implications of their actions - then and now. Executive Produced by Laura Poitras (Citizenfour).

“An important addition to the filmography of dissent-oriented political docs.” Hollywood Reporter

“Their story is both a cat-and-mouse thriller, told in well-handled reenactments, and an examination of the abuses of government power that could hardly be timelier.” The Wrap

"A mind-blowing scoop…" Slant Magazine

"exciting...no contemporary viewer will see this as a period piece—not with Edward Snowden and Julian Assange being debated as heroes or scoundrels. 1971 is firmly on the side of disobedience." Seattle Weekly

Showtimes:
Fri, Mon-Thur: 7pm
Sat & Sun: 515pm & 7pm


April 17 – 23

Backcountry

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Backcountry

Adam MacDonald / 2014, Canada
92min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround

Based on a true story, Backcountry follows a big city couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness. As they push deeper and deeper into the forest, their path disappears; they are hopelessly lost. When they realize they have entered a bear's territory, being lost suddenly becomes the least of their problems.

"It's beautifully tense and well-acted -- the kind of modest genre picture we don't see enough of these days." Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

"…plays on your nerves like a kid flicking you with a rubber band." NY Times

“…a full blown, full blooded horror film about the apathy of nature…” Fangoria

"…successfully scratches that primal itch, with some genuinely tense results." The Stranger

Showtimes:
Fri-Thur: 845pm


April 18 & 19 -- HELDOVER

Of Horses and Men

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Of Horses and Men

Benedikt Erlingsson / 2013, Germany-Iceland
80min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround

Official Submission for Iceland, Academy Awards® 2014 – Best Foreign Language Film

Official Submission for Iceland, Academy Awards® 2014, Best Foreign Language Film. An inventive take on the symbiotic relationship between man and animal, Of Horses and Men is a darkly comic collection of vignettes set in a provincial Icelandic village. The lines between species blur seamlessly throughout, reflecting love, death and the quirks of human and beast alike.

4 stars! “Glorious…spectacular…tender, delicate and funny. An incredible film.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Spellbinding. Extraordinary scenes of equestrians and high-strung animals interacting in the stunningly beautiful Icelandic countryside.” The New York Times

Showtimes:
Sat & Sun 4/18 & 4/19: 345pm


April 24 – 30

Amour Fou

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Amour Fou

Jessica Hausner / 2014, Austria-Luxembourg-Germany
96min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Cannes, Toronto, Vienna Film Fests

Heinrich is a melancholy young poet in Romantic Era Berlin who determines his best way out of despair is to end it all. Recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, Henrietta, fascinated by Heinrich’s controversial “The Marquise of O,” finds his plan intriguing, and agrees to navigate the uncharted journey towards a suicide pact with him. Jessica Hausner's Amour Fou is an absurdist costume drama in the tradition of Luis Bunuel.

"A complex and exquisitely filmed exploration of a man's desire to find a woman willing to die with him." Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

"Hausner, whose influences include Luis Bunuel and Eric Rohmer...finds new dimensions in deadpan here. Kubrick may also come to mind." ARTINFO

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April 24–26, 30

Roar

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Roar

Noel Marshall / 1981-2014, USA
94min / Blu-ray

An unprecedented––and wholly unpredictable––action-adventure, Roar follows wildlife preservationist Hank (The Exorcist producer Noel Marshall in his sole and career-derailing turn as an actor and director), who lives harmoniously alongside a menagerie of 100+ untamed animals, including cheetahs, elephants, lions and tigers on a preservation in the African plains. When his wife and children arrive (real-life wife Tippi Hedren, The Birds, and step-daughter Melanie Griffith, Working Girl) for a visit, a long-brewing battle for dominance between the lions erupts and threatens their very lives.

"Like watching a live-action Lion King as Mufasa holds a switchblade to your throat" Complex

"It's like Walt Disney went insane and shot a snuff version of Swiss Family Robinson" Hitfix

"Just watching it feels dangerous" Movies.com

Showtimes:
Fri & Sat: 9pm
Sun: 5pm
Thur: 7pm


April 26

Planetary

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Planetary

Guy Reid / 2015, Worldwide
85min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround

We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. Planetary is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call – a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. In a stunning visual exploration of interconnectedness, Planetary interweaves imagery from NASA Apollo missions with visions of the Milky Way, Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas, and the cacophonous sounds of downtown Tokyo and Manhattan, with intimate interviews from renowned experts including astronauts Ron Garan and Mae Jemison (the first African American woman in space), celebrated environmentalist Bill McKibben, anthropologist Wade Davis and many more. From the creators of the award-winning short film OVERVIEW.

Showtimes:
Sun: 7pm


April 28

Excinema

Excinema

Various / 90min / Video & 16mm

Join us for a collection of contemporary experimental, surreal and emerging short films from local and national filmmakers including: Adam Sekuler, Caryn Cline, Eric Ostrowski, Jennifer Hillman, Kate Lain, Linda Fenstermaker, Luke Sieczek, Reed O'Beirne, Salise Hughes, Sofía Córdova, and Ted Grudowski. Films include a surrealist 3D music video, found-footage assemblages, a behind-the-scenes look at a camgirl, an exploration of female consciousness, and much more.

Showtimes:
Tues: 7pm


May 1 - 9

STIFF

Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival

Various

The Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival (STIFF) is dedicated to the exhibition of independent, underground, experimental and zero budget films and transmedia projects. We're proud to host this groundbreaking local festival's 11th year! Visit their web site for more information: http://trueindependent.org.

Showtimes:
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May 12

Hallucinatory Maps: films & videos by Georg Koszulinski

Hallucinatory Maps: films & videos by Georg Koszulinski

Georg Koszulinski / 120min / Video & 16mm

Seattle experimental filmmaker Georg Koszulinski's documents history & places. Hallucinatory Maps showcases his films about Florida's irreversibly shaped landscape, the iconographies of the American imagination and the mysteries of Northern Maine. Presented by EXcinema

Showtimes:
Tues: 7pm


May 13

Out Of Print

Out Of Print

Julia Marchese / 2014, USA / 86min / 35mm

A documentary exploring the importance of revival cinema and 35mm exhibition - seen through the lens of the patrons of the New Beverly Cinema - a unique and independent revival cinema in Los Angeles. Featuring interviews with Kevin Smith, Rian Johnson, Patton Oswalt, Joe Dante, Stuart Gordon, Fred Dekker and more!

Showtimes:
Wed: 8pm


May 14

Trailer Apocalypse

Grindhouse Releasing presents
Trailer Apocalypse

100min / 35mm

Oscar-winning editor Bob Murawski (The Hurt Locker) also restores and reissues the finest in horror & exploitation with his team at Grindhouse Releasing. They've reissued such classics as Lucio Fulci's The Beyond, Cannibal Holocaust, An American Hippie in Israel, Duke Mitchell's Gone With The Pope and more. For Trailer Apocalypse, Bob spliced his way through Grindhouse Releasing's vast archive of ultra-rare 35mm trailers from the golden age of 42nd Street & beyond. It's a collection of the wildest, weirdest and most action-packed face-rippers to have ever (dis)graced movie screens!

Showtimes:
Thurs: 8pm


May 15

John Wiese

Elevator presents
John Wiese

John Wiese / 120min / video, live music

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John Wiese has been a staple of the fertile Los Angeles noise and out music scene since the late 90s. The subjects of his short films share Wiese's exploratory interest in the fringes of modern sound. From abstracted narratives and art pieces, to documentaries about fellow artists such as Joseph Hammer, GX Jupitter-Larsen, or The Tenses. Tonight he presents a program of his recent work for the screen followed by a live set.

Showtimes:
Fri: 8pm


May 16 – 21

Epic of Everest

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Epic of Everest

Captain John Noel / 1924, UK
88min / Blu-ray

Newly restored by the BFI!

When George Mallory and Sandy Irvine attempted to reach the summit of Everest in 1924 they came closer than any previous attempt. Captain Noel filmed in the harsh of conditions of the Himalayas, with specially adapted equipment, to capture the drama of the fateful expedition. But it is the brooding presence of the mountain itself that is the heart of Noel's film, and his photography captures the magical play of light and shadow on an alien landscape which enhances the vulnerability, isolation and courage of the mountaineers. This critically acclaimed restoration by the BFI National Archive includes the original coloured tints and a mesmerizing new score by Simon Fisher Turner.

"One of the most remarkable treasures in the national film archive: A largely unseen masterpiece" The Guardian

"A quietly mesmerizing experience, along the lines of the Popol Vuh soundscapes in Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God." Time Out NY

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May 16

Never Too Young to Die

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VHS Über Alles presents
Never Too Young to Die

Gil Bettman / 1986, USA
92min / VHS

Teaming up with VHS Über Alles, we bring you another movie you have to see to believe! Only $2! Secret Agent Drew Stargrove discovers an deadly plot has been put into the works by the evil villain Velvet Van Ragnar (Gene Simmons! In drag!) to poison Los Angeles' water supply with radiation. Agent Stargrove is then brutally murdered by Van Ragnar's ruthless thugs. His young son Lance (John Stamos) must team up with a sexy superspy (Vanity) to save Los Angeles and avenge his father! Join your hosts Alicia Betty and Gvn. Featuring trivia, prizes, and STARGROVE! With very special thanks to Scarecrow Video!

Showtimes:
Sat: 9pm


May 22 – 28

About Elly

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About Elly

Asghar Farhadi / 2009, Iran
88min / Blu-ray

From the Academy Award winning director of A SEPARATION.

From the acclaimed director of A Separation (Oscar, Best Foreign Language Film) and The Past comes this mystery-thriller, set among a group of Iranian college friends visiting the Caspian Sea for a holiday weekend. The film was produced just prior to A SEPARATION, but due to rights issues, remained unreleased in the US until now.

"A MASTERPIECE. The less you know in advance, the better."�� David Bordwell, Observations on Film Art

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May 22 – 28

Réalité

Réalité

Quentin Dupieux / 2014, France-Belgium-USA
95min / Blu-ray

A mysterious VHS tape, a giant rat, and killer televisions: Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder and Tim and Eric Awesome Show's Eric Wareheim star in this head-spinning Hollywood satire. In the alternate reality of the LA entertainment industry, a cameraman (French comedy star Alain Chabat) has 48 hours to pull off the impossible: find the world's greatest groan sound effect for the movie he dreams of directing or it doesn't get made. As he embarks on a hilariously bizarre odyssey, fact and fiction, reality and dreams collide in a surreal swirl of comic absurdity. With brilliant turns by top comedians, Reality is a wondrously weird wild ride through director Quentin Dupieux's (Rubber, Wrong) extraordinary imagination.

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May 29 – June 4

Set Fire to the Stars

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Set Fire to the Stars

Andy Goddard / 2014, UK
93min / Blu-ray

Based on true events, Elijah Wood stars as John Malcolm Brinnin, the New York academic who brought Dylan Thomas to America. Actor/co-writer Celyn Jones plays the volatile celebrity poet – tormented by anonymity, alcohol and the abyss – who scandalized the Manhattan literati of the Fifties and challenged Brinnin’s hero worship of his work. In the face of the Welsh poet’s wilder excesses in the Big Apple – angel, beast and madman – John has no choice but to hijack Dylan to a private retreat to get him ready for America. The days and nights that follow will change his life forever. Part literary biopic and – shot in cut-glass black-and-white – part love-letter to the American B-movies of the Forties and Fifties, Andy Goddard’s debut feature is both a character driven chamber piece and a cautionary tale about the fly trap of meeting your heroes.

“A black & white masterpiece!” I.D. Magazine

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June 5 – June 11

The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

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The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

Guillaume Nicloux / 2014, France
92min / Blu-ray

Michel Houellebecq, possibly the most widely read living French writer, was believed kidnapped on September 16, 2011. But was he really? After a flurry of media reports of his abduction, the story goes cold and Houellebecq, famously reclusive, refuses to set the record straight. Now he goes one step further by starring as himself in a film that purports to tell the tale. With a nod to O. Henry's short story, The Ransom of Red Chief, the film explores the dramatic territory where the personae of criminal and victim are remade in unexpected and surprisingly amusing ways. -Karen Cooper, Director, Film Forum

“This quietly uproarious drama delivers substantial artistic whimsy with a poker face… Houellebecq delivers a self-portrait in marginalia as well as a purposeful goof on the vigorous, menacing mucky stuff of life outside the pristine precincts of art.” The New Yorker

Top Ten List for 2014. My favorite writer is now a movie star, and he’s great playing himself...” John Waters, Artforum

“A kind of Left Bank literary Larry David. Imagine Curb Your Enthusiasm, with Gauloises smoked right down to the nub, and that’s the sort of pleasure provided here… (with) almost contemptuously relaxed wit. The cast of this seemingly part-improvised comedy… rise to the conceit with relaxed verve. The star of the show so perfectly lives up to his myth as a sour, disdainful, prematurely wizened shamble.” Johnathan Romney, Film Comment

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