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February 27 – March 5

A Fuller Life

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A Fuller Life

Samantha Fuller / 2013, USA
80min / Blu-ray

A Fuller Life celebrates the independent spirit of a true American maverick whose unique output broke new ground in journalism, filmmaking, storytelling and even service to his country: Samuel Fuller. Adapted from Fuller’s award-winning autobiography, the film consists of 12 segments, each of which features an admirer of Sam's dramatizing their interpretation of Sam's memoirs. Featuring Wim Wenders, William Freidkin, Monte Hellman, Jennifer Beals and many more.

In honor of A FULLER LIFE, we'll show rare 16mm prints of SHOCK CORRIDOR and THE NAKED KISS. See below.

Showtimes:
Fri & Sat: 7pm
Sun: 5pm
Mon, Wed, Thur: 9pm
Tues: 7pm & 9pm


March 5 & 8

Beloved Sisters

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Records Collecting Dust

Jason Blackmore / 2014, USA / Color
90min / Blu-ray

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Written and directed by San Diego based musician and filmmaker Jason Blackmore (White Mule), Records Collecting Dust documents the vinyl record collections, origins, and holy grails of alternative music icons Jello Biafra, Chuck Dukowski, Keith Morris, John Reis, and over thirty other underground music comrades. The film also features live musical performances from Jello Biafra, Big Business, and The Locust.

Showtimes:
Thur: 7pm
Sun: 3pm


Opens March 6

Buzzard

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Buzzard

Joel Potrykus / 2014, USA / Color
97min / Blu-ray

Q&A with designer & make-up artist (& director's brother) Chuck Potrykus & other crew members after 7pm Friday screening.

Marty is a caustic, small-time con artist drifting from one scam to the next. When his latest ruse goes awry, mounting paranoia forces him from his lousy small town temp job to the desolate streets of Detroit with nothing more than a pocket full of bogus checks, a dangerously altered Nintendo® Power Glove, and a bad temper. Albert Camus meets Freddy Krueger in BUZZARD, a hellish and hilarious riff on the struggles of the American working class.

“Office Space on crack.” Indiewire

“a sustained burst of punk-rock ferocity, and one of the most original American films to emerge in some time.” Village Voice

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


March 12 & 15

Revenge of the Mekons

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Revenge of the Mekons

Joe Angio / 2014, USA / Color
96min / Blu-ray

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REVENGE OF THE MEKONS chronicles the unlikely career of the genre-defying collective notorious for being—as rock critic Greil Marcus notes—“the band that took punk ideology most seriously.” Born out of the 1977 British punk scene, the Mekons progressed from a group of socialist art students with no musical skills to the prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. Joe Angio’s exuberant documentary follows their improbable history – a surprising and influential embrace of folk and country music; forays into the art world (collaborations with Vito Acconci and Kathy Acker); and consistent bad luck with major record labels. Among the celebrated fans who appear on screen to testify to the power of their music and artistic innovations are authors Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections) and Luc Sante (Low Life), musician/actor Will Oldham, film director Mary Harron (I SHOT ANDY WARHOL), comedian/ musician Fred Armisen (Portlandia), and critic Greil Marcus (Mystery Train). REVENGE OF THE MEKONS reveals how, four decades into an ever-evolving career, punk’s reigning contrarians continue to make bold, unpredictable music while staying true to the punk ethos.

“An exemplary documentary about an exemplary band” Slant Magazine

Showtimes:
Thurs: 7pm
Sun: 3pm


Every Saturday through March 28

Saturday Secret Matinee

The Sprocket Society presents
Saturday Secret Matinee

Various years & directors / color, B&W / 16mm / approx. 120min

Our series of old-fashioned Saturday matinees returns again! Each week, see a cliffhanger movie serial episode plus a classic (but secret!) feature film. This year we bring you the greatest serial ever made, THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL (1941)! Can he stop The Scorpion from obtaining the most powerful weapon in the world? The secret features have monthly themes. February: Antique Futures! Pre-1940s sci-fi, plus rare shorts. March: Walk Like a Wagon! Ride the range with classic westerns. Presented by The Sprocket Society.

Showtimes:
Sat: 2pm


Opens March 13

Beloved Sisters

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Beloved Sisters

Dominik Graf / 2014, Germany / Color
170min / Blu-ray

Academy Awards 2015 - Official Foreign Language Submission

In this sweeping yet intimate romantic drama, which is also Germany's official Oscar® entry for Best Foreign Language Film, acclaimed director Dominik Graf illuminates the lives of two bold young women and one of classical literature’s most celebrated figures with charm and contemporary energy. As the German Enlightenment flourishes in Weimar, vibrant Caroline von Beulwitz (Hannah Herszsprung) finds herself in an unhappy marriage to provide for her mother and shy younger sister Charlotte von Lengefeld (Henriette Confurius). When both sisters fall for outspoken writer Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter), their desire ignites a journey of shared passion and creativity. Charlotte and Schiller marry so that the lovers may pursue their ménageà- trois under the guise of convention, but as Caroline reveals herself to be a talented author in her own right, the trio's fragile equilibrium is threatened and the sisters’ once unbreakable bond is irrevocably changed.

“Enthralling and gorgeously mounted. An unusually intelligent costume drama of bold personalities torn between the stirrings of the heart and the logic of the mind.” Variety

"A surprisingly brisk, absorbing film, shot and cut with the speed of a thriller.” New York Magazine

“Pushes heritage cinema in new, aesthetically bold directions. Beloved Sisters is the modern film about the German enlightenment...Graf has created nothing less than a romantic national epic. Film Comment

Showtimes:
Fri: 730
Sat & Sun: 415pm & 730pm
Mon-Thur: 7pm


March 20 – 28

Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

Also Like Life:
The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

1985-2001 / 35mm

Co-presented with the Northwest Film Forum!

A striking, singular voice in world cinema, Hou Hsiao-hsien is a leading Taiwanese filmmaking auteur, whose invaluable contributions to the art of cinema range from intricately woven narratives to gracefully empathetic long takes (and achingly beautiful cinematography). This series samples Hou Hsiao-hsien's remarkable filmography, presenting five films that span fifteen years of his career. An international retrospective organized by Richard I. Suchenski (Director, Center for Moving Image Arts at Bard College), in collaboration with the Taipei Cultural Center, the Taiwan Film Institute, and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The book Hou Hsiao-hsien (Vienna: Österreichisches Filmmuseum and New York: Columbia University Press, 2014) has been released in conjunction with this retrospective.

Please note, all screenings are held (on different dates) at both Northwest Film Forum and the Grand Illusion Cinema! Please check the calendar for which venue hosts on which date. Tickets sold separately for each venue. Member discounts honored at both organizations!

Showtimes:

Fri 3/20: A TIME TO LIVE AND A TIME TO DIE
@ Grand Illusion (7PM) BUY TICKETS

Sat 3/21: DUST IN THE WIND @ NWFF (5PM)

Sun 3/22: GOOD MEN, GOOD WOMEN
@ Grand Illusion (5PM) BUY TICKETS

Mon 3/23: FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI @ NWFF (3PM)

Mon 3/23: A TIME TO LIVE AND A TIME TO DIE @ NWFF (7PM)

Tues 3/24: DUST IN THE WIND
@ Grand Illusion (7PM) BUY TICKETS

Weds 3/25: MILLENIUM MAMBO @ NWFF (8PM)

Thurs, 3/26: FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI
@ Grand Illusion (7PM) BUY TICKETS

Fri, 3/27: GOOD MEN, GOOD WOMEN @ NWFF (8PM)

Sat, 3/28: MILLENIUM MAMBO
@ Grand Illusion (4:45PM) BUY TICKETS


March 20

Killer Workout

VHS Uber Alles presents
Killer Workout

David A. Prior / 1987, USA
85min / VHS

ONLY $2!!!!

Welcome to Rhonda's Workout, where all the local young and sexy hardbodies sweat to the music. Corpses begin turning up all over the gym, all victims of a mysterious serial killer. Surprisingly, clients continue to pump iron and attend their aerobics classes despite the carnage! Who's the murderer? Who's going to die next? This workout's a real killer! Special thanks to Scarecrow Video.

Showtimes:
Fri: 10pm


March 27 - April 2

Spring

Spring

Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead / 2014, USA
109min / Blu-ray

Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci, Evil Dead, Thumbsucker) is a young American fleeing to Europe to escape his past. While backpacking along the Italian coast, everything changes during a stop at an idyllic Italian village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise. A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two — however, Evan soon realizes that Louise has been harboring a monstrous, primordial secret that puts both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy. A beautiful, fluid genre-bender from directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution), Spring is an unforgettable romance of mythical proportions.

"Phenomenal. A hybrid of Richard Linklater and H.P. Lovecraft." RogerEbert.com

Showtimes:
TBA


March 29

Handmade Puppet Dreams Vol. 3

Heather Henson's
Handmade Puppet Dreams Vol. 3
w/ the Best of Felt-A-Thon

Various / 110min / Video

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam and The Grand Illusion present the third installment of Heather Henson's Handmade Puppet Dreams, the eclectic and award-winning puppet film series! Also featured: the best of The Felt-A-Thon, a World Puppetry Day charity marathon wherein the indomitable Rachel Jackson and Chad Allers attempted to make 12 puppet films in 24 hours.

Showtimes:
Sun: 4pm


March 29

EXcinema presents Roger Beebe

EXcinema presents
Roger Beebe

Roger Beebe / 90min / 8mm, 16mm & video

As a complement to his March 28 multi-projector show at the Northwest Film Forum, experimental filmmaker Roger Beebe will present this program of work spanning his 20-year career. These films and videos share Beebe’s interest in the contemporary landscape, both literal (i.e., the America of strip malls and SUVs) and figurative (i.e., the pop cultural media landscape of Tommy Hilfiger commercials).

Showtimes:
Sun: 7pm


Coming later

OF HORSES AND MEN
Iceland's official Oscar® entry for Best Foreign Language Film. Opens April 10.