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Special Events and Series

20th Anniversary Celebration Series

Join us throughout 2024 as we show some of our favorite films celebrating significant anniversaries this year, in celebration of our own significant anniversary: 20 years as a volunteer-operated nonprofit cinema!

MASKING RULES & GUIDELINES

  • Masks remain required for weekend screenings before 6pm and for select special event screenings as noted.
  • Masks are encouraged for all other screenings, but not required.
  • Why are we doing this?
    Our aim is to make seeing movies here safe and comfortable for everyone. In addition, the cinema is operated 100% by volunteers and we are trying to keep them healthy!

Now Playing

Magnolia in 35mm

Paul Thomas Anderson · 1999
189min · 35mm
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 7:00pm
  • Thursday, May 23, 2024, 7:00pm
  • Sunday, May 26, 2024, 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2024, 7:00pm
  • Thursday, May 30, 2024, 7:00pm

25th anniversary!

Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. Featuring a star-studded ensemble that includes Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Phillip Baker Hall, William H. Macy and John C. Reilly, MAGNOLIA offers a bold and empathetic look at the strange connections that bind us together.

Part of our 20th Anniversary Celebration Series!

“One of the most enthralling and exhilarating American movies in ages.” Geoff Andrew, Time Out

Magnolia is operatic in its ambition… one of those rare films that works in two entirely different ways. In one sense, it tells absorbing stories, filled with detail, told with precision and not a little humor. On another sense, it is a parable. The message of the parable, as with all good parables, is expressed not in words but in emotions.” Roger Ebert

Gasoline Rainbow

Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross · 2024
110min · DCP
  • Friday, May 17, 2024, 8:30pm
  • Saturday, May 18, 2024, 6:00pm
  • Sunday, May 19, 2024, 2:00pm
  • Sunday, May 19, 2024, 7:00pm
  • Monday, May 20, 2024, 7:15pm
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 7:15pm
  • Saturday, May 25, 2024, 2:00pm

Celebrated directorial duo the Ross Brothers (BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS and CONTEMPORARY COLOR) - who will be present for a Q&A at the 7pm Sunday show - turn their pioneering hybrid lens to the cinematic road trip with GASOLINE RAINBOW. Undoubtedly candid yet deeply loving, this is an expansive portrait of the new generation as told in their own words.

With high school in the rearview, five teenagers from inland Oregon embark on one last adventure. Piling into a van with a busted tail light, their mission takes them to a place they’ve never been — the Pacific coast, five hundred miles away. The plan, in full: “F*** it.” Through desert wilderness, industrial backwaters and city streets, they connect with outsiders on the fringes and discover their lives will be determined by the trails they blaze themselves. These are forgotten kids from a forgotten town, but they have their freedom and they have each other, hurtling toward an unknowable future — and The Party at the End of the World.

A SXSW and Venice Film Festival selection, GASOLINE RAINBOW is a mesmerizing ride depicting a wild and true coming-of-age. With a beating heart and an exuberant spirit, this rhapsodic look at today’s American West reminds us of the timeless joys of community.

The 7pm showing on Sunday, May 19th will feature a live, in-person Q&A with filmmakers The Ross Brothers and actors Tony Aburto, Makai Garza and Nichole Dukes! Moderated by Kathy Fennessy, President of the Seattle Film Critics Society.

4/4 stars! “The Ross brothers’ direction is romantic and, as expected, picturesque… Gasoline Rainbow feels like a living, breathing, laughing organism.” Peyton Robinson, RogerEbert.com

CRITIC’S PICK! “There’s an uncommon sweetness to this film, which is less about running away from something and more about discovering the road of life is littered with goodness, if you know where to look.” Alissa Wilkinson, New York Times

 

Mars Express

Jérémie Périn · 2023
85min · DCP
  • Friday, May 24, 2024, 6:30pm
  • Saturday, May 25, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, May 26, 2024, 4:00pm
  • Monday, May 27, 2024, 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 8:30pm

In this animated neo-noir sci-fi thriller set in the year 2200, private detective Aline Ruby and her android partner Carlos Rivera are hired by a wealthy businessman to track down a notorious hacker. On Mars, they descend deep into the underbelly of the planet's capital city where they uncover a darker story of brain farms, corruption, and a missing girl who holds a secret about the robots that threatens to change the face of the universe.

Please note: The Friday and Wednesday showings will be English dubbed; the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday showings will be in the original French (with English subtitles). Both versions are very, very good.

“Ultra-cool and dazzlingly animated.” David Ehrlich, indieWire

Mars Express at once feels rich in its design, and complex in its stories, but at its heart it’s asking the question that most works of art ask: what does it mean to be human?” Shelagh Rowan-Legg, ScreenAnarchy

It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This

Rachel Kempf, Nick Toti · 2023
84min · DCP
  • Friday, May 24, 2024, 8:30pm

A found-footage horror movie 20 years in the making. Never to be released online. Can only be seen in theaters. Featuring a live Zoom Q&A with the filmmakers following the movie!

When two scary movie fanatics buy an abandoned duplex to shoot their next indie horror film in, they are delighted to find the dilapidated property is even creepier than it appears. Putting their years of horror filmmaking and amateur ghost hunting to use, they team up with an old friend to document the cult of random strangers who gather outside the building in a zombie-like trance. As the three friends gleefully chase their obsession with the supernatural, their investigation becomes an increasingly ecstatic quest to see just how scary their real-life horror movie can get.

“An increasingly uncomfortable descent into the weird, guaranteed to have you leaving the theater chilled.” Matt Konopka, Dread Central

“From its first unflinching moments to the unanswered questions of its conclusion, [this] is the kind of horror that leaves you feeling immersed, unsafe, and afraid to be left in the dark.” Grace Detwiler, Rue Morgue

Vanishing Seattle Presents: Viva Video!

2013, 2023
120min · digital
  • Saturday, May 25, 2024, 4:30pm

Vanishing Seattle, in association with Scarecrow Video, presents VIVA VIDEO! - a free screening event in celebration of physical media and the local film community that keeps it alive.

Join us for screenings of two shorts produced by Vanishing Seattle. The first, WE ARE RECKLESS, intimately documents the bittersweet final month of the last family-owned video store in Seattle, Reckless Video. Through poignant interviews with the former owner, employees, and loyal customers, the documentary captures the deep love and appreciation for the store, physical media, and the vibrant sense of community it fostered. The second short, produced in collaboration with Converge Media, focuses on Seattle's last remaining video store, a pillar of the local film community, and home to one of the largest and most diverse video collections in the world, Scarecrow Video.

The shorts will be followed by a screening of ADJUST YOUR TRACKING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE VHS COLLECTOR, the feature-length documentary that shows a vibrant world of collectors and movie fans who are keeping the VHS format, and the movies, alive. Over 100 collectors, filmmakers, producers and video store owners express how VHS changed their lives. Travel back to the days of video rental stores with those who still buy, sell, rent and trade the format that will not die — VHS.

The filmmakers of WE ARE RECKLESS, along with Cynthia Brothers of Vanishing Seattle, will be present for a live Q&A.

Reserve advanced tickets online or in-person the day-of show. There will be a $5-or-more suggested donation at the door with proceeds going to Scarecrow Video. You may also donate at any time online to Scarecrow’s Spring Fundraising Campaign.

Adjust Your Tracking is an honest and brutally entertaining look at the VHS revival and how it’s helped fuel the film community. It’s obviously a work of love, and is highly suggested for any self respecting cineaste.” Felix Vasquez, Cinema Crazed

VHS Uber Alles May 2024

1985
92min · VHS
  • Saturday, May 25, 2024, 9:30pm

TIME TO GET PUMPED!

Roger’s gym is facing financial ruin and their hottest aerobics instructors keep getting poached by rival health club, The Rejuvinarium. In an attempt to save the gym, Roger decides to rebrand: now it’s a fitness-based single’s club, catering to the young and sexy…or those who aspire to be, anyways. This movie has it all… We got chumps to hunks, sweaty sexercize on the weight machines, a co-ed basement jacuzzi and an Aerobathon competition between the two rival gyms! Who will win? Who will lose? Who cares? When you hear the bangin’ finale song, we’ll pump up the volume and you’ll pump your fist in the air because FITNESS RULES!!

“Packed with sweaty exercise montages and ’80s trappings — from its polyester fashions, to the neon-eyesore set decoration — [This movie] is so deliriously disjointed that I often wondered if the reels were out of order. That’s a sure sign of exploitation greatness.” – Shock Cinema Magazine

“This film is f***ing amazing! First, it has more montages than any movie I’ve ever seen before. Second, if you’re into aerobics, buff bodies and outrageous eighties work out attire, then this is your movie. Third, if you like your 80’s soundtracks filled with mindless synth-pop songs from artists you’ve never heard of before, this movie has quite a list. Finally, there’s the nudity. There’s so much of it I don’t know where to begin, but the best thing about it is, it’s completely unnecessary. You have about as much chance of spotting a unicorn than seeing this movie, but if you get the opportunity, DO IT!” – Michael Monterastelli: Collecting VHS, CHUD.com

NEVER RELEASED ON DVD! ONLY ON VHS! ONLY $3!

Coma

Bertrand Bonello · 2022
82min · DCP
  • Friday, May 17, 2024, 6:30pm
  • Saturday, May 18, 2024, 4:00pm
  • Saturday, May 18, 2024, 8:30pm
  • Sunday, May 19, 2024, 4:30pm
  • Sunday, May 26, 2024, 6:00pm
  • Monday, May 27, 2024, 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 6:30pm

Amidst a period of unprecedented world events, an eighteen-year-old girl’s life is placed on hold. Isolated in her bedroom, she falls under the spell of the mysterious vlogger Patricia Coma. As time carries on, the lines between her dreams, fears, hopes, and reality begin to blur into one another.

From French master Bertrand Bonello (THE BEAST, NOCTURAMA), COMA is “a neo-Lynchian slow burn masterpiece” (International Cinephile Society) that creates a dream-like representation of our present. A “delirious marvel” (The Playlist) that breaks apart boundaries of genre, filmmaking, and storytelling, COMA bravely confronts the anxieties of today in order to imagine the possibilities of the future.

In French with English subtitles.

“It’s a willful jumble of ideas and styles that gives the impression of an anxious mind. While the protagonist may be a teenager, this is a concept many ages could relate to after the past few years… a topical and quietly thought-provoking watch.” Anna Smith, Deadline Hollywood

“[An] attention-deficit delight.” Charles Bramesco, Little White Lies

Coming Soon

Lilies – 4K Restoration

John Greyson · 1996
96min · DCP
  • Friday, May 31, 2024, 7:15pm
  • Saturday, Jun 1, 2024, 2:00pm
  • Sunday, Jun 2, 2024, 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, Jun 4, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Thursday, Jun 6, 2024, 7:30pm

An emotionally intense, suspense-laden tale of love, betrayal and revenge, in which one man's past comes back to haunt him. John Greyson’s acclaimed 1996 movie, LILIES, is an adaptation of Michel Marc Bouchard’s lauded play of the same name.

1952: Bishop Bilodeau visits a prison to hear the confession of Simon, a boyhood friend jailed for murder 40 years ago. However, once there, Bilodeau finds himself forced to watch a play put on by Simon and the other inmates depicting the two men’s youths. As the play progresses, the tragic truth of Simon’s crime comes to light. Through recollections and confessions, this underseen gay classic reveals a love kept secret for decades. This new 4K restoration, supervised by Greyson, brings the luster of the film’s gorgeous colors and sets. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received critical acclaim around the globe, winning Best Picture at the Genie (Canada’s equivalent of the Oscars).

“Rich in exotic visual lyricism.” Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle

“A refined creation, delicate to the touch.” Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle

Best of SECS Fest 2023 – Short Films

104min · DCP
  • Friday, May 31, 2024, 9:30pm

Back by popular demand, the Seattle Erotica Cinema Society has compiled 10 of the best short films from SECS Fest 2023. Included are the four award-winning short films: "EDGE" (Best Sex-Positive), "La Pequeña Muerte" (Best Short), "OVERLOAD" (Best Humor), and "Really Good Friends" (Best Documentary).

Delve into new and exciting worlds with international erotic short films that are certain to tickle your senses and excite your mind. In this diverse collection, there are films to appeal to all tastes and persuasions. With a trip to the erotic side of the Olympic games, with a lusty encounter in a desolate stadium, and then a short documentary about the power and acceptance of friendship. You’ll find a surreal allegory about being trans in an oppressive world. There are experimental films that use dance or stop-motion to portray the depths of desire and films that portray the internal fantasies that accompany opening the pages of an erotic novel.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is mask mandatory. Please bring a mask. There will also be masks available at the door.

*No one under 18 admitted*

The Films: “A Flor de Piel” (Andor Polgár, Netherlands, 2023, 4 min); “EDGE” (Edmund Aleksander Krempinski & Jakub Dylewski, Poland, 2023, 18 min); “Fantasy Unlocked” (Denise Queen & Edu Ropes, Argentina, 2023, 12 min); “La Pequeña Muerte” (Pedro Lavin, Mexico, 2022, 7 min); “Männerabend” (Jan Soldat, Austria, 2023, 11 min); “Orgy 4: F*** Your Friends” (Mahx Capacity, United States, 2023, 16 min); “OVERLOAD” (Jamen Meistrich, United States, 2023, 9 min); “Really Good Friends” (Adam Sekuler, United States, 2022, 10 min); “Stalking Athens” (Officer Flower, Germany, 2023, 12 min); “WTCHSONG” (Lina Bembe, Germany, 2022, 5 min).

A Happy Man

Sona G. Lutherová · 2023
81min · DCP
  • Saturday, Jun 1, 2024, 4:00pm
  • Sunday, Jun 2, 2024, 6:00pm
  • Saturday, Jun 8, 2024, 2:30pm

In this longitudinal observation, director Sona G. Lutherov presents an intimate portrait of a family in which one of the parents is transitioning.

Others perceived R. as a happy woman. Born and raised in the Czech Republic, R. married Ivan, a Slovak psychiatrist. The young couple settled in Sweden and had two children, and it appeared that R.’s life would follow a predictable path. R. was happy, but felt an inner emptiness. As a distraction from daily life, R. began writing fiction, eventually creating a male alter-ego and penning novels for the LGBTQIA+ community. It became clear to R. that the void they felt could only be filled by living as their authentic self and beginning their transition journey. R. is now Marvin, a man. To find true happiness, Marvin must dismantle his old life and construct a new one; a process that affects not only himself, but also his husband and children. A HAPPY MAN follows Marvin’s journey from 2019 through 2022.

In English and Czech, Slovak, & Swedish (with English subtitles).

“Tender…intimate…a surprisingly calm take on transition.” Marta Balaga, Cineuropa

Funeral Parade of Roses

Toshio Matsumoto · 1969
105min · 4K DCP
  • Saturday, Jun 1, 2024, 6:00pm
  • Sunday, Jun 2, 2024, 3:30pm
  • Monday, Jun 3, 2024, 7:15pm
  • Wednesday, Jun 5, 2024, 7:15pm

55th anniversary!

A key work of the Japanese New Wave and of queer cinema, director Toshio Matsumoto’s shattering, kaleidoscopic masterpiece is one of the most subversive and intoxicating films of the late 1960s: a headlong dive into a dazzling, unseen Tokyo night-world of drag queen bars and fabulous divas, fueled by booze, drugs, fuzz guitars, performance art and black mascara. No less than Stanley Kubrick cited the film as a direct influence on his own dystopian classic A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.

An unknown club dancer at the time, transgender actor Peter (from Kurosawa’s RAN) gives an astonishing Edie Sedgwick/Warhol superstar-like performance as hot young thing Eddie, hostess at Bar Genet — where she’s ignited a violent love-triangle with reigning drag queen Leda (Osamu Ogasawara) for the attentions of club owner Gonda (played by Kurosawa regular Yoshio Tsuchiya). One of Japan’s leading experimental filmmakers, Matsumoto bends and distorts time here like Resnais in LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, freely mixing documentary interviews, Brechtian film-within-a-film asides, Oedipal premonitions of disaster, his own avant-garde shorts, and even on-screen cartoon balloons, into a dizzying whirl of image and sound.

In Japanese with English subtitles. Part of our 20th Anniversary Celebration Series!

“Definitely not for everyone. But for those who do sit through, unlike the queen who ‘harrumphed out’ when I saw it, Funeral Parade of Roses is a very strong trip.” Bebe Scarpie, Drag

“You will walk away from Matsumoto’s film with a newfound appreciation of what movies can be.” Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com

Hundreds of Beavers

Mike Cheslik · 2024
108min · DCP
  • Friday, Mar 15, 2024, 9:30pm
  • Saturday, Mar 16, 2024, 8:30pm
  • Sunday, Mar 17, 2024, 8:15pm
  • Monday, Mar 18, 2024, 7:15pm
  • Saturday, May 4, 2024, 8:00pm
  • Saturday, Jun 1, 2024, 8:30pm

In this 19th century, supernatural winter epic, a drunken applejack salesman must go from zero to hero and become North America’s greatest fur trapper by defeating hundreds of beavers.

Created by Mike Cheslik and Ryland Brickson Cole Tews, the duo behind the modern cult hit LAKE MICHIGAN MONSTER (2018).

Second encore screening added – June 1st!

“Starts strange, gets stranger, and yet remains resolutely adorable… embraces the defiant glee of art cinema and distills it into something so thoroughly pure and sincere that it is surely hard not to fall in love with it.” Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Alliance of Women Film Journalists

“It’s sure to develop a significant cult following with its unique mix of silent-era slapstick, animation elements, theme-park-style critter costumes, and general air of inspired absurdity.” Dennis Harvey, Variety

“Steroidally swollen with gags and smarts.” Guy Maddin

Flipside

Chris Wilcha · 2023
96min · DCP
  • Friday, Jun 7, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, Jun 8, 2024, 4:30pm
  • Sunday, Jun 9, 2024, 4:30pm
  • Sunday, Jun 9, 2024, 8:30pm
  • Tuesday, Jun 11, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, Jun 15, 2024, 6:00pm
  • Sunday, Jun 16, 2024, 8:15pm

When filmmaker Chris Wilcha revisits the record store he worked at as a teenager in New Jersey, he finds the once-thriving bastion of music and weirdness from his youth slowly falling apart and out of touch with the times. FLIPSIDE documents his tragicomic attempt to revive the store while revisiting other documentary projects he has abandoned over the years.

In the process, Wilcha captures This American Life icon Ira Glass in the midst of a creative rebirth, discovers the origin story of David Bowie’s ode to a local New Jersey cable television hero, and uncovers the unlikely connection between jazz photographer Herman Leonard and TV writer David Milch. This disparate collection of stories coheres into something strange and expansive—a moving meditation on music, work, and the sacrifices and satisfaction of trying to live a creative life.

“[It’s] about a record store in the same way that Moby Dick is about a whale… Flipside is a doc assembled out of loose ends and false starts, a jumble that can be maddening until suddenly it’s moving… It’s confounding and self-centered but damn it if it doesn’t work.” Steve Pond, TheWrap

“It’s beautiful and inspiring, and it might just spur you into some mind-f***ing self-reflection.” Kristy Puchko, Mashable

Break the Game

Jane M. Wagner · 2023
80min · DCP
  • Saturday, Jun 8, 2024, 7:00pm
  • Sunday, Jun 9, 2024, 2:30pm
  • Sunday, Jun 9, 2024, 6:30pm
  • Monday, Jun 10, 2024, 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, Jun 12, 2024, 7:30pm

After coming out as a trans woman, world-record-holding gamer Narcissa Wright loses her massive fanbase. To win them back, she attempts to set a new world record in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, while live-streaming every minute of her mythic quest. Drawing from an archive of more than 3,000 hours of Narcissa’s livestreams, intimate verite, and 8-bit animation, BREAK THE GAME is a moving exploration of gamer culture, the realities of online harassment, and the mental health implications of living a digital life.

The Saturday, June 8th screening will be followed by speedrunner dannyb21892 doing a live speedrun of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time with director of BREAK THE GAME, Jane Wagner, participating in a live Q&A in the chat!

“Truly a highlight at Tribeca [2023]. Not only does it finally give a Queer perspective in video games, but is also an important message about hope, family, and battling demons both 3D animated and in real life.” Mike Vaughn, Geek Vibes Nation

“An innovative film… probes the intriguing possibility of taking images meant for one space and repurposing them into a cogent beginning, middle and end. Put another way: Even without the pixelated bells and whistles, it’s excellent storytelling.” Natalia Winkelman, The New York Times