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Seattle Screens: Twist of Pride and The Best of SIFF

Touki Bouki

The 2nd annual Twist of Pride Film Festival opens at the Egyptian Theatre on Friday, June 17 with a 20th Anniversary screening of the Seattle-produced Crocodile Tears (1996) followed by the World Premiere of Brides to Be. The festival runs through the weekend. Schedule and tickets here.

The documentary Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, about the making of the legendary shot-for-shot remake of the Steven Spielberg film by a group of schoolkids with a camcorder over the course of seven years, plays through Sunday, June 19 at Northwest Film Forum.

The Best of SIFF returns for revival showings of 12 features (including six award winners) and a program of short films over the next seven days at The Uptown. Complete schedule is below and tickets at the SIFF website. (Festival passes and vouchers are not accepted for these showings.)

In addition, two films featured at SIFF—Terence Davies’ Sunset Song from Scotland and Nils Gaup’s The Last King from Norway—open at the Uptown for respective theatrical runs.

Silent Movie Mondays at The Paramount continues on Monday, June 20 with The Flapper (1920), starring Olive Thomas, a forgotten superstar of the silent age who died just months after the film was released, and written by Frances Marion. Features live accompaniment by Donna Parker on the Mighty Wurlitzer. Doors open at 6pm, the film begins at 7pm.

Seattle-based filmmaker Lynn Shelton talks with Jason Dodson (of the Maldives) about collaboration in the arts at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center on Tuesday, June 21. The event begins at 6pm and is free. More details here.

The Senegalese film Touki Bouki (1973), a mix of African storytelling with New Wave and avant-garde techniques, plays in a restored 35mm print for five days at NWFF, starting Wednesday, June 22. A rare chance to see a lively landmark of black African cinema on the big screen.

Queer Fan Nights continues at NWFF with Douglas Sirk’s classic melodrama Imitation of Life (1959) on Thursday, June 23 at 8pm (Happy Hour in the lobby at 7pm), co-sponsored by Three Dollar Bill Cinema.


Friday, June 17
7:00pm – Spy Time, winner of the SIFF 2016 Golden Space Needle Award for Best Director
9:30pm – Middle Man, winner of the SIFF 2016 Grand Jury Prize for New American Cinema

Saturday, June 18
1:00pm – Oddball, winner of the SIFF 2016 Films4Families Youth Jury Prize
4:30pm – Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale
7:00pm – Burn Burn Burn
9:30pm – Burn Burn Burn

Sunday, June 19
2:00pm – Kedi
4:30pm – Sand Storm, winner of the SIFF 2016 New Directors Competition Grand Jury Prize
7:00pm – Truman
9:00pm – Best of SIFF Shorts

Monday, June 20
7:00pm – Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Tuesday, June 21
7:00pm – A Man Called Ove, winner of the SIFF 2016 Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor

Wednesday, June 22
7:00pm – The Queen of Ireland

Thursday, June 23
7:00pm – Girl Asleep, winner of the SIFF 2016 Official Competition Grand Jury Prize and Youth Jury Award for Best FutureWave Feature

Visit the film review pages at The Seattle TimesSeattle Weekly, and The Stranger for more releases.

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