September 13, 14 & 17

The Films of Sarah Jacobson

Sarah Jacobson / 1996, USA
125min / digital

A double feature of new 2K restorations of I WAS A TEENAGE SERIAL KILLER + MARY JANE'S NOT A VIRGIN ANYMORE from the American Genre Film Archive! Sarah Jacobson's punk-spirited DIY films from the 1990s combine B-movie aesthetics and riot grrrl feminism, standing as a testament to the vision, determination, and raw talent of the Queen of Underground Cinema. MARY JANE'S NOT A VIRGIN ANYMORE, Jacobson's only feature film, is a vibrant and vital antidote to every phony Hollywood teen picture, bringing lo-fi realness to the coming-of-age genre. I WAS A TEENAGE SERIAL KILLER, a 27-minute short, is SLACKER meets Valerie Solanas, as a 19-year-old woman responds to catcalls, condescension, and bad sex the only way she knows how: murder. Taking on every major function from production through distribution, Sarah Jacobson proved herself as a shit-kicker and rule-breaker, finding fans in filmmakers Allison Anders (GAS FOOD LODGING) and Tamra Davis (CROSSROADS), as well as Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth.

Fri: 9pm
Sat: 8pm
Tues: 630pm

September 13-19

Jay Myself

Stephen Wilkes / 2019, USA
79min / digital

JAY MYSELF documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel (he shot the cover of Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue"), who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home—the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as “The Bank.” Through the intimate lens of filmmaker and Jay’s protégé, noted artist and photographer Stephen Wilkes, the viewer is taken on a remarkable journey through Jay’s life as an artist, mentor, and man; a man grappling with time, life, change, and the end of an era in New York City.

“Lovely... it’s really about how Jay Maisel, through his camera lens, takes in the world: as a place where every building, every street, every person is endowed with nearly mystical beauty.” Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“[A] fascinating, improbable, only-in-a-bygone-New York story... Transcend(s) the artist-documentary format and become(s), even more so, a reflection on a life fully and unusually lived that could only emerge between two people with a long, shared history.” – David Alm, Forbes

Fri: 7pm
Sat: 4pm & 6pm
Sun: 4pm, 6pm & 8pm
Mon: 7pm & 9pm
Tues & Wed: 9pm
Thur: 7pm & 9pm

September 18

Art House Theater Day: Putney Swope

Robert Downey, Sr / 1969, USA
84min / digital

Art House Theater Day celebrates the legacy of independent theaters as advocates for cinematic arts. In an age where media has become more digital than tangible, more solitary than social, art house theaters remain the physical spaces where film lovers congregate and connect with intrepid, creative filmmaking. They are the beating heart for new and exciting cinema that is shaping the future of the medium.

New 50th Anniversary restoration by The Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation! An unforgettable late-’60s counterculture masterpiece, Robert Downey Sr.’s Putney Swope remains a vital provocation on race, pop culture and America. Putney Swope, the only African-American exec at his ad firm, is unexpectedly elected its president and turns the industry on its ear through a series of outrageous, taboo-busting TV commercials (strewn throughout the film like comedic landmines.) As Swope becomes the Generalissimo of Madison Avenue, Downey takes no prisoners and skewers the entire political spectrum. Essential viewing. Featuring an audio introduction from Robert Downey, Sr.!

“Funny, sophomoric, brilliant, obscene, disjointed, marvelous, unintelligible and relevant. If anybody tries to improve it, they should be sentenced.” New York Times

"I just think [Downey’s] one of our great American directors." Paul Thomas Anderson

Wed: 7pm

September 20-22, 24 & 26

Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story

Adam Dubin / 2019, USA
92min / digital

Seattle Premiere! In the early 1980s, a small group of dedicated Bay Area headbangers shunned the hard rock of MTV and Hollywood hairspray bands in favor of a more dangerous brand of metal that became known as thrash! From the tape trading network to the clubs to the record stores and fanzines, director Adam Dubin reveals how the scene nurtured the music and the music spawned a movement. Murder In The Front Row is told through powerful first person testimony and stunning animation and photography. The film is a social study of a group of young people defying the odds and building something essential for themselves. Featuring interviews with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Death Angel, Possessed and many more! Narrated by Brian Posehn.

** Co-presented by KEXP's metal show, Seek & Destroy! **

Fri, Sun, Thur: 7pm
Sat: 5pm & 930pm
Tues: 9pm

September 20-26

Give Me Liberty

Kirill Mikhanovsky / 2019, USA
111min / 35mm

35MM SCREENING! Medical transport driver Vic is late, but it’s not his fault. Roads are closed for a protest, and no one else can shuttle his Russian grandfather and émigré friends to a funeral. The new route uproots his scheduled clients, particularly Tracy (Lauren “Lolo” Spencer in a breakout performance), a vibrant young woman with ALS. As the day goes from hectic to off-the-rails, their collective ride becomes a hilarious, compassionate, and intersectional portrait of American dreams and disenchantment.

"CRITIC'S PICK! Irresistible." Manola Dargis, New York Times

"A glorious comedy of chaos, solidarity and unsung heroism” The Hollywood Reporter

Note: Sunday 9/22 screenings scheduled to be projected digitally

Fri: 9pm
Sat: 230pm & 7pm
Sun: 430pm & 9pm
Mon: 630pm & 9pm
Tues: 630pm
Wed: 630pm & 9pm
Thur: 9pp

September 27

Blood Orgy of the Leather Girls

Blood Orgy of the Leather Girls

Presented by VHS Uber Alles
1988 / VHS

BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL! A punk rock girl gang skateboards around the city, smoking, drinking, cutting class AND men -- sometimes for revenge, sometimes just for fun! Special thanks to Scarecrow Video!! ONLY ON VHS! ONLY $2!

Fri: 9pm

September 28 & 29

Through the Olive Trees

Abbas Kiarostami / 1994, Iran-France
103min / digital

Kiarostami takes metanarrative gamesmanship to masterful new heights in the final installment of The Koker Trilogy. Unfolding “behind the scenes” of And Life Goes On, this film traces the complications that arise when the romantic misfortune of one of the actors—a young man who pines for the woman cast as his wife, even though, in real life, she will have nothing to do with him—creates turmoil on set and leaves the hapless director caught in the middle. An ineffably lovely, gentle human comedy steeped in the folkways of Iranian village life, Through the Olive Trees peels away layer after layer of artifice as it investigates the elusive, alchemical relationship between cinema and reality. Description courtesy of Janus Films.

** Part of a larger Abbas Kiarostami retrospective co-presented with SIFF, NWFF and The Beacon Cinema. See their websites for more details. SIFF & NWFF members will receive Grand Illusion member ticket prices. **

Members of the Iranian American Community Alliance get in for $7.

Sat: 645pm
Sun: 430pm

September 27, 28 & 29

Close Up

Abbas Kiarostami / 1990, Iran
98min / 35mm

35MM PRINT! This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational reallife event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, Close-up—one of Kiarostami’s most radical, brilliant works—has resonated with viewers around the world. Description courtesy of Janus Films.

** Part of a larger Abbas Kiarostami retrospective co-presented with SIFF, NWFF and The Beacon Cinema. See their websites for more details. SIFF & NWFF members will receive Grand Illusion member ticket prices. **

Members of the Iranian American Community Alliance get in for $7.

Fri: 645pm
Sat: 430pm
Sun: 645pm

September 28, October 1 & 3

Shinjuku Triad Society

Takashi Miike / 1995, Japan
100min / digital

New Restoration! After several years spent working almost exclusively in Japans’s “V-cinema” direct-to-video world, Takashi Miike announced himself as a world-class filmmaking talent with this trio of crazy, thematically-connected, character-centric crime stories about violence, the underworld of Japanese society, families both real and surrogate, and the possibly hopeless task of finding one's place in the world. His first works made specifically for theatrical release, the “Black Society Trilogy” (SHINJUKU TRIAD SOCIETY, RAINY DOG and LEY LINES) was the beginning of Miike's career of international renown. In a twilight world where gangster and law enforcer attract and repel each other in waves of violence, dirty cop Tatsuhito pursues the gay Chinese warlord Wang through the night world of Shinjuku and over to Taiwan. SHINJUKU TRIAD SOCIETY is a shocking investigation of a dehumanized society, in which Tatsuhito fights to obtain a glimpse of salvation.

Sat: 9pm
Tues: 9pm
Thurs: 645pm

September 29 & 30, October 2

Rainy Dog

Takashi Miike / 1997, Japan
95min / digital

New Restoration! The second film in Miike's “Black Society Trilogy”. “Not only the definitive bad-parenting movie, but also very likely the coolest rain-soaked lonely hitman movie ever made. Miike's crush on Taiwan runs wild in this location-shot thriller about a hitman working for a triad gang boss in Taipei. Yuji is in his bare apartment being cool and moody when an ex-girlfriend barges in to dump a boy she says is his son; the kid is left to fend for himself in the alley outside, and discovers what daddy does only when he tags along and sees Yuji shoot someone. The minimal plot is fleshed out by everyone's favorite Taiwanese character actors, and it never stops raining.” (Time Out)

Sun: 9pm
Mon: 645pm
Wed: 9pm

September 30, October 2 & 3

Ley Lines

Takashi Miike / 1999, Japan
105min / digital

The final film in Miike's “Black Society Trilogy”. LEY LINES follows a trio of Japanese youths of Chinese descent who escape their semi-rural upbringing and relocate to Shinjuku, where they befriend a troubled Shanghai prostitute and fall foul of a local crime syndicate. Like many of Miike’s movies, LEY LINES examines the underbelly of respectable Japanese society and the problems of assimilation faced by non-ethnically Japanese people in Japan.

Mon: 9pm
Wed: 645pm
Thur: 9pm

Coming later

All Monsters Attack! with plenty of folk horror, nuclear horror, medievel horror, and more! A Satoshi Kon retrospective co-presented with NWFF! It's A Wonderful Life in 35mm Dec 11-Jan 2!