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April 11 - 17

Mistaken For Strangers

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Mistaken For Strangers

Tom Berninger / 2013, USA / Color
75min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround

Matt, the lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock band The National, finally finds himself flush with success. His younger brother, Tom, is a loveable slacker -- a filmmaker and metal-head still living with his parents in Cincinnati. On the eve of The National's biggest tour to date, Matt invites Tom to work for the band as a roadie, unaware of Tom's plan to film the entire adventure. What starts as a rock documentary soon becomes something else: an honest portrait of a charged relationship between two brothers, and the frustrations of unfulfilled creative ambitions.

"The funniest, most meta music movie since Spinal Tap." Pitchfork

"Mistaken for Strangers" is, like its maker, scruffy, undisciplined and eager to be loved. The big surprise is how easy it is to comply." NY Times

"One of the best documentaries about a band I've ever seen." Michael Moore

Showtimes:
Fri & Mon: 9pm
Sat: 3pm & 9pm
Sun, Tues-Thur: 7pm & 9pm


April 18 - 25

The Final Member

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The Final Member

Jonah Bekhor, Zach Math / 2012, Canada / Color
75min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround

Paris has the Louvre, London has the Tate Modern, New York the Metropolitan Museum, and Husavik, Iceland--a diminutive village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle--boasts the world’s only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. But founder Sigurður “Siggi” Hjartarson's collection lacks the holy grail of phallic phantasmagoria: a human specimen. In their debut feature film, Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math follow Siggi on his dogged, often emotional quest to complete his exhibition in a peculiar, yet startlingly relatable, story of self-fulfillment and the value of personal legacies (both big and small).

"Side-splittingly funny... finds hilarity in humanity" Variety

“A beautiful portrait of one man’s lifelong obsession.” FilmSchoolRejects

Showtimes:
Fri: 630pm & 815pm
Sat: 5pm, 630pm & 815pm
Sun 5pm & 630pm
Mon-Wed: 7pm & 845pm
Thur: 7pm


April 18, 19, 25 & 26

Altered States

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Altered States

Ken Russell / 1980, USA / Color / 102min / 35mm

One of the craziest head-trips ever released by a major studio! Unconventional Harvard scientist Eddie Jessup (William Hurt) performs experiments on human consciousness in a sensory deprivation tank while high on sacred shrooms from a Mexican tribe. He has wild, non-secular hallucinations and, after keeping at it for too long, "devolves" into a primitive monkey man and, eventually, a swirl of primordial cosmic energy. Ken Russell (The Devils, Tommy) channels some seriously psychedelic visions and mind-blowing special effects and John Corigliano's Oscar-nominated score is equally freaky. Screenplay by Paddy Chayevsky (Network). With Bob Balaban and Blair Brown.

"3.5 stars. A magnificent entertainment, and a clever and brilliant machine for making us feel awe, fear, and humor." Roger Ebert

"A dazzling piece of science fiction... This one has everything: sex, violence, comedy, thrills, tenderness... " Richard Corliss, Time

Showtimes:
Fri & Sat: 10pm


April 20

This is Your VCR on Drugs

Scarecrow Video presents
This is Your VCR on Drugs

Various / 80min / VHS

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Come celebrate the most brain chemistry-altering day of the year with this psychedelic journey to the center of your VCR's mind! Featuring drug scares, drug encouragements, weird interludes, bad trips, freak outs, surreal short films and more. All from Scarecrow Video's stash of vintage videotape!

Showtimes:
830pm


April 24, 25 & 27

Short Peace

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Short Peace

Hiroaki Ando, Hajime Katoki, Shuhei Morita, Katsuhiro Ohtomo
2013, Japan / Color / 68min / Blu-ray, 5.1 sound

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Special pricing: $10 general, $8 student/senior, $5 member.

In 1995, Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo’s epic anthology Memories showcased the work of upcoming superstars of the anime world. Now, Otomo’s spotlight shifts with this all-new collection of four visionary films, including the 2013 Oscar nominated Possessions, Hiroaki Ando's Gambo, Hajime Katoki's A Farewell To Arms, and Otomo’s new film Combustible.

Showtimes:
Thur: 845pm
Fri: 6pm
Sun: 230pm


April 25 - 30

Minnie & Moskowitz

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Minnie & Moskowitz

John Cassavetes / 1971, USA / Color / 114min / 35mm

Seymour Moskowitz (Seymour Cassel) wanders aimlessly in New York, seeking love but finding only disappointment. In Los Angeles, museum curator Minnie Moore (Gena Rowlands) is also at a loose end. Moving to LA, Seymour finds work as a parking lot attendant and runs into Minnie as she flees a terrible lunch date. After defending Minnie from her disgruntled companion (Val Avery), Seymour finds himself unemployed and incapable of getting her out of his mind. Minnie tries in vain to separate herself from Seymour, while the latter persistently courts her, remaining baffled by the depth of his affection and surprised at her growing feelings for him. John Cassavetes' fifth feature is his take on the classic screwball comedy and the first of his collaborations with Gena Rowlands to feature her in a leading role.

"The movie is sort of a fairy tale, Cassavetes says; it's dedicated to all the people who didn't marry the person they should have. It is a movie on the side of love, and it is one of the finest movies of [1971]." Roger Ebert

"Takes the opportunity to have a dig at Hollywood and its phoney ideas of romance..." Film4

Showtimes:
Fri: 730pm
Sat: 430pm
Sun & Mon: 7pm


April 25 - 30

Love Streams

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Love Streams

John Cassavetes / 1984, USA / Color / 140min / 35mm

In this emotional roller coaster ride, Robert Harmon (John Cassavetes) is a street-wise, sometimes obnoxious writer currently working on a book about the seamier side of buying/selling love, and Sarah Lawson (Gena Rowlands) is an emotive wife and mother struggling through a divorce and custody battle. When Sarah lands on Robert's doorstep with her suitcases, it seems at first that she has returned to her husband. Robert has several women staying at his place (research sources!), but when his real ex-wife arrives with their young son, he sends the women packing. Sarah, it turns out, is Robert's sister. As the two work out their own live's hurdles -- Robert, the unaccustomed father with his 8-year-old son, and Sarah, trying to cope with her custody battle and its results -- their way of handling adversity and personal burdens becomes the real subtext of the film. Winner of the Golden Bear Award at the 1984 Berlin Film Festival.

“John Cassavetes's career of risk taking comes to a climax in this rich, original, emotionally magnificent 1984 film." Dave Kehr

Showtimes:
Sat: 7pm
Sun: 4pm
Tues & Wed: 7pm


May 1

Junk

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Junk

Kevin Hamedani / 2012, USA / Color / 104min / Blu-ray

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Kaveh and Raul are two B-movie co-writers who have suffered a bitter falling out. Kaveh’s lost his girlfriend, and spends his days getting high in his apartment, while Raul is off studying at Columbia University. But when one of their films, Islama-rama 2, is accepted by a film festival, the two ex-friends are forced to tentatively re-connect in order to pitch their script to the mysterious producer, Yukio Tai. Along the way, they will have to brave brutish bodyguards, cutthroat colleagues, inept agents, romantic entanglements, prima donna actors, and the trials of their own bitter friendship.

Director-actor Kevin Hamedani and actors Ramon Isao, Basil Harris and Sean Nelson in attendance!

“Witty and enteraining!” The Huffington Post

Showtimes:
Thur: 8pm


May 12 - 15

Pulp Fiction

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Pulp Fiction
20th anniversary!

Quentin Tarantino / 1994, USA / Color / 153min / 35mm, Dolby SR

Winner: Palme d'Or, Cannes 1994; Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Screenplay.

"A triumphant, cleverly disorienting journey through a demimonde that springs entirely from Mr. Tarantino's ripe imagination, a landscape of danger, shock, hilarity and vibrant local color." New York Times

"so well-written in a scruffy, fanzine way that you want to rub noses in it." Roger Ebert

"A nightmare of depravity." Bob Dole

Showtimes:
Mon-Thur: 8pm


May 16 - 22

Monterey Pop

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Monterey Pop

D. A. Pennebaker / 1968, USA / Color / 78min / Blu-ray, 5.1 surround

The Monterey Pop Festival ran for three days in June 1967. For most of the five shows, the arena was jammed to bursting with perhaps as many as 10,000 people. The live performances were spectacularly successful. Janis Joplin, who was singing with Big Brother and the Holding Company, pulled out all the stops with a raw, powerful performance that helped establish her as the preeminent female rock singer of her day. The Who climaxed a brilliant set by smashing their equipment at the conclusion of “My Generation.” Jimi Hendrix (in the American debut of the Jimi Hendrix Experience) offered an awesome display of his virtuosity as a guitarist and as a showman, humping his Marshall amplifiers and then setting his Stratocaster ablaze. Another highlight was Ravi Shankar’s meditative afternoon of Indian ragas. And then there was Otis Redding, the dynamic soul man who turned in what many present believed was the festival’s best performance.

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May 16 & 17, 24

Stage Fright

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Stage Fright

Jerome Sable / 2014, Canada / Color / 89min / Blu-ray

Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson wants to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a Broadway diva, but she's stuck working in the kitchen of a snobby performing arts camp. Determined to change her destiny, she sneaks in to audition for the summer showcase and lands a lead role in the play, but just as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill, and Camilla soon finds herself terrified by the horror of musical theatre. - See more at: http://www.magnetreleasing.com/stagefright/#sthash.QgLH9jJ1.dpuf

"Delicious operatic bloodfest." Austin Chronicle

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May 23 - 29

Easy Rider

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Easy Rider

Dennis Hopper / 1969, USA / Color / 95min / 35mm, Mono

As Billy and “Captain America,” Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda motored down the highway on their Harley Davidsons to the roaring strains of Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild,” the definitive counterculture blockbuster was born. Former clean-cut teen star Hopper’s down-and-dirty directorial debut, Easy Rider heralded the arrival of a new voice in film, one pitched angrily against the mainstream. After Easy Rider’s cross-country journey—with its radical, New Wave–style editing, outsider-rock soundtrack, revelatory performance by a young Jack Nicholson, and explosive ending—the American road trip would never be the same.

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Coming later in 2014

Seattle True Independent Film Fest
We’re proud to host STIFF yet again! See http://trueindependent.org for the full schedule. May 2 - 10.

The Dance of Reality
The new film by cinematic alchemist Alejandro Jodorowsky! Plus special screenings of El Topo and The Holy Mountain.

Razing the Bar: A Documentary About The Funhouse
Well-loved punk rock venue The Funhouse is gone. This entertaining documentary chronicles its transformation from inhospitable dive to beloved institution to its eventual demolition.