The Fort Report: June 9th – 15th

With SIFF40 behind us, it’s time to get back to real Life…Lame.

Just like a great year at Summer Camp, we had to say goodbye to this year’s SIFF.  So, now let’s see what’s going on around Seattle cinema in the wake of the festival!

The Central Cinema

Central Cin Auditorium

The Grand Illusion

Grand Illusion Auditorium

  • The LGBT doc Before You Know It, a very compelling look into the lives of aging members of the LGBT community facing their twilight years finishes it’s run this week.  In this film, Gay men share their life experiences as members of a community that was forced to exist in shadows in many cities.  This documentary plays now through the 12th.
  • Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s El Topo begins a very limited run this Friday!  These showings will be presented in 35mm with a mono audio track as it was shown in 1970.  This is something that I’ve been waiting for.
  • In addition to El Topo, the Grand Illusion will also be playing Jodo’s The Holy Mountain in 35mm with mono soundtrack.  After the Saturday showing, local experimental band MTNS will be performing after the screening of the film.
  • Make sure to visit the Grand Illusion’s website for ticketing information, details, and showtimes.

Sundance cinema

Sundance Cinemas

  • The first feature film from documentary director Ashim Ahluwalia titled Miss Lovely plays this week as part of Sundance’s Screening Room series.  This film has been praised as a departure from conventional Bollywood cinema.  It sort of reminds me of a Bollywood Boogie Nights.  Maybe I’m way off base with that, but that’s how the trailer and write ups make it sound.
  • Artist Ralph Steadman, known primarily for his illustrations in Hunter S. Thompson’s books as well as Rolling Stone magazine is interviewed by Johnny Depp in For No Good Reason.  This documentary showcases Steadman’s eclectic career and his contributions to popular culture, which have made him a legend in his own time.
  • Suspense thriller Night Moves starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard plays this week as well.  In Night Moves, three environmental activists attempt to stage their greatest protest ever, the destruction of a controversial dam in Oregon.  This film looks really intense, and many critics are praising the performances of the film’s three leads.  With a limited run, this is something that you should check out.


SIFF Uptown

  • This week, SIFF Uptown will be playing “The Best of SIFF” film series.  Many of these films Leroy and I were able to check out and will be posting reviews as their domestic release dates approach.  So many of these are amazing films!
  • My Last Year With the Nuns will play on June 12th.  We reviewed this film here and really enjoyed this local gem.  I don’t see this film getting a DVD release in the immediate future, so check this one out if you can make it.  You will not be disappointed, trust me.
  • Another festival favorite of mine, Red Knot plays June 12th.  You can read our review of director Scott Cohen’s film here.  Red Knot won a much deserved Grand Jury prize at this year’s SIFF for Best New American Cinema.
  • Winner of the SIFF Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, Marmato will play June 13th.  Didn’t get a chance to check this out, but I think that I may have to.
  • …Dude, I could go on and on about this “Best Of” series, but you just need to see the line up here

Landmark Theatres

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  • ONE WEEK ONLY!  Me and Leroy’s festival favorite We Are The Best opens this Friday at the Varsity theatre.  This is a film that you cannot miss. Seriously.  You will love this movie.
  • The third installment in the La Auberge Espagnole series (La Auberge Espagnole, Russian Dolls) Chinese Puzzle continues a run at Seven Gables this week.  I can’t wait to check this one out because I am a huge fan of the previous two films.
  • The food industry documnetary Fed Up continues a run at the Varsity theatre.
  • Just off of it’s festival run, The Grand Seduction opens this Friday at the Guild 45th, ending an almost 3 month run of the Grand Budapest Hotel.
  • Emma Roberts and James Franco star in Palo Alto, a very intense romantic drama directed by Gia Coppola.
  • Mike Meyers’ directorial debut Supermensch: the Legend of Shep Gordon opens this friday at the Seven Gables.
  • The documentary of photographer Vivian Meier who found her fame posthumously titled Finding Vivan Meier plays this week at the Crest.  This is a great doc, so if you can make it up to the Crest, then it’s worth your while.

Northwest Film forum


  •  Local director Megan Griffiths‘ latest film Lucky Them opens this weekend at the forum.  This was one of our favorites from the festival, so be sure to check this one out!
  • And finally, the feel good 80’s send up Ping Pong Summer continues it’s run this week.

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