Sorry for the absence, but it was worth it!
The Fort Report
November 11th – 17th
Tuesday the 11th
- The Ark Lodge: Big Hero 6, Interstellar, and Dear White People play through the week
- Northwest Film Forum: The Seattle premiere of Colton Harris-Moore documentary The Barefoot Bandit with director Carly Bodmer scheduled to attend. The show begins at 7pm.
- The Cenral Cinema: A special presentation of the Last Unicorn with Author and Screenwriter Peter S. Beagle in attendance! The 630 show is sold out, but the Central has added a 330 and a 930!
- The Grand Illusion: How does a 16-year-old evolve into a bank robber? Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores what led him to pull a heist as a teenager in Texas. Returning to his neighborhood several years after the crime, Monroe creates an incredibly intimate and personal journey of reflection and forgiveness while beautifully examining lower class struggles, the desperation of a teen under pressure, and the emotional impact that rippled in the aftermath of that day. His film Evolution of a Criminal has garnered accolades from festivals around the world. This film plays through the 13th.
- Sundance Cinemas: Big Hero 6 in 2D and 3D along with Hugh Laurie in Pip and the SIFF selection The Way He Looks. Additionally, Sundance presents Nightcrawler, Jimi: All is by My Side, the Equalizer, the Last Weekend, the Skeleton Twins, Gone Girl, the Judge, Fury, and Before I Go to Sleep.
- SiFF Egyptian: Interstellar in 35mm
- SiFF Uptown: Interstellar in 35mm, the political doc thriller Citizen Four, and National Theater Live presents: Skylight. SIFF also presents the DVD release party of the SIFF smash hit Walking the Camino. Director Lydia Smith returns for an encore screening of her documentary as well as the DVD release of the film. This event begins at 7pm.
- SiFF Film Center: presents as part of their Six Continents film series Mooladay at 7pm.
- Guild 45th: Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and Whiplash play through Friday.
- Harvard Exit: The Skeleton Twins and Pride continue their runs as well as a special limited engagement of the Tale of Princess Kaguya with both Japanese and English voice cast versions.
- Varsity Theater: The World War II thriller Diplomacy screens along with that tiny little film Interstellar playing on two screens.
- Seven Gables: Bill Murray and an amazing supporting cast star in St. Vincent playing through Thursday.
- Crest Cinema Center: How to Train Your Dragon 2, This is Where I Leave You, the Hundred Foot Journey, 22 Jump Street, and Dolphin Tale 2 all run through the week.
- Tin Theater: A Most Wanted Man and Edge of Tomorrow play through
Wednesday the 12th
- Northwest Film Forum: How to make a horror film on a Shoestring Budget. Local filmmakers Ramon Isao and Ian Bell share their secrets to making a dollar stretch in the production of your own horror film. The workshop begins at 6:30
- The Cenral Cinema: Moonstruck and Brazil end a short run
Thursday the 13th
- Northwest Film Forum: Gruff Rhys of the Welsh band Super Furry Animals attempts to retrace the steps of his extremely great uncle through the American Interior in American Interior.
- The Cenral Cinema: The long standing Thursday night event showing of Tommy Wiseau’s the Room plays at 8pm
- SiFF Uptown: Cinema Italian Style Opening Night Film & Party presenting the film Noi 4 with director Francesco Bruni scheduled to attend. The event begins at 7pm
Friday the 14th
- Northwest Film Forum: Gruff Rhys of the Welsh band Super Furry Animals attempts to retrace the steps of his extremely great uncle through the American Interior in American Interior. Filmmaker Gruff Rhys will be in attendance for the screening prior to his show that night at
Additionally, the film forum will be presenting Norte. The End of History running through the weekend.
- The Cenral Cinema: Hannah and Her Sisters and Fargo open their run into next week.
- The Grand Illusion: Rare screening of the Canadian cult film Crime Wave!!!
Mystery! Intrigue! Sensation! Crippling Writers Block! Not to be confused with the Sam Raimi film of the same title, this Canadian cult oddity remains one of the most criminally underseen films of the 1980’s. An early example of postmodern filmmaking, the story details screenwriter Stephen Penny’s attempts to write a crime film in the grand cinematic tradition. The fact that this cult gem has been shown theatrically only a handful of times over the last several decades would be enough to make these screenings a rare opportunity, but the fact that we’ll be screening John Paizs’ personal 16MM print makes it truly unmissable! This film shows Friday and Saturday night at 7pm.
LABYRINTH!!! Trying to silence crying baby Toby, babysitter Sarah accidentally conjures the Goblin King (David Bowie), who steals Toby. Sarah must solve the Labyrinth or Toby will become a goblin! Introduction by Toby Froud, who played the baby, on Sunday AT 8PM!!! Labyrinth plays Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
- SiFF Uptown: Cinema Italian style continues with the films 9×10 Noventa, Song’e Napule, and I Can Quit Anytime.
- Harvard Exit: The Stephen Hawking bio pic/romance the Theory of Everything
- Varsity Theater: The Better Angels, the story of a young Abe Lincoln, produced by Terence Malick opens today.
Saturday the 15th
- Northwest Film Forum: Visiting artists Ben Rivers and Ben Russell present their latest collaborative effort A Spell to Ward off the Darkness. Both filmmakers will be present for a Q&A after the program which begins at 7pm.
- The Grand Illusion: Straight from TIFF 2014, the Grand Illusion presents Bad Turn Worse; this stylish and emotional crime thriller is the stunning directorial debut of Simon and Zeke Hawkins. The film plays Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday.
- SiFF Uptown: Quiet Bliss, Natural Resistance, Small Homeland, and the Conformist play as part of the Cinema Italian Style film series.
- SiFF Film Center: Seattle Shorts Film Fest plays all four blocks of programming throughout the day.
A Touch of Evil film dissection with special host Sean Axmaker begins at 11am.
Sunday the 16th
- The Grand Illusion: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam & Krab Jab Studio present another puppet variety show for grown-ups with films hand-picked by Heather Henson. Plus Portland puppeteer & filmmaker Toby Froud presents his short film Lessons Learned at 6pm.
- SiFF Film Center: The Crash Cinema Film Challenge. Can you create a cohesive film in just eight hours? Head over to the Film Center and challenge yourself with a group of other film makers. The project begins at 9am.
- SiFF Uptown: the Cinema Italian Style festival continues with Leopaldi, an encore screening of Noi 4, the Mafia Only Kills in Summer, and Italy in a Day.
Monday the 17th
- The Grand Illusion: The Garden of Earthly Delights: Three films by Ben Russell presented by EXCinema showing at 7pm.
- SiFF Uptown: Cinema Italian Style concludes with Human Capital, and an encore screening of Quiet Bliss.
- SiFF Film Center: the local screenwriters project series First Draft will be held at 6:30pm