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Obit.

Seattle premiere!

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May 26 - May 28

(Vanessa Gould, US, 2017, 95 min)

Obit. is the first documentary to explore the world of obituary writers, focusing on the legendary team at The New York Times, who approach their daily work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of these artists, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time.

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Solaris

New 2K restoration!

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May 28 - Jun 03

(Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union, 1972, 167 min)

Ground control has been receiving mysterious transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is dispatched to investigate, he experiences the same strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his consciousness.

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Disasters of Peace vol. 3

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May 28

Filmmakers Kamila Kuc & Reed O'Beirne in attendance!

It can be said that history oscillates between eras of fixity and power and times of undoing, when things unravel. Today we are in a place where we are as likely to look back as we are to imagine a future. This touring programme draws together artist filmmakers who in varying ways are responding to global conditions of re-imagining, undoing and reformation.

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The Shadow Council

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May 31

The Shadow Council is a people’s legislative body / satirical current events forum hosted by Brett Hamil (of The Seattle Process). Expert Witnesses will present findings on topics both local and national. The Assembly will submit proposed legislation, public comment, questions and complaints.

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The Earth is a Hollow Shell: Films + Videos by Georg Koszulinski

Director in attendance! Co-presented by EXcinema

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May 31

Seattle-based filmmaker, Georg Koszulinski, will present a program of short films and videos produced from 2013-17, including experimental science fiction and personal essay films shot in Cuba and British Columbia.

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Stalker

New 2K restoration! Intro by Charles Mudede on June 4th!

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Jun 01 - Jun 04

(Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union, 1979, 163 min)

One of the most immersive and rarefied experiences in the history of cinema, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker embarks on a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic post-apocalyptic landscape. A hired guide leads a writer and a scientist into the sickly heart of the restricted Zone, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires.

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The Last Shaman

Seattle premiere!

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Jun 07

(Raz Degan, Israel / Italy / US, 2015, 80 min)

The Last Shaman follows a young man who has taken matters into his own hands, seeking alternative treatment for his debilitating depression and suicidal thoughts in the Amazon rainforest.

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Cine-meme

Free event!

Live video mix for Capitol Hill Art Walk!

Jun 08

A live video mashup of the best of internet ephemera and avant-garde cinema.

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Golden Silence: The Score Feels

Live score!
 

Jun 08

Golden Silence: The Score Feels is an ongoing documentary exploration of creative worlds that interweave their paths, crossing in the same reality. The film follows each artist on and off stage giving a magical look into the artistic lives dancing on different wave lengths, frequencies, and vibrations that are celebrating life as experienced by young artists of color in Seattle.

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Violet

Seattle premiere!

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Jun 09 - Jun 11

(Bas Devos, Belgium & the Netherlands, 2014, 85 min)

Violet begins with a striking shot: teenage Jesse helplessly witnesses the random murder of a friend. The film moves from that point not searching for meaning, but rather, plunging into the perspective of the stunned survivor, becoming an immersive study in the human experience of isolation.

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Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back

Seattle premiere!

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Jun 09 - Jun 11

(Maura Axelrod, US, 2016, 90 min)

In Maura Axelrod’s iconoclastic documentary, we meet the art world’s enfant terrible, Maurizio Cattelan, one of the most successful - and controversial - artists of our time. The film documents the trajectory of Maurizio’s career as he provokes his friends and his detractors alike, while in the end, perhaps not even the audience is safe from his trickery.

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The Maury Island Incident

Filmmakers in attendance!
 

Jun 11

(Scott Schaefer, US, 2014, 30 min)

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Summer of the Saucers, filmmakers Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer provide a special presentation, “J. Edgar Hoover’s Flying Discs: Why the Maury Island Incident is the seminal event in modern popular culture relating to UFO’s, conspiracies, and cover-ups,” followed by the screening of their award-winning film, The Maury Island Incident and an audience Q&A.

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The Short Films of Toshio Matsumoto

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Jun 14 - Jun 18

(Toshio Matsumoto, Japan, 1961-75, 128 min)

Following the recent passing of Toshio Matsumoto, Japanese avant-garde and experimental film auteur, we are screening eight of his short films. Psychedelia, deconstruction, and the visualization of subjectivity were central themes of Matsumoto’s films; in his neo-documentary work, these are fused with conventional documentary elements to create a unique hybrid.

We will also be screening Matsumoto's feature-length masterpiece, Funeral Parade of Roses. For info, a trailer, and tickets to Funeral Parade, click here.

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Last Men in Aleppo

Seattle premiere!

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Jun 15 - Jun 22

(Feras Fayyad, Syria, 2017, 104 min)

Winner of the Grand Jury Documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad’s breathtaking work – a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage – follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization comprised of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes and attacks in the hope of saving lives.

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Funeral Parade of Roses

New 4K restoration!

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Jun 15 - Jun 18

(Toshio Matsumoto, Japan, 1969, 107 min)

Toshio Matsumoto’s (3/25/1932 – 4/12/2017) shattering, kaleidoscopic Funeral Parade of Roses is one of the most subversive and intoxicating films of the late 1960s: a headlong dive into a dazzling, unseen Tokyo night-world of drag queen bars and fabulous divas, fueled by booze, drugs, fuzz guitars, performance art and black mascara. In remembrance of Matsumoto, we are screening Funeral Parade of Roses and eight of his short films.

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Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock

Featuring a panel discussion with Seattle-area Indigenous women who traveled to Standing Rock

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Jun 18

(Josh Fox, James Spione & Myron Dewey, US, 2017, 84 min)

Awake tells the dramatic story of the #NODAPL resistance movement, a historic, peaceful, native-led opposition to the construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.

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Moving History Strikes Back: Battling the Magnetic Media Crisis

An archival screening night! Happy hour at 7pm
Emceed by Spencer Sundell of Sprocket Society
 

Jun 22

Moving Image Preservation of the Puget Sound (MIPoPS) returns to present a new installment of Moving History at the Forum, showcasing archival video materials from Seattle-area heritage institutions.

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Icaros: A Vision

Seattle premiere!

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Jun 23 - Jun 25

(Leonor Caraballo & Matteo Norzi, US & Peru, 2016, 91 min)

Looking for a miracle, Angelina lands at a healing center in the Peruvian Amazon where shamans minister to a group of foreign psychonauts seeking transcendence, companionship, and the secrets of life and death.

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I’m Not Fascinating: The Movie!

Icky Boyfriends drummer Anthony Bedard in attendance!

Featuring a program of shorts to shock and delight!

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Jun 23

(Danny Plotnick, US, 1996, 48 min, + 33 min shorts program)

Brace yourselves for one of the most resplendent footnotes of rock anti-history ever to grace the silver screen. Danny Plotnick’s I’m Not Fascinating: The Movie! chronicles the pointless shenanigans of San Francisco rock ‘n’ roll ne’er-do-wells the Icky Boyfriends and their futile quest for rock stardom.

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On the Banks of the Tigris: The Hidden Story of Iraqi Music

Seattle premiere! Director in attendance!

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Jun 24 - Jun 25

(Marsha Emerman, Australia, 2015, 79 min)

When Majid Shokor escaped from Iraq, he discovered that the songs he loved as a child in Baghdad have a hidden history. Saddam’s regime purged Iraqi music of its origins, but Majid, determined to rediscover them, traveled the world to meet exiled Jewish, Muslim and Christian Iraqi musicians who still sing and play these songs.

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YIPS Fest 2017

Jun 25

YIPS stands for Young, Independent, People, Seattle. It is an international festival focused on short films by filmmakers 18 years old or younger, outside of a school program. The festival is completely youth-organized and curated by a highly motivated group of Ballard High School students.

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