Best of SIFF Makes Encore; go Outside for Singalong
The Seattle International Film Festival is over or is it? "The Best of SIFF" screens through the weekend at SIFF Cinema, featuring 11 features and two shorts packages.
Among them are several prize-winners: "Black Dynamite" (audience award for best film), "The Cove" (audience award for best documentary), "The Other Bank" (jury prize, New Directors Showcase competition) and "tallhotblond" (jury prize, documentary competition). Tickets are $10 per movie or $60 ($50 for SIFF supporters) for a weekend pass. 321 Mercer St., Seattle; for tickets, see www.siff.net or call 206-324-9996.
Fremont Outdoor Cinema begins this weekend though not in Fremont with a "Mamma Mia!" singalong screening on Saturday night at Magnuson Park, complete with karaoke, a "Dancing Queen" photo booth and more ABBA music than you could possibly imagine. Can you hear the drums, Fernando? The movie begins at dusk; suggested donation is $5. For more information, see www.fremontoutdoormovies.com. For more on outdoor movies, see Page 3.
Seattle Art Museum continues its Gay Pride Month film series with Derek Jarman's 1993 "Wittgenstein," with Karl Johnson, Michael Gough and Tilda Swinton. 7:30 tonight at SAM's Plestcheeff Auditorium, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; $7 at the door (cash only). For more info: www.seattleartmuseum.org or 206-654-3121.
Silent Movie Mondays continues at the Paramount with Cecil B. DeMille's 1929 drama "The Godless Girl," about the harrowing fates suffered by a group of students with atheistic leanings. Dennis James will introduce the film and provide accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at www.theparamount.com, by phone at 877-784-4849, or at the theater: 911 Pine St., Seattle. For more information, see www.theparamount.com.
The Marx Brothers go high culture, sort of, in the 1935 comedy classic "A Night at the Opera," playing this week at the Grand Illusion. (This is the one in which Groucho, appalled by a dinner bill, tells his date, "If I were you, I wouldn't pay it.") 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org.
Northwest Film Forum this week shows two more films in its yearlong tribute to 1969: Eric Rohmer's "My Night at Maud's," and Paul Mazursky's "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice." Both screen through Thursday. Also at NWFF this weekend is the documentary "The English Surgeon," about British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh's efforts to create a brain- surgery clinic in the Ukraine. It runs tonight through Sunday. NWFF events take place at 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; for more information, see www.nwfilmforum.org or call 206-267-5380.
The Cascade Bicycle Club presents two screenings of the bicycle documentary "Veer" on Thursday, with a panel discussion on bike culture between the screenings. 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. (discussion at 8:30) at Columbia City Cinema, 4816 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or through www.brownpapertickets.com.
And midnight movies return to the Egyptian this week with everyone's favorite workplace comedy, "The Office." Midnight tonight and Saturday, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
By Moira Macdonald