Summer's over, and that means it's time again for film festivals to commandeer our city's movie screens. The biggest of the upcoming group is the 2004 Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, ambitiously using screens at the Cinerama, Harvard Exit, and Northwest Film Forum for its weeklong run. Programs can be found all over the city, particularly in Capitol Hill establishments, and those who want more information can call the info line: 323-4274. There are a few programs I want to call a little more attention to because... well, just because.

On Sunday, October 17, the Harvard Exit will host a panel discussion called Getting it Made at noon. Though the focus is primarily on producing and distributing queer films (with a panel that includes visiting filmmakers), the information can no doubt be applied to any film being made outside of the Hollywood mainstream. Right afterward, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cinerama, there will be a screening of Rebel Without a Cause, followed by a moderated discussion with the movie's screenwriter, Stewart Stern, about the gay themes in the movie and in the lives of some of the actors in the movie. The last thing I'm going to mention is Super 8: 9 Worlds on Tuesday night at the Northwest Film Forum. This one's a collection of shorts made on the fabulous format of Super 8 film, with every movie inspired by a different planet in our solar system. Supply your own "Uranus" joke.

Friday the 15th is also the kickoff to the new Consolidated Works film series, Instinct. The series examines how cameras can affect how we react to the world, as seen through a mix of documentaries, faux-documentaries, and docudramas. The first movie out of the gate is Ben Coccio's Zero Day (Fri-Sun Oct. 15-17). Inspired by the Columbine massacre and essentially taking the form of a video diary, it's about an Army of Two in a suburban high school whose answer to video games and our general media overload is to shoot up their classrooms. The soundtrack includes music by Sonic Youth, for those who need that indie cred before going to see a movie.

Supplementing its showing of Goodbye, Dragon Inn, the Grand Illusion is showing Message from Space (1978) by Battle Royale director Kinji Fukasaku, part of its new late-night series of Star Wars rip-offs. Over at the Egyptian, also on Friday and Saturday night, they're showing the brilliant pre-Spider-Man Sam Raimi film Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn. Speaking of Sam Raimi, his baseball movie For Love of the Game was written by Dana Stevens. I mention this because she is going to be in town on Saturday the 16th for a 9:15 a.m. screening of that movie, and then in the afternoon she'll speak about being a screenwriter in Hollywood, hosted by the local organization the Film School.

By the way, on Thursday, October 14, I'm going to be a judge for Iron Composer at the Crocodile, and you're welcome to watch me make a fool of myself onstage.

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