Opening Night Gala: Alan Cumming & Jennifer Jason Leigh's Anniversary Party
Thurs May 24 at 7:30 pm
5th Avenue Theatre
U.S. Premiere
See capsules.

Closing Night Gala: Alan Rudolph's Investigating Sex
Sun June 17 at 6:30 pm
Pacific Place Cinema
World Premiere
See capsules.

Tribut to Jean-Jacques Beineix
Free screenings of French director's films at the Harvard Exit:
(1992), Fri May 25, 5 pm
Rosalyne and the Lions
(1989), Fri June 1, 5 pm
Betty Blue--Director's Cut
(1986), Fri June 8, 4 pm
(1981), Fri June 15, 5 pm

On Location: Shooting in Seattle
This series features films and videos set and shot in and around Seattle. Includes a live script read-through and a panel discussion entitled "From the Trenches." Programmers include: Darryl Macdonald, director and founder of Cinema Seattle; Deborah Girdwood, co-founder of Northwest Film Forum; Janice Findley, Seattle Art Museum film programmer; Joel S. Bachar, founder of Microcinema, Inc./Blackchair Productions; and Fidelma McGinn, executive director of 911 Media Arts Center.

Drive-in Party
Valley Drive-In, Auburn
Fri June 1 at dusk (approximately 9:10 pm)

A kitsch double feature of the '50s sci-fi satire Top of the Food Chain, and the sci-fi musical Western The American Astronaut.

Emerging Masters
Spotlight on four obscure international directors you oughta know about. Past Emerging Masters have included Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and Erick Zonca (The Dreamlife of Angels). This year: Italy's Ricky Tognazzi (Canone Inverso-Making Love, Strangled Lives--Vite Strozzate), Japan's Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Séance), Argentina's Marcelo Piñeyro (Burnt Money, Wild Horses), and Poland's Jerzy Stuhr (The Big Animal, A Week in the Life of a Man).

Fly Filmmaking
Three filmmakers are given one week to scout, cast, shoot, and edit a short film. This year's participants are Guin Turner (actor, writer, and director of Go Fish), Billy Wirth (actor, writer, and director of MacArthur Park), and Dan Mirvish (producer, founder of the Slamdance Film Festival, and director of Omaha). A panel discussion with the filmmakers follows the screening.
Sat June 16, Moore Theatre, 5:30 pm

Secret Festival
Four top-secret films you're not allowed to talk to anyone about, ever. And guess what--if you didn't buy a pass already, you're not allowed to go, 'cause they're sold out. Sorry.

Filmmaker's Forum: 2001 Film Odyssey
A series of symposia on various topics that concern cineaste and cinephile alike. Passes for the entire series cost $125. Individual tickets are $10. Included are the questions asked by each forum, and a brief answer, in case you can't make it:

(All held at the Broadway Performance Hall)

• Is Digital the Death of Cinema? (A: No, don't be silly.) Sat May 26, 10-11:30 am.

• What Is the Black Experience on Film? (A: Victimization/veneration.) Sat June 2, 10-11:30 am.

• What's a Documentary For? (A: To make you feel smarter.) Sat June 9, 10-11:30 am.

• Dragons on our Doorstep: What's Shaking in Asian Cinema? (A: Guns, mainly, but some other stuff too, like Thailand!) Sat June 9, 1-2:30 pm.

• The Tarantino Tutorial: Quentin Tarantino Celebrates Unsung American Master William Witney (Wed-Sat June 13-16 at the Egyptian Theater).

Far-from-obscure, genre-hopping American director Quentin Tarantino curates and introduces four programs of films by obscure, genre-hopping American director William Witney. The Saturday double feature is followed by an onstage discussion: Tarantino discusses William Witney's career and style in a conversation with venerable local film critic (and Stranger contributor) Richard T. Jameson.

PART I Wed June 13 at 4 pm: Stranger at My Door and Eyes of Texas

PART II Thurs June 14 at 4 pm: The Outcast and The Golden Stallion

PART III Fri June 15 at 4 pm: The Bonnie Parker Story and Paratroop Command

PART IV Sat June 16 from 10 am-2:45 pm: Juvenile Jungle and Santa Fe Passage, followed by discussion with Tarantino and Jameson.

• What's a Film Critic For? (A: Search me.) Fri June 15, 10-11:30 am.

• Whatever Happened to Talking Pictures? (A: Uh... My Dinner with Andre is on DVD now....) Fri June 15, 1-2:30 pm.