June 21–27 at Northwest Film Forum
Festivals & Series

JUNE 14–20

Best of SIFF

Encore screenings of favorites from SIFF 2013. Lineup will be announced during the last week of the festival. SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, 324-9996, siff.net

JUNE 14, 21

Gay Pride Month Salutes Anthony Perkins

In honor of gay pride, the Seattle Art Museum presents two films starring Hollywood legend and closeted homosexual Anthony Perkins. June 14 brings 1968's Pretty Poison, the amazingly creepy thriller costarring Tuesday Weld, and June 21 brings Play It as It Lays, the 1972 drama written by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, also costarring Tuesday Weld. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave, 654-3121, seattleartmuseum.org

JUNE 21–27

N-E-X D-O-C-S

The Film Forum's weeklong festival of genre-splicing, boundary-bending documentaries. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

JULY 12–14

Czech That Film Festival

A weekend of new cinema from Czechoslovakia, from rom-coms to punk-rock musicals. SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, 324-9996, siff.net

JULY 19–24

ByDesign 13

A weeklong fest/conference exploring the intersection of design and the moving image, from motion graphics and multidisciplinary art to music videos. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

JULY 19–AUG 16

Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema

The great Capitol Hill summer tradition continues in Cal Anderson Park, with John Waters's tremendous original-recipe Hairspray (July 19), the Star Trek–spoofing Galaxy Quest (Aug 2), 1966's proto-camp Batman: The Movie (Aug 9), and the Schwarzenegger classic Conan the Destroyer (Aug 16). Screenings begin at sunset. Free! Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Cal Anderson Park, threedollarbillcinema.org

JULY 26–31

The Films of Trent Harris

A four-film retrospective of the work of cult filmmaker Trent Harris, including the legendary Beaver Trilogy. Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, 523-3935, grandillusioncinema.org

AUG 1–22

Hot Summer Nights

A film series devoted to and in celebration of hot summer nights, including such cinematic sizzlers as the original Footloose, the comedy classic Some Like It Hot, and David Lynch's Cannes-winning, blood-soaked fairy tale Wild at Heart. Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave, 686-6684, central-cinema.com

AUG 2–9

Shintoho Schlock: Girls, Guns & Ghosts

A week of films from Shintoho Studio, which distinguished itself during the 1950s golden age of Japanese cinema by pumping out B-grade schlock (women behind bars! Vampires on the prowl! Ghost cats!) that's proven both durable and influential. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

Support The Stranger

AUG 10, 17, 24

Seattle Asian American Film Festival's Outdoor Movie Series

Three Saturdays in August, three crowd-pleasing, family-friendly films in Hing Hay Park, including Shaolin Soccer (Aug 10), Mulan (Aug 17), and Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings (Aug 24). Premovie fun starts at 6:30 pm, movies start at sunset. Free! Hing Hay Park, 423 Maynard Ave S, seattleaaff.org

AUG 23–29

Masters of Slapstick Restored

Fresh digital restorations of comedy classics, including films by Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and the Marx Brothers. SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, 324-9996, siff.net

SEPT 6–12

Fritz Lang Silents Restored

Digital restorations of Lang classics, including M, Metropolis, and the nearly five-hour Nordic legend Die Nibelungen. SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, 324-9996, siff.net

Events

JUNE 15–24

National Theater Live: This House

The National Theater of London presents James Graham's play about the inner workings of Parliament. SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, 324-9996, siff.net

JUNE 16

Short Films, Big Ideas: The Science of Science Fiction

A collection of favorites from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival, introduced and explicated by real scientists! SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, 324-9996, siff.net

JUNE 21–27

Portrait of Jason

A new 35 mm print of Shirley Clarke's legendary documentary of 1967, capturing a big-dreaming, endlessly chattering African American gay man. The Village Voice notes it "says more about race, class, and sexuality than just about any movie before or since." Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

JUNE 22–23

Deconstructing the Beatles

Hosted by composer, producer, and Beatles expert Scott Freiman, this interactive presentation is part history lesson, part music-theory lecture, and loaded with tons of rare audio and video from the eternally deconstructible band. SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, 324-9996, siff.net

JUNE 26

Paris Is Burning

Jennie Livingston's enthralling and heartbreaking portrait of drag ball culture in late-'80s New York is one of the best documentaries ever made, and the opportunity to see it on the big screen should not be wasted. Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave, 686-6684, central-cinema.com

JUNE 28–JULY 4

National Theater Live: The Audience

After earning an Oscar for the chore in 2006, Helen Mirren again impersonates Queen Elizabeth II, this time in the National Theater production of The Audience, a play by Peter Morgan (writer of The Queen), directed by Stephen Daldry. SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, 324-9996, siff.net

JULY 6

Nicolas Cage Match

SIFF invites you to "Nic 'til you're sick" with 12 straight hours of Nicolas Cage films, including Raising Arizona, Con Air, Adaptation, Vampire's Kiss, The Wicker Man, and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Hosted by The Stranger's Paul Constant! SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, 324-9996, siff.net

JULY 26–28

The Hitchcock 9

The silent films of Alfred Hitchcock in new digital restorations, with live musical accompaniment by local musicians. SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, 324-9996, siff.net

JULY 31

A Night of Genius

An evening devoted to the work of the 2013 finalists for the Stranger Genius Award in film (see page 14): Ben Kasulke, Scott Blake, and Zach Weintraub, who'll screen their work and have an onstage conversation wih film editor David Schmader. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave, strangertickets.com, 5:30–8 pm, $10, 21+

AUG 9–15

André Gregory Double Feature

André Gregory: Before and After Dinner, the acclaimed new documentary about the groundbreaking theater-maker, screened in tandem with My Dinner with André, the beloved Louis Malle film that made him an art house cinema name. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

AUG 15

Anaconda

Science on Screen presents the 1997 action/adventure/horror film hosted by reptile expert William P. Leonard, who'll address the real-world likelihood of a giant killer snake chasing Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube through the Amazon jungle. SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, 324-9996, siff.net

AUG 19–22

Sign Painters

A documentary on the great, near-lost practice of sign making. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

Openings

JUNE 7

One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das

A documentary telling the story of how a would-be rock singer became a world-renowned spiritual teacher (and Grammy-nominated chant master!). Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

Herman's House

"What kind of house does a man who has been imprisoned in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?" This is the question that artist Jackie Sumell asked of Herman Wallace, a Louisiana prisoner who's spent years in solitary confinement. Armed with Wallace's answers, Sumell set out to build his dream home. This documentary charts the duo's friendship and collaboration. Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, 523-3935, grandillusioncinema.org

The Kings of Summer

Jordan Vogt-Roberts's much-buzzed-about comedy about three teenage friends who spend a summer living in the woods. Harvard Exit, 807 E Roy St, 781-5755, landmarktheatres.com; Lincoln Square, 700 Bellevue Way NE, 425-450-9100, cinemark.com

JUNE 12

Pandora's Promise

Robert Stone's feature-length documentary about the history and future of nuclear power. Wide release

JUNE 14

Before Midnight

Richard Linklater's rapturously received sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset captures the Parisian parenthood of the no-longer-young lovebirds played by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Egyptian, 805 E Pine St, 781-5755, landmarktheatres.com

Sightseers

This darkly comic British thriller follows a thirtysomething couple whose sightseeing vacation turns into something much more sinister. Varsity, 4329 University Way NE, 781-5755, landmarktheatres.com

The Bling Ring

Sofia Coppola's ripped-from-the-headlines thriller about five well-to-do LA teens who steal from celebrities. Wide release

Hey Bartender

Douglas Tirola's two-pronged documentary charts the rebirth of the bartender and the comeback of the cocktail, and features interviews with the world's most renowned bartenders. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

Pieta

Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, Pieta is Korean director Kim Ki-Duk's haunting tale of a loan shark beset by mysteriously troubles from his past. Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, 523-3935, grandillusioncinema.org

JUNE 21

SOMM

A documentary following four sommeliers as they attempt to pass the hard-as-shit Master Sommelier exam. SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center, 324-9996, siff.net

Much Ado About Nothing

After showing at the opening-night gala for SIFF 2013, Joss Whedon's affable adaptation of Shakespeare's rom-com returns for a proper cinematic run. Harvard Exit, 807 E Roy St, 781-5755, landmarktheatres.com

Fill the Void

Set in the Haredi Jewish community in Tel Aviv, this Israeli drama follows a young woman facing pressure to marry her dead sister's husband. Seven Gables, 911 NE 50th St, 781-5755, landmarktheatres.com

Wish You Were Here

Kieran Darcy-Smith's thriller concerns a quartet of American friends who travel to Cambodia, where one of them promptly disappears without a trace. Varsity, 4329 University Way NE, 781-5755, landmarktheatres.com

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Terence Nance's debut feature (executive-produced by Jay-Z, Dream Hampton, and Wyatt Cenac) blends live action and animation in documenting the relationship between the filmmaker and a young woman. Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, 523-3935, grandillusioncinema.org

JUNE 28

The Heat

Written by the great Paul Feig, The Heat stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as Boston cops. Wide release

The Painting

An acclaimed animated film about an unfinished painting that comes to life. Varsity, 4329 University Way NE, 781-5755, landmarktheatres.com

How to Make Money Selling Drugs

A documentary about the business of drugs, featuring interviews with dealers, prison employees, and lobbyists arguing for tougher drug laws. (Also featuring Woody Harrelson, Susan Sarandon, and Eminem!) Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, 829-7863, nwfilmforum.org

JULY 3

The Lone Ranger

Armie Hammer pretends to be the Lone Ranger, Johnny Depp pretends to be Tonto, and Gore Verbinski pretends to be the director. Wide release

JULY 19

I'm So Excited

The latest by the great Pedro Almodóvar is a comedy set almost entirely on an airplane. Wide release

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

One of music's greatest injustices is that '70s Memphis power-pop band Big Star didn't achieve Beatles-size success. Consolation: Godhead songwriter Alex Chilton and company attained widespread critical adulation and went on to influence scores of important bands. Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me portrays their heartbreaking story and timeless, gorgeous music with the reverence it deserves. Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, 523-3935, grandillusioncinema.org

The Spectacular Now

James Ponsoldt's allegedly miraculous coming-of-age drama about a whirlwind romance. Wide release

AUG 16

The To Do List

Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza stars as a high-school graduate who aims to rack up sexual experiences before starting college. Wide release

Blue Jasmine

The latest from Woody Allen concerns a fashionable New York housewife in crisis and stars Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Louis C.K., and Andrew Dice Clay. Wide release

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