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Friday, February 8, 2013 - Page updated at 02:30 p.m.

At a Theater Near You
Oscar-nominated short documentaries unspool

By Moira Macdonald
Seattle Times movie critic

Here’s something for you Oscar completists: All five nominees in the Academy Awards category for short documentaries will screen this week at the SIFF Film Center (Seattle Center campus), complete with filmed introductions and interviews with previous short-film winners. The films will screen in two packages: Part I includes “Kings Point,” “Mondays at Racine” and “Inocente”; Part 2 contains “Redemption” and “Open Heart.” Also from SIFF this week: a Valentine’s Day screening of the classic 1971 black comedy “Harold and Maude,” at the Uptown (511 Queen Anne Ave. N.). For more information on any SIFF event: or 206-324-9996.

The 16th annual Everett Film Festival (formerly the Everett Women’s Film Festival) takes place Friday and Saturday, focusing on films by and about women. The lineup includes the documentaries “Somewhere Between,” about Chinese-American adoption, “The Legend of Pancho Barnes,” about Hollywood’s first female stunt pilot, and “Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls,” about a unique New Zealand singing/comedy duo. Lynn Shelton’s comedy “Your Sister’s Sister” closes the festival Saturday afternoon. All screenings take place at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett; for more information or to buy festival passes, see or call 425-257-8600.

The series celebrating “The Great Cinematic Clown Pierre Étaix” continues at Northwest Film Forum this week, with “As Long As You’re Healthy” screening Wednesday and “The Suitor” on Thursday, both in new 35mm prints. NWFF, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380 or

Alone Up There,” Sean Patrick Shaul’s documentary about the art of stand-up comedy, will have two screenings at the Grand Illusion at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Also at the Grand Illusion this week: the documentary “Supersilent 7,” about the Norwegian musical group (screening Tuesday and Wednesday at 9 p.m.), and a Valentine’s Day collection of raunchy VHS footage called “VHSEX” (adults only; Thursday at 9 p.m.). Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or

The Japanese Culture & Community Center of Washington has launched Matinee Eiga Sunday, a new Sunday-afternoon series of Japanese and Japanese-American movies, with February’s lineup including “Sayonara” (this week), “Dolls” (Feb. 17) and “Kikujiro” (Feb. 24). All take place at 2 p.m. at JCCCW, 1414 S. Weller St., Seattle; admission is free, but a donation of $3 (JCCCW members) or $5 (nonmembers) will be appreciated. Japanese-language films will be subtitled in English. For more information: or 206-568-7114.

And finally: This weekend’s midnight movie at the Egyptian is “Moulin Rouge,” Baz Luhrmann’s wildly colorful love-it-or-hate-it musical set in a raucous 1900 Paris nightclub and starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. Friday and Saturday only, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or

Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or

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