April 9 to 15
Returning for a seventh year, the Satellites Film & Video Festival
presents a seven-day showcase that highlights Seattle's dedication to
the art of film and video.
Featuring events produced by 911 Media Arts Center, Aftermath, Arab Film Distribution, Cinema Diaspora, Consolidated Works, Emerald Reels, Jason Gutz,
Jon Behrens, Microcinema's Independent Exposure, Northwest Asian American Film Festival, Northwest Film Forum, The Now Device, and the University of
Washington Film Club.
Once a year, Satellites brings together a diverse cross-section of Northwest film & video organizations to collaborate and feature the best of each organization's distinctive
Friday April 9, 8pm - 1am
Party! (click for full schedule)
All are invited to this opening night party which will feature music and movies celebrating
Seattle's alternative film and video community. Highlights include:
Opening Night Party with cash bar | Rendezvous Jewel Box Theater (21+) | 2320 2nd Ave (in Belltown)
| 206.441.5823 | 8pm to 1am | $6 for admission to Jewel Box Theater, FREE for restaurant and bar
- Microcinema International's Independent Exposure, which began at the Speakeasy
Cafe nine years ago, returns to Seattle to present a special selection
of new work from around the globe celebrating the ninth season of
Independent Exposure (click here for the IE schedule).
- Fight Flicks, a program curated by Wes Kim,
Director of Northwest Asian American Film Festival 2004. Riffs on
martial arts from three Seattle Asian American filmmakers. No crouching
tigers or hidden dragons need apply.
- A short film by Kenny Reed detailing his eerily beautiful impression of Utah's Great
- Films by Ted Grudowski & Blake Panton shot in 3D on the
Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
- Immersive visual projections by the Now Device (former members of spaceboat.tv).
- A musical performance by SOFT (from Kyoto, Japan) whose high-speed, slow-motion aesthetic
will be combined with The Now Device's scratch cinema, abstract narratives of the everyday --
resulting in what Shimizu, SOFT's altruistic guitar player, describes as: "Moments of looking-up
through dry winter air there lies Mt. Fuji...going between this place and that."
| Saturday, April 10, 5pm
The Doug Lane Probe Experiment
See the Super-8 films and videos of Seattle filmmaker, Doug Lane. See aliens, zombies and the effects of
fish worship. Live music, dancers and assorted mayhem included. |
911 Media Arts Center | 117 Yale Ave N. (all ages)|
206.682.6552 | 5pm | $5
Saturday, April 10, 8pm
When the Spirits Dance Mambo
Presented by Cinema Diaspora
and 911 Media Arts Center. This comprehensive documentary provides an understanding of ancient African
practices alive in contemporary Cuban music and dance. The film details various traditions in the
creative life of Cuban society and traces their sacred origins. Featuring interviews with priests and
priestesses, scholars and socialites, traditional and trendy musicians - the work explores the continuing
impact of afro-cuban art on a global scale. Musical groups featured include Grammy winners Yoruba
Anadabo, Estrellas Cubana, Anonimo Consejo, Los Munequitos and more. Also appearing in the film is
Orlando "Puntilla" Rios, the renowned traditional bata drummer. Finally, therešs some incredible
footage from Carnival in Santiago de Cuba that'll leave you dancing in the aisles.| 911 Media Arts Center | 117 Yale Ave N. (all ages)|
206.682.6552 | 8pm | $10 (general) / $7 (members) / $5 (seniors)
Sunday, April 11, 4:30pm
Film Distribution is North America's only film/video company exclusively
dedicated to the cinema of the Middle East and North Africa. Northwest
Film Forum takes you on a ninety minute tour of AFD's incomparable
offerings, showcasing historic and contemporary experimental shorts
on 35mm and various video formats. The program includes rarely-screened
titles from the Sudan, Morocco, Lebanon, Egypt, and others. | Little
Theatre (all ages) | 608 - 19th Ave. E. | 206.329.2629 | 4:30pm |
$5 / $3 (students)
| Monday, April 12, 8pm
2nd Generation: Found Footage Works III
Presented by Wiggly World Studios.
Found Footage Works is a screening of films and videos by moviemakers
who create original compositions by editing and re-contextualizing
existing media. Whether it's in the name of social commentary or just
plain hi jinks, tonight's show will be a rousing redefinition of cinema
and a blurring of the lines between observation and participation.
| The Little Theater (all ages) | 608 - 19th Ave. E. | 206.329.2629
| 8pm | $7.50 / $5 (members)
| Tuesday, April 13, 8:30pm
The Cinema Underground
Seattle filmmaker Jon
Behrens will screen some of his latest films along with others
by R.K. Adams, Rachel Lordkenega, Steven Creson, Jason Gutz and more.
This screening will be held in the intimate confines of the Aftermath
Gallery (all ages) | 928 12th Ave. | 206.709.9797 | 8:30pm | $6
| Wednesday, April 14, 9pm
Emerald Reels Super-8 Lounge (ERS8) at Re-bar
ERS8 explores the combination of experimental, animated and creatively-narrative short films complimented
with soundtracks and ambience mixed live by Kid Hops, dj for KEXP Expansions. Though presented at a music
club, the event is cinema in a nightclub, not nightclub in a cinema.
| Re-bar (21+) | 1114 Howell St. | 9pm | $6
| Thursday, April 15, 8pm
Seattle Student Film Festival
The University of
Washington Film Club presents a selection of short films from
current or recent students from around the Seattle area. Presenting
a diverse selection of documentaries, animation and experimental films,
in addition to narratives of all styles and genres. | Consolidated Works (all ages) | 500 Boren Ave. N (between Republican
and Mercer in South Lake Union area) | 206.381.3218 | 5:30pm and 8pm
| $7 / $5 (students)