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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 programming.

April 9  10  11  12  13  14  15 

image Bill Witman image by Nick Shiflett image by Derrick King

Friday April 9, 8pm - 1am
Satellites Opening 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:
  • 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 Salt Flats.
  • Films by Ted Grudowski & Blake Panton shot in 3D on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
  • Immersive visual projections by the Now Device (former members of
  • 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."
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
Independent Exposure
image by Kenny Reed

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)
911 Media Arts Center

Sunday, April 11, 4:30pm
Arab Experiments
Seattle-based Arab 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)
Arab Film Distribution

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)
Wiggly World Found Footage

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

Super-8 Lounge

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)

Consolidated Works

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