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SEEDArts Cinema

The newest SEEDArts program grew from a community-led initiative to bring the cinema arts to Southeast Seattle. SEEDArts Cinema presents an ongoing film series at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center that features independent films, festival favorites, documentaries, foreign films and specialty titles. We also partner with other film organizations to present mini-festivals.
In the summer, we present Cinema under the Stars, two outdoor free family movies in Columbia Park the third Saturday of July and August.

Made in Seattle: Homegrown Documentaries
The two-day series, April 4 & 5, is comprised of three dynamic, award-winning, locally made documentaries. Each film will be followed by a community conversation with the filmmakers and moderated by Rustin Thompson, The Restless Critic. Admission to the Cinema Series is $5 per film. All films screened at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center.

Finding Hillywood, Friday, April 4th, 7pm
Set amongst the hills of Rwanda, Finding Hillywood chronicles one man’s road to forgiveness, his effort to heal his country, and the realization that we all must one day face our past. A unique and endearing phenomenon film about the very beginning of Rwanda’s film industry and the pioneers who bring local films to rural communities. A real life example of the power of film to heal a man and a nation.

Barzan, Saturday, April 5th, 5pm
Directored by Alex Stonehill & Bradley Hutchinson, Barzan is an intimate portrait of a suburban family ripped apart by a terrorism accusation. Shot both in Iraq and Seattle, this investigative documentary examines terrorism, immigration, and the sacrifices we make to protect the American dream.

Beyond Naked, Saturday, April 5th, 7pm
The “Best Documentary” of the Seattle True Independent Film Festival (2013), Beyond Naked shows what happens when four first-timers accept a challenge to ride naked in Seattle’s legendary Solstice Parade. This feature-length documentary explores our deep-rooted fear and awkward fascination with nakedness through the lens of one of Seattle’s most popular traditions.

New: Monthly Movies
SEEDArts Cinema will present monthly movies that are selected to entertain as well as enlighten and educate our audiences. Community conversations will follow each film. Titles to be announced. This year’s films will be screened on Saturdays at 7 pm on May 17, September 20, October 18, and November 15.

Cinema Under the Stars
Free family movies projected on a large inflatable screen in Columbia Park (between the Rainier Valley Cultural Center and the Columbia Branch Library). Bring your blankets, low back lawn chairs and picnic food. Popcorn and other concessions will be available for sale. The films will start just after dusk. July 19 & August 16, 2014.

Contact Kathy Fowells, SEEDArts Cinema Manager
206-760-4285 |



SEEDArts Cinema Advisory Board

Jerri Plumridge
Kathy Fowells
Philip Tavel
Rustin Thompson
Dani Weiss

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