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Hamburger Dad Local filmmakers Wil Long and Kevin Clarke will attend and help explain the premise of this world premiere. No, wait, we can do that for you: Like a fast-food take on The Metamorphosis, a guy wakes up one day as, yes, a hamburger. Wacky complications ensue among various Seattle locations, probably entailing things not even Kafka could've envisioned. Plays with two bonus shorts from the same team. (NR) Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 206-523-3935. $5-$7.50. 11 p.m. Fri. April 21-Sat. April 22.
Island Earth Day Film Fest Vashon Island celebrates Earth Day over the weekend with a dozen-odd films screened at three venues. Topics include salmon farming, sustainable development, organic food, and green architecture. See Web site for full schedule and details. The opening night doc is Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. (NR) Courthouse Square, 19001 Vashon Highway S.W., 206-779-9459, http://filmfest.islandearthfair.org. $5. 7:30 p.m. Fri. April 21.
Les Bonnes Femmes Claude Chabrol's 1960 film defies obvious categorization. It's certainly part of the nouvelle vague, briskly sketching the lives of four "liberated" Paris shopgirls with candor and vigor. Yet the imminent sexual revolution also leads them into darker avenues, portending Chabrol's later, better-known works. Men pursue women like prey, who in turn daydream about true love and deliverance from their clockwatching routine. Each of the four principal characters feels like a rough sketch for a longer movie, and their stories aren't very well integrated. Still, Chabrol nicely conveys the seedy, jazzy energy of the neon-lit nightclub circuit (shot in B&W). Meanwhile you're constantly aware he's got something up his sleeve. The film's vérité slice-of-life approach and matter-of-factness make it less forgotten classic than footnote to the French New Wave. Screened on video; admission includes discussion and snack. (NR) Movie Legends, 2319 N. 45th St., 206-632-2092. $5. 1 p.m. Sun. April 23.
Louis Malle Retrospective First it's Zazie in the Metro (1960), in which a 12-year-old girl (Catherine Demongeot) escapes the clutches of her family—including an adulterous mother and Philippe Noiret as a transvestite uncle—to explore Paris on her own. The city and its denizens are marvelous, of course, in this early document of the French New Wave (based on a comic novel by Raymond Queneau). Child actress Demongeot, however, may prove less endearing to some viewers. (NR) Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-654-3121. $58-$65 (series), $7 (individual). 7:30 p.m. Thurs. April 20. Then it's Malle's 1969 documentary Calcutta, a panoramic survey of the chaotic city of eight million. Running the same week is Place de la République (1974), a kind of candid-camera series of street interviews, with Malle himself asking sometimes provocative questions of complete strangers. Fortunately the French love a good argument. (NR) Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 206-523-3935. $5-$7.50. Fri. April 21-Thurs. April 27.
Off Camera Four friends decide to make a movie themselves in this local indie feature. 21 and over. (NR) Jewel Box Theater (Rendezvous), 2320 Second Ave., 206-441-5823. Free. 6 and 7:45 p.m. Sun. April 23.
Panel Discussion Artists Trust's Fidelma McGinn leads an examination of fair use—i.e., when it's okay or not to sample or include a clip of someone else's movie in your own. Among other panelists, she's joined by attorney Robert Cumbow and Arab Film Distribution's Jon Sinno, also the organizer of the invaluable Arab and Iranian Film Festival. 911 Media Arts Center, 402 Ninth Ave. N., 206-682-6552. $10-$15. 4 p.m. Fri. April 21.
Rawstock Some of the comic shorts in this collection are pretty decent; others, well, fall a little short. Bubble & Pick pulls you in with interesting technique and an amusing storyline. It gets a bit too graphic when a man is shot in the knees, and becomes absurd when the shooters start busting a move to an '80s pop song. The final existential moment leaves you unsure of director March De Laurentis' intent. The 3-D animated Welcome to Eden is filled with stale, cheesy jokes and crude effects. The music video Dance Off Royale features a rapper with his legs amputated, getting around the rough city on a skateboard—it's perhaps better suited to MTV2 than MTV. Jake Maymudes' documentary Coastal shows the ironic power of luck; it boasts a simple yet creative manner, cleanly executed, with laughs in all the right parts. In all, the two screenings offer an even balance of amateurism and potential. (NR) KELLIE HWANG Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-267-5380. $10. 8 p.m. Wed. April 19. Jewel Box Theater (Rendezvous), 2320 Second Ave., 206-441-5823 (21 and over). $10. 8 p.m. Thurs. April 20.
Reel Grrls Videos Teens who've just completed a three-month filmmaking class present their work. (NR) Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave. N., 206-381-3218. Under 21 free. $10 adults. 7 p.m. Thurs. April 20.
Refugee A series of three immigration-themed documentaries begins with this account of three Cambodians who venture home from San Francisco, leading to some fraught family reunions and issues of cultural assimilation. (NR) Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E., 206-684-4715. Free. 6 p.m. Thurs. April 20.
The Sandman This feature-length documentary, directed by Chesley Chen, profiles Bay Area artist Jim Denevan, who creates intricate and ephemeral earth sculptures on sandy beaches. Then, rather like Andy Goldsworthy, he lets the ocean wash over his creations, erasing them from his terrestrial canvas. Preceded by a cartoon short by acclaimed local animator and comic-book artist Jim Woodring. (NR) 911 Media Arts Center, 402 Ninth Ave. N., 206-682-6552. $5-$7. 7 p.m. Fri. April 21.
Sunset Movie Night First up: a making-of documentary on Michael Jackson's video for "Thriller," now with extra creep appeal. David Cronenberg's 1975 horror flick Shivers (at 7 p.m.) is said to be an influence on the current Slither. At 9 p.m., Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991) is an insanely violent Hong Kong kung-fu revenge flick featuring the exploding head shot once featured on The Daily Show. Last (10:30 p.m.) is the somewhat less violent Master of the Flying Guillotine (1975). Contests and drinking games are part of the fun. 21 and over. (NR) Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-784-4880. 6 p.m. Mon. April 24.
Showgirls Eleven years have passed and David Schmader is still making fun of Paul Verhoeven's Vegas folly? Isn't it time to move on and deconstruct, say, Starship Troopers? (NR) Triple Door, 216 Union St., 206-838-4333. $15. 7:30 p.m. Wed. April 26.
Touch of Evil This is not a director's cut, although it's as close as we may ever come to one. Orson Welles' restored 1958 baroque border-town murder mystery is a wild masterpiece, a sleazy, grimy, jittery, and ultimately dazzling work of cinematic magic. Charlton Heston plays a straight-arrow Mexican government agent whose planned honeymoon with his American bride (Janet Leigh) is derailed by a sensationalistic murder. Enter a bloated, blustery, grotesque cop (Welles); he and Heston develop an instant antagonism that leads to killing, kidnapping, and a memorable epitaph from Marlene Dietrich. (NR) SEAN AXMAKER Egyptian, 801 E. Pine St., 206-781-5755. $6-$9. Midnight. Fri. April 21-Sat. April 22.
Venezuela Bolivariana: People and Struggle of the Fourth World War Simon Bolivar's vision of revolutionary solidarity is framed by Venezuela's 2002 popular reinstatement of controversial leader Hugo Chávez, now helping keep gas prices high at a pump near you. (NR) Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 206-686-6684. $5. 7 and 9:15 p.m. Wed. April 19.
Who Is Bozo Texino? Director Bill Daniel spent some 16 years trying to answer the titular question of his hour-long doc, shot in black-and-white on both Super-8 and 16mm film. "Bozo Texino" is the pen name of a graffiti artist who's tagged freight trains for some six decades, but Daniel discovers an elastic definition of artistry during his rail-riding and hobo interviews. In other words, Bozo—identified from a Kilroy-style caricature—is less a person than a wandering state of mind, a figure drawn by more than one hand. Daniel crafts a succinct oral history about an itinerant life disappearing due to globalization. Forget friendly and accessible wooden boxcars, one guy grouses, today it's cargo containers—"cooold metal, and hot in the summer, too!" A true hobo isn't a bum, we're told; he always trades work for food, always shares a meal (or drink) with his traveling companions. And the view he enjoys from his moving platform is supreme, illegal, priceless. 21 and over. (NR) Rung Theater, 1136 S. Albro St., 206-726-3554. $5. 9 p.m. Fri. April 21. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-784-4880. $5. 7 p.m. Sat. April 22. Jewel Box Theater (Rendezvous), 2320 Second Ave., 206-441-5823. $5. 8 p.m. Mon. April 24.
Rob Zverina Short Films All 16 episodes of his Seattle Community Access Network TV show are screened. The montage artist works with 30-second scenes taken all around Seattle, as our Laura Cassidy recently described in her profile of Zverina: "A bulldozer rolls languidly, as if playing the romantic lead in an ultramodern dance. Pedestrians become performers, unaware. These scenes are lithe and lovely even when they're gray and empty, but a spliced-together stream of them is immusical. The images are random and discordant, but harmonious." 21 and over. (NR) Jewel Box Theater (Rendezvous), 2320 Second Ave., 206-441-5823. $2. 6 p.m. Wed. April 26.