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Below Sea Level Stories From New Orleans, once innundated by flood, a new tide of art begins to appear. This evening presents a series of short films directly addressing Katrina and its aftermath. Subjects include African Americans preparing their Mardi Gras parade float; the fate of New Orleans' many majestic oak trees; and home movies literally recovered from the flood, the film stock itself now distorted by being submerged, a new layer of memory written on the old. (NR) 911 Media Arts Center, 402 Ninth Ave. N., 206-682-6552. $5-$7. 7:30p.m. Thurs. July 20.
Black Pride Film Events Screenings will include Dani and Alice, about lesbians coping with domestic violence; see Web site for full details. (NR) Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Volunteer Park, 206-625-8900, www.seattleblackpride.org. $10 (two-day pass). 3 p.m. Sat. July 22. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S., 206-684-4710. Noon. Sun. July 23.
Born Into Brothels This Oscar-winning 2004 documentary is one of those films you admire more than you enjoy. Co-director Zana Briski began visiting Calcutta's red-light district as a photojournalist in 1995, then launched an initiative to make photographers out of the unloved urchins by giving them cameras of their own. Her degree of access and trust is fairly remarkable. The effect is like watching a CARE card come to life: Yes, there's unspeakable misery and suffering in the world, but Westerners aren't the ones patronizing these whorehouses.We're not implicated, despite Briski's best efforts and intentions. (R) Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Pl. N., 206-632-6021. Free. 7 p.m. Fri. July 21.
Breakfast at Tiffany's SAM's Audrey Hepburn tribute continues with her starring as Holly Golightly in Blake Edwards' 1961 spin on the Truman Capote novel. And, boy, does she star in it. George Peppard barely registers more than the wallpaper as the kept man/aspiring writer—actually gay in the novel—who hopes to win Holly Golightly's hand. Mickey Rooney stoops to racist caricature as her Japanese neighbor upstairs, but at least Patricia Neal keeps dignity intact as Peppard's lusty employer. An Oscar went to the Henry Mancini-Johnny Mercer standard-to-be, "Moon River," famously written to suit Hepburn's one-octave singing voice. (PG) Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-654-3121. $35-$39 (series), $6-$8 (individual). 7:30 p.m. Thurs. July 20.
Filmmakers Saloon Quitting is the subject of this open roundtable discussion, which addresses the perennial question facing anyone trying to forge a movie career here in Seattle: Do I have to leave town to make it in film? Leading the discussion will be Dom Zook of GadZook Films and Andrew McAllister, whose second local feature, Urban Scarecrow, recently debuted at SIFF. So maybe there's hope after all. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-267-5380. $3-$5. 7 p.m. Wed. July 26.
Kaleidoscope Eyes: Songs for Busby Berkeley Seattle composer Chris Jeffries (Vera Wilde, The Fatty Arbuckle Spookhouse Review) sets 16 old movie choreography sequences to new music in this 75-minute program. Let's hope he has copyright clearances for his source materials (which include Gold Diggers of 1933 and Jumbo). His score is augmented by a chorus of six area vocalists. The show is directed by Ed Hawkins, with Jeffries a fellow alumnus of Annex Theatre. The program also repeats next week. (NR) Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-267-5380. $12-$15. 8 p.m. Thurs. July 20-Sun. July 23.
Kaosu (Chaos) A well-tumbled jade of thriller triple-crosses and noirish iconography, Hideo Nakata's 1999 Chaos lacks the subterranean frisson of his Ring cycle but maintains their concision and fearsome ellipticality. Screened on video, Chaos begins with a simple kidnapping—an executive's lithe, ravishing wife disappears from a restaurant's front curb after lunch, and almost immediately she's hog-tied somewhere, the threatening kidnapper making a confident ransom call to the all-business hubby. Doubling back, however, we see that the wife faked the abduction. Naturally, the worm turns again and again in this demi-Hitchcockian death trap, and Nakata knows how to shoot scenes of breath-holding paranoia: from a distance, simply, in real time. However surefooted and wicked, Nakata's film may seem a trifle routine; contemporary thrillers have become so much more baroque than any real-life felony that they tend to resemble one another. (NR) MICHAEL ATKINSON Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 206-686-6684. $5. 7 p.m. Thurs. July 20-Sun.July 23.
Maurice Hugh Grant and James Wilby play two mixed-up Cambridge students who fall in love during the last days before WWI in this 1987 Merchant-Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel. Class differences, platonic ideals of love, and the cruel (cruel!) strictures of Edwardian society keep the men apart. For a while. But this is famously Forster's secret "happy ending" novel, only published after his death, a kind of wish-fulfillment project for the shyly closeted writer. As such, its modest aims and satisfying conclusion are well-suited to Merchant-Ivory's tact. And the supporting cast (Rupert Graves, Ben Kingsley, Simon Callow, Denholm Elliott, etc.) certainly doesn't hurt. Screened on video. (R) Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 206-686-6684. $5. 9:30 p.m. Wed. July 19-Sun. July 23.
Outdoor Movies at Linda's Wacky old educational films may raise dim memories from elementary school. 21 and over. (NR) Linda's Tavern, 707 E. Pine St., 206-325-1220. Free. Dusk. Wed. July 19. Expect more old shorts, oddities, and TV commercials for products you certainly can't find any more at Wal-Mart. Dusk. Wed. July 26.
Plan 9 From Outer Space If you must. Ed Wood's epochally terrible 1959 sci-fi picture is amusing once, then best remembered as the basis for Tim Burton's Ed Wood (coincidentally being screened at the Egyptian next week, and much more worth your ticket price). The cheapo effects and incomprehensible story might've been hilarious to stoners in the '70s, but the children of that bong-addled boomer demographic are now making infinitely better, funnier stuff for YouTube.com—and for even less money than Wood spent the first time around, even adjusting for inflation. Screened with the MST3K parody Lost Plans 1-8, which makes essentially the same point. (NR) Egyptian, 801 E. Pine St., 206-781-5755. $6-$9. Midnight. Fri. July 21-Sat. July 22.
Reel Grrls Young female filmmakers, age 13-19, present 14 short works on video in which the "girls explore issues of identity and empowerment." Discussion follows. (NR) Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 206-686-6684. $5. 7 p.m. Wed. July 19.
Seven Wonders of Luc Moullet SEE PREVIEW, PAGE 75. (NR)
Shaun of the Dead Co-screenwriters Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's 2004 "rom-zom-com" shows laudable imagination and irreverence. Shaun (Pegg) is an utter dullard, an interim electronics store manager who frequents the same London dive bar every night, retains boorish college crony Ed as a flatmate, and can't be bothered to disengage from PS2 long enough to accommodate easily aggravated girlfriend Liz. When a (never-explained) zombie plague commences right outside Shaun and Ed's door, they're hilariously oblivious. However, Wright and Pegg do share Kevin Smith's weakness for extracting lame life lessons out of inspired lunacy. (R) ANDREW BONAZELLI Fremont Outdoor Movies, N. 35th St. and Phinney Ave. N., 206-781-4230. $5. 7:30 p.m. (doors open); show at dusk. Sat. July 22.
Stooges-A-Poppin'!! The GI begins a four-week retrospective of the slapstick antics of the famously abusive, eye-poking, face-slapping comedians of rage and infantile regression. Short works including Three Little Beers, Horses' Collars, and Disorder in the Court are taken from their 1935-47 prime, and mostly star original Stooges Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard. Somewhere a Ph.D. dissertation is being written on the Stooges' comic lineage to Adam Sandler, but that shouldn't make this program any less enjoyable. (NR) Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 206-523-3935. $7.50-$5. 11 p.m. Fri. July 21-Sat. July 22. Then note free admission for shows at 12:30 p.m. Sat. July 22-Sun. July 23.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Nick Park's claymation-animated heroes, cheese-addicted inventor Wallace (voiced by Peter Sallis, to the mild manner born) and his mute genius dog, must contend with rabbits. Many hungry rabbits, threatening the North England vegetable-growing community led by Lady Tottington (Helena Bonham Carter). Screened outdoors, the 2005 Curse has a far better story than Park's Chicken Run, with superior pacing, the thrill of the chase, and the existential joys of a werewolf identity crisis. The ever-silent Gromit remains incorruptible, and Wallace lovably clueless. They may have hit the big time, but they haven't gone Hollywood. (G) TIM APPELO 4000 California Ave. S.W. (West Seattle), 425-445-5672. Free. Dusk. Sat. July 22.