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American Blackout This passionate polemic from the Guerilla News Network follows Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-Georgia) as she campaigns to bring attention to the disenfranchisement of black voters in the 2000 and 2004 elections. The African-American congresswoman provides excellent evidence for several claims: Y2K's infamous "felon" rolls, which prevented 90,000 blacks and Latinos from voting, were 97 percent incorrect; machines were removed from predominately black districts in Ohio in 2004. McKinney has an endearing compulsion to speak truth to power, and her questions about these issues and 9/11 have gotten her into trouble. Republicans and mainstream media have branded her a conspiracy theorist, and Republican strategists have twice used "crossover" (i.e., Republicans voting in Democratic primaries) to manipulate her out of office. But her spirit shines. The film doesn't quite refute all of the claims against McKinney; her 2002 primary opponent claims that the congresswoman received a spike in campaign contributions from Arabic supporters on September 11, which the record appears to prove. But McKinney's basic truths remain convincing. (NR) MELISSA LEVINE Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N., www.meaningfulmovies.org. Free. 7 p.m. Fri. Jan. 26.
Asphalt STG's series of German Expressionist Silents continues with Joe May's 1929 story of doomed love, in which a young jewel thief attempts to seduce the policeman who apprehends her. The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 682-1414. $12. 7 p.m. Mon. Jan. 29.
A Time for Fun Part of a floating comedy fest, The Week of Fun, local Seattle comedians entertain and show short films in different venues around town. Tonight features Black Daisy, David Cope and Films, Paul Merrill, Scott Moran, and Emmett Montgomery. Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 328-3230. $5. 9 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27.
Buyer Be Fair—The Promise of Product Certification This documentary on the global impact of consumer purchases and the phenomenon of Affluenza is preceded by a short documentary on Lieutenant Ehren Watada, a conscientious objector to the current Iraq war. Bethany UCC Church, 6230 Beacon Ave. S., 723-4891. 7 p.m. Fri. Jan. 26.
Chix Flix Women in Film Seattle screens shorts by members, including Virginia Bogert's Fly Film The Delivery, Ksenia Oustiougova's Golden Leaf, Alesia Glidewell's Future Syn, and over six more. Rendezvous Jewel Box Theatre, 2322 2nd Ave., 441-5823. $3-$5. 8 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 25.
Cinema K: Children's Film Fest 70 films from 23 countries are represented in the festival's second year, which begins with a pancake breakfast at 9:30 a.m. on Sat. Jan. 27, followed by a selection of international, animated shorts including Legends, Fables, and Dreams, The Faery Wind, and War and Peas. Highlights in the following days include the German action-adventure The Treasure of the Lost Falcons; The Zhang Empress, a documentary following four Swedish teenagers as they return to their former orphanage in China; a retrospective from American animator Michael Sporn; a sneak-preview of Disney's The Little Match Girl and a talk from former Disney animator Jazno Fancouer; selections from Seattleites including Stefan Gruber and Britta Johnson, and more. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-267-5380. $6 See www.nwfilmforum.org for complete schedule. Sat. Jan. 27-Sun. Feb. 4.
Deathstalker This Conan the Barbarian rip-off from 1983 follows the title character on his mission to save a princess and kick ass in a warrior tournament. Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 523-3935. $2.50-$5. 11 p.m. Fri. Jan. 26-Sat. Jan. 27.
Hard Candy Not the 2005 twist on online predators, this Hard Candy deals with sexuality in quite a different way: 3-D. "The Lollipop Girls" star—along with John Holmes—in this 1976 erotic comedy. Glasses included. Egyptian, 801 E. Pine St., 206-781-5755. $6-$9.25. Midnight. Fri. Jan. 26-Sat. Jan. 27.
The Lady Vanishes Hitchcock's 1938 comic-thriller romp is a spy movie in outline, but mainly an excuse for the director to have fun with trains, eccentric Brits lost on the Continent, mismatched lovers (Michael Redgrave and Margaret Lockwood), and treating vital espionage information like a badminton shuttlecock. Lady is Hitchcock's last English film before he went to Hollywood; in spirit, it's probably closest to North by Northwest. Says Lockwood to Redgrave, "You're the most contemptible person I've ever met in all my life!" He responds, "Confidentially, I think you're a bit of a stinker, too." In other words, they were made for each other. (NR) BRIAN MILLER Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 328-3230. $5. 9:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 24-Sun. Jan. 28.
The Little Death Every last Thursday, STIFF (Seattle's True Independent Film Festival) Nights unveils a new production at Central Cinema. This month, Morgan Nichols' homage to Hitchcock spins "a carefully drawn web of manipulation, mistaken identity, madness, and murder." Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 328-3230. $5. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 25.
Mizoguchi retrospective SEE THE WIRE, PAGE 31.
Northwest Asian American Film Festival SEE THE WIRE, PAGE 30.
Obsession Compulsive ShoCLECTIC presents Northwest short films, featuring the first public screening of Britt Lind's Obsession. Eclectic Theater Company at the Odd Duck Studio, 1214 10th Ave., 375-8945. $5-$8. 8 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27.
Quiet Films: Walid Raad SEE THE WIRE, PAGE 29.
SIFF Screenwriters' Salon An evening of discussion, industry critique, and live script readings centered on the theme Fly Films Take Flight. 911 Media Arts Center, 402 9th Ave. N., 682-6552. www.911media.org. $2-$5. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 24.
Sunset Blvd. SAM's salute to Billy Wilder continues in Montlake. The director, a German immigrant, arrived here speaking hardly a word of English; today he's considered one of the greats of post-war American cinema. His 1950 classic shows just how well he adjusted to the vernacular of his adopted country, boasting more great lines than an average year-ful of movies. Co-written with Charles Brackett, the film is a black, venomously funny take on Hollywood—its dreams, delusions, and deceits—and probably the best movie ever made about that industry town. In it, jaded screenwriter William Holden becomes the gigolo to former silent era star Gloria Swanson, who embodies Hollywood's faded glory. (NR) BRIAN MILLER Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E, 654-3121, www.seattleartmuseum.org. $58-65 (series), Call for individual price. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 25.
The 39 Steps Hitchcock's impeccable 1935 thriller stars Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll, who at first can't stand each other, but then are handcuffed together while trying to elude and defeat a gang of spies. It's the film that put Hitchcock on the map as a director, and it contains most of his signature elements: a man (Donat) wrongly accused of a crime; the mismatched lovers on the run; the "MacGuffin" device that misdirects our attention (and the protagonists'); and a bravura sense of visual storytelling. (NR) BRIAN MILLER Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 328-3230. $5. 7 p.m. Wed. Jan. 24-Sun. Jan. 28.