SIFF: Short Films

In the past, SIFF relegated its short-film packages to off nights at the uncomfortable Broadway Performance Hall. Now they’re center stage for three days (through Sun., June 1) at the comparatively lush SIFF Cinema. The weekend begins with “The Look of Love,” a block of titles about you-know-what. After that, I’ve got some favorites: Bailey-Boushay House: A Living History, part of the Saturday “Gay Lives” program, documents the heroic men and women involved in creating the world’s first 24-hour AIDS hospice right here in Seattle. Send your donations now. The Ice Plant (in Sunday’s “Once Upon a Time . . . ” group) is a charming Scottish romantic comedy that shows what happens when an icy ice-cube factory worker falls in love. (And the puns don’t stop there.) Don’t miss the entire “Rare Gems From Pilot Animation Studios” series on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. This retrospective from Russia’s preeminent animation house is full of visually stunning rarities that you may never see again. Selections include a music video for Moscow band Time Machine, a cute story about worms falling in love, and an abstract piece inspired by Dave Brubeck’s immortal “Take Five.” See for full schedule and details. SIFF Cinema, 321 Mercer St. (McCaw Hall), 324-9996. $9–$11. 4:30 p.m. FRANK PAIVA

May 30-June 3, 2008

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