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.
Homegrown Documentaries Series (March 27th/28th)
This March, at the third annual SEED Arts Cinema Series, “Homegrown Documentaries,” you’ll hear three powerful stories produced here in the Pacific Northwest. The two-day series, March 27 & 28, is comprised of three dynamic, award-winning, locally made documentaries to be screened at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98118. The films are Evergreen: The Road to Legalization (5/27 at 7pm), Oil & Water (5/28 at 5pm), and My Last Year with the Nuns (5/28 at 7pm). Each film will be followed by a community conversation with the filmmakers and moderated by Rustin Thompson, The Restless Critic.
The Cinema Series opens on Friday, March 27 at 7pm with a screening of Evergreen: The Road to Legalization. While we all know the outcome for this story (the passing of I-502 and subsequent decriminalization of marijuana), Evergreen provides much needed context to the back story and controversy surrounding the initiative. With the continued struggle in implementing I-502
The Series continues on Saturday, March 28 at 3pm with a special sneak preview “work-in-progress” screening of more Northwest Documentaries brought to you by SeaDocs. Following the “work-in-progress” screening, at 5pm will be a screening of the film, Oil & Water, which follows two boys coming of age in the middle of one of the world’s worst toxic disasters. Hugo fights for the survival of his Amazonian tribe, while David attempts to revolutionize the oil industry. Their journeys lead them to explore a more just future for people around the world born with oil beneath their feet.
The series concludes at 7pm with My last Year with the Nuns. In Matt Smith’s autobiographical tale My Last Year with the Nuns, the universe of his 8th grade self is about ten blocks long. Smith and his friends roam the heavily Catholic CapitolHill neighborhoods of Seattle, Washington in the late 1960s wandering from St. Joseph’s Church to the Seattle Times newspaper shack, from school playgrounds to a murky and tangled ravine that cuts through the city. The paper shack lies on the edge of the racial ‘red line’ drawn to enforce the era’s prejudice, providing a rare forum where white and black kids come together for a few minutes each day before returning to their segregated streets and lives.
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, June 28, September 20, October 18, and November 15.
Cinema Advisory Board
SEEDArts Cinema is led by a community advisory board comprised of film aficionados, neighbors and business owners. We are seeking additional board members to assist us to present our annual series and outdoor movies.
Contact Kathy Fowells, firstname.lastname@example.org