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.
Fall Foreign Films Series
Each fall, in conjunction with Arts Gumbo, SEEDArts Cinema presents a series of foreign films to be screened the Saturday following the Arts Gumbo events. This year we will be showing films from Japan, Tahiti, and the Caribbean.
September 20th – Hana (2006) – In Japanese w/ English subtitles
Arts Gumbo presents “Hana: A Tale of a Reluctant Samurai” in conjunction with our series on Japan and Okinawa on Saturday, September 20 at 7pm. Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda (Still Walking, I Wish, Like Father Like Son), Hana depicts the tale of an inept young Samurai tasked with hunting down his father’s killer. Far from being your typical samurai action movie, Hana is a beautiful and kind-hearted film about redemption, forgiveness, and compassion. Flush with humor, tenderness, and Kore-eda’s unique sense of humanity, Hana is sure to please crowds of all ages. The film will be shown on Saturday, September 20th at 7 pm at the historic Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 S Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98118) and will cost $5.
October 18th – Boy (2010) – In English
SEEDArts Cinema presents “Boy” in conjunction with the Arts Gumbo series on Tahiti and Polynesia. Directed by Taika Waititi (Eagle vs Shark, Tama Tu, Flight of the Concords), Boy is a heartfelt and whimsical coming of age story set in a small Maori village in eastern New Zealand. Not only does Waititi’s film tell the story of a young man coming to grips with his troubled father, but it also highlights many issues that face rural Maori youth growing up in an age where American pop-culture reaches to the farthest corners of the planet. The film will be shown on Saturday, October 18th at 7 pm at the historic Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 S Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98118). Tickets will be $5 at the door.
November 15th – Viva Cuba (2005) – In Spanish w/ English subtitles
SEEDArts Cinema presents “Viva Cuba” in conjunction with the Arts Gumbo series on the Caribbean. Directed by Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti, Viva Cuba is a charming story of childhood friendship featuring breakout performances by the two young stars, Malú Tarrau Broche and Jorge Milo, and an insightful glimpse into life in contemporary Cuban society. The film will be shown on Saturday, November 15th at 7 pm at the historic Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 S Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98118). Tickets will be $5 at the door.
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, email@example.com