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Olympia Film Festival not slowing down at 30

November 8, 2013


Nov. 08--Olympia Film Festival

When: Friday through Nov. 17

Where: Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia.

Admission: $10 adults, $7 Olympia Film Society members. Special events have additional costs.

Information: For a complete schedule of festival events, go to olympiafilmsociety. org/olympia-film-festival or pick up a printed program at the theater.

Lineup change: Due to a work schedule conflict, actor Peter Coyote will not appear at the film festival Saturday, despite his inclusion in the printed program. However, OFS will still screen his 1992 film "Bitter Moon" at 6:30 p.m. In an era when a new film festival seems to pop up in a new town every year, the Olympia Film Festival's 30-year run practically makes it a senior citizen. But the festival shows no signs of slowing down. Armed with a new digital projector and appearances by two veteran screenwriters, the festival kicks off Friday with features, shorts, narratives and documentaries.

"Making it 30 years is a true milestone for the festival, which is why we decided to make it a very big opening night," said festival director Lisa Hurwitz.

Friday's 6 p.m. showing of South by Southwest festival favorite "Swim Little Fish Swim" is the film's West Coast premiere, and it marks the first film screened using the Olympia Film Society's new digital projector at the Capitol Theater. The projector is the physical embodiment of a long fundraising campaign needed as Hollywood studios make the complete conversion to digital.

A team from Full Aperture Systems in Chicago has been working for the past week to integrate the new system at the theater. OFS has raised $57,000 of its $65,000 goal, Hurwitz said.

Following the screening of "Swim Little Fish Swim," The Julie Ruin will perform at 9 p.m. The band features riot grrrl icon Kathleen Hanna (Julie Ruin was a pseudonym she used) and Kathi Wilcox, and was recently featured on the cover of Spin magazine and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." At noon Saturday, Hanna will introduce a screening of the documentary "The Punk Singer," which features her. (Don't miss the accompanying interview with Hanna.).

Other festival highlights:

Q&A with William F. Nolan, the co-author of "Logan's Run," on Nov. 16. The film will be shown after the Q&A at 2:15 p.m. A reception for Nolan will be held at Trinacria restaurant, 113 Capitol Way N., after the screening.

A meet-and-greet with "Jaws" screenwriter Carl Gottlieb at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Trinacria, followed by an 8 p.m. screening of "Jaws 3-D." "It's a pristine print so we're really excited to show it," Hurwitz said. Gottlieb also wrote the Steve Martin comedy "The Jerk."

Both Trinacria events are limited to 25 people 21 and older, and cost $30 per person.

A screening of Japanese anime film "Wolf Children," the first of three films in the festival's children's series, at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9. The other children's events help wrap up the festival, with the screening of the French film "Ernest and Celestine" at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 and the New York International Children's Film Festival short films that screen starting at 10 a.m. Nov. 17.

All Freakin Night, the festival's annual all-night horror marathon, is the first weekend of the festival this year. Three out of five titles will be shown on 35mm film. The fun begins at midnight Nov. 9 and runs until 7:45 a.m. Nov. 10.

"Wadjda," a groundbreaking 2012 Saudi film with a female director, will screen at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 10.

The 1928 Russian silent film "October: Ten Days That Shook the World" will screen with live accompaniment by Olympia rock orchestra Rocknho at 9 p.m. Nov. 10.

The screening of the musical documentary "AKA Doc Pomus" will be followed by a Skype Q&A with the director. The screening begins at 4 p.m. Nov. 11.

North Korean-made documentary "Propaganda" screens at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 12.

"Easy Abby" follows one woman as she lives and loves in Chicago. The director and lead actress will attend. The screening is at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14.

2013 Sundance Jury Prize and Audience Award winner "Blood Brother" will be screened at noon Nov. 16, followed by a Skype Q&A with the director.

A free Jib and Dolly Workshop will be offered at 3:15 p.m. Nov. 17 to those interested in making films, not just watching them. It is part of Guerilla Filmmaking with the Olympia Film Collective, local award-winning filmmakers specializing in low- to no-budget filmmaking. The workshop will be at Fountain Green Films, across the street from the Capitol Theater, above Buck's Fifth Avenue Spice Shop.

A silent auction to benefit OFS will be held in the Capitol Theater's mezzanine throughout the festival.

The festival will close with a screening of the satirical Dutch comedy "The Deflowering of Eva Van End" at 6 p.m. Nov. 17.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541


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