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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 7, 2009 at 8:58 AM

The long SIFF sit begins; plus a worthy benefit this weekend

In today’s print edition of the Times, you can get a special pullout guide to the 35th annual Seattle International Film Festival, which begins May 21 and continues through June 14. Press screenings for the festival have already begun, and today I’ll be at three back-to-back screenings, at 10, noon and 2. (Then I’m going to see “Star Trek” — for a second time — at Cinerama. More on that tomorrow. It’s a four-movie day, which means a lot of popcorn.) The festival this year has 268 feature films, of which I have seen exactly one (the “Chorus Line” documentary “Every Little Step,” which is a lot of fun). My numbers will be going up quickly.
Elsewhere in town, I’d like to encourage anybody interested to go to the benefit screening of “Away We Go” on Saturday at 5 at the Harvard Exit. Dave Eggers (“A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius”) and Vendela Vida, who wrote the script together, will attend and host a Q & A. I saw the movie earlier this week and really enjoyed it; it’s a sweet, very funny tale of a thirtysomething couple (John Krasinki and the wonderfully unflappable Maya Rudolph). Expecting a baby, they cross the country looking for a home, with the search seeming to draw them ever closer. The movie opens here in June, but screens Saturday as a benefit for 826 Seattle, the nonprofit center that helps students improve their writing skills. (Eggers founded 826 nationally.) Tickets for the benefit are $25 ($20 for Northwest Film Forum members or active 826 volunteers) and available through www.brownpapertickets.com. A good movie, and a good cause.

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