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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

September 17, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Film festivals galore this weekend

If you’re staying in town this weekend, consider a pop-in to SIFF’s Women in Cinema festival, which kicks off Thursday night with a screening of Lynn Shelton’s latest made-in-Seattle comedy, “Laggies,” with Shelton in attendance (screening at the newly reopened SIFF Cinema Egyptian). The rest of the festival, screening at the Uptown through Sunday, includes an assortment of documentaries (among them “Stray Dog,” a portrait of combat veteran Ron Hall, made by “Winter’s Bone” writer/director Debra Granik), features (including “Kelly and Cal,” with director Jen McGowan attending), and a free panel discussion on “Going Above and Beyond to Make Groundbreaking Film.” Tickets are $60 for a full festival pass and $12 for individual tickets; click here for more information.

Or, if you feel like heading out of town (sounds like the weather should be nice), the 15th annual Port Townsend Film Festival unspools Friday through Sunday at several venues in the historical seaport town; all of them charming. (I’m sorry to be missing the festival this year, but I’ve attended for many years and always found it great fun.) This year’s special guests are writer/director John Sayles and producer Maggie Renzi, and the festival’s events include a screening of Sayles’ terrific “Lone Star” followed by a Q&A (other Sayles/Renzi films in the festival include “The Secret of Roan Inish” — screening for free outdoors on Taylor Street — and “Honeydripper”), author Daniel James Brown (“The Boys in the Boat”) introducing “Breaking Away”; the busy Shelton on hand for a screening of “Laggies”; screenings of the cut-and-splice masterpiece “Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen”; free outdoor screenings of “The Black Stallion” and “Annie Hall,” and much more. A variety of passes are available; best deal is the six-pack, which gets you six admissions (which can be shared among two people) for $100. For more information, see the PTFF website.

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Chloe Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley in “Laggies,” screening all over this week. (Photo courtesy of A24.)

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