One of the best-known and best-attended short-format film fests in the U.S., the annual 1 Reel Film Festival is among Bumbershoot’s eclectic mix of arts offerings.
Organized by Seattle International Film Festival curators, and including some bite-size movies that garnered attention (and, in some cases, awards) at last spring’s SIFF, 1 Reel’s cinematic showcase includes scores of works from around the world, organized into more than 20 discrete programs.
There’s something for every age and taste, and nothing lasts longer than 30 minutes. All screenings take place at SIFF Cinema at the Film Center on the Seattle Center campus.
The festival kicks off Friday with a 7 p.m. sneak preview of selected films. Admission is free. For information on attending, or on admission to all film programs Saturday through Monday (which requires a Bumbershoot ticket), or for a full festival schedule, go to www.bumbershoot.org.
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Here are some highlights:
A fun one for kids, the Canadian film “Fox and the Chickadee” is a mixed-animation tale of a little bird that manages to outwit a hungry fox with some distracting (but empty) negotiation tactics. The stop-motion techniques are especially charming. (Noon, Films4Families 1)
From Brazil comes “Malaria,” a clever approach to a spaghetti Western told through a succession of comic-book panels revealed in endlessly novel ways. (4:40 p.m., Best of SIFF Audience Award Winners, repeated Sunday and Monday.)
In pleasing tones of fuchsia and violet, “The Goat Herder and His Lots and Lots and Lots of Goats” is a snappy cartoon for children about an ultraefficient herder and his hungry goats grazing their way up and down hills. Things move like clockwork until they encounter a chasm separating them from a chewable paradise. (Noon, Films4Families 2.)
The documentary “Yours, Truly” is an interesting look at people who’ve had memorable experiences writing to celebrities. One fellow recalls asking Mr. Rogers, via a letter, about a particularly moving song from his television show and receiving the tune’s sheet music. A pair of women remember sending a letter to Ronald Reagan with their bloody thumbprints on it. (7 p.m., Best of the Northwest.)
“10 Years of the Postal Service” is a laid-back look at Sub Pop band the Postal Service, a supergroup that exceeded its own commercial expectations upon forming a decade ago and which toured again in 2013. (1 p.m., Face the Music.)
Zachary Quinto is the lovable hero of “Dog Eat Dog,” a single guy so smitten with an adoptable pooch at an L.A. dog pound he buys her a bunch of toys and treats even before he is sure he can bring her home. The problem: He has a rival in the crafty Philip Baker Hall. (7 p.m., Make Me Laugh.)
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