The Seattle True Independent Film Festival (STIFF), an exhibition of independent, underground and experimental films, opens Friday with a short-film showcase at the Grand Illusion. Events continue through May 11 at Wing-It Productions, Lucid Lounge and Pacific Place. For tickets and information, go to

“Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival” returns for its eighth anniversary on Thursday. The live opening-night event, “Gender Failure,” is a multimedia performance of original music, video and spoken word. Films continue through May 12 at Northwest Film Forum. For tickets and information, go to Also at NWFF:
“The Built World,” a series this weekend that looks at cinematic approaches to architecture. The films include “Hu Enigma,” about a building in Rio de Janeiro; “Reconversao,” about Portuguese architect Eduard Soutu de Moura; “Perret in France and Algeria,” about architectural pioneer Auguste Perret; and “Architect: A Chamber Opera Inspired by the Life and Work of Louis Kahn.” The films screen at NWFF, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380 or

Lunafest, a film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, comes to the Edmonds Theater on Monday. Tickets are $25. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and Soroptimist of Sno King. 415 Main St., Edmonds;

SIFF Cinema hosts a benefit screening of “Crazy Sexy Cancer” at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $25 and proceeds will go to Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seatt
le; 206-324-9996 or .

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“Stop your grinnin’ and drop your linen.” You can join Ellen Ripley (Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver), Bishop, Newt and assorted Marines for James Cameron’s 1986 roller-coaster ride of a sci-fi sequel, “Aliens.” It’s the midnight movie Friday and Saturday at the Egyptian, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or

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