Non-SIFF options include a “253-Second Short Film Viewing Party” at Grand Cinema in Tacoma; a “Dance Film Salon” at NWFF; and “The Hurricane” and “Do the Right Thing” as part of the Seattle Public Library’s African-American film series.

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The Seattle International Film Festival has taken over many screens in the Puget Sound area (see highlights at, but there are a few other options for film lovers to ponder.

Down in Tacoma, the Grand Cinema is having a “253-Second Short Film Viewing Party” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15. This event features 253-second films conceived and created by local filmmakers within the span of 72 hours. The party will be held at Urban Grace, 902 Market St., Tacoma. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door (253-593-4474 or

The Northwest Film Forum will hold a “Dance Film Salon,” featuring new works-in-progress dance films, followed by “One Day Pina Asked …” a look at the work of choreographer Pina Bausch, on Monday, May 18. The free works-in-progress screening starts at 7:15 p.m. The Bausch film begins at 8 p.m.; tickets are $6 for NWFF members, $8 and $11 general. 1515 12th Ave., Seattle (206-829-7863 or

Fathom Events brings the Stratford Festival’s stage version of “Anthony and Cleopatra,” Shakespeare’s tale of passion, deception and politics starring Geraint Wyn Davies and Yanna McIntosh, to several theaters at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21. For locations and more information, go to

The Seattle Public Library’s African-American film series continues with free showings of “The Hurricane,” Norman Jewison’s 1999 drama with Denzel Washington as boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Rainier Beach Branch, 9125 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle (206-684-1906 or; and “Do the Right Thing,” Spike Lee’s 1989 examination of race relations starring Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, at 5 p.m. Monday, May 18, at the Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 E. Yesler Way, Seattle (206-684-4704 or

The “Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies” series shows “Princess Angeline,” Sandy and Yasu Osawa’s 2013 documentary about Chief Seattle’s daughter and the Duwamish people in 1865 Seattle, at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, Keystone Congregational Church, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle (

And the Central Cinema this week is showing “Working Girl,” Mike Nichols’ 1988 comedy starring Melanie Griffith as an ambitious secretary and Sigourney Weaver as her boss. Also screening is “Pootie Tang,” a 2001 comedy about a musician/folk singer, directed by Louis C.K. Tickets are $7 per film. 1411 21st Ave., Seattle (