Day 23 of the Seattle International Film Festival kicks off the final weekend of the festival with the African Pictures Party, a film shot in Seattle and a super creepy flick about a boy and a monster.
"Finding Fela" -- The latest documentary from director Alex Gibney ("Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" and "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks") focuses on Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. This doc looks at the groundbreaking African musician's life as well as his political activism. (watch a clip)
7 p.m. PT at Pacific Place, followed by the African Pictures Film and Party.
"Alex of Venice" -- First-time director Chris Messina (actor in "The Mindy Project," "Newsroom") paints this portrait of a workaholic (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, "Smashed") wife who must reinvent her life after her husband leaves her.
7 p.m. PT at the Harvard Exit, with a follow-up screening June 7.
"4 Minute Mile" -- Part crime drama and part sports drama, this film about a hidden gem of a long-distance runner was shot in Seattle. Renowned actor Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor") stars as reclusive track coach who takes a troubled runner under his guidance. (watch the trailer)
4:30 p.m. PT at the SIFF Uptown.
"The Babadook" -- Like the very best creepy films, this Australian horror flick is centered on a child and his seemingly innocuous storybook. Several years after her husband's violent death, a single mother must deal with her young son's fear of a monster living in the house -- a monster that may be very real. (watch the trailer)
11:55 p.m. PT at the Egyptian Theatre, with a follow-up screening on June 7.
Finally, these films close their SIFF run June 6:
- "Not My Type"
- "B for Boy"
- "It's Only Make Believe"
- "Born To Fly"
- "The Butterfly’s Dream"
- "Shake the Dust"
- "4 Minute Mile"
- "Keep On Keepin’ On"
- "Under the Starry Sky"
- "First Snowfall"
- "To Fool a Thief"
- "Club Sandwich"
For a complete list of all films screening at the Seattle International Film Festival on June 6, click here.