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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.

SIFF 2014 trailer playlist

"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:

For a complete list of all films screening at the Seattle International Film Festival on June 6, click here.


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