Seattle Spring Arts Preview 2014: Film Festivals

The top fests around town to catch a really good flick
Brangien Davis  |   March 2014   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
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Seattle Jewish Film Festival Celebrating Jewish and Israeli history, culture, humor and pathos. 3/1–3/9.
seattlejewishfilmfestival.org

Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference Presenting public screenings and talks at Northwest Film Forum. 3/19–3/22. nwfilmforum.org

Seattle Deaf Film Festival Eye-opening work by deaf filmmakers. 4/4–4/6. seattledeaffilmfestival.com

National Film Festival for Talented Youth More than 200 films revealing what’s on the minds of the next generation. 4/24–4/27. nffty.org

Langston Hughes African American Film Festival Films that explore the black experience in many shades. 4/26–5/3. langstoninstitute.org/film-festival

Seattle International Film Festival Lordy, lordy, SIFF is 40! 5/15–6/8. siff.net

Video Killed the Radio Star
A new exhibit reveals the impact of music videos

MTV aired its first music video in 1981, and while the all-videos-all-the-time format was long ago replaced by reality-TV programming and cartoons, music videos remain a crucial component of a song’s success and viral spread. The medium has also become a way for up-and-coming filmmakers to launch careers (or for established movie mavens to release a short creative burst). Surprisingly, Spectacle: The Music Video is the first museum exhibit devoted to this pop culture staple, and spans more than 35 years of entries in the field. Featuring hundreds of music videos (think David Bowie, Madonna, The White Stripes, Kanye West, Radiohead, Björk), plus “artifacts” from iconic videos (including A-ha’s “Take on Me” and OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass”), Spectacle makes clear that the genre has moved well beyond eye candy for bored teens. 5/17–1/4/2015. Times and prices vary. EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N; 206.770.2702; empmuseum.org