smARTfilms: Delightful Documentaries

Oct. 16 - Nov. 14, 2018 7:30pm — 9:30pm | Add this to Calendar

Join us on Tuesday nights in the BIMA Auditorium for a curated selection of delightful documentaries.

Dinner seating in Bistro begins at 5:30 PM. (Reservations recommended - 206-451-4011)
Auditorium opens at 7:00 PM
Movies begin at 7:30 PM

Curated and hosted by tj Faddis


Series Pass: $40 Member | $48 Non-Member

Single Tickets: $10 Member | $12 Non-Member
October 16 - SCOTCH: A Golden Dream
October 23 - MAKING THE GRADE 
October 30 - STEAM OF LIFE
November 13 - CAKE GENERAL

SCOTCH A Golden Dream

Scotch: A Golden Dream (2017)

Tuesday, October 16 | 7:30 PM

Scotland | subtitled where necessary | 87 minutes   

Rich, easy on the palate, with a pleasant lingering aftertaste . . . qualities of an excellent dram  And this aptly describes Andrew Peat's documentary on Scotland's Scotch industry, the industry's vivid players, and what this product means to Scottish history and culture as a whole.  The scope of this doc is impressive: from the distiller's friendship with local barley farmers, the proper way to taste the Scotch, the relationship between the casks and the end product, to the age-old debate of old whisky versus young whisky.  There's even a chapter on Women & Scotch - with lots of Celtic personal stories throughout.  You don't have to be a Scotch aficionado to savor Peat's lively, informative ode to his homeland.

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Making the Grade

Making the Grade (2017)

Tueday, October 23 | 7:30 PM

Ireland | 96 minutes

MAKING THE GRADE invites us into Irish living rooms, music studios and churches where piano lessons take place to explore the bond between teachers and pupils, all of whom are enjoyable in their musical dedication.  The students range from young children to adults, including a "heavy metalist" and a woman who agrees she has no rhythm.  But regardless of ability or potential, pupils and teachers alike exemplify the film's adage from Ludwig van Beethoven: "To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable."  Full of warm, joyous humor and delightful personalities, MAKING THE GRADE celebrates the transformative power of music.

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Steam of Life

Steam of Life (2010)

Tuesday, October 30 | 7:30 PM

Finland | subtitled | some nudity | 81 minutes

In Finland the sauna isn't the luxury as it is in North America but an everyday custom enjoyed by people of all walks of life.  As the filmmakers explore the practicalities and ritual of the Finnish sauna, they reveal that for many people the sauna opens hearts and minds as well as pores.  Visiting public bath houses and outrageously inventive home-made saunas, the guys inside talk about their life experiences, their ambitions and failings, their secrets and fears . . . stories flowing as well as perspiration.  The result is a documentary which looks into a unique, private side of Finnish culture as well as an insight into the male psyche that's universal.  Truly a soulful little film and was the first Finnish documentary considered for an American Academy Award.

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 The Wild Parrots

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2005)

Tuesday, November 6 | 7:30 PM

USA | 83 minutes

Of all the films I showed during my tenure at Lynwood Theatre, this endearing documentary is the one people ask to see again on the big screen.  This is the true story of a modern-day San Francisco Saint Francis and his remarkable relationship with a flock of wild parrots.  Mark Bittner - dharma bum, former street musician and lost soul, falls in with the flock as he searches for meaning in his life, unaware that these wild parrots will bring him everything he needs.

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Cake General

Cake General (2018)

Tuesday, November 13 | 7:30 PM

Sweden | subtitled | 101 minutes

In 1984, the small town of Koping was named the most boring town in Sweden by a popular TV show.  Resident Hasse Peterson refuses to allow his home to become the subject of a national joke and sets off on a mission to drum up some attention-grabbing excitement.  A man who struggles with his financial status and drinking habits, he decides to put the town into the Guinness Book of World Records by making the world's largest sandwich cake.  While not technically a documentary, filmmakers based this film on an outrageous true story, and this heartfelt tale of personal fulfillment and resilience proves that we should be most hesitant to cast aside or relegate as irrelevant those who are already marginalized.

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