Lucky Grandma – smARTfilms: Make Me Smile Series

Join us for four weeks of films featuring gentle comedies with wit and absurdities, some pathos, and affability! The Make Me Smile Series is designed with that sole purpose in mind—to make us smile! As the perfect balm for the Pacific Northwest’s grey, December days, these films are a solid way to get ready for the holiday season and a most amusing way to end the Year 2021.

FEATURED FILM – Lucky Grandma (USA)

2014 | 1h40m | Unrated (language)

In English, Mandarin, and Cantonese with English subtitles as needed.

An inspired and worthy comic noir set in Chinatown, New York. Despite the worry of her family, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old grandma is eager to live life as an independent woman. When a local fortune teller predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma heads to the casino and goes all in – only to land herself on the wrong side of luck by suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard and soon finds herself in the middle of a Chinatown gang war. This small-scale indie picture was made by first-time writer/director Sasie Sealy (who is clearly going places) and stars a sharp, scene-stealing Tsai Chin who has clearly been places.


smARTfilm series offers two film showings each day!

Matinee: 2pm
Evening: 7pm


Series Passes – $30 Member | $36 Non-Member
See all four films for the price of 3!
Series pass holders are entitled to attend one showing per film (five total showings per series pass). Series pass holders can use their pass at their choice of either the matinee or evening showing for each film. Simply show up at your desired showing and we’ll check you off our list!

Individual Tickets – $10 Member | $12 Non-Member


BIMA requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for all attendees of programs held in the Frank Buxton Auditorium or BIMA Classroom. Masks are required for all attendees regardless of vaccination status. Learn more about this policy here.


Dec 28, 2021


Frank Buxton Auditorium



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Trailer: Lucky Grandma