Weekend Film Agenda May 7

What could possibly be better than a theatrical screening of the 1971 film version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder in the charming, yet frightening, titular role? How about a screening in Smell-O-Vision? Your Golden Ticket lets you into the factory (okay, it’s really SIFF Cinema) where you’ll be dazzled by sights and sounds, and yes, the smells (courtesy of goodie bags filled with fragrant and tasty treats) of Willy Wonka’s wonderful world. Friday only at 7 and 9:30 pm.

Anna Halprin has been spreading wonder of her own through the power of dance for over 80 years; at an age when many people are content to rest on their laurels, Halprin remains on her feet. Her fascinating, inspirational story is told via interviews and archival footage in Breath Made Visible at NW Film Forum.

Looking for a special Mother’s Day Gift? Nevermind the cutesy mugs or bottles of cologne, take your mom to NW Film Forum on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9 for a special 4 pm screening of the 1924 silent film Peter Pan with live harp accompaniment by Leslie McMichael and special refreshment for mothers and their children.

George and Mike Kuchar became fascinated by Hollywood melodramas while they were growing up in the Bronx in the 1950s; their passion led them to become major figures in the early 1960s underground film scene in New York. Filmmakers like Atom Egoyan, Buck Henry and John Waters would be inspired by their creative works, all made on the cheap and all reflecting the brothers’ offbeat sensibilities. Their chapter in film history is illuminated in It Came from Kuchar, now playing at The Grand Illusion.

Late night at the Grand Illusion: Getting It On, an 80s high school nerd peeping tom fantasy amde on a shoestring budget – all you probably need to know is that one of the billed characters is listed as “Nude Girl with Flamethrower”.

Central Cinema and The Stranger team up for Gloria Trout Presents: CougarFest, a double bill featuring The Graduate and Harold & Maude.

Midnight at The Egyptian: Paprika, a trippy anime thriller in which psychotherapist Dr. Atsuko Chiba goes on a quest to recover a device that allows the user to enter other people’s dreams via her alter ego, Paprika. The elaborate story requires some serious concentration to follow, but the gorgeous artwork makes it more than worth the effort.

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