Fall Arts Preview 2013: Film Festivals

It’s the perfect time to dive back into dark movie theaters. Here are several good reasons to do so

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST The theme of this year’s Seattle Design Festival is “Design in Health”—which, thankfully, has been interpreted loosely for the featured film screenings. The lineup includes recent documentaries on such diverse topics as a 1960s commune, a wind-powered home and the first park built exclusively for parkour. Also on the bill are films about rebuilding at the 9/11 ground zero site and the history of West Coast Modernist architecture. 9/13–9/15. SIFF Film Center; seattledesignfestival.org

DARK SHADOWS A perennial favorite of dames, grifters and goons, Seattle Art Museum’s annual Film Noir Series is back, with nine flicks worth donning your glad rags for, including the classics M, Kiss Me Deadly, Dead Reckoning and The Lady from Shanghai. 9/26–12/5. Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium; seattleartmuseum.org

Northwest Film Forum’s celebration of documentaries, features, shorts and animated flicks by Northwest filmmakers never fails to impress. For the 16th year in a row, Local Sightings will showcase new work by Seattle’s next cinema stars. 9/27–10/3. Northwest Film Forum; nwfilmforum.org

MAKE IT QUICK Now in its third year, the Seattle Shorts Film Festival has already gained a following, beloved by both people with short attention spans and wannabe film editors whose personal movie reviews always begin, “They shoulda cut 30–40 minutes.” These short flicks from all over the globe prove time really is of the essence. 11/9–11/10. SIFF Film Center; seattleshorts.org