Spring Arts Preview 2013: Film Festivals

Film fans have a busy spring ahead, as the city blooms with exciting festivals and series.

LA Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema

Starting in the late 1960s, amid tremendous social unrest, black Americans entered the UCLA film program in unprecedented numbers and began developing a new “black cinema.” These unheralded films—experimental, narrative, documentary—reveal uniquely artful attention to issues of class, history and culture. 3/1–3/24. Times and prices vary. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.; 206.329.2629; nwfilmforum.org

French New Wave Masters

The Seattle Art Museum’s spring film series zooms in on the 1960s genius of Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut, screening iconic films including Breathless, Masculine Feminine and Pierrot le Fou. 4/4–5/30. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave.; 206.654.3100; seattleartmuseum.org

National Film Festival for Talented Youth

What started here in 2007 as a scrappy set of screenings has grown into a big-time festival that draws crowds of 10,000. Talk about spring chickens—the directors of all the selected films are age 22 or younger, but judging by their work, you’d never guess. 4/25–4/28. Times, prices and locations vary. nffty.org

Seattle International Film Festival
No word on the SIFF line-up at press time, but we have our suspicions—and hopes!—that local movie maven Lynn Shelton’s new flick, Touchy Feely (which premiered at Sundance in January), will be among the vast offerings. 5/16–6/9. Times, prices and locations vary. siff.net

Silent Films at the Paramout Theatre

Immerse yourself in the black-and-white world of the earliest screen heroines with “The Women of Silent Film” series at the Paramount Theatre (stgpresents.org/paramount). Mega-celebs of their day, these grand dames make a grand entrance every Monday night in March. stgpresents.org

3/4: Mary Pickford, America’s first sweetheart, stars in Heart O’ The Hills (1919)

3/11: Lillian Gish, “the First Lady of American Cinema” wears red in The Scarlet Letter (1926)

3/18: Joan Crawford is the epitome of flapper cool in Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
3/25: Greta Garbo is alluringly elusive as ever in The Kiss (1929)