SEEDArts Cinema

The newest SEEDArts program grew from a community-led initiative to bring the cinema arts to Southeast Seattle. SEEDArts Cinema presents an ongoing film series at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center that features independent films, festival favorites, documentaries, foreign films and specialty titles. We also partner with other film organizations to present mini-festivals.

In the summer, we present Cinema under the Stars, two outdoor free family movies in Columbia Park the third Saturday of July and August.

2015 Schedule:

Homegrown Documentaries Series (March 27th/28th)

This March, at the third annual SEED Arts Cinema Series, “Homegrown Documentaries,” you’ll hear three powerful stories produced here in the Pacific Northwest. The two-day series, March 27 & 28, is comprised of three dynamic, award-winning, locally made documentaries to be screened at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98118. The films are Evergreen: The Road to Legalization (5/27 at 7pm), Oil & Water (5/28 at 5pm), and My Last Year with the Nuns (5/28 at 7pm). Each film will be followed by a community conversation with the filmmakers and moderated by Rustin Thompson, The Restless Critic.

The Cinema Series opens on Friday, March 27 at 7pm with a screening of Evergreen: The Road to Legalization. While we all know the outcome for this story (the passing of I-502 and subsequent decriminalization of marijuana), Evergreen provides much needed context to the back story and controversy surrounding the initiative. With the continued struggle in implementing I-502

The Series continues on Saturday, March 28 at 3pm with a special sneak preview “work-in-progress” screening of more Northwest DHG_PR_StillDocumentaries brought to you by SeaDocs. Following the “work-in-progress” screening, at 5pm will be a screening of the film, Oil & Water, which follows two boys coming of age in the middle of one of the world’s worst toxic disasters. Hugo fights for the survival of his Amazonian tribe, while David attempts to revolutionize the oil industry. Their journeys lead them to explore a more just future for people around the world born with oil beneath their feet.

The series concludes at 7pm with My last Year with the Nuns. In Matt Smith’s autobiographical tale My Last Year with the Nuns, the universe of his 8th grade self is about ten blocks long. Smith and his friends roam the heavily Catholic CapitolHill neighborhoods of Seattle, Washington in the late MyLastYearWithTheNuns_MattSmith_CreditJohnJeffcoat1960s wandering from St. Joseph’s Church to the Seattle Times newspaper shack, from school playgrounds to a murky and tangled ravine that cuts through the city. The paper shack lies on the edge of the racial ‘red line’ drawn to enforce the era’s prejudice, providing a rare forum where white and black kids come together for a few minutes each day before returning to their segregated streets and lives.

Cinema Under the Stars

July 18th – Penguins of Madagascar

penguins-of-madagascarSuper spy teams aren’t born…they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it


August 15th – Big Hero 6

big hero 6From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”


Cinema Advisory Board
SEEDArts Cinema is led by a community advisory board comprised of film aficionados, neighbors and business owners. We are seeking additional board members to assist us to present our annual series and outdoor movies.

Contact Erik Wallace,