Grow the ‘Crow and support our year-end fund drive!

As we celebrate our 5th anniversary of a non-profit, we are so grateful for the donor support that has kept us going and kept the world’s largest video library available for thousands to enjoy every year.

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New Releases for December 10!

It’s another glorious New Release Tuesday!

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The Seasoned Ticket #70

Robert Horton is a Scarecrow board member and a longtime film critic. He will be contributing a series of “critic’s notes” to the Scarecrow blog—a chance to highlight worthy films playing locally and connecting them to the riches of Scarecrow’s collection.

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Remember Scarecrow this Giving Tuesday!

Today is #GivingTuesday and we really need YOUR support. Your generosity is what keeps us here, stewarding and growing the world’s largest publicly available archive of film and tv. It’s your gift that keeps us connecting people with their next favorite films and it’s your kindness that allows us to provide free community programming for seniors and families throughout the year.

We need to reach $3,000 by the end of the day and we’ll need everyone’s help to get there. Please make your tax-deductible contribution now and show your support for Scarecrow!

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PS: As a #GivingTuesday bonus, we’re giving away a couple of fun, donor-appreciation prize packs of films from our friends at Vinegar Syndrome and AGFA. Make a gift of $20 or more before midnight for your chance to win!

New Releases for December 3!

It’s another glorious New Release Tuesday!

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New Releases for November 26!

It’s another glorious New Release Tuesday!

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New Releases for November 19!

It’s another glorious New Release Tuesday!

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The Seasoned Ticket #69

Robert Horton is a Scarecrow board member and a longtime film critic. He will be contributing a series of “critic’s notes” to the Scarecrow blog—a chance to highlight worthy films playing locally and connecting them to the riches of Scarecrow’s collection.

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New Releases for November 12!

It’s another glorious New Release Tuesday!

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Scarecrow Video Picks from the Romanian Film Festival Seattle Staff!

By the Romanian Film Festival Seattle staff

The 2019 Romanian Film Festival Seattle (6th Edition): “One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying: Stories OFF the Wall” is coming to SIFF Cinema Uptown November 15-17, 2019!

This year’s festival celebrates 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall by bringing you Romanian and Eastern European cinema echoing the political, economic, and existential dilemmas that have reshaped Europe in the aftermath of the Cold War. Bounced OFF a wall that divided families, generations and nations, these stories harness the unifying power of film to create new bridges, in a universal quest for shared meaning. Passes and Tickets are available at: SIFF.net

The Romanian Film Festival Seattle staff got together and picked some recommendations from the Scarecrow Video catalog to pair with selections from the festival:

At Scarecrow, rent: Tales from the Golden Age (2009), Directed by Hanno Höfer; Razvan Marculescu; Cristian Mungiu; Constantin Popescu; and Ioana Uricaru. This anthology dramatize several urban legends of Communist Romania.

At the festival, see The Distance Between Me and Me (2018), Directed by Mona Nicoară. Nina Cassian was a Communist during WWII which gave her prominence in the Stalinist era, then made her collide with the Ceaușescu regime, and eventually sent her into a New York exile. This documentary sets Nina’s words against a rich archive of never-before-seen private recordings, and secret police surveillance materials.

At Scarecrow, rent: The Way I Spent the End of the World (2006), Directed by Cãtãlin Mitulescu. Set in 1989 in communist-era Romania, this drama shows people living with hope for a new life of freedom.

At the festival, see That Trip We Took With Dad (2019), Directed by Anca Miruna Lăzărescu. The turbulent year of the “Prague Spring” sets the scene for the moving story of this film in which two brothers take their father to have surgery abroad. Caught in the middle of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the men suddenly find themselves in West-Germany. Winner of 8 international prizes, including Federico Fellini Award, Tiburon International Film Festival, 2017.

At Scarecrow, rent: 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006), Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, about a local talk show host organizes an alcoholic professor and a pensioner known for playing Santa Claus to decide whether there was ever a revolution in their town Vaslui.

At the festival, see The Whistlers (2019), Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, a police inspector Cristi will have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery, and deception. A trip to the Canary Islands to learn a secret whistling language might just be what they need to pull it off. Nominated for a Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2019; Romania’s submission for the 2020 Oscars.

At Scarecrow, rent Maidan (2014), Directed by Sergey Loznitsa. A documentary about the 2013 and 2014 civil unrest in the Ukrainian capital’s central square.

At the festival, see Donbass (2018), Directed by Sergey Loznitsa. In this feature film inspired by real events, war is called peace, propaganda is uttered as truth, and hatred is declared to be love. This is not a tale of one region, one country, or one political system. It is about a world lost in post-truth and fake identities. Winner of 9 international prizes, including Un Certain Regard, Cannes, 2018.

At Scarecrow, rent The Death of Mr Lãzãrescu (2005), Directed by Cristi Puiu, about the corruption and lack of care in local hospitals in Romania. Mr. Lãzãrescu, a dying old man, is shuttled from hospital to hospital by a loyal paramedic as doctors refuse to operate and no one can agree on a diagnosis.

At the festival, see the Moldovan Stories shorts block, which includes One More, One Less (2018), Directed by Ion Borsh. This drama tells the story of a resident doctor who discovers a case of malpractice, done by a colleague. He decides to fight against the awful system, risking his job.


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