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At a Theater Near You

Following up on "Streetwise" kids

Seattle Times movie critic

It's been 22 years since the documentary "Streetwise," a haunting look at street kids in downtown Seattle, came to theaters. On Sunday afternoon, Frye Art Museum is presenting a special follow-up to the film: Director Martin Bell's short documentary "Erin," which continues the story of the girl known in "Streetwise" as Tiny, will have its West Coast premiere. Also included is a screening of "Streetwise" and a Q&A session with Bell, photographer Mary Ellen Mark (whose images of Tiny, which became a 1988 book, will be on display at Photographic Center Northwest this month) and Tiny herself: Erin Charles, now 35 and a mother of nine. The event begins at 2 p.m. Sunday; tickets are $15 ($10 for Frye members) and can be purchased online at Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle; for more information, call 206-622-9250, ext. 3.

The annual festival "Turkfest — Festival of Friendship" begins today, with Turkish movies on tap tonight at Broadway Performance Hall. "Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul," Fatih Akin's tuneful documentary about the music scene in Istanbul, screens at 7:30; the Greek/Turkish coming-of-age film "A Touch of Spice" screens at 9:15. Tickets are $8 per film and available at www.ticketwindowonline, by phone at 206-325-6500, or at the door. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle; for more information, see

Seattle Film Institute holds an open house tomorrow, offering information on its fall classes in filmmaking, screenwriting, film history, documentary filmmaking and digital video. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SFI, 1709 23rd Ave., Seattle. For more information, call 206-568-4387 or see

Those willing to head further afield this weekend might wish to check out the Ellensburg Film Festival, which unspools tonight through Sunday with 60 films, including features, documentaries and shorts. "Quinceañera," the charming Sundance award-winner about a young woman finding a new family in her Echo Park neighborhood, opens the festival; other highlights include the well-reviewed drama "Half Nelson" and a wide assortment of documentaries, many of which have not played at Seattle theaters. For information on the festival, including schedules and ticket details, see or call 509-962-6191.

Finally, at midnight tonight and tomorrow you can catch the director's cut of "Donnie Darko," the 2001 cult hit about a confused teen (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a really tall rabbit. Egyptian, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or

Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or

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