Arts and Entertainment

Film society kicks off a First Friday series of artsy flicks

Sushi chef Jiro Ono, from the documentary
Sushi chef Jiro Ono, from the documentary 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi,' which will be shown at the Vashon Theatre Friday at 9 p.m.
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Vashon Film Society is launching a new film series with Island art lovers in mind. The new Friday Art Films Series will coincide with the monthly First Friday Gallery Cruise, and the film society hopes to provide art walkers with a cinematic ending to their night uptown.

The first movie in the series is slated for this Friday, when the film society will present a meditation about work, family and art with the feature “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” at Vashon Theatre.

Theater owner Eileen Wolcott said she loved the idea of partnering with the film society to show single screenings of acclaimed films that might have a hard time drawing audiences for a full week run.

“It’s hard to preview so many great films that Vashon audiences would love and not be able to showcase some just because a full week isn’t feasible,” she said.

Wolcott, in fact, suggested the well-reviewed 2011 documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” Plans are in motion to show art films on each Gallery Cruise night this fall.

This Friday’s film tells the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, dubbed by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. As proprietor of a humble 10-seat, sushi restaurant in a Tokyo subway station, Ono was awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating, and sushi fanatics from around the world journey to the tiny restaurant for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.

Capital Times film critic Rob Thomas wrote, “Even after you’ve eaten your fill, Gelb’s film is memorable not just as a foodie paradise, but as a lovely, insightful portrait of a man in a lifelong search for perfection.”

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” rated PG, will play at 9 p.m. Friday. Admission is $7.


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