I can’t believe that this is the final weekend of the Seattle International Film Festival. It’s been an intense few weeks but I’ve loved the entire experience. Not every film was great — nor could anyone reasonably expect that but I can say that covering my first film festival was a labor of love. I’ll be sad to see it go but I’m already counting down the days until next year.
One movie that I am very excited to see this weekend Julia Sweeney’s Letting Go of God, which makes its world premiere here at SIFF. It’s the filmed version of Sweeney’s conversion from Catholicism to atheism (with a few brief flirtations with Buddhism and whatever shit that is that Deepak Chopra makes money hand-over-fist peddling thrown in for good measure). I have only heard the audio version of her monologue but that is a really unique experience. Sweeney takes a difficult subject and treats it with the seriousness and respect it deserves but also with the grace and humor that one of the most likeable comedic personalities of our time can deliver.
Here’s an excerpt from the film:
Noise for the Needy, through June 15
Although I’ve been masquerading as a film critic for the past few weeks, this is also an excellent week for rock and/or roll. Most obvious is the Noise for the Needy Benefit. You cannot go wrong with any of the shows but if I had to make a choice, I would advise running back and forth between the Comet and the King Cobra on Friday night.
The King Cobra has the Math and Physics Club, BOAT, DJ Danger Nun and a surprise headliner whose name may or may not rhyme with “The Clashes”. The Comet is next door and they’ve got The Fucking Eagles, The Heavy Hearts and Wild Orchid Children.
You could not go wrong with seeing Matt and Kim, YACHT, Feral Children and Das Llamas at Neumo’s on Saturday or the informed and important hip hop of Talib Kweli at the Showbox at the Market on Sunday.
Switches, She Wants Revenge and Be Your Own Pet at the Showbox at the Market on Wednesday June 18
I know I’m in the minority for liking She Wants Revenge (sure, they split the difference between Depeche Mode and Joy Division but they have songs titled “Tear You Apart” and “Out of Control” so they know that and embrace it) and I do admire the British pop rockers in Switches an awful lot but I am most interested in seeing Nashville punks Be Your Own Pet.
Last week I was pretty excited that two of my favorite 2008 breakout bands were in Seattle in the same week (Crystal Castles and The Ting Tings) but with my other fave playing this show, the worst I can say is that it’s been a good month so far. BYOP’s new album Get Awkward is full of songs about high school angst, teenage heartbreak, zombie movies and imagined murder. It is also brilliant. The album is full of raw punk energy with great pop sensibilities.
Here’s the video to the first single from Get Awkward. It’s called “The Kelly Affair” and is about the campy Russ Meyer film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls:
See you out and about,
*Three Imaginary Girls*
High iPod rotation:
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