Seattle International Film Festival 2016: Face The Music

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The line-up has been announced for the 42nd annual Seattle International Film Festival, May 19th through June 12th! Over the next few weeks, SIFF will screen 421 films representing 85 countries: 181 features (plus 4 secret films), 75 documentaries, 8 archival films, and 153 shorts. The films include 54 World premieres (29 features, 25 shorts), 56 North American premieres (42 features, 14 shorts), and 27 US premieres (15 features, 12 shorts). And KEXP presents 10 of these films as part of the Face the Music series! Let’s take a closer look at the 2016 music films below:


BANG! The Bert Berns Story
USA | 2016 | 94 minutes | Brett Berns, Bob Sarles

Mon May 30 | 8:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater
Wed June 1 | 4:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater

Steven Van Zandt narrates the life of Bert Berns, the influential songwriter and producer behind such classics as “Twist and Shout” and “Piece of My Heart,” whose 1960s record label launched the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond.


Concerto – A Beethoven Journey
United Kingdom | 2015 | 92 minutes | Phil Grabsky

Mon May 23 | 6:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater
Wed May 25 | 4:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater

Shedding new light on a classic composer and his relationship to modern orchestras, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes spends four years attempting to understand and interpret one of the greatest sets of works for piano ever written: Beethoven’s five piano concertos.


Contemporary Color
USA | 2016 | 96 minutes | Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross

Mon May 23 | 6:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater
Wed May 25 | 4:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater

Ten of the country’s elite color guard teams-the flag-flipping, sequin-studded crème de la crème of the “sport of the arts”-sync steps with musical luminaries from David Byrne to tUnE-yArDs for a bacchanalia of beats, sabre-spinning, and glitter cannons.


The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
USA | 2015 | 96 minutes | Morgan Neville

Sat May 28 | 3:30 PM | Shoreline Community College
Sun May 29 | 7:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater

From the director of the Oscar®-winning documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom comes the delightful globe-trotting story of celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his multicultural collective of inspiring master musicians from around the world.


Oh, You Pretty Things! A David Bowie and Glam Rock dance party

May 27 | Party: The Neptune Theatre | 240 minutes

SIFF and STG present a celebration of rock icon (and movie star!) David Bowie and his legendary creation Ziggy Stardust. For this special evening, we transport the Neptune Theatre back to the glory days of the glam rock era: complete with sing along music videos, Bowie inspired burlesque, a performance by tribute band BowieVision, and non-stop dancing to the best music of the gender-bending, hard-rocking ’70s courtesy of DJ Freddy King of Pants.


Presenting Princess Shaw
Israel | 2015 | 80 minutes | Ido Haar

Fri May 20 | 7:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Sat May 21 | 1:00 PM | Pacific Place Cinemas

An inspirational true-life fairy tale about a talented black woman from a poor New Orleans neighborhood whose a cappella YouTube performances capture the attention of an Israeli music producer, turning her into an international singing sensation.


The Prince Sing Along
100 minutes

Sun May 29 | 11:55 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian

In tribute to the life and musical legacy of His Purple Highness, join as we sing along with classic music videos from Prince, as well as surprise cameos from his protégés and musical allies.


Red Gringo (Gringo Rojo)
Chile | 2016 | 67 minutes | Miguel Ángel Vidaurre

Thu June 9 | 7:00 PM | Pacific Place Cinemas
Sat June 11 | 6:00 PM | Kirkland Performance Center

After signing with Capitol Records in the early 1960’s, Colorado-born singer Dean Reed found success at home elusive, but became a pop sensation in Latin America. While touring Chile, he underwent a surprising political transformation that earned him the nickname “The Red Elvis.”


A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story
USA | 2016 | 91 minutes | Keith Maitland

Thu June 2 | 9:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater
Sat June 4 | 3:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater

Take a sweet-sounding peek behind the music of the PBS series “Austin City Limits,” the longest-running music show in television history, which has featured many of the greatest musicians of our time—from Willie Nelson to Radiohead, Ray Charles to Alabama Shakes.


We Are X
USA | 2016 | 89 minutes | Stephen Kijak

Sun June 5 | 8:30 PM | Ark Lodge Cinemas
Wed June 8 | 9:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian

Hugely influential in Japan, but relatively unknown in the U.S., flamboyant hard rock band X Japan ignited a musical revolution in the late-’80s known as “Visual-Kei” before ending in a tragedy-fueled split. Now, enigmatic leader Yoshiki is staging a comeback.

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