Author Archives: Chris Estey

SIFF 2014: It’s Time To Face The Music

The 40th Annual Seattle International Film Festival is upon us, and this year’s SIFF is probably the best one for fans of the KEXP-sponsored Face The Music series. Seriously, if you’ve found the festival has been a little light on the music movies before, this year will change your head. In the official SIFF 2014Read more…

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Seattle International Film Festival 2014: Kick It with Jimi and Much More

It’s our happening and it freaks us out! The 2014 Seattle International Film Festival is upon us, and this year is probably the best one for fans of its phenomenal Face The Music series. Seriously, if you’ve found SIFF a little light on the music movies before, this year will change your head around. InRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: PM Press Takeover

It’s great to see that excellent, keenly questioning, perennially rebellious, truly inspiring, and high quality reading/viewing/listening materials keep being published and produced in this extremely DIY economy. Forged in the fires of pre-economic collapse in 2007, Oakland, CA-based PM Press is a focused cell of thought-provokers in various mediums with combined aeons of protesting, punkRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll, Part 666

There are a whole of really good deep and fun reads out this fall. Some of it is about music and the madness that surrounds the lives that make it and enjoy it, some of it’s about people who work after hours in nightmarish conditions who have to find serenity through blood, or who followRead more…

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SIFF 2013 Face The Music Preview: I Used To Be Darker

I Used To Be Darker (Directed by Matthew Porterfield; USA, 2013, 90 minutes) Festival Screenings: Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 PM, at SIFF Cinema Uptown Wednesday, June 5 at 3:30 PM at SIFF Cinema Uptown Rarely has a movie shown how much (performing and enjoying) music enriches and inspires, heals and separates our personal livesRead more…

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SIFF 2013 Preview: Her Aim Is True

Her Aim Is True (Directed by Karen Whitehead, USA, 2013, 70 minutes) Festival screenings: Sunday, May 26, at 4:00 PM at Harvard Exit Monday, May 27, at 2:00 PM at Harvard Exit She’s 93, living in Seattle, and at the end of the biographical documentary, Her Aim Is True, photographer Jini Dellaccio is still creatingRead more…

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SIFF 2013 Face The Music Preview: Peaches Does Herself

Peaches Does Herself (Directed by Peaches, Germany 2012, 80 minutes) Festival Screenings: Saturday, May 25 9:30 PM at the Egyptian Theater Monday, May 27 9:00 PM at the Egyptian Theater I remember the first time I heard “Fuck The Pain Away” at a bar on Cap Hill in 2000. It jolted me as much asRead more…

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SIFF 2013 Face The Music Preview: Mistaken For Strangers, a documentary (sort of) about The National (somewhat)

Mistaken For Strangers Directed by Tom Berninger (USA, 2013, 92 minutes) Festival Screenings: Monday, May 20, 7 PM at The Egyptian Tuesday, May 21, 4 PM at The Egyptian “You get mistaken for strangers by your own friends,” goes the lyric in The Nationals’ song “Mistaken For Strangers.” The first verse of the track fromRead more…

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SIFF 2013 Face The Music Preview: A Band Called Death

A Band Called Death Directed by Jeff Howlett (USA, 2012, 98 minutes) Festival screenings: Saturday, May 18, 3:00 PM at SIFF Cinema Uptown Tuesday, May 28, 9:00 PM at SIFF Cinema Uptown If you’re craving a newly-rediscovered musical artist story as rocking, surprising, exciting, and heart-pouncing as last year’s Searching for Sugar Man, this SIFFRead more…

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SIFF 2013: Hearing What’s On Screen for Face The Music

The Seattle International Film Festival has had a succulent series of movies based on sounds for a while, sponsored by KEXP and called Face The Music. Whether they be documentaries or fictional narratives or band concerts or somewhere in between, up to a dozen independent and/or international films are presented every year along with one-of-a-kindRead more…

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