Category Archives: SIFF

SIFF 2014 Face The Music Review: Shake the Dust and Q&A with Director Adam Sjöberg

Shake the Dust (Directed by Adam Sjöberg, USA, 2014, 108 minutes) A world premiere of Shake the Dust was well-received from very excited local b-boys, b-girls, DJs, and music lovers at the Egyptian Theater that SIFF is now managing. The movie was beautifully photographed and equally, the soundtrack was excellent. I was happy the mixRead more…

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SIFF 2014 Face The Music Review: Frank

Frank (Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland/UK, 2014) The craziest thing about the movie Frank isn’t that the lead actor spends the film in a large papier-mâché mask… no, the craziest thing is that, this is based on a TRUE STORY! In the late ’70s, UK comedian Chris Sievey invented the character “Frank Sidebottom” who, yes,Read more…

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SIFF 2014 Face The Music Review: God Help the Girl

God Help the Girl (Directed by Stuart Murdoch, United Kingdom, 2014) As a Belle & Sebastian fan, I knew I was predisposed to enjoy God Help the Girl, but even I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this debut musical film from their frontman Stuart Murdoch! The “girl” in question is Eve, portrayed byRead more…

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SIFF 2014 Face The Music Review: Song of the New Earth

Song of the New Earth (Directed by Ward Serrill, USA, 2014, 89 minutes) One day, a man named Tom received a question from someone, or something, from the planet Venus through unknown dimensions. He was asked if he could sing a song of the new earth to save lost human souls. Kenyon hopes to beRead more…

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SIFF 2014 Review: Big In Japan

Big In Japan (Directed by John Jeffcoat, USA/Japan, 2013, 100 minutes) Festival showings: Thursday, June 5, 7:00 PM, Egyptian Saturday, June 7, 12:30 PM, SIFF Cinema Uptown Art is tricky business, and usually it takes a whole lot of hard work and a huge sense of humor to match whatever beauty and truth is createdRead more…

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SIFF 2014 Preview: Keep On Keepin’ On

Keep On Keepin’ On (Directed by Alan Hicks, USA 2014, 84 minutes) Festival Screenings: Wednesday, June 4, 7:00 PM, SIFF Cinema Uptown* Friday, June 6, 4:00 PM, SIFF Cinema Uptown We don’t make it through this world alone. Art may come from a lonely place, even a suffering place, and terribly enough, people often won’tRead more…

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SIFF 2014 Face The Music Preview: Beautiful Noise

Beautiful Noise (Directed by Eric Green, USA, 2014) Festival screenings: Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 9:15 PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM – AMC Pacific Place 11 [ director in attendance at both screenings ] It’s the film shoegaze fans have been waiting for: the documentary Beautiful Noise takesRead more…

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SIFF 2014 Face The Music Preview: Strictly Sacred: The Story of Girl Trouble

Strictly Sacred: The Story of Girl Trouble (Directed by Isaac Olsen, USA, 2014) At one point in the documentary Strictly Sacred: The Story of Girl Trouble, a teary-eyed Neko Case looks at the camera and says, “I don’t think this band realizes how much they mean to people.” And it’s true: the legendary Tacoma bandRead more…

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SIFF 2014 Face The Music Review: We Are the Best

We Are the Best (Directed by Lukas Moodysson, Sweden, 2013) With We Are the Best, director Lukas Moodysson captures how the power of punk music can help give a voice to the disenfranchised, particularly pre-teen girls. Based on the semi-autobiographical graphic novel, Never Goodnight, written by Moodysson’s wife, Coco, the film follows best friends BoboRead more…

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SIFF 2014 Face The Music Preview: Electro Chaabi

Electro Chaabi (Directed by Hind Meddeb, Egypt/France, 2013, 77 minutes) Festival screenings: Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 5:00PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 2:00PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown [ director Hind Meddeb scheduled to attend both screenings ] In Cairo, between 2011-2013, a french journalist and filmmaker Hind Meddeb followed streetRead more…

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