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SIFF Face The Music 2015 Preview: 808

808 United Kingdom | 2015 | 107 minutes | Alexander Dunn May 23 | 9:30PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown May 25 | 1:00PM | Neptune Theatre Distortion. The beats of the world-converting, endlessly genre-inventing, generation-banging Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer were never, ever meant to duplicate those of real drummers. The voice of their sounds wasRead more…

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SIFF Face The Music 2015 Preview: Beats of the Antonov

Beats of the Antonov (Directed by Hajooj Kuka, Sudan, 2014) Festival screenings: Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:30 PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown Friday, May 22, 2015 at 4:00 PM – AMC Pacific Place 11 [ director in attendance at both screenings ] Despite being a film about music, Beats of the Antonov opens withRead more…

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SIFF Face The Music 2015 Preview: Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll USA | 2015 | 106 minutes | John Pirozzi May 23 | 2:15PM | Renton IKEA Performing Arts Festival June 2 | 3:15PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown June 3 | 3:00PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown A stunningly told and peerlessly edited documentary about the Phnom Penh-basedRead more…

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SIFF Face The Music 2015 Preview: Itsi Bitsi

Itsi Bitsi Denmark | 2014 | 107 minutes | Ole Christian Madsen May 21 | 9:30PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown May 27 | 8:30PM | Lincoln Square Cinemas May 31 | 9:30PM | AMC Pacific Place 11 I think it was Julian Cope (Teardrop Explodes), musician-connoisseur and critical master of the psyche-rock arts, who putRead more…

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Seattle International Film Festival 2015: Face The Music

Each year, we’re excited to see what musical subjects and evocative themes the Seattle International Film Festival explores in their Face The Music series. This year, the films delve into myths of popular music genius, reach across margins of the economic side of music affairs, expand the histories of dark social scenes, and tantalize viewersRead more…

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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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