Category Archives: SIFF

SIFF “Face The Music” Preview: Paul Williams Still Alive

Paul Williams Still Alive Directed by Stephen Kessler (USA, 2011, 84 minutes) Festival Screenings: Friday, May 25, 6:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Saturday, May 26, 1:00 p.m. at SIFF Cinema Uptown “Evergreen” was his biggest selling single ever. He wrote the lyrics for the subversively brilliant super-bomb Ishtar, which Quentin Tarantino loves (but will thereRead more...

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SIFF “Face The Music” Preview: El Gusto: The Good Mood

El Gusto: The Good Mood Directed by Safinez Bousbia (Ireland/Algeria/France/United Arab Emirates, 2011, 88 minutes) Festival Screenings: Friday, May 25, 1:30 p.m. at Pacific Place Sunday, May 27, 6:30 p.m. at Pacific Place Wednesday, May 30, 6:00 p.m. in Everett Music and cities blend together so intrinsically. “If you were to scrape these walls,” aRead more...

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SIFF “Face The Music” Preview: Bad Brains: A Band in DC

Bad Brains: A Band in DC Directed by Mandy Stein, Benjamen Logan (USA 2012, 104 minutes) Festival Screenings: Sunday, May 20, 9:00 p.m. at Pacific Place Wednesday, May 23, 9:00 p.m. at Harvard Exit I remember getting the ROIR tape of the Bad Brains’ first album in the mail for review in my fanzine inRead more...

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SIFF “Face The Music” Preview: Under African Skies

Under African Skies Directed by Joe Berlinger (USA/South Africa 2012, 101 minutes) Festival Screenings: Sunday, May 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Tuesday, May 22, 4:30 p.m. at SIFF Cinema Uptown At the core of this documentary about the recording of the Graceland album by Paul Simon and whole batches of cherished South African musicalRead more...

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Seattle International Film Festival 2012: Face The Music series with Bad Brains, Paul Simon, Pacific NW Hiphop and Doe Bay

The Seattle International Film Festival’s Face The Music series is eagerly anticipated by music fans every year, and for extra flavor this season’s line-up has been curated by music maven/legendary DJ Marco Collins. SIFF runs from May 17 to June 10, and the movies are screened at theaters all over the city, from Pacific PlaceRead more...

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SIFF Face The Music Review: Winter’s Bone at the Triple Door

On the early evening of Thursday, June 2, 2011, the mists and songwriter spells of the Missouri Ozarks came to the Pacific Northwest for the 2011 chapter of the Seattle International Film Festival. The lifetime musicians who supplied the darkly emotional storytelling and entrancing soundtrack that wove through the dark blue hues of the masterfulRead more...

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SIFF Face The Music Review: Who Took The Bomp? Le Tigre On Tour

Who Took The Bomp? Le Tigre On Tour was shown twice during this year’s Seattle International Film Festival as part of the Face The Music series. There were no advance screeners so we weren’t able to do a preview for it, but I caught the second showing at the Egyptian Theatre on Capitol Hill inRead more...

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SIFF Preview: Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians / Interview with Tennis Pro’s David Drury

A Seattle-based documentary spanning several years in the run of a notorious blackjack card shark Church Team, made up of pastors and members of their flock, that bilked millions out of casinos from Washington to Vegas. Festival Screenings: Saturday, June 11, at 6:00 PM at the Admiral Theatre Sunday, June 12, at 3:30 PM atRead more...

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SIFF “Face the Music” preview: Damien Jurado and the Russian Avant-Garde

Each year SIFF organizes a live score event matching current musicians with silent filmmakers from a by-gone era. Past artists have included the Album Leaf, No Age and The Maldives. This year pairs local indie rock singer/songwriter Damien Jurado and Russian-born French avant-garde filmmaker Dimitri Kirsanoff in Damien Jurado and the Russian Avant-Garde. Festival Screenings:Read more...

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SIFF “Face the Music” preview: Roadie

Directed by Michael Cuesta, Roadie is a superbly acted and sublimely written character study about a worker on the fringes of the rock and roll scene. This well-researched and seemingly lived-through fiction follows a roadie for Blue Oyster Cult going back home after a tour’s end, where the drama continues as he deals with issuesRead more...

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