Category Archives: SIFF

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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KEXP Q&A: Phillip Peterson of Tennis Pro

For years, Phillip Peterson has been around Seattle composing music, producing music and mixing for bands like the Seattle Symphony and, recently, Shaprece. Now, his band, Tennis Pro, is screening a movie at SIFF, Big in Japan, about touring Japan, and is preparing to play Capitol Hill Block Party. KEXP caught up with Phillip toRead more…

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SIFF 2014 Face The Music Preview: Razing the Bar

Razing the Bar (Directed by Ryan Worsley, USA, 2014) Festival screenings: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 9:00 PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown [ director in attendance at both screenings ] It’s hard to be unbiased towards a documentary about Seattle’s beloved punk club TheRead more…

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SIFF 2014 Review: Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (Directed by Mike Myers, USA, 2013, 84 minutes) He had been in Los Angeles and got punched out twice in 24 hours. Kick-started in the business by Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin while on LSD trying to separate them from having sex poolside at his hotel (he thought itRead more…

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