Category Archives: SIFF

SIFF “Face The Music” preview: Killing Bono

Directed by Nick Hamm (Talk Of Angels and BBC’s Off The Hook), Killing Bono depicts the complicated relationship of two brothers in 1970s Ireland as they struggle as bandmates against the rising success of their rivals (and inspiration), who, as history proves, will become one of the largest selling bands in history. Festival Screenings: Thursday,Read more...

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SIFF “Face the Music” preview: Kinshasa Symphony

Despite its widespread poverty, Kinshasa, the capitol city of the Congo, remains a major cultural and intellectual center and is home to Central Africa’s only symphony orchestra. In Kinshasa Symphony, directed by Claus Wischmann, several dozen extremely committed musicians, arrangers, and performers collaborate to plan a major open-air concert for thousands of fans. Festival Screenings:Read more...

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SIFF preview: Saigon Electric

In Saigon Electric, the second feature film by director Stephane Gauger, a young Vietnamese traditional ribbon dancer from the countryside toes to Saigon to study at the big academy but learns more about life, love, friendship, and kicking some ass through break dance and hip-hop battles. Festival Screenings: May 28, 7:15pm Neptune Theater (Follow byRead more...

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SIFF “Face The Music” previews: Juan

A roiling, cantankerous, licentious, modern introduction to Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Juan follows a compulsive seducer who enlists a friend to help him capture his conquests on digital film, as the law, angry mates of lovers, and other adversaries move in to stop his habitual rampage of romance. Shot with lean special effects but still gorgeous,Read more...

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SIFF “Face the Music” Preview: Surrogate Valentine

A San Franciscan singer/songwriter (Goh Nakamura) is hired to teach an over-the-top actor how to play the guitar for a film and ends up taking him on tour in Dave Boyle’s Surrogate Valentine. Festival Screenings: May 29 - 9:30 PM - Harvard Exit May 30 - 3:30 PM - Admiral Theater Buddy movies have enjoyedRead more...

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SIFF “Face the Music” preview: Backyard

In Icelandic filmmaker Arni Sveinsson’s documentary Backyard, musician Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson brings together his friends and other musicians for an outdoor performance behind his house in Reykjavik. Festival screenings: May 26 - 4:00 PM - Neptune Theatre May 29 - 8:30 PM - Admiral Theatre As its title implies, Backyard is a familiar, comfortable andRead more...

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SIFF “Face The Music” preview: Hit So Hard

Seattle-area drumming icon for Hole (and before that Sybil and other bands) Patty Schemel intimately confesses what it was like to rock both grunge clubs and headline major festivals playing for Courtney Love. P. David Ebersole’s first feature-length documentary, Hit So Hard, features cameos by Love, and pals like Faith No More’s Roddy Bottom, punk-folkRead more...

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SIFF “Face The Music” preview: Microphone

Every culture deserves their Rock ‘n’ Roll High School or Style Wars, and and Microphone, a film by Ahmad Abdalla, might be that movie for Egypt.

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SIFF “Face The Music” preview: Moulin Rouge!

Moulin Rouge!, the 2001 move by Australian director Baz Luhrmann, is a lush, romantic musical about a penniless writer who finds true love with a courtesan during the Bohemian revolution. Festival Screening: Sunday, May 22, at 9:00 PM, at the Egyptian A sensory-overloaded, mind-boggling ode to the timeless allure of visual exasperation and the universalRead more...

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SIFF “Face The Music” preview: Flamenco, Flamenco

Festival Screenings: Sunday, May 22 - 7 pm - SIFF Cinema Friday, May 27 - 4:30 pm - Everett Monday, May 30 - 11 am - Egyptian Make no mistake about it, Flamenco, Flamenco is not a documentary on the Spanish musical style, not in the traditional sense anyway. Over the course of the film’sRead more...

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