Category Archives: SIFF

SIFF “Face the Music”: An interview with curator Marco Collins

With the music-drenched memories of Memorial Day weekend fading slowly, the Seattle International Film Festival has several music-oriented films screening this week and next as part of their “Face the Music“ series to keep your ears buzzing. These films are a collection of documentaries, biopics, and concert films that have music at the forefront. KEXPRead more...

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SIFF “Face The Music” Preview: Silence: All Roads Lead to Music

Silence: All Roads Lead to Music Directed by Haider Rashid (Italy/Iraq/United Arab Emirates 2011, 78 minutes) Festival Screenings: SUN June 3, 5:00PM SIFF Cinema Uptown MON June 4, 3:30PM SIFF Cinema Uptown WED June 6, 6:00PM Kirkland Review by Masa Silence: All Roads Lead to Music is a music documentary following five skilled musicians: TomRead more...

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SIFF “Face The Music” Preview: Beware of Mr. Baker

Beware of Mr. Baker Directed, written by Jay Bulger (USA, 2012, 92 minutes) Festival Screenings: May 27, 2012 8:30 PM @ Everett Performing Arts Center May 31, 2012 6:30 PM @ Harvard Exit * June 1, 2012 4:00 PM @ Harvard Exit * * Director Jay Bulger scheduled to attend Review by Masa, Expansions: AlongRead more...

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SIFF “Face The Music” Preview: Welcome to Doe Bay

Welcome to Doe Bay Directed by Nesed Shamah and Dan Thornton (USA, 2011, 97 minutes) Festival Screenings: Sunday, June 3, 9:15 p.m. at the Egyptian Tuesday, June 5, 4:00 p.m. at SIFF Cinema Uptown Doe Bay needs its own brand of Kool Aid drink, and a big mug with the logo from its deer-hunter hatsRead more...

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SIFF “Face The Music” Preview: Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best

Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Best Directed by Ryan O’Nan (USA, 2011, 97 minutes) Festival Screenings: Friday, June 1, 9:30 p.m. at the Harvard Exit Saturday june 2, 4:00 p.m. at Pacific Place There are jokes here about dogs biting penises. There are situations involving punching developmentally disabled children in the face. There’s an encouragement ofRead more...

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SIFF “Face the Music” Event Preview: Emerald City Visions (A Hip Hop Reinterpretation of The Wiz)

Emerald City Visions (A Hip Hop Reinterpretation of The Wiz) Performing live at The Triple Door on Saturday, June 1 7:00 PM (All Ages) and 9:30 PM (21+) One of the most interesting elements of SIFF’s “Face the Music” program is their pairing of live music and film in a special one-night-only event during theRead more...

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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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