Category Archives: SIFF

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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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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