Category Archives: SIFF

SIFF 2013 Face the Music Preview: Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Directed by Drew DeNicola (USA, 2012, 100 minutes) Festival Screenings: Tuesday, May 21, 9PM at SIFF Cinema Uptown Wednesday, May 26, 8:30pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown Last year’s Oscar winning documentary Searching for Sugarman shined a spotlight on an artist who, despite obvious talent and critical acclaim, somehow slippedRead more…

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SIFF 2013 Face The Music Preview: Mistaken For Strangers, a documentary (sort of) about The National (somewhat)

Mistaken For Strangers Directed by Tom Berninger (USA, 2013, 92 minutes) Festival Screenings: Monday, May 20, 7 PM at The Egyptian Tuesday, May 21, 4 PM at The Egyptian “You get mistaken for strangers by your own friends,” goes the lyric in The Nationals’ song “Mistaken For Strangers.” The first verse of the track fromRead more…

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SIFF 2013 Face The Music Preview: A Band Called Death

A Band Called Death Directed by Jeff Howlett (USA, 2012, 98 minutes) Festival screenings: Saturday, May 18, 3:00 PM at SIFF Cinema Uptown Tuesday, May 28, 9:00 PM at SIFF Cinema Uptown If you’re craving a newly-rediscovered musical artist story as rocking, surprising, exciting, and heart-pouncing as last year’s Searching for Sugar Man, this SIFFRead more…

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SIFF 2013: Hearing What’s On Screen for Face The Music

The Seattle International Film Festival has had a succulent series of movies based on sounds for a while, sponsored by KEXP and called Face The Music. Whether they be documentaries or fictional narratives or band concerts or somewhere in between, up to a dozen independent and/or international films are presented every year along with one-of-a-kindRead more…

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SIFF “Face The Music” Preview: The Savoy King and the Music That Changed America

The Savoy King and the Music That Changed America Directed by Jeff Kaufman (USA, 2012, 88 minutes) Festival Screenings: Saturday, June 9, 6:00 p.m. at Harvard Exit Sunday, June 10, 3:00 p.m. at Harvard Exit In Baltimore, about a century ago, little Chick Webb busted out running to see his beloved grandmother and fell downRead more…

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SIFF “Face The Music” Preview: Charles Bradley: Soul of America

Preview by Masa Charles Bradley: Soul of America Directed by Poull Brien (USA, 2012, 75 minutes) Festival Screening: June 6, 2012 9:15 PM @ AMC Pacific Place 11 Charles Bradley: Soul of America is the story of one man who never gave up on his dreams, and after sixty years of struggles and hardships, madeRead more…

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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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