quincy jones

SEATTLE — April 30, 2014   — Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly attended  festival in the United States, announced today the complete lineup of films   and events for the 40th annual Festival (May 15 – June 8, 2014).

This year, SIFF will screen   440 films: 198 features (plus 4 secret films), 60 documentaries, 14 archival   films, and 168 shorts, representing 83 countries. The films include 44 World   premieres (20 features, 24 shorts), 30 North American premieres (22 features,   8 shorts), and 14 US premieres (8 features, 6 shorts). The Festival will open   with the previously announced screening of JIMI:   All Is By My Side, the Hendrix biopic starring Outkast’s André   Benjamin from John Ridley, Oscar®-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave,   and close with Charlie McDowell’s twisted romantic comedy The One I Love,   produced by Seattle’s Mel Eslyn and starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass.   In addition, legendary producer and Seattle native Quincy Jones will be   presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the screening of doc Keep on Keepin’ On.   The 2014 Seattle International Film Festival is presented by SIFF, the   non-profits arts organization that reaches more than 250,000 annually through   SIFF Cinema, SIFF Education, and the annual flagship Festival.

“Film is more than   entertainment. The life-changing nature of the collective experience of   cinema and the stories moving pictures can tell are SIFF’s inspiration and   mission every year as we put together the Festival,” says Carl Spence,   SIFF’s Artistic Director. “This year, SIFF continues to be a festival of   discovery, with more than 100 new directors making their debut. Richard   Linklater was one of those filmmakers back in 1990 with the premiere of Slacker; it’s   fitting to have him return for our anniversary with his masterwork Boyhood – unlike any   other film I’ve seen. I am thrilled to share these films with the world and   welcome the hundreds of talented guests expected to attend – from those   you’ve heard of to the many who will be making their debut at the   Festival.”

In addition to the gala screenings,   this year’s premieres and special presentations feature a star-studded lineup   including Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Laura Dern in The Fault in Our Stars,   Richard Linklater’s Boyhood   with Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke; Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock in Keep On Keepin’ On;   Kim Basinger, Richard Jenkins and Cam Gigandet in 4 Minute Mile; Trent Reznor and Billy   Corgan in Beautiful   Noise; Nia Vardalos in Helicopter   Mom; Vincent Kartheiser and Olivia Thirlby in Red Knot; Cate   Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto, and Mia Wasikowska in The Turning; the   voices of Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, and Jay Baruchel in How To Train Your Dragon 2;   Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey in I Origins,and Paul   Rudd and Amy Poehler in   They Came Together.

Mary Bacarella, SIFF’s   Managing Director, says, “This year’s Festival is an incredibly   meaningful milestone for SIFF. We’re all so excited to bring this outstanding   lineup of films, guests, forums, and events to our wonderfully supportive and   enthusiastic audiences. We’ve created a program this year with moments that   will fondly revisit our history and moments that will take us into the future   of SIFF. I can’t wait for the fun to begin!”

Festival box office opens May 1 online at SIFF.net,   by phone at 206.324.9996, and in person at various locations. View the full   public program here.

 

 

 

GALAS

 

Opening   Night Gala

JIMI:   All Is By My Side

Director,   writer and executive producer John Ridley scheduled to attend

 

Novelist   and Oscar®-winner John Ridley (12   Years a Slave) tracks Jimi   Hendrix (Outkast’s André “3000” Benjamin) over the course of two   years in mid-1960s London and his relationship with Vogue model Linda Keith,   taking him from talented guitarist to irrefutable legend. (d: John Ridley c:   André Benjamin, Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Ruth Negga, Adrian Lester,   United Kingdom/Ireland 2013, 118 min) Please click here   for full press release.

 

Centerpiece   Gala

Boyhood

Director   Richard Linklater scheduled to attend

 

Richard   Linklater (Slacker, Before   Sunrise trilogy) makes a   triumphant return to his independent roots with this dazzling micro-epic,   shot over the course of 12 years, that tracks the evolution of a single   American family through the eyes of young Mason. (d: Richard Linklater c:   Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, USA 2014,   164 min)

 

Closing   Night Gala

The One   I Love

Actors   Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass and director Charlie McDowell scheduled to   attend

 

On the   recommendation of their therapist, a married couple spends a weekend away at   a vacation home, where their romantic rekindling takes a turn for the   surreal. This sophisticated blend of relationship drama and “Twilight   Zone” twists features outstanding performances from Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed) and Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”). (d:   Charlie McDowell c: Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass, Ted Danson, USA 2014, 91   min)

 

 

FEATURE   FILM PREMIERES

 

World (20)

 

4   Minute Mile (d:   Charles-Olivier Michaud c: Kelly Blatz, Richard Jenkins, Kim Basinger, Cam   Gigandet, Analeigh Tipton, USA 2014, 96 min)

 

Another   (d: Jason Bognacki c:   Paulie Rojas, Nancy Wolfe, Maria Olsen, Michael St. Michaels, David Landry,   Lillian Pennypacker, USA 2014, 80 min)

 

Awake:   the Life of Yogananda (d:   Paola di Florio, Lisa Leeman, USA 2014, 84 min)

 

Beautiful   Noise (d:   Eric Green f: Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, Robert Smith, Wayne Coyne, USA   2014, 87 min)

 

Bound:   Africans versus African Americans (d: Peres Owino, USA 2014, 90 min)

 

Desert   Cathedral (d:   Travis Gutiérrez Senger c: Lee Tergesen, Chaske Spencer, Petra Wright, Tony   Doupe, Russell Hodgkinson, Aron Michael Thompson, USA 2014, 90 min)

 

Helicopter   Mom(d:   Salomé Breziner c: Nia Vardalos, Jason Dolley, Mark Boone Junior, Scott   Shilstone, Skyler Samuels, USA 2014, 100 min)

 

Lady Be   Good: Instrumental Women In Jazz (d: Kay D. Ray Narrated by: Patrice Rushen, USA 2014, 80 min)

 

Layover(d: Joshua Caldwell c: Nathalie Fay, Karl E. Landler, Bella   Dayne, Hal Ozsan, USA 2014, 83 min)

 

Leading   Lady (d:   Henk Pretorius c: Gil Bellows, Katie McGrath, Brumilda van Rensburg, Bok van   Blerk, Eduan van Jaarsveldt, South Africa 2014, 96 min)

 

My Last   Year With the Nuns (d:   Bret Fetzer c: Matt Smith, USA 2014, 77 min)

 

Obama   Mama (d:   Vivian Norris, USA/Poland/France 2014, 83 min)

 

Oil   & Water (d:   Laurel Spellman Smith, Francine Strickwerda, USA 2014, 78 min)

 

Razing   the Bar (d:   Ryan Worsley f: Brian Foss, Joetta Velasquez, Bill Bullock, Chris Chambers,   Jake Stratton, Rachel Ratner, USA 2014, 83 min)

 

Red   Knot (d:   Scott Cohen c: Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Thirlby, Billy Campbell, Lisa   Harrow, Roger Payne, USA/Argentina/Antarctica 2014, 82 min)

 

Sam   & Amira (d:   Sean Mullin c: Martin Starr, Dina Shihabi, Paul Wesley, Laith Nakli, David   Rasche, USA 2014, 92 min)

 

Shake   the Dust (d:   Adam Sjöberg, USA 2014, 108 min)

 

Song of   the New Earth (d:   Ward Serrill f: Tom Kenyon, USA 2014, 89 min)

 

Strictly   Sacred: The Story of Girl Trouble (d: Isaac Olsen f: Kurt Kendall, Bill Henderson, Bon Henderson,   Dale Phillips, Neko Case, USA 2014, 95 min)

 

You   Must Be Joking (d:   Jake Wilson c: Sas Goldberg, Jake Wilson, Margaret Colin, Hannibal Buress,   James Wolk, USA 2014, 91 min)

 

North   American (22)

 

The   100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (d: Felix Herngren c: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, Mia   Skäringer, Alan Ford, David Wiberg, Sweden 2013, 114 min)

 

40 Days   of Silence (d:   Saodat Ismailova c: Rukhshona Sattarova, Barohat Shukurova, Saodat Rahimova,   Farida Olimova, Uzbekistan/Tajikistan/Netherlands/Germany/France 2014, 88 min)

 

The   Airstrip – Decampment of Modernism, Part III (d: Heinz Emigholz, Germany 2014, 108 min)

 

#ChicagoGirl   – The Social Network Takes on a Dictator (d: Joe Piscatella, USA/Syria 2013, 74 min)

 

Fasten   Your Seatbelts (d:   Ferzan Ozpetek c: Kasia Smutniak, Francesco Arca, Filippo Scicchitano,   Francesco Scianna, Carolina Crescentini, Italy 2014, 110 min)

 

Four   Corners (d:   Ian Gabriel c: Brendon Daniels, Irshaad Ally, Jezriel Skei, Lindiwe   Matshikiza, Abduragman Adams, South Africa 2014, 119 min)

 

Free   Range: Ballad on Approving of the World (d: Veiko Ounpuu c: Lauri Lagle, Jaanika Arum, Laura Peteson,   Denis Lavant, Peeter Volkonski, Estonia 2014, 104 min)

 

Garden   Lovers (d:   Virpi Suutari, Finland 2014, 72 min)

 

Gold (d: Niall Heery c: James Nesbitt, David Wilmot, Kerry Condon,   Maisie Williams, Ireland 2014, 90 min)

 

Hard to   Be a God (d:   Aleksei German c: Leonid Yarmolnik, Aleksandr Chutko, Yuriy Tsurilo, Evgeniy   Gerchakov, Russia 2013, 170 min)

 

Healing (d: Craig Monahan c: Hugo Weaving, Don Hany, Xavier Samuel,   Jane Menelaus, Laura Brent, Australia 2014, 119 min)

 

La Mia   Classe (d:   Daniele Gaglianone c: Valerio Mastandrea, Bassirou Ballde, Mamon Bhuiyan,   Gregorio Cabral, Jessica Canahuire Laura, Italy 2013, 93 min)

 

Land of   Storms (d:   Àdám Császi c: András Sütő, Ádám Varga, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Enikő Börcsök,   Ottó Lajos Horváth, Hungary/Germany 2014, 105 min)

 

Leninland (d: Askold Kurov, Russia/Germany/Netherlands 2013, 52 min)

 

Macondo (d: Sudabeh Mortezai c: Ramasan Minkailov, Aslan Elbiev, Kheda   Gazieva, Rosa Minkailova, Iman Nasuhanova, Austria 2014, 98 min)

 

The   Midnight After (d:   Fruit Chan c: Wong You-nam, Simon Yam, Kara Hui, Janice Man, Suet Lam, Hong   Kong/China 2014, 124 min)

 

Pierrot   Lunaire (d:   Bruce LaBruce c: Susanne Sachsse, Paulina Bachmann, Germany/Canada 2014, 51   min)

 

Shame (d: Yusup Razykov c: Maria Semenova, Elena Korobeynikova, Helga   Filipova, Seseg Hapsasova, Russia 2013, 90 min)

 

The   Sunfish (d:   Søren Balle c: Henrik Birch, Susanne Storm, Lars Topp Thomsen, Jacob Hauberg   Lohmann, Mikkel Vadsholt, Denmark 2014, 100 min)

 

Time   Lapse (d:   Bradley King c: Danielle Panabaker, Matt O’Leary, George Finn, Amin Joseph,   Jason Spisak, USA 2014, 103 min)

 

The   Turning (d:   Marieka Walsh, Warwick Thornton, Jub Clerc, Robert Connolly, Anthony Lucas,   Rhys Graham, Ashlee Page, Tony Ayres, Claire McCarthy, Stephen Page, Shaun   Gladwell, Mia Wasikowska, Simon Stone, David Wenham, Jonathan auf der Heide,   Justin Kurzel, Yaron Lifschitz, Ian Meadows c: Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Cate   Blanchett, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh, Australia 2013, 180 min)

 

Two   Raging Grannies (d:   Håvard Bustnes, Norway/Denmark/Italy 2014, 78 min)

 

US (8)

 

Dangerous   Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus (d: Madeleine Sackler, United Kingdom/USA/Belarus 2013, 76 min)

 

Fly   Colt Fly: The Legend of The Barefoot Bandit (d: Adam Gray, Andrew Gray, Canada 2013, 82 min)

 

From   Neurons to Nirvana: The Great Medicines (d: Oliver Hockenhull, Canada/United Kingdom 2013, 108 min)

 

Futuro   Beach (d:   Karim Aïnouz c: Wagner Moura, Clemens Schick, Jesuita Barbosa, Brazil/Germany   2014, 106 min)

 

Land of   the Bears 3D (d:   Guillaume Vincent Narrated by: Marion Cotillard, France 2014, 90 min)

 

A   Masque of Madness (d:   Norbert Pfaffenbichler c: Boris Karloff, Austria 2013, 80 min)

 

Rhymes   for Young Ghouls (d:   Jeff Barnaby c: Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, Glen Gould, Brandon Oakes, Mark   Antony Krupa, Roseanne Supernault, Canada (Québec) 2013, 85 min)

 

West (d: Christian Schwochow c: Jördis Triebel, Tristan Göbel,   Alexander Scheer, Jacky Ido, Germany 2013, 98 min)

 

 

SPECIAL   PRESENTATIONS

 

The   Fault In Our Stars

Playing   as part of the Laura Dern Tribute Presentation

 

Oblivion   may be inevitable, but love is more than a shout into the void for Hazel and   Gus, in this twinkling adaptation of the bestselling John Green novel. (d:   Josh Boone c: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike   Birbiglia, Willem Dafoe, USA 2014, 107 min)

 

Keep On   Keepin’ On

Playing   as part of the Quincy Jones Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation

The   Justin Kauflin Trio will perform at the Triple Door on June 5 – with   introduction by Quincy Jones

 

This   tribute to jazz legend Clark Terry, who taught Quincy Jones and Miles Davis,   shows his passionate commitment to mentorship. Now in his 90s, Terry helps   blind pianist Justin Kauflin (today a prodigious working artist) realize his   dream. (d: Alan Hicks f: Clark Terry, Justin Kauflin, Quincy Jones, Gwen   Terry, Herbie Hancock, USA 2014, 84 min)

 

How To   Train Your Dragon 2

Five years after the events that brought awkward Viking teen   Hiccup and injured dragon Toothless together, the two inseparable friends   must fight for the peace and safety of their land when they encounter the   mysterious Dragon Rider and a new army of dragons. (d: Dean DeBlois v: Cate   Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jonah   Hill, USA 2014, 105 min)

 

 

 

COMPETITIONS

 

New   Directors Competition

Festival   programmers select 12 films remarkable for their original concept, striking   style and overall excellence. To be eligible, films must be a director’s   first or second feature and without U.S. distribution at the time of their   selection. Winners receive a $2,500 cash prize.

 

2014   Entries:

10,000KM (d: Carlos Marques-Marcet, Spain/USA 2014)

40 Days   of Silence (d:   Saodat Ismailova, Uzbekistan/Tajikistan/Netherlands/Germany/

France   2014, North American Premiere)

B For   Boy (d: Chika   Anadu, Nigeria 2013)

Eastern   Boys (d:   Robin Campillo, France 2013)

History   of Fear (d:   Benjamín Naishtat, Argentina/Uruguay/France/Germany 2013)

Life   Feels Good (d:   Maciej Pieprzyca, Poland 2013)

Macondo   (d: Sudabeh Mortezai,   Austria 2014, North American Premiere)

Me,   Myself and Mum (d:   Guillaume Gallienne, Belgium/France/Spain 2013)

Remote   Control (d:   Byamba Sakhya, Mongolia/Germany/USA 2013)

Rhymes   for Young Ghouls (d:   Jeff Barnaby, Canada (Québec) 2013, US Premiere)

Standing   Aside, Watching (d:   Yorgos Servetas, Greece 2013)

Viktoria (d: Maya Vitkova, Bulgaria/Romania 2014)

 

New   American Cinema Competition

Festival   programmers select 12 films without U.S. distribution that are sure to   delight audiences looking to explore the exciting vanguard of New American   Cinema and compete for the FIPRESCI Award for Best New American Film. Jury is   comprised of 3 members from the International Federation of Film Critics.

 

2014 Entries:

Alex of   Venice (d:   Chris Messina, USA 2014)

Another   (d: Jason Bognacki, USA   2014, World Premiere)

Five   Star (d:   Keith Miller, USA 2014)

Kinderwald (d: Lise Raven, USA 2013)

Layover (d: Joshua Caldwell, USA 2014, World Premiere)

Little   Accidents (d: Sara   Colangelo, USA 2014)

Medeas (d: Andrea Pallaoro, USA/Italy/Mexico 2013)

Red Knot (d: Scott Cohen, USA/Argentina/Antarctica 2014, World Premiere)

Sam   & Amira (d:   Sean Mullin, USA 2014, World Premiere)

The   Sleepwalker (d:   Mona Fastvold, USA/Norway 2014)

Time   Lapse (d:   Bradley King, USA 2014, North American Premiere)

X/Y (d: Ryan Piers Williams, USA 2014)

 

Documentary   Competition

Unscripted   and uncut, the world is a resource of unexpected, informative, and altogether   exciting storytelling. Documentary filmmakers have, for years, brought these   untold stories to life and introduced us to a vast number of fascinating   topics we may have never known existed-let alone known were so fascinating.   Winners receive a $2,500 cash prize.

 

2014   Entries:

Ballet   422 (d:   Jody Lee Lipes, USA 2014)

#ChicagoGirl   – The Social Network Takes on a Dictator (d: Joe Piscatella, USA/Syria 2013, North American Premiere)

Dangerous   Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus (d: Madeleine Sackler, United Kingdom/USA/Belarus 2013, US   Premiere)

Dior   and I (d:   Frédéric Tcheng, France 2014, 89 min)

Garden   Lovers (d:   Virpi Suutari, Finland 2014, US Premiere)

I Am   Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (d: Dave LaMattina, USA 2014)

Leninland (d: Askold Kurov, Russia/Germany/Netherlands 2013, North   American Premiere)

Marmato (d: Mark Grieco, Colombia/USA 2014)

Obama   Mama (d:   Vivian Norris, USA/Poland/France 2014, World Premiere)

Shake   the Dust (d:   Adam Sjöberg, USA 2014, World Premiere)

Song of   the New Earth (d:   Ward Serrill, USA 2014, World Premiere)

Two   Raging Grannies (d:   Håvard Bustnes, Norway/Denmark/Italy 2014,

North   American Premiere)

 

Shorts   Competition

All   short films shown at the Festival are eligible for both the Golden Space   Needle Audience Award and Jury Award. Jurors will choose winners in the   Narrative, Animation, and Documentary categories. Each jury winner will   receive $1,000 and winners in any of the three categories may also qualify to   enter their respective films in the Short Film category of the Academy   Awards®.

 

Golden   Space Needle Awards

For the   past 29 years, SIFF has celebrated its most popular films and filmmakers with   the Golden Space Needle Audience Award. Awards by Festival audiences are   given in five categories: Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Director, Best   Actor, Best Short Film

 

 

40TH   ANNIVERSARY SCREENINGS

 

The   Rocky Horror Picture Show

The   longest running theatrical release in history, which premiered at the 1976   Seattle International Film Festival, returns for a special interactive   celebration that includes goodie bags, subtitled lyrics, and more. Don’t   dream it, be it. (d: Jim Sharman c: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry   Bostwick, Richard O’Brien, Meat Loaf, United Kingdom/USA 1975, 100 min)

 

The   Stunt Man

Director   Richard Rush scheduled to attend

Peter   O’Toole plays an erratic director who agrees to hire a runaway convict as a   stunt man for his World War I epic. As the fugitive takes over the identity   of the film’s previous stunt man, it becomes clear that no one’s intentions   are what they seem. This bizarre, clever film that was nominated for multiple   Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, closed SIFF in 1980 and   went on to a legendary 43-week run at the Guild 45th. (d: Richard Rush c:   Peter O’Toole, Steve Railsbeck, Barbara Hershey, Allan Goorwitz, Alex Rocco,   USA 1980, 131 min)

 

The   Whole Wide World

Director   Dan Ireland scheduled to attend

The   true story of the 1930s turbulent courtship between aspiring author Novalyne   and “Conan the Barbarian” pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard   resonates in Dan Ireland’s classic romance. (d: Dan Ireland c: Vincent   D’Onofrio, Renee Zellweger, USA 1996, 111 min). Preceded by the World   Premiere of Dan Ireland’s short Hate   From A Distance produced in   honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act (July 2,   1964) abolishing segregation.

 

 

TRIBUTE   GUESTS

 

LIFETIME   ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Quincy   Jones

Featuring   Keep on Keepin’ On, The   Pawnbroker, and An Evening with   the Justin Kauflin Trio

 

Our   lives have been touched by the work of Seattle native Quincy Jones in   countless ways-from his work on seminal albums like “Sinatra at the   Sands,” “Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux,” and Michael   Jackson’s “Thriller,” to his 33 film scores including Sidney   Lumet’s The Pawnbroker and Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple, which he also co-produced, to his TV   production, music management, and humanitarian work in the world and in the   arts.

 

OUTSTANDING   ACHIEVEMENT IN ACTING AWARDS

Laura   Dern

Featuring   The Fault in Our Stars and Wild   at Heart

 

Coming   from a family of major cinematic talent, Laura Dern has gone from girl next   door (Blue Velvet) to paleontologist (Jurassic Park), from love-crazed bad girl (Wild at Heart) to   woman reinvented (HBO’s “Enlightened”), and everywhere in between.   An award-winning actress, producer, director, and activist, Dern’s unique   blend of candor and magnetism, as well as her penchant for gutsy roles, has   brought her to the forefront of American cinema and television.

 

Chiwetel   Ejiofor

Featuring   Half of a Yellow Sun, short Columbite   Tantalite, and late-night   screening of Serenity.
From his first film role in   Steven Spielberg’s Amistad at the age of 19 and his colorful performance   in Kinky Boots to his extraordinary Oscar®-nominated portrayal   of Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave,   Chiwetel Ejiofor has infused his roles with an exquisite brand of   introspective, quiet intensity. His performances are elegant and impassioned,   stoic and strong, and infinitely memorable – a master of the craft.

 

 

SATURDAY   FILMS & PARTIES

 

Dior   and I

Party   at PNK at Pacific Place

Director   Frédéric Tcheng scheduled to attend

 

J’adore   Dior! This elegant glimpse into artistic director Raf Simons’ entry into the   House of Christian Dior, and into the creation of his first haute couture   collection, sparkles as an homage to the iconic house.  (d: Frédéric   Tcheng f: Raf Simons, Anna Wintour, Sidney Toledano, Pieter Mulier, France   2014, 89 min)

 

I   Origins

Party   at Kaspar’s

 

An   existential, metaphysical science fiction drama about a molecular biologist   studying human eye evolution, his first-year lab partner, and his mysterious,   free-spirited lover. A bold followup to the stunning 2012 film Another Earth. (d: Mike Cahill c: Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid   Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, Archie Panjabi, USA 2014, 113 min)

 

They   Came Together

Industry   Party at W Hotel Seattle

Director   David Wain scheduled to attend

 

Comedy   titans Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler lampoon rom-com conventions in this snappy   sendup of boy-meets-girl, also starring New York City. Overly sincere and   saccharine clichés are spoofed with gut-busting gags and irreverent laughs.   (d: David Wain c: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Michael Shannon, Cobie Smulders,   Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Meloni, Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Ed Helms, USA   2014, 83 min)

 

 

FACE   THE MUSIC

 

Seattle   is a music-obsessed city, so it’s only fitting that the Festival features   films that showcase the many ways in which music affects our lives, ranging   from biopics and documentaries to concert films and live events. This year’s   Live Performance Event features Keep   on Keepin’ On subject and   Quincy Jones-signed artist Justin Kauflin live with his trio at the Triple   Door.

 

20,000   Days on Earth (d:   Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard f: Nick Cave, United Kingdom 2014, 95 min)

 

Alive   Inside: A Story of Music & Memory (d: Michael Rossato-Bennett, USA 2014, 74 min)

 

Beautiful   Noise (d:   Eric Green f: Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, Robert Smith, Wayne Coyne, USA   2014, 87 min)

 

Big in   Japan (d:   John Jeffcoat c: David Drury, Philip A. Peterson, Sean Lowry, Alex Vincent,   Adam Powers, USA/Japan 2014, 100 min)

 

Electro   Chaabi (d:   Hind Meddeb, Egypt/France 2013, 77 min)

 

Finding   Fela (d:   Alex Gibney, USA 2014, 120 min)

 

God   Help the Girl (d:   Stuart Murdoch c: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Cora   Bissett, Pierre Boulanger, United Kingdom 2014, 111 min)

 

Keep On   Keepin’ On (d:   Alan Hicks f: Clark Terry, Justin Kauflin, Quincy Jones, Gwen Terry, Herbie   Hancock, USA 2014, 84 min)

 

Lady Be   Good: Instrumental Women In Jazz (d: Kay D. Ray Narrated by: Patrice Rushen, USA 2014, 80 min)

 

Razing   the Bar (d:   Ryan Worsley f: Brian Foss, Joetta Velasquez, Bill Bullock, Chris Chambers,   Jake Stratton, Rachel Ratner, USA 2014, 83 min)

 

Song of   the New Earth (d:   Ward Serrill f: Tom Kenyon, USA 2014, 89 min)

 

Strictly   Sacred: The Story of Girl Trouble (d: Isaac Olsen f: Kurt Kendall, Bill Henderson, Bon Henderson,   Dale Phillips, Neko Case, USA 2014, 95 min)

 

 

NORTHWEST   CONNECTIONS

 

Seattleites   see more films per capita than the residents of any other American city. This   year’s lineup of films with their roots in the Pacific Northwest reveals a   filmmaking region officially on the map. Every year, SIFF honors the many   ways in which the Puget Sound region contributes to the world of cinema,   whether it’s as an evocative location for outside filmmakers or inspiration   for local filmmakers on the rise.

 

4   Minute Mile (d:   Charles-Olivier Michaud c: Kelly Blatz, Richard Jenkins, Kim Basinger, Cam   Gigandet, Analeigh Tipton, USA 2014, 96 min)

 

BFE (d: Shawn Telford c: Wally Dalton, Kelsey Packwood, Aleksander   Greenleaf, Ian Lerch, Abby Dylan, USA 2014, 98 min)

 

Big in   Japan (d:   John Jeffcoat c: David Drury, Philip A. Peterson, Sean Lowry, Alex Vincent,   Adam Powers, USA/Japan 2014, 100 min)

 

The   Breach (d:   Mark Titus Narrated by: Kate O’Toole, USA 2014, 85 min)

 

Burkholder (d: Taylor Guterson c: Bob Burkholder, Britton Crosley, David   VanderWal, Sean MacLean, James Molyball, USA 2014, 81 min)

 

DamNation (d: Ben Knight, Travis Rummel, USA 2014, 92 min)

 

Desert   Cathedral (d:   Travis Gutiérrez Senger c: Lee Tergesen, Chaske Spencer, Petra Wright, Tony   Doupe, Russell Hodgkinson, Aron Michael Thompson, USA 2014, 90 min)

 

Fly   Colt Fly: The Legend of The Barefoot Bandit (d: Adam Gray, Andrew Gray, Canada 2013, 82 min)

 

Lucky   Them (d:   Megan Griffiths c: Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt,    Ahna O’Reilly, USA 2013, 96 min)

 

My Last   Year With the Nuns (d:   Bret Fetzer c: Matt Smith, USA 2014, 77 min)

 

Oil   & Water (d:   Laurel Spellman Smith, Francine Strickwerda, USA 2014, 78 min)

 

Razing   the Bar (d:   Ryan Worsley f: Brian Foss, Joetta Velasquez, Bill Bullock, Chris Chambers,   Jake Stratton, Rachel Ratner, USA 2014, 83 min)

 

Sold (d: Jeffrey Brown c: Niyar Saikia, Gillian Anderson, David   Arquette, USA/India, Nepal, United Kingdom 2014, 97 min)

 

Song of   the New Earth (d:   Ward Serrill f: Tom Kenyon, USA 2014, 89 min)

 

Strictly   Sacred: The Story of Girl Trouble (d: Isaac Olsen f: Kurt Kendall, Bill Henderson, Bon Henderson,   Dale Phillips, Neko Case, USA 2014, 95 min)

 

Two   Raging Grannies (d:   Håvard Bustnes, Norway/Denmark, Italy 2014, 78 min)

 

 

AFRICAN   PICTURES

 

Now in   its second year, this program once again presents an impressive and diverse   selection of films from and about Africa. Supported by a generous multi-year   grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, African Pictures   brings the best in cinema to audiences in Seattle and the broader Northwest.   Featured selections include indigenous films, films by African filmmakers   working outside the continent, and films on topics relating to Africa’s   changing contemporary political and social landscape.

 

African   Metropolis (d:   Marie Ka, Philippe Lacote, Ahmed Ghoneimy, Vincent Moloi, Folsakin Iwajomo,   Jim Chuchu, Kenya/Ivory Coast/Egypt/Senegal/Nigeria/South Africa 2013, 92 min)

 

B For   Boy (d:   Chika Anadu c: Uche Nwadili, Nonso Odogwu, Ngozi Amarikwa, Frances Okeke,   Iheoma Opara, Nigeria 2013, 118 min)

 

Bound:   Africans versus African Americans (d: Peres Owino, USA 2014, 90 min)

 

Difret (d: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari c: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere,   Ethiopia 2014, 99 min)

 

Electro   Chaabi (d:   Hind Meddeb, Egypt/France 2013, 77 min)

 

Finding   Fela (d:   Alex Gibney, USA 2014, 120 min)

 

Four   Corners (d: Ian   Gabriel c: Brendon Daniels, Irshaad Ally, Jezriel Skei, Lindiwe Matshikiza,   Abduragman Adams, South Africa 2014, 119 min)

 

Half of   a Yellow Sun (d:   Biyi Bandele c: Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Boyega, Anika Noni   Rose, Joseph Mawle, Nigeria/United Kingdom 2013, 106 min)

 

Leading   Lady (d:   Henk Pretorius c: Gil Bellows, Katie McGrath, Brumilda van Rensburg, Bok van   Blerk, Eduan van Jaarsveldt, South Africa 2014, 96 min)

 

Rags   and Tatters (d:   Ahmad Abdalla c: Asser Yassin, Atef Yousef, Amr Abed, Yara Gubran, Mohamed   Mamdouh, Egypt 2013, 87 min)

 

The   Rooftops (d:   Merzak Allouache c: Adila Bendimerad, Nassima Belmihoub, Ahcene Benzerari,   Aïssa Chouat, Mourad Khen, Algeria/France 2013, 92 min)

 

Salvation   Army (d:   Abdellah Taïa c: Saïd Mrini, Karim Ait M’Hand, Amine Ennaji, Malika El   Hamaoui, Frederic Landenberg, Morocco/France 2013, 82 min)

 

Under   the Starry Sky (d:   Dyana Gaye c: Marème Demba Ly, Ralph Amoussou, France/Senegal 2013, 86 min)

 

White   Shadow (d:   Noaz Deshe c: Hamisi Bazili, James Gayo, Glory Mbayuwayu, Salum Abdallah,   Germany/Italy/Tanzania 2013, 115 min)

 

 

SHORTSFEST
With 168 shorts this year,   SIFF’s annual celebration of short film remains one of the hot tickets at the   Festival. Taking place during Memorial Day weekend, this mini-fest is packed   with talented, up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world. Take advantage   of the opportunity to experience the best short films from the past year –   many will also play before feature films throughout the Festival.

 

 

MOODS

 

“What   sort of film do I feel like seeing tonight?” With our handy Moods   groupings, we’ve made it easy for everyone to find the type of cinematic   experience you’re in the mood for. Instead of using traditional categories,   which require a bit of work to figure out, we’ve aimed to connect films with   you – the audience – by organizing them into 10 areas that match your mood.

 

LOVE…

The   Coast of Passion

Romance   and love in all its forms, pleasures, and idiosyncrasies.

 

MAKE ME   LAUGH

The Bay   of Merriment

Films   that make you chuckle and tickle your funny bone.

 

OPEN MY   EYES

Plains   of Truth

Revealing   films and documentaries revolving around history, politics, and contemporary   events from around the world.

 

THRILL   ME

The   Adrenaline Forest

Suspense,   thrills, and action. Films with a faster pace that might also surprise you   when you least expect it!

 

PROVOKE   ME

Thought   Trails

Mesmerizing   dramas and documentaries that explore thought-provoking questions, realities,   and topics.

 

SHOW ME   THE WORLD

Unknown   Territory

Prepare   to be taken to another place-from exotic, far-off lands to vibrant experiences   outside of everyday life.

 

SCI-FI   AND FACT

Ocean   of Knowledge

Science,   technology, environment, the future, and beyond!

 

TO THE   EXTREME

Cape of   Outer Limits

Explore   the outer limits with films that go beyond the edge.

 

CREATIVE   STREAK

Originality   Oasis

The   exploration of artistic endeavors from all disciplines: literature, film,   art, dance,

and   performance.

 

FACE   THE MUSIC

The   Melodic Sea

Films   that intersect the world of music on all fronts: from biopics and concert   films,

to   musicals and live events.

 

 

FLY FILMMAKING   CHALLENGE

 

This   year, SIFF challenged five local production companies to create a love letter   to Seattle in a compilation affectionately titled, “Seattle, I Love   You.” Production companies featured are B47 Studios, Digital Kitchen,   ForeignAmerican Pictures, We Are Royale, and World Famous.

 

 

SIFF   EDUCATION

 

SIFF   offers three programs during Festival: FutureWave & Films4Families,   Forums, and SuperFly.

 

FUTUREWAVE   AND FILM4FAMILIES

SIFF   has programs curated to make the Festival more accessible to younger audiences.   FutureWave features are a great place for our cinema-savvy   teen audience to find their love of world cinema and Films4Families is the perfect way for younger children (and the young at heart)   to have a fabulous experience at SIFF. Both programs also have Youth Juries   comprised of youth from their age bracket to watch all the films and present   the Youth Jury Award in their respective categories.

 

FORUMS   & PANELS

Where   audiences and filmmakers come together to learn about and experience making   movies. Unless otherwise noted, Festival forums and panels are held at SIFF   Film Center.

 

  •   The Editor’s Toolkit
  •   Inside LAIKA Animation
  •   The Changing Face of Documentary Filmmaking
  •   The Alchemy of Film Scoring
  •   Get Animated: Animation Workshop for Kids   (ages 8-14)
  •   How To Make a Living Creating Media
  •   Short Filmmakers Happy Hour & Panel:   Making the Most of Any Festival
  •   Crash Cinema @ Folklife
  •   Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: The   Hammersmith App and Other New Teaching Tools
  •   SIFF Catalyst Panels – a full day of public   panels & dynamic, thought-provoking discussions around the dual themes of   co-creation and community in the new digital space.
    • Produce   Smarter: How to Finance Your Short Film Without Using Your Credit Card

Keynote   by Emily Best (Seed&Spark)

  • Catalyst   Filmmaker Panel
  • Successful   Genre Filmmaking
  • Catalyst   Happy Hour
  •   The Emergence of Native Filmmaking
  •   TheFilmSchool: How to Correctly Pitch Your   Project
  •   Filmmaking Across the African Diaspora
  •   TheFilmSchool: How to Prepare for the   Investor Conversation
  •   The Future of Film Criticism
  •   TheFilmSchool: Protecting your IP &   Negotiating the Deal
  •   The Future of Distribution

 

SUPERFLY   2014

For its   ninth year, the SuperFly Filmmaking Experience, created by Longhouse Media   and presented by SIFF, brings 50 youth from across the country to Seattle to   participate in an immersion into filmmaking and tribal culture. The young   filmmakers will produce five short documentary films in 36 hours at the   Suquamish Tribal Community. The films will be completed just hours before their   World Premiere at the SuperFly and Native Shorts Showcase on May 31 (4:00pm,   Harvard Exit).

 

 

SIFF –   SEATTLE

Venues:   SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Film Center, McCaw Hall, Egyptian Theatre, Harvard   Exit, AMC Pacific Place 11, Cinerama, SIFF Lounge at Triumph Bar, The Triple   Door

 

SIFF    – RENTON

Venue:   IKEA Renton Performing Arts Center

 

SIFF    – KIRKLAND

Venue:   Kirkland Performance Center

 

SIFF    – BELLEVUE

Venue:   Lincoln Square Cinemas

 

 

SIFF   2014 BY THE NUMBERS

 

440   Films

83   Countries

198   Feature films (+4 Secret Films)

60   Documentary features

14   Archival films

168   Short films

44   World premieres (20 features, 24 shorts)

30   North American premieres (22 features, 8 shorts)

14 US   premieres (8 features, 6 shorts)

 

 

SIFF PUBLICITY   DEPARTMENT

 

Rachel   Eggers – Public Relations Manager

206.315.0683   | [email protected]

 

Sara   Huey – Festival Publicist

206.315.0699   | [email protected]

 

John   Longenbaugh – Festival Publicist

206.315.0694   | [email protected]

 

Steven   Wilson  – National Publicist

212.901.3920   | [email protected]

 

Find 2014 Media Guide, press releases, hi-res film stills,   logos, trailers, and more at press.siff.net.

 

 

 

About   SIFF

 

Founded in 1976, SIFF   creates experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary   films from around the world with the Seattle International Film Festival,   SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education. Recognized as one of the top film festivals   in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest,   most highly attended film festival in the United States, reaching more than   150,000 annually. The 25-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging and   eclectic programming, presenting over 250 features and 150 short films from   over 70 countries each year. SIFF Cinema exhibits premiere theatrical   engagements, repertory, classic, and revival film showings 365 days a year on   four screens at the SIFF Film Center and the historic SIFF Cinema Uptown,   reaching more than 100,000 attendees annually. SIFF Education offers   educational programs for all audiences serving more than 11,000 students and   youth in the community with free programs each year.

 

The   40th Seattle International Film Festival runs from May 15 through June 8,   2014

at   venues in Seattle and around the Northwest.

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