By Cameron Sinz | Indiewire April 30, 2013 at 1:0PM
The Seattle International Film Festival has set its massive full lineup for this year's 39th Annual event, including the North American Premiere of Sofia Coppola's Un Certain Regard entry "The Bling Ring," which has been set as the closing night film for the festival. This year's festival will include 18 world premieres, 38 North American premieres, and 6 US premieres, in a lineup of 447 features and 175 short films.
As previously announced, Joss Whedon's Shakespeare adaptation "Much Ado About Nothing," will open the festival, with other highlights including Jim Rash's Steve Carell vehicle "The Way, Way Back," David Gordon Green's "Prince Avalanche," David Lowery's "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," and Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha," among many other recent festival favorites.
"My first knowledge of film festivals came from seeing astonishing and extraordinary films from the likes of Ridley Scott, Peter Greenaway, Lars von Trier and Bernardo Bertolucci. Today, those formative experiences drive my passion for finding the next wave of films from masters and undiscovered talent," said SIFF Artistic and Co-Director Carl Spence. "From the launch of our inaugural African Pictures program, to our Closing Night Gala, the American debut of Sofia Coppola’s 'The Bling Ring,' to Disney-Pixar’s 'Monsters University,' to Peter Greenaway’s 'Goltzius' and the Pelican Company, the 39th edition of the Festival will unleash an incredibly rich and diverse array of fantastic programming.”
Actor Kyle MacLachlan ("Blue Velvet," "Twin Peaks") will receive this year's Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award, and will be in attendance for an audience Q&A following a screening of David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" pilot episode. Director Peter Greenaway will be the festival's other special guest, holding a lecture following a screening of his film"Goltzius and the Pelican Company."
“This is my first year at SIFF as Managing Director, however I have been involved with the organization for many, many years – from participating as a sponsor, to covering as a reporter, to serving as a volunteer," said SIFF Managing Director Mary Bacarella. "I’m overjoyed to kick off my tenure as Managing Director with such an exciting Festival lineup; it’s going to be a spectacular 25 days of celebrating the world of film."
Check out the full press release below, detailing the festival's Galas, screenings, competition series, and shorts lineup on the next page.
Opening Night Gala
Much Ado About Nothing (director: Joss Whedon)
Shakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Whedon's Much Ado. Shot in just 12
days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy,
and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love. The film was shot entirely in Whedon
and Cole’s own home, and made with a group of close friends (and recurring “Whedonverse” players)
who share the filmmakers’ love of Shakespeare. Confirmed to attend Opening Night on May 16 are
director Whedon and the stars of the film: Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg.
Please click here for the full press release.
Closing Night Gala
The Bling Ring (director: Sofia Coppola) North American Premiere
Coppola’s latest is a story ripped from the tabloid headlines and gossip news programs, a story as
strange as it is true. Five Tinseltown teenagers (two played by Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga)
wish to live like the rich and famous, but they’ll settle for robbing them instead. The gang, referring to
themselves as “The Bling Ring,” track the internet goings-on of SoCal’s A-list celebs with ease, waiting
for just the right moment to break into their vast mansions and run off with their high-class goods. But
when rebelliousness turns to recklessness, the group’s crimes catch up with them.
Twenty Feet from Stardom (director: Morgan Neville)
2When you’re singing along with the chorus of your favorite song, do you really know who you’re singing
along with? Veteran filmmaker Morgan Neville does, and his new film tracks the astounding careers,
contributions, and sacrifices of pop music’s most-recognizable, yet least-known artists: the backup
singers. Twenty Feet from Stardom follows several diverse and gifted backup singers living in
the shadows of superstardom. Although these singers are usually relegated to the margins, and few,
if any, become household names, their work has defined countless songs that remain in our hearts
and collective consciousness. Director Morgan Neville and singers Tata Vega and Merry Clayton are
scheduled to appear and perform at the screening.
FILMS WITH PARTIES:
Drinking Buddies (director: Joe Swanberg, USA, Magnolia Pictures)
Fanie Fourie’s Lobola (director: Henk Pretorius, South Africa)
G.B.F. (director Darren Stein, USA)
Populaire (director: Régis Roinsard, France, The Weinstein Company)
The Way, Way Back (directors: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, USA, Fox Searchlight)
SIFF highlights two special guests this year: legendary actor Kyle MacLachlan and director Peter
Washington native Kyle MacLachlan has brought his patented brand of effortless charm and
fierce tenacity the big and small screens. This program will include the presentation of the Seattle
International Film Festival Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting, an onstage interview with film
clips from his career, including an audience Q&A, followed by a screening of David Lynch’s pilot for the
cult-hit television show Twin Peaks.
Peter Greenaway, one of film’s leading provocateurs, provides a premise and a challenge in his
upcoming forum: is the contemporary cinema’s dependence on text leading to the death of cinema?
Illustrated with numerous clips and striking visual imagery, Peter Greenaway's lecture promises to be
enlightening and exciting adventure. The talk will follow a screening of Goltzius and the Pelican
This year’s Special Presentations include:
Decoding Annie Parker (director: Steven Bernstein) – Starring Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton,
this is the amazing true story of UW geneticist Mary-Claire King and her world-changing discovery of
the BRCA1 breast cancer gene. Special benefit screenings will support the fight against breast cancer.
Inequality for All (director Jacob Kornbluth) – the Sundance award-winning documentary exploring
the causes and consequences of the widening income gap in America.
3Somm (director: Jason Wise) – the riveting story of four sommeliers attempting to pass the prestigious
Master Sommelier exam. This film will be paired with special wine tasting receptions following the
screenings. Director Jason Wise expected to attend along with renowned Sommeliers.
FEATURE FILM PREMIERES:
9 Full Moons (d: Tomer Almagor, USA)
Alive and Well (d: Josh Taft, USA)
Clutter (d: Diane Crespo, USA)
Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington (d: Riley Morton, USA)
Fateful Findings (d: Neil Breen, USA)
Finding Hillywood (d: Leah Warshawski, USA)
Her Aim Is True (d: Karen Whitehead, USA)
Last I Heard (d: David Rodriguez, USA)
The Little Tin Man (d: Matthew Perkins, USA)
Middleton (d: Adam Rodgers, USA, Anchor Bay Films)
Mutual Friends (d: Matthew Watts, USA)
The Otherside (d: Daniel Torok, USA)
Scrapper (d: Brady Hall, USA)
Spud 2: The Madness Continues (d: Donovan Marsh, South Africa)
Teddy Bears (d: Thomas Beatty, USA)
Test (d: Chris Mason Johnson, USA)
Town Hall (d: Jamila Wignot, USA)
Worm (d: Andrew Bowser, USA)
North American (38):
36 (d: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, Thailand)
The African Cypher (d: Bryan Little, South Africa)
Ali (d: Paco R. Baños, Spain)
Belleville Baby (d: Mia Engberg, Sweden)
Between Valleys (d: Philippe Barcinsk, Brazil)
Bitch Hug (d: Andreas Öhman, Sweden)
The Bling Ring (d: Sofia Coppola, USA, A24)
Breach in the Silence (d: Andrés Rodríguez, Venezuela)
Bypass (d: Patxo Telleria, Spain)
Capturing Dad (d: Ryota Nakano, Japan)
Celestial Wives of Meadow Mari (d: Aleksey Fedorchenko, Russia)
Closed Curtain (d: Jafar Panahi, Iran)
Comrade President (d: Mosco Kamwendo, Zimbabwe)
Dead Meat Walking - A Zombie Walk Documentary (d: Omar J. Pineda, USA)
Drug War (d: Johnnie To, Hong Kong, Well Go USA)
Éden (d: Bruno Safadi, Brazil)
Every Blessed Day (d: Paolo Virzi, Italy)
4Fatal (d: Lee Don-ku, South Korea)
Flight of the Storks (d: Jan Kounen, France)
Garibaldi’s Lovers (d: Silvio Soldini, Italy, Film Movement)
The Girl With Nine Wigs (d: Marc Rothemund, Germany)
The Great Passage (d: Yûya Ishii, Japan)
House With a Turret (d: Eva Neymann, Ukraine)
I Kori (The Daughter) (d: Thanos Anastopoulos, Greece)
The Kampala Story (d: Donald Mugisha, Uganda)
Last Flight to Abuja (d: Obi Emelonye, Nigeria)
Love Is in the Air (d: Alexandre Castagnetti, France)
Low Profile (d: Cécilia Rouaud, France)
Ludwig II (d: Peter Sehr, Germany)
My Dog Killer (d: Mira Fornay, Slovakia)
Nishan (Medal of Honor) (d: Yidnekachew Shumete Desalegn, Ethiopia)
The Plague (d: Neus Ballús, Spain)
Redemption Street (d: Miroslav Terzi, Serbia)
Ripples of Desire (d: Zero Chou, Taiwan)
Short Stories (d: Mikhail Segal, Russia)
Television (d: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, Bangladesh)
Tito on Ice (d: Max Andersson, Germany)
Yesterday Never Ends (d: Isabel Coixet, Spain)
2+2 (d: Diego Kaplan, Argentina, Strand Releasing)
Aayna Ka Bayna (d: Samit Kakkad, India)
Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth (d: Prathiba Parmar, USA)
Breathing Earth (d: Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany)
Horses of God (d: Nabil Ayouch, Morocco)
Invader (d: Daniel Calparsoro, Spain)
AFRICAN PICTURES PROGRAM:
This year SIFF will launch its African Pictures Program, a program made possible by a grant from
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The African Pictures Program aims to celebrate
the diverse and burgeoning hotbed of filmmaking activity emerging across the continent of Africa.
This grant gives SIFF an unparalleled opportunity as a major international film festival to showcase
a substantive program of indigenous films from Africa along with films by African filmmakers working
outside the continent. Please click here for the complete African Pictures Program press release. See
below for the full lineup:
The African Cypher (d:Bryan Little, South Africa, North American Premiere)
After the Battle (d: Yousry Nasrallah, France)
Coming Forth by Day (Hala Lotfy, Egypt)
Comrade President (d: Mosco Kamwendo, Zimbabwe, North American Premiere)
5Die Welt (d: Alex Pitstra, Netherlands)
Fanie Fourie’s Lobola (d: Henk Pretorius, South Africa)
Finding Hillywood (Leah Warshawski, USA, World Premiere)
The Forgotten Kingdom (d. Andrew Mudge, USA)
A Hijacking (d. Tobias Lindholm, Denmark)
Horses of God (d: Nabil Ayouch Morocco, US Premiere)
The Kampala Story (d:Donald Mugisha, Uganda, North American Premiere)
Last Flight to Abuja (d: Obi Emelonye, Nigeria, North American Premiere)
Mother of George (d: Andrew Dosunmu, USA, Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Nishan (Medal of Honor) (d: Yidnekachew Shumete Desalegn, Ethiopia)
The Pardon (d: Joel Karekezi, Rwanda, North American Premiere)
The Repentant (d: Merzak Allouache, Algeria)
Sand Fishers (d: Samouté Andrey Diarra, Mali)
Spud 2: The Madness Continues (d: Donovan Marsh, South Africa, World Premiere)
SIFF competitions are intended to reflect the diversity and excellence of global filmmaking with awards
and/or cash prizes given to the winners as determined by independent juries as well as by audience
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.
Breach in the Silence (d: Andres Rodriguez, Luis Rodriguez, Venezuela, North American
The Cleaner (d: Adrian Saba Peru 2012)
Coming Forth by Day (d: Hala Lotfy, Egypt/United Arab Emirates 2012)
Die Welt (d: Alex Pitstra, Netherlands/Tunisia/Qatar, 2012)
Fatal (d: Lee Don-ku, South Korea 2012, North American Premiere)
Fuck Up (d: Øystein Karlsen, Norway 2012)
Harmony Lessons (d: Emir Baigazin, Kazakhstan/Germany/France, 2013)
House With a Turret (d: Eva Neymann, Ukraine 2012, US Premiere)
Love is in the Air (d: Alexandre Castagnetti, France 2013, North American Premiere)
The Plague (d: Neus Ballús, Spain 2013, North American Premiere)
Sadourni’s Butterflies (d: Dario Nardi, Argentina 2012)
Short Stories (d: Mikhail Segal, Russia 2012, North American Premiere)
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. The winning film will receive a copy of Adobe
Creative Suite 6: Production Premium edition.
6 Full Moons (d: Tomer Almagor, USA 2013, World Premiere)
Clutter (d: Diane Crespo, USA 2013, World Premiere)
C.O.G. (d: Kyle Patrick Alvarez, USA 2013)
The Forgotten Kingdom (d: Andrew Mudge, USA 2013)
Last I Heard (d: David Rodriguez, USA 2013, World Premiere)
The Little Tin Man (d: Matthew Perkins, USA 2013, World Premiere)
The Moment (d: Jane Weinstock, USA 2013)
Mutual Friends (d: Matthew Watts, USA 2013, World Premiere)
A Song Still Inside (d: Gregory Collins, USA 2013)
Teddy Bears (d: Thomas Beatty, Rebecca Fishman, USA 2013, World Premiere)
Test (d: Chris Mason Johnson, USA 2013, World Premiere)
Worm (d: Andrew Bowser, USA 2013, World Premiere)
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.
The African Cypher (d: Bryan Little, South Africa 2012, North American Premiere)
Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth (d: Prathiba Parmar, USA 2013, US Premiere)
Breathing Earth (d: Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany/Scotland 2012, US Premiere)
The Crash Reel (d: Lucy Walker, USA 2013)
Her Aim Is True (d: Karen Whitehead, USA 2013, World Premiere)
Mussels in Love (d: W.J.A. Kluijfhout, Netherlands 2012)
Our Nixon (d: Penny Lane, USA 2013)
The Punk Singer (d: Sini Anderson, USA 2013)
Sand Fishers (d: Samouté Andrey Diarra, Mali/France 2012)
Town Hall (d: Jamila Wignot, Sierra Pettengill, USA 2013, World Premiere)
The Trials of Muhammad Ali (d: Bill Siegel, USA 2013)
A World Not Ours (d: Mahdi Fleifel, Lebanon/United Kingdom/Denmark, 2012)
SIFF Shorts Competition: All short films shown at the Festival are eligible for both the Golden
Space Needle Audience Award and Jury Award. Shorts Competition. Jurors will choose winners in the
Live Action, 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 / Artist Piper O’Neill
For the past 28 years, SIFF has celebrated its most popular films and filmmakers with the Golden
Space Needle Audience Award. Created to recognize audience’s favorite films, awards are given to the
Festival’s Best Feature Film, Documentary, Actor, Actress, and Short Film. Piper O’Neill is a Seattlebased artist who has been commissioned to create this year’s Golden Space Needle Award. The
award’s design was inspired by the DeJur Electra 8mm camera lens introduced in the 1960s, especially
by the beautiful and iconographic silhouette of the lens, symbolic of Seattle's love of film. With an
impressive body of work, Piper O’Neill will mount her second solo exhibition at Winston Wachter Fine
Art in January 2014.
7FACE THE MUSIC:
Seattle is one the greatest music cities in the world, so it’s only fitting that SIFF feature a wide array of
music-themed films and events. Special live music events include A Muscle Shoals Tribute with
Patterson and David Hood, and The Maldives performThe Wind.
Face the Music also showcases films that intersect the world of music on all fronts: from biopics and
concert films to musicals and live events. Film highlights include Twenty Feet from Stardom,
a fascinating documentary about backup singers and Kathleen Hanna documentary The Punk
Seattleites see more films per capita than the residents of any other American city, and a growing
number of these selections have their roots in the fertile Pacific Northwest film community. Each year,
SIFF honors the many ways in which the Puget Sound region contributes to the world of cinema,
whether it acts as an evocative location for outside filmmakers or as inspiration for local filmmakers
ready to strut their stuff. This year’s Northwest Connections films include Improvement Club
(director: Dayna Hanson), Her Aim is True (director: Karen Whitehead), and Middleton (director:
Adam Rodgers). Full list below:
Alive and Well (d: Josh Taft, USA, World Premiere)
Barzan (d: Alex Stonehill, USA)
Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (d: Eric Slade, USA)
Dead Meat Walking - A Zombie Walk Documentary (d: Omar J. Pineda, USA)
Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington (d: Riley Morton, USA, World
Finding Hillywood (Leah Warshawski, USA, World Premiere)
Her Aim Is True (d: Karen Whitehead, USA, World Premiere)
Improvement Club (d: Dayna Hanson, USA)
Middleton (d: Adam Rodgers, USA, Anchor Bay Films, World Premiere)
The Otherside (d: Daniel Torok, USA, World Premiere)
The Punk Singer (d: Sini Anderson, USA)
Shadowed (d: Joey Johnson, USA)
Scrapper (d: Brady Hall, USA, World Premiere)
Touchy Feely (d. Lynn Shelton, USA)
Unhung Hero (d: Brian Spitz, USA
Music, dance, art, sports, history, politics, the natural world. SIFF is proud to present nearly 70
documentaries this year throughout the festival, from the love lives of mussels (Mussels in Love)
8o the life and times of Muhammad Ali (The Trials of Muhammad Ali), from the home movies of
President Richard Nixon (Our Nixon) to We Steal Secrets: the Story of WikiLeaks. New this
year, a concentration of documentaries, DocsFest, takes place during the third weekend of the festival
(May 31 – June 2).
SIFF’s annual celebration of the short film has become one of the hot tickets at the Festival. ShortsFest
takes place during Memorial Day Weekend, and is a mini-fest packed with talented up-and-coming
filmmakers from around the world. Take advantage of an exciting opportunity to experience the best
short films from the past year.
“What sort of film do I feel like seeing tonight?” With our handy Moods groupings, we’ve made it easy
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: Romance and love in all its forms, pleasures, and idiosyncrasies.
Make Me Laugh: Films that make you chuckle and tickle your funny bone.
Open My Eyes: Revealing films and documentaries revolving around history, politics, and
contemporary events from around the world.
Provoke Me: Mesmerizing dramas and documentaries that explore thought-provoking questions,
realities, and topics.
Thrill Me: Suspense, thrills, and action. Films with a faster pace that might also surprise you when
you least expect it!
Show Me the World: Prepare to be taken to another place— from exotic, far-off lands to vibrant
experiences outside of everyday life.
Sci-Fi and Fact: Science, technology, environment, the future— and beyond!
To the Extreme: Explore the outer limits with films that go beyond the edge.
Creative Streak: The exploration of artistic endeavors from all disciplines: literature, film, art, dance,
Face the Music: Films that intersect the world of music on all fronts: from biopics and concert films,
to musicals and live events.
FLY FILMMAKING CHALLENGE 2013:
9ith only three days to shoot, five days to edit, and three days of post-production, this year's Fly
Filmmaking Challenge is a true partnership of our creative communities. The undeniable talents of the
2012 fellows from Artist Trust serve as the inspiration behind each script, with Seattle's most iconic
neighborhood locations supplying the backdrop of an incredibly entertaining program. These creative
hurdles, couples with a documentary narrative from the most promising local educational filmmaking
programs, form the whole picture that highlights Washington's filmmaking community.
Fly Filmmakers: Ben Andrews, Amy Enser, Lulu Gargiulo, Curtis Taylor
Artist Trust Fellows: Samantha Boshnack, Samuel Green, Jovino Santos Neto, Derek Sheffield
Educational Filmmaking Programs: Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle Central Community College, Seattle
University, Shoreline Community College
SIFF Education offers three programs during Festival: FutureWave & Films4Families, Festival
Forums, and SuperFly.
FUTUREWAVE AND FILM4FAMILIES FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING:
SIFF has two programs curated to make the Festival more accessible for 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.
FESTIVAL FORUMS & PANELS:
Where audiences and filmmakers come together to learn about and experience making movies. See
below for a complete list:
Panel: Transition from Stage to Screen
New Queen Cinema with B. Ruby Rich
Inside Stunts: Meet the Men and Women that Pack the Punch into our Movies
Get Animated: Animation Workshop for Kids
Short Filmmakers Happy Hour & Panel: Making the Most of Any Festival
Rule the World of Independent Filmmaking From Indie Distribution to Smart
Sheroes in Media: From Guerrilla Girls to Women in Film
The Alchemy of Film Scoring
Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: A Professional Development Workshop for
Behind the Curtain of Documentary Filmmaking
SIFF Crash Cinema Part I: PRE-PRODUCTION
SIFF Crash Cinema Part I: PRODUCTION Shooting/Editing/ Screening
Resources for the Modern Filmmaker
Getting the Most out of the Media
10cting for the Camera with Story Town Studios
What’s Your Style: High School Filmmakers Scene Workshop
State of the Industry with Amy Lillard
For its eighth 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 June 1 (4:00pm, Harvard Exit).
SIFF – SEATTLE
Venues: SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Film Center, McCaw Hall, Pacific Place Cinemas, Cinerama,
Egyptian Theatre, Harvard Exit, SIFF Lounge at the Tin Lizzie, The Triple Door
SIFF – RENTON
SIFF is proud to be returning to Renton for a third year where it will host six days of film screenings at
the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center from May 23 to 29. SIFF wishes to thank the City of Renton,
the Renton Chamber of Commerce/Renton Visitors Connection, Renton School District, Renton
Technical College and Valley Medical Center. SIFF-Renton will open with Lynn Shelton's Touchy
SIFF - KIRKLAND
For the fifth year, SIFF returns to Kirkland (May 30 to June 9) where it will open with Marcus
Markou's Papadopoulos & Sons. Screenings will take place at the Kirkland Performance Center.
SIFF wishes to thank the City of Kirkland for its hospitality.
Festival Box Office opens in person and online May 2. On that date, and after, browse the
full public program at www.siff.net/festival-2013.