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'The Bling Ring,' 'Much Ado About Nothing,' 'The Way, Way Back,' and More Set for 2013 Seattle International Film Festival

GALAS:

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.

Centerpiece Gala

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)

SPECIAL GUESTS:

SIFF highlights two special guests this year: legendary actor Kyle MacLachlan and director Peter 

Greenaway. 

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 

Company.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS: 

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: 

World (18):

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)

US (6): 

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) 

COMPETITIONS: 

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 

voting.

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 

Premiere)

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 

Singer. 

NORTHWEST CONNECTIONS:

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 

Premiere)

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

FESTS:

DocsFest, 

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).

ShortsFest

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.

MOODS: 

“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, 

and performance.

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:

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 

Phone Productions

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 

Teachers

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

First Draft

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

SUPERFLY 2013

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 

Feely. 

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.

3 Comments

  • Bobby | April 30, 2013 11:46 PMReply

    Wait, let me make this more personal: thanks, Mary Bacarella. I'll be sure and check out your full press release, detailing the festival's Galas, screenings, etc. I guess you just didn't have time to notify filmmakers and thank them for their submissions before making this announcement. So thanks for the big institutional love, Mary Barracuda. Oh, but isn't it wonderful all the stars this and the stars that. You need to get your nose back into the sunshine.

  • TW | May 4, 2013 1:30 PM

    Perhaps you should check your spam filter.

  • Bobby | April 30, 2013 11:35 PMReply

    Nice to discover our film did not get into Seattle by reading here that you've set your line-up. Very classy Seattle. Ask me how soon I'll be submitting another film to you.