The 39th annual Seattle International Film Fest runs May 16 to June 9. With over 400 films, there’s a little something for everyone. But 400 is a HUGE number. So, lucky for you, SSG Music has sifted through the fixin’s to bring you a handful of film suggestions for each day of SIFF. Be sure to check back each day for the suggestions of the day ahead!
SSG Music’s SIFF Picks for June 1:
Valentine Road | 2:30pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Valentine Road is the stunning documentary that explores the complex facts around the 2008 slaying of 15 year old Larry King, and his 14 year old killer. King was an openly gay, transgendered eighth-grade, who approached his killer, Brandon McInerney, on the playground, asking if he’d be his Valentine. Two days later, King was shot at point blank range my McInerney. Director Marta Cunningham ventures to dive a little deeper in what seemed like a black and white case, discovering similarities between the children and their families. During a time when tolerance and acceptance is needed now more than ever, this documentary seeks to shed insight into the vicious crimes that are plaguing today’s youth.
Twenty Feet From Stardom | 5:30pm | Egyptian Theatre
Twenty Feet From Stardom is the compelling documentary chronicling the careers of Claudian Lenner, Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, background singers who gave their voices to some of the biggest musicians in history, sometimes never reaching that level of stardom they initially set out for. Featuring interviews with some of the biggest names in the business, this film is sure to shed light on women in the industry who don’t always get the recognition they deserve.
Jump | 9:30pm | Harvard Exit
Teddy Bears | 9:30pm | SIFF Cinema Uptown