Seattle Local: SIFF Picks Final WeekPosted by Lindsey Scully
The annual Seattle International Film Fest starts May 17 and goes through June 10. You can view various films at many Seattle theaters as well as the SIFF Cinema. With over 400 films to choose from you will definitely find one (or five) that intrigue you. The SIFF website has a SIFFterthat allows you to filter the films by genre, country of origin, day, time, or even venue. This tool is fantastic and makes the overwhelming festival easier to manage. Also, check out the great trailer World Famous put together for SIFF 2012!
With the overwhelming choices available at SIFF over the past few weeks we have picked a few to highlight for this final week, be sure to check out our previous SIFF choices.
The Glass Man @ Harvard Exit | 6/3 | 11am | $7-8 (Get Tickets)
If you owed an extremely large sum of money to someone, would you do anything they asked to rid you of your debt? That is the dilemma Martin Pyrite is facing. Martin recently lost his job but fails to tell his wife (played by Never Campbell) and they continue to live their lavish lifestyle all while maxing out their credit cards. One night a debt collector comes to Martin’s house and gives him a deal, do the unknown deed and his debt is erased. It is only after he agrees that Martin learns what he must really do and if it’s worth it all in the end.
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists @ Egyptian Theater | 6/3 | 1:30pm | $9-11 (Get Tickets)
The infamous group of hacktivists better known as Anonymous have ruffled many corporate and government feathers throughout the years. Anonymous has been known to hack into prestigious websites such as the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, Universal Music Group, and many others as a form of protest against these agencies censorship. We Are Legion documents the Anonymous movement and goes deep into the masked network. Director Brian Knappenberger brings a new side of the hacktivist story with his documentary sharing the side of story most don’t get hear.
Welcome To Doe Bay @ SIFF Uptown Cinema | 6/5 | 9:30pm | $9-11 (Get Tickets)
“Doe Bay, Doe Bay!”, the words uttered between the 2011 Doe Bay festival attendees like a secret calling or handshake and are words you’ll hear in the documentary about the music festival. Welcome To Doe Bay tells the audience that Doe Bay is “the best musical festival you’ve never heard of”, which is true for many. The documentary captures the heart of the little indie festival with artist performances, interviews, and a look into the blood, sweat and tears that go into putting it on.
Charles Bradley: Soul of America @ AMC Pacific Place | 6/6 | 9:15pm | $9-11 (Get Tickets)
If you are always rooting for the underdog then the documentary about Charles Bradley and his struggles is for you. The tear-jerker of a film documents Bradley’s lifelong dream to be a soul singer and follows him on his rise to being a national star. Bradley is quite open about his life in poverty and shares how the subway was his home at only the age of 14. This genuinely talented singer has being making the festival rounds this past year and had an energetic set at Bumbershoot and recently at Sasquatch.
Killer Joe @ Egyptian Theater | 6/9 | 7pm| $35-40 (Get Tickets)
Directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) the black comedy has numerous well-known actors including Gina Gershon and Matthew McConaughey as Killer Joe himself. The film is based around Chris (Emile Hirsch) who has a large drug debt that must be paid off quickly or he will suffer the consequences. Chris contacts a cop who is known for having a dark side-business to murder his mom Adele in order to gain access to her large life insurance policy. Friedkin will be receiving the SIFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award and will be doing an on-stage Q&A event. The event is the only place to see his new film Killer Joe so make sure to check it out.