Directors, actors, screenwriters and documentary subjects visit the Northwest May 31-June 7, 2015, to present their films at SIFF. The festival expands to Kirkland this week also.
As the Seattle International Film Festival enters the homestretch (the final credits roll on June 7), it’s worth noting that one of the great treats of this or any festival is attending a screening with guests present — directors, actors, screenwriters, documentary subjects. Generally, a guest will introduce the film and take questions from the audience after the screening, providing a rare opportunity to satisfy any curiosity. (For example, I’m told that audiences earlier in SIFF, after the screening of “People, Places, Things,” learned that actor Jemaine Clement’s spirit animal is a bison.) Here’s a selection of guests scheduled to attend the festival through Thursday; as always, for more information, see siff.net. And, for capsule reviews and tips on how to navigate the festival, go to seattletimes.com/entertainment.
“Krisha.” Former Seattleite Krisha Fairchild stars in a Thanksgiving-dinner family drama directed by her nephew Trey Edward Shults; both will attend Sunday’s screening. 11:30 a.m. May 31, Harvard Exit.
“All Things Must Pass.” Director Colin Hanks (son of Tom) and producer Sean Stuart attend the screening of their documentary about the life and death (via bankruptcy) of the once-ubiquitous Tower Records. 3 p.m. May 31, Uptown.
Seattle International Film Festival
Through June 7 at Egyptian, Uptown, Pacific Place, Harvard Exit, SIFF Film Center, Lincoln Square (through May 31), Kirkland Performance Center (June 1-7). Individual tickets are $11 weekday matinees ($9 SIFF members), $13 evening/weekend shows ($11 SIFF members); various ticket packages available. Box office: 206-324-9996, siff.net or at festival venues.
“Most Likely to Succeed.” Bellevue native Greg Whiteley will be on hand for both screenings of his documentary, which examines education reform via the experimental San Diego charter school High Tech High. 7 p.m. June 1, Uptown; 3 p.m. June 2, Uptown.
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“Good Ol’ Boy.” Kirkland Performance Center joins the fest Monday, with this opening-night coming-of-age comedy about a 10 year-old Indian-American boy growing up in ’70s suburbia. Director Frank Lotito and several cast and crew members are scheduled to attend. 8 p.m. June 1, Kirkland Performance Center.
“Cartel Land.” Documentarian Matthew Heineman will attend both screenings of his film, an examination of drug wars along the U.S./Mexico border. 6:30 p.m. June 1, Uptown; 4 p.m. June 2, Harvard Exit.
“3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets.” Marc Silver’s affecting documentary looks at the shooting of Jordan Davis, an African-American teen killed at a Jacksonville gas station after a dispute over music volume. Ron Davis, Jordan’s father, is interviewed in the film and will attend the screenings. 7 p.m. June 2, Egyptian; 6 p.m. June 3, Kirkland Performance Center.
“Beach Town.” Look for the Ballard shoreline in this locally filmed rock ’n’ roll beach movie; director (and Seattleite) Erik Hammen will attend both screenings. 6:30 p.m. June 2, Uptown; 4 p.m. June 4, Uptown.
“The Glamour & the Squalor.” The story of 1990s Seattle DJ Marco Collins’ rise, fall and re-rise is told in Marq Evans’ documentary, with plenty of punk and grunge along the way. Collins and Evans will attend both screenings. 7 p.m. June 3, Egyptian (concert to follow screening); 4:15 p.m. June 5, Harvard Exit.
“Love, Theft and Other Entanglements.” This black-and-white comedy from Palestine, about a bumbling car thief, makes its North American premiere at SIFF, with directors Muayad Alayan and Rami Alayan present for all three screenings. 7 p.m. June 3, Pacific Place; 4 p.m. June 4, Pacific Place; 2:30 p.m. June 6, Kirkland Performance Center.
“Front Cover.” Ray Yeung’s drama, about a gay Asian-American fashion stylist and a visiting actor from Beijing, screens at SIFF in its world premiere, with Yeung and several cast members in attendance. 9:30 p.m. June 4, Harvard Exit.
“Love Among the Ruins.” A long-lost (but fictitious) Italian silent film is at the center of this spoof from director Massimo Alì Mohammad, who will attend the screening along with Seattle-based producers Richard Meyer and Susan Harmon. 7 p.m. June 4, Uptown.