16 May SIFF 2012 Festival Preview: U.S., Canadian, South Pacific Film Picks
JOSHUA TREE, 1951: A PORTRAIT OF JAMES DEAN
Directed by Matthew Mishory
Inspired by the facts, and perhaps some fictions, about James Dean’s too-short life, this boundary-stretching film imagines the cinematic icon’s bisexual pre-fame days and ruminates about the steep costs that come with being a star. Black and white and color.
May 24th @ 6:30pm, Egyptian Theatre
May 25th @ 4:00pm, Harvard Exit
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Directed by Benh Zeitlin
This critically acclaimed imaginative film comes from the eyes of a six year old who refuses to leave her home in the Louisiana Delta, even as an apocalyptic storm comes to town.
May 31st @ 6:30pm, Egyptian Theatre
June 2nd @ Noon, SIFF Cinema Uptown
Directed by Amiel Courtin-Wilson
A semi-fictional tale about an ex-con’s attempt to reintegrate with society, with a focus on interpersonal relationships.
June 6th @ 4:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
June 9th @ 9:15pm, AMC Pacific Place 11
MARINA ABMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT
Directed by Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre
Following the “grandmother of performance art” throughout her quest for recognition and her eventual achievements.
June 6th @ 6:30pm, AMC Pacific Place
June 8th @ 4:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
Directed by Tusi Tamasese
The first film ever shot in Samoa, The Orator follows a pygmy taro farmer who must stand up for his own way of life.
May 23rd @ 6:00pm, Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center
May 29th @ 6:00pm, Harvard Exit
May 31st @ 3:30pm, Harvard Exit
SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED
Directed by Colin Trevorrow
“When three Seattle Times journalist attempt to write a story about an eccentric store clerk who believes he has solved the mystery of time travel, they end up on a much more unexpected journey than planned.”
May 23rd @ 7:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
May 25th @ 4:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
SLEEPWALK WITH ME
Directed by Mike Birbiglia
Frequent THIS AMERICAN LIFE contributor Mike Birbiglia uses impressive visual and verbal wit to bring his hilarious and heartbreaking one-man-show to the screen.
May 23rd @ 9:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
May 19th @ 9:00pm, Harvard Exit
Directed by Ken Scott
Prolific sperm donor Starbuck made a few too many visits to the clinic, and twenty years later, 142 of his children wish to meet their absent father.
May 31st 8:00pm, Kirkland Performance Center
June 1st @ 6:30pm, Egyptian Theatre
June 7th @ 9:00pm, Egyptian Theatre
Directed by Ivan Sen
10-year-old Daniel is growing up in a remote Aboriginal community and slowly starts to get drawn into drug and criminal activity surrounding his life.
June 4th @ 6:30pm, AMC Pacific Place
June 5th @ 3:30pm, Harvard Exit
YOUR SISTER’S SISTER
Directed by Lynn Shelton
A relationship drama infused with comedy? Aka a rom-com? The difference between Lynn Shelton’s tale of romantic interests between two sisters and a best friend is that it is actually really clever and really good.
May 17th @ 7:00pm, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall (Opening Night Gala)