Since May 17th the city has been playing host to the largest film festival in the U.S., the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). The festival ends on Sunday at 11 PM. That means you only have a little over 72 hours to satisfy your inner cinophile before the film stops turning til next May. Luckily, we have compiled our list of the five films that you need to check out so you can maximize your time.
In no particular order:
I Am Not A Hipster
This feature film recounts the life of San Diego musician Brook as he went through the trials and joys of being a successful musician. Director Destin Cretton (Short Term 12, SIFF 2008) makes his feature film debut as he seamlessly uses Brook's music to tell the story of his struggles with the music industry
Check it out at the SIFF Cinema Uptown on June 7th at 9:30 PM or June 8th at 3 PM.
The Savoy King
Chick Webb was an American jazz musician that is known for being the founder of the Savoy house band. Savoy was the first venue where blacks and whites could dance together. Director Jeff Kaufman uses archival footage of performances and an all-star cast including Danny Goodman and Billy Crystal to tell the story of the Savoy King.
Check it out at the Harvard Exit on June 9th at 6 PM or June 10th at 3 PM.
In this dark comedy that was filmed in Seattle, Redmond, and Kirkland a family seeks to do some landscaping, but their plans are foiled by a ravenous raccoon that is hell bent on eating the worms in their new yard. Director Jacob Aaron Estes uses infidelity and death to examine the fragility of the American Dream. Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, and Laura Linney star in this sure-to-be entertains comedy.
Check it out at the Egyptian Theatre on June 8th at 6:30 PM, or at the Kirkland Performance Center on June 9th at 8:30 PM.
Jenn wants a baby so she asks her gay friend Matt to help her get pregnant. This film looks at the increasing complexity of the two friends raising a "gaymazing" child while still working to maintain their normal dating lives. Director Jonathan Lisecki expands the short film of the same name into a feature film and even makes a cameo as the couple's bitchy friend Nelson, who helps them get pregnant.
Check it out at the Egyptian Theater on June 8th at 4 PM, or at the SIFF Cinema Uptown on June 10th at 2 PM.
Brian lets his friends borrow his van for their romantic escapades while he is still, to his shagrin, a virgin. Then he meets a guy in the bathroom of his high school that agrees to help him with his predicament in exchange for being able to use his van. Watch as director Billy Federighi tells the tale of the "Sin Bin" and see if Brian will finally get to use it himself.
Check it out at the Harvard Exit on June 8th at 9:30 PM, or at the AMC Pacific Place 11 on June 10th at 1:30 PM.
What films have you seen or are you looking forward to this year at the SIFF?