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Beyond the Brick: A LEGO® Brickumentary

Denmark | 2014 | 95 minutes | Daniel Junge, Kief Davidson

Got a case of Legomania that just won’t quit? So do the Master Builders, fans, and conventioneers in this globe-spanning documentary, as well as the creators who have asked us for decades to “just imagine.”

BFE

USA | 2014 | 98 minutes | Shawn Telford

In a small town where everyone has been dealt a bum hand, four people seek an escape from reality. A stunning debut from local filmmaker Shawn Telford, delivering diverse, well-written characters with one distinct commonality: they all need to get out of BFE.

Big in Japan

USA | 2014 | 100 minutes | John Jeffcoat

Real-life Seattle band Tennis Pro play semi-fictionalized characters of themselves as they travel to Japan in a dramatic, final effort to make it big. The lighthearted plot mixed with Jeffcoat’s guerilla filmmaking style breezily guides you through the band’s comic misadventures in Tokyo.

The Bit Player

Philippines | 2013 | 111 minutes | Jeffrey Jeturian

Loida is an aging actress whose specialty is playing bit parts in Filipino soap operas. We follow a day in her life, and are shown the questionable, exploitative, and uncomfortably hilarious ways of the soap opera production.

Black Box: Art & Cinema

Black Box is presented by Aktionsart and features internationally recognized contemporary artists who work across a diverse range of media to expand the language of cinema within and beyond the movie theater - from video and sculpture to installation and code.

Black Coal, Thin Ice

China | 2014 | 106 minutes | Diao Yinan

This innovative, stylish, and compelling noir set among ordinary people in the northern Chinese provinces begins as disgraced detective-turned-security guard Zhang privately reopens the cold case that ended his career. Winner of the Best Picture, 2014 Berlinale.

Blind Dates

Georgia | 2013 | 95 minutes | Levan Koguashvili

A 40-year-old teacher still living with his parents finally meets the right woman in this lovely, compassionate comedy from Georgia. Unfortunately, not only is she the mother of one of his students, she has a husband about to be released on probation.

Borgman

Netherlands | 2013 | 113 minutes | Alex van Warmerdam

Festival screenings have passed. Playing at SIFF Cinema June 13-15. Learn more here.

Dark comedy shades a twisted fairy tale into psychological and class warfare as a vagrant named Borgman finds temporary refuge in an arrogant and affluent suburban home. The family faces off with their guest in this sinister social satire on the nature of evil.

Born To Fly

USA | 2014 | 82 minutes | Catherine Gund

What is the difference between stunt-work, circus acts, ballet, and physical labor? Testing the limits of space and physical contact, this documentary follows choreographer Elizabeth Streb and her dancers as they take on different forms of experimental movement and explore the philosophy of their performances.

Bound: Africans versus African Americans

USA | 2014 | 90 minutes | Peres Owino

2014 Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision

Controversial and illuminating, this documentary from Kenyan-born Peres Owino uses testimonials to expose the seldom-discussed ways that Africans and African Americans view each other, and looks at the cultures’ shared history to foster mutual understanding. With director Peres Oswino and producers Tene Carter and Isaiah Washington in attendance!

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