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I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

USA | 2014 | 90 minutes | Dave LaMattina, Chad Walker

Festival screenings have passed. Playing at SIFF Cinema June 14.
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Through deeply personal interviews and never-before-seen home videos, this is a beautiful, accomplished, and moving portrait of Caroll Spinney, who has performed as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street” for over 40 years.

Ignasi M.

Spain | 2013 | 85 minutes | Ventura Pons

Join Ignasi Millet, larger-than-life Catalan connoisseur, museum expert, father of two, gay, HIV-positive, and ebullient conversationalist, as he shares provocative and inspirational thoughts on art, religion, sex, and politics.

The Internet’s Own Boy

USA | 2014 | 105 minutes | Brian Knappenberger

A moving memorial to programming prodigy, information activist, and Reddit founder Aaron Swartz, who championed open sourcing and social justice but ended his life in 2013.

Ivory Tower

USA | 2014 | 97 minutes | Andrew Rossi

From the director of the SIFF 2011 blockbuster Page One: Inside the New York Times comes a piercing look at a great American institution—higher education—that’s reached its breaking point.

Keep On Keepin’ On

USA | 2014 | 84 minutes | Alan Hicks

2014 Golden Space Needle Award: Best Documentary

Festival screenings have passed. Playing at SIFF Cinema June 13.
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This tribute to jazz legend Clark Terry, who taught Quincy Jones and Miles Davis, shows his passionate commitment to mentorship. Now in his 90s, Terry helps blind pianist Justin Kauflin (today a prodigious working artist) realize his dream.

Lady Be Good; Instrumental Women In Jazz

USA | 2014 | 80 minutes | Kay D. Ray

“How does it feel to be a woman in a man’s world?” Through archival footage and interviews old (Artie Shaw) and new (Quincy Jones), musician-composer Patrice Rushen narrates the oft-untold history of American women jazz instrumentalists.

Land of the Bears 3D

France | 2014 | 90 minutes | Guillaume Vincent

Brown bears share the screen with the breathtaking vistas of the Kamchatka Peninsula in Guillaume Vincent’s exceptional new documentary.

The Last of the Unjust

France | 2013 | 218 minutes | Claude Lanzmann

Claude Lanzmann (Shoah) unravels the tale of the “model” concentration camp, Theresienstadt, through conversations with former rabbi and Jewish Council leader Benjamin Murmelstein, who spent the war years negotiating on a day-to-day basis with Adolf Eichmann.

Leninland

Russia | 2013 | 52 minutes | Askold Kurov

Obsession meets civic duty at the Museum of Lenin, built in 1985 in the revolutionary’s hometown of Gorky, where history teacher Natalya and scientific researcher Evgenia honor the controversial leader—even as fewer and fewer visitors come to do so.

Marmato

Colombia | 2014 | 87 minutes | Mark Grieco

SIFF 2014 Best Documentary: Grand Jury Prize

Festival screenings have passed. Playing at SIFF Cinema June 13.
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Underneath the Colombian village of Marmato lies one of the world’s biggest gold reserves, and the local men risk their lives every day to mine for it. Marmato is a documentary about the foreign investment that caused this corporate gold rush and the individuals who must fight to maintain their way of life.

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