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20,000 Days on Earth

United Kingdom | 2014 | 95 minutes | Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

An enthralling and unclassifiable immersion in the twilight world of Aussie polymath musician Nick Cave. Falling somewhere between fact and fiction, Cave visits a shrink, makes music, digs into his archives, and reminisces with friends in this deconstruction, providing a glimpse of an icon at his most exposed.

Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory

USA | 2014 | 74 minutes | Michael Rossato-Bennett

This emotional documentary shows the powerful effect that music can have on Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Alive Inside touchingly presents an alternative method to awakening the memories of these patients when social worker Dan Cohen brings iPods to a nursing home.

Beautiful Noise

USA | 2014 | 87 minutes | Eric Green

Notoriously press-shy shoegaze acts like My Bloody Valentine, the Cocteau Twins, and the Jesus and Mary Chain, along with frequent gabbers including Trent Reznor and Billy Corgan, shine a light on the sonic innovations of late 20th-century rock.

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.

Electro Chaabi

Egypt | 2013 | 77 minutes | Hind Meddeb

Cairo's wedding festival music is made over in a hyper collision of hip-hop, electro, and folk called "mahraganat," which flourishes across social classes following the revolution.

An Evening with Quincy Jones

June 4 | Tribute Event and Screening

Join acclaimed artist Quincy Jones for a special screening of his film Keep On Keepin' On, featuring the jazz-legend Clark Terry and blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin. Mr. Jones will be honored with the Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award before the screening, and will take part in a conversation following the film.

An Evening with the Justin Kauflin Trio

100 minutes |

June 5 at The Triple Door, with introduction by Quincy Jones.

Enhance the experience of the film Keep On Keepin' On by spending the evening with one of its star subjects: the exciting blind jazz pianist Justin Kauflin, with his Trio composed of drummer Billy Williams, and bassist Christopher Smith. With introduction by Quincy Jones.

Finding Fela

USA | 2014 | 120 minutes | Alex Gibney

June 6 | African Pictures Film and Party

Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti's magnetism reverberates through time. The social and political significance of his life's work is considered through historic clips and scenes from the Broadway musical "Fela!"

God Help the Girl

United Kingdom | 2014 | 111 minutes | Stuart Murdoch

Belle & Sebastian leader Stuart Murdoch’s debut film is based on his titular 2009 album, full of the wry themes and brilliant melodies beloved by fans. The coming of age indie pop musical centers on Glaswegian pals Eve, James, and Cassie as they fall in love and form a band, not in that order.

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.
Learn more here.

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.

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