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Lucky Them

May 22 | Renton Opening Night | Reception at Renton Pavillion follows the screening

USA | 2013 | 96 minutes | Megan Griffiths

Seattle-based director Megan Griffiths’ latest boasts charismatic performances from Toni Collette, as a world-weary rock journalist, and the scene-stealing Thomas Haden Church as a first-time documentarian, who team up to find a legendary Seattle musician who notoriously vanished.

May 22, 2014
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center  
7:00 PM Date has passed

Renton Opening Night
Director Megan Griffiths and writer Emily Wachtel scheduled to attend

May 23, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
9:15 PM Date has passed

Director Megan Griffiths and writer Emily Wachtel scheduled to attend

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Friday May 23 screening on STANDBY – Advance tickets not available

Renton Opening Night Film and Party
Thursday, May 22 | 7:00PM

Film venue: Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center

Party: Renton Pavillion Event Center
$25 | $23 SIFF Members  Ticket includes admission to the film and after-party.

When it comes to the Seattle music scene, veteran rock journalist Ellie (Toni Collette) has seen it all. No stranger to interviewing (and subsequently flirting with) rising musicians, Ellie is surprised when her boss (Oliver Platt) assigns her to track down an older, legendary, and elusive singer-songwriter—someone from Ellie’s serious romantic past. But when funds for the mission suddenly slip out of her hands, Ellie has no choice but to team up with an eccentric aspiring documentary filmmaker, Charlie (Thomas Haden Church, in a delightfully deadpan performance), who foots the trip’s bill. On their search for answers, Ellie and Charlie slowly bond over the peculiarities and mysteries of romance, the past, and life’s little surprises. Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths directs this winning, insightful, and touching dramedy that features killer chemistry between Collette and Church in addition to a swooning, catchy soundtrack. Co-starring Nina Arianda, Ahna O’Reilly, and Ryan Eggold (who performs his own songs in the movie), Lucky Them is a fun and moving study of music and relationships that reminds us all that when life gets stale, it’s never too late to put on a new record.

Director Biography

Megan Griffiths was born in Ohio and raised in Idaho, returning to the Midwest to attend Ohio University School of Film. Coming to Seattle in 2000, Griffiths has been a vital part of the Seattle film community as shown by her role on the board of directors at the Northwest Film Forum, her “Genius Award” for film as presented by The Stranger in 2012, and her recognition as one of City Arts Magazine’s artists of the year in 2013. Lucky Them is her fourth feature.

Sponsored by Brotherton Cadillac Buick GMC, Puget Sound Energy, Women in Film/Seattle, The Stranger

Director: Megan Griffiths
Principal Cast: Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt, Ahna O’Reilly
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 96 minutes
Producer: Adam Gibbs, Amy Hobby, Emily Wachtel
Screenplay: Huck Botko, Emily Wachtel
Cinematographers: Ben Kutchins
Editors: Meg Reticker
Music: Craig Wedren
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Eden (2012); The Off Hours (2011); First Aid for Choking (2003)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: IFC Films
International Sales: Cinetic Media
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