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May 16 - June 9, 2013   Start the Festival in style with the SIFF 2013 Opening Night Gala! The evening features the Seattle premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, with director Joss Whedon and cast members Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg scheduled to attend.

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These Birds Walk

Pakistan | 2012 | 75 minutes | Bassam Tariq, Omar Mullick

The Edhi foundation, founded by humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, gets the documentary treatment in this ethereal and inspirational story of resilience about a runaway child and an ambulance driver in Karachi, Pakistan. The film recently won the Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker Award at the Hot Docs Festival, and directors Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq were featured in Filmmaker Magazine's "The 25 New Faces of Independent Film."

This Is Martin Bonner

USA | 2013 | 83 minutes | Chad Hartigan

Seattle actor Paul Eenhoorn delivers a stunning performance in this deceptively simple and surprisingly optimistic story of a lonely man who gets a job helping ex-cons transition to civilian life. Winner of the Audience Award for Best of NEXT at Sundance. 

Touchy Feely

USA | 2013 | 88 minutes | Lynn Shelton

A massage therapist is stricken with a sudden aversion to bodily contact while her emotionally distant brother finds he can give his dental patients a healing touch, in this amusing exploration surrounding the foibles of human nature.

Town Hall

USA | 2013 | 74 minutes | Jamila Wignot, Sierra Pettengill

Impartial but politically volatile, Town Hall follows two years in the lives of Central Pennsylvania citizens Katy and John, two Tea Party activists determined to restore the United States to its former glory.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

USA | 2013 | 92 minutes | Bill Siegel

Brash boxer Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali) burst into the American consciousness in the early 1960s, just ahead of the Civil Rights movement. This film reveals the perfect storm of race, religion, and politics that shaped one of the most recognizable figures in sports history.

Twenty Feet from Stardom

USA | 2013 | 90 minutes | Morgan Neville

Best Documentary: SIFF 2013 Golden Space Needle Awards

 A breakout audience favorite at Sundance, Twenty Feet from Stardom follows several gifted backup singers living in the shadows of superstardom. Their work charted the rise of the modern pop vocal sound from the gospel tradition to the more impassioned sounds of the turbulent '60s. Special guests Tata Vega and Merry Clayton will each perform a song following the movie (Centerpiece Gala screening only)!

Twin Peaks - The Pilot

USA | 1990 | 94 minutes | David Lynch

The body of a young girl (Laura Palmer) is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her strange demise only to uncover a web of mystery that ultimately leads him deep into the heart of the surrounding woodland and his very own soul.

Una Noche

Cuba | 2012 | 90 minutes | Lucy Mulloy

A young Cuban, Elio, and his sister Lila get wrapped up with Raul, a sexy, volatile fugitive. The trio embarks on a harrowing 90-mile ocean voyage, in this vibrant and intense film.

Unhung Hero

USA | 2013 | 84 minutes | Brian Spitz

Patrick Moote is searching the globe to see if size really matters after his girlfriend dumps him because of his small penis. This bizarre documentary not only provides regular laughs, but also analyzes how different cultures view sex, and what exactly is ideal between the sheets around the world.

V/H/S/2

USA | 2012 | 95 minutes | Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sanchez, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Jason Eisener, Simon Barrett, Timo Tjahjanto

Seven directors share their nightmares in this omnibus horror anthology, a sequel to the 2012 cult hit, in which a pair of investigators discover a bevy of sadistic found footage short films.

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