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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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Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

USA | 2013 | 83 minutes | Eric Slade, Stephen Silha

Reel NW Award presented by KCTS 9

This vibrant and joyful documentary chronicles the life of experimental filmmaker, poet, and queer activist James Broughton from the mid-century San Francisco Renaissance to his death in 1999.

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

USA | 2012 | 100 minutes | Drew DeNicola

An extraordinary portrait of legendary Memphis-based band Big Star with never-before-seen footage, rousing musical tributes, and in-depth interviews with members of the band and the musicians they’ve inspired.

Blackfish

USA | 2013 | 83 minutes | Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Spotlighting infamous bull orca Tilikum, who caused the death of three people while in captivity, this compelling documentary investigates the negative impacts of the animal entertainment world.

The Bling Ring: Closing Night Gala

USA | 2013 | 90 minutes | Sofia Coppola

Ripped from the headlines, five celebrity-obsessed teenagers barrel through the glitz and glamor of Los Angeles, illegally pilfering the goods of the rich and famous, in Sofia Coppola's bitingly funny satire with a razor-sharp edge.

C.O.G.

USA | 2013 | 87 minutes | Kyle Patrick Alvarez

SIFF 2013 Best New American Cinema: Grand Jury Prize

This first film adaptation of David Sedaris' work is a funny and poignant portrait of a lost soul and the amusing characters he meets as he pursues his Steinbeckian dream—to spend his summer working on an apple farm in Oregon.

Cheap Thrills

USA | 2013 | 85 minutes | E.L. Katz

In this fiendishly black comedy, a recently unemployed new dad and his old high school buddy engage in a game of dares and degradation, all for financial reward, which quickly escalates to outrageous and unnerving heights. Starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, and David Koechner.

Clutter

USA | 2013 | 80 minutes | Diane Crespo

Laugh legend Carol Kane (Taxi, Annie Hall) headlines this ensemble comedy as an eccentric matriarch forced to clean up her act, and her obsessive hoarding, when the county health department comes calling.

Computer Chess

USA | 2013 | 91 minutes | Andrew Bujalski

This Sundance award-winner by mumblecore comedy pioneer Andrew Bujalski was shot completely on vintage video equipment, lending it a grainy authenticity. Computer Chess returns to circa 1980, where several teams of programmers face off in the ultimate game of mathematical supremacy and the beginnings of AI are heralded with just the right amount of satirical restraint.

Concussion

USA | 2013 | 93 minutes | Stacie Passon

Abby is a forty-something, wealthy, lesbian housewife whose pent-up libido is unleashed after getting smacked in the head by a baseball. She embarks on a double life as a high-end prostitute in this sensual and delicious observation of a midlife crisis.

The Crash Reel

USA | 2013 | 109 minutes | Lucy Walker

SIFF 2013 Best Documentary: Special Jury Prize

The rise and brutal fall of world-renowned snowboarder Kevin Pearce. Battling with rival Shaun White as the Olympics approach, Pearce crashes and suffers a severe brain injury. His desire to return to snowboarding drives his recovery, but Kevin's family struggles with his selfish passion.

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