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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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Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

USA | 2013 | 84 minutes | Pratibha Parmar

This documentary examines the life of author Alice Walker, who became the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Color Purple in 1983. Director Pratibha Parmar focuses on Walker’s inspirational upbringing during years of violent social changes, and her political and social activism.

Ludwig II

Germany | 2012 | 140 minutes | Marie Noëlle, Peter Sehr

In this lushly art-directed biopic, Sabin Tambrea portrays Bavaria's famous "Mad King Ludwig" as a misunderstood, reluctant monarch who met his downfall by believing music and culture could change the world.

The Punk Singer

USA | 2013 | 80 minutes | Sini Anderson

Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision presented by Women in Film/Seattle

Feminism, punk music, and rare archival footage slam together in this blazing history of riot grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre), featuring interviews including Joan Jett and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz.

A Shape of Error

USA | 2012 | 73 minutes | Abigail Child

Shot with a 16mm camera and cast without professional actors, this intimate portrayal is an imaginary home movie about nineteenth-century poet Percy Shelley and his wife, the novelist and author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley.