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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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Thailand | 2012 | 68 minutes | Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

When her hard drive breaks, taking with it a year’s worth of work, film location scout Sai sets out to recapture the missing photos and memories of an unrequited love. Told entirely over 36 static shots.

Belleville Baby

Sweden | 2013 | 76 minutes | Mia Engberg

Through home movies and spoken memories, director Mia Engberg reconstructs her bohemian love life with a charismatic drug dealer when he wants to reconnect after eight years in prison.

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.

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.

Fateful Findings

USA | 2013 | 100 minutes | Neil Breen

David Lynch meets Tommy Wiseau's The Room in director/writer/star Neil Breen's unexpected mash-up of relationship drama and paranormal-political thriller, creating a genre-defying outsider production that just may be the next cult classic.

Goltzius and the Pelican Company

United Kingdom | 2012 | 128 minutes | Peter Greenaway

Peter Greenaway's stunningly visual, sexually provocative 16th-century tale is based on the life of the notorious Dutch engraver who tempts the Margrave of Alsace with a business proposition, offering to stage erotic dramatizations of the Old Testament.

Improvement Club

USA | 2013 | 98 minutes | Dayna Hanson

A hybrid narrative film with doses of mockumentary, musical comedy, and dance tracing a rag-tag Seattle performance group’s attempt to expose the American Revolution’s fatal flaws. Loosely based on the making of director Dayna Hanson’s real-life performance, "Gloria’s Cause," this film is gorgeously shot by award-winning local cinematographer Ben Kasulke.

Interior. Leather Bar.

USA | 2013 | 60 minutes | James Franco, Travis Mathews

James Franco partners with gay film director Travis Mathews to recreate the sexually explicit scenes cut from the controversial 1980 film Cruising, an experiment that uses filmmaking to break down the barriers between straight and queer worlds.

Peaches Does Herself

Germany | 2012 | 80 minutes | Peaches

Artist, provocateur, and electro-rock goddess Peaches brings her sensational stage show—which she calls a jukebox musical with a sex change—to the big screen for a no-holds-barred, operatic, neo-queer extravaganza channeled through the wild, pumping, sexually skewed fibers of Peaches's unstoppable imagination.

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.

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