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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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9 Full Moons

USA | 2013 | 103 minutes | Tomer Almagor

A powerful, brooding love story about the seemingly implausible relationship of two radically different personalities somehow always meant for each other. Set against the hipster music scene of Southern California with a remarkable performance from Amy Seimetz.

A Tribute to the Music of Muscle Shoals with Patterson and David Hood

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Thursday, May 30
A Tribute to the Music of Muscle Shoals with Patterson and David Hood
Triple Door: Doors 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (all-ages)

Aayna Ka Bayna

India | 2012 | 94 minutes | Samit Kakkad

In this kinetic mash-up of the Step Up films and the musical Moulin Rouge, nine Marathi Indian boys living in an oppressive juvenile home challenge their circumstances by banding together to enter a prominent dance competition. Explosive, innovative, and crowd-pleasing fun.

A Band Called Death

USA | 2012 | 98 minutes | Jeff Howlett, Mark Covino

When their old demo tape is accidentally discovered in an attic, rabid internet attention leads to 1970s Detroit punk band Death’s long overdue recognition as the first black punk band and the pioneers of Afro-punk, in this electrifying rockumentary and epic family chronicle.

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.

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Belgium | 2013 | 100 minutes | Felix van Groeningen

Set to a fantastic bluegrass soundtrack, tattooist Elise and America-obsessed cowboy Didier fall in love, only to later have their happiness tested when their daughter falls ill. Based on the play by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels.

Harana

Philippines | 2012 | 104 minutes | Benito Bautista

U.S.-based classical guitarist Florante Aguilar journeys back to his Filipino roots to search for the lost voices of harana, a traditional Filipino form of serenade. He gathers the three remaining master haranistas, bringing this fading culture back to life.

Her Aim Is True

USA | 2013 | 70 minutes | Karen Whitehead

Starting in the 1960s, revered rock music photographer Jini Dellaccio created startling and artistic portraits for bands like The Sonics and The Wailers, rejecting the boring five-member line-up and producing iconic album covers. She’s now 96, living in Seattle, and as cool as ever. World Premiere

I Used to Be Darker

USA | 2013 | 90 minutes | Matthew Porterfield

A quietly devastating, music-infused family drama that traces the unraveling of a marriage through casually loaded conversations, elegantly framed hangout sessions, and cathartic musical performances (including two full-length original songs) by real-life troubadours Kim Taylor and Ned Oldham.

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.

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