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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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Short Term 12

USA | 2013 | 96 minutes | Destin Daniel Cretton

The film follows Grace, a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Grace is a formidable caretaker as she deals with her own difficult past in this authentic film of heart and humor.

Television

Bangladesh | 2012 | 106 minutes | Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

Amin Patowary, a religious fundamentalist, is the leader of his small water-locked Bangladeshi village. He won't allow his people to have access to television or other technology. But trouble brews when the schoolteacher buys a television in this satirical folktale.

Terms and Conditions May Apply

USA | 2013 | 79 minutes | Cullen Hoback

This documentary and cautionary tale will make you re-examine the way internet users willingly forfeit their privacy, intellectual property, and other civil freedoms everyday on Google, Facebook, and other free web services.

Test

USA | 2013 | 90 minutes | Chris Mason Johnson

San Francisco, 1985. Two opposites attract at a modern dance company. Together, their courage and resilience are tested as they navigate a world full of risks and promise, against the backdrop of a disease no one seems to know anything about.

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. 

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.

Unfinished Song

United Kingdom | 2012 | 93 minutes | Paul Andrew Williams

When his beloved wife (Vanessa Redgrave) falls ill, a curmudgeonly retiree (Terence Stamp) must take her place in the local seniors' choir, in this hilarious and heartwarming comedy-drama.

Valentine Road

USA | 2013 | 88 minutes | Marta Cunningham

A heartfelt, harrowing, and even-handed exploration of the complex issues surrounding the tragic 2008 hate crime shooting of 15-year-old Larry King and the troubled 14-year-old shooter. A stirring pro-tolerance account that is as shocking as it is revelatory.

Watchtower

Turkey | 2012 | 100 minutes | Pelin Esmer

Haunted by his past, a fire warden in the Turkish mountains is inexorably drawn towards a young woman with a mysterious secret of her own.

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