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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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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.

The African Cypher

South Africa | 2012 | 89 minutes | Bryan Little

A survey of the extraordinary street dance styles across South Africa, director Bryan Little's award-winning documentary drills deeper into the philosophy of the dancer's self-expression and, especially, the souls of two extraordinary young performers. Ages 13+

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.

Five Dances

USA | 2013 | 85 minutes | Alan Brown

A coming out tale of an extraordinarily gifted young dancer recently arrived in New York City (Ryan Steele, Broadway's Newsies, West Side Story, and 2013 multi-Tony Nominee Matilda), Five Dances is a visually sensual glimpse of life and first love in New York's downtown contemporary dance world.

Frances Ha

USA | 2012 | 86 minutes | Noah Baumbach

Frances, a post-college aspiring dancer, struggles after her best friend falls in love and moves out. In the vein of television's Girls, Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) treats his characters candidly but lovingly, as they work to become adults in Brooklyn.

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.

Just Like a Woman

United Kingdom | 2012 | 90 minutes | Rachid Bouchareb

Two Chicago women—one on the run from the law, the other from her cheating husband—head to Santa Fe to compete in a renowned belly dancing competition.

Kalpana

India | 1948 | 160 minutes | Uday Shankar

An unsung gem upon its 1948 release, this black-and-white Indian ballet stars writer/director Uday Shankar (brother of Ravi Shankar) as a dance academy proprietor torn between two women. Stunning restoration by the World Cinema Foundation at Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata.

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.