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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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Alive and Well

USA | 2013 | 75 minutes | Josh Taft

The courage and strength of the human spirit are illuminated in this gripping documentary, which follows resilient characters coming to terms with the profound reality of living with the hereditary chronic illness known as Huntington's Disease.

Barzan

USA | 2013 | 80 minutes | Alex Stonehill, Bradley Hutchinson

When his name appears in the 9/11 Commission Report, Iraqi immigrant and Seattle resident Sam "Barzan" Malkandi, now considered a threat to national security, is detained and deported by the United States government.

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.

Dead Meat Walking - A Zombie Walk Documentary

USA | 2013 | 70 minutes | Omar J. Pineda

The walking dead are among us in this exposé of real-life zombie walks, featuring event footage alongside interviews with participants, organizers, makeup artists, and celebrities (Tom Savini, Norman Reedus).

Evergreen: The Road to Legalization in Washington

USA | 2013 | 86 minutes | Riley Morton

Intimate portraits of players in the 2012 campaign to legalize marijuana in Washington State power a thrilling account of the promises and risks of drug reforms.

Finding Hillywood

USA | 2013 | 57 minutes | Chris Towey, Leah Warshawski

Hillywood, the Rwandan film industry, is given the spotlight in this affectionate portrait featuring the filmmaking community, the blossoming film festival culture, and the joy of the people as they experience Rwandan cinema on the big screen.

Fly Filmmaking Challenge 2013

2012 | 55 minutes |

Inspired by works of art created by one of the 2012 Artist Trust Fellows, our four Fly Filmmakers (Ben Andrews, Amy Enser, Lulu Gargiulo, and Curtis Taylor) rose to the challenge with original films that were shot in neighborhoods across Seattle.

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

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.

Middleton

USA | 2013 | 99 minutes | Adam Rodgers

Two wildly different parents meet and fall in love while taking their kids on a college tour, proving it's not only teenagers who find themselves when they go off to college.

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