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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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Go Grandriders

Director Tien-hao Hua scheduled to attend | May 31 & June 1

This box office smash from Taiwan follows 17 senior citizens who travel the island by scooter, delighting in the journey and their own achievement all the way.

Schedule
May 31, 2013
Friday
3:30 PM Kirkland Performance Center Date has passed
June 1, 2013
Saturday
4:00 PM AMC Pacific Place 11 Date has passed
June 7, 2013
Friday
1:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

Touring the 1,178 kilometer coast of Taiwan by motor scooter offers majestic views of the Pacific, but also many of the hazards you'd expect, including grueling mountain passages and truck drivers aggressively asserting their dominance of the road. Despite an average age of 81, the 17 senior citizens who participate in this 13-day ride refuse to let any of that deter them from heading out on the highway and enjoying a grand adventure in their twilight years. The trip was organized by a Welfare Center in part to demonstrate how society underestimates the elderly, a lesson confirmed at every bend in the road in what's become the most popular documentary in Taiwanese history. Avoiding the panoramic sights, the film smartly keeps focus on the riders, who bond over war stories and tales of short-fused wives, shrug off medical complaints and even a few injuries to keep going, and display their delight in the voyage and their own perseverance in broad, contagious smiles. "It's like the journey of life," one explains in her gently philosophic way, "with highs and lows, ups and downs. But you just have to keep going."

Director Biography
Tien-hao Hua has spent over a decade producing documentary, music, and promotional videos. He expanded Go Grandriders to feature length from a commissioned 15-minute short, saying of his senior subjects, “I will always remember their love.”

Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, W Seattle Hotel, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle

Packaged Films

Grandma Ocean

An animated documentary portraying the life of the Haenyo, traditional female divers of Jeju Island.

Director: Tien-hau Hua
Country: Taiwan
Year: 2012
Running Time: 75 minutes
Producer: Yi-ying Lin, Ben Tsiang, Xenia Chang
Cinematographers: Tien-hau Hua, Ying-min Chang, Wei-cheng Chang
Editors: Nien-hsiu Li
Music: Jian Kang Studio
Website: Go Grandriders
Filmography: Perfect Match (2012); Greeting the Future (2011); Chen Yin-Hui (2009)
Language: Chinese, Taiwanese
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: CNEX Foundation Limited
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