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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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The Little Tin Man

Director Matthew Perkins scheduled to attend | June 1 and June 2

Tired of being overlooked for bigger roles, a struggling dwarf actor sets out to be cast as the Tin Man in Martin Scorsese's interpretation of The Wizard of Oz. World Premiere

Schedule
June 1, 2013 6:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
June 2, 2013 12:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

The Little Tin Man is an intelligent and hilarious exploration of a struggling actor's refusal to accept the status quo as he attempts to transcend his inherent limitations and land the role of a lifetime in Martin Scorsese's (fictional) remake of The Wizard of Oz. To say that Herman (Aaron Beelner) is dissatisfied would be an understatement of epic proportions. Unfulfilled working in his brother's restaurant and unhappy with the arc of his acting career, he is ready for something different. When he's offered a spot to audition for the Mayor of Munchkinland in an upcoming, big budget remake of The Wizard of Oz, he takes the opportunity to aim just a little bit higher. To help him nail the audition, he enlists the help of his pals to showcase his talents, including Miller (Kay Cannon), his brother, Gregg (Jeff Hiller), and their mutual friend, Juan (Emmanuel Maldonado). As life begins to imitate art, Herman and his pals find themselves on a humor-filled journey of self-discovery that delivers big laughs and even bigger insights into the lengths we'll go for the things we love. Making his feature-film directorial debut, Matthew Perkins delivers a rare thing, indeed: a truly funny, often touching indie comedy.

Director Biography

Hailing from Athens, GA, Matthew Perkins studied Film Production at The University of Georgia. There he completed a 2-year apprenticeship under Filmmaker James Herbert (frequent R.E.M. collaborator), and served as the Bulldogs' mascot at every sporting event.  After graduating in 2006, Perkins moved to New York City to pursue his career as a Writer/Director.  He immediately found work on Ridley Scott's American Gangster and an internship at GreeneStreet Films.  Wanting to establish himself as a creative presence, Matthew began making shorts (Magic Juan, Life in Short) with his writing partner Dugan Bridges. After laboring for 7 years to get his dream project off the ground - watching financiers come and go - Perkins turned to a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds for his first feature, The Little Tin Man.

Sponsored in part by Ingeniux, ShadowCatcher Entertainment, Seattle Film Institute

Director: Matthew Perkins
Principal Cast: Aaron Beelner, Kay Cannon, Jeff Hiller, Chris Henry Coffey, Emmanuel Maldonado
Premiere Status: World
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 85 minutes
Producer: Matthew Perkins, Nathan Bridges
Screenplay: Matthew Perkins, Nathan Bridges
Cinematographers: Brad Reeb
Editors: Gordon Holmes
Music: Erick Lee, Eric Marshall, Brian T. Murphy
Website: http://www.facebook.com/TheLittleTinMan
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
Format: DCP
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