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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.

Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer

Pokazatelnyy protsess: Istoriya Pussy Riot

This documentary tells an important story of protest, suppression, and three young women—Nadia, Masha, and Katia—members of the feminist punk-rock collective, Pussy Riot, who face years in prison for their 40-second political performance piece “Punk Prayer.”
Schedule
May 29, 2013
Wednesday
9:30 PM Egyptian Theatre Date has passed
June 2, 2013
Sunday
3:00 PM Kirkland Performance Center Date has passed
June 9, 2013
Sunday
7:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

On February 21, 2012, five young women from the Russian feminist punk-rock art collective Pussy Riot, known for their guerrilla-style protest performances, rushed the altar of a venerated Russian Orthodox Cathedral in the heart of Moscow. Wearing colorful ski masks and balaclavas, they began a satirical "punk prayer" in protest of the inequities of Putin's Russia. They only performed 40 seconds before being pulled off stage, and three members - Nadia, Masha, and Katia - were incarcerated without bail, put on trial for "hooliganism," and sentenced to prison. Initially there was little support for these idealistic young activists, but thanks to their YouTube video international awareness began to grow, transforming them into human rights icons. Academy Award®-nominated producer Mike Lerner (Hell and Back Again) and Russian collaborator Maxim Pozdorovkin tell this story - one that veers from farce to tragedy - with courtroom footage highlighting the trial's bizarre twists and interviews with families and friends. The result is an inspirational story revealing how even a small act of protest can have repercussions around the world, told with the same punk spirit that the growing Pussy Riot movement represents.

Director Biography
Mike Lerner is an Oscar® nominated producer who has worked for international channels such as the BBC, Discovery, and HBO. He has been making documentaries for twenty-five years and won numerous awards, including four Sundance Awards. Maxim Pozdorovkin is an acclaimed American filmmaker, whose first film Capital played at several film festivals and art galleries around the world. Pozdorovkin is currently working on a documentary about international arms dealer Viktor Bout.

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Vladimir Putin In Deep Concentration

In this brief but vicious documentary short, director Dana O’Keefe examines how Vladimir Putin’s psychological makeup and extravagant lifestyle created a new if not necessarily better Russia.
Director: Maxim Pozdorovkin, Mike Lerner
Principal Cast: Mariya Alyokhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
Country: Russia, United Kingdom
Year: 2013
Running Time: 90 minutes
Producer: Maxyne Franklin, Nick Fraser, Xenia Grubstein
Cinematographers: Antony Butts
Editors: Simon Barker , Esteban Uyarra
Music: Simon Russell
Website: http://www.roastbeeftv.com/885/pussy-riot-a-punk-prayer/film
Awards: Sundance 2013 (World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize)
Filmography: Mike Lerner: Debut Feature Film; Maxim Pozdorovkin: Capital (2009)
Language: Russian
Subtitles: Yes
International Sales: Cinetic Media
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