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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.

The Spectacular Now


When good girl Aimee finds party boy Sutter passed out on her lawn, each of them get their worlds rocked in ways that will profoundly affect both of their lives in this sincere and refreshingly unaffected look at teenagers. Smartly adapted from Tim Tharp's best-selling novel. Ages 15+

May 24, 2013
7:15 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
May 25, 2013
1:30 PM Harvard Exit Date has passed

Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) is a high school senior with a freewheeling outlook on life-while teetering on the verge of alcoholism. Seldom seen without a drink in hand, Sutter is the life of the party with no real plan for the future beyond maintaining his long-time job at the local men's clothing store. Aimee Finicky (Shailene Woodley) is Sutter's polar opposite. College-bound and a bit of a nerd, she's always been one step ahead of her peers. Excited for what the future may hold beyond the confines of her small town, Aimee's been careful to keep her nose clean and her record perfect. But, when she finds Sutter passed out on her family's lawn one Sunday morning, they both wind up having their worlds rocked in ways that will profoundly affect each of their lives. Featuring stand out performances from Woodley and Teller, pitch-perfect direction from James Ponsoldt, and a stellar script from the writing team of Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter ((500) Days of Summer), The Spectacular Now is a seriously funny comedy about teens dealing with very adult problems.

Director Biography
James Ponsoldt is an American filmmaker who graduated from the Columbia University’s Graduate School of Film. His second feature, Smashed, won the Special Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Ponsoldt writes for Filmmaker Magazine and coauthored the graphic novel Refresh, Refresh.

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Director: James Ponsoldt
Principal Cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 95 minutes
Producer: Tom McNulty, Shawn Levy, Andrew Lauren, Michelle Krumm
Screenplay: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
Cinematographers: Jess Hall
Editors: Darrin Navarro
Music: Rob Simonsen
Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2013 (U. S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting)
Filmography: Smashed (2012); Off the Black (2006)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: A24
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