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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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Director Chris Mason Johnson scheduled to attend | June 7 & June 9

San Francisco, 1985. Two opposites attract at a modern dance company. Together, their courage and resilience are tested as they navigate a world full of risks and promise, against the backdrop of a disease no one seems to know anything about.

June 7, 2013
7:00 PM Harvard Exit Date has passed
June 9, 2013
1:30 PM Harvard Exit Date has passed

Set in the early days of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, this film is poignant, character-driven, and illuminated with stunning modern dance. Frankie is a perpetual understudy in a modern dance company, and his relationship to dance and music informs our own understanding of the fear and uncertainty that was being gay in 1985. Headlines ask if there should be a gay quarantine. Dancers won't touch each other—because what if you can get the virus through sweat? Test perfectly captures the historical context of a time that's hard to contextualize even just 25 years later—condoms were a relatively unknown novelty, and homophobia was rampant. Writer-director Chris Mason Johnson manages to highlight elements of fear and uncertainty to us in a way that maintains the truth of the time, but also is understandable to a modern audience, particularly through the dancing of his main characters.

Director Biography
After gaining acclaim as a dancer for such companies as the Frankfurt Ballet, Chris Mason Johnson learned filmmaking while studying at Amherst College. Upon working a variety of film jobs for the likes of Miramax and Fine Line Features, he made his feature directorial debut with 2008’s The New Twenty.

Sponsored in part by Ingeniux, Here Media

Director: Chris Mason Johnson
Principal Cast: Matthew Risch, Scott Marlowe, Katherine Wells, Rory Hohenstein, Myles Thatcher
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 90 minutes
Producer: Chris Mason Johnson, Chris Martin
Screenplay: Chris Mason Johnson
Cinematographers: Daniel Marks
Editors: Adam Raponi
Music: Ceiri Torjussen
Filmography: The New Twenty (2008)
Language: English
Format: HDCAM
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