Face the Music

Four out of five SIFF programmers agree that regular exposure to music and film are essential to your overall well-being. With that in mind, this year’s Face the Music program has been specifically designed to provide a holistic regimen for your audio-visual health.

We all know that film and music go hand in hand, from portraits of Mexican music icon Chavela Vargas to a history of the indigenous influence on modern music. Shake your booty to the electronic dance music trio Major Lazer, then learn about the highs and lows of tour life with a docudrama about the band Wolf Alice. Then end your night with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, featuring a live soundtrack by The Invincible Czars.

A Life in Waves

USA | 2016 | 75 minutes | Brett Whitcomb

Explore the life of electronic-music pioneer Suzanne Ciani, a woman in a traditionally male-dominated art form who transformed the genre with her modular compositions, developed a multimillion-dollar advertising venture, and became an icon of New Age music.

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Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall

USA | 2017 | 100 minutes | Katherine Fairfax Wright

Known for his campy, totally funky music videos, Todrick Hall—a vibrant, lovable, and fabulously gay artist bursting with creative energy—takes you behind the scenes as he launches his most ambitious project to date: the original stage musical "Straight Outta Oz."

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Bill Frisell, A Portrait

Australia | 2017 | 114 minutes | Emma Franz

The normally reclusive Grammy-winning guitarist and Seattle native steps out of the shadows for a layered exploration of his life, work, and collaborative process, including how he developed a unique sonic voice that blends jazz with folk, rock, classical, and avant-garde.

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USA | 2017 | 90 minutes | Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi

An arresting portrait of Mexican music icon Chavela Vargas, the rabble-rousing, cigar-smoking lesbian iconoclast famous for bringing audiences to tears, who staged an amazing comeback at age 72 thanks in part to the efforts of filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with live soundtrack by The Invincible Czars

USA | 1920 | 79 minutes | John S. Robertson

After more than a decade of silent film scores that beautifully blend rock and orchestral music, Austin band The Invincible Czars now unleash their spooky sonic reimagining of the classic silent adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's iconic tale starring the legendary John Barrymore.

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Give Me Future

USA | 2017 | 85 minutes | Austin Peters

Not your average concert documentary, Give Me Future electrifyingly follows EDM musical trio Major Lazer as they navigate the behind-the-scenes challenges of staging a historic free concert in Havana, while also examining the recent changes in Cuban culture.

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Mixtape Marauders

USA | 2017 | 17 minutes | Peter Edlund

Two young burnouts, Patrick and Cheech, live in a world of mindless day jobs, petty drug deals, and wildly unconventional musical tastes.

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On the Road

United Kingdom | 2016 | 112 minutes | Michael Winterbottom

Filmmaker Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People) travels with indie-rock band and Grammy nominees Wolf Alice throughout the UK, crafting a riveting documentary/fiction hybrid that is part tour chronicle and part backstage romance.

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Puget Soundtrack presents Prom Queen

90 minutes

The dark-surf, girl-group noir sounds of Seattle's Prom Queen meet some of our favorite visuals from the catalogue of beloved exploitation film archivists Something Weird video, creating a unique new experience of B-movie indulgence.

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Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Canada | 2017 | 103 minutes | Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana

The contributions of Native Americans in modern American music; from Link Wray to Robbie Robertson, Charley Patton to Buffy Sainte-Marie; get a much-deserved showcase in this celebratory expose of the Indigenous influence on the soundtrack of popular culture.

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The Paris Opera

France | 2016 | 125 min. (incl. 15 min. short film) | Jean-Stéphane Bron

Spend a season amid the backstage hustle and bustle of The Paris Opera in this captivating chronicle that shines a spotlight on the complex army of collaborators who make one of the most prestigious performing-arts institutions in the world possible.

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