Lane 1974

USA | 2017 | 80 minutes | SJ Chiro

Based on Clane Hayward’s memoir “The Hypocrisy of Disco” and director SJ Chiro’s own experiences, this authentic diary of girlhood follows a 13-year- old whose 1970s communal life is upended as her mother moves them from one dubious situation to another.

Friday, June 2, 2017

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

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Clane Hayward's memoir "The Hypocrisy of Disco" comes to life in this quiet portrait of a young girl on the outskirts of '70s counterculture in Northern California. 13-year old Lane (Sophia Mitri Schloss) is content enough living on a commune in an old school bus with several other children her age, even though her mother, Hallelujah (Katherine Moennig, "The L Word"), can be a bit oppressive with her anti-materialism and overprotective alternative parenting. When Hallelujah falls out with their existing "family," Lane and her two younger siblings are forced to wander from place to place, having to depend on their increasingly unpredictable mother and their own limited knowledge of the outside world. Filmed on the coast and in the forests of Northern California, the gentle atmosphere is a constant reminder of, and true contrast to, the fine line Lane walks between security and falling victim to the whirlwind path of her mother. Drawing from both Hayword's personal experiences as well as first-time director SJ Chiro's own upbringing in a commune, Lane 1974 is a fiercely authentic diary of girlhood.

Director Biography

SJ Chiro graduated from Bennington College with a degree in theater and French literature. She spent much of her early career as an actor and director in Seattle's theater scene. Her 2006 debut short film "Little Red Riding Hood" garnered awards for Best Live Action Short at Children's Film Festival Seattle and Best Cinematography at the San Francisco Women's Film Festival. Her next film, "Third Day's Child", premiered at SIFF 2008 and screened at the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival, One Reel Festival of Shorts, and Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, among others. Next, her short film "Howard From Ohio" was awarded a special jury prize at SIFF 2011, best short film at Seattle's Local Sightings Film Festival 2011, and the Director's Award at the Boston Underground Film Festival. Her short film "The Epiphany", based on a short story by Jonathan Lethem, was made for the Fly Film Challenge, SIFF 2011. This film marked the first collaboration with producer Mel Eslyn. Lane 1974 is Chiro's first feature film.

Sponsored by Women in Film - Seattle, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Shoreline Community College, Encore City Arts, Seattle Weekly


Related Forum Event

Director/writer SJ Chiro will participate in the free forum event "Gather Your Team"
SIFF Lounge; Sunday, May 28

  • Director: SJ Chiro
  • Principal Cast: Sophia Mitri Schloss, Katherine Moennig, Annette Toutonghi, Sara Coates, Linas Phillips
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 80 minutes
  • Producer: Jennessa West
  • Screenplay: SJ Chiro
  • Cinematographers: Sebastien Scandiuzzi
  • Editors: Celia Beasley
  • Music: Jason Staczek
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP