Programmers' Picks: Andy Spletzer

SIFF Programmer Andy Spletzer shares some of his highlights from the 2021 Seattle International Film Festival.

Andy Spletzer

ALT Shorts: Female (Re)Visions

There were so many good experimental shorts by female filmmakers this year that I decided to devote the whole program to them (sorry fellas).

Athanor - The Alchemical Furnace

Instead of a retrospective, this is more of a masterclass from the normally reclusive Czech animator Jan Svankmajer, who talks about his style, his career, and his love for his late wife Eva.

Chuck Connelly: Into The Light

Chuck Connelly, the entertainingly gruff next-big-thing painter from the '80s, self-sabotaged with alcohol and a bad attitude, but he kept painting and to this day has filled his house with thousands of unseen works. Now that he's clean the question becomes: Will he find other ways to self-sabotage before he's rediscovered?

Northwest Feature Films

I haven't had a chance to see any of the four locally made feature films in this year's lineup, but I'm looking forward to all of them!

Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation

Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams were lifelong friends, and director Lisa Immordino Vreeland nicely combines interviews with both of them to create a wonderfully cohesive whole that talks about the ups and downs of their writing careers.

ALT Shorts: Female (Re)Visions
Athanor - The Alchemical Furnace
Chuck Connelly: Into The Light
All Sorts
All Those Small Things
East of the Mountains
Potato Dreams of America
Super Frenchie
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America
Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation