Andy Spletzer's Picks

SIFF Programmer Andy Spletzer picks some of his highlights from the 2019 Festival.

Andy Spletzer

Andy Spletzer moved to Seattle to help start the alternative weekly newspaper The Stranger, where he was the chief film critic in the '90s. After that he moved behind the scenes as a TV writer for the PBS show "Biz Kid$," as an Emmy-winning writer/producer for the Seattle Channel, as the Script Supervisor on films like Captain Fantastic as well as movies by directors like Lynn Shelton and Megan Griffiths, and has been a Programmer for SIFF for more than a decade. In his spare time he writes screenplays and teleplays, and is currently working on a Hemingway adaptation and a pilot for a TV show about a struggling documentary filmmaker who gets hired onto a "Hoarders"-like show.

Barbara Rubin & the Exploding NY Underground

Barbara Rubin & the Exploding NY Underground

Captures the drug-fueled enthusiasm of the '60s through a portrait of the little-known experimental filmmaker who influenced people like Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, and Bob Dylan.

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Eastern Memories

Eastern Memories

An 100-year-old travelogue through Mongolia—made by a Finnish linguist, no less—is layered over modern footage of the same landscapes to fascinating results. My favorite discovery.

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Ghost Fleet

Ghost Fleet

A severe labor shortage in the Thai fishing industry has led to the abduction and slave labor of thousands upon thousands of people. Despite the harrowing subject, Ghost Fleet ends up being a hopeful, inspirational story of an organization that finds these fishermen and reunites them with the families they thought they lost.

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Invest in Failure (Notes on Film 06-C, Monologue 03)

Invest in Failure (Notes on Film 06-C, Monologue 03)

An experimental, found footage portrait of James Mason, based on 50 years of film roles, that becomes a critique of ever brooding, romantic anti-hero in a Hollywood film. Makes you think.

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Lynch: A History

Lynch: A History

The movie jumps around, juxtaposing pop culture images with news clips of racist incidents with sports and mythology an the biography former Seahawk Marshawn Lynch. It's exhilarating.

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Midnight Traveler

Midnight Traveler

A first-person refugee story of a filmmaker escaping the Taliban after pissing them off by making a documentary about peace. He and his family made this on the sly on their cell phones, never knowing how their journey would end up.

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Storm in My Heart

Storm in My Heart

Cinematic essayist Mark Cousins examines the racist history of Hollywood musical conventions by showing the most famous musicals by Lena Horne and Susan Hayward side-by-side.

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