Clinton McClung's Picks

SIFF Programmer Clinton McClung picks some of his highlights from the 2018 Festival.

Clinton McClung

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

The real person that inspired the papier-mâché-headed musician of the indie comedy Frank is even more fascinating. From his music with UK band the Freshies to his transformation into Frank Sidebottom, Sievey is thoughtful, hilarious, uncompromising, and an inspiration to creative artists everywhere.

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The Changeling

The Changeling

A classic, creepy haunted house film starring George C Scott with gorgeous production design, cinematography, and iconic horror movie moments that spooked the hell out of me as a kid. Set in Seattle (with a couple of lovely shot-on-location scenes), this restored version is going to look amazing on the big screen!

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A Field Guide to Evil

A Field Guide to Evil

From the masterminds behind The ABCs of Death, a yummy anthology of horror shorts based on some truly dark folk tales featuring the directors behind Goodnight Mommy, The Duke of Burgundy, The Lure, and SIFF 2016's short film "The Procedure" (a.k.a.: the one with the butthole).

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Found Footage Festival - Cherished Gems

Found Footage Festival - Cherished Gems

Bizarre exercise videos, creepy facial massagers, angry RV salesmen-you just never know what gems these VHS collectors are going to uncover. A truly hilarious show mixing the best of the worst of their finds with live comedy, FFF consistently sells out when they come to Seattle, and now they join us for a special "Best Of" show.

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Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary

Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary

The story behind the best high school set television show (I will fight you over how good it is!) with all the major players chiming in-Apatow & Feig, all of the cast (even Millie, Harris, and Cindy Sanders), and even the studio heads that couldn't see the forest through the low ratings.

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Highliander - Queen Remix featuring DJ Nicfit

Highliander - Queen Remix featuring DJ Nicfit

I've been a fan of Seattle DJ NicFit for a while and I really love what he does-providing inventive new soundtracks spun live over the top of classic films. Can't wait to see revisit this classic '80s action-fantasy film (whose director also made the best music video of all time, "Total Eclipse of the Heart") only now with ALL of the music by Queen.

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Industrial Accident - The Story of Wax Trax! Records

Industrial Accident - The Story of Wax Trax! Records

The story behind one of my favorite record labels-and favorite record stores-of all time is not just a vibrantly told history of the industrial music scene with an amazing soundtrack, but also a really sweet, personal love story about following your bliss.

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The Long Dumb Road

The Long Dumb Road

A sweetly endearing and totally bonkers bromance comedy reimagined through the lens of talented indie director Hannah Fidell, with a script co-written by Carson Mell (whose last film Another Evil was a fave of mine at SIFF 2016), and lead by the great comic actors Tony​ Revolori and ​Jason Mantzoukas in his best performance to date.

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Making the Grade

Making the Grade

Who knew that watching a group of Irish music students (many, but not all, kids) and their piano teachers interact could be so utterly delightful and engaging and affecting? This simple fly-on-the-wall documentary is a truly refreshing discovery.

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Queerama

Queerama

A history of LGBT rights in the UK as told entirely through gorgeously restored TV and movie footage from the BFI archives and set to music by the great John Grant of the Czars. Like the documentary version of a great Collide-O-Scope show.

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