Tracy Rector's Picks

SIFF Programmer Tracy Rector picks some of her highlights from the 2019 Festival.

Tracy Rector

Tracy Rector is a mixed race (Choctaw/Seminole) filmmaker, curator, community organizer, co-founder of Longhouse Media. For the last 17 years she has directed and produced over 400 films including shorts, features, music videos, and VR projects. Her work has been featured on Independent Lens, Cannes Film Festival, ImagineNative, National Geographic, Toronto International Film Festival, and in the Smithsonian's Museum of the American Indian. Tracy is in her second term as a Seattle Arts Commissioner.

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

A completely unhinged documentary about a potential global conspiracy rooted in western-influenced Africa. It's a completely shocking WTF experience.

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Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife)

The first all Haida language film is groundbreaking cinema, which offers a rare powerful glimpse of Haida people on their own terms.

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The Farewell

The Farewell

First heard on "This American Life," this story of universal truths is brought to a new level of brilliance with Awkwafina in the lead.

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Frances Ferguson

Frances Ferguson

This dry comedic film, that will not be for everyone, is about an unhappily married woman who is a substitute teacher at a local high school where she has an affair with one of the students from detention. Nick Offerman acts as that voice who helps us through the at times funny but mostly uncomfortable relationships.

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Ms. Purple

Ms. Purple

While at Sundance this year, this was the one film that people kept telling me to go see time and again. When I asked what it was about people just kept saying, "I don't know it's just so good." And true to their praises, its beautiful sensory filled film with plenty of breathing room and a chance to feel something different.

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One Child Nation

One Child Nation

Revelatory stories of lost babies, stolen children, and ruined lives are shared throughout shrouded in a canopy of surreal Chinese propaganda song and dance.

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Sauvage/Wild

Sauvage/Wild

The immersive tension and tenderness is palpable, in director Camille Vidal-Naquet's masterful film, about the everyday lives of French male prostitutes, anchored by an impressive and entrancing performance by Félix Maritaud.

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Doing The Work!

Shortsfest Weekend: Doing The Work!

While I recommend all of ShortsFest, don't miss the Indigenous doc package Doing The Work!, with brave bareback horse racers to the fancy footsteps of sweetheart dancers.

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Top End Wedding

Top End Wedding

Yes to joyous, bright, beautiful Indigenous made films rooted in family relationships and love!!!

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