Seattleites see more films per capita than residents of any other American city, and a growing number of these selections have their roots in the fertile Pacific Northwest film community. SIFF honors the ways the Puget Sound region contributes to the world of cinema, whether it acts as an evocative location for outside filmmakers or as inspiration for local filmmakers.
Alan @ Work
USA | 2023 | 54 min. | Doug Ing
See a new side of Seattle with this illuminating doc shot over ten years about artist, poet, and producer worker Alan Chong Lau.
USA | 2023 | 80 min. | Sudeshna Sen
A South Asian-American 12-year-old who believes her recently passed grandfather may be coming back as Siddhartha.
Circus of the Scars - The Insider Odyssey of the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow
USA | 2022 | 96 min. | Chicory Wees
The wild history of Jim Rose and his Circus Sideshow from their early days in Seattle dive bars to high-profile international tours.
USA | 2022 | 110 min. | Bill Pohlad
Casey Affleck plays musician Donnie Emerson, who finds fame and purpose decades after he thought his career was over.
Even Hell has its Heroes
USA | 2023 | 110 min. | Clyde Petersen
Clyde Petersen directs this incendiary doc on the Olympia-based Earth, “the slowest metal band on the planet.”
Punderneath It All
USA | 2023 | 76 min. | Abby Hagan
Learn about the wide world of pun slams and tournaments from some of America’s top competitors.
From pickleball players past their prime to sermonizing sex toys, these eight shorts capture the adventurous spirit of our talented filmmaking community.
Year of the Fox
USA | 2023 | 97 min. | Megan Griffiths
A 17-year-old adoptee navigates her parents’ recent divorce and the unwanted advances of an older man.