Face the Music

Four out of five SIFF programmers agree that regular exposure to music and film are essential to your overall well-being. With that in mind, this year’s Face the Music program has been specifically designed to provide a holistic regimen for your audio-visual health.

We all know that film and music go hand in hand, from portraits of Mexican music icon Chavela Vargas to a history of the indigenous influence on modern music. Shake your booty to the electronic dance music trio Major Lazer, then learn about the highs and lows of tour life with a docudrama about the band Wolf Alice. Then end your night with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, featuring a live soundtrack by The Invincible Czars.

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story

United Kingdom | 2018 | 100 minutes | Steve Sullivan

A portrait of inventive court jester Chris Sievey, the real-life inspiration behind the 2014 movie Frank.

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USA | 2018 | 127 minutes | Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke directs this unorthodox dramatization of the remarkable life of burly singer-songwriter Blaze Foley.

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Industrial Accident - The Story of Wax Trax! Records

USA | 2018 | 95 minutes | Julia Nash

Follow the rise of Wax Trax! Records from record corner store to cornerstone industrial music record label.

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Looking for Oum Kulthum

Germany | 2017 | 90 minutes | Shirin Neshat

This film within a film about Egyptian superstar Oum Kulthum explores the price women pay for fame in patriarchal societies.

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Making the Grade

Ireland | 2017 | 96 minutes | Ken Wardrop

Among 30,000 aspiring young pianists annually in Ireland, only a handful can make the grade in a rigorous system.

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Sri Lanka | 2018 | 94 minutes | Stephen Loveridge

The genesis, artistry, and politics of subversive hip-hop star M.I.A. are unraveled in a kinetic collage of her own footage.

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Nico, 1988

Italy | 2017 | 93 minutes | Susanna Nicchiarelli

Trine Dyrholm comes to life as Velvet Underground chanteuse Nico during her final years in Europe.

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Rubén Blades Is Not My Name

Panama | 2018 | 85 minutes | Abner Benaim

This documentary chronicles the many and ongoing ambitions of salsa music pioneer Ruben Blades over fifty-plus years.

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Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

Japan | 2017 | 100 minutes | Stephen Nomura Schible

Prolific musician Ryuichi Skamoto returns to the studio for a major new opus and reflects on the evolution of music.

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