Festival Spotlight: Opening Night

Seattle film luminary Lynn Shelton's Sword of Trust will open SIFF 2019.

Festival Spotlight: Opening Night Film

We're excited to announce IFC Films' Sword of Trust, the latest from Seattle film luminary Lynn Shelton, as the SIFF 2019 Opening Night Gala.

Opening Night access ranges from the festive, see-it-all Film + Party Ticket to the exclusive VIP Red Carpet Experience. Director Lynn Shelton and actor Marc Maron scheduled to attend.

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In Shelton's latest film, two women (Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins) attempt to unload an inherited Civil War sword onto a curmudgeonly pawnshop owner (Marc Maron) and reluctantly enter a world of conspiracy theory and Southern disillusionment.

Sword of Trust is written and directed by Shelton (Outside In, Laggies) and features Marc Maron (Late Show with David Letterman, WTF with Marc Maron, GLOW), Jon Bass (Baywatch, Molly's Game), Michaela Watkins (Brigsby Bear, Enough Said), Jillian Bell (Workaholics, 22 Jump Street), and Toby Huss (King of the Hill, Halt and Catch Fire). The film made its world premiere at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival to audience acclaim.

"Lynn is a beloved friend of SIFF, having been part of the festival for over a decade, and we are overjoyed to celebrate her hilarious new feature film as we kick off the 45th year of the festival," said SIFF Artistic Director Beth Barrett. "In our contemporary landscape where truth is a point of political debate, Sword of Trust invites audiences to laugh at the phenomenon of historical revisionism." 

The 45th annual Seattle International Film Festival Opening Night Gala is presented in part by: Ingeniux, Brotherton Cadillac Buick GMC in Renton, Encore, Hyatt Regency Seattle, the Official Hotel of the Festival, Amazon Prime Video, The Boeing Company, and Wongdoody.

SIFF also thanks Wells Fargo Bank for their support of the evening's Red Carpet Experience.

Additional support for Opening Night comes from Agave Cocina & Tequilas, AV Factory, Butler Valet, Diageo Americas, Inc., Facility, Inc., Full Tilt Ice Cream, Hollywood Lights, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Music Man, Northern Lights, Pel'Meni Dumpling Tzar, Princi, RN74, Rosichelli Design, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Sweet Iron Waffles, The Capital Grille, Tito's Handmade Vodka, and Triumph Expo & Events.