Streaming Suggestions from SIFF

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SIFF programmers, staff, and friends chime in with suggested films to stream while we find ourselves with more time at home, and while our Cinemas are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. New suggestions will be posted weekly here and on our social media. Follow us on social @SIFFNews: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube

Dan Doody & Megan Leonard, Programmers

Dan Doody and Megan Leonard, Seattle International Film Festival ShortsFest Programmers, recommend six short films from past festivals that are available to watch online. Hear more from them on May 20 for SIFF Movie Club: ShortsFest Edition!

Dan's Picks

Scary Larry

"Scary Larry"
d. Greg Ivan Smith | USA | 2015 | 13 min.
In 1952, four New England college students play a seemingly innocent card game which holds a terrifying ulterior motive.

Unleaded

"Unleaded"
d. Luke Davies | United Kingdom | 2015 | 8 min.
Three thugs attempting to rob a petrol station are interrupted by three stoners with a severe case of the munchies.

The Driver is Red

"The Driver is Red"
d. Randall Christopher | USA | 2018 | 15 min.
Argentina 1960—this true crime documentary follows secret agent Zvi Aharoni as he searches for a mysterious man named Ricardo Klement. What he discovered in the remote outskirts of Buenos Aires would send shockwaves around the world.

Megan's Picks

Miller & Son

"Miller & Son"
d. Asher Jelinsky | USA | 2019 | 21 min.
A mechanic lives between running their family's auto shop during the day and expressing themselves at night, until an unforeseen event threatens their compartmentalized life.

Fanny

"Fanny"
d. Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel | Norway | 2017 | 29 min.
Fanny, a young woman in her mid-twenties, has just moved back to her hometown to start at the local University. During orientation she struggles to bond with the other students, and decides to seek out an old friendship.

Emergency

"Emergency"
d. Carey Williams | USA | 2017 | 12 min.
Faced with an emergency situation, a group of young Black and Latino friends carefully weigh the pros and cons of calling the police.

Stan Shields & Dustin Kaspar, Programmers

Stan Shields (SIFF's Festival Programming Manager) and Dustin Kaspar (SIFF's Educational Programs Manager and Festival Programmer) recommend six features and four shorts all made by Washington State filmmakers or featuring local subjects.

The Punk Singer

The Punk Singer

Feminism, punk music, and rare archival footage slam together in Sini Anderson's documentary on legendary musician and activist Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre), featuring interviews including Joan Jett and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz.

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A Lot Like You

A Lot Like You

Director-Subject Eliaichi Kimaro's brilliant documentary examines the intricate fabric of multiracial identity, and grapples with the complex ties that children have to the cultures of their parents.

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Lane 1974

Lane 1974

Thirteen-year-old Lane lives in a communal wild and free world until her mother alienates their cohabitants and forces the family to bounce from one unlikely interaction to another. 

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Prospect

Prospect

An inventive sci-fi western where a father and daughter travel to a distant moon to unearth a massive deposit of rare gems, only to discover that they are not alone there, and will have to fight to survive.

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Zombies of Mass Destruction

ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction

Life is idyllic in Port Gamble, WA....until a zombie virus outbreak! A fun political satire and a gory good time.

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Lynch: A History

Lynch: A History

A mesmerizing video collage rather than a traditional doc, this portrait of heroically controversial (ex-?) Seahawk Marshawn Lynch focuses on his narrative-controlling interview strategies in the context of race and media celebrity in America.

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Strowlers

Short Films

"Hagereseb"
A young boy in Yesler Terrace searches for keyboard batteries to facilitate one final music lesson before his older brother returns to Eritrea.

"Anaiyyun: Prayer for the Whale"
Whaling is a cultural cornerstone of Iñupiaq identity and the harvest of the bowhead whale is considered a gift.

"Breathe, Just Breathe"
A great reminder to take a moment to explore whatever space you may be in—in this case the Georgetown Steam Plant.

"Strowlers"
Travel the globe with this fun, well-crafted fantasy series that follows the outcasts and activists who exist on the magical fringes of modern society.


Dustin Kaspar & Nancy Pappas, Programmers

Dustin Kaspar (SIFF Educational Programs Manager and Seattle International Film Festival Programmer) and Nancy Pappas (Seattle International Film Festival African Pictures Programmer) recommend five films from Africa that are available for streaming:

Supa Modo

Supa Modo

A Kenyan love letter to the power of film finds a community rallying around a young girl with a terminal illness to make her the star of her own superhero film.

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Félicité

Félicité

This deeply affecting non-traditional musical follows a nightclub singer desperately looking across Kinshasa for money to support her son after a life-threatening accident.

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Silas

Silas

An empowering documentary portrait of a Liberian environmental activist as he shifts from grassroots activism to governmental policy.

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I Am Not a Witch

I Am Not a Witch

A visually striking Zambian fairy tale about a girl who is accused of witchcraft and her journey through the societal rejection and enterprising mysticism of her culture.

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Atlantics

Atlantics

Social commentary is brilliantly infused in this supernatural Senegalese debut feature that won the Grand Prix at Cannes 2019.

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Beth Barrett, SIFF Artistic Director

SIFF Artistic Director Beth Barrett shares some of her favorite Q&A's at SIFF Cinema Egyptian.

The Farewell

The Farewell

My favorite Q&A from SIFF 2019 was hands down talking to Lulu Wang for her incredible film The Farewell, but the at-capacity opening day for the theatrical run was inspiring in so many ways. The value of the theatrical experience was at the heart of her plans for the film—she wanted it to be seen in community—and being able to participate in that is at the core of SIFF's mission—to create experiences around film that bring people together.

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20 Feet from Stardom

20 Feet from Stardom

Magical. The only word for our SIFF 2013 Centerpiece Gala screening of 20 Feet from Stardom, with a live performance from Merry Clayton and Tata Vega.

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After the Storm

After the Storm

In 2016, Hirokazu Kore-eda was in Seattle for the Festival, and presented his quiet masterpiece After the Storm to a sold-out audience. Once of the masters of Japanese cinema, it was a treat to be able to share that experience.

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Chicken People

Chicken People

In a high-stakes world where a single broken feather can mean a shattered dream, these competitors are playing at the highest level. That's right, it's Chicken People. Sharing the stage with competitive chickens really upped my game.

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To Die For

To Die For

The Q&A that started it all—1995's To Die For with Gus Van Sant and Nicole Kidman. One of the first festival films in my decades-long love for SIFF, it was my first time at the Egyptian, and I fell in love.

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