Virtual SIFF Cinema

Stay home, stay healthy, and support SIFF with Virtual SIFF Cinema!

We are pleased to present new independent arthouse films, encores of successful presentations, and an ever-rotating selection of virtual cinema to enjoy in your house. On each film detail page, you'll find a link to the distributor's screening portal where you'll be able to rent the film and begin watching. As part of the revenue goes directly back to SIFF, this is a great way to support us during this time and see new films!

Please also consider making a donation or registering for any of our Virtual Events!

Jazz on a Summer's Day

USA | 1959 | 85 min. | Bert Stern, Aram Avakian

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New 4k restoration! Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, this classic documentary is considered one of the first concert films and features performances by Louis Armstrong, Thelonius Monk, Anita O’Day, Mahalia Jackson, and more.

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Martin Margiela: In His Own Words

Germany | 2019 | 90 min. | Reiner Holzemer

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The reclusive designer Martin Margiela, who left the fashion world for good in 2008, finally opens his sketchbooks and archives to the world in this intimate and idiosyncratic portrait of a genius.

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A Thousand Cuts

USA | 2020 | 110 min. | Ramona S. Diaz

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Amidst the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, journalist Maria Ressa (co-founder of popular online news outlet Rappler) places the tools of the free press--and her own freedom--on the line in defense of truth and democracy.

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Out Stealing Horses

Norway | 2019 | 122 min. | Hans Petter Moland

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Adapted from the bestselling novel, Out Stealing Horses follows 67-year-old Trond (Stellan Skarsgård) in the winter of 1999, still grieving the death of his wife as he retires to a solitary life in the Norwegian woods.

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Song Without a Name

Peru | 2019 | 97 min. | Melina Leon

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Based on harrowing true events of an Indigenous Andean woman whose newborn is whisked away and never returned, this Kafkaesque thriller suggests a deep corruption at the roots of Peruvian society.

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The Wild

USA | 2019 | 60 min. | Mark Titus

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Newly into addiction recovery, an urgent threat emerges to spur fisherman/filmmaker Mark Titus back to the wilds of Alaska, where the people of Bristol Bay and its storied wild salmon runs face devastation if a massive copper mine is constructed.

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A Girl Missing

Japan | 2019 | 111 min. | Kôji Fukada

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A home-care nurse’s relationship with the family she has spent years working for is threatened when her nephew is arrested for kidnapping their daughter, in Koji Fukada’s purposeful, tense, and suspenseful drama.

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The Fight

USA | 2020 | 96 min. | Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres

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Winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award at Sundance, this inside look at the ACLU won’t leave a dry eye in the house, following a crack team of lawyers as they battle President Trump’s assault on civil liberties.

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Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

USA | 2020 | 99 min. | Bill Ross, Turner Ross

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In the shadows of the bright lights of Las Vegas, it's last call for a beloved dive bar known as the Roaring 20s. A document of real people, in an unreal situation, facing an uncertain future: America at the end of 2016.

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Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful

Germany | 2020 | 100 min. | Gero von Boehm

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Women were clearly at the core of legendary photographer Helmut Newton’s work, from Catherine Deneuve to Grace Jones, Charlotte Rampling to Isabella Rossellini. This documentary captures his legacy and seeks to answer questions about the themes at the core of his life's work--creating provocative and subversive images of women.

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John Lewis: Good Trouble

USA | 2020 | 97 min. | Dawn Porter

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An in-depth and inspiring portrait of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia, John Lewis. With rare footage and interviews, Dawn Porter’s chronicle covers more that 60 years of his social activism and legislative action.

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Coup 53

United Kingdom | 2019 | 119 min. | Taghi Amirani

Opens August 19, 2020

New 16mm footage and documents uncovered by director Taghi Amirani and famed film editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now) enrich this account of 1953’s Operation Ajax, during which the CIA and MI6 overthrew Prime Minister Mossadegh of Iran.

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Desert One

USA | 2019 | 108 min. | Barbara Kopple

Opens August 21, 2020

Master documentarian Barbara Kopple reveals the true story behind one of the most daring rescues in modern US history: a secret mission to free hostages captured during the 1979 Iranian revolution.

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House of Cardin

USA | 2019 | 97 min. | Todd Hughes, P. David Ebersole

Opens August 28, 2020

A rare peek into the mind of a genius, House of Cardin chronicles the life and design of Pierre Cardin with exclusive access to his archives and unprecedented interviews at the sunset of a glorious career.

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Made in Bangladesh

France | 2019 | 91 min. | Rubaiyat Hossain

Opens August 28, 2020

A garment worker in Bangladesh is inspired to start a union with her co-workers after a factory fire kills one of them. She persists despite resistance from her manager, husband, and frightened colleagues in this gripping critique of exploitative labor practices.

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Mr. SOUL!

USA | 2018 | 115 min. | Melissa Haizlip, Samuel D. Pollard

Opens August 28, 2020

Before Oprah – before Arsenio – there was Mr. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip makes television broadcast history with “SOUL!," America's first “Black Tonight Show.”

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Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

United Kingdom | 2019 | 85 min. | Werner Herzog

Opens August 28, 2020

Told in Werner Herzog’s distinctive style, Nomad is a portrait of one of the 20th century’s most charismatic writers, full of memorable characters and encounters. It is also a portrait of two kindred spirits and offers a fascinating insight into Herzog’s own obsessions and imagination.

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Our Time Machine

China | 2018 | 87 min. | S. Leo Chiang, Yang Sun

Opens September 11, 2020

Through a haunting, magical, autobiographical stage performance featuring life-size mechanical puppets, a father and son confront mortality and the circle of life.

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