May 17 – June 10, 2012
Seattle, Washington, United States
What’s It All About?
The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) was founded in 1976. The 25-day festival is Seattle’s most-hyped film event, and is known for its diverse programming with over 450 features, short films and documentaries from over 70 countries annually. It features an assortment of predominantly independent and foreign films and innumerable documentaries.
Opening Night Gala: Your Sister’s Sister
Produced by Steven Schardt, written and directed by Lynn Shelton, the film features Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Duplass and Mike Birbiglia. The film will be screened on May 17.
Closing Night Gala: Grassroots
The film is produced by Peggy Rajski, Matthew R Brady, Michael Huffington and Peggy Case, and is directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal. It features Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore and Lauren Ambrose. It will be screened on June 10.
Indian Films To Be Screened At SIFF
• Adaminte Makan Abu (Abu, Son Of Adam)
Written and directed by Salim Ahamed, produced by Salima Ahamed and Ashraf Bedi, the film features Salim Kumar as Abu.
• The Last Marble
Written, directed and produced by Manjari Makijany, the daughter of actor MacMohan, the film is an eight-minute short film about a street kid.
• Valley Of Saints
Produced by Nicholas Bruckman and directed by Musa Syeed, it is set in the endangered lake communities of Kashmir. The film blends fiction and documentary.
• Water Problem
A two-minute short film by the students at the American India Foundation, this film is described as a ‘youth-made photo essay’ that illustrates the challenges of getting fresh water in rural India.
There will be a host of screenings for the gala presentations:
• As Luck Would Have It
• The Details
• Fat Kid Rules The World
• Lola Versus
• Robot And Frank
• Diaz – Don’t Clean Up This Blood
• The Last Reef 3D
• People Like Us
This is a free screening that starts at dusk as SIFF celebrates actor Sissy Spacek in her Oscar-winning role as Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter. It is produced by Bernard Schwartz and directed by Michael Apted, also featuring, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens and Bill Anderson Jr.
This year, SIFF will pay tribute to actress Sissy Spacek and pioneering director William Friedkin.This special tribute event will include the presentation of the SIFF Award for Spacek’s Outstanding Achievement in Acting, an on-stage interview with film clips from her career and the opportunity to answer questions from the audience followed by a screening of Terrence Malick’s Badlands.
Director William Friedkin will be presented with the SIFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award. SIFF will showcase his new, provocative black comedy Killer Joe. The evening will include an on-stage interview and film clips from his career preceding the film, with a Q&A session to follow. He is best known for his films The Exorcist and The French Connection.