The 2012 Seattle International Film Festival begins on May 17th, 2012! In the next few days, we will be providing film previes for our top SIFF picks of the year. Times and dates are subject to change, so please visit siff.net before heading to theatres, or see the Docsfest for all documentary films presented.

 


AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY
United States
Directed by Alison Klayman

A feature-length documentary about Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, an influential and ground-breaking liberal artist considered a “God of Love” or the “Beijing Andy Warhol.” He controversially goes as far as giving the middle finger to the Motherland and telling it, “Fuck you.”

May 18th @ 6:30pm, AMC Pacific Place 11
May 19th @ 4:00pm, AMC Pacific Place 11

 

BAD BRAINS: A BAND IN DC
United States
Directed by Mandy Stein

This documentary follows one of the most unconventional and influential American punk bands still going today.

May 20th @ 9:00pm, AMC Pacific Place 11
May 23rd @ 9:00pm, Harvard Exit


THE SAVOY KING: CHICK WEBB AND THE MUSIC THAT CHANGED AMERICA
United States
Directed by Jeff Kaufman

A documentary exploring how Chick Webb aided collaborations between blacks and whites during the swing era.

June 9th @ 6:00pm, Harvard Exit
June 10th @ 3:00pm, Harvard Exit


SILENCE: ALL ROADS LEAD TO MUSIC
Italy/Iraq/United Arab Emirates
Directed by Haider Rashid

Five renowned musicians from various parts of the globe bleed past linguistic and stylistic differences to make sweet music.

June 3rd @ 5:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
June 4th @ 3:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
June 6th @ 6:00pm, Kirkland Performance Center


THE SOURCE
United States
Directed by Jodi Wille, Maria Demopoulos

An exploration of the Aquarian tribe of Southern California and their lead guru Father Yod. See related music.

May 31st @ 6:00pm, Everett Performing Arts Center
June 8th @ 8:30pm, Harvard Exit
June 10th @ 11:30am, Harvard Exit


THE SUBSTANCE: ALBERT HOFMANN’S LSD
Switzerland
Directed by Martin Witz

LSD was discovered accidentally in 1943 by Albert Hofmann but has since gone on to play huge roles in culture and science.

June 2nd @ 9:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
June 6th @ 4:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown


UNDER AFRICAN SKIES
United States/South Africa
Directed by Joe Berlinger

Paul Simon’s Graceland remains one of the USA’s best loved rock albums of many years. This documentary follows the footsteps of Simon as he returns to South Africa 25 years after making his hit album.

May 20th @ 6:30pm, Egyptian Theatre
May 22nd @ 4:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown


5 BROKEN CAMERAS
Palestine/France/Israel
Directed by Emad Burnat

A homegrown look at the Israel-Palestine conflict, through the eyes of a Palestinian adult shooting on hand-held cameras, over the course of seven years.

May 24th @ 6:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
May 28th @ 3:30pm, Everett Performing Arts Center


THE 5,000 DAYS PROJECT: TWO BROTHERS
United States
Directed by Rick Stevenson

What happens when you follow children from their youth into early adulthood? Seattle filmmaker Rick Stevenson followed several elementary school students for years, asking them similar universal questions every time. His films document their growth, and seems to be extremely supported by the Mormon community.

May 19th @ Noon, SIFF Cinema Uptown
May 21st @ 3:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
May 26th @ 1:00pm, Everett Performing Arts Center


BESTIAIRE
Canada
Directed by Denis Côté

 

See full review of Bestiaire

May 18th @ 7:00pm, SIFF Film Center
May 19th @ 6:00pm, SIFF Film Center


CHASING ICE
United States
Directed by Jeff Orlowski

A documentary about one National Geographic photographer’s attempts to capture some of the most visible evidence of the climate change and melting glaciers.

June 9th @ 6:30pm, Harvard Exit
June 10th @ 1:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown


DREAMS OF A LIFE
United Kingdom/Ireland
Directed by Carol Morley

Joyce Carol Vincent, a woman died in her flat and wasn’t discovered for three years. This documentary looks backwards and discovers the remarkable woman that she was, while questioning how she fell into obscurity.

May 19th @ 11:00am, AMC Pacific Place 11
May 20th @ 5:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown


FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE
Ukraine/Canada
Directed by Julia Ivanova

 

See full review of Family Portrait In Black And White

May 20th @ 12:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
May 21st @ 6:30pm, Harvard Exit


FINDING NORTH
United States
Directed by Lori Silverbush, Kristi Jacobson

What does hunger look like within U.S. borders? This documentary follows poor families throughout the country to examine what they are missing and how.

May 20th @ 3:00pm, Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center
June 1st @ 7:00pm, Harvard Exit
June 3rd @ 2:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown


THE INVISIBLE WAR
United States
Directed by Kirby Dick

The Invisible War reveals the consequences and prevalence of female rape in the U.S. military.

May 26th @ 6:30pm, AMC Pacific Place 11
May 27th @ 1:30pm, Egyptian Theatre


JUSTICE FOR SALE
Netherlands
Directed by Femke van Velzen, Ilse van Velzen

Human rights lawyer Claudine defends soldier Masamba, who she believes is innocent of a terrible crime, fighting an uphill battle against rampant corruption in the Congo’s convoluted judicial system.

May 22nd @ 6:30pm, Harvard Exit
May 29th @ 3:30pm, Harvard Exit


THE LAST REEF 3D
United States
Directed by Luke Cresswell, Steve McNicholas

The visuals speak for themselves.

June 3rd @ 7:00pm, Pacific Science Center IMAX
June 4th @ 2:00pm @ Pacific Science Center IMAX


PINK RIBBONS, INC.
Canada
Directed by Léa Pool

The real story behind the Breast Cancer Ribbon, with a deep commentary about corporations have co-opted the cause.

May 25th @ 4:00pm, Egyptian Theatre
May 28th @ 3:30pm, Harvard Exit


THE TALL MAN
Australia
Directed by Tony Krawitz

This tragic documentary chronicles a racially motivated homicide committed by police that highlights the racial struggles between Australians and the indigenous peoples.

May 28th @ 6:30pm, AMC Pacific Place 11
May 30th @ 3:30pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown


WE ARE LEGION: THE STORY OF THE HACKTIVISTS
United States
Directed by Brian Knappenberger

This documentary sheds light on one of the most powerful activists movements worldwide, the loose coalition of hackers known as Anonymous.

June 1st @ 9:00pm, SIFF Cinema Uptown
June 3rd @ 1:30pm, Egyptian Theatre
June 6th @ 8:30pm, Kirkland Performance Center

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