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It is my pleasure to welcome the return of Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) to Renton for the third year in a row. Mark your calendars and plan to attend this great festival! We are very excited that SIFF is returning again for a week-long screening of films at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, May 23-29. SIFF is the longest-running, largest and most highly attended film festival in the United States, and we are very fortunate that Renton is part of the action and hosting the festival. SIFF allows us to showcase Renton as a city with a thriving arts and culture scene, and a diverse community that fosters cross-cultural understanding. SIFF Renton is sponsored by the Renton Community Marketing Campaign, which includes Renton Chamber of Commerce/ Renton Visitors Connection, Renton School District, Renton Technical College, Valley Medical Center and the City of Renton. I would like to thank the SIFF-Renton Host Committee, co-chaired by Miss Washington Mandy Schendel, a graduate of Hazen High School, and Brad Brotherton, president of Brotherton Cadillac Buick GMC. They are joined Mayor Denis Law by leaders of the community who have been working hard to promote SIFF in Renton. We also thank our numerous volunteers who help make this cinema experience in Renton a memorable one. We hope you will enjoy the many diverse films SIFF has lined up for Renton. Local filmmaker Lynn Shelton’s madein-Seattle film “Touchy Feely” will open on May 23 SIFF’s week of programming at the Performing Arts Center. Overall, 19 films will be shown during the 2013 SIFF-Renton. Join us at the SIFF-Renton Opening Night Screening and Gala on May 23, and come back for additional screenings. Take advantage of our affordable hotels and the numerous and diverse dining, entertainment and shopping options Renton has to offer. The best way to enjoy all 19 Renton films is to purchase a Renton Pass at For a list of SIFF-Renton films go to

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SIFF-RENTON The Seattle International Film Festival, the nation's longest-running and best-attended festival that celebrates cinema, is returning for the third year to Renton. This film guide includes the showtimes and the previews for the 19 films that will screen at the IKEA Performing Arts Center at Renton High School May 23-29. Read about Renton FilmFrenzy VI, Renton's 50-hour filmmaking competition that will take to the streets of Renton for the sixth time this fall. And, of course, enjoy the show!

INSIDE Welcome from Mayor Denis Law/Page 3 Welcome from SIFF directors/ Page 4 All about SIFF-Renton/Page 6 The film guide/Pages 7-11 Film terms/Page 13 Renton FilmFrenzy VI/ Page 14 WEB SITES

Seattle International Film Festival/ Renton FilmFrenzy VI/ Publisher/Ellen Morrison Editor/Dean A. Radford



Seattle International Film Festival officials met with the City of Renton SIFF Host Committee recently. From left are Deborah Person, who served for many years as SIFF’s managing director, former Miss Washingtron Mandy Schendel, who co-chairs the Host Committee, Mayor Denis Law, Brad Brotherton, Renton auto dealer and the Host Committee co-chair, and Mary Bacarella, the current SIFF managing director. Dean a. radford, Renton Reporter

SIFF: We’re rooted in curiosity

The 39th Seattle International Film Festival is proud to be returning to Renton for the third year in a row! SIFF, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Festival, reaches more than 250,000 annually through SIFF Cinema, SIFF Education and the annual flagship Festival. This year, SIFF will screen 447 films: 272 features (plus 4 secret films) and 175 shorts, representing 85 countries. From high-minded arthouse films to late-night b-movie schlocktastic fun—and fabulous galas and parties—the Festival has something to satisfy every movie lover. Mary Bacarella This year’s festival is rooted in curiosity, and we’re thrilled to be able to extend the cinematic experience beyond Seattle as SIFF will host six days of film screenings at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center from May 23 to 29. We hope to see you at the Renton opening night presentation of Lynn Shelton’s “Touchy Feely,” and encourage you to join us at our events in Seattle and Kirkland. Each film in our extraordinary program has the opportunity to open our eyes to a new point of view or provide us with the elixir of laughter. Some will allow us to

share smiles and others might provoke us with new, perhaps even challenging, ideas that inspire conversation and enhance our respective world views. Naturally, there is also the element of escapist entertainment that rejuvenates; preparing us to step back into the light and into the realities of everyday life. In addition to the global filmmakers who share their vision with us, SIFF is made all the more dynamic by its dedicated community. We want to thank each of you for your deep commitment to film. Cinema necessitates a spectator, and without Carl Spence you, neither the festival, nor our year-round programs, would be possible. The art of film, the experience of film, and the stories we both share and tell, all continue to thrive because you believe in cinema. Together we are invested in fostering a community that is more informed, aware, and alive. Whether this is your first festival or your 39th, we encourage you to embrace your curiosity and be SIFFcurious during the festival and beyond!

Carl Spence is the SIFF artistic director and Mary Bacarella is the managing director.

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For the third year, the world of film is coming to Renton. The Seattle International Film Festival opens its weeklong run at the IKEA Performing Arts Center on May 23. How the creative team at SIFF selects the films for Renton is carefully scripted. The city’s diversity has always been the big draw for a film festival that scours the world for films. It’s not a stretch to write that someone living in Renton could easily see themselves in one of the 19 films SIFF will show at IPAC. SIFF is about story-telling, says Mary Bacarella, SIFF’s new managing director. And those

stories, she says, can transform lives. And by showing films in Renton and in Kirkland, its other suburban venue, SIFF can “spread the word of film,” she says. “We want to get out as much as we can in our community because everybody has stories,” she says. “They may see their story up on screen.” Bacarella says there are “a number of audiences” SIFF is trying to reach with its lineup of films. There are “high-profile” films such as the opening night film, “Touchy Feely,” directed by Lynn Shelton of Seattle, and the documentary, “The Trials of Muhammed Ali.” Shelton’s film, “Your Sister’s Sister,” opened the film festival in Seattle last year.

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There’s also that “I” in SIFF. “Probably 65 percent of our films are international films,” she says. “We see that that diversity matches some of the diversity we see here in Renton and in Seattle,” she says. “So we try to pick different films from different countries that match the different cultures we have in Renton.” And there is the openingnight party, arguably one of the hottest tickets in town. Gala regulars will see some changes this year. The band is Nina and the Big Boys, a local band featuring Gretchen Mertes, Steve Wessel, Curtis Simuel and Ryan Mertes. Party-goers will hear a range of cover songs, sung with tight harmonies and played on dueling acoustic guitars. The party is also known for its food, drink (beer and wine) and non-alcoholic beverages. This year the food stations are dispersed throughout the Renton Pavilion Event Center to help prevent just one long line from forming for the goodies. Presenting the food are Rain City Catering, Melrose Grill, Berliner Pub, Marianna Ristorante, Tea Palace Asian Restaurant & O Baguette, Naan N Curry, Peyrassol Cafe´ and Torero’s Mexican Restaurant. Cedar River Cellars will have wine tasting. The gala follows the screening of “Touchy Feely” at 7 p.m. at the IPAC. It’s an event in itself, with the feel of a Hollywood opening night. Those attending can have their photos taken against a SIFF backdrop. The ticket for the openingnight screening of “Touchy Feely” and the gala is $25. Tickets are available online at

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SIFF: World comes to renton SHOWING OPENING NIGHT, MAY 23 The screenings

Touchy Feely

A massage therapist is stricken with a sudden aversion to bodily contact while her emotionally distant brother finds he can give his dental patients a healing touch, in this amusing exploration surrounding the foibles of human nature. Director: Lynn Shelton. Cast: Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Ellen Page. USA 2013 (88 minutes)

Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m.

The screenings are at the IKEA Performing Arts Center, Renton High School, 400 S. Second St. There are two films on Friday, four films on Saturday, four films on Sunday, and then two movies each Tuesday and Wednesday, May 29. Tickets are available at

Films, showtimes: FRIDAY

Friday, May 24, 6 p.m. ATRACO!

Set in Franco-controlled 1955 Spain, this colorful and freewheeling true-life heist thriller follows a bevy of agents, criminals, and police officers in their attempts to get their hands on Eva Perón’s famed jewels. Director: Eduard Cortes. Cast: Guillermo Francella, Nicolas Cabre, Amaia Salamanca, Oscar Jaenada, Jordi Martinez. Spain/Argentina 2012 (116 min)

Friday, May 24, 8:30 p.m. The East

A corporate spy infiltrates an anarchist collective—and finds herself drawn to their charismatic leader—in this suspense-filled espionage thriller from Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling. Director: Zal Batmanglij. Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Patricia Clarkson, Julia Ormond. USA 2013 (116 minutes)

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Films, showtimes: saturday

Saturday, May 25, 1 p.m.

Moon Man

With touches of “A Cat in Paris” and the films of Sylvain Chomet (“The Illusionist,” “The Triplets of Belleville”), and based on a book by Tomi Ungerer, this man in the moon will delight all ages. Director: Stephan Schesch. Cast: Germany/France. United Kingdom 2012 (95 minutes)

Saturday, May 25, 6 p.m.


A young substitute teacher escapes from her drudging everyday life by fantasizing bizarre parallel realities, in this wildly inventive and visually dazzling head-trip from director Nick Cassavetes. Director: Nick Cassavetes. Cast: Heather Wahlquist, Sienna Miller, Gena Rowlands, Ray Liotta, David Morse, Lucy Punch, Max Theoriot, Riley Keough, Daveigh Chase, Melanie Griffith. USA 2012 (105 minutes)

Saturday, May 25, 3:30 p.m.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Brash boxer Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali burst into the American consciousness in the early 1960s, just ahead of the Civil Rights movement. This film reveals the perfect storm of race, religion and politics that shaped one of the most recognizable figures in sports history. Director: Bill Siegel. USA 2013 (92 minutes)

Saturday, May 25, 8:30 p.m.

Dead Meat Walking

The walking dead are among us in this exposé of real-life zombie walks, featuring event footage alongside interviews with participants, organizers, makeup artists, and celebrities (Tom Savini, Norman Reedus). North American premiere. Director: Omar J. Pineda. USA 2013 (89 minutes)

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Films, showtimes: Sunday

Sunday, May 26, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 26, 1 p.m.

Sand Fishers


Having lost their jobs due to climate change and overfishing, a group of fishermen have been dubbed Sand Fishers, and now harvest wet compact sand and gravel from the bottom of waterways for use by the construction industry. Director: Samoute Andrey Diarra. Mali/France 2012 (93 minutes)

Twenty years after a poised young law professor sent shock waves through the nation, Academy AwardŽ-winner Freida Mock crystallizes the sexist power dynamics at play and unravels the impact of that lightning-rod moment on Anita Hill’s life and the broader discussion of gender inequality in America. Director: Freida Mock. USA 2013 (84 minutes)

Sunday, May 26, 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 26, 8:30 p.m.


In this remarkable and captivating film, a young blind man who can envision the landscape through which he walks takes a similarly afflicted woman under his wing, and they venture into the beautiful (and perilous) streets of Lisbon. Director: Andrzej Jakimowski. Cast: Edward Hogg, Alexandra Maria Lara, Poland/France. Portugal 2012 (105 minutes)

Before Snowfall

When his older sister Nermin flees an arranged marriage, Siyar tracks her from Kurdistan to Istanbul where a fateful encounter with a young girl creates cracks in his resolve. A dazzling drama that tackles notions of loyalty, dignity, honor, and love. Director: Hisham Zaman. Cast: Taher Abdullah Taher, Suzan Llir, Bahar Ozen. Norway/ Germany 2012. (105 minutes)

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Films, showtimes: monday

Monday, May 27, 3:30 p.m.

Monday, May 27, 1 p.m.

Two Weddings and a Funeral

Hoping to avoid the shame and scorn of their traditional families, gay man Minsoo and his lesbian co-worker Hyo-jin decide to tie the knot in this uproarious and flamboyant comedy. Director: Kimjho Gwan-soo, Gwan-soo. Cast: Kim Dong-yun, Ryoo Hyoun-kyoun, Song Yong-jin, Jung Ae-youn. South Korea 2012 (108 minutes)

The Pardon

Bridging narrative simplicity and emotional depth, first-time Rwandan filmmaker Joel Karekezi showcases friends who find themselves on opposing sides of the Rwandan genocide. Years later, they must navigate their horrific past toward an emotional future. Director: Joel Karekezi. Cast: Wilson Egessa, Okuyo Joel Atiku Prynce, Rehema Nanfuka, Rwanda 2013 (73 minutes)

Monday, May 27, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, May 27, 6 p.m.


This first film adaptation of David Sedaris’ work is a funny and poignant portrait of a lost soul and the amusing characters he meets as he pursues his Steinbeckian dream—to spend his summer working on an apple farm in Oregon. Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez. Cast: Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell, Casey Wilson. USA 2013 (87 minutes)


In this compelling neorealist Danish thriller, small-time burglar Casper attempts upward mobility within the Copenhagen crime world, only to ignite a violent turf war. Director: Michael Noer. Cast: Gustav Dyekaer Giese, Oscar Dyekjaer Giese, Nicholas Westwood Kidd, Roland Moller, Lene Maria Christensen. Denmark 2013, (100 minutes)

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Films, showtimes: Tue., Wed.

Tuesday, May 28, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 28, 8:30 p.m.

A group of irrepressible senior citizens living in a nursing home in China experience renewed, youthful energy when they decide to compete in a televised acting and variety show competition. Director: Zhang Yang. Cast: Huanshan Xu, Tianming Wu, Li Bin, Bingyan Yan. China 2012 (104 minutes)

In this kinetic mash-up of the “Step Up” films and the musical “Moulin Rouge,” nine Marathi Indian boys living in an oppressive juvenile home challenge their circumstances by banding together to enter a prominent dance competition. Explosive, innovative, and crowd-pleasing fun. U.S. premiere. Director: Samit Kakkad. Cast: Sachin Khedekar, Amruta Khanvikar, Ganesh Yadav, Raqesh Vashisth, Vivek Chabuksvar. India 2012 (94 minutes)

Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29, 8:30 p.m.

Full Circle

Another Woman’s Face

After getting into a horrific car accident, a famous television anchor enlists her plastic surgeon husband to shape her into a new image in this hyper-stylized social satire that pays homage to the likes of Wilder and Almodóvar. Director: Pappi Corsicato. Cast: Laura Chiatti, Alessandro Preziosi, Lino Guanciale, Iaia Forte. Italy 2012 (83 minutes)

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Cold War

After a high-tech police van and its passengers are hijacked off Hong Kong’s gleaming streets, two deputy commissioners clash over how to handle the crisis. Thrilling and sleekly lensed, Cold War offers a politically tinged cop drama that’s suspenseful from the start. Directors: Longman Leung, Sunny Luk. Cast: Tony Leung Ka-fai, Aaron Kwok, Charlie Yeung, Lam Ka Tung Gordon, Kar Lok Chin. Hong Kong 2012 (102 minutes)

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SIFF BITS Volunteers

It takes about 100 volunteers to put on the festival in Renton. The positions fill rapidly and many are full. To sign up for Renton teams, visit “shiftboard” at Those who signed up for ushering will receive training on May 21 at the IKEA Performing Arts Center. Volunteer positions to distribute guides and posters to business districts are most needed and this task is needed before and through the festival week. And it’s not too early to think about next year’s festival and signing up to volunteer for the Renton FilmFrenzy in October.

Brotherton Champions

Auto dealer Brad Brotherton, a longtime supporter of SIFF and the filmmaking industry, will present the documentaries by the Brotherton Champions at 5 p.m. May 29 at the IPAC.

SIFF PREVIEW FILM WALK Filmgoers got a sneak peak of the films showing at SIFF-Renton during a film walk at the Whistle Stop Ale House, above, followed by stops at the Renton History Museum and the new 8-Bit Arcade Bar on South Third Street. The film walk was a chance to hear about the films and watch trailers. dean a. radford, Renton Reporter

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siff venues Seattle Cinerama 2100 Fourth Avenue Egyptian Theatre 805 E. Pine Street Harvard Exit 807 E. Roy Street McCaw Hall 321 Mercer Street Pacific Place Cinemas 600 Pine Street SIFF Cinema Uptown 511 Queen Anne Avenue N. SIFF Film Center 305 Harrison Street SIFF Lounge at the Tin Lizzie 600 Queen Anne Ave. N. The Triple Door 216 Union Street

Renton Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center 400 S. Second St.

Kirkland Kirkland Performance Center 350 Kirkland Avenue (NOTE: SIFF is not showing films in Everett this year.)

Film Terms Seattle International Film Festival

siff sums 447

Films plus 4 Secret Films




Feature films plus 4 Secret Films


Documentary features


Archival films


Short films


World premieres 18 features, 31 shorts


North American premieres 37 features, 10 shorts


U.S. premieres 7 features, 11 shorts

Sometimes you want to know what that film fanatic two rows behind you is talking about, and sometimes you know people are listening to you and you want to sound smart. No problem! SIFF pulled a list of film terms for you to use or abuse. Auteur – Like so many of the fancy film terms, this one has French origins. It translates to “author,” and it describes a singular creative vision that can be discerned from creative work over the course of a career. Usually the author is the director, sometimes it’s the producer, but strangely enough it’s almost never the writer. Cinematographer – Also known as the Director of Photography, or DP. It’s the person behind the camera who sets up and frames the gorgeous shots that the director will eventually get credit for. Director – The person responsible for the overall look and feel of a movie, and who does so by working with actors and key crew members. Rightly or wrongly, the director gets the lion’s share of the credit when a movie works and all of the blame when it doesn’t. Documentary – A movie that captures real people in existing situations, with a script that is often developed after everything is shot. Documentaries, also called “non-fiction films,” illuminate the world we live in. Dubbing – The often-derided practice of replacing the dialog in a foreign film with that of the native country. When done poorly (’70s chop-socky films) it is as ridiculous as it is hilarious; when done well (post-war Italian films) it is an art form. Genre – A fancy way to describe a type of film. Common film genres include musical, science fiction, swashbuckler, western, and horror. Less common genres include the inventor comedy, Viking road movie, financial ghost story, and animal actor films. Mise-en-scène – Pronounced meez-ahn-sehn, it’s another French term, and it translates to “what is put into the scene.” It describes what can be seen by the camera during a shot and is often used when describing a long take. It is in sharp contrast to the idea of montage. Montage – The editing or “assembling” of shots together in order to compress time. In a romantic comedy, the montage is when the couple are seen falling in love over the course of a trendy pop song. Producer – The person who is in charge of money, which means it’s the person who has the most power on a film. Complicating matters is the fact that there are many different producers on a film, some who raise the money and others who approve how the director spends it. Screenwriter – The screenwriter writes the dialog that the actors speak and describes the scenes that the director shoots. The screenwriter regularly gets the least amount of credit for a successful film. See also “auteur.” Shot – While filming, a shot is the length of film from the time the camera is turned on to the time it’s turned off. In a finished film, a shot is the length of film between edits. Up until the ’60s, the average shot length in a feature film was eight to 11 seconds; since then it’s been cut in half, with movies like Quantum of Solace averaging less than two seconds per shot.

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When Renton gets frenzied Registration Opens September 1 • Registration Closes October 1 Filmmaking Frenzy October 4-6

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Think back to late October last year. It’s the IKEA Performing Arts Center, the lights are low, the seats are filled and film is in the air. You might say it feels a bit frenzied. That scene will repeat again Oct. 22 at the Curvee Awards Gala. But first there’s that epic 50 hours of filmmaking at the heart of Renton FilmFrenzy, now in its sixth year. Last year’s FilmFrenzy set a record for the number of films successfully completed, a sign of how the competition continues to grow. The filmmaking is Friday, Oct. 4, through Sunday, Oct. 6. Don’t be surprised if you see actors and directors and camera operators throughout Renton, the set for the filmmaking. Registration for this year’s filmmaking competition begins on Sept. 1 and ends Oct. 1. A producers’ meeting is Oct. 2. As usual, this year’s FilmFrenzy will feature “curveballs” that the producers don’t know about until just before the competition begins. The script has to include a location and a line of dialogue or a specific task or both. This year’s FilmFrenzy will have new film partners, including SIFF Crash Cinema, Washington Filmworks, Northwest Film Forum and Reel Grrls. Those partnerships will give FilmFrenzy participants wider exposure to the regional film community. And there are discussions under way about screening FilmFrenzy films at other festivals. FilmFrenzy has two divisions: open and student. Organizers are busy reaching out to students through local high schools,

The Best Picture Curvee last year in Renton FilmFrenzy V was won by ‘Between the Lines,” produced by Mitch Shepherd. Renton Reporter

fyi Renton FilmFrenzy VI Renton’s epic 50-hour filmmaking competition. The divisions: student and open The entry fee: $50 for open, $25 for students Registration: Sept. 1-Oct. 1 50-hour competition: Oct. 4-6 Screening: Oct. 19, Renton Civic Theater Curvee Awards Gala: Oct. 22 at the IKEA Performing Arts Center The FilmFrenzy is sponsored by the Renton Community Marketing Campaign, which is supported by the Renton Chamber of Commerce, Valley Medical Center - UW Medicine, Renton School District, Renton Technical College, Renton Visitors Connection and City of Renton.

Facebook, Twitter and partnerships. “Word of mouth brings us new filmmakers who heard about the great time it is,” said says Preeti Shridhar with the City of Renton. It’s also anticipated that some of the filmmakers who participated in Renton SIFF Crash Cinema also will compete in FilmFrenzy. The completed FilmFrenzy films will screen at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Renton Civic Theater in downtown Renton. And then there’s the big Curvees Awards Gala at the IKEA Performing Arts Center at Renton High School. It’s on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Filmmakers will vie for $1,700 in cash prizes and the Curvee Award. There will be plenty of additional information about FilmFrenzy as the competition nears.

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