New films are slated to start at the SIFF Cinema Uptown on Friday and Saturday, and special events include a Beatles special double-feature (well, kind of… the Bee Gees stand in for the Fab Five in a 70s bad-movie classic) and the Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival is slated for Saturday and Sunday.
Links to film synopses, user ratings, show-times, and ticket purchases are provided below.
Special Events & Short-Run Films:
Deconstructing the Beatles: Sgt. Pepper – Thursday, September 13 only
Beatles scholar Scott Freiman presents a live multimedia journey through the creation of one of the most influential albums of our time, the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Movie! – Thursday, September 13 only
Features the Bee Gees at the titular band, reinterpreting Beatles classics along with such music icons as Peter Frampton, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Billy Preston, and Earth Wind and Fire, all under the musical direction of The Beatle’s own producer, George Martin.
5th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival – September 15-16
The Noor Iranian Film Festival (NFF), a non-religious and non-political organization, is an international event, with the goal of educating and informing the non-Iranian community about the culture and heritage of Iranians around the world through the medium of cinema. Multiple films are playing during the festival, see the link for titles and times.
The Loop – Monday, September 17 only
28-minute short film shot in black & white, on 16mm film. An allegorical tale of a man lost in an endless loop of orchard roads that includes an original, classical score. Followed by a Q&A with the director, cast, and score composer, and an after-party at The Sitting Room, featuring Bacon, a banjo-led rock band from New Orleans – banjo player John DePriest composed the original, classical score for The Loop. No cover for the after-party, the music starts at 9:30pm.
Amadeus – Costume Ball! Tuesday, September 18 only
Free masquerade masks at the door and prizes for fancy dress!
In the early 19th century, aging, bitter and moderately talented composer Antonio Salieri is looking back on the great misery of his life, the rapid ascension of the young genius Mozart in Vienna 40 years before.
New & Continuing Film Runs:
Beasts of the Southern Wild – continuing through September 20
Winner: SIFF 2012 Golden Space Needle Audience Award for Best Director
Hushpuppy is a little girl with big problems living in the backwaters of New Orleans with her father, Wink. As an epic storm begins to gather, the eclectic residents of their small community prepare for the worst.
Old Goats – A Local Seattle Film! – continuing through September 20
From local writer-director Taylor Guterson, and shot in and around Seattle, Old Goats is the story of three older men (local actors Bob Burkholder, David VanderWal, and Britton Crosley, each playing themselves) who refuse to go quietly into the night of retirement and old age.
Bonjour Tristesse – September 14-20
In Otto Preminger’s haunting 1958 masterpiece, Jean Seberg plays a precociously spoiled teen whose wealthy reprobate father (David Niven) decides to settle down by marrying repressed Deborah Kerr—with catastrophic results.
For Ellen – September 14-20
Aspiring rock star Joby Taylor (Paul Dano) discovers that his divorce may mean that he will no longer be allowed contact with his young daughter, Ellen. With his lawyer unable to make headway in reversing the decision, Joby negotiates a visit with his daughter to explore whether it is too late for reconciliation.