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A fest of Festivals! Translations, STIFF, and SIFF!

Seattle is home to many great film festivals through the year, but springtime is when the cinema-going calendar really gets full of festival viewing options. Two of our city's best fests start this week, along with the lineup announcement for the largest in town, SIFF.


Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival begins Thursday, May 3 with Opening Night film The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, a documentary on groundbreaking performance artist and musical pioneer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, soul mate Lady Jaye, and the physical transformations they've undergone to look more like each other. The film is at SIFF Uptown with an after party at Solo Bar (a mighty fine place to enjoy a beverage, says this Lower Queen Anne resident). The festival continues through Saturday and Sunday up at Northwest Film Forum with short films, panel discussions, and features like Radio Wars, the history of satellite radio and the transwoman who invented it, and Facing Mirrors, the first narrative film from Iran to feature a transgender main character. Visit Three Dollar Bill Cinema's website for the full list of films and ticket information.


Seattle's True Independent Film Festival or STIFF opens Friday, May 4 up the street from us at Grand Illusion Cinema with Easter Weekend, a subversive historical thriller set in biblical-era Palestine. The fest continues through Thursday, May 12 with a variety of offerins at the GI, Central Cinema, and the Varsity Theatre, including a Super Secret Screening of "a local independent film about to start its festival run," an evening of student films, a collection of depraved films hosted by local humorist Emmett Montgomery, and much more. Visit the STIFF schedule page for a full list of films and parties, plus ticket and pass information.


The Seattle International Film Festival --Probably the most anticipated day of the year for any Seattle cinema-goer is the day SIFF announced their full schedule. Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon calls it  "the best I've seen in years." We're shaking our heads with emphatic agreement. It looks like it will be an especially great year for films made in Seattle. SIFF 2012's Opening Night film is Your Sister's Sister directed by the amazing Lynn Shelton. Other Northwest-set highlights include Eden, directed by Megan Griffiths (The Off Hours), Colin Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed starring Mark Duplass, Basil Harris, and Aubrey Plaza, and the Closing Night film, Grassroots, based on Phil Campbell's upcoming book centered around Grant Cogswell's run for Seattle City Council. This bodes well for our Scarecrow on Seattle column for the City of Seattle's Office of Film + Music.

We encourage you to read Leah Baltus' fantastic overview of the local independent film community in the May issue of City Arts. You can pick up a copy here at Scarecrow and rent The Off Hours, My Effortless Brilliance, Police Beat, Blood on the Flat Track, and other great recent indies made within a 20 mile radius of this store.




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