Local music fans are lucky to have numerous festivals big and small to choose from every year. Local film fans eagerly anticipate spring and the arrival of SIFF: the Seattle International Film Festival. Starting tonight and lasting through mid-June, SIFF will feature over 400 films from local and international filmmakers.
This being Seattle, music and music makers are a favorite subject of SIFF selections and we wanted to highlight a few of the notable intersections of local music and movies happening this fest.
This short created by the Roadhouse’s Greg Vandy and the talented guys behind More Dust From Digital is a 13 minute mini-documentary follows 25-year old Frank Fairfield. Fairfield, a celebrated banjo player with lightning quick fingers, is more Dust Bowl than Laurel Canyon living and singing in the internet age.
The short with be shown with Surrogate Valentine May 29 at the Harvard Exit at 9:30pm or May 30 at the Admiral Theater at 3:30pm.
Paired with the Frank Fairfield mini-documentary, Surrogate Valentine is a comedy starring San Francisco musician Goh Nakamura (as himself) who is hired to teach an over-the-top actor to play guitar for an upcoming role. You can see the film’s star Goh Nakamura perform May 31st at The Sunset alongside Sound on the Sound favorite Widower, who’ll be playing a rare set with a full band.
Surrogate Valentine: May 29 at the Harvard Exit at 9:30pm or May 30 at the Admiral Theater at 3:30pm.
Like last year’s Maldives’ scoring of New Riders of the Purple Sage, this year SIFF will be showcasing one of our favorite local musicians in a brand new way. This year SIFF has tapped Damien Jurado to score the short films of Russian avant-garde filmmaker Dimitri Kirsanoff. With a shared fondness for stories about the darker side of rural life and the characters who haunt the under-belly of society, it’s a brooding match that should captivate on screen and on stage.
Damien Jurado and the Russian Avant-Garde: June 8th at The Triple Door. Two shows: 7:00 and 9:00pm.
Speaking of soundtrack scores, local singer-songwriter Joshua Morrison is responsible for the music in The Off Hours, a local film that was met with rave reviews at Sundance this year.
The Off Hours: At the Neptune Theater June 6th at 7:00pm and June 7th at 4:30pm.
Last but certainly not least is Hit So Hard, a documentary about Patty Schemele, the celebrated drummer of Hole. Featuring exclusive interviews and never before seen home-videos of life with Hole, Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain — Hit So Hard offers an intimate unvarnished glimpse into Seattle rock royalty and one of the most fascinating women in rock’n'roll. And we’re not talking about Courtney.
Hit So Hard plays at The Egyptian Theater May 27 at 9pm and at The Nepturne Theater May 29 at 4pm.
You can see all the music-related SIFF offerings on their “Face The Music” page.
If you’re interested in reading in-depth reviews and previews for the Fest we recommend swinging by our pals Three Imaginary Girls who seriously heart SIFF.