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posted Friday, May 24, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 21
Curious creations: SGN's guide to SIFF 2013 (pt. 2)
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Curious creations: SGN's guide to SIFF 2013 (pt. 2)

by Herb Krohn SGN A&E Writer

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Through June 9

The 39th annual Seattle International Film Festival continues this week, providing a fantastic opportuniuty to view films from all over the world of all genres and subjects. Here are some more upcoming features that were available for preview. (For detailed venue information, see the official SIFF Guide.)

FUREVER
Rating: Very Good
Genre: Documentary
USA
Sun., June 9, 6:30 p.m., Egyptian

A profile of the pet death-care industry and how we grieve for our beloved animals in America. This interesting documentary, which includes several apparent LGBT pet owners, says a lot about who we are as a people and the critical role that animals play in our lives. The film explores the history of this subject but focuses more contemporarily on the various options chosen by the subjects for handling their pets' remains. This is an interesting and heartfelt examination of a subject seldom discussed - and often harshly judged.

GEOGRAPHY CLUB
Rating: Very good
Genre: Coming-of-age
USA
Sat., May 25, 11 a.m., Harvard Exit

The plot involves the story of a high-school-aged young man who is struggling with his sexual identity, as are several of his schoolmates. The film begins with an attempt to hook up with another guy at a nearby park that doesn't quite pan out. This is a profile of the dilemma faced by nearly everyone growing up as a Gay or Lesbian kid in such a predicament - peer pressure, isolation, alienation, exploration of love, and the desire to be "normal" are all part of the internal conflict. The film is a fairly realistic portrayal of these issues by the performers; the screenplay is sound as are the characters. It has strong production values, a solid script, and a believable plot with just one glaring exception: the main characters' parents are completely invisible throughout. This is a solidly created film that demonstrates the skills and ability of the filmmakers. While there is nothing particularly groundbreaking in this picture, its modernistic approach redeems the forward evolution of quality Gay cinema.

OUT IN THE DARK
Rating: Very good
Genre: Romantic drama
Israel (mostly subtitled)
Sat., May 25, 9:30 p.m., Harvard Exit
Sun., May 26, 2 p.m., SIFF Uptown

Nimr is a closeted Palestinian psychology student who has been given permission to study at a university in Tel Aviv, while Roy is an out, young, up-and-coming Israeli attorney from a prominent family. Their paths cross one night at a Gay club and of course they fall in love. This is a tale of star-crossed lovers trying to overcome the obstacles of the border between their territories, rampant heterosexism, religious-based bigotry, and outright hatred and suspicion from their respective cultures. It is a dark tale filmed in very dark settings, so the title reflects both the plot and the cinematography. The film accurately portrays the near-insurmountable obstacles and serious risks facing same-sex couples whose love crosses political, religious, and ethnic lines. While there have been other recent films on this topic, this production is particularly engrossing in its style, technique, and plot. The tension as the suspense builds is palpable, making this an absorbing drama with strong, realistic performances.

INEQUALITY FOR ALL
Rating: Outstanding
Genre: Documentary
USA
Sun., June 2, 6:30 p.m., Egyptian
Mon., June 3, 4:30 p.m., Egyptian

An in-depth analysis of how American economic policy has gradually evolved to the point today where the income disparity between the wealthy and everyone else has become greater than at any time in the modern era - and worse than in many Third World countries. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich is the instructor in this economic history lesson, explained in a way that everyone can clearly see and understand what is occurring, and why it is so detrimental to our national interest and our future. This is arguably the most significant film of SIFF 2013 and a must-see for all Americans. Don't miss it.

ANITA
Rating: Outstanding
Genre: Documentary
USA
Sat., May 25, 7 p.m., Harvard Exit
Sun., May 26, 3:30 p.m., Renton
Mon., May 27, 10 a.m., Egyptian

An outstanding and fascinating documentary profile of Anita Hill, who had the courage to speak truth to power during the 1991 Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Her immense courage to stand up and share her experience has changed forever how sexual harassment is dealt with in America. An amazing woman and a great film.

JUMP
Rating: Excellent
Genre: Romantic/crime/action drama
Ireland
Sat., June 1, 9:30 p.m., Harvard Exit
Sun., June 2, 3:30 p.m., Harvard Exit
Wed., June 5, 8:45 p.m., Kirkland

An excellent film from Ireland set over the course of a New Year's Eve involving a local crime lord, his daughter, and the brother of one of his victims who is out for revenge. The techniques and plot demonstrate immense creativity and cinematographic expertise - it is fast-paced with a complex intertwined story and multi-directional time transitions that will hold your interest throughout.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY
Rating: Excellent
Genre: Documentary
USA
Thurs., May 30, 6:30 p.m., AMC Pacific Place
Fri., May 31, 3:30 p.m., SIFF Uptown

This critical film examines the privacy implications and the acceptance of terms we make on a routine basis when we agree to provisions on "free" websites. The privacy rights we are giving away to corporations and the government are astounding, yet even more shocking is how this information has been misused to encroach and violate the rights of citizens to freely express themselves. Among the examples given is a boy from the Tacoma area who was investigated by the Secret Service for a completely misinterpreted remark he posted. Some individuals have even been pre-emptively arrested before they even protested publicly. Who reads the pages and pages of fine print in these agreements we commonly consent to on the Internet? The filmmakers provide some of the details of typical "terms and conditions." Another "must-see" film, it will make you think twice before clicking "I Accept" next time you are online.

MORE FILMS OF LGBT INTEREST
(Refer to the official SIFF Guide for details)

BIG JOY: THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON
USA
Fri., May 31, 6 p.m., SIFF Uptown
Sat., June 1, 1:30 p.m., Pacific Place

THE BLING RING
USA
Sun., June 9, 6:30 p.m., Cinerama
(Closing Night Gala: Party at MOHAI follows)

C.O.G.
USA
Sun., May 26, 7 p.m., Egyptian
Mon., May 27, 6 p.m., Renton

FREE FALL
Germany
Fri., June 7, 4 p.m., Egyptian
Sat., June 8, 9:30 p.m., Egyptian
Sun., June 9, 1:30 p.m., Egyptian

G.B.F.
Wed., June 5, 7 p.m., Egyptian
(Gay-La: Party at Q Capitol Hill follows this screening)
Thurs., June 6, 4 p.m., Egyptian

GAY BY ANY MEANS (SHORTS)
Sun., May 26, 6:30 p.m., SIFF Uptown
Program includes:
Burger
It's Not a Cowboy Movie
Spooners
Taboule
The Naturalist
Win or Lose
Y2Gay

IN THE NAME OF
Poland
Fri., May 24, 4:30 p.m., Harvard Exit

IT'S ALL SO QUIET
Netherlands
Thurs., May 30, 9:30 p.m., SIFF Uptown
Fri., May 31, 1 p.m., SIFF Uptown

KINK
USA
Sat., June 1, 9 p.m., Egyptian
Sun., June 2, 9:30 p.m., Egyptian

LAST I HEARD
USA
Sat., June 8, 6 p.m., SIFF Uptown
Sun., June 9, 2:30 p.m., SIFF Uptown

LAURENCE ANYWAYS
Canada (Quebec)
Fri., May 24, 8:30 p.m., Egyptian
Sun., May 26, 1 p.m., Egyptian

LUDWIG II
Germany/Austria
Thurs., May 30, 9 p.m., SIFF Uptown
Fri., May 31, 9 p.m., SIFF Uptown
Sat., June 1, noon, Kirkland

PEACHES DOES HERSELF
Germany
Sat., May 25, 9:30 p.m., Egyptian
Mon., May 27, 9 p.m., Egyptian

SING ME THE SONGS THAT SAY I LOVE YOU: A CONCERT FOR KATE McGARRIGLE
USA
Sat., May 25, 4:30 p.m., Egyptian
Sun., May 27, 6 p.m., SIFF Uptown

TEST
USA
Fri., June 7, 7 p.m., Harvard Exit
Sun., June 9, 1:30 p.m., Harvard Exit

TWO WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL
South Korea
Mon., May 27, 1 p.m., Renton
Tues., May 28, 4:30 p.m., Pacific Place
Wed., May 29, 9:30 p.m., Harvard Exit

VALENTINE ROAD
USA
Sat., June 1, 2:30 p.m., SIFF Uptown
Sun., June 2, 6 p.m., Harvard Exit

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