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What to check out for SIFF 2014

What to check out for SIFF 2014
The buzz for this adaption of the best-selling John Green novel is building rapidly as it seems that 2014 is the Year of Shailene Woodley. (Image: SIFF)
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SIFF kicks off their annual film festival tomorrow and the array of films should satisfy any moviegoer. This edition of SIFF is the 40th and with that milestone, this year's slate of films is the biggest in their history, in fact, SIFF 2014 is the biggest film festival in the country. Here is a quick rundown of some notable films that might catch your fancy.

We've shared what movies at SIFF you may be interested in if you have a case of wanderlust, want to see movies shot in the PNW, as well as giving you the heads up that tickets for SIFF are on sale. With over 400 films as part of this year's festival there are all sorts of blockbusters, indies, and documentaries worth checking out. SIFF often sets up mood groupings of similar films, so if you have a penchant for sci-fi, thrillers, or comedies, you're in luck.

A great thing about SIFF is that during the festival, there are parties, special presentations, and tributes. Or forums and discussions to deep dive into filmmaking. Add up the movies worth seeing and the next few weeks will appeal any cinephile.

Here are some movies, special presentations, and parties to check out at this year's SIFF.

  • The Fault in Our Stars - The buzz for this adaption of the best-selling John Green novel is building rapidly as it seems that 2014 is the Year of Shailene Woodley. SIFF has a couple of showings of this movie before it opens nationwide with one of the showings as a special presentation screening and Laura Dern Tribute Reception (or attend her tribute for Wild at Heart).
  • Jimi: All Is By My Side - This film features Andre 3000 as the guitar-playing Seattle legend, Jimi Hendrix. This is the Opening Night Gala for SIFF at McCaw Hall and director John Ridley is scheduled to attend.
  • They Came Together - From the minds of the folks that brought us Wet Hot American Summer, they aim to bring the same twisted sense of humor to the rom-com genre with this film. Added bonus that it's starring comic heavyweights Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd.
  • A Brony Tale - I don't want to say that a brony is a cultural oddity but it is curious and this documentary delves into the world of men that are obsessed with My Little Pony
  • Half of a Yellow Sun - Oscar®-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor is scheduled to be on hand for this presentation of his new film about the Nigerian Civil War and to receive his SIFF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting.
  • Fly Filmmaking Challenge - SIFF challenged local production companies to create a love letter to Seattle titled Seattle, I Love You, these five films are the result.
  • Keep On Keepin' On - This tribute to jazz legend Clark White has two showings during SIFF, but what's really cool is two of the events they have accompanying it; a tribute event with the legendary Quincy Jones and the other, a live music event at The Triple Door with the Justin Kauflin Trio one of the subjects of the film.
  • Mood Indigo - The latest from Michel Gondry purports to be surreal and inventive in its visuals and story. Set in Paris, it stars Audrey Tautou (Amelie)
  • To Be Takei - To many, George Takei is Hikaru Sulu of Star Trek. To others, George Takei is much much more. This documentary delves into the life of this icon and his impact culturally and socially.
  • The Skeleton Twins - Directed by Bellingham native Craig Johnston, this dark comedy centers on a story of estranged twins played by Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader.
  • The Search for General Tso - Because General Tso chicken is the pinnacle of Americanized Chinese food, this film goes in-depth into how this dish gained prominence. And it will probably have you craving the General.
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