Monday, June 2, 2008

If It Ain't STIFF, It Ain't Worth a F*ck

I've been having a grand time at the Seattle International Film Festival (aka. SIFF.) I've seen 5 movies to date, 4 of them excellent and 1 of them the single most boring film I've ever seen. However, for sheer entertaining weirdness, I'm pretty certain that none of them will compare to the 100+ films being shown at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival (aka. STIFF).

For the fifth straight year, STIFF will be held over 10 days in June, from the 6th to the 15th, at the Rendezvous, Seattle Art Museum, R Place, and Chop Suey. The films at STIFF come from out of nowhere by way of outer space. While a small handful of the films are invited from other festivals, the vast majority are submitted to the festival from unknown directors in Seattle and around the world. The films inevitably display an incredible range of creativity, resourcefulness and outright freakiness. They're not all great, but they're all original, and you will NEVER see 99.9% of them on a mainstream movie screen. EVER.

This year's schedule includes "Sexina: Popstar, P.I.", "Time Jogger", and "The Addiction of Ethan Lonemyer." I know nothing about these films. I do know that one or another of them may win a coveted STIFF award such as "Best Speed Bump," "Best Use of Sir-Mix-a-Lot," or "Best Mustache." Several of the films feature live music this year, including this great looking performance of Bronze Fawn, The Animals at Night & Yokai No Uta Trio.

Pick a film. Take a chance. You will be rewarded.

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