SIFF 2014 Picks: June 2–8
Quincy Jones, Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler's rom-com spoof, and other highlights from SIFF 2014's final week.
SIFF 2014 concludes on a surreal note with The One I Love. The film stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Mark Duplass (The League, Safety Not Guaranteed) as a couple that takes a vacation retreat in hopes of sorting out their marital issues. Things start taking a turn for The Twilight Zone when each party seems to be weirdly oblivious very recent actions. Both Moss and Duplass will attend the gala.
Screening: June 8 at 6 (Cinerama). $50–$100.
We all acknowledge how utterly ridiculous nature of most romantic comedies, and writer/director David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models) goes way over the top to spoof the genre with They Came Together. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler star as a couple living out every absurd cliché with exaggerated irreverence. Expect plenty of laughs sans subtlety.
Screenings: June 7 at 7 (Egyptian) / June 8 at 2 (Egyptian). Saturday sold out; Sunday $12.
Seattle music legend Quincy Jones returns home to receive SIFF's Lifetime Achievement Award and honor a mentor. In addition to the award presentation, An Evening with Quincy Jones includes a screening of the documentary Keep On Keepin' On, which follows the relationship between jazz legend Clark Terry—who gave piano lessons to a teenage Jones—and one of his recent students, blind pianist Justin Kauflin. A second screening of Keep On Keepin' On (without the fanfare) will occur at SIFF Cinema Uptown on June 6 at 4.
Screening: June 4 at 7:30 (SIFF Cinema Uptown). $35–$150.
Wondering how Star Trek's Lieutenant Sulu came to be the Celebrity Grand Marshal of this year's Seattle Pride Parade? To Be Takei explores George Takei's life from his youth in World War II Japanese internment camp to his gay rights activism to his recent transformation into Internet tastemaker.
Screenings: June 6 at 7 (Egyptian) / June 7 at 4 (SIFF Cinema Uptown). $12.
Thru June 8, Various Venues