Thanks to the rise of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Seattle hip-hop is getting a lot of international attention right now. So the timing couldn't be better for the premiere of the documentary The Otherside, a Kickstarter project about the equally DIY nature of our local rap scene, with appearances by...well, almost everyone: Mack and Lewis, Blue Scholars, Fresh Espresso, Massive Monkees, Mad Rad, RA Scion, Grynch, The Physics. The list goes on. Under the brand M.A.D Northwest, former Olympic speedskater J.R. Celski worked with Vinny Dom and filmmakers Dan Torok and Jeff Santos to bring Northwest hip-hop to the masses; after all, a lot of people still think of Seattle as "the city that brought you big butts and teen spirit," they say.
Screenings: May 31 at 7 (SIFF Cinema Uptown), June 2 at 8:30 (SIFF Cinema Uptown)
An Evening with Kyle MacLachlan
We see Yakima native Kyle MacLachlan plenty these days, thanks to his reoccurring role as the mayor of Portland on Portlandia, but this is a special occasion. MacLachlan will be in town to receive SIFF's Outstanding Achievement in Acting award, followed by an onstage interview and audience Q&A, clips from his career, and a screening of the David Lynch pilot that made him famous, Twin Peaks.
Screening: June 3 at 7:30 (SIFF Cinema Uptown)