September 17 – 24, SIFF presents Women in Cinema, its annual showcase of extraordinary women filmmakers celebrating films from around the world in all genres. The eight-day event will feature 14 exciting new features and documentaries, all screening at the SIFF Cinema Uptown.
Beth Barrett, SIFF’s Director of Programming, can speak to the festival’s selection and aims. In addition, six directors will travel to Seattle to connect with film audiences:
It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong – opening night film on Sep 17
Available now via phone and email – in Seattle Sep 17-19
The Decline of Western Civilization Part 1 and Wayne’s World on Sep 18
Available now via phone and email – in Seattle Sep 17 & 18
All Eyes and Ears on Sep 19
Available now via phone and email – in Seattle Sep 19
The Babushkas of Chernobyl on Sep 19
Available now via phone and email – in Seattle Sep 15-20
Brand: A Second Coming on Sep 20 and Documentary Filmmaking Masterclass on Sep 21
Available now via phone and email – in Seattle Sep 20 & 21
Can You Dig This on Sep 20
Available now via phone and email – in Seattle Sep 19 & 20
Full lineup and ticket info for Women in Cinema here.
A graduate of the film/TV program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Emily Ting has directed several shorts and documentaries. She also served as a producer on the award-winning films Pit Stop, Man from Reno, and Land Ho!.It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong is her feature directorial debut.
A holder of a UCLA Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater Arts, Penelope Spheeris worked as a film editor and cinematographer before forming her own company in 1974. Spheeris’ feature debut was the 1979 documentary on the L.A. punk scene, The Decline of Western Civilization. Following with Surburbia, Dudes,Wayne’s World, The Decline of Western Civilization Parts 2 and 3, and We Sold Our Souls For Rock and Roll, Spheeris cemented her role as a rock ‘n’ roll anthropologist.
Vanessa Hope started her film career in China while teaching a graduate course on law and society at People’s University, completing her PhD at Columbia University. Fluent in Chinese, she’s produced multiple films in both China and the US in the last 10 years. Prior to her film career, Vanessa worked on foreign policy issues at the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as the National Committee on US-China Relations.
Holly Morris is the writer & director of the documentaries Paradox Found, Behind Closed Chadors, Mana Wahines, and Holy Cow, which feature artists, activists, and politicos making change in their home cultures. Part of the “Adventure Divas” series, the documentaries broadcast on PBS in the US and in over 20 countries worldwide. Her essay, “A Country of Women” on which The Babushkas of Chernobylis based, was widely syndicated and is the topic of her popular TED Talk.
Two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning filmmaker Ondi Timoner (Dig!, We Live in Public) is an entrepreneur, curator, and web pathbreaker, pushing the boundaries through such webbased projects as atotaldisruption.com
and BYOD (Bring Your Own Documentary). Timoner is a Board Member of the Director’s Guild of America, as well as a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
Delila Vallot is an actress, dancer ,and director born and raised in Hollywood, California. In her career, she has worked with some of the most well-known choreographers to date in such productions as “Saturday Night Live,” “Rent,” and “The Singing Detective.” She made her feature directorial debut in 2013 with the suspense thriller Tunnel Vision. Can You Dig This is her debut feature-length
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