2015 Women in Cinema, Seattle International Film Festival ‘s annual showcase of extraordinary women filmmakers, will take place September 17 to 24, celebrating films from around the world in all genres. The eight-day event will feature 14 exciting features and documentaries, all screening at the SIFF Cinema Uptown on Lower Queen Anne. Five of the directors featured will join us to discuss their films at post-screening Q&As.
The Opening Night film, the charming and incisive It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong, stars Seattle favorite Jamie Chung (Golden Space Needle Award – Best Actress, Eden). Director Emily Ting will be in attendance.
The following night welcomes legendary director Penelope Spheeris, who will present her groundbreaking cult hit The Decline of Western Civilization, Part 1 – and then introduce her box-office smash Wayne’s World. Party on.
This year’s lineup also includes Holly Morris’s The Babushkas of Chernobyl (pictured above) (produced by local Seattle writing organization, Hedgebrook); Finding Gastón, a Culinary Cinema selection about the leading farm-to-table chef in Peru; Catherine Hardwick’s latest Miss You Already starring Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore; documentarian Vanessa Hope’s insightful All Eyes and Ears; and maverick filmmaker Ondi Timoner’s Brand: A Second Coming. In addition to attending the screening of her film, Timoner will conduct a documentary filmmaking masterclass.
“Women directors still make up less than 10% of the highest grossing mainstream films each year,” notes SIFF’s Artistic Director, Carl Spence. “That’s partly why we love bringing the work of incredible female filmmakers to our audience.” Adds Beth Barrett, SIFF’s Director of Programming, “And the bonus is that these are simply amazing films. Women in Cinema is our chance to show that there’s every reason to further embrace these exceptional voices.”