'Spawned in Seattle' lineup offers variety

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"Max Rules" is just one of 14 films on SIFF's "Spawned in Seattle" roster. Here are the others:


"Buffalo Bill's Defunct: Stories from the New West" (4 p.m. May 31, Broadway Performance Hall)

Inspired by an e.e. cummings poem, Matt Wilkins' story of an aging patriarch, his extended family, and a busted garage door, filmed in Seattle and Sultan, makes its world premiere at SIFF.

"Dandelion" (4:30 p.m. May 27, Broadway Performance Hall; 9 p.m. May 30, Egyptian)

After its world premiere at Sundance, first-time filmmaker Mark Milgard's story of teenage love, shot on widescreen 35mm, won the best feature and best cinematography awards at the River Run (North Carolina) International Film Festival. It also screened as part of the prestigious Rotterdam Film Festival.

"Evergreen" (7 p.m. May 27, 11 a.m. May 29, both at Egyptian)

Filmed in Everett and starring Cara Seymour, Mary Kay Place and Seattleite Addie Land, Enid Zentelis' coming-of-age drama made its debut at Sundance earlier this year. Last month it won the best director award at the Sonoma County Film festival.

"The Graffiti Artist" (9 p.m. June 10, 4 p.m. June 13, both at Broadway Performance Hall)

Ruben Bansie-Snellman plays a Seattle graffiti "tagger" in Portland writer/director James Bolton's third film, which recently made its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival.

"Hedda Gabler" (6 p.m. June 12, 3:45 p.m. June 13, both at Egyptian)

Based on Henrik Ibsen's classic play, the debut feature from Paul Willis (co-founder of Seattle's Printer's Devil Theatre) tells the story of a woman, trapped in an unhappy marriage, who sees a different life in the eyes of her lost love. Filmed in Wenatchee, it makes its world premiere at SIFF.

"A Relative Thing" (6 p.m. May 30, 4:45 p.m. June 3, both at Egyptian)

Bainbridge Island filmmaker Garrett Bennett, whose "Farewell to Harry" screened at SIFF three years ago, returns with the story of a group of estranged siblings who reunite for a final visit with their dying grandmother.


"Big City Dick" (9 p.m. May 31, Egyptian)

Directed by Ken Harder, Scott Milam and Todd Pottinger, this film about Seattle autistic street musician Richard Petersen won the audience award for best feature at this year's Slamdance Film Festival.

"Busting Out" (6:45 p.m. June 2, 9:15 p.m. June 5, both at Broadway Performance Hall)

Laurel Spellman Smith and Francine Strickwerda's film — told from the point of view of Strickwerda, who as a child lost her mother to breast cancer — looks at images of breasts in American pop culture and the media.

"Up Thornton Creek" (1 p.m. June 5, 6:15 p.m. June 6, both at Broadway Performance Hall)

Peter Vogt examines the fight, led by local activists Tim and Patty Crawford, to save a Shoreline salmon run.


Serge Gregory's "Foster Island" (4 p.m. June 5, Broadway Performance Hall) and Mark Carsterson's "Greenlake: Mosca Amor" (9 p.m. May 24, Broadway Performance Hall) both showcase familiar Seattle parks. David Donar's animated "Pulcinello" (6:45 p.m. June 7, Broadway Performance Hall) tells the story of a clown and a Chianti bottle. Amy Iorio's "Seven's Eleven" (11:15 a.m. Saturday, Broadway Performance Hall) follows a gang of fifth-graders who plot to rob a convenience store.

The flys

In addition to the "Spawned" films, the Fly Filmmaking Challenge features nine short documentaries hastily shot by local filmmakers on assignment from SIFF. They'll be shown together at 1:30 p.m. May 30 and 4 p.m. June 11 at the Egyptian.

— Moira Macdonald