Seattle International Film Festival 2019: Face The Music


The line-up has just been announced for the 45th annual Seattle International Film Festival, and, as always, KEXP is thrilled to host the "Face the Music" series, a curated collection of films that shed "light on the lives, stories, and struggles between the notes."  

Take a look at the list of movies in the "Face the Music" series below, and follow KEXP on social media for your chance to win tickets to some of these screenings. See you at the movies!

(NOTE: The following schedule is subject to change; check out for the latest updates.)

Who Let the Dogs Out (Canada | 2019 | 70 minutes | d: Brent Hodge)

FRIDAY, MAY 17 9:15 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
SUNDAY, MAY 19 3:30 PM | AMC Pacific Place 
SATURDAY, MAY 25 8:30 PM | Shoreline Community College 

Brent Hodge (Freaks and Geaks: The Documentary, A Brony Tale) is back with another wonderful pop-culture chronicle, this time about the battle over who truly owns the ubiquitous titular Baha Men earworm.  

Wild Rose (United Kingdom | 2018 | 101 minutes | d: Tom Harper)

SATURDAY, MAY 18 7:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
FRIDAY, MAY 24 9:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian

Ex-con Rose-Lynn (Jessie Buckley) yearns to break free of her humdrum Glasgow life and become a Nashville country-music star in this inspiring and toe-tapping dramedy co-starring Oscar® nominees Sophie Okonedo and Julie Walters.

Blinded by the Light (United Kingdom | 2019 | 114 minutes | d: Gurinder Chadha)

THURSDAY, MAY 23 6:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
FRIDAY, MAY 24 3:15 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown 

In this crowd-pleasing comedy from Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham), a Pakistani teen living in Thatcher’s Britain has his world blown open when he discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen.

A Dog Called Money (Ireland | 2019 | 90 minutes | d: Seamus Murphy)

FRIDAY, MAY 31 4:00 PM | Shoreline Community College 
SATURDAY, JUNE 1 8:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

For her ninth studio album, alternative-music icon PJ Harvey visited Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Washington, D.C., to talk with locals and let their stories inspire her song lyrics, while filmmaker Seamus Murphy captured the moments in this ambitious documentary.

Enormous: The Gorge Story (USA | 2019 | 64 minutes | d: Nic Davis)

SATURDAY, MAY 25 2:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
TUESDAY, MAY 28 6:30 PM | Lincoln Square

Dave Matthews and Hozier are among the talking heads in this doc about the history—both musical and geological—of Washington's best-known outdoor concert venue.

David Crosby: Remember My Name (USA | 2019 | 95 minutes | d: A.J. Eaton)

FRIDAY, MAY 24 6:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
SATURDAY, MAY 25 1:30 PM | AMC Pacific Place

Producer Cameron Crowe and director A.J. Eaton craft an aggressively honest portrait of musician David Crosby, now 77, framed around a multi-day interview with the controversial legend about his illustrious past and the transformative nature of music.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (USA | 2019 | 115 minutes | d: Stanley Nelson)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 6:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
FRIDAY, MAY 31 4:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

Never-seen footage, never-heard music tracks, and narration based on the text of his autobiography join interviews with family members and musical colleagues to form this portrait of the hard-living jazzman (1926-91).

Pavarotti (USA | 2019 | 114 minutes | d: Ron Howard)

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 2:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian

One of the few classical performers to attain household-name status, Luciano Pavarotti’s life and career as the world’s most popular operatic tenor is explored in this doc by Ron Howard.

Shut Up and Play the Piano (Germany | 2018 | 82 minutes | d: Philipp Jedicke)

MONDAY, MAY 20 9:30 PM | AMC Pacific Place
TUESDAY, MAY 28 4:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

Canadian art-punk musician Chilly Gonzales, whose work runs the gamut from electro-rap to classical piano, gets the biography treatment in this documentary that combines energetic performances, playful dramatizations, and interviews with contemporaries such as Peaches, Leslie Feist, and Jarvis Cocker.

Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (USA | 2018 | 106 minutes | d: Barak Goodman, Jamila Ephron)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 7:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
SUNDAY, MAY 26 3:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

Half a century later, travel back to the dairy farm that became for one weekend the red-hot center of the zeitgeist, with this doc that examines why it all happened and what it all meant.

Piazzolla, The Years of the Shark (Argentina | 2018 | 90 minutes | d: Daniel Rosenfeld)

MONDAY, MAY 27 1:30 PM | AMC Pacific Place
THURSDAY, MAY 30 9:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown
FRIDAY, MAY 31 9:00 PM | Kirkland Performance Center

The audio archives of composer Astor Piazzolla (1921-92) enrich this look at his life and work, from his youth in New York City to his career as the greatest and most innovative master of the Argentine tango.

The Apollo (USA | 2019 | 101 minutes | d: Roger Ross Williams)

SATURDAY, MAY 25 6:45 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
SUNDAY, MAY 26 1:30 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
MONDAY, MAY 27 3:30 PM | Shoreline Community College

Archival footage onstage and backstage enriches this portrait of the iconic Harlem theater, since 1934 the epicenter of African-American achievement in performance.

Patrinell: The Total Experience (USA | 2019 | 94 minutes | d: Andrew Elizaga, Tia Young)

SUNDAY, MAY 26 4:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
MONDAY, MAY 27 3:00 PM | SIFF Cinema Uptown

The story of the indefatigable Patrinell Wright and her Total Experience Gospel Choir, an internationally recognized Seattle institution, is told against the backdrop of the Central District’s gentrification and our city’s racial history.