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25 Days of SIFF 2014: Daily picks and suggestions

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With approximately 435 feature-length and short films screening at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival, the massive schedule can be pretty overwhelming.

To simplify the SIFF experience, here are 25 picks for each of the 25 days of SIFF, which begins May 15 and continues through June 8.

This collection includes a sampling of genres, including thrillers, horror, dramas documentaries and more from the nearly 200 feature-length films.

When possible, many of these films made this list because a special guest is scheduled to attend that days selection.

Day 1 "Jimi: All Is By My Side"
Day 2 "The Skeleton Twins"
Day 3 "Trust Me"
Day 4 "Everything We Loved"
Day 5 "Half of A Yellow Sun"
Day 6 "Obvious Child"
Day 7 "In Order of Disappearance"
Day 8 "Lucky Them"
Day 9 "Willow Creek"
Day 10 "I Origins"
Day 11 "The Green Prince"
Day 12 "Shortsfest Closing Night"
Day 13 "Burt's Buzz"
Day 14 "Happy Christmas"
Day 15 "To Kill a Man"
Day 16 "Hellion"
Day 17 "Boyhood"
Day 18 "Little Accidents"
Day 19 "Turning Tide"
Day 20 "African Metropolis"
Day 21 "Keep On Keepin On"
Day 22 "Dear White People"
Day 23 "Finding Fela"
Day 24 "They Came Together"
Day 25 "The One I Love"

The entire festival lineup can be found at the Seattle International Film Festival site,

Day 1: 'Jimi: All Is By My Side'
Day 1: 'Jimi: All Is By My Side' Open Road Films

Day 1: 'Jimi: All Is By My Side'

Thurs, May 15: The SIFF 2014 kicks off with a biopic focused on homegrown music legend Jimi Hendrix. Outkast's André Benjamin stars at the titular rock guitarist, in a film that focuses on Hendrix's early years.

Director John Ridley and actor Hayley Atwell are scheduled to attend this screening.

7pm at McCaw Hall

Day 2:  'The Skeleton Twins'
Day 2: 'The Skeleton Twins' Roadside Attractions

Day 2: 'The Skeleton Twins'

Fri, May 16: This will be the one-and-only screening of this dramedy at SIFF. 'SNL' alum Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader headline this melancholic, dramatic comedy about estrangled siblings trying to put their lives back together.

Director Craig Johnson scheduled to attend this screening.

9:30pm at the Egyptian Theatre

Day 3: 'Trust Me'
Day 3: 'Trust Me' Starz Digital Media

Day 3: 'Trust Me'

Sat, May 17: Comic fanboys know him as Agent Coulson in the Marvel movies, but Clark Gregg will screen the film he starred in, directed and wrote. Gregg stars as an underdog Hollywood agent who may have discovered the next up-and-coming child actor. (watch the trailer)

Director/screenwriter/actor Clark Gregg is scheduled to attend this screening.

7 pm at the Egyptian Theatre

Day 4: 'Everything We Loved'
Day 4: 'Everything We Loved' Four Knights Film

Day 4: 'Everything We Loved'

Sun, May 18: After a pair of magicians lose their child, the couple go to desperate lengths to recoup their horrific loss. The couple

The last screening of 'Everything We Loved' is on May 18.

9 pm at Pacific Place

Day 5: 'An Evening with Chiwetel Ejiofor'
Day 5: 'An Evening with Chiwetel Ejiofor' Monterey Media

Day 5: 'An Evening with Chiwetel Ejiofor'

Mon, May 19: 'Best Actor' Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor will be on hand to receive the SIFF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting. He will also screen 'Columbite Tantalite' - a short film Ejiofor directed - followed by the featured presentation of his new film 'Half of a Yellow Sun' and a Q&A to wrap up the evening.

A special post-film reception will follow the event at Loulay Kitchen & Bar.

6 pm at the Egyptian Theatre

Day 6: 'Obvious Child'
Day 6: 'Obvious Child' A24

Day 6: 'Obvious Child'

Tues, May 20: 'SNL' alum Jenny Slate stars as a twentysomething who loses her job, boyfriend and gets pregnant within a small time frame. (watch the trailer)

Director Gillian Robespierre and actor Jenny Slate scheduled to attend this screening.

7 pm at the Egyptian Theatre

Day 7: 'In Order of Disappearance'
Day 7: 'In Order of Disappearance' Madman Entertainment

Day 7: 'In Order of Disappearance'

Weds, May 21: Stellan Skarsgard ('Good Will Hunting,' 'The Avengers') stars as a snowplow driver intent on bloody revenge, in what has been called a Norwegian version of 'Fargo.' (watch the trailer)

9:15 pm at the Egyptian Theatre

Day 8: 'Lucky Them'
Day 8: 'Lucky Them' IFC Films

Day 8: 'Lucky Them'

Thurs, May 22: The Renton Opening Night film features a Seattle-based filmmaker's tale of a music journalist (Toni Collette) and documentarian (Thomas Haden Church) quest to track down a legendary Seattle musician who notoriously vanished.

Director Megan Griffiths and writer Emily Wachtel scheduled to attend this screening.

7 pm at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center

Day 9: 'Willow Creek'
Day 9: 'Willow Creek' SIFF 2014

Day 9: 'Willow Creek'

Fri, May 23: The latest from edgy director Bobcat Goldthwait ("God Bless America," "World's Greatest Dad") follows a pair of Sasquatch-hunters who venture into the woods against the advice of the area’s equally creepy locals. (watch the trailer)

10 pm at Lincoln Square Cinemas

Day 10: 'I Origins'
Day 10: 'I Origins' Fox Searchlight Pictures

Day 10: 'I Origins'

Sat, May 24: Director Mike Cahill follows up his impressive, indie-scifi flick "Another Earth" with this metaphysical scifi drama starring Michael Pitt ("Boardwalk Empire") and Brit Marling ("Another Earth"). (watch the trailer)

This Saturday Night Party feature will be followed by a reception at Kaspar's.

6 pm at SIFF Uptown

Day 11: 'The Green Prince'
Day 11: 'The Green Prince' Music Box Films

Day 11: 'The Green Prince'

Sun, May 25: This documentary reveals the true story of a Palestinian man torn between his ties to Hamas and his role as a deep cover informant.

This documentary won the Audience Award for World Cinema: Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

7 pm at Pacific Place

Day 12: 'Shortsfest Closing Night'
Day 12: 'Shortsfest Closing Night' SIFF 2014

Day 12: 'Shortsfest Closing Night'

Mon, May 26: "The Missing Scarf" (hilarious animated short narrated by George Takai) alone makes this event worth the price of admission.

This evening's program includes short films starring Rubina Ali Qureshi ("Slumdog Millionaire") and a woman who reevaluates her life after her boyfriend proposes to her via a meme.

6 pm at SIFF Uptown

Day 13: 'Burt's Buzz'
Day 13: 'Burt's Buzz' Jody Shapiro

Day 13: 'Burt's Buzz'

Tues, May 27: Just about everyone knows the Burt's Bees brand -- now meet the modest, hermit-like founder of the famed 'Earth-friendly' personal care products ... a company Burt was forced out of several years ago. (watch the trailer)

This is the last of two scheduled screenings of this documentary.

6:30 pm at SIFF Uptown

Day 14: 'Happy Christmas'
Day 14: 'Happy Christmas' Magnolia Pictures

Day 14: 'Happy Christmas'

Weds, May 28: The latest from indie film director, star Joe Swanberg ("V/H/S," "Drinking Buddies") is a comedy-drama about an irresponsible girl who moves in with her older brother's family -- only to shake up their quiet household.

Anna Kendrick ("Pitch Perfect"), Lena Dunham ("Girls") and Melanie Lynskey ("Up in the Air") star.

9:15 pm at Lincoln Square

Day 15: 'To Kill a Man'
Day 15: 'To Kill a Man' Nadav Schirman

Day 15: 'To Kill a Man'

Thurs, May 29: This Chilean-French drama won the Grand Jury prize at Sundance -- it's the story of a common family man who plots revenge against a dangerous gang after they shoot his teenage son. (watch the trailer)

7:30 at SIFF Uptown

Day 16: 'Hellion'
Day 16: 'Hellion' Sundance Selects

Day 16: 'Hellion'

Fri, May 30: A widower (Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad") and his sons deal with the sudden death of their mother. The father must rein in his two increasingly delinquent sons or risk completely fracturing their once happy family.

Director Kat Candler is scheduled to attend this screening.

9:45 pm at Pacific Place

Day 17: 'Boyhood'
Day 17: 'Boyhood' IFC Films

Day 17: 'Boyhood'

Sat, May 31: Director Richard Linklater began shooting "Boyhood" in the summer of 2002. Every year since then, Linklater reunited his core cast: Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater and newcomer Ellar Coltrane ... who was 7 years old in 2002.

"Boyhood" follows a young boy (Coltrane) as he grows up, the son of a divorced couple, through his childhood to high school graduation. (watch the trailer)

Linklater is scheduled attend this Centerpiece Gala screening of "Boyhood," which will be followed by a party at DAR Rainier Chapter House.

5 pm at the Egyptian Theatre

Day 18: 'Little Accidents'
Day 18: 'Little Accidents' Amplify

Day 18: 'Little Accidents'

Sun, June 1: A small, sleepy coal mining town is disturbed after the disappearance of teenage boy.

Elizabeth Banks, Chloë Sevigny and Josh Lucas star in this feature film that was expanded from the SIFF 2010 award-winning short.

8 pm at the Kirkland Performance Center

Day 19: 'Turning Tide'
Day 19: 'Turning Tide' Gaumont

Day 19: 'Turning Tide'

Mon, June 2: Yachtsman François Cluzet ("The Intouchables") embarks on a solo voyage around the world, only to discover a stowaway. (watch the trailer)

9 pm at SIFF Uptown

Day 20: 'African Metropolis'
Day 20: 'African Metropolis' Marie Ka

Day 20: 'African Metropolis'

Tues, June 3: A series of shorts from various African filmmakers, showcasing modern Africa.

Director Marie Ka scheduled to attend this screening, which is part of the African Pictures Film Program.

6:30 pm at SIFF Uptown

Day 21: 'Keep On Keepin On'
Day 21: 'Keep On Keepin On' RADiUS-TWC

Day 21: 'Keep On Keepin On'

Weds, June 4: Music pioneer Quincy Jones will be on hand to receive the SIFF Lifetime Achievement Award following a special screening of his new documentary "Keep On Keepin On."

"Keep On Keepin' On" follows jazz legend Clark Terry, who mentored Quincy Jones and Miles Daves. This documentary follows Terry, who is now in his 90s, as he takes on a teenage blind piano prodigy.

7:30 pm at the SIFF Uptown

Day 22: 'Dear White People'
Day 22: 'Dear White People' Lionsgate

Day 22: 'Dear White People'

Thurs, June 5: This satrical drama follows four Black Ivy League students after a riot breaks out over a popular 'African American' themed party thrown by white students.

Director Justin Simien is scheduled to attend this screening.

7 pm at the Harvard Exit

Day 23: 'Finding Fela'
Day 23: 'Finding Fela' Kino Lorber

Day 23: 'Finding Fela'

Fri, June 6: The latest documentary from Alex Gibney ("We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" and "The Armstrong Lie") spotlights the life of pioneering African musician and political activist Fela Kuti.

This special screening is the African Pictures Film featured presentation, which will be followed by a party at the Northwest African American Museum.

7 pm at Pacific Place

Day 24: 'They Came Together'
Day 24: 'They Came Together' Lionsgate

Day 24: 'They Came Together'

Sat, June 7: Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler star in a spoof of every terrible rom-com convention -- and it comes from the mind of director David Wain ("The State," "Wet Hot American Summer"), who is also scheduled to attend this screening. (watch the trailer)

"They Came Together" will be the featured film at the final Saturday Night Party, which will be followed by a reception at W Hotel.

7 pm at the Egyptian Theater

Day 25: 'The One I Love'
Day 25: 'The One I Love' RADiUS-TWC

Day 25: 'The One I Love'

Sun, June 8: Described as a relationship drama with a "Twilight Zone" twist, this feature presentation will close out SIFF 2014 at the Closing Night Gala.

Indie director and actor Mark Duplass ("Safety Not Guaranteed") is scheduled to attend this screening, as will Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men").

6 pm at the Cinerama


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