The Seattle Film Festival has made a name for itself in the world of film festivals, now ranked as the largest and most well attended in the U.S. It has also become one of the more competitive venues for filmmakers, and this year’s SIFF includes the work of all of the SCC film/video instructors – Tony Doupé, Kristofor Boustedt and Ruth Gregory. What a testament to the creativity and quality of their work. (Photo left to right): Ruth Gregory, Kristofor Boustedt and Tony Doupé).
Tony Doupé’s work has been included in the SIFF lineup for more than 10 years. This year, he returns to the screen in the short film, “Your Lucky Day” in which he plays a convenience store manager. The plot evolves around the circumstances that follow an announcement to everyone in the store by an elderly man that he just won the lottery. A young man, who had already helped himself to something from the store’s shelves, decides he would like that ticket, and from there everything falls apart. Please check out the SIFF schedule to see the date, time and theater that “Your Lucky Day” will play. Doupé is also starring in “My Life with Betty,” showing at the Harvard Exit May 21 and May 23 at the Harvard Exit.
Doupé said that current film students and grads often work with him and Boustedt as crew members. Shoreline Community College film graduate, Brien Houston is working on both films that Doupé stars in at this year’s festival. Student, Chris Geilos also worked on the crew for both films.
He is currently filming a feature film, “The Off Hours,” in which he stars as Stu, an alcoholic diner owner. Written by Megan Griffiths, The Off Hours tells the story of three residents of a small, truck-stop town. Doupé has played lead roles in such films as Warner Brothers, “Frayed” and principal roles in “Life or Something Like It” as well as other production companies such as LLC Productions, Vagabond Pictures and UFO Productions. Shoreline grads Sean Welch and Brien Houston are also working on the project.
Kristofor Boustedt (and his wife, Lindy) wrote, directed and produced the feature film, “Perfect 10,” a low-budget drama/comedy about a married woman who goes to her 10-year high school reunion sans her husband for a second chance with the boy she loved in high school. The underlying theme of the film is about how our perception of ourselves is impacted by how others perceive us and the nature of trust and honesty in relationships. The film takes place (and was filmed in just two weeks) in Seattle and in Eastern Washington (where the Boustedts met while going to Eastern Washington University.) “Perfect 10” is scheduled to play on June 7 at 9:15 p.m. and again on June 8 at 4 p.m. at the SIFF Cinema at SIFF Cinema on lower Queen Anne. It will be released online and on DVD through IndieFlix in December.
Brien Houston was a crew member on the “Perfect 10” team. “He was really, really good,” Boustedt said.
The Boustedts have a number of short films in their repertoire, but this is their first feature film. Instructor Ruth Gregory is taking the SCC Film Club to see it.
This is the second year Ruth Gregory (far right in photo, and Don Savage, editor of "The Stranger," is also in photo) has had her work included in the SIFF line-up. This year’s film, "I Saw U," is a short documentary about the people who meet via the “I Saw U” ads in the Seattle newspaper, “The Stranger.” Gregory, who co-produced the film, said it was made in five days as part of the International Documentary Challenge, a timed filmmaking competition. The film, which won “Best of First Person Genre" and "Best Soundtrack (The President of the United States)" at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival in Toronto, features Editor and Chief of “The Stranger,” Dan Savage. Co-director, Maile Martinez, is also an occasional associate faculty member at Shoreline. “I Saw U” is playing during the opening program for shorts weekend – at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 21 at the SIFF Cinema. More of Gregory's work from her film collective, LadyLikeFilms, is available here: http://www.vimeo.com/7353269
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SIFF is a constantly innovating year-round film organization that brings to Seattle edgy international and independent film, actors, and filmmakers that might otherwise be overlooked. It runs from May 20-June 13. Enjoy Feature films, short films, documentaries. Check out the schedule at: http://www.siff.net/. (NOTE: As of Thursday, May 6th afternoon, the schedule was not uploaded.)
The Seattle International Film Festival will celebrate its 36th birthday this season with 256 feature-length films and 150 shorts from 67 countries.
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