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SIFF Films Opening Today, Starbucks Offers Free SIFF Passes


Starbucks announced last night at the SIFF Opening Night Gala that they will be continuing their partnership with SIFF, and in celebration of this will be giving away FREE passes to SIFF Film Screenings today after 3:00pm in their Western Washington shops. It was unclear if these are only valid for today or throughout the festival, as tickets are locked up until the 3:00pm deadline. Note that supplies are limited – and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

UPDATE: Here’s some more info on the offer, via the SIFF website:

Starbucks “We-Love-You Fridays” is back and they are kicking things off by taking Seattle to the movies! Come in to any Seattle Starbucks location on Friday, May 20th after 3pm for a free ticket to a SIFF screening. Click here to download the current list of eligible films. Please check back often for updated film list. For more information and a store list, visit

In the meantime, here are the five films opening today as described from the SIFF Press Office:

How to Die in Oregon

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, this documentary is a tender portrait of patients who have chosen physician-assisted suicide since the passage of Oregon’s Death With Dignity law.

(d. Peter D. Richardson, USA 2011, 108 min)
Public Screening: Harvard Exit, 4:15pm
*Additional Screenings May 21, 2:00pm at Pacific Place, and May 22, 3:30pm at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center.


A hilarious and witty and coming-of-age story about a teenage boy who has two plans for the summer: lose his virginity and put an end to his mother’s new relationship. (Ages 17+)

(d: Richard Ayoade, United Kingdom 2010, 97 min)
Public Screening: 7:00pm, Egyptian Theater
*Additional screening May 22, 11:00am at the Neptune Theatre.

Black, White and Blues

A searing portrait of a down-on-his-luck bluesman who takes a road trip that helps him rediscover his missing mojo in the unlikeliest of places. Van Peebles’ film evokes the spirit and power and spirit of the blues, packing a raw, visceral wallop, much like the music from which it takes its inspiration.

(d: Mario Van Peebles, USA 2010, 93 min)
Public Screening: 7:30pm, Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center
*Additional screenings May 22, 4:00pm at the Neptune Theatre and May 29, 3:30pm at the Everett Performing Arts Center.

High Road

A pot-smoking L.A. slacker gets in over his head when his innocent road trip with a 16-year-old buddy is mistaken for a kidnapping. A delightful stoner farce.

(d: Matt Walsh, USA 2011, 83 min)
Public Screening: 9:30pm, Neptune Theatre
*Additional screenings: May 21, 8:30pm at the Admiral Theater and June 7, 9:30pm at the Egyptian Theatre.

The Pillow Book

A Japanese Woman searches for the perfect lover–one who will paint words on her skin and evoke the greatest intimacy. But when a British translator becomes her favorite, long-buried secrets are revealed and violent jealousy erupts.

(d: Peter Greenway, France/UK/Netherlands/Luxembourg 1996, 126 min)
Public Screening: 9:30pm, Harvard Exit