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SIFF Selections: Thursday, May 26

'Brotherton Community Champions,' 'Boy' and 'Paper Birds' will play tonight at the IKEA Performing Arts Center as part of the Seattle International Film Festival.

SIFF Selections: Thursday, May 26

5 p.m. Brotherton Community Champions: FREE. From the SIFF web site, "Every community needs one. We know every community has one. Come and celebrate Brotherton Cadillac Buick GMC's Community Champions as we screen the top three locally produced documentary short films about the Champions (people who have made a positive impact on their communities). These three finalists were chosen through online voting at KOMOnews.com. The filmmaker whose short film received the most votes will be awarded the Brotherton Community Champions: Driving for Excellence Award and a prize package including the Write Brothers Screenplay Suite and a three-week course at TheFilmSchool."

 

6:30 p.m. Boy is a 87-minute comedy out of New Zealand, set in the mid-1980s. Michael Jackson's 1984 hit "thriller" is topping the charts, and an 11-year-old farm boy is impatiently awaiting the return of his idolized father. However, when his dad returns, "Boy" realizes his dad is an immature loser.

8:30 p.m. Paper Birds is a 124-minute Spanish period piece. An eclectic group of vaudeville artists join together to perform as a traveling troupe after their lives were destroyed by civil war. The men sustain themselves on sparse audience applause, friendship and passion for their craft.

The film festival will continue in Renton through May 26 at the (IPAC). 

Now in its 37th year, SIFF will show films at multiple venues around Puget Sound in Seattle, Ballard, Everett, Kirkland, and Renton.

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