Photo by Dan Thornton

FOLKLIFE PRESENTS AT KIRKLAND SUMMERFEST

Northwest Folklife thrilled to be partnering with Kirkland Summerfest to program their Community Stage on Sunday, August 10th!

Celebrating their third season, Kirkland Summerfest will transform Kirkland’s Marina Park into a lively arts destination, a place where friends and neighbors can connect and share in a celebration of community spirit. We’re excited to have the opportunity to showcase Folklife performers in a new enviFolklife 2014 - Sundayronment!

 

Catch some of your favorite Folklife performers that Sunday, including:

11:00 – 11:50 AM: Capoeira Angola

12:10 – 1:00 PM: Grupo Folklorico Guadalajara

1:20 – 2:10 PM: Carrigaline

2:30 – 3:20 PM: Armstrong, Lawton, and Katz

3:40 – 4:30 PM: Joseph Giant

4:50 – 6:00 PM: PARTICIPATORY DANCE: Balkan Dance with Jana Rickel

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Summertime Fun with Folklife!

The Northwest Folklife Festival comes around but once a year, but we’re here year round! Here’s a few events just around the corner!

Join us at Crossroads Mall
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Join us Saturday, July 19th at Crossroads Mall in Bellevue for an evening of dancing through Asia. Learn hand movements from instructor Meloody Xie. This is a FREE event starting at 6:30PM – 8:30PM.

Folklife is thrilled to be p?format=400wartnering with the Kirkland Summerfest, August 8-10 to present some of your favorite Folklife performers on their Community Stage! Summerfest is Kirkland’s largest festival featuring three days of art and music on the waterfront and throughout downtown. Don’t miss 3 days of visual and performing arts, over 50 performances, spectator sports, family rides, and entertainment, over 150 vendors and food trucks on the streets of downtown. Stay tuned for our full line up and more details!

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Folklife was streaming live from many of our stages from the Festival all weekend! Miss a show? Click here to see if it’s there, and listen to many of the hundreds of recordings from this remarkable Festival!Fri_Multigenerations2The Northwest Folklife Festival comes around but once a year, but we’re here year round! Keep up with us on Facebook – we’ll be sharing fun events around town, Folklife news, do a few fun giveaways, and so much more. Plus, we want to hear about the cultural entertainment you love in the Pacific Northwest. Facebook is the perfect place to share.
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scf_logo_Starburst_TransFolklife is hard at work planning our first Children’s Festival! The Seattle Children’s Festival will be a free one-day festival located on the Seattle Center Grounds on October 12, 2014. No admission charge, thanks to your donations and community support! By “Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood,” the Festival will bring together local communities that showcase and celebrate families of the Northwest. Programming will include music and dance performances and interactive workshops from around the world as well as a Hands-on Activity Area.

ALL PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER NELSON

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Winter Fireside Party Schedule

We’re counting down the days until our Winter Fireside Party; a benefit for Northwest Folklife on January 25, 2014 at the Vera Project on Seattle Center grounds. We’ll be featuring some of your favorite Northwest performers on three stages! Doors open at 1:30PM, programming starts at 2PM…and will continue until 11:00PM.

Let the excitement begin…

Main Stage –  Featuring Square Dancing, Northwest Fiddle Showcase and Full Bands

Square Dance with The Onlies! Main Stage, 2:00pm

2:00pm – Square Dancing with The Onlies and Caller Gabe Strand

4:00pm – The Northwest Fiddle Showcase at 4pm highlights a varied line-up of some of the best fiddlers in the Northwest such as Phil & Vivian Williams, Ben Hunter (of Renegade Stringband), Karen England & Jim Newberry, The Onlies, and Paul Anastasio.

5:45pm Jason Dodson & Kevin Barrans of The Maldives

The Sojourners, Main Stage, 7:00pm

7:00pm The Sojourners
8:15pm Ravenna Woods
9:30pm The Shivas

Gallery StageSpecial acoustic performances in the Vera Gallery include:

2:30pm Juliana & PAVA
3:30pm Orville Johnson
4:30pm Vikesh Kapoor
5:30pm Baby Gramps

And don’t miss the Folklife Fireside Tent presented by KEXP: a cozy, outdoor heated and fire-lit space for jams and conversation with musicians:

2:15pm Phil and Vivian Williams
3:15pm Swing Jam with Paul Anastasio
4:15pm Les Pamplemousses
5:45pm Old Time Fiddle Jam with Tony Mates
6:45pm Blues Jam and Q+A with Orville Johnson
7:45pm Cajun Jam with Whozyamama
9:00pm Balkan Jam with Marchette DuBois

Join the Balkan jam hosted by Marchette DuBois in the KEXP Fireside Tent, 9:00pm

(Food and drink available in the venue.)

Purchase a ticket today for a full day of music, dancing, food, and friends.

Already have plans on January 25th? Consider making a donation of $25 or more to Folklife and support the largest community supported Festival in the nation.

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Now Accepting Performer Applications

CallGraphic1Northwest Folklife invites musicians, dancers, community groups, artists, storytellers, and instructors to participate in the 43rd annual Northwest Folklife Festival, which will take place May 23-26, 2014, at Seattle Center.

If you or your group is based in the Northwest region, including Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Western Montana, this is a great opportunity to share your music and traditions!

The annual Northwest Folklife Festival is the largest FREE community arts festival in the United States. It is presented each year in Seattle by Northwest Folklife, a year-round nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for all people to appreciate, share, and participate in the evolving traditions of the Pacific Northwest.

Last year Northwest Folklife programmed over 6,000 performers in 65 different genres of music, from Hawaiian to hip-hop. We presented dance performances representing cultures from Ireland to India. We believe everyone is a bearer of folk arts, and we encourage communities to share their cultural traditions, in the hope that interaction with new audiences will enrich the community as much as the audience.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT PERFORMER APPLICATIONS

Interested in how we select bands and performance groups? Click here to read our Programming FAQ.

Still have questions? Email our programming team now.

Join Us This Weekend

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Sunny Days at the Festival. Photo by Christopher Nelson

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Bri’er Rabbit on Fisher Green. Photo by Christopher Nelson

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Bollywood show. Photo by Christopher Nelson

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Discovery Zone. Photo by Christopher Nelson

Get Ready! Folklife Starts This Friday!

The 43rd annual Northwest Folklife Festival is almost here!  As you get ready to come down to Seattle Center for four days of nonstop music, dance, workshops, food, crafts and more, here are some useful things to know:

There have been various programming and venue changes for the festival this year:

  • Trad Stage- This is a brand new stage! The Trad Stage will highlight some of the best traditional musicians of the Northwest, pulling some of the programming from past years’ much-loved Northwest Court Stage. You can expect to hear North American and European traditional music from a variety of genres including Irish, Québécois, Old-Time, and more.
  • Cornish Playhouse - Formerly the Intiman Theatre, this is a brand-new venue for Folklife and will be one of our main theatre-style stages highlighting music and dance showcases.
  • Discovery Zone - Explore the bigger-than-ever-before Discovery Zone, family-friendly hands-on activities area with performances, workshops, and activities that are fun for people of all ages. Located between The Armory & EMP Sky Church Stages.
  • International Fountain Pavilion – Located West of the Fountain Lawn Stage and directly East of the Alki Court, this will be Folklife’s home to the Visual Arts. Look for our Cultural Focus Art Exhibition as well as featured poster art designers.
  • Northwest Rooms – Music and Dance Workshops have moved from the Northwest Rooms and EMP Learning Labs to the Armory Lofts (3rd Floor of the Armory), as the NW Rooms are now home to our partner, KEXP.
  • Narrative Stage – Will now be held in the JBL Theatre inside of the EMP Museum.
  • All Ages | All Day – This programming moved to Monday (formerly on Sunday) and will be held in the EMP Museum’s Sky Church. The programming this year will highlight the vibrant Hip Hop community of the Northwest.
  • Armory Improvements - Two workshop spaces are now located on the 3rd floor, in the Seattle Center’s newly refurbished conference rooms.
  • Jamming Hot Spots – Check out the Festival map for Jamming Hot Spots – New areas designated for open jams.

Getting Here

You might notice some construction around Seattle Center—if you’re driving to the festival, please take note!   The Seattle Department of Transportation is working with Northwest Folklife and Seattle Center to ensure open and clearly marked access to the Seattle Center campus for the 2014 Northwest Folklife Festival. For complete, up-to-date information on current street conditions, click here.

There are many great options of how to get to the festival!  The Seattle Center Monorail can whisk you to the Center from downtown in 90 seconds. Fifteen Metro bus routes serve Seattle Center from around the region, and there is easy access by car from both Interstate 5 and Highway 99.  Plentiful parking is available.  Public transportation to and from the Northwest Folklife Festival can be planned by going here.

Festival Tips from the Folklife Crew:

  • Coming to the festival with your family? Designate a safety spot on Seattle Center grounds where you will meet in case of separation.  Folklife draws around 250,000 people each year and the Seattle Center can get very crowded.  Having a safety spot can help in these situations!  Also, if you or a member of your family is lost—find any of the Folklife staff or volunteers (look for a Folklife badge or vest) and they can help!
  • Drink water!  There are water fountains in most of the indoor venues at Folklife.  Bring a bottle and fill it up!  Also, look for the plethora of delicious drinks options available from our food vendors.
  • Looking for performer CDs?  All performers are encouraged to sell CDs next to their stage before and after their performance.  Look for them then or find them online through links on the Folklife Schedule.
  • Check out all of the performers, workshops and more coming to Folklife and start planning your weekend!  You can make your own personal festival schedule using our online schedule.  But remember to keep yourself open to discovering new things!  There are over 800 performing groups at Folklife this year, so you might find yourself waylaid by a new group you had never heard of!  Try something new—learn to play the didgeridoo or dance the tango.  The possibilities are endless… 

We’re very excited for Folklife this year and we hope that you are too!  Can’t wait to see you all at the Festival!

 

Centrum & Folklife: A Match Made in Heaven

This year, Northwest Folklife is thrilled to be partnering with Centrum to bring you blues workshops at the Folklife Festival this year!  Centrum is an arts organization located on Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington that is a gathering place for artists and creative thinkers from around the world, students of all ages and backgrounds, and audiences seeking extraordinary cultural enrichment.  For decades, Northwest Folklife and Centrum have worked with overlapping communities and served many of the same constituents through our programs. We’re very excited to be working together and bringing some of the magic of Centrum workshops to add to the magic of Folklife!

At the 2014 Northwest Folklife Festival, Centrum will be presenting a series of blues workshops in which musicians of all levels can come and learn from masters of acoustic blues.  The workshops this year will be: Lap Style Dobro with Orville Johnson, Piedmont Blues Guitar with Eric Freeman, and Blues Improvisation for Violin with Jon Parry. 

Centrum Presents:  Blues Workshops

Saturday, May 24th, Sunday, May 25th, Monday, May 26th – Armory Loft- East – 11:00-11:50am

 

New Indie Roots: Seattle Living Room Shows

Folklife is ecstatic to have the Seattle Living Room Shows community joining our Indie Roots Program for the 2014 Festival.

Conceived by sisters Carrie and Kristen Watt, Seattle Living Room Shows has built a strong community and fan base by creating an intimate, one-of-a-kind experience for both audiences and artists alike — in local homes and living rooms spaces. The sisters have booked both touring acts and top-end local talent, including past Folklife performers such as Bryan John Appleby and Ivan and Alyosha. “It’s just a way to bring music into the community without having our own actual space,” says Carrie Watt.

“We are so honored to have been asked to be involve with Folklife this year! When we were approached about it, it was an easy YES for us. One of our biggest focuses is a community built around a common passion for music! Since Folklife’s main focus is also on community and the arts, it was just a perfect fit. Even though our showcase will not take place in a living room setting, people will still get to feel what it’s like to be at one of shows.We are always on the look out for new up and coming musicians in Seattle and around the United States.  So you can expect an amazing showcase with some the Northwest’s best artists!”- Kristen & Carrie Watt (Seattle Living Room Shows)

 

Catch their very first showcase this festival:

Mikey & Matty

Sunday, 1-4 p.m., Fountain Lawn Stage featuring

Bradford Loomis: Is from right here in Seattle!  Brad has been a constant favorite for Seattle Living Room Shows over the years.  His soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics are sure to grab your attention and have you tapping your toes!

Tango Alpha Tango:  This incredible band is from Portland Oregonand made their debut with Seattle Secret Shows in November of 2013! They are guaranteed to have the crowd on their feet!

Mikey & Matty:  Straight from Seattle Washington, this band is made up of pure talent!  Their thoughtful verses and beautiful harmonies will have the crowd swooning!

Star Anna:  She is originally from Ellensburg, Washington but is currently a Seattle Resident.  Her powerful vocals and incredible stage presence is sure to impress the masses!

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Northwest Folklife Pays Tribute to Pete Seeger

There will be many ways to join Folklife in honoring the life and contributions of Pete Seeger at this year’s Festival coming up May 23-26th.

Folk singer and activist Peter “Pete” Seeger had a great influence not only on folk music, but countless musicians and attendees of Northwest Folklife. There will be a special Singalong Tribute to Pete at the Fisher Green Stage on Monday, May 26th from 1-3:45pm. The tribute will be hosted by Peter McKee, Tom Rawson, Lou Truskoff, Jean Geiger and Dan Maher. All are welcome to join in the sing along!

In partnership with SIFF Film Center, we’ll be screening Pete Seeger: Power of Song , Directed by Jim Brown, on Sunday, May 25th at 12:00PM.

Catch “Pete: The Songs and Times of Pete Seeger” in the JBL Theatre located in the EMP on Saturday, May 24th at 12pm. This is a multi-media live concert sing along celebrating the songs and times of Pete Seeger, hosted by Peter McKee.

Tom Rawson will present a “Children’s Pete Seeger Sing Along” in the Cornish Choral Courtyard on Saturday, May 24th at 2pm. Bring the little ones to introduce them to the songs of Pete Seeger!

 

See you all at the Festival!

Full Programming Schedule Announced for Folklife Festival

Full Programming Schedule Announced for 43rd Annual Northwest Folklife Festival

249 NEW Performers, 35 NEW Music Showcases, First-Time

Visual Arts and Film Programming

May 23-26 at Seattle Center – NWFolklife.org/Festival

Seattle’s Northwest Folklife today announced the full schedule of events for the 43rd annual Northwest Folklife Festival, the non-profit’s signature event. The Festival features over 5,000 performers from over 65 different cultural communities that help to make up the Northwest, available to all for no admission charge, thanks to donations from the community at large. The Northwest Folklife Festival runs May 23-26 on Seattle Center grounds, with hours of operation each day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This year’s Festival is not only packed with programming and events that people have grown to look forward to at the annual event, but it is also loaded with all kinds of new programming – namely film.

nwf_festival14_poster_finalv2“We are so excited about this year’s partnership with SIFF,” Kelli Faryar, head of programming commented. “There are so many films screening at the Film Center this year that people could actually just watch movies all day – for free! Some of the titles we’re very excited about include Light in the Attic’s ‘Wheedle’s Groove,’ the newly released ‘The Lunchbox,’ and in tribute to Pete Seeger, ‘Power of Song,’ but really there are many others to enjoy.”

Northwest Folklife has also added visual arts to the Festival’s programming line-up in a brand new way, offering up the 1st Annual PaperStock poster show, and a hands-on Fiber Arts area. Paperstock is a curation of some of the Pacific Northwest’s best poster artists and will feature the work of many popular concert poster and silk screen print artists working today. In addition to seeing fine poster art in person and meeting the artists who’ve created it, there will also be onsite screen printing demonstrations for festival goers to witness first hand how prints are produced. Additionally, there will be demonstrating artists creating various fiber arts projects – blankets, baskets, quilts, jewelry and more – in the Alki Court area throughout the Festival.general promo-hula hoops

In addition to expanded Indie Roots programming (sponsored by KEXP 90.3) and a bigger than ever Discovery Zone for families (sponsored by ParentMap), the Northwest Folklife Festival is excited to bring 249 first-time artists to its stages including Naomi Wachira, Mikey and Matty, and Hillstomp from Portland – to name a few. There are over 35 new showcases and some of the Pacific Northwest’s favorite artists and Festival events are returning – like the Saturday night “Soul of Seattle” Showcase and Monday night’s reggae showcase featuring Clinton Fearon, both taking place at the Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre.

For the entire schedule, please visit Northwest Folklife online at NWFolklife.org/Festival.

For the LOVE of Film – SIFF Film Center and Folklife Unite. Part Two.

In partnership with SIFF Film Center, the 2014 Festival presents bold and local films throughout the entire weekend. Come join us in the Film Center and get inspired!

Listening to music just isn’t enough for you? Come join us to celebrate two music inspired documentaries as part of our Indie Roots Programming at this year’s 2014 Northwest Folklife Festival; The Light in the Attic’s:  Wheedle’s Groove Movie and 50 Feet of Song.

Light in the Attic Records: Wheedle’s Groove Movie, Director Jennifer Maas

Friday 4:00PM, With Q&A by Jonathan Zwickel

People forget that Seattle used to have a very thriving soul music scene. It was growing in popularity when it stopped suddenly and seemed to fade away as quickly as it came.  In the documentary, Wheedle’s Groove, filmmaker Jennifer Maas examines the legacy of Seattle R&B, and interviews some of the leading musicians of the day. Seattle’s once-thriving now-forgotten soul/funk scene of the 1960s and ’70s in entertaining and highly educational fashion; while none of them broke through to nationwide success, bands like Cookin’ Bag, Black On White Affair, The Soul Swingers and Cold, Bold & Together were stars in the city’s African-American community and they headlined the city’s many nightclubs catering to soul music fans. This film is centered around grace, specifically having grace about not succeeding at the level that maybe you thought you would. Seeing as how the bands responded to not becoming hugely famous became the theme throughout, that making it is not everything. Wheedle’s Groove is the proof of Seattle’s thriving music scene, as it shows footage and photos, and interviews with talented artists. Light In The Attic Records mission is simple: put out great music, wherever it may be found, however it may sound. This documentary proves they did just that.

 50 Feet of Song

With Q & A by Max McSimov and Stacy Atkinson

Saturday 6:15, Sunday 4:00, Monday 2:15

Created in 2012, 50 Feet of Song sets out to create original documents of the songs of our day.  Inspired by both the direct cinema of the late sixties and the field recordings of Alan Lomax, each session is catered to this time limit and shot on location which makes for a completely original version of the song. The 50 feet refers to the one cartridge of super 8 film that the sessions are shot on. 50 feet of film equals about 3 minutes of record time. By introducing this restraint of time, the artist has to work within the confines of the film and is forced to recreate and adapt their song to the space that is shaped by the super 8 cartridge, and creates a more intimate and personal rendition of the song.

 

The 2014 Northwest Folklife Festival is partnering up with SIFF to also welcome courageous youngesters to participate in a media movement.  The Reel Grrls and SIFF’s Crash Cinema are both non-profit organizations who provide hands-on experience with filmmaking and production.

Reel Grrls

Saturday 2:00PM, Monday 5:00PM, With Q&A

Reel Grrls is a non-profit organization located founded in 2001 by Seattle media educator and filmmaker Malory Graham, as a project of the 911 Media Arts Center and YMCA of Greater Seattle. Malory was inspired to launch Reel Grrls after her experience teaching media production in co-ed groups of teens, finding that boys jumped at the chance to film while girls in the class appeared intimidated by technology. She recognized the need for a non-competitive all-girl learning environment so girls could share their ideas, build confidence, and master technology. The Reel Grrls’ mission is to empower young women from diverse communities to realize their power, talent and influence through media production, as well as cultivating a voice and leadership skills in girls at a vulnerable age in their development. Reel Grrls is the premier year-round media-training program for girls ages 9 – 21 to learn production skills through hands-on workshops and classes taught by female media professionals and educators. Reel Grrls is a unique after-school media & technology training program to critique media images and to gain media production skills in a safe, open environment, mentored by a network of multi-cultural women media professionals. During that first program, Reel Grrls served 15 teenaged girls. Since then, Reel Grrls has offered engaging, skill-based media training, accessible after-school programming, and summer camps to more than a thousand girls in the Puget Sound region and beyond. Since 2001, over 1000 students have participated in Reel Grrls programs and Reel Grrls media have been honored in more than 90 film festivals globally.

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Sunday 6:00PM

SIFF Crash Cinema is a non-competitive movie production challenge, taking participants ages 9 -19 from concept to screening in one day. It is about having fun, making a movie and seeing it on the big screen. The script is developed on the spot by your Crash team, usually 3-6 people, and you design your story based on your team’s resources. Crash Cinema is free and engages local schools, youth, and families with a meaningful approach to cinema production. Participants receive hands-on experience with filmmaking in less than 24 hours. Young people arrive in the morning, are assigned teams, and are given basic materials and instructions for their films. Then the teams scatter to script, shoot, and edit their productions. At the end of the day, the new films are screened for the first time at the SIFF Crash Cinema world premiere and wrap party. Crash Cinema is a bi-monthly and non-competitive challenge.

 

 

 

Indian Cinema at the Festival

In partnership with SIFF Film Center, the 2014 Festival presents bold and local films throughout the entire weekend. Come join us in the Film Center and get inspired!

This year, the Festival’s Cultural Focus celebrates India and their culture! We will be exploring and sharing India’s ancient history, unique heritage steeped in traditional arts, and its people, many of which have traveled from the country of their origin to various parts of the world taking with them the message of their culture. Some of these experiences can be found in features films like: Sita Sings the Blues – directed by Nina Paley, The Lunch Box – directed by Ritesh Batra, The Sound of Mumbai : A Musical Documentary- directed by Sarah McCathy and One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Daas – directed by Jeremy Frindel.

Sita Sings the Blues, Director: Nina Paley Friday, 2PM

Sita Sings the Blues is a 2008 musical written, directed, produced and animated entirely by Nina Paley. This light-hearted version of the traditional Indian tale of Ramayana, a classic text in Hindu mythology, is cut up into four different artistic styles that blend together to convey the artist and directors own experiences, views, and perspective on the ancient Indian epic. The aspect of the story focuses on the relationship between Sita and Rama, gods incarnated as human beings, who even they can’t seem make their marriage work. Set in the 1920s, this satirically animated tale tells the story of Rama on his journey to save his wife Sita from the nearly invulnerable king of Lanka, Ravana. The entire movie is geared around Sita and Director Nina Paley and their misfortune with their unsuccessful romantic endeavors in a comical powerful way. Director Nina Paley describes it as “a tale of truth, justice and a woman’s cry for equal treatment”.

The Lunch Box, directed by Ritesh Batra Sunday, 2PM

The Lunch Box is an extraordinary drama about love, loss, and yearning between two strangers who shares their feelings through romantic notes. The legendary Dabbawallahs of Mumbai, India, deliver millions of lunchboxes a day throughout the city. They pick up containers packed by housewives and using public transportation takes them to the husbands’ desks. This love story begins when lonely housewife lla (Nimrat Kaur) decides to try adding some spice to her stale marriage by preparing a special lunch for her neglectful husband at work. Unfortunately, the delivery goes astray and, unbeknownst to her, is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a governmental employ, lonely widower and a grumpy old man who is getting ready to retire. Curious about her husband’s lack of response, lla adds a note to the next day’s lunchbox, and thus begins an unusual friendship in which Saajan and lla can talk about their joys and sorrows without ever meeting in person.

The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical Documentary, Director Sarah McCarthy

Saturday, 2:55PM, Q&A with Director, Sarah McCarthy following the screening

For one emotional night, a group of slum children in Mumbai, India, get a chance to experience a different world and fosters hope as their lives change forever as they perform, The Sound of Music with the backing of the Bombay Chamber Orchestra and with Austrian professor and conductor Johannis Steinwender .With the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein as an undercurrent, the film follows them into their homes, giving glimpses of hard lives with little prospect for improvement. Director Sarah McCarthy wisely pitches much of the film through the eyes of the young man, whose own pressure to succeed coupled with a pure enthusiasm is both heart-breaking and infectious. Regarded by his family as their last hope to rise out of poverty, charming 11-year-old boy Ashish, is given a small solo in the performance and invests considerable hope in what this will do for his future. With a sort of “Slumdog Millionaire” syndrome, Ashish constantly reminds himself in writing or by talking to himself in the mirror that he needs to stop feeling self-conscious and have the confidence in order to be successful. His natural charisma suggests that he could go far if given the right opportunity.

One Track Heart: Story of Krishna Das, Director Jeremy Frindel

Monday, 12PM

One Track Heart: Story of Krishna Das is a 2012 documentary about a young musician named Jeffrey Kagel in the 1970s, who walked away from the American dream of rock ’n’ roll stardom by turning down the lead singer slot in the band that would become Blue Oyster Cult. He sold all his possessions and moved from the suburbs of Long Island to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of happiness and a little-known saint named Neem Karoli Baba. The Story of Krishna Das follows Jeffrey Kagel’s journey to India and back, his struggles with depression and drug abuse, and his eventual emergence as Krishna Das—the world-renowned spiritual teacher, chant master and Grammy-nominated recording artist. Krishna Das is one of the most popular singers of Indian devotional music in the world. Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, this musicial genius has been called yoga’s “rock star.” This film reveals remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, and has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling chant artist of all time.

For the LOVE of FILM – SIFF Film Center and Folklife unite. Part One.

In partnership with SIFF Film Center, the 2014 Festival presents bold and local films throughout the entire weekend. Come join us in the Film Center and get inspired!

Part One: This year, the Festival’s Cultural Focus celebrates India and their culture! We will be exploring and sharing India’s ancient history, unique heritage steeped in traditional arts, and its people, many of which have traveled from the country of their origin to various parts of the world taking with them the message of their culture. Some of these experiences can be found in features films like: Sita Sings the Blues – directed by Nina Paley, The Lunch Box – directed by Ritesh Batra, The Sound of Mumbai : A Musical Documentary- directed by Sarah McCathy and One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Daas – directed by Jeremy Frindel.

Sita Sings the Blues, Director: Nina Paley Friday, 2PM

Sita Sings the Blues is a 2008 musical written, directed, produced and animated entirely by Nina Paley. This light-hearted version of the traditional Indian tale of Ramayana, a classic text in Hindu mythology, is cut up into four different artistic styles that blend together to convey the artist and directors own experiences, views, and perspective on the ancient Indian epic. The aspect of the story focuses on the relationship between Sita and Rama, gods incarnated as human beings, who even they can’t seem make their marriage work. Set in the 1920s, this satirically animated tale tells the story of Rama on his journey to save his wife Sita from the nearly invulnerable king of Lanka, Ravana. The entire movie is geared around Sita and Director Nina Paley and their misfortune with their unsuccessful romantic endeavors in a comical powerful way. Director Nina Paley describes it as “a tale of truth, justice and a woman’s cry for equal treatment”.

The Lunch Box, directed by Ritesh Batra Sunday, 2PM

The Lunch Box is an extraordinary drama about love, loss, and yearning between two strangers who shares their feelings through romantic notes. The legendary Dabbawallahs of Mumbai, India, deliver millions of lunchboxes a day throughout the city. They pick up containers packed by housewives and using public transportation takes them to the husbands’ desks. This love story begins when lonely housewife lla (Nimrat Kaur) decides to try adding some spice to her stale marriage by preparing a special lunch for her neglectful husband at work. Unfortunately, the delivery goes astray and, unbeknownst to her, is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a governmental employ, lonely widower and a grumpy old man who is getting ready to retire. Curious about her husband’s lack of response, lla adds a note to the next day’s lunchbox, and thus begins an unusual friendship in which Saajan and lla can talk about their joys and sorrows without ever meeting in person.

The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical Documentary, Director Sarah McCarthy

Saturday, 2:55PM

 

For one emotional night, a group of slum children in Mumbai, India, get a chance to experience a different world and fosters hope as their lives change forever as they perform, The Sound of Music with the backing of the Bombay Chamber Orchestra and with Austrian professor and conductor Johannis Steinwender .With the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein as an undercurrent, the film follows them into their homes, giving glimpses of hard lives with little prospect for improvement. Director Sarah McCarthy wisely pitches much of the film through the eyes of the young man, whose own pressure to succeed coupled with a pure enthusiasm is both heart-breaking and infectious. Regarded by his family as their last hope to rise out of poverty, charming 11-year-old boy Ashish, is given a small solo in the performance and invests considerable hope in what this will do for his future. With a sort of “Slumdog Millionaire” syndrome, Ashish constantly reminds himself in writing or by talking to himself in the mirror that he needs to stop feeling self-conscious and have the confidence in order to be successful. His natural charisma suggests that he could go far if given the right opportunity.

One Track Heart: Story of Krishna Das, Director Jeremy Frindel

Monday, 12PM

One Track Heart: Story of Krishna Das is a 2012 documentary about a young musician named Jeffrey Kagel in the 1970s, who walked away from the American dream of rock ’n’ roll stardom by turning down the lead singer slot in the band that would become Blue Oyster Cult. He sold all his possessions and moved from the suburbs of Long Island to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of happiness and a little-known saint named Neem Karoli Baba. The Story of Krishna Das follows Jeffrey Kagel’s journey to India and back, his struggles with depression and drug abuse, and his eventual emergence as Krishna Das—the world-renowned spiritual teacher, chant master and Grammy-nominated recording artist. Krishna Das is one of the most popular singers of Indian devotional music in the world. Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, this musicial genius has been called yoga’s “rock star.” This film reveals remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, and has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling chant artist of all time.