The 2015 Seattle International Film Festival starts today, much to the joy of cinephiles around the Pacific Northwest. With nearly 300 films in the lineup, including almost 2 dozen LGBT-themed films, there’s more than possibly the most devoted (or obsessed) film fan can catch. Here are some recommendations, then, for those who may need some help figuring out which films to see.

54: The Director’s Cut

May 29 / 7pm
SIFF Cinema Egyptian

An ode to the decadence of the glitterball era, 54 was sanitized beyond recognition before its release. Now, 17 years later, the director has recut the film to its earlier form — retaining the original film’s moral ambiguity as well as the bisexual love triangle between Ryan Phillippe, Selma Hayek, and Seth Meyer. Followed by The Studio 54 Experience at the Neptune. Director Mark Christopher scheduled to attend.

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Best of Enemies

May 16 / 6pm
SIFF Cinema Uptown

A wonderfully enticing, scintillating and downright fascinating account of the infamous William F. Buckley (“National Republic” editor-in-chief) and Gore Vidal (Leftist polemicist and controversial novelist) live television debates during the 1968 national political conventions that forever changed television news.

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Fassbinder – To Love without Demands

May 19 / 9:15pm
Harvard Exit

Rainer Werner Fassbinder—enfant terrible, provocateur, genius—receives the biographical treatment he deserves, complete with a remarkable, previously unseen interview with the director himself. North American Premiere.

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I Am Michael

May 22 / 6:30pm
SIFF Cinema Egyptian

James Franco (127 Hours) and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) star in this provocative true story of Michael Glatze, a gay rights activist who rejects his homosexuality and so-called “gay lifestyle” to become a fundamentalist Christian pastor. Director Justin Kelly scheduled to attend.

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Tangerine

June 4 / 7pm
SIFF Cinema Egyptian

This refreshingly hilarious and raunchy comedy follows scrappy transgender prostitute besties Sin-Dee and Alexandra on a wild night in L.A. filled with sassy repartee (“Merry Christmas Eve, bitch”), adultering pimps, nightclub debuts, and capital d D-RAMA! Screenwriter Chris Bergoch scheduled to attend.

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Tig

June 6 / 6pm
SIFF Cinema Uptown

“Hello. I have cancer. How are you?” When comedian Tig Notaro discovered she had breast cancer, she immediately took to the stage for a career-changing stand-up set. What happened afterwards has changed her life completely. Follow along as Tig begins a new chapter of life, love, family, and comedy stardom. Director Kristina Goolsby and Tig Notaro scheduled to attend.

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What queer SIFF films are you going to see? Leave your thoughts in the comments!



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