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Regina Hall, Patrinell Wright Among Headliners At 2019 Seattle International Film Festival

Actress Regina Hall will be presented with the Seattle International Film Festival’s 2019 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinema.

As part of their celebration of women in comedy, the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) will present Regina Hall with the Seattle International Film Festival Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinema. 

One of America’s most reliable and underrated character actresses, Regina Hall has found much of her success in the most difficult of on-screen endeavors – making people laugh. An actor, activist, spokesperson, and journalist, her body of work is as broad as it is deep in a career that spans nearly three decades. From her career-launching performance in the Scary Movie franchise to her recent dramatic work in such films as Support the Girls and The Hate U Give, her versatility and commitment as an actress is renowned and cherished by all who collaborate with her. Hall’s current projects include the film Little, which she also executive produced and the Showtime series “Black Monday” opposite Don Cheadle.

In addition to the award presentation, the acclaimed actress is slated for an on-stage interview on Sun., June 2 at 2:00 p.m. at SIFF Cinema Egyptian. Following Hall’s tribute, she will introduce Support the Girls, Andrew Bujalski’s film which won her the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress.
The Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly attended film festival in the United States, announced today the complete lineup of films, guests, and events for the 45th annual 25-day Festival that runs May 16 – June 9, 2019.

This year, SIFF will screen 410 films representing 86 countries and will include: 147 features (plus 4 secret films), 71 documentaries, 12 archival films, and 176 shorts. The lineup includes 33 World premieres (12 features, 21 shorts), 42 North American premieres (27 features, 15 shorts), and 19 US premieres (11 features, 8 shorts).

Opening night kicks off this Thur., May 16 with Sword of Trust, written and directed by local filmmaker Lynn Shelton (Outside In, Laggies) and features Marc Maron (Late Show with David Letterman, WTF with Marc Maron, GLOW), Jon Bass (Baywatch, Molly’s Game), Michaela Watkins (Brigsby Bear, Enough Said), Jillian Bell (Workaholics, 22 Jump Street), and Toby Huss (King of the Hill, Halt and Catch Fire). The film made its world premiere at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival to audience acclaim and IFC Films will open the film in July. Lynn Shelton and Marc Maron are scheduled to attend.

The festival will also feature the documentary Patrinell: The Total Experience – The story of the indefatigable Patrinell Wright and her Total Experience Gospel Choir, an internationally recognized Seattle institution, is told against the backdrop of the Central District’s gentrification and our city’s racial history. The film will make its world premiere at SIFF on May 26 and 27.

In Addition, the festival will feature Q Ball – Golden State Warrior and B-ball all-star Kevin Durant executive-produced this eye-opening, inspirational documentary about the San Quentin Prison basketball squad—teammates and inmates at “the Q”—and their road toward rehabilitation and possible redemption.

The annual Centerpiece Gala, Late Night, stars Emma Thompson as a legendary late-night talk show host who, faced with diminishing ratings for her long-running show, is forced to hire her first female staff writer (Mindy Kaling, who also wrote the film’s script). The film will screen on Sat., June 1 at 5:30 p.m., at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian.

SIFF closes its 45th festival on Sunday, June 9 with The Farewell staring Awkwafina, the flamboyant breakout star of Crazy Rich Asians, who plays a woman traveling back home to China to assist in an elaborate ruse to keep a truth from her terminally ill grandmother. Director Lulu Wang is scheduled to attend.

“Each year more than 5,000 films come through our submissions process and uncovering emerging themes each time is a satisfying puzzle that ends up being our 25-day festival,” said SIFF Artistic Director Beth Barrett. “This year we saw strong female led films, specifically in the comedy genre, and are thrilled that 46-percent of the films in SIFF have female directors, and 56 percent of our competition films are directed by women.”

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