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45th Seattle International Film Festival Opening Night Gala

45th Seattle International Film Festival Opening Night Gala

Sword of Trust

Event Details

  • May 16 , 2019
  • $65 - $275
  • Ticket price includes admission to the film and the Opening Night Party. **Please note that SIFF parties are strictly 21+. Please bring valid photo ID (driver's license, passport, etc.)

  • The garage with the shortest wait times for pre and post event parking is the 5th Avenue North Garage. Located on 5th Avenue N, with entrances on Republican Street and Harrison Street, this garage requires a short walk to McCaw Hall.

    Parking is also available at the Mercer Street Garage, conveniently located across the street from McCaw Hall. Entrances to this garage are on 4th Avenue N and 3rd Avenue N.

Director Lynn Shelton and actor Marc Maron scheduled to attend.

In local filmmaker Lynn Shelton's latest, two women (Jillian Bell and Michaela Watkins) attempt to unload an inherited Civil War sword onto a curmudgeonly pawnshop owner (Marc Maron) and reluctantly enter a world of conspiracy theory and Southern disillusionment.

On the internet, value, as well as beauty, is in the hand of the sword-holder-a truth exploited by the ensemble of characters that inhabit the small-town Southern world of this latest comic gem from Seattle native Lynn Shelton. The titular McGuffin of this shaggy-dog story is an old Civil War sword inherited by lesbian couple Cynthia (Jillian Bell) and Mary (Michaela Watkins), who seek the advice of Alabama pawnshop owner Mel (comedian and podcaster Marc Maron). Disbelieving the claims of Cynthia's grandfather that the sword had been offered in surrender-by the U.S. Army-Mel offers a paltry $400. However, after some digging through the web's shadier conspiracy-theory websites, Mel's dim assistant (Jonathan Bass) uncovers potential buyers who insist the South secretly won the Civil War, and who might be willing to part with 100 times Mel's offer. Thus begins a farcical odyssey into the underbelly of Southern paranoia and revisionist history. Using her signature improv-style directing technique, Shelton lets her actors react naturalistically to the outlandish situations they encounter, including nefarious backwoods characters who covet the chance to own proof of their own delusions. Full of caustic but never mean-spirited wit, Shelton's Sword of Trust could be called her uproarious, goofy response to the rise of MAGA culture in America.

OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET EXPERIENCE

The flashiest fundraiser in town! On Opening Night, walk the red carpet and enjoy complimentary valet service as well as reserved seating at the film screening, and VIP area to enjoy an open bar at our famous after-party. Don't forget your premium swag gift bag. 

For tickets to the Red Carpet Experience, click here.

About the Film 

Director: Lynn Shelton
Principal Cast: Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Michaela Watkins, Jillian Bell, Toby Huss
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Running Time: 89 minutes
Producer: Ted Speaker, Lynn Shelton
Screenplay: Lynn Shelton, Mike O’Brien
Cinematographers: Jason Oldak
Editors: Tyler L. Cook
Music: Marc Maron
Language: English
US Distributor: IFC Films
International Sales: UTA

Event Showings


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Event Details

  • May 16 , 2019
  • $65 - $275
  • Ticket price includes admission to the film and the Opening Night Party. **Please note that SIFF parties are strictly 21+. Please bring valid photo ID (driver's license, passport, etc.)

  • The garage with the shortest wait times for pre and post event parking is the 5th Avenue North Garage. Located on 5th Avenue N, with entrances on Republican Street and Harrison Street, this garage requires a short walk to McCaw Hall.

    Parking is also available at the Mercer Street Garage, conveniently located across the street from McCaw Hall. Entrances to this garage are on 4th Avenue N and 3rd Avenue N.