Way back in March, we saw the world premiere of The Art of Self-Defense at SXSW. Fast forward two months and the film made another appearance at SIFF, and along with it came writer director Riley Stearns. During the festival, we had the opportunity to speak with the director and discuss where the idea came from, the process of scripting such a tact-sharp comedy, and whether or not he himself knows karate.
In the midst of the three week long festival that is the Seattle International Film Festival, we took a few moments to talk to one cinema’s most promising new talents Philip Youmans. Along with his producer and school mate Mose Mayer, they sat down to talk about their film Burning Cane, what influences them, and where their careers will take after the success of their first outing.
The 2019 Seattle International Film Festival kicks off on May 16th and runs until June 9th and UW Film Club is covering as many films as possible so you know which films to see! Throughout the festival, this article will be regularly updated with capsule reviews for festival films with the newest additions at the top. Check back every couple days to see whats new!