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Seattle International Film Festival Opening has "The Extra Man"

San Francisco Chronicle

This is exciting! The Seattle International Film Festival's Opening Night Gala on May 20th will be anchored by the presentation of the film "The Extra Man." The movie was a hit at The Sundance Film Festival and at the Sarasota Film Festival just days ago. On March 29th, Magnolia Pictures inked a deal to distribute the film.

"The Extra Man" features Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) and Kevin Kline with appearances by Katie Holmes and John C. Reilly. It has Dano as Lewis Ives, a school teacher who has a love of wearing women's lingerie (Olympian Julia Mancuso, who has her own lingerie line, might find this interesting). Not surprisingly Ives loses his teaching job. Kevin Kline plays Henry Harrison, who works as an "extra man" who's an escort to rich, older women to parties and social affairs and who takes Ives under his mentorship as an aspiring playwright in New York City.

Here's a video introduction featuring the writers and directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini talking, in a quirky way, about "The Extra Man."

The Gala will be held at the Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle, and feature a red carpet entrance for Paul Dano, Shari Springer Berman, and Robert Pulcini, and other cast members that were not specifically mentioned as attending. (Translation: Katie Holmes may show up, so get down there!)

The SIFF runs May 20th through June 13th. Visit the website at http://www.siff.net.