SIFF is advertising for a new top dog: In a startling yet understandable move, Seattle International Film Festival chief curator and festival director Carl Spence is leaving his job after 13 years.

We're in the midst of the 42nd Seattle International Film Festival, wherein movie-lovers can take their pick from more than 400 films from 90 countries, all screening at theaters around town.

For more than 40 years, the Seattle Independent Film Festival (SIFF) has introduced its patrons to up-and-coming talent and films not seen anywhere else in town.

The programming ninjas behind the Seattle International Film Festival have long included movies of the gastronomic persuasion.

“I’m sitting here with a busted ankle thanks to a karaoke injury last night,” says Mel Eslyn. The Seattle-based filmmaker is in LA, keeping her foot elevated and speaking via a spotty Skype connection.

WHY: Suspense? Quirky humor? Barely restrained terror? Sign us up!

WHEN: May 25, 27, 31 at various times and locations

Why: Just try to watch this and not get covered in empathy-goosebumps.

When: May 23, May 29 and May 31 at various times and locations.

Check out this video Seattle Channel's Art Zone, in which host Nancy Guppy interviewed Northwe