Jimi: All Is By My Side charts the life and loves of the iconic musician. Screenwriter John Ridley will attend the opening night event.
Imogen Poots and Hayley Atwell star alongside Benjamin.
The film will open theatrically in summer through XLrator Media with Open Road Films.
“I can’t think of a more fitting film to open our 40th - as Siff looks back on where we’ve come from and forward to where we’re going, we’re inviting everyone to come together to see a film that traces the origins of a Seattle music legend,” said the festival’s artistic director Carl Spence.
“The film and music communities of Seattle have proved to be a source of incredible creative expression capable of garnering attention worldwide, and Jimi encapsulates