Haibane Renmei and the Search for Forgiveness

The Haibane are angel-like creatures that live in a town with walls.¬† Like the human inhabitants of the town, they cannot pass beyond the walls. ¬†They hatch from cocoons that grow in abandoned rooms and are named after the dream they have inside of them. The story begins with the discovery of Rakka's cocoon by … Continue reading Haibane Renmei and the Search for Forgiveness

Remembering Lynn Shelton

Photo courtesy of SIFF If this were a normal year, I'd already have published a post on Opening Night Festivities for SIFF 2020. There'd also be a Lynn Shelton retrospective showing in select Seattle cinemas upon her passing (this NWFF event was planned ahead-of-time; the fact that it ended up being timely is a fortunate … Continue reading Remembering Lynn Shelton

Updates

Taken the evening of March 13, 2020 Normally around this time, I'd either be writing about Sakura-Con or preparing for my coverage of SIFF. I didn't apply for a press pass for either event this year: Sakura-Con because I already was planning to take some time off in late April, SIFF because the theaters closed … Continue reading Updates

SIFF 2019: Final Weekend, Final Thoughts

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (USA 2019, 115 min) Digital Screener, Sat 6/8 and Sun 6/9 Despite plans to see multiple movies over the final weekend of SIFF, I ended up seeing only one film, at home, and fell asleep for half of it (note: I fell asleep because I was tired and the … Continue reading SIFF 2019: Final Weekend, Final Thoughts

SIFF 2019: An Interview with David Shields

During SIFF 2019, I saw a screener of the film Lynch: A History after a mutual friend put me in touch with the director/writer/producer, David Shields. Experimental films and I don't have a good track record, so I was surprised when I enjoyed the film, which builds a narrative entirely out of already-existing media. The … Continue reading SIFF 2019: An Interview with David Shields

SIFF 2019: Week Three Capsule Reviews

The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (Archival, Japan 1985, 100 min) Digital Screener, Sun 6/2 Makoto Tezuka (son of Osamu Tezuka, the godfather of Japanese manga) directed this wild Japanese musical at the age of 23. Basic plot: media mogul Mr. Minami (the late Kiyohiko Ozaki) takes rival singers Shingo (Shingo Kubota) and Kan (Kan … Continue reading SIFF 2019: Week Three Capsule Reviews

SIFF 2018 Edition: Get in the (VR) Zone — Anniversary Post

My last anniversary post is, ironically, about the future. While I'm of the opinion that VR isn't the future of film, I also believe that we're just beginning to discover its applications and its potential. Note: there was no VR at SIFF this year, so if it's the future, the future will have to wait. … Continue reading SIFF 2018 Edition: Get in the (VR) Zone — Anniversary Post

Shorts at Shoreline — Anniversary Post

This is the fourth year that SIFF is showing films at Shoreline Community College. While I didn't go to any films there this year (I've moved since last year, and not closer to Shoreline -- which is unfortunate, since I love the venue), I'd encourage anyone who can go to check it out. It's away … Continue reading Shorts at Shoreline — Anniversary Post

SIFF 2017: How I Almost Met Kore-eda — Anniversary Post

Since moving to Seattle, the only SIFF festival I didn't cover was in 2017. You can read my reasons for that here. A celebration of my ten festivals wouldn't be complete without a recollection from that festival, however, so here -- for the first time -- is a post from SIFF 2017. Artistic Director Beth … Continue reading SIFF 2017: How I Almost Met Kore-eda — Anniversary Post

Sssshhhh! It’s a secret. — Anniversary Post

I only wrote two posts for SIFF 2016: the one below, and my highlights post, which is the only one that includes information about the films I saw. The reason I decided to repost this one is because it's unlike any other post I wrote about the festival. More of an exercise in writing style … Continue reading Sssshhhh! It’s a secret. — Anniversary Post