SIFF DocFest Closing Night: The Sanctity of Space Q&A

Last night, I saw the US Premiere of The Sanctity of Space – the Closing Night film of SIFF DocFest. And since it’s a held review, that’s all I can tell you about it. Just kidding, I can give you a synopsis. The movie is about three climbers: professional climbers Renan Ozturk and Freddie Wilkinson … Continue reading SIFF DocFest Closing Night: The Sanctity of Space Q&A

SIFF DocFest: The Conservation Game

Photo courtesty of Cargo Film & Releasing Tiger King was one of my guilty pleasures early in the pandemic, as it was for many people. The cast of characters was outrageous, the plot twists were unbelievable, and it was entertaining as hell. Though The Conservation Game takes place within the same time frame, its focus … Continue reading SIFF DocFest: The Conservation Game

SIFF DocFest: The Hidden Life of Trees and Becoming Cousteau

The outside of the Egyptian Theatre Three of yesterday’s screenings at the Egyptian (out of four) had an environmental component to them, including the two movies under review here: The Hidden Life of Trees and Becoming Cousteau. While both films had smaller attendance than the modestly full Flee, the mood seemed more alive (perhaps the … Continue reading SIFF DocFest: The Hidden Life of Trees and Becoming Cousteau

SIFF DocFest: Storm Lake and In Balanchine’s Classroom

The next two documentaries I saw were screeners. Storm Lake played two days ago (before Flee) and I could’ve seen it then, but I wanted to ease myself into the in-person theatrical experience. Plus, I had to watch A-ha: The Movie. In Balanchine’s Classroom, on the other hand, played at 11am yesterday, and while that’s … Continue reading SIFF DocFest: Storm Lake and In Balanchine’s Classroom

SIFF DocFest: A-ha: The Movie and Flee

A panorama of the inside of the Egyptian Theatre Like all movie theaters in the US, SIFF was hit hard when the pandemic arrived. SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, and SIFF Film Center closed on March 13, and while other local theaters and theater chains have since reopened (such as AMC, Regal, Majestic Bay, … Continue reading SIFF DocFest: A-ha: The Movie and Flee

SIFF’S First Annual DocFest

From September 30-October 7, SIFF is celebrating the reopening of the Egyptian Theatre with 13 documentaries as part of its first-ever documentary festival (you can read the press release here). The festival has both an in-person and virtual component (with some restrictions based on geographical area for the latter), so with a couple of exceptions … Continue reading SIFF’S First Annual DocFest

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