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

Tuesdays at the Harvy — Anniversary Post

Of all the posts I've written for the Seattle International Film Festival, this is the one I'm most proud of. So long, Harvard Exit! At the end of last year, the Varsity Theatre became the latest Landmark Theatre to close (it reopened earlier this year under the same management as the Admiral Theatre in West … Continue reading Tuesdays at the Harvy — Anniversary Post

One Day, Six Films — Thursday, May 21, 2015 — Anniversary Post

I didn't receive a press pass for the 2015 festival, though I applied for one. Since I covered most of the festivals without one, that didn't stop me from covering the 2015 festival, where I saw a record-number of films (48). I also set a record for the most films seen in one day (with … Continue reading One Day, Six Films — Thursday, May 21, 2015 — Anniversary Post

SIFF 2014: 40th Anniversary Special Presentation of The Whole Wide World–Saturday, June 7 — Anniversary Post

My last anniversary post from 2014 is bittersweet. Seeing The Whole Wide World on 35mm (at a time when 35mm was getting rarer and rarer) is one of my fondest memories from any of the festivals, and yet just two years later, SIFF would be mourning the loss of the film's director (and SIFF co-founder), … Continue reading SIFF 2014: 40th Anniversary Special Presentation of The Whole Wide World–Saturday, June 7 — Anniversary Post

SIFF 2014: Silent Movie Sunday (with Sosin)–May 23 — Anniversary Post

One of the great things about film festivals is not just all the new films you can see, but also all the old ones. In the case of silent films, they're often shown with new scores performed live. Though it's more often the case that a new film you see at a festival will never … Continue reading SIFF 2014: Silent Movie Sunday (with Sosin)–May 23 — Anniversary Post

SIFF 2014: Press Launch and Week One of Press Screenings — Anniversary Post

SIFF 2014 was the first year I applied for and received a press pass. Nowadays, the press launch is squeezed together with Donor Night, but back then, it was a separate event, took place in the afternoon, and occurred at the Uptown, rather than the Egyptian. To help with my reporting, I replaced my point-and-shoot … Continue reading SIFF 2014: Press Launch and Week One of Press Screenings — Anniversary Post

SIFF 2013: Week Two, Part Two — Anniversary Post

SIFF 2013 had some of the best films out of all of the festivals I attended. Part of that might've been due to the fact that my press screening schedule allowed me to attend most of the evening and weekend films, which were often the bigger movie offerings. I also got lucky. I almost didn't … Continue reading SIFF 2013: Week Two, Part Two — Anniversary Post