Press screenings-Week One — Anniversary Post

In 2013, I got smart and decided to work the press screenings. I detail below the advantages of working them as opposed to working the festival proper. Unfortunately, when the press screenings moved from the Uptown to Pacific Place in 2016, hourly staff were no longer needed to run them, which saved SIFF money, but … Continue reading Press screenings-Week One — Anniversary Post

SIFF 2019: Week One Capsule Reviews

Sibel (Turkey/France/Germany/Luxembourg 2018, 95 min) Digital Screener, Sun 5/19 The good thing about screeners is that you can watch them whenever you want. The bad thing is that you aren't getting the full cinematic experience. While I benefited from seeing Sibel on the small screen in terms of sleep (it was playing that same day … Continue reading SIFF 2019: Week One Capsule Reviews

SIFF 2019: Pre-Festival Press Screenings and Digital Screeners

  Non-Fiction (France 2018, 108 min) Press Screening: Wed 5/1 The latest film from Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria, Personal Shopper) centers around the future of publishing and the struggles to adapt to new technology, as told through the eyes of a publisher (Guillaume Canet), a novelist who barely clothes his nonfiction with fiction … Continue reading SIFF 2019: Pre-Festival Press Screenings and Digital Screeners

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

At Ebertfest, I once saw four films in one day.  During the fourth film, time vanished, reality regressed to dreams, and I left the theater unsure where I was.  During SIFF this year, I saw five films last Wednesday (and am planning on seeing five today).  The next day, I did one better.  Somehow, the films remained … Continue reading One Day, Six Films — Thursday, May 21, 2015

Opening Night Happenings — Thursday, May 14, 2015

1. Arrived at 1:30 for 2 pm press screening.  Told it would be delayed by roughly 45 minutes (it ended up starting 40 minutes late), as the previous screening had issues.  Initially supposed to show Breathe Umphefumlo, but it didn't arrive on time, so screening swapped with Liza, The Fox-Fairy, but then the film arrived, … Continue reading Opening Night Happenings — Thursday, May 14, 2015

SIFF 2014: Closing Night Gala, Final Thoughts, and Thanks

Closing Night Gala--Sunday, June 8 Like last year, the Closing Night Gala was held at the MOHAI.  Unlike last year, I had to work, but my shift ended early enough that I got to the museum in plenty of time.  It helped that I got a ride there from one of my friends (a different … Continue reading SIFF 2014: Closing Night Gala, Final Thoughts, and Thanks

SIFF 2014: Week Three of Press Screenings

  Monday, May 12 An interesting start to the week, to say the least.  One person came late for the first press screening, then proceeded to make lots of noise as he crawled over several people in the dark on the way to his seat.  During the second screening, some people were apparently on their cell phones, with … Continue reading SIFF 2014: Week Three of Press Screenings

SIFF 2014: Week Two of Press Screenings

Note: On Sunday, we had our annual staff meeting pre-festival.  The difference this time is that we got goody bags -- and a staff photo that included a wardrobe change and balloon hats, in including the ones below:   Monday May 5 Movies today were Ballet 422, Hellion, and Clownwise.  Of the little I heard about each film, … Continue reading SIFF 2014: Week Two of Press Screenings

SIFF 2014: Press Launch and Week One of Press Screenings

Wednesday, April 30 Today I went to my first ever press launch.  I came directly from getting a small cavity filled, so there was still some sensitivity when snacking on the Continental Breakfast.  And, although I reached for an orange juice, one of my fellow staff members traded it for a Mimosa.  "It's your birthday," … Continue reading SIFF 2014: Press Launch and Week One of Press Screenings

SIFF 2013: Week Two, Part Two

I apologize for the three-month hiatus from writing about SIFF 2013, but I got caught up working on other projects and had to set aside work on these posts for awhile.  Over the next few weeks, I hope to finish up the last of these entries about the festival. Thursday, May 30 Aloha Thursday started … Continue reading SIFF 2013: Week Two, Part Two