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

SIFF: Week Three (June 5-11, 2011)

Sunday, June 5th Volunteer: Line Greeter     Neptune Theatre     10am-2pm I worked with the same house coordinator as yesterday, though I don't remember if I worked with any of the same volunteers. The first movie was a Ken Loach film called Route Irish, which deals with a contractor in Iraq whose friend … Continue reading SIFF: Week Three (June 5-11, 2011)

SIFF: Week Two (May 29-June 4, 2011), Part Two

And here is the long delayed second half of my entry on Week Two. Wednesday, June 1st 10.     Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (China 2010: 122 min)     Neptune Theatre     7 pm This was not a film that I would have seen on my own, but the main organizer … Continue reading SIFF: Week Two (May 29-June 4, 2011), Part Two

SIFF: Opening Night and Weekend, and Week One (May 19-28, 2011)

SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) ended last month, but due to time constraints, I have not been able to post anything about it to my blog until now. Last year, I included in-depth reviews of each film.  Since I saw almost double the number of films this time around, that is not possible. I will, … Continue reading SIFF: Opening Night and Weekend, and Week One (May 19-28, 2011)

The (Almost) Complete Metropolis

All Hail the Restored Footage! How to describe this experience to you, who have not yet experienced it?  How to describe it to those film lovers who have never seen a silent film before, or realize the history behind this one? Maybe I will start with this: I first saw Metropolis when I borrowed a … Continue reading The (Almost) Complete Metropolis