SIFFing: Parallax View’s SIFF 2017 Guide

The 43rd Annual Seattle International Film Festival opens on Thursday, May 18, with the opening night gala presentation of The Big Sick, from director Michael Showalter and writer/star Kumail Nanjiani, and closes 24 days later on Sunday, June 11 with the North American premiere of Raoul Peck’s The Young Karl Marx. In between there are (at last count) 161 feature films, 58 documentary features, 14 archival films, and 163 short films. All told: 400 films representing 80 countries (as of opening night).

Here is Parallax View’s coverage and guide to SIFF resources from around the web. We will update a few times a week.

SIFF Week by Week, Day by Day:

SIFF 2017: It’s a wrap! (Parallax View) NEW
The 13 Best Movies to See at SIFF This Weekend: June 9-11, 2017 (staff, The Stranger) NEW
Highlights of the film festival’s final weekend (staff, Seattle Times) NEW
Closing Weekend Picks (staff, The SunBreak) NEW
Homestretch Roundtable (The SunBreak) NEW
SIFF 2017: Week Four Preview (Sean Gilman, Seattle Screen Scene) NEW
Highlights of the film festival’s third week (staff, Seattle Times)
Picks for Week 3 (June 5 – June 8) (staff, The SunBreak)
SIFF 2017: week three highlights (Michael Bracy, Three Imaginary Girls)
Centerpiece Roundtable (The SunBreak)
Picks for Week Two (May 30 – June 1) (staff, The SunBreak) 
The Frances Farmer Show #12: SIFF 2017 Part One (podcast) (staff, Seattle Screen Scene)
Week Two Preview (Sean Gilman, Seattle Screen Scene)
The 28 Best Movies To See At SIFF Over Memorial Day Weekend (staff, The Stranger)
SIFF 2017: Highlights of the film festival’s second week (staff, Seattle Times)
SIFF 2017: Picks for Memorial Day Weekend (staff, The SunBreak) 
SIFF 2017: week two highlights (Michael Bracy, Three Imaginary Girls)
Festival Roundtable (Opening Week) (The SunBreak)
Roll out the red carpet: Seattle International Film Fest opens Thursday (Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times)
SIFF 2017: Highlights of film festival’s first week (John Hartl, Moira Macdonald, Brent McKnight, Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times)
Sifting through SIFF (Robert Horton, Seattle Weekly)
A Bookish Movie Buff’s Guide to SIFF (Paul Constant, Seattle Weekly)
SIFF 2017: Picks for Opening Weekend (May 19-21) (staff, The SunBreak)
SIFF 2017: Week One Highlights (Michael Bracy, Three Imaginary Girls)
SIFF 2017: Week One Preview (Sean Gilman, Seattle Screen Scene)

Reviews and capsules:

Mr. Long (Sean Gilman, Seattle Screen Scene) NEW
‘Dirtbag’ Is Peak Documentary Filmmaking (Tony Kay, CityArts) NEW
The Dumb Girl of Portici (Evan Morgan, Seattle Screen Scene) 
Zip & Zap and the Captain’s Island (Roxie Rider, Three Imaginary Girls) 
Face the Music: Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall (Janice Headley, KEXP) 
Face the Music: On The Road (Matthew Howland, KEXP) 
Without Name (Amie Simon, Three Imaginary Girls) 
Vampire Cleanup Department (Sean Gilman, Seattle Screen Scene) 
Face the Music: Bill Frisell, A Portrait (Janice Headley, KEXP)
Afterimage (Roxie Ryder, Three Imaginary Girls) 
Time Trap (Amie Simon, Three Imaginary Girls) 
Finding Kukain (Melisa Tamminga, Seattle Screen Scene)
Beach Rats (Evan Moran, Seattle Screen Scene)
Sami Blood (Melissa Tamminga, Seattle Screen Scene)
Chronicles of Hari (JH, Seattle Screen Scene)
A Homecoming for Those Redheads from Seattle (Tony Kay, CityArts)
SIFF’s Culinary Cinema Series Presents Food on Film (Naomi Tomky, The Stranger)
Substance, Not Flash from ‘Bill Frisell, A Portrait’ (Tony Kay, City Arts)
Knife in the Clear Water (Evan Morgan, Seattle Screen Scene)
SIFF Face the Music 2017 Preview: Give Me Future (Gabe Pollak, KEXP)
SIFF Face the Music 2017 Preview: Chavela (Matthew Howland, KEXP)
SIFF 2017: Confrontation, desperation, disorientation, and fish bubble guns (Andrew Hamlin, Northwest Asian Weekly)
The 28 Films You Must See at SIFF 2017 (staff, The Stranger)
Cook Up a Storm (Sean Gilman, Seattle Screen Scene)
The Stranger’s SIFF Notes (staff, the Stranger)

Spotlight Features and Commentary:

Behind the Scenes of The Big Sick (KCTS, video) NEW
SIFF Interview: Anjelica Huston, Theresa Rebeck & Jim Parrack (Amie Simon, Three Imaginary Girls) NEW
SIFF Interview: Director Jairus McLeary Honors Humanity in ‘The Work’ (Odawni AJ Palmer, The SunBreak) NEW
Does Wallflower, a Movie About the Capitol Hill Massacre, Focus Too Much on the Killer? (Julia Raban, The Stranger) NEW
SJ Chiro Captures Another Side of Hippiedom in Lane 1974 (Julia Raban, The Stranger) 
SIFF Interview: ‘Lane 1974’ Director SJ Chiro (Chris Burlington, The SunBreak)
SIFF Interview: creators of the sci-fi adventure TIME TRAP (Chris Burlington, The SunBreak)
SIFF documentary paints portrait of Bainbridge Island guitarist Bill Frisell (Katie Anastas, Seattle Times)
Ask a Rocketman (Tony Kay, City Arts)
SIFF Interview: Creators of Rocketmen: The Series (Chris Burlingame, The SunBreak)
SIFF Interview: Jeffrey Schwarz talks about his great new documentary, ‘The Fabulous Allan Carr’ (Chris Burlingame, The SunBreak)
With Trump as President, Seattle International Film Festival Is More Important Than Ever (Irina VanPatten, The Stranger)

Previews:

SIFF Face the Music 2017 Preview: On the Road (Matthew Howland, KEXP) NEW
SIFF Face the Music 2017 Preview: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World (Janice Headley, KEXP) NEW
SIFF Face the Music 2017 Preview: On the Road (Matthew Howland, KEXP) 
SIFF Face the Music 2017 Preview: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World (Janice Headley, KEXP)
SIFF 2017: From ‘The Big Sick’ to ‘The Young Karl Marx’ (Sean Axmaker, Parallax View)
2017 SIFF Preview (Ryan Swen, Seattle Screen Scene)
Tom Tangney’s top 10 picks for SIFF 2017 (Tom Tangney, My Northwest)
SIFF 2017 Preview: Northwest Connections (Amie Simon, Three Imaginary Girls)
SIFF 2017 Preview: Face the Music (Amie Simon, Three Imaginary Girls)
SIFF 2017: Face the Music (KEPX)
SIFF Programmer’s Picks (SIFF)

How to SIFF:

How to navigate SIFF 2017 (Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times)
The SunBreak’s SIFF 2017 Pro Tips (Tony Kay, The SunBreak)

Official sites:

SIFF 2017 homepage
SIFF calendar
SIFF Films A to Z
SIFF 2017 Box Office
SIFFtv (video shorts and interviews from the festival)
Updates and schedule changes

And other resources:

Three Imaginary Girls
Seattle Screen Scene
The Sunbreak
KEXP

A few blogs at SIFF

Should I See It?
Den of Cinema
The Last Thing I See
A Classic Movie Blog


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