SIFFing: Parallax View’s SIFF 2018 Guide

[Updated June 7, 2018]

The 44th Annual Seattle International Film Festival opens on Thursday, May 17, with the opening night gala presentation of Goya-winning feature The Bookshop with Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, and Bill Nighy from Spanish filmmaker Isabel Coixet, and closes 24 days later on Sunday, June 10 with Portland-based filmmaker Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot. In between there are (at last count) 168 feature films, 66 documentary features, 10 archival films, and 164 short films among the multimedia presentations. All told: 433 films representing 90 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 2018: The best of the fest’s final weekend (staff, Seattle Times) NEW
SIFF 2018 Picks: Final Week (Keiko DeLuca, Seth Sommerfeld, and Gavin Borchert, Seattle Weekly) NEW
The 29 Best Movies To See at SIFF This Week: June 4-10 (Staff, The Stranger) NEW
SIFF 2018: week three highlights (Michael Bracy, Three Imaginary Girls) NEW
SIFF 2018: Picks for Week Three (staff, The Sunbreak) NEW

SIFF 2018 Picks: Week 2 (Robert Horton, Gavin Borchert, Keiko DeLuca, Seth Sommerfeld, Seattle Weekly)
SIFF 2018: The best of the fest’s third week (staff, Seattle Times)
The 37 Best Movies To See At SIFF This Week: May 29-June 3, 2018 (Staff, The Stranger)
13 things to do in Seattle (Michael Upchurch, Crosscut)
SIFF 2018: week two highlights (Michael Bracy, Three Imaginary Girls)
SIFF 2018 Preview: Week Three and Beyond (Sean Gilman, Seattle Screen Scene)
SIFF 2018: Picks for Week Two (staff, The Sunbreak)
SIFF Diary – Week 1 (Sean Axmaker, Parallax View)
SIFF 2018: The best of the fest’s second week (staff, Seattle Times)
SIFF 2018 Picks: Week 1 (Seth Sommerfeld, Robert Horton, and Gavin Borchert, Seattle Weekly)
The 38 Best Movies To See At SIFF This Week: May 21-27, 2018 (Staff, The Stranger)
12 things to do in Seattle (Michael Upchurch, Crosscut)
SIFF 2018: week two highlights (Michael Bracy, Three Imaginary Girls)
SIFF 2018 Preview: Week Two (Sean Gilman, Seattle Screen Scene)
What’s showing at SIFF (Andrew Hamlin, Northwest Asian Weekly)
SIFF 2018: The best of the fest’s first week (staff, Seattle Times)
SIFF 2018 Picks: Opening Weekend (Seth Sommerfeld and Robert Horton, Seattle Weekly)
The 22 Best Movies To See At SIFF This Weekend: May 18-20 (staff, The Stranger)
SIFF 2018 Preview: Week One (Sean Gilman, Seattle Screen Scene)
9 things to do in Seattle (Michael Upchurch, Crosscut)

Reviews and capsules:

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Is a Tear-Stained Trolley Ride Back to Your Childhood (Sean Nelson, The Stranger) NEW
Immersive Detail in Detective Noir ‘Automata’ (Tony Kaye, City Arts) NEW
SIFF Review: The Long Dumb Road (Roxie Ryder, Three Imaginary Girls) NEW
The Changeling (1981 review, Robert Horton, Movietone News) NEW
Ethan Hawke’s ‘First Reformed’ demands to be taken seriously (Tom Tangney, MyNorthwest) NEW
SIFF Review: Nico, 1988 (Roxie Ryder, Three Imaginary Girls)
SIFF Face the Music 2018 Review: Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (Matthew Howland, KEXP)
SIFF Face the Music 2018 Preview: Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (Janice Headley, KEXP)
SIFF Face the Music 2018 Preview: Rubén Blades Is Not My Name (Matthew Howland, KEXP)
SIFF Face the Music 2018 Preview: Nico, 1988 (Matthew Howland, KEXP)
SIFF 2018: Dead Pigs (Sean Gilman, Seattle Screen Scene)
SIFF 2018: The Bold, The Corrupt, and the Beautiful (Sean Gilman, Seattle Screen Scene)
SIFF 2018: Le Redoutable [Godard Mon Amour] (Ryan Swen, Seattle Screen Scene)
SIFF 2018: Some Short Reviews, part one (Chris Burlingame, The Sunbreak) 
SIFF Review: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Amie Simon, Three Imaginary Girls)
SIFF 2018: ‘Prospect’ Is a Welcome Sci-Fi Anomaly (Tony Kaye, City Arts)
SIFF Face the Music 2018 Review: Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records (Janice Headley, KEXP)
SIFF Face the Music 2018 Preview: Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. (Matthew Howland, KEXP)
SIFF Face the Music 2018 Review: Making the Grade (Janice Headley, KEXP)
SIFF 2018: Afghan Cycles (Tony Kaye, CityArts)
Movie Review: The Bookshop (Eric Lundegaard)
SIFF Review: Revenge (Amie Simon, Three Imaginary Girls)
The Stranger’s SIFF Notes (staff, The Stranger)

Spotlight Features and Commentary:

Robert F. Kennedy and Jim Whittaker’s lofty friendship recounted in SIFF film (Ron Judd, Seattle Times)  NEW
In Sadie, Seattle Director Megan Griffiths Offers a Thoughtful Portrait of a Budding Sociopath (Gillian Anderson, The Stranger) NEW
SIFF 2018: Mid-Festival Roundtable (Tony Kaye, Chris Burlingame, Josh Bis, The Sunbreak) NEW
Imaginary SIFF Interview: 5 Questions with Boots Riley (Amie Simon, Three Imaginary Girls)  NEW
At SIFF: A conversation with ‘Noble Earth’ director Ursula Grisham (Chris Burlingame, The Sunbreak)  NEW
When Bobby Kennedy and Jim Whittaker climbed a mountain (Michael Upchurch, Crosscut)  NEW
Interview with Julia Nash, Director of Industrial Accident and Owner of Wax Trax! Records (Matthew Howland, KEXP)
A Talk with the Directors of Prospect, a Groundbreaking Sci-Fi Movie That Was Filmed in Seattle (Jake Utti, The Stranger)
SIFF 2018: Writer/director Megan Griffiths on ‘Sadie’ (Tony Kaye, CityArts)
SIFF 2018: Vlada Knowlton on ‘The Most Dangerous Year’ (Tony Kaye, CityArts)
SIFF film ‘Always’ captures director’s journey after losing a child (Bill Radke, audio, KUOW)
‘Freaks and Geeks’ documentary director shares the thing he wishes made the movie (Zosha Millman, Seattle PI)
SIFF 2018 PREVIEW: An interview with Sebastián Lelio (Sara Michelle Fetter, Seattle Gay News)
SIFF 2018: 433 films, 24 days, nine main venues. And one corkboard to rule them all. (Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times)
Women Filmmakers Make Big Moves at Seattle International Film Festival (Mark Baumgarten and Sara Bernard, Seattle Weekly)
How Beth Barrett moved from cake baker to film festival maker (Michael Upchurch, Crosscut)

Previews:

Recommended SIFF: An Afternoon with Melanie Lynskey (Amie Simon, Three Imaginary Girls)
SIFF 2018 Guide (Robert Horton, Gavin Borchert, and Seth Sommerfeld, Seattle Weekly)
The 32 Films You Must See at the Seattle International Film Festival 2018 (staff, The Stranger)
Movie marathon: The 12 films you need to see at SIFF (Robert Horton, Everett Herald)
Tom Tangney’s top 10 best bets for SIFF 2018 (Tom Tangney, MyNorthwest)
SIFF 2018: Preview & Pro-Tips Roundtable (staff, The Sunbreak)
SIFF 2018 Preview: Face the Music (Amie Simon, Three Imaginary Girls)
SIFF 2018 Preview: Northwest Connections (Amie Simon, Three Imaginary Girls)
SIFF 2018: Stop me before I screen again! (Sean Axmaker, Parallax View)
SIFF archival films emphasize artists’ mature works (John Hartl, Seattle Times)
SIFF 2018 is all about crossing borders (Zosha Millman, Seattle PI)
Face the Music (staff, KEXP)
SIFF programmer picks

How to SIFF:

How to do SIFF 2018 (Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times)

Official sites:

SIFF 2018 homepage
SIFF 2018 resources
SIFF calendar
SIFF Films A to Z
SIFF 2018 Box Office
SIFFtv (video shorts and interviews from the festival)
SIFFcast (podcasts on Soundcloud)
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
Escape Into Film

 


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