Archive for category: Film Festivals

SIFFtings 2015: Archival Presentations

2 June, 2015 (14:19) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals, Silent Cinema | By: Sean Axmaker

SIFF more than doubled its archival programming this year, bring a record 19 archival films and programs to the festival this year. The backbone of the archivals this year is a program celebrating the 25th anniversary of Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation. Eight films restored by The Film Foundation play SIFF, and another four will screen […]

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SFSFF 2015: Serge Bromberg to the Rescue

30 May, 2015 (05:02) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals, Interviews, Silent Cinema | By: Sean Axmaker

Serge Bromberg started collecting films as kid. “I have been a film buff since the age of eight or nine. I used to buy films from Blackhawk and Castle and all those companies in America and in France when I was a teenager and watch those films and show those films to my friends. They […]

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SIFFtings 2015 – Week Three

28 May, 2015 (05:34) | by Kathleen Murphy, by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals | By: Kathleen Murphy

A few short takes on SIFF offerings for the third weekend of the biggest, longest film festival in the United States. PHOENIX (Christian Petzold, Germany, 2014; 98 minutes) Fresh from Auschwitz and extreme facial reconstruction, Nelly returns to the noirish backstreets and bars of bombed-out Berlin, looking for what’s left of herself—and the husband whose […]

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SIFFing: Parallax View’s SIFF 2015 Guide

14 May, 2015 (00:33) | capsules, Film Festivals, Links | By: Editor

The 41st Annual Seattle International Film Festival opens on Thursday, May 14, with the opening night gala presentation of Spy, and completes its 25-day run on Sunday, June 7 with The Overnight. In between there are (at last count) 193 feature films, 70 documentary features, 19 archival films, and 164 short films: all told, 450 […]

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SIFFtings 2015 – Opening Weekend

13 May, 2015 (13:07) | by Kathleen Murphy, by Richard T. Jameson, by Sean Axmaker, capsules, Film Festivals | By: Kathleen Murphy

A few short takes on SIFF offerings on the debut weekend of the biggest, longest film festival in the United States. SPY (Paul Feig, USA, 2015; 120 minutes) Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) parlays Melissa McCarthy’s sly likeability and pratfalling genius into a dumb, feel-good spoof of the secret agent genre. When the jolly fat lady—an […]

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Robert Horton’s SIFF 2015 Preview

13 May, 2015 (08:32) | by Robert Horton, Film Festivals | By: Robert Horton

Fatih Akin (Head-On, Soul Kitchen) is on the short list of the most intriguing 21st-century directors, and his latest effort, The Cut, travels into the realm of historical epic—namely the slaughter of Armenians by Turks during World War I. A Prophet star Tahir Rahim plays a survivor searching for family members. Adding intrigue is that […]

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Odysseys: VIFF 2014

8 October, 2014 (08:00) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals | By: Sean Axmaker

After the official fall film launch of the Venice/Telluride/Toronto triumvirate, the first significant American fest is the New York Film Festival. But due to the quirks of international film festival branding, another event that plays out during roughly the same period offers many of the films showcased in New York as well as a great […]

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Out of Season: The 19th International San Francisco Film Festival – Take 2

2 September, 2014 (06:14) | by Richard T. Jameson, Film Festivals | By: Richard T. Jameson

[Originally published in Movietone News 46, December 1975] Mine has been a sheltered existence: I never attended a film festival before. And as a matter of fact I attended only four days of this one. But four more disillusioning and dispiriting days I don’t expect, or want, to experience for quite a while, thank you. […]

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Out of Season: The 19th International San Francisco Film Festival – Take 1

1 September, 2014 (15:13) | by Peter Hogue, Film Festivals | By: Peter Hogue

[Originally published in Movietone News 46, December 1975] Beforehand, the 19th San Francisco Film Festival looked less than scintillating. The parts of it that I was able to see were, by most accounts, the best parts, and if that’s so, then the first impression was not entirely wrong. The 1975 edition of the festival wasn’t […]

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Blu-ray: ‘Performance’

22 July, 2014 (08:37) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals | By: Sean Axmaker

To many fans, Performance (1970) is legendary as the dramatic feature film debut of Mick Jagger. Though released in 1970, the film–about a short-fused punk of a London gangster named Chas (James Fox) who hides out from the cops and the crooks alike in the basement flat of a reclusive rock stars’ (Jagger) dilapidated mansion–was […]

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SIFF 2014 Winners and Returning Films

9 June, 2014 (08:35) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals | By: Sean Axmaker

The winners of the audience and jury awards for the Seattle International Film Festival’s fortieth edition were announced Sunday, June 8 at a breakfast ceremony at the Seattle Space Needle. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood dominated the audience awards, taking home Golden Space Needle Awards for Best Actress Patricia Arquette, Best Director Linklater, and Best Film. Dawid […]

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SIFFing: Parallax View’s SIFF 2014 Guide

9 June, 2014 (08:24) | Editor, Film Festivals, Links | By: Editor

The 40th Annual Seattle International Film Festival opens on Thursday, May 15, with a screening of John Ridley’s Jimi: All is By My Side, and complete its 25-day run on Sunday, June 8 with The One I Love as the Closing Night Film. Here is Parallax View’s coverage and guide to SIFF resources for all 25 […]

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Seattle International Film Festival at Forty

7 June, 2014 (17:30) | by Sean Axmaker, Essays, Film Festivals | By: Sean Axmaker

It’s #SIFForty! The 2014 Seattle International Film Festival is the 40th edition, at least by the numerical count (SIFF jumped from the “Twelfth Annual” in 1987 to the “Fourteenth Annual” in 1988, skipping Lucky Thirteen just like a high rise, but when you survive this long, who really sweats the details?). It holds the claim to the biggest […]

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SIFF 2014: Robert Horton’s Festival Preview

14 May, 2014 (14:53) | by Robert Horton, Film Festivals | By: Robert Horton

Should you utter the title The Babadook out loud, you may be in danger of summoning an Australian bogeyman from its hiding place—and woe betide those who doubt its existence. Film Comment calls this first-time effort from director Jennifer Kent “the real deal” in horror, so expect to lose some sleep. (Egyptian: 11:55 p.m. Fri., […]

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SIFF 2014: Taylor Guterson’s ‘Burkholder’

14 May, 2014 (08:53) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

“My films are a little weird,” says Taylor Guterson. It’s a weird statement to make about his two easygoing features. His debut Old Goats (SIFF ’11) and his new Burkholder both concern a group of of elderly, sometimes cantankerous codgers facing their retirement years on Bainbridge Island, where the director grew up. The films gently […]

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