SIFF 2015 – Day 4

SIFF BannerThe 41st Seattle International Film Festival is here! With 450 feature-length films at the ready, the festival is bigger and more prolific than ever before. Parties, galas, interviews, red carpet events, and big adventures await.

The festival runs from May 14 through June 7 and for all the details, visit the home of the Seattle International Film Festival,

DAY FOUR – MAY 17, 2015


  • Unfortunately, an early morning check of the schedule shows that today’s afternoon screening of Me and Earl is already “On Standby”, but the Sundance-award winning film is drawing huge praise in detailing the story of two high school friends who befriend a fellow classmate with a terminal illness. Keep this film on your radar, it could be a big breakout hit this summer.


  • Georgian film Corn Island just missed scoring an Oscar nomination for 2014’s Best Foreign Language Film, ending up in the final 9 film shortlist in the days before the final nominations were announced. The film, which I hope to be seeing very soon, details a corn farmer and his teenage daughter who try and sow their crops on a makeshift island that forms each spring in the Inguri River. 


  • Alex Gibney just continues to churn out impressive documentaries. Easily the most prolific filmmaker we have working right now, he follows up his two-part Frank Sinatra documentary and the Scientology expose, Going Clear…, with Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine. If you missed this on Friday, May 15, see it today. Otherwise, you have to wait until September 4, 2015 when Magnolia Pictures has it debuting in theaters and VOD across the country,


  • Magnolia Pictures also concludes Best Of Enemies today at Pacific Place. With ABC News last in the ratings, they hire conservative William F. Buckley and liberal Gore Vidal to engage in live television debates in anticipation of the upcoming presidential election between Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, and independent George Wallace. Co-directed by Oscar-winner Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom) and Robert Gordon, this is a film some have earmarked as a possible contender for Best Documentary Feature at next year’s Oscars.

Nick Tiffany saw SIFF favorite Love & Mercy at South By Southwest and gives the film an overwhelmingly positive review.

Seattle Times film writer Moira Macdonald looks at the 18 restored films which will be populating SIFF 2015. 

Sean Axmaker’s Parallax View offers a definitive guide to the happenings of the festival.

  • Check out Sean’s guide featuring coverage from The Seattle Times, the Everett Herald, the Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, and more!

Seattle film critics Three Imaginary Girls offer Week One Highlights!

Listen to CinemaSquabble – Episode #10!

  • Seattle film critics Adam Gehrke, Sara Michelle Fetters, and Brian Zitzelman talk the week’s new movies and kick off their SIFF coverage with an interview with former Seattle film writer John Portanova, whose debut film Valley of the Sasquatch premieres during the festival on May 24.

Sara Michelle Fetters sat down with an interview with legendary actor Tab Hunter in advance of the premiere of documentary Tab Hunter: Confidential

Seattle newspaper The Stranger also offers Week One Recommendations…


SIFF Cinema Uptown Theatre #1:

The New Girlfriend (11:30 AM)
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2:30 PM)
I’ll See You In My Dreams (5:30 PM)
The Sacred Arrow (8:30 PM)

SIFF Cinema Uptown Theatre #2:

Maya The Bee Movie (11:00 AM)
Gazelles (2:00 PM)
Romeo Is Bleeding (5:00 PM)
Red Rose (8:00 PM)

SIFF Cinema Uptown Theatre #3:

Corn Island (12:00 PM)
Those People (3:00 PM)
Behavior (6:00 PM)
Gueros (9:00 PM)

The Egyptian:

The Connection (1:30 PM)
Slow West (4:30 PM)
Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine (7:00 PM)
Strangerland (9:45 PM)

Pacific Place:

Tea Time (11:00 AM)
Best Of Enemies (1:30 PM)
For Grace (3:45 PM)
Frame By Frame (6:30 PM)
Murder In Pacot (9:00 PM)

Harvard Exit:

Free Fall (11:00 AM)
Snow On The Blades (1:30 PM)
Manson Family Vacation (4:30 PM)
Accused (7:00 PM)
1001 Grams (9:30 PM)

Lincoln Square in Bellevue:

Pilchuck, A Dance Of Fire (1:00 PM)
The Apu Trilogy #1: Song Of The Little Road (3:00 PM)
Villa Touma (6:00 PM)
Cherry Tobacco (8:30 PM)

SIFF Film Center Theater @ Seattle Center:

natural history (4:30 PM)
Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 (7:00 PM)


To learn more about SIFF and the Seattle International Film Festival, click here!

To see the alphabetical listing of all 450 films playing this year’s festival, click here!

For ticket information, click here!

For a calendar of all events happening at SIFF 2015, click here!


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