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Film Craft Commentary

Film Craft Commentary is a monthly series devoted to deepening audience appreciation as professional film artists provide live audio commentary about their craft throughout a film of their choice.

Film Scoring with B.C. Campbell

September 23, 2014

USA | 1974 | 180 minutes | Roman Polanski

Composer, songwriter, and producer BC Campbell will share his appreciation with one of the great film scores of all time: Jerry Goldsmith's Chinatown

The Film to Come

October 24

France | 2013 | 83 minutes | René Féret

Louis, 50 years old, wants to be a comedian. When his brother Pierre, a film director, offers him the leading role of a comedy, their families are not quite as keen as the brothers to see the film made.

Finding Fela

October 20, 2014

USA | 2014 | 120 minutes | Alex Gibney

Master documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks) looks at the life, music, and social and political impact of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, who was immortalized in the Brodway hit "Fela!".

First Draft

November 17

110 minutes |

The First Draft screenplay series offers local screenwriters the opportunity to stage readings of their work using professional actors in front of a live audience, followed by feedback from industry insiders and audience members, alike. The script for Monday, November 17 will be A Helluva Thing written by Kristin Kirby.

Fishing Without Nets

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USA | 2014 | 109 Minutes | Cutter Hodierne

Set in 2009, Somali fisherman Abdi (Abdikani Muktar) is attempting to smuggle his family out of the country towards a better life. But along the way he succumbs to the allure of the quick money to be made as a pirate. Winner of the Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival, this empathetic hijacking drama is based on the award-winning short.

Forbidden Planet

November 2

USA | 1956 | 98 minutes | Fred McLeod Wilcox

With stunning and iconic visual design, this classic example of smart 50s sci-fi follows a team of astronauts sent to a investigate a colony on a far-away planet, only to discover that the only survivors are the scientist Dr. Mobius, his spirited daughter Altaira, a robot servant, and invisible alien monsters.

The Frame

October 29

2014 | 127 | Jamin Winans

Sneak Peek Screening with Q&A by Writer/Director Jamin Winans and Producer Kiowa Winans, creators of the sci-fi indie hit Ink. The Frame is a mind bending science fiction mystery — plot details remain mysterious.

French Cinema Now 2014

October 23 - 31, 2014

SIFF and TV5MONDE present French Cinema Now - a celebration spotlighting the state of contemporary Francophone cinema, with extraordinary new films, special guests, and parties.