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The Big Lebowski with Jim Emerson

September 20, 2014

USA | 1998 | 360 minutes | Joel Coen

The Big Lebowski goes under the analytical knife with a six-hour audience-fueled examination of what makes this film extraordinary. Join guest facilitator and film critic Jim Emerson as we work together scene-by-scene and often shot-by-shot through the symbolism, homage, and genius of the Coen Brothers cult masterpiece.

Crash Cinema Film Challenge

Crash Cinema is a bi-monthly filmmaking challenge. Can you create a compelling, cohesive film in just eight hours? Find out at SIFF's Crash Cinema.

Crash Kids

Crash Kids is a non-competitive movie production challenge that takes participants from movie concept to movie screening over the course of a day.

Crowdfunding to Build Independence

October 6

Emily Best (Seed & Spark) returns to the SIFF Film Center for an illuminating FREE workshop around the evolving world of crowd-sourced funding.

Film Scoring with B.C. Campbell

September 23

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

First Draft

September 22

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. We kick off the 2014/2015 season on September 22 with the first three episodes of a new series by George Wing (50 First Dates).

Levitated Mass

September 26 - 28, 2014

USA | 2013 | 88 Minutes | Doug Pray

Director Doug Pray (Hype!, Art & Copy) presents the fascinating story behind "Levitated Mass", a massive engineering project from artist Michael Heizer that encourages patrons of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to walk directly underneath a hovering granite megalith.

Life Itself

September 8, 2014

USA | 2014 | 120 Minutes | Steve James

Documentary master Steve James recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert. From his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America, Ebert's story is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent.

Man with a Movie Camera with DJ James Whetzel

October 22

Russia | 1929 | 68 Minutes | Dziga Vertov

Live, original score performed by James Whetzel – Oct 22

After performing at SIFF Cinema in March of this year, musician James Whetzel headed to Kickstarter and successfully raised the funds for a recorded version of his unique and inspiring original soundtrack for one of the most innovative and influential films of the silent era, Dziga Vertov's 1929 masterpiece The Man With a Movie Camera. He returns for this special encore presentation. 

My Neighbor Totoro

October 4 - 5, 2014

Japan | 1988 | 86 Minutes | Hayao Miyazaki

One of the most endearing and internationally renowned children films of all time, Hayao Miyazaki’s animated tale follows two girls who discover that the nearby forest is home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children. English language version.

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