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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.

The Lives of Others

October 21, 2014

Germany | 2006 | Film: 137 min | Discussion: 30 min | Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's Oscar-winning first film features an impeccable thriller woven throughout the surveillance of an artistic couple. Art and media scholar Johanna Gosse will be on hand for a post-screening discussion which will focus on the film's representation of surveillance, today's surveillance culture, and is there any way that society can avoid the seemingly inevitable surveillance state. 

Monsieur Lazhar

November 18

Canada (Québec) | 2011 | Film: 94 minutes | Discussion: 30 minutes | Philippe Falardeau

An Algerian immigrant takes over a Canadian classroom and experiences the power and challenges of educating in today's society. While struggling with his own immigration issues, he fights to educate the students in a manner that challenges the status quo. Following the screening will be a discussion of the variety of challenges facing teachers in our modern classroom, exploring any ways that public and parents can be more aware and involved in the educational system.

Moolaadé

November 11

Senegal | 2004 | Film: 124 minutes | Discussion: 30 minutes | Ousmane Sembene

Ousmane Sembene's masterpiece drove home exceptional artistic commentary on the practice of ritual female genital cutting. Setting the world of tradition against modernity, the stakes for both sides are emotionally conveyed all the way to its final striking image. Professor Kristy Leissle will be leading our post-screening discussion in an exploration of not just the tradition of the film, but the plight of women in the African continent today.

Sound Design with Dave Howe

October 22, 2014

USA | 180 |

You will be amazed at how much goes into a film sound mix. Bad Animals' Dave Howe breaks down the sound design for a variety of projects across the local Seattle and Hollywood spectrum in the October Film Craft Commentary session.

SuperFly

In Longhouse Media's SuperFly Filmmaking Experience workshop, presented by SIFF Education, filmmakers and actors aged 13 to 19 showcase their skills, collaborate with other artists, and premiere original work at Seattle International Film Festival.

Teaching Students Film Criticism (for Parents and Teachers)

November 8

Tony Kay, film critic for City Arts and The Sunbreak, is preparing an outstanding introduction to film literacy, fine-tuned for parents and teachers.

The Terrorist

November 25

India | 1998 | Film: 95 minutes | Discussion: 30 minutes | Santosh Sivan

Malli is a member of the resistance and volunteers to become a human bomb to assassinate a governmental leader. As the day grows closer she is forced to question the nature of the world and her own valuable place in it. Following this film will be a discussion with Professor Daniel Chirot about the modern face of terrorism.

Touch of Evil with Sean Axmaker

November 15

USA | 1958 | 360 minutes | Orson Welles

Well known for it's extraordinary opening, Touch of Evil is much more than just that initial tracking shot. It's rich cinematography, bold stylistic choices, and gritty story all coalesce to imagine a dark and atmospheric world of crime and corruption. Seattle film critic Sean Axmaker will facilitate this audience exploration with a six-hour dive into the pioneering mind of Orson Welles and his border town masterpiece.

Walkabout

October 28, 2014

Australia | Film: 100 minutes | Discussion: 30 minutes | Nicolas Roeg

Walkabout is a haunting, dreamlike evocation of the Australian outback, in which two young children learn to rely on a young aborigine who helps them survive in the wilderness.  After the screening we will be discussing the psychology of travel. It is used in many cultures as a rite of passage but traveling has extraordinary benefits at any time. Michael Brein (The Travel Psychologist) will be in attendance to explore what we really gain from travel.

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