Film4All is a program that offers cinema education, discussions and workshops for the public. Many of the films we screen at SIFF start a conversation, inspire an action or pose a question. These forums and workshops provide a place for cinema audiences to discuss these issues, as well as learn the basic skills to make a film themselves.

Cinema Dissection

Cinema Dissection affords film lovers an exciting opportunity to dig deeper into the films that they love. Over six hours, an expert facilitator will share the stage with audience observations as they work scene-by-scene through a great film.

How Boogie Nights Became The Master: The Cinema of Paul Thomas Anderson

January 19 - February 16, 2017

Over the last two decades, Paul Thomas Anderson has emerged as one of America's great filmmakers. Nearly twenty years ago, Anderson directed Boogie Nights at age 26, cementing a reputation as a young Scorsese of Southern California's San Fernando Valley. Now his oeuvre is one of dysfunctional families, an American past filled with greed and corruption, and some of the most memorable performances of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. This class series looks at the work of the cinematic master known affectionately to his fans as "PTA" - from his early short film work to his recent adaption of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice.

Elvis, Evergreens, and Umbrellas: 50 Years of Seattle on the Big Screen

February 26

180 mins

Back by Popular Demand! From Cinderella Liberty and The Slender Thread to Say Anything, Singles, and Safety Not Guaranteed, Seattle has been featured in countless films. Starting with a look back at Elvis in It Happened at the World's Fair, location scout Dave Drummond takes us on a tour of over 50 years of on-location filming in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

You Can't Trust Anyone: Political Thrillers of the 1970s

February 28

The 1970s was the decade of Watergate, Vietnam, and plummeting trust in our political institutions. In this class, we'll explore how filmmakers interpreted these cultural changes and reinvigorated the genre of "political thrillers." Join instructor Christopher Rufo as he shares clips of the best 1970s political thrillers and leads a class discussion about their plots, themes, and cinematic technique.

The Revolution Will Be Dramatized: The 60s On Film

March 27 - April 17, 2017

During the 60s, Hollywood turned its cameras toward an era of sex, drugs, and rock & roll that was exploding across the country.  In the decades that followed, some of America's most iconic filmmakers would use the radical 60s as a lens to dramatically reflect the revolution of history. This class will look at Hollywood's relationship with the 1960s, starting with how the counterculture was filmed as it happened and then exploring how the era's legacy continues to captivate audiences today. Taught by film historian John Trafton.

Propaganda in Film

March 29 - April 19, 2017

Propaganda in Film explores the contemporary relevance of four films which were designed or had the effect of influencing public opinion for a specific purpose. For over a century, film, as one of the most important forms of mass communication, expresses and reflects a society's way of seeing itself. Using films from Germany, Japan, Russia, and the USA, this course, taught by Dr. Richard J. Meyer, will seek to understand the intentions behind the use of the film medium to influence the beliefs of the populus.

Imitation of Life: The Films of Douglas Sirk

April 6 - 27, 2017

Explore the essence of the genre known variously as "women's films," "weepies," and "melodrama" and discuss how filmmaker Douglas Sirk transformed those labels through sheer, irresistible style, making himself one of the Essential Directors. Our course, in four weekly sessions, will investigate the appeal and allure that have made Sirk's film making loom increasingly larger as generation after generation of film enthusiasts and film makers discover and rediscover his art. 

The Art of the Story: Neo and the Hero's Journey in The Matrix

April 15

The 1999 cult classic The Matrix tapped into a universal theme in the collective psyche: The Hero's Journey-- a timeless story construct still relevant to scriptwriters, filmmakers, and film lovers today. Join media educator Malory Graham for this exploration of Neo's classic character arc in The Matrix and how it still informs screenwriting and filmmaking today.