Cinema Dissection

Dig deeper into the films you love.

Inspired by Roger Ebert's annual Cinema Interruptus in Boulder, CO, attendees will participate in a scene-by-scene, and sometimes shot-by-shot, deconstruction of the featured film. While the facilitator will certainly share their thoughts, anyone in the audience may call out 'Stop' and either ask a question of the group or make an observation around a certain shot or moment in the film.

Each Cinema Dissection program is expected be six hours in length with two 15-minute intermissions. The film will not be screened in its entirety so participants are encouraged to view the featured film in advance of the program. Participants will be jumping straight in to the analysis from the beginning of the session.If you have additional questions about this program, please email us.

Cinema Dissection: Goodfellas with John Trafton

September 14, 2019

SIFF Film Center

Goodfellas is a perfectly calibrated gangster flick that only Scorsese at the height of his craft could create. Join the hive-mind analysis to uncover the depth of intention behind every masterstroke.

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Cinema Dissection: The Omen with Dan Doody

October 19, 2019

SIFF Film Center

Richard Donner's portrait of the demon child will be the subject of our cinematic evisceration this October, led by SIFF's horror aficionado Dan Doody.

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Cinema Dissection: The Night of the Hunter with Nick Bruno

November 9, 2019

SIFF Film Center

An expressionistic masterpiece, Charles Loughton's only feature film is well deserving for every chilling moment and angled perspective to be examined by the audience hive mind.

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Cinema Dissection: The Babadook with Amie Simon

January 18, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Jennifer Kent's exploration of grief through a childhood monster is perfectly pitched for maximum emotional depth and primal horror. Join film scholar Amie Simon to uncover what makes The Babadook tick.

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Cinema Dissection: His Girl Friday with Sara Michelle Fetters

February 22, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Keeping up with Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant is just part of the fun. Hawks' screwball comedy is a masterclass of craft that will be a delight to unveil with the guidance of film journalist Sara Michelle Fetters.

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Cinema Dissection: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Vivian Hua

March 7, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Michel Gondry's surprisingly balanced Romantic-SciFi-Comedy-Drama affords a wonderful opportunity to uncover its cinematic secrets with NWFF's Vivian Hua as our fearless leader.

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Cinema Dissection: The New World with Jeff Crouse

April 18, 2020

SIFF Film Center

The lush visual and aural landscape of Malick's investigation into the first interaction of European Settlers and Indigenous Americans is a perfect opportunity to find deeper understanding in the methods of his collage-like structure.

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