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.

The Exorcist with Colleen O'Holleran

October 6, 2018

SIFF Film Center

William Friedkin created quite a stir with a subject that ruffled audiences but also a command of the horror craft that still unnerves audiences today. Join SIFF WTF programmer Colleen O'Holleran for a hive-mind exploration of what makes The Exorcist great.

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Battleship Potemkin with José Alaniz

November 17, 2018

SIFF Film Center

Join facilitator José Alaniz for an audience-fueled exploration of Sergei Eisenstein's staggering masterpiece which revolutionized the language of cinema.

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Amadeus with Chris Wood

January 12, 2019

SIFF Film Center

The late Milos Forman's musical masterpiece is a triumph of visual and aural storytelling. Join film critic Chris Wood for a deeper hive-mind examination of this effervescent and moving classic.

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Groundhog Day with Malory Graham

February 2, 2019

SIFF Film Center

Dig deeper into Bill Murray and Harold Ramis' masterpiece of comedy with facilitator Malory Graham.

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Terminator 2 with Brooks Peck

March 9, 2019

SIFF Film Center

MoPOP Curator Brooks Peck leads this exploration of James Cameron's visionary sci-fi epic with special focus on Linda Hamilton's iconic, tough-as-nails mother and Arnold's soulful machine.

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King Kong with Robert Cumbow

April 13, 2019

SIFF Film Center

The original King Kong was the spectacle of its day and one of the greatest films of all time. Join Robert Cumbow as we travel to Skull Island to find the truths behind the Merrian C. Cooper's visual storytelling.

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