Apocalypse Now with Charles Sheaffer

Over six hours, film professor Charles Sheaffer will share the stage with audience observations as they work scene-by-scene through Apocalypse Now.

March 3, 2018

Cinema Dissection

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Saturday, March 3, 2018

SIFF Film Center

Cinema Dissection Event 11:00 AM

Special Engagement
$20 | $15 (SIFF Members )| $19 (Seniors and Youth)

SIFF Cinema passes, vouchers, and other discounts not accepted.

Note: Participants are recommended to have seen Apocalypse Now in advance of the session. We will not be screening the film in its entirety before the dissection begins.


Charles Sheaffer teaches film history and narrative film production in the Cornish Film + Media program and has taught film and media studies at the University of Minnesota and the University of Washington, as well. Sheaffer started shooting super-8 movies as a teenager and went on to study film, literature and modern philosophy, paying for his education by parachuting into wildfires as a U.S. Forest Service Smokejumper. His current activities include an analysis of time and identity in the coming-of-age films of Rick Famuyiwa, short-form narrative and documentary filmmaking, feature-length screenwriting, and web-based media production.


Cinema Dissection affords film lovers an exciting opportunity to dig deeper into the films that they love. Inspired by Roger Ebert's annual Cinema Interruptus in Boulder, CO, attendees will participate with a facilitator in a six-hour 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.