Magic Mike XXL with Courtney Sheehan

Spend six hours in the company of the Kings of Tampa as Courtney Sheehan peels back the layers of Gregory Jacobs' sexy and spectacular comedy-drama.

November 18, 2017

Soderbergh's Magic Mike proved a surprisingly deft and engaging drama, but Gregory Jacob's follow-up, the aptly titled Magic Mike XXL, blew the roof off the joint. This highly entertaining sequel features uniformly excellent performances (both as actors in the film AND on the stage) but also delights with it's effective cinematography, the pace of the edit, and the episodic build of the narrative. NWFF's Courtney Sheehan leads our exploration of this under-appreciated gem and argues that it may just be the best film of 2015!

Cinema Dissection

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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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 Magic Mike XXL in advance of the session. We will not be screening the film in its entirety before the dissection begins.


Courtney Sheehan is the executive director for Northwest Film Forum, the nonprofit theater and independent film center in Capitol Hill. Courtney has curated film programs and produced events for theaters and festivals on three continents. As a journalist, Courtney has covered film events ranging from the world's largest documentary festival (IDFA in Amsterdam) to South America's largest animation festival (Anima Mundi in Rio de Janeiro). She also co-founded Cine Migratorio, a migration-themed film festival in Santander, Spain, and the Seventh Art Stand, a national series of films from the countries and people affected by the travel bans.


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.