Classes

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 classes and workshops provide a place for cinema audiences to discuss the history and culturally relevant contemporary issues across the art of film. Classes run the range from single-session conversations to multi-session series. 

Kurosawa

September 12 - October 10, 2019

SIFF Film Center

Epic. Inspirational. Majestic. Emotional. Sensuous. Force of nature. This five-week course explores the seasons of Akira Kurosawa's filmography.

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Cinema DNA: Get Out and the Black Perspective

September 22, 2019

SIFF Film Center

Jordan Peele's Get Out explores familiar horror tropes while presenting the genre through a rarely seen point of view, that of a black American. Join us as we discuss the films that inspired Get Out and how they take form through this new lens.

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Scream Queens Vs. Final Girls

September 29, 2019

SIFF Film Center

Amie Simon explores the origins of Scream Queens and Final Girls. Where do their roles functionally overlap and are they even necessary to progress women's roles in the horror genre?

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Cinema DNA: La La Land and the Color Line

October 12, 2019

SIFF Film Center

Damian Chazelle's La La Land celebrates the Classic Hollywood Musical, and at the same time plays into its tropes. Join Randa Tawil as we discuss the legacies of the female starlets, white male artists, and the erasure of black performance in La La Land and beyond.

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Great Screenplays, Great Films?

October 16 - 30, 2019

SIFF Film Center

From bad acting to questionable production, the best screenplay can become a sad mess on film. In this three session course, screenwriter Nicole Pouchet examines the good, the bad, and the god-awful.

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Belted. Buckled. Booted. Badass: Tura Satana on Screen

November 2, 2019

SIFF Film Center

Join feminist pop culture historian, Jen Stuller, for a What The Femme! event celebrating the glorious bad girl goodness of the legendary Ms. Satana.

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Suspenseful Symbiosis: Hitchcock in Pairs

November 7 - 21, 2019

SIFF Film Center

Three double helpings of Hitchcock provide a look at the Master's evolving style and vision and his risk-taking innovativeness. Taught by Robert C. Cumbow.

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Radical Films: 15 Movies That Shook the World

January 9 - February 6, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Dive into socially relevant filmmaking from the past 100 years with a survey of 15 largely underseen and underappreciated films.

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