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 film appreciation classes provide a forum 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. 

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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Cinema DNA: In the Footsteps of Kurosawa

February 8, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Spend the afternoon exploring the films, filmmakers, film narratives, and film movements that drew their inspiration from Kurosawa's extraordinary filmography.

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Confronting Whiteness in Hollywood: The Color Line

February 13, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Examine the depiction of racism and the color line in film, and what that teaches us about whiteness.

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Elvis, Evergreens, and Umbrellas: 50 Years of Seattle on the Big Screen

February 15, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Location scout Dave Drummond takes us on a tour of over 50 years of on-location filming in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

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Confronting Whiteness in Hollywood: The Frontier

February 20, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Explore what the depictions of westward expansion on film tells us about violence, gender, and the white imagination in the United States.

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LA Noir: Murder, Betrayal, and Sunshine

February 23, 2020

SIFF Film Center

While not every noir film was set in Los Angeles, LA would become a location where the style would flourish. Instructor John Trafton will look at LA noir cinema and its continued influence on Los Angeles-set films up to the present day.

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Confronting Whiteness in Hollywood: Abroad

February 27, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Investigate films about Americans abroad, and what they reveal about how the US sees itself in the world over time.

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What The Femme!: Vamps

February 29, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Explore the history of 'vamps' from silent film sexuality to film noir's femme fatales to otherworldly vampires and succubi with WTF! Programmer Colleen O'Holleran

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Monstrous Marriages

March 5 - 26, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Maidens. Monsters. Castles. Dungeons. Romance. Horror. This four-week class will explore the ways in which fairy tale relationships with animals/gods have become a mainstay of horror and romance.

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Cinema DNA: Children of Vertigo

April 7, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Expand and enrich your appreciation of the power that Hitchcock and Vertigo brought to the cinema through the examination of several great films that owe enormous debt to Vertigo and honor its continuing place in film culture.

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What The Femme!: I Will Survive

April 25, 2020

SIFF Film Center

How does female victimization onscreen impact representations of strong, independent women characters? Join pop culture analyst Dr. Allison Palumbo to discuss the woman-as-survivor identity and her role in film since the 1980s.

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