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, deepening audience understanding and desire for quality cinematic experiences. Classes run the range from single-session conversations to multi-session series. 

What The Femme: Feminism in Holiday Horror - Virtual Class

December 1, 2020

Celebrate the season of wintry terrors with our investigation into feminist horror movies and the female characters who inhabit them.

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Bread, Love, and Cinema: Italian History Through Film and Food - Virtual Class

December 8, 2020

Join Dr. Antonio Iannotta in this journey through some of the most iconic and important Italian films that center food culture as a reflection of their time in Italian history.

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Cinema DNA: Parasite - Virtual Class

January 12, 2021

Revel in the films that inspired the Oscar-winning Parasite, from Chaplin's City Lights to mid-century South Korean films to modern architecture and the many influential filmmakers in between. Taught by John Trafton.

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The Hunt for Dr. Lecter - Virtual Class

February 9, 2021

Slice into the world of Hannibal Lecter beginning with his gothic literary origins, his basis in American crime journalism, and, ultimately, through his brilliant portrayals in film and television. Taught by John Trafton.

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Confronting Whiteness in Hollywood: The Color Line - Virtual Class

September 2, 2020

Randa Tawil examines the depiction of racism and the color line in film, and what that teaches us about whiteness. All proceeds of this class will be donated to the Lebanese Red Cross.

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Cinema DNA: The Way of the Samurai - Virtual Class

September 15, 2020

Dive deep into the world of Japanese samurai films - tracing their origins from pre-cinema theatrical traditions to the present.

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Evolution of the Edit: Lane 1974 - Virtual Class

October 20, 2020

Join director SJ Chiro and editor Celia Beasley as they reflect on bringing Lane 1974 to life in the edit room through post-production stories and sharing alternative, never-before-seen versions of scenes.

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Reel Black: Us and the Separation of the Black Self - Virtual Class

October 27, 2020

Wrestle with Us' representation of the way Black American women are societally made to split their genuine and public selves with film scholar Isabella Price.

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What The Femme: I Will Survive - Virtual Class

November 10, 2020

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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