Galas, Parties, and Special Events

At SIFF we do far more than watch films, we celebrate and honor them!

Throughout the festival we present all manner of special events: tributes, galas, live music, and of course films with parties, to all within the SIFF community. Who doesn't like a party with fellow film enthusiasts? Relax, unwind, and discuss your favorite films with fans and filmmakers over delectable hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.

An Afternoon with Sam Elliott

USA | 2017 | 140 minutes (interview and film) | Brett Haley

SIFF welcomes Sam Elliott to the stage for an interview featuring film clips from his career, followed by a screening of Elliott's latest film, The Hero, directed by Brett Haley.

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Anjelica Huston: Tribute Event

USA | 2017 | 180 minutes (full event) | Theresa Rebeck

We honor the amazingly talented Anjelica Huston with the world premiere of her new film, Trouble, at the 43rd Seattle International Film Festival.

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USA | 1983 | 106 minutes | Douglas Trumbull

In visionary effects artist Douglas Trumbull's utterly mind-bending 1983 film, a pair of scientists (Louise Fletcher and Christopher Walken) invent an experimental brain-recording alternate-reality device and must fight to keep it out of the hands of the military. Panel discussion to follow.

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Centerpiece Gala: Landline

USA | 2017 | 97 minutes | Gillian Robespierre

The director and star of Obvious Child reunite for this uproarious slice-of- life story about two sisters (Jenny Slate and breakout star Abby Quinn) in pre-cell-phone 1990s Manhattan who discover that their father is having an affair, and conspire to expose him.

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Closing Night Gala: The Young Karl Marx

France | 2017 | 118 minutes | Raoul Peck

Director Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro) presents a lush period drama that joins 26-year-old Karl Marx (August Diehl) and his wife Jenny in exile in Europe, where they meet Friedrich Engels, who provides the final piece needed for the foundation of Marxist theory.

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Closing Night Party

160 minutes

Give the Festival a proper send-off with cocktails, tasty hors d'ouevres and desserts, music, dancing, and photo ops with other Festival filmgoers and special guests at MOHAI!

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Closing Night Special Presentation: Ingrid Goes West

USA | 2017 | 97 minutes | Matt Spicer

Young Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) escapes a humdrum existence by moving out West to befriend her Instagram obsession, a Los Angeles socialite named Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen). Winner of Sundance Film Festival 2017 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with live soundtrack by The Invincible Czars

USA | 1920 | 79 minutes | John S. Robertson

After more than a decade of silent film scores that beautifully blend rock and orchestral music, Austin band The Invincible Czars now unleash their spooky sonic reimagining of the classic silent adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's iconic tale starring the legendary John Barrymore.

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France | 2016 | 90 minutes | Kostia Testut

La La Land meets Norma Rae with a pinch of Jacques Demy in this toe-tapping working-class musical comedy with a social conscience about a young woman who gets her dream job at a luxury shoe factory, only to become enmeshed in a labor strike.

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Puget Soundtrack presents Prom Queen

90 minutes

The dark-surf, girl-group noir sounds of Seattle's Prom Queen meet some of our favorite visuals from the catalogue of beloved exploitation film archivists Something Weird video, creating a unique new experience of B-movie indulgence.

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Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Canada | 2017 | 103 minutes | Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana

The contributions of Native Americans in modern American music; from Link Wray to Robbie Robertson, Charley Patton to Buffy Sainte-Marie; get a much-deserved showcase in this celebratory expose of the Indigenous influence on the soundtrack of popular culture.

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Susanne Bartsch: On Top

USA | 2017 | 84 minutes | Anthony&Alex

Meet the irrepressible driving force behind New York City’s nightlife scene for the past 30 years: event promoter and muse Susanne Bartsch, whose lavish, theatrical, trend-setting parties have embraced all walks of life and attracted a who’s-who of the fashion underground.

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The '80s Teen Movie High School Reunion

120 minutes

Show off your '80s duds, compete in our Yearbook Challenge, sing along to the decade's best movie anthems, laugh along with staged recreations of classic scenes performed by Ian Bell's Brown Derby Series, and dance the night away with live music from '80s Invasion.

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The Little Hours

USA | 2017 | 90 minutes | Jeff Baena

Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, and Kate Micucci star as a group of hilariously profane and emotionally unstable nuns all competing to seduce the convent’s virile new servant (Dave Franco) in this bawdy, subversive comedy that turns the Middle Ages upside down.

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