Parties, Galas, 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?

Blaze: A Tribute to Ethan Hawke

USA | 2018 | 127 minutes | Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke directs this unorthodox dramatization of the remarkable life of burly singer-songwriter Blaze Foley.

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Cake General

Sweden | 2018 | 101 minutes | Filip Hammar, Fredrik Wikingsson

An eccentric Swedish man decides to put his sleepy town on the map by assembling the world's longest layer cake.

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Found Footage Festival: Cherished Gems

USA | 2018 | 85 minutes | Joe Pickett, Nick Prueher

Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher have carefully curated the best of their outrageous video collection to present along with live comedy commentary.

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Highlander with Live Soundtrack by DJ NicFit

United Kingdom | 1986 | 116 minutes | Russell Mulcahy

Seattle's own DJ NicFit reimagines this cult classic with a decades-spanning all Queen playlist performed live on two turntables.

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Kirkland Opening Night: The Drummer and The Keeper

Ireland | 2017 | 93 minutes | Nick Kelly

A Dublin drummer who is diagnosed with bipolar disorder befriends a 17-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome.

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L’Inferno with Live Score by My Goodness

Italy | 1911 | 71 minutes | Francesco Bertolini, Giuseppe de Liguoro, Adolfo Padovan

Seattle rock band My Goodness provide a live accompaniment to the 1911 Italian silent film.

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Opening Night Gala: The Bookshop

United Kingdom | 2017 | 110 minutes | Isabel Coixet

Headstrong widow (Emily Mortimer) opens a bookstore in a sleepy village and encounters both pride and prejudice from the provincial locals.

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Sadie: An Afternoon with Melanie Lynskey

USA | 2018 | 180 minutes | Megan Griffiths

SIFF will welcome Melanie Lynskey to the stage for an interview featuring film clips from her career, followed by a screening of one of Lynskey's latest films, Sadie, directed by Seattle filmmaker, Megan Griffiths.

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SIFF 2018: Centerpiece: Sorry to Bother You

USA | 2018 | 120 minutes | Boots Riley

A hilarious satire that follows a black telemarketer who gains magical selling powers to shoot up the corporate ladder.

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SIFF 2018: Closing Night Gala: Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

USA | 2018 | 120 minutes | Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant's sensitive and caustically funny portrait of disabled Portland cartoonist John Callahan.

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Won't You Be My Neighbor?

USA | 2018 | 93 minutes | Morgan Neville

Documentary that focuses on the life and career of Fred Rogers and his inspiring influences on children.

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