Festival Spotlight: Centerpiece and Closing Night Galas

SIFF announces Sorry to Bother You and Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot as Centerpiece and Closing Night Galas.

Festival Spotlight: Centerpiece and Closing Night Galas

We are excited to shine our Festival Spotlight on, drumroll please, Centerpiece and Closing Night films and galas. Purchase a Gala Pack and see the film screenings and attend the soirees for Opening Night, Centerpiece, and Closing Night. But hurry and buy now! Early Bird discounts on Festival Passes and Ticket Packs, including Gala Packs, are all up to 30% off for SIFF Members for only two more days -- last day of Early Bird is Friday, April 13, 2018.

Our 2018 Centerpiece film Sorry to Bother You pulls no punches in its portrayal of racial dynamics in the workplace, and is an utterly original and wildly creative new voice on the film scene from debut director and musician Boots Riley. Closing Night sees the return of Seattle favorite Gus Van Sant with his latest film Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot, a bitingly sharp yet tender portrait of Portland-based cartoonist John Callahan, starring Joaquin Phoenix.

"We are constantly looking for dynamic, diverse stories, and we certainly found them with these two unforgettable films," said SIFF Artistic Director Beth Barrett. "With these two Galas we're thrilled to spotlight both an established filmmaker and a bold new voice, each with vision and strong storytelling powers."

The Gala Pack includes tickets to the screenings, admission to the parties, two drink tickets, and hor d'oeuvres. Details about Opening Night are still in the works, so stay tuned because you won't want to miss all these celebrations.

Sorry to Bother You

Centerpiece Film & Gala: Sorry to Bother You

Saturday, June 2 | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, and Armie Hammer star in the exhilarating directorial debut of musician Boots Riley, a biting and bonkers satire that follows a black telemarketer who discovers an unknown skill which gives him magical selling powers that shoot him up the corporate ladder.

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

Closing Night Film & Gala: Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

Sunday, June 10 | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Joaquin Phoenix gives a transformative performance in Gus Van Sant's sensitive and caustically funny portrait of Portland cartoonist John Callahan who, after a car accident leaves him confined to a wheelchair, uses his sardonic humor and brutal honesty to battle with a lifetime of addiction. The outstanding supporting cast includes Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, and musician Beth Ditto in her impressive film debut.