In a world where summer comes to a close and the smell of freshly sharpened pencils fills the air, a new series at SIFF emerges, inviting you to relive the excitement, drama, and unforgettable moments of going BACK2SCHOOL. Get ready to embark on a nostalgic journey, as this series takes you through the halls of academia, exploring the trials and triumphs of students from all walks of life. Celebrate the indelible moments that define our school days as BACK2SCHOOL unfolds.
- Bring your 'A' game for movie trivia led by Cinema Program Manager Kasi Gaarenstroom prior to the evening screenings during opening weekend
- Bring a donation for the Rainier Beach Back2School Bash supply drive to receive a free small popcorn
- Stop by the pop-up bookshop hosted by Ada's Technical Books on August 27 at the Egyptian
Series Pass: $65 | $50 Members
Pass provides access to all BACK2SCHOOL screenings, August 25-31 at SIFF Cinema Egyptian.
USA | 2003 | 109 min. | Richard Linklater
August 25, 2023
When Dewey Finn, a rock 'n' roll enthusiast, poses as a substitute teacher, he turns a group of straight-laced students into a head-banging band, leading them on a wild and musical adventure that proves anyone can rock, regardless of age.
USA | 1988 | 103 min. | Michael Lehmann
August 26 - 31, 2023
Heathers turns high school hierarchy into a darkly comedic battleground. When Veronica, a clever misfit, teams up with a charismatic rebel named J.D., their plot to take down the popular clique unleashes a wicked and twisted chain of events.
USA | 2004 | 97 min. | Mark Waters
August 26, 2023
Cady Heron enters the savage world of high school cliques when she befriends the popular "Plastics," only to discover the dark side of popularity and the true value of friendship. Packed with sharp humor, unforgettable characters, and timeless life lessons, Mean Girls is a wickedly entertaining comedy that exposes the highs and lows of teenage social dynamics.
USA | 2000 | 98 min. | Peyton Reed
August 26, 2023
Bring It On is a spirited comedy that flips the world of high school cheerleading upside down. Torrance Shipman, a determined cheerleading captain, leads her team on a journey of fierce competition, friendship, and finding their own authentic spirit, all while bringing the audience along for a cheer-tastic ride.
USA | 2001 | 93 min. | Robert Luketic
August 27, 2023
Legally Blonde is a delightful comedy that follows the journey of Elle Woods, a fashion-forward sorority girl who defies stereotypes and enrolls in Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend. Armed in head-to-toe pink, determination, and sharp legal mind, Elle proves that she's more than just a pretty face, ultimately teaching everyone that you can achieve anything when you believe in yourself.
USA | 1985 | 97 min. | John Hughes
August 27, 2023
The Breakfast Club is a comedic and heartfelt tale of five high school students from different cliques who find themselves together during a Saturday detention. As they break down social barriers and open up to each other, they realize that beneath the labels, they are all just teenagers grappling with their own insecurities, dreams, and desires.
USA | 1988 | 121 min. | Spike Lee
August 28, 2023
Director Spike Lee takes us on a vibrant and thought-provoking journey into the world of Mission College, where the complexities of race, identity, and social class come to the forefront. With infectious music, dynamic dance numbers, and powerful performances, School Daze serves as a bold and compelling exploration of campus life, shedding light on the challenges and conflicts faced by students in their search for authenticity and social justice.
USA | 1999 | 97 min. | Gil Junger
August 29, 2023
When the beautiful but fiercely independent Kat Stratford meets the charismatic bad boy Patrick Verona, sparks fly as they navigate a web of teenage drama, secret admirers, and unexpected emotions, teaching us that sometimes, love can be found in the most unexpected places.
USA | 1982 | 90 min. | Amy Heckerling
August 30, 2023
Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a classic coming-of-age comedy that dives headfirst into the tumultuous world of high school. With a colorful cast of characters, including the unforgettable Jeff Spicoli and the lovesick Stacy Hamilton, the film captures the rollercoaster of teenage life with its hilarious mishaps, relatable struggles, and unforgettable moments that resonate long after the final bell rings.
USA | 2019 | 105 min. | Olivia Wilde
August 31, 2023
Booksmart is a hot take on the coming-of-age comedy that follows two overachieving best friends, Molly and Amy, as they embark on an unforgettable night of misadventures before graduation. As they let loose and break the rules, their bond is tested and they discover that sometimes the best lessons are learned outside the classroom.