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Virtual SIFF Cinema
Stay home, stay healthy, and support SIFF with Virtual SIFF Cinema!
We are pleased to present new independent arthouse films, encores of successful presentations, and an ever-rotating selection of virtual cinema to enjoy in your house. On each film detail page, you'll find a link to the distributor's screening portal where you'll be able to rent the film and begin watching. As part of the revenue goes directly back to SIFF, this is a great way to support us during this time and see new films!
Italy | 2019 | 90 min. | Gianni Di Gregorio
In this light, frisky Italian comedy, three retirees decide to move away from Rome to find a better standard of living in a country where their meagre pensions will go that much further.
USA | 2019 | 86 min. | Wayne Wang
Acclaimed director Wayne Wang’s (The Joy Luck Club, Chan Is Missing) moving new film is an emotional, intimate family drama about a mother, a son, and the burden of family expectations.
USA | 1972 | William Greaves
New 4K restoration of the 1972 documentary about the National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana, a historic event that gathered Black voices from across the political spectrum
USA | 1995 | 170 min. | Frederick Wiseman
Academy Award winner Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (Free Solo) talks to Frederick Wiseman about his 1995 portrait of the American Ballet Theatre, Ballet.
93 min. | Rick Korn
The inspiring story of Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter/activist Harry Chapin, who sold over 16 million albums and was a beloved artist-activist who spent his fame and fortune trying to end world hunger before his tragic passing.
Italy | 2019 | 129 minutes | Pietro Marcello
Jack London’s 1909 novel is transposed to Naples, as a sailor’s dream of the literary life as a way to pursue a beautiful upper-class woman clashes politically with his humbler background.
USA | 2020 | 123 min. | Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan, Suzanne Hillinger
From master documentarian Alex Gibney comes Totally Under Control, which puts a spotlight on the White House’s failed response to the global pandemic and how it could have been prevented.
USA | 2020 | 91 min. | Catherine Gund
An exploration of the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes Gund who sold Roy Lichtenstein’s painting “Masterpiece” in 2017 for $165 million to start the Art for Justice Fund to end mass incarceration.
USA | 2020 | 114 min. | John Scheinfeld
Spanning five decades of legendary trumpeter and A&M Records founder Herb Alpert’s life and career, this documentary shines with rare archival footage and interviews with Sting, Quincy Jones, Questlove, and many more.
USA | 2019 | 114 min. | Ric Burns
Oliver Sacks battled homophobia, drug addiction, and staunch criticism from the medical community during his life. This heartening documentary explores Sacks’ advocacy for arts and culture, and the ways in which science and storytelling intercept.
USA | 2018 | 97 min. | Julie Cohen, Betsy West
A look at the life and work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Includes pre-recorded Q&A with directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West, and proceeds will be donated to the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, co-founded by Justice Ginsburg in 1972.
USA | 2020 | 97 min. | Dawn Porter
An in-depth and inspiring portrait of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia, John Lewis. With rare footage and interviews, Dawn Porter’s chronicle covers more that 60 years of his social activism and legislative action.
USA | 1978 | 127 min. | Frederick Wiseman
Opens October 28, 2020
Academy Award winner Errol Morris chats with Frederick Wiseman about Sinai Field Mission, the early warning system in 1976 to help faciliate the disengagement between Egypt and Israel after the 1973 war.
USA | 2020 | 94 min. | Alice Gu
Opens October 30, 2020
Everything you thought you knew about the donut begins with Ted Ngoy. This is the unlikely story of a Cambodian refugee arriving in American in 1975 and building a multi-million-dollar empire baking America's favorite pastry: the donut.
USA | 1974 | 84 min. | Frederick Wiseman
Opens November 4, 2020
Oscar nominees Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp) put a spotlight on healthcare workers talking to Frederick Wiseman about his still relevent Emmy-award winning Hospital, which shows the daily activities of a large urban hospital.
USA | 2020 | 272 min. | Frederick Wiseman
Opens November 6, 2020
aster documentarian Frederick Wiseman delivers an epic look at Boston’s city government, covering racial justice, housing, climate action, and more.