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Seattle 2016: CAPTAIN FANTASTIC Takes Home Top Prize, GLEASON & GIRL ASLEEP Also Honored

It's the end of a long journey for those involved in the massive Seattle International Film Festival with over three weeks in the books. SIFF's Golden Space Needle Awards were handed out this morning and it was Matt Ross's Sundance-premiering...

Seattle 2016 Preview: Twitch Picks 10 From A Mighty Program

Seattleites are blessed with one of the world's largest and best attended film festivals and it's time to turn our attention to the PacNW. Yes it's SIFF time again and although the festival officially kicked off last Thursday, don't you...

Seattle Int'l Film Fest Announces Massive 2016 Lineup

The Seattle International Film Fest is just about the biggest film festival around, with a whopping 421 films across the 25-day fest from May 19-June 21. The festival is so big they can't even list all of the movies in...

Seattle 2015: DARK HORSE And ROMEO IS BLEEDING Take Top Prizes; All Awards Announced

The 3-week long Seattle International Film Fest 2015 has wrapped up and the coveted Golden Space Needle Awards have all been taken home. The big winner of the dramatic prizes was New Zealander James Napier Robertson's The Dark Horse (pictured)...

Seattle 2015: Exclusive Clip & Poster Debut For A RISING TIDE

World premiering at the Seattle International Film Festival this weekend is Ben Hickernell's A Rising Tide. We have an exclusive clip and the poster debut for you in conjunction with the premiere. The film stars Hunter Parrish, Tim Daly, Ashley...

Seattle Int'l Film Fest 2015: Twitch Picks 10 Can't-Miss Films

While much of the film world has their attention turned to the first full day of the Cannes Film Festival, there is a much bigger film festival kicking off today in the Pacific Northwest. That's bigger in sheer number of...

Seattle Intl. Film Fest Reveals First 'African Pictures' Program

Late last year, the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announced that it had received a three-year grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to design a program that would highlight the "diverse and burgeoning hotbed of filmmaking...

Seattle Film Fest to Become Hotbed for African Film

There's no shortage of festivals in the world and with an increasing array of diverse programs and sidebars to choose from, covering an enormous breadth of cinema, it is a little surprising that the bod of work of an entire...

SIFF 2012 Interview: THE MOST FUN I'VE EVER HAD WITH MY PANTS ON Director Drew Denny Talks Laughter, Tears, and Eating Her Dad's Ashes

Drew Denny is easily the most talented lady I know. Her CV is unreal -- she's arts editor for L.A. RECORD and a contributor at countless print and online magazines, songwriter and performer in Big Whup and Bon Bon, and...

15 Can't Miss Films from Seattle Int'l Film Fest 2012

The world's biggest film festival (okay maybe not, but it sure seems that way) kicks off May 17th and runs through June 10th in and around the greater Seattle area. Check out the fest specs: This year the Seattle International...

BluRay Review: WEEKEND

When Weekend director Andrew Haigh talks about his film carrying a message for everyone, gay or straight, it's a welcome mission statement. Queer cinema tends to divide opinion like few other genres, not least because at one extreme when it's...

BELLFLOWER Review

I think the moment I realized I hated Evan Glodell's directorial debut, Bellflower was about the third or fourth time one of its vacuous, dull characters conflated Mad Max with its sequel, The Road Warrior. The characters make constant reference...

SFF 2011 Review: 33 POSTCARDS

33 POSTCARDS is a film of special significance, as it marks the first official Chinese-Australian (New South Wales) film collaboration. At the Sydney Film Festival this year, where it had its world premiere, it won the Community Relations Commission...

SFF 2011 Review: THE GREAT BEAR

THE GREAT BEAR is an animated film that younger audiences will no doubt fall in love with. The story begins with a couple of young children, Jonathan and younger sister Sophie, going on a visit to see their grandfather....

SFF 2011 - Wrap Up

With the announcement of the prize winners and the screening of the closing night film BEGINNERS, this year's Sydney Film Festival has come to an end. For me, it was a most enjoyable experience, as I got to see...

SFF 2011 Review: THE MISSING KEY

In the wonderful world of cinema, there are many good films; some great ones; but only a few are special. Australian filmmaker Jonathan Nix's animated short film THE MISSING KEY, which was shown at this year's Sydney Film Festival,...

SFF 2011 Final Day - Trailer of the Day is BLACK & WHITE & SEX

Today's pick for the Sydney Film Festival Trailer of the Day is BLACK & WHITE & SEX. Here's what the SFF Program says about the film: Australian producer John Winter (Rabbit-Proof Fence, Doing Time for Patsy Cline) makes his...

SFF 2011 Day 11 - Trailer of the Day is MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE

Today's pick for the Sydney Film Festival Trailer of the Day is MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE. Here's what the SFF Program says about the film: Having already received a directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Sean Durkin's stunning...

SFF 2011 Review: END OF ANIMAL

END OF ANIMAL is Jo Sung-hee's feature film directorial debut and was funded through a graduate grant from the Korean Academy of Film Arts. The film is set in a darkly atmospheric world. A young pregnant woman is riding...

SFF 2011 Review: ELITE SQUAD 2: THE ENEMY WITHIN

  Easily one of the best action films in recent years, ELITE SQUAD 2: THE ENEMY WITHIN sets new standards in the action genre with a perfect mix of compelling drama and explosive violence. While it works well as...