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It's a wrap! The SIFFTY-th (sort of 50th) Seattle International Film Festival wrapped up on Sunday night. Even though the festival is relatively truncated these days, running for a week and a half (un…
I noticed a recurring theme in several of the films I saw at SIFF: the preservation of art, culture, and ideas in a rapidly changing world. Whether inspiring, thought-provoking, or heartbreaking, thes…
Art can come from a source of joy, pain, or strife, as shown in these wildly different portrayals of creators... Rainier: A Beer Odyssey (6/8) Anyone who grew up or lived in the Pacific Northwest …
It's refreshing to see a variety of films about aging, where older actors are front and center, not relegated to supporting role. It's a no-brainer that people with a few years under their belts have …
What to see? What to see? The pared-down Seattle International Film Festival is shorter and leaner, but still filled with so many intriguing-looking movies hard it's hard to narrow things down. There …
Part of the fun of going to film festivals is enjoying the unique treat of watching a movie before anyone else... but fests also offer a terrific opportunity to see movies that are building buzz on th…
When posting my reviews of fest films, I like to group them by theme or subject matter rather than just randomly dumping them by day-of-the-week. But, every year, there are a handful of docs that, for…
Every year, the festival serves up a heaping plate of eco-themed docs and plenty of films about nature or humanity’s relationship to the natural world. This year was no exception. Here are eight that …
In Death of a Saint, director Patricia Bbaale Bandak travels to Uganda and reconnects with the past as she probes the murder of her mother 24 years earlier. We posed our Qs à la mode to Patricia, and …
With a broad range of topics served up in easily digestible bites, the short films at Hot Docs always prove that great (and, sometimes, not-so-great) things can come in small packages. Here are 10 of …
Be it disability rights, prisoners’ rights or even the right to take ownership of your own cultural heritage, many fest films explore complex social issues. Here are five that I checked out. Norweg…
Director Ken Wardrop's So This Is Christmas examines the holiday season through the lens of individuals for whom it's not necessarily a joyful time of year. We posed our Qs à la mode to Ken, and here'…