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SIFF 2009

The Golden Space Needle Award winners were announced at a ceremony on Sunday. More than 60,000 ballots were cast by SIFF audiences to determine the winner in six categories: Best Film, Best Documentar…
One of the centerpieces of the festival was the Evening with Francis Ford Coppola, which I hemmed and hawed about, then finally bought a ticket a day or two before the event. Depending on how chatty t…
As the fest goes on, I sometimes find it hard to remember what movies I saw on a certain day. You know that you are getting fest fatigue when you can't remember the films that you saw earlier in the s…
Finally! Through some finagling, I've gotten to take a couple days of hooky from the "real" job so that I can instead sit inside a theater on a sunny day and see three movies in a row, all before I wo…
Ever since seeing Léa Pool's lovely 1999 coming of age film Emporte-moi (Set Me Free), I've looked forward to her films. Not that she has gotten close to that lovely, sublime film since, but I keep ho…
Are you ever just tired at the end of the work week? You know, like really really tired? Cancel your social plans tired? "Please, you guys should go out anyway without me..." tired? I knew I had a big…
Our little heatwave wrapped up last night, and it happened within the two hour span of time in which I was sitting in the theater! As I walked to the Harvard Exit after work, it was still a sweltering…
People seem to have zombies on the mind this week. Perhaps it is because of the heat... or maybe because mid-festival fatigue is actually starting to set in. But here are my observations of the day re…
So I'm in the midst of taking a couple days off of SIFF, but in the meantime, I've got some scoops. If you love seeing celebs at screenings (admit it: there's a celebrity whore in all of us), here are…
Many moons ago at the now defunct Women in Cinema film festival (also put on by SIFF), I saw this weird amazing movie from Argentina called La Ciénaga. I have never met anyone since who had even heard…
You may have noticed my SIFF'n slowing down. I apologize in advance because it will continue this way through the next week, as my regular job is sucking all of my time. But still, I persevere, and wi…
So has anyone noticed that the SIFF tables and main ticket booth aren't selling any festival schwag this year? No T-Shirts, posters, silly lunchboxes... nothin'! I mean, charging $10 for the program (…
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