SIFF 2010

SIFF 2010: And the winners are…

The 36th Seattle International Film Festival concluded a record-breaking year on Sunday June 13th, in spite of the downturn in summer movie-going nationwide, with the announcement of juried SIFF 2010 Competition Awards and Golden Space Needle Audience Awards, bringing to a close the largest and most highly attended film festival in the United States. SIFF …

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SIFF 2010: Wrapping up the fest with AssSwords and Artificial Intelligence

When the last day of SIFF arrives, it is a cross between a mad scramble to use up vouchers and see as many films as possible (in the past, I’ve seen up to four movies on the last day), or relaxing, calling it good, enjoying the weather, then topping off the day with a couple …

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SIFF 2010: From outer space to the most intimate space

The marathon is coming to an end. When I call SIFF an endurance sport, I’m only half-kidding. Seriously. At three-and-a-half weeks long, the festival goes on forever… long enough for me to fall into the swoon of first love, then slowly get into a comfortable groove, then loose enthusiasm from hanging out too much (“I …

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SIFF 2010: An interview with Ruba Nadda, director of the lovely, languid romance Cairo Time

During the Seattle International Film Festival, I always enjoy asking random people what films they’ve enjoyed at the fest so far. Sometimes answers are all over the map, but more than one person has gushed about the film Cairo Time (on friend loved it so much she went to BOTH screenings). Writer/Director Ruba Nadda’s film …

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SIFF 2010

SIFF 2010: Older and wiser women, and pretty smart young ones, too

The hot Friday night ticket was the recent Sundance winner (Grand Jury Prize-Narrative) Winter’s Bone, so I decided to catch the film right before it, since I was right there in the ‘hood. The Owls (3/8) is a curious film that, though written, directed, produced and starring Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman), it also trumpets …

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