THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO

The only problem I had with “The Search for General Tso,” and it’s something many of us experience eating Chinese-American food, was that an hour after watching it I was hungry to view it again…

Posted on June 28, 2014 in Reviews by

THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ

“The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz” builds a strong case against the American government, whose insatiable ability to continually undermine its basic democratic principles caused the sad demise of one of the internet’s great heroes…

Posted on June 26, 2014 in Reviews by

LUCKY THEM

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Part indie darling, part wacky road trip movie, it’s not nearly as authentic as her earlier films. But it’s at least engaging enough to keep you watching, if only to learn the resolution of the story’s core mystery…

Posted on June 19, 2014 in Reviews by

RAZING THE BAR

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! [Worsley’s] film is more than just a scrapbook. It also explores how much a place like that means to the community that embraces it and critiques the morality of gentrification which often means the death of DIY institutions…

Posted on June 18, 2014 in Festivals, Reviews by

SIFF TURNS FORTY: 2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WRAP-UP

The Seattle International Film Festival turned forty this year… with no sign of a mid-life crisis…

Posted on June 17, 2014 in Festivals by

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WRAP-UP

As you may or may not know, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the world. This year, they screened 435 features and short films from around the globe. As you can imagine, it’s impossible to see everything, so I try my best to curate my personal program wisely…

Posted on June 12, 2014 in Festivals by

TIME LAPSE

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! While ‘Time Lapse’ is by no means perfect, King and screenwriter B.D. Cooper manage to make an absorbing movie about time manipulation without special effects, a la ‘Primer’ and ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’…

Posted on June 11, 2014 in Reviews by

TO BE TAKEI

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Jennifer M. Kroot’s documentary profiles the life and achievements of this undeniably charming man and explores just why it’s so awesome “To Be Takei”…

Posted on June 3, 2014 in Reviews by

ZOMBEAVERS

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! If you love single entendres, boobs and gore and don’t consider characters or plot important, you are going to love “Zombeavers”…

Posted on June 3, 2014 in Reviews by

WILLOW CREEK

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Willow Creek” is basically The Blair Sasquatch Project, but unlike the film it borrows from liberally, the ending falls flat…

Posted on June 2, 2014 in Reviews by

AN AFTERNOON WITH LAURA DERN: 2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL EVENT! Dern fits well into Lynch’s mode because she’s also an insatiable risk taker. “If other people say you shouldn’t do it,” she remarked, “I like to do it”…

Posted on May 24, 2014 in Festivals by

NIGHT MOVES

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Reichardt trusts both her actors and her audience to fill in the blanks through sparse, loaded dialog and long, silent close-ups. It’s not just smart filmmaking; it’s visual poetry…

Posted on May 24, 2014 in Festivals, Reviews by

ANOTHER

2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Bognacki desperately wants to be Dario Argento, but he is, at best, a poor man’s Rob Zombie (and by “poor man” I mean penniless vagrant)…

Posted on May 21, 2014 in Reviews by

SIFF 2014: BEHIND THE CURTAIN, PART TWO

In our last installment, we discussed best practices surrounding film festival deadlines and submission procedures. Today, we’re going to touch on a variety of topics connected to the theme of relationship building among film festival programmers and staff in support of furthering your career as an independent filmmaker…

Posted on March 20, 2014 in Features, Festivals by

SIFF 2014: BEHIND THE CURTAIN, PART ONE

As someone who has experienced this process as both a filmmaker and a festival programmer, I’m here to shed some light on what actually takes place between the time you submit your film to, in this case, the Seattle International Film Festival, and when you receive that all-important decision via email…

Posted on March 3, 2014 in Features, Festivals by