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Oscar-Winning '12 Years a Slave' Scribe John Ridley's Jimi Hendrix Biopic to Open Seattle Film Fest

Screenwriter John Ridley won an Oscar this year for "12 Years a Slave," and now his sophomore directorial feature "Jimi: All Is By My Side," will be the opening night film at the 40th annual Seattle International Film Festival on May 15.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 21, 2014 3:31 PM
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Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' to Open 2013 Seattle International Film Festival

The 39th Seattle International Film Festival, running May 16 - June 9, will open with Joss Whedon's jazzy, pared-down adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." Whedon and the stars of the film, Alexis Denisof, Amy Ackler, Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg, are confirmed to attend.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 9, 2013 12:03 PM
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SIFF Virgin Diary 3: 'Wuthering Heights,' 'Not A Hipster' Interview, Award Winners (VIDEO)

My third day began with Andrea Arnold's exquisite "Wuthering Heights" at Capital Hill's Harvard Exit theater, built in 1925--- a charming theater and a long film to watch on a sunny Seattle afternoon, but it was well worth it.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 11, 2012 12:39 PM
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Seattle Film Festival Virgin Diary 1

The Seattle Film Festival has been going since May 17, so I'll be arriving a bit late to the party Thursday afternoon. The country's longest festival wraps up this Sunday, and I've been watching screeners in Los Angeles to prepare myself. Large and local, this festival offers cinephiles plenty of riches.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 7, 2012 1:43 PM
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SIFF Closing Weekend: Must-Sees Romeos and Por El Camino, Toast, Bon Appetit, Award Winners

SIFF Closing Weekend: Must-Sees Romeos and Por El Camino, Toast, Bon Appetit, Award Winners
Meredith Brody reports on the SIFF Closing Weekend:“I’m 81 years old, and since May 5 I’ve seen 110 movies and spent ten days on a walking tour in Peru.”
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • June 18, 2011 5:15 AM
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Seattle International Film Festival Closing Weekend: Shocking Sex and Violence in Flying Fish

Seattle International Film Festival Closing Weekend: Shocking Sex and Violence in Flying Fish
The Seattle International Film Festival is finally drawing to a close this weekend, and our peripatetic fest chronicler Meredith Brody is back there.Let’s see: I’ve been a few places since I was in Seattle for the Film Festival’s opening weekend, a little more than two weeks ago. Whether I was seeing Glee in Concert in San Jose, or watching my goddaughter graduate from Brown, or trudging all over New York in sweltering heat from museum to theater, somewhere in the back of my head I was aware that back in cool, grey Seattle, movie after movie was unspooling at more than a dozen different venues, in what they’re pleased to call the “largest film festival in the country.” I’m pleased to be returning for its closing weekend, even though it means finding myself back at Oakland Airport about eight hours after I land there from the steamy East Coast.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • June 11, 2011 7:36 AM
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SIFF Day Four: Must-See Submarine, Four More Years, Jess + Moss, Beginners' McGregor and Plummer

SIFF Day Four: Must-See Submarine, Four More Years, Jess + Moss, Beginners' McGregor and Plummer
Meredith Brody continues her movie trawling from the great Northwest's Seattle International Film Festival:Part of the pleasure in attending a film festival in an unfamiliar city is in exploring the city by varying your venues. So I decide this morning to trek to the Neptune, in the northern part of the city, to see the highly-recommended Submarine, a quirky-looking English coming-of-age story that Weinstein Co. is releasing in a couple of weeks. Google Maps offers me both walking (an hour-and-a-half) and bus option (20 minutes), but I lazily grab a cab.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 26, 2011 6:49 AM
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SIFF Weekend One, Day Three: A Quiet Life, Another Earth, Love, Pipe & Beautiful Seattle Weather

SIFF Weekend One, Day Three: A Quiet Life, Another Earth, Love, Pipe & Beautiful Seattle Weather
Meredith Brody reports on the weather, LOVE, A Quiet Life, The Pipe and Another Earth at the Seattle International Film Festival:Nobody could stop talking about the beautiful spring weather Seattle was enjoying for the first two days of the festival (“after five months of rain,” Director of Programming Beth Barrett sighed at dinner last night). But this morning as I start to exit the hotel to trek to the Egyptian Theatre on Capitol Hill, I turn right around to go back upstairs and fetch one of the two umbrellas I packed – the heavy-duty one. There’s evidence of recent rainfall, and the day is gloomy and overcast.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 25, 2011 1:00 AM
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Seattle International Film Festival Weekend One: The Whistleblower, First Grader, Happy Happy, Ex

Meredith Brody continues to cut a swath through spring film fests, moving from San Francisco to Seattle. Amazingly, there are still films she has not seen! Take that, you measly ten-day and two-week film festivals: the Seattle International Film Festival, 37 years old and counting, runs from May 19 to June 12, more than three weeks all told. Which is why I’m flying up for opening and closing weekend only, kind of a cruel joke for a doctrinaire completist such as myself, but still irresistible. Cannes is not the only beautiful seaside location showing movies in May!
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • May 22, 2011 11:12 AM
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Weekly Wrap: SFIFF, Cannes, Must See Summer Box Office, Casting Updates, Celebs Sell, Brad Pitt

Weekly Wrap: SFIFF, Cannes, Must See Summer Box Office, Casting Updates, Celebs Sell, Brad Pitt
BOX OFFICE & UPCOMING
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2011 8:15 AM
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