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Linklater's 'Boyhood' Sweeps Seattle International Film Festival Audience Awards

Nearly 90,000 audience ballots were submitted for the Seattle International Film Festival's Golden Space Needle audience awards in five categories, which were swept handily by Richard Linklater's epic "Boyhood." It won Best Film, Director, and Actress (Patricia Arquette).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 10, 2014 7:39 AM
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Here Is the Complete Lineup for the 40th Seattle International Film Festival

The Seattle International Film Festival, the largest fest in the U.S., has unveiled its complete lineup of films and events for its 40th annual edition, running May 15 through June 8.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 1, 2014 11:50 AM
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Laura Dern and Chiwetel Ejiofor Set for Seattle Film Fest Tributes

Now in its 40th year, the Seattle International Film Festival (May 15-June 8) has announced that actors Laura Dern and Chiwetel Ejiofor will be honored with Tribute awards for Outstanding Achievement in Acting. Both are set to appear at special events, screenings of their work, awards presentations, Q&As and more.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 28, 2014 12:52 PM
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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

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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