Last night I paid my first-ever visit to the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, where the Renton leg of SIFF got underway with a screening of Lynn Shelton’s “Touchy Feely.”
The theater is comfortable — a good choice, especially, for South Enders who want to take part in the film festival without having to deal with traffic or parking downtown or on Capitol Hill. It seats several hundred and parking is free in an adjacent lot. A number of restaurants reside within easy walking distance, including Naan-n-Curry, which served up some astonishingly good chicken curry at the reception after last night’s film.
“Touchy Feely” — the follow-up to Shelton’s “Your Sister’s Sister,” which opened SIFF last year — received a warm reception from the audience. I’m no critic, but the movie seemed like another example of what the homegrown director does best: It illuminates the awkward and unspoken spaces between people, often by way of Ben Kasulke’s tender camera-work.
SIFF hangs out in Renton for the next week, and then moves to Kirkland for a week. And of course screenings at more central theaters continue, also, through June 9. Here’s a list of 11 movies showing in the next week that are recommended by reviewers Moira Macdonald, John Hartl and others. “Touchy Feely” plays again at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Egyptian.