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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

June 11, 2009 at 8:33 AM

Life, art and movies merge at SIFF

Only a couple of days left in the SIFF marathon, and suddenly everything’s running together in a strange, movie-like way. Yesterday I opened the new Vanity Fair and found myself staring at a full-page face — the same face I’d been staring at in person earlier that day. Aldon Ehrenreich, the moody teenage face in that photo, was here yesterday; he’s the teenage star of Francis Ford Coppola’s film “Tetro,” and he and Coppola sat down with me for a chat. We talked about many things, among them “Apocalypse Now” — and later that evening, Mark Jenkins, a cast member in Garrett Bennett’s made-in-Seattle film “The Spy and the Sparrow,” mentioned during the Q & A that he was in “Apocalypse Now.” And, in “The Spy and the Sparrow,” a scene takes place in the lobby of the W Hotel — the exact same lobby I’d just walked through, earlier that day. Ehrenreich, in our interview, talked about the strangeness of seeing himself on screen for the first time (“Tetro” is his film debut): “You’re sitting there, and you’re watching a movie, and you walk onto it.” Just another overlap; SIFF is full of them.

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