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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

May 11, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Navigating SIFF — which tickets to choose?

A few days ago, regular P-and-P commenter roachj asked me a good SIFF question: How do you know if a SIFF screening will feature a director or cast member leading a Q & A? That information is not currently posted anywhere on SIFF’s website, and I’m told by SIFF staffers that it will be posted “by the opening of the Festival,” which is of course a week from Thursday. Not terribly helpful right now, is it? But the guest list does tend to change rapidly. If I hear of such news being posted any earlier, I’ll let you all know.
That being said, here’s something that’s potentially helpful, and that won’t ever be posted on the SIFF site: a list of SIFF films that will open in the Seattle area for a regular theatrical run post-festival. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t see these at SIFF; there may well be guests attending with these films (though of course we don’t know yet), and it can be a kick to see a film in its local premiere. But, if you’d rather not spend SIFF time waiting in line for movies that’ll soon be at your local arthouse, here’s the list. This is all I know so far, and note that dates are tentative; if I learn of more titles I’ll publish an updated list next week.
“Another Earth” (July 22)
“Beginners” (June 3)
“Buck” (June 24)
“Circumstance” (August 19)
“The First Grader” (May 27)
“The Future” (July 22)
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” (July 22)
“Kung Fu Panda 2” (May 26)
“The Last Circus” (August tbd)
“The Last Mountain” (July 8)
“Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search for a Kool Place” (August tbd)
“Page One: Inside the New York Times” (July 1)
“Project Nim” (June 10)
“Salvation Boulevard” (July 29)
“Submarine” (June 3)
“Tabloid” (July 22)
“The Trip” (June 17)
“Viva Riva!” (June 17)
“Winnie the Pooh” (July 15)
If anyone else has SIFF questions, I’ll be glad to try to help . . .

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