Join SIFF and the ArtsFund coalition in Olympia and show your support for arts funding tomorrow, Tuesday April 5. SIFF and the other Building for the Arts projects need a strong presence at the Capital Budget Hearing to show the necessity of state funding for arts organizations. Meet at 7:30 AM at the Sundial between the O’Brien and Cherberg Buildings or meet in front of Hearing Room B in the O’Brien Building if it’s raining (see map). There will be a panel of speakers at the hearing, voicing support for arts funding. One of the goals is to catch legislators after the Capital Budget Hearing. SIFF appreciates your support and reminds you to make the effort to carpool to the event if possible.
Dear Lemon Lima
Shot in the Seattle area and featured in SIFF 2010, Dear Lemon Lima, was released theatrically last Friday, March 4, in Los Angeles and is also screening on cable television via video on demand. The film combines fiction with actual memories from writer/director Suzi Yoonessi and her eponymous imaginary friend, Lemon Lima, in a coming-of-age story about a prep-school misfit and her struggles with young love. Follow the above link to learn how you can soon catch the film on Netflix, and catch a sneak peek of Lemon Lima a la the vid below.
Congratulations to local shingle EKE Pictures and filmmakers Steve Edmiston and Victor Kepler! Their feature indie Crimes of the Past, written by Edmiston, had its cable broadcast premiere February 12 on the Lifetime Movie Network, with more screenings to come in February and March. The film—which The Hollywood Reporter described as “an engrossing, superbly acted movie”– was picked up for distribution by MarVista Entertainment following its Seattle International Film Festival world premiere. Check your local listings for future showtimes of the film and hit up the trailer below for a sneak peek.
At film festivals around the world, a selection of accomplished filmmakers and other film professionals are selected to watch a series of films and award ONE as the best film in the program. At SIFF 2011, happening May 19 – June 12, fourteen youth (seven Films4Families and seven FutureWave) will be selected to award the Youth Jury Award for Best Feature in their category. SIFF is looking for students from across King County who have a passion for seeing movies. Youth in grades 3 – 7 are eligible for the Films4Families Jury and teens in grades 8 – 12 may apply for the FutureWave Jury. Download the application by clicking the link above and feel free to send questions about the Youth Juries or SIFF educational opportunities to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 206.464.5830.
There are precious few commemorative seats remaining in SIFF Film Center’s new promotion, which gives Seattleites the opportunity to–quite literally– become a part of SIFF’s new theater space. Only 100 individuals will have the chance to have a seat put in their name in the new theater, which is scheduled to open later this year. In addition to the personalized seat plaque, your gift will include your name on the permanent recognition wall in the main lobby, as well as placement in donor recognition materials, updates on the progress of the Film Center, and an invitation to SIFF Film Center’s private gala opening. Your pledge can be paid at one time or spread out over three years to make it that more affordable, and can also be used to recognize a loved one. Get in on the action now, before all of the available seats are taken. To learn more about this limited-time offer, please contact Renee C. O’Donnell at email@example.com.
Even after SIFF and Sundance, Winter’s Bone continues to receive critical acclaim from all ends of the film spectrum—and now it’s up for best picture at the 2011 Academy Awards! The film, which has already won a Golden Space Needle from SIFF and a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, was also nominated for best Adapted Screenplay for a script co-written by local film guru Anne Rosellini. Debra Granik directed and also helped write the screenplay. Winter’s Bone has another noteworthy Sea-Town connection to speak of: The film features some amazing folk music, much of it locally grown and mixed at Jack Straw Productions. Best of luck to Anne, Debra and all the cast and crew of Winter’s Bone. Jump on the link above for more details on the film and Anne Rosellini’s career.
Attention youth filmmakers: Join Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), KCTS 9 and SIFF Saturday, February 26 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, for a networking event exclusively for you! Enjoy complimentary food, drinks and music as you mingle with other youth filmmakers, watch short film screenings and learn about upcoming projects you can take part in, including MOHAI’s History Is____ film competition. A number of seasoned film professionals will also be in attendance, offering expert advice about launching a career in film. Be sure to mark those calendars and follow the above link for more information about the event.
A veritable smorgasbord of renowned films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway will screen at SIFF Cinema this weekend, January 7 – 9, for the second annual Nordic Lights Film Festival. Presented by the Nordic Heritage Museum, this cutting-edge cinematic festival offers an immersion into the world of hot Nordic films during the chilly winter film season, focusing on contemporary, award-winning films from all across Scandinavia. Featured films include Troubled Water (Norway), Country Wedding (Iceland), When a Man Comes Home (Denmark), Millennium:The Story–a portrait of the Swedish author Steig Larsson and his internationally best-selling Millennium Trilogy, a collection of humorous Nordic shorts and much more. For more information, including ticket sales, follow the link.
SIFF seeks an outgoing, professional individual for a unique internship opportunity. This support position is crucial to the success of more than 50 special events. Leading up to the Festival (May 19 – June 13), primary responsibilities will include procurement of in-kind sponsorship, restaurant trade and gift bag items. Additionally, this position will assist the SIFF Events Manager with all aspects of event planning and implementation during the Festival. This is an unpaid internship opportunity with a six-month commitment (January – June, 2011). If you are interested and meet the criteria outlined in the job description, please send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the link above for more information and additional internship opportunities.
SIFF is seeking a Programming Coordinator to manage the day-to-day administrative tasks in the Programming department. SIFF is a year-round non-profit film arts organization with programs including the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and FutureWave. SIFF is breaking ground on a new permanent home and film center with an additional cinema, classroom and library/archive space this fall. The film center will begin operation in mid-2011. The successful candidate will be highly motivated and organized, able to multi-task, proficient in basic office and communications software, and have an interest in independent and international film. The candidate will ideally have strong writing skills, be comfortable with public speaking, and must be able to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends. For job qualifications and to apply, follow the link.