Michael Ward on Thursday, May 24
SIFF turns 8...days...old...and invites some new people to the party. The Short Films. Beginning today, and over Memorial Day weekend, the ShortsFest integrates into the SIFF events and festivities, unleashing over 150 short films over the course of four days. The films will be packaged together in feature-length presentations and, like the rest of SIFF, represent bold and innovative ideas from all corners of the globe.
The feature films also continue to give audiences much to laugh, cry, and shake their heads at. A big slate arrives this weekend and below, you'll see what Day 8 has to offer you!
Day Eight finds us with 16 feature films and 2 short film programs today.
Note: SIFF screenings move from the Majestic Bay in Ballard to Shoreline Community College, north of Seattle, beginning tomorrow, May 25.
Here at Should I See It, we will try and see as much as we can, and share coverage from members of the Seattle Film Critics Society linked below. We are trying to make these Daily Journals one stop shopping for your SIFF experiences for 2018!
A FEW CAN'T MISS OPTIONS FOR TODAY:
AVA | 103 Minutes - An Iranian teenager undergoes a humiliating medical examination, which draws out a rebelliousness that draws on director Sadaf Foroughi's own experiences growing up in a strict and constrained male-dominated society.
LOVE, GILDA | 84 Minutes - This highly anticipated and talked about documentary, regarding legendary comedienne Gilda Radner, arrives at SIFF with a touching tribute, told through archival footage, interviews, and audio recordings. Though Radner succumbed
MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. | 94 Minutes - Sri Lankan hip-hop artist and activist M.I.A. turns over her personal video diaries for a raucous documentary on the "Paper Planes" singer by director Stephen Loveridge.
SHORTSFEST OPENING NIGHT | 83 Minutes - ShortsFest showcases seven stellar short films from around the world, touching on themes of race relations, overcoming obstacles, and societal views and interactions. A second presentation, ALTShorts, features a dozen experimental, avant-garde, and unconventional short films which challenge the mind and eye.
STREAKER | 93 Minutes - This absurd comedy from Switzerland tells the story of a part-time teacher and barber who create a team of streakers to interrupt soccer matches, and create a betting ring - not on the teams, but on how long the streakers can stay on the field.
SHOULD I SEE IT'S SIFF 2018 REVIEWS:
CATWALK: TALES FROM THE CAT SHOW CIRCUIT
DEATH OF A POETESS
FREAKS & GEEKS: THE DOCUMENTARY
HEARTS BEAT LOUD
I MISS YOU WHEN I SEE YOU
ON CHESIL BEACH
PICK OF THE LITTER
THE RUSSIAN FIVE
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID
COVERAGE FROM MEMBERS OF THE SEATTLE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY!
WARREN CANTRELL, SCENE STEALERS | SIFF 2018 REVIEWS
PAUL CARLSON, ESCAPE INTO FILM | SIFF 2018 CAPSULE REVIEWS
SEAN GILMAN & THE SEATTLE SCREEN SCENE TEAM
BRENT MCKNIGHT, THE LAST THING I SEE | SIFF 2018 REVIEWS
MATT OAKES, SILVER SCREEN RIOT | SIFF 2018 REVIEWS
MOIRA MACDONALD, BRENT MCKNIGHT & JR KINNARD, THE SEATTLE TIMES
RENE SANCHEZ, CINE SIN FRONTERAS | SIFF 2018 REVIEWS
AARON WHITE, FEELIN' FILM | SIFF 2018 CAPSULE REVIEWS | SIFF 2018 PODCASTS
TODAY'S 16 FEATURE FILMS AND 2 SHORT FILM PRESENTATIONS (all images courtesy of the Seattle International Film Festival, or film distributors)