Filed under: Film | Tags: Beginner, Ewan McGregor, festival, Film, Renton, SIFF 2011, The First Grader, Warren Miller
The full schedule for SIFF 2011 is finally here! Attendees will notice the introduction of 10 new “film pathways” to make film browsing based on mood easier. Looking for a romance? Check out the films in the “Love Me, Do!” category. Jonesing for some excitement? Take a gander at the “Thrill Me” films. As usual, viewers can also browse through the catalog of films on SIFF’s website by country, genre, director, venue and film program. This year, SIFF continues to branch out to neighboring suburbs outside of Seattle (as they’ve done in previous years with shows at the Everett Performing Arts Center and Kirkland Performance Center)and will host several screenings at Renton’s IKEA Performing Arts Center. The opening night gala will take place May 19 at McCaw Hall with a screening of the feel-good documentary The First Grader, which tells the story of an 84-year-old Kenyan villager who finally gets the education he wasn’t able to afford. SIFF will pay tribute this year to actor Ewan McGregor, honoring him with a Golden Space Needle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting and a special screening of his latest film, Beginners, along with other notable picks from his lengthy filmography. Also being honored this year is sports documentary filmmaker Warren Miller, who will receive the Golden Space Needle for Lifetime Achievement. The festival will run from May 19 until June 12. Visit the link above to read about other special events at SIFF 2011 and to check out all the great films screening soon at a theater near you!
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