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SIFF “Face The Music” preview: Microphone

Every culture deserves their Rock ‘n’ Roll High School or Style Wars, and and Microphone, a film by Ahmad Abdalla, might be that movie for Egypt.

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SIFF ’09 Review: All Tomorrow’s Parties

All Tomorrow’s Parties, directed by Jonathan Caouette, All Tomorrow’s People (United Kingdom, 2009) 85 min. Festival screenings: May 26, 2009 9:30 PM @ Egyptian Theatre May 28, 2009 4:30 PM @ Neptune Theatre If you’d like a pair of tickets for tonight’s show, email us now. The first 4 people will win a pair ofRead more…

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SIFF ’09 review – Favela on Blast

Favela on Blast, directed by Leandro HBL and Wesley Pentz (a.k.a. Diplo) (Brazil, 2009) 80 min. Festival Screenings: May 24, 2009 5:00 PM, SIFF Cinema May 25, 2009 9:30 PM, SIFF Cinema review by masakaman Years ago, Samba was born as African slave dance music in the favelas, or Brazilian shantytowns. Some called it theRead more…

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SIFF ’09 review – Trimpin: The Sound of Invention

Trimpin: The Sound of Invention, directed by Peter Esmonde (USA, 2008) 79 min. Festival Screenings: May 22, 7:00pm, SIFF Cinema May 23, 1:30pm, SIFF Cinema If you’d like a pair of tickets for tonight’s show, email us now. The first 3 people will win a pair of tickets, but you must be able to pickRead more…

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SIFF ’08: The fourth and final week

My second week of SIFF 2008 by masakaman My 4th and final week at SIFF 2008 wasn’t really a whole week but rather 3 days — still, there were many films left to see. On Sunday night I finished the last screening at the Egyptian Theater, and that ended my SIFF 2008 experience. All ofRead more…

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SIFF ’08: The third week of the festival

My third week of SIFF 2008 by masakaman During my third week at SIFF 2008, the unusually cold and wet Seattle streets did slow me down little but didn’t stop me from going out to see films at all. Abdullah Oguz’s Bliss from Turkey was undeniably gorgeous and magical. From Japan, Miike’s Sukiyaki Western DjangoRead more…

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SIFF ‘08: The second week of the festival

My second week of SIFF 2008 by masakaman The highlight of my second week at the 2008 Seattle International Film Festival was a film from Poland. Time to Die is a black & white film about the elderly Aniela & her smart companion dog Philadelphia. This visually stunning film captures the day to day storyRead more…

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SIFF ’08: The first week of the festival

My first week of SIFF 2008 by masakaman My first week of The 34th SIFF 2008 started with Battle in Seattle on 22nd of May, a movie drama based on the 1999 World Trade Organization riots in Seattle that took place between November 29 to December 3, 1999. I lived in Belltown, a few blocksRead more…

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SIFF ’08 – Masa’s review: Cafe de Los Maestros

by masakaman In Argentina, Tango is a way of life. Cafe de Los Maestros is a music documentary about the country’s internationally famous Tango players by award-winning composer Gustavo Santaollala (Brokeback Mountain). The film introduces players and their contributions to tango music history through interviews and archival footage. It also includes their 2006 reunion performanceRead more…

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SIFF ‘08 – Masa’s previews: Heavy Metal in Baghdad and Patti Smith: Dream of Life

by masakaman Heavy Metal in Baghdad Acrassicauda is Iraq’s only heavy metal band. Life is complicated if you want to be a metal head in Iraq. It’s not because your bandmates aren’t showing up in time for a practice or are getting high to “feel it”. Going to practice could cost your life in Baghdad.Read more…

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