May 20, 2005

The Stranger's SIFF Notes.

The Stranger: SIFF Notes The Stranger has redesigned just in time for its annual "SIFF Notes" special, the outrageously thorough and deliciously opinionated guide to the Seattle International Film Festival, which opened last night and runs through June 12. As film editor Bradley Steinbacher puts it, "SIFF Notes are intended to help make your cinematic gambling as painless and responsible as possible."

That goes even for those of us thousands of miles from Seattle. Because for the most part, these are not hopelessly obscure films on the program; they'll be available, if they aren't already, in one form or another. So it does help to know that, "Signed capsules mean that a Stranger reviewer has seen the film. Unsigned capsules have been rewritten - and often injected with unnecessary dumb jokes - from SIFF's promotional text." Online, they're cut into two giant slabs, beginning with 3-Iron and wrapping with Zana Briski, who'll be on hand for a special screening of the Oscar-winning doc Born Into Brothels, followed by a Q&A.

The Stranger now has a blog, too, by the way: Slog, naturally.



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Posted by dwhudson at May 20, 2005 6:15 AM