Opening Night Gala: Igby Goes Down, Thurs May 23, 7:30 pm at the Paramount, $40.
Closing Night Gala: Passionada, Sun June 16, 6:30 pm at the Cinerama, $30.
Mid-Festival Gala: 24 Hour Party People, Fri May 31, 9:30 pm at the Egyptian, $30.
Tribute to James Wong Howe: A retrospective of works by the late great cinematographer (whose family lives in the NW!)--The Prisoner of Zenda, Pursued, Picnic, Sweet Smell of Success. FREE!
A Discussion with John Waters: Seattle's own great film writer, Jim Emerson, will grill Baltimore's sleaziest filth queen after screening clips from his films, on Fri June 7, 9:30 pm at the Egyptian, $10.
Days of Heaven: American Cinema in the '70s. A host of archival presentations from Hollywood's other golden age: Chinatown, Days of Heaven, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Parallax View, The Hired Hand, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia.
Films 4 Families: Virginia's Run, Minoes, Spooky House, Her Majesty.
Exploding Cinema: Events that blur the line between film and performance: Scratch Cinema--w/DJ Spooky and Spaceboat TV, Sat May 25, 9 pm at EMP, $15; Zero--images from Japan and sounds from DJ Maxwell Implosion, Sat June 1, 9 pm, at Nation, $TBA; Bazaar--Experimental films w/ music by Voyager One (!) and DJ Kid Hops, Sat June 8 & 15, 9 pm at the Rendezvous, $7.
Night Music: Movies about musicians--Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns), Pleasure and Pain, Super-8 Stories by Emir Kusturica, La Tropical, Biggie & Tupac.
Bloomsday! Celebrate Joyce's Ulysses on the day it takes place, Sat June 16 at Richard Hugo House, $5/$7.
Spawned in Seattle: Outpatient, Catching Out, Kennewick Man, Shag Carpet Sunset, Small Fry (Shorts).
Talking Pictures: lecture/discussion series--A Tribute to Billy Wilder, Talking About James Wong Howe, Race in the American Heartland: Two Towns of Jasper. Dates, times TBA; Panels--Why America Can't See Films For Grown-Ups, with Michael Medved, David Ansen, and others, Sun June 2, 11:30 am at Broadway Performance Hall; Days of Heaven: American Filmmaking in the 1970s with David Thomson, Peter Biskind, Vilmos Zsigmond, and Peter Fonda, Sun June 9, 11:30 am at Broadway Performance Hall; Can Movies Change the World? with John Anderson, Alan Jacobs, Thurs June 13, 4:30 pm at Broadway Performance Hall.
Filmmakers Forum: A series of panel discussions designed for filmmakers, Thurs-Sat June 13-15. Panel topics include: Digital Delivery, The Life of a Hyphenate, Low Budget Production Values, How to Pitch, Scene Workshops, Director & Cinematographer, et al.
Education Day: What About God?, Two Towns of Jasper, and Bang Bang You're Dead, Fri June 7, Noon-5 pm at Broadway Performance Hall.