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Secret Festival #2 - Rounding up the Usual Suspects
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Secret Festival #2
SIFF's capsule summary (from last year, because they don't have one for this year): "The Secret Festival is exactly what it says-all screenings are secret. What we can tell you is that you need to purchase a special Secret Festival pass to attend the screenings that occur on the four Sundays of the festival at 11 a.m. sharp."
SIFF link (also last year's): Secret Festival

Because of the rules of the Secret Festival, I can't tell what we saw. 9 Excellent

I was really excited to see how SIFF's (acting) Artistic Director Beth Barrett would do with her next Secret Festival choice. As it turned out, she shared the stage with another SIFF programmer, who knew more about the film. It's good to see her sharing credit.

Review: I very much enjoyed this film, and I got the impression that most of the audience did too. However, because of the rules of the Secret Festival, I can't say what it was. Yes, I know it's a wicked taunt to tell about it with no details other than saying I was there and can't discuss it. But that's how it works.

Language: I'm not telling.

Rating: I'm not telling.

Screening: Sunday 11 am, SIFF Cinema Egyptian.
Audience: 95% full, somewhere between 476 and 590 seats, depending on what sources I check.

Goodies: a tasty Indian dinner with friends after the film.

Ads and promotions:

  • SIFF campfire self-promotion clip. Nice.
  • Death in Sarajevo – One character shares a name with the guy who precipitated World War I. I recall the description "Gosford Park in the Balkans" (but it's set in a classy hotel rather than a countryside estate).
  • Whose Streets? is a documentary I've seen. It had a lot of great source video, but a weak narrative structure.
  • Thank you, volunteers – This clip features a woman smoking a cigarette in a kitchen.
  • Beth Barrett and another SIFF programmer introduce the film. The other programmer helped Beth get the film for Secret, and delivered most of the introduction.

Notes to myself:

SIFF statistics: 44 films (all features), 44 slots, four parties. ("J": 25 films, three parties.)

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