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Secret Festival #4 - Rounding up the Usual Suspects
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Secret Festival #4
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. 3 Poor

After three good or great selections by SIFF's new Artistic Director Beth Barrett, it looked like Secret Festival was a sure thing. But this one was a disappointment. Still, her record of three out of four is pretty respectable.

Review: I disliked this film a lot, and a number people (including "J") walked out after the disgusting opening scene. I stuck it out, and the film improved to the point that it started to look promising, then turned boring, and then finished with an ending that suggested that the writer didn't quite figure out a conclusion to the story. I read some reviews, which were quite a bit more favorable, and although I recognized what they praised the film for, I still didn't like it.

However, because of the rules of the Secret Festival, I can't say what film played. Maybe 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 the Secret Festival works. On the other hand, it was a dud.

Language: I'm not telling.

Rating: I'm not telling.

Screening: Sunday 11 am, SIFF Cinema Egyptian.
Audience: 90% full (dropping somewhat with the walk-outs), somewhere between 476 and 590 seats, depending on what sources I check.

Goodies: a feast at the Golden Space Needle awards.

Ads and promotions:

  • SIFF campfire self-promotion clip. Nice.
  • Dean – I think that was the title. I couldn't make any sense out of the trailer.
  • After the Storm – A family drama forced by a storm to stick together, at least for a while.
  • Thank you, volunteers – The clip with Bill Murray doing a liquor commercial in Lost in Translation. Time for applause.
  • Beth Barrett introduced the film, saying that it was sent by a distributor by mistake, along with Ingrid Goes West, which was scheduled for the festival.
  • Kaleidoscope clip — This pre-film clip features drawings inspired by 2017 festival films, as viewed through a kaleidoscope.

Notes to myself:

SIFF statistics: 66 films (65 features, one short), 65 slots (including one panel), seven parties, including last night and two today. ("J": 44 features and seven shorts, five parties, including this morning and tonight. Her feature count includes this film, in spite of the very early walk-out.)

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