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Won't You Be My Neighbor? (and a Saturday night party)
SIFF's capsule summary: "Oscar®-winning director Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) presents the heartwarming life of Fred Rogers, whose cherished PBS series used cardigans, puppets, and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe to imaginatively and compassionately inspire children, while not shying away from complicated issues." (US, 2018, 93 minutes)
SIFF link: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

My summary:

7 Good Commentary:

Overall, I rate the film xxx.

Languages: xxx, with English subtitles.

Rating: I don't think this film has a US rating (yet), but I'd guess it would rate a "PG-13", unless some language slipped past my notice. Rating: This film has a US rating of "PG-13", for reason.

Screening: 2 pm, Pacific Place (room 11).
Audience: xxx, about 400 seats (estimated capacity).

Screening: 2 pm, Pacific Place (room 4).
Audience: a typical SIFF press screening crowd, around 100, about 285 seats (estimated capacity).

Screening: 2 pm, SIFF Cinema at the Uptown (large screening room).
Audience: xxx crowd, 515 seats (posted capacity).

Screening: 2 pm, SIFF Cinema at the Uptown (medium screening room).
Audience: xxx crowd, 284 seats (posted capacity).

Screening: 2 pm, SIFF Cinema at the Uptown (small screening room).
Audience: xxx crowd, 172 seats (posted capacity).

Screening: 7 pm, SIFF Cinema at the Egyptian.
Audience: xxx crowd, 575 seats (450 main, 125 balcony).

Screening: 7 pm, Lincoln Square Cinema.
Audience: xxx crowd, about 360 seats.

Screening: 7 pm, Majestic Bay Theater.
Audience: xxx crowd, about 400 seats.

Screening: 7 pm, McCaw Hall.
Audience: mostly full crowd, 2963 seats.

Snacks: tea from home.

Ads and announcements:

  • SIFF 2017 trailer — This clip shows campfire with images from SIFF films rising from the flames. Very cool.
  • SIFF 2018 trailer — This clip shows a couple of people becoming friends through the shared experience of SIFF.
  • TV5 Monde — This French-language television channel is a long-time SIFF sponsor.
  • Watchguard — This newish SIFF sponsor has an ad that looks like it's for a techno-thriller film.
  • Delta Dental — This ad is pretty boring, but at least they're sponsoring SIFF.
  • Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle — This ad is really pretty.
  • "SIFF members get it" — I know most of the people in the background of this clip (and Carl, of course), though not the three actors.
  • SIFF 2015 trailer — I only recognize a few of the films featured in this one, so far.
  • Vincent — This French superhero comedy looked like a winner.
  • Thank you, volunteers — Time for applause.
  • Thank you, volunteers — This is a cool montage from Shorline College. Time for applause for SIFF volunteers.
  • Thank you, volunteers — An Italian couple by a waterfall in a black-and-white film. Time for applause.
  • Thank you, volunteers — The clip from Say Anything . . . with the boom box held overhead. Time for applause.
  • Thank you, volunteers — The clip from Lost in Translation where Bill Murray does a liquor commercial. Time for applause.
  • Thank you, volunteers — The Fellowship of the Ring pledges to serve. Time for applause.
  • Thank you, volunteers – This clip features a scene from Saturday Night Fever.
  • Thank you, volunteers – This clip features a woman smoking a cigarette.
  • Thank you, volunteers – This clip features the song "I Put a Spell on You".
  • in-person announcement — This volunteer said it was his first introduction, but he did just fine. He said that the film was based on the stand-up routine of one of the film's co-writers (Camille Chamoux, who also played the lead role).
  • Birds clip — This 2015 pre-film clip features a mother bird feeding three babies (fortunately in a stylized way), then regurgitating onto a pair of binoculars.
  • Ants clip — This 2015 pre-film clip features ants with sunlight focused on them by binoculars.
  • Kaleidoscope clip — This pre-film clip features drawings inspired by 2017 festival films, as viewed through a kaleidoscope.

Notes to myself:

SIFF statistics: 64 films (37 features, 27 shorts), 40 time slots, 5 parties. ("J": only three parties, counting tonight's, and 20 shorts.)

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