Seems Like Old Times: Global Lens 2011 @ SIFF and the TIFF Lightbox

If memory serves correctly, the first opening night film gala I ever attended was in 1995, at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF).  The film was Braveheart (which when complemented with a later screening of Swimming With Sharks, effectively convinced me not to work in Hollywood), and it was just before I left for graduate school–and I remember wondering if I would ever return to home to attend another SIFF screening.

Unfortunately, that day has yet to come.  But in hope of one day being the prodigal son, Jeremy Quist and I, along with Carl Spence @ the Festival, did put together a co-presentation of THE WHITE MEADOWS at SIFF 2011 (May 19th-June 12th) with a special reading of our statement regarding the film—the closest I might get to attending the Festival, now and in the future.  It’s not the same as being there in person, but it’s a near second and I encourage all to attend [and then give me details, so I might live vicariously].

Of course, it’s possible that you may not be in the Pacific Northwest.  But, perhaps Toronto…

A scene from THE INVISIBLE EYE

If so, then head over to the TIFF Lightbox and catch a screening of THE INVISIBLE EYE (also in Global Lens 2011).  This theatrical engagement from June 4th-8th holds a very special place with GFI, as years ago we launched Global Lens with the aid of Noah Cowan—our first Executive Director, former co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and now, Artistic Director of the Lightbox—and since his departure, we’ve been hoping for a way to once again work together.

So, two films, two festivals and two old friends–hope you can go and experience them all!

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