It makes sense that a film organization would hold a film screening as a fundraiser. But SIFF Cinema goes one step further in making that a full 12 hours of film screenings. Yes, SIFF Cinema’s Movie Marathon returns for on March 21, presenting six films from 10 am to 10 pm, at SIFF’s own venue at the Seattle Center.
This year’s event is a bit different from last year’s, which ran for an entire day (yes, 24 hours). Ticket prices are cheaper too, beginning at $100; other ticket packages (at $250 and $500) includes treats like blankets, popcorn, and wine.
All packages include a 9 am breakfast at SIFF Cinema, with special guest, and SIFF co-founder, Dan Ireland. The films begin at 10 am with The Whole Wide World (1996), a story about the romance between schoolteacher Novalyne Price and Robert Howard, the writer of “Conan The Barbarian.” The film is the directorial debut of Dan Ireland, who will introduce it, and also features Renee Zellweger and Vincent D’Onofrio in the starring roles.
To Die For (1995) is Gus Van Sant’s terrific black comedy about an aspiring newscaster who lets nothing stand in her way, a role which displayed Nicole Kidman’s previously untapped comedic talents.
The Road Warrior (1981), aka Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, the sequel to Mad Max, with a leather-clad Mel Gibson facing down a gang of ruthless bandits in a post-apocalyptic Australia.
Blood Simple (1984), from Joel and Ethan Coen, is an offbeat noir that begins with a jealous husband hiring a private investigator to murder his cheating wife, but soon spirals out of control.
Continuing with the noir theme, Paul Verhoeven’s The Fourth Man (1983) is next, in which a hapless writer makes the mistake (a big mistake) of sleeping with the wrong woman.
Before Singles, before Sleepless In Seattle, and before Frasier there was Trouble In Mind (1985), Alan Rudolph’s reimagining of Seattle as “Rain City,” where it’s always dark, raining, and everyone travels via the monorail. Kris Kristofferson, Geneviene Bujold, Keith Carradine and Lori Singer are the Rain City residents trying to make their way in a hostile world (it’s also Divine’s last film role; playing a man). Director Rudolph will also be on hand to introduce the film.
Complimentary doughnuts and (much needed) coffee will be available throughout the event, with other items available for purchase (you can even purchase lunch or dinner in advance, online). You can ticket information at SIFF Cinema’s website.