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SIFF 2012: Year of Grace & The Invisible War

The Seattle International Film Festival kicked off on May 17th, with Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister, but I didn't begin attending screenings this year until Memorial Day weekend, so I'm off to a slow start this year. This year, the opening weekend happened to correspond to the University District Street Fair, where I was helping out at the Grand Illusion Cinema all weekend. Normally, I would have attempted to squeeze in a movie or two around attempting to entice unsuspecting Seattlites to wander in to check out the cinema with the promise of Looney Tunes on 35mm and perhaps a tee-shirt or membership, but this year, I was hanging around all day because I'm in the midst of training to become a projectionist. Yes, indeed, I'm working on adding and yet another obsolete skill to my resume.

Another difference is that this year I'm volunteering at SIFF. I spent several days last week managing lines, directing movie-goers, handing out ballots, counting ticket …