Eastside Gossip: SIFF
Over here on the eastside, we’re all as pleased as punch these days to have a little part of the Seattle International Film Festival in our side of town. A quick polling of the volunteers over here shows a general determination to be on our best behavior, so that SIFF will come back next year. We’re almost bending over backwards, allowing a tiny little bit of late seating to accommodate people who haven’t been here before and got lost in the giant cavernous parking lot(s).
Patrons actually march up to us and tell us vehemently how glad they are that we’re here, and how nice the new movie theatre is (Lincoln Square gave us one of their biggest ones, with cushy stadium seating), and also how nice the free parking is.
One of the things volunteers seem to like to talk most about, is “which movies have you seen (and can recommend)?” to which my answer is “none”. I’ve had a couple of surprised “why are you volunteering for SIFF” but really, it’s not so much a question of my love for films, as it is my love for being included. Seattle, I feel very included when you make an effort to come into my town like this. I’m volunteering to foster closer relations — so much so, that I can’t even find the time to watch the movies — and I hope that makes you come back next year.
I’ll be waiting.