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.

2 Comments so far

  1. josh (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 8:32 pm

    I admit that I was a little cranky about the festival branching out to Bellevue because I’m selfish and want more showings close to home, but it’s great to hear that the eastside experiment has been a success.

    What sort of volunteering are you doing? Have you been able to catch any films while you’re on the job?

  2. skye (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 9:19 pm

    Yeah well, I understand and had that sentiment last year. I was a little cranky about having to drive into Seattle and sit in a weird-smelling theatre. ;)

    The volunteering has not been tremendously difficult. The website said they had a need for ushers, so I signed up as an usher; then they said they had a need for will call, so I signed up for that. Surprisingly (to me), the lead ushers and manager have been extremely gracious in allowing me to see a couple of movies. Of course, I came with my game face on, ready to stay out and work — and happy to!

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