Documentaries from SIFFs gone by

As I pore over the hundreds of screenings at the Seattle International Film Festival every year, I find myself focusing on two categories – documentaries and Scandinavian films. Here are some of my favorite documentaries from SIFFs gone by.

Click here to view Every Little Step in the catalogEvery Little Step is about the making of “A Chorus Line” on Broadway. Yes, it’s about actors auditioning for a musical about auditioning for a musical. Interviews with composer Marvin Hamlisch when the musical premiered in the mid-1970s are interspersed with actors auditioning for roles and the producers making casting decisions for the 2006 Broadway revival. It’s every bit as Continue reading “Documentaries from SIFFs gone by”

Seeing is believing, even when you’re reading

Ever since the first printing press and the resulting boom in literacy and the availability of the printed word, another commodity arose. Font, is now such a simple word, it’s easy to forget its historical context. Font was initially from the French fondre meaning to melt or cast; a far cry from our current association with it. By just tapping a few keys and a swift mouse click, letters and words are formed and can quickly be changed. A recent New York Times Opinion piece confirmed something I’ve always believed: fonts matter. Whether it is one of your favorite books or an email from a colleague, you draw impressions on the veracity based on what you’re seeing.

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