Tony Kay has been writing about film for two decades now. He won the Northwest division of the Independent Film Channel’s Ultimate Film Fanatic game show a few years ago, during which Henry Rollins proclaimed Tony’s movie nerd kung-fu to be “devastating, gnarly and crushing” on national TV. Kay also writes about music for the and

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Stranger than Paradise: The Grand Illusion showcases early Jim Jarmusch

The Grand Illusion is screening Jarmusch’s first half-dozen features throughout November. It’s a golden opportunity for cinephiles and the curious alike to follow the filmmakers’s early development into one of modern cinema’s most influential figures.

Japanese folklore becomes immersive theater in ‘The Night Parade’

Pork Filled Productions and REBATEnsemble collaborate on this spooky production taking place at an undisclosed location.

Vivian Hua to succeed Courtney Sheehan as executive director of Northwest Film Forum

Hua previously served as NWFF’s design lead and a key figure in its community outreach. She begins her new role on Oct. 11.

Best of Fest: What to see at Local Sightings 2018

From documentaries to fictional narrative features to workshops and special presentations, there’s plenty worth exploring during the festival’s eight-day run.

Meet the 2018 Mayor’s Arts Award winners: Jorge Enrique González Pacheco

González Pacheco has amassed a sizable list of titles: poet, lecturer, teacher, filmmaker, co-founder of the Seattle Latino Film Festival, and now Mayor’s Arts Award recipient.

Immersive Detail in Detective Noir ‘Automata’

The entertaining and beautiful web series by local writer/director Van Alan, featuring Seattle actor Basil Harris, screens at SIFF June 3 and June 5.

SIFF 2018: Writer/director Megan Griffiths on ‘Sadie’

It took Griffiths nearly a decade to make this movie about an adolescent girl who goes to great lengths to keep her dad in the picture while he's serving in the military overseas.

SIFF 2018: Vlada Knowlton on ‘The Most Dangerous Year’

"It’s not that easy to find parents of trans kids who are willing to talk in public about it. We’re all taking a risk by doing it, but we’re all doing it because we feel like you have to when you’re fighting for civil rights. You can’t be silent."

SIFF 2018: ‘Prospect’ Is a Welcome Sci-Fi Anomaly

The debut feature by Seattle-based writer/director duo Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell is a lean, suspenseful and absorbing indie film that feels fresh even as it explores ostensibly familiar territory.

SIFF 2018: ‘Afghan Cycles’

Sarah Menzies’ terrific nonfiction film is every bit as keenly observed, and its visual storytelling every bit as rich, as the most absorbing narrative fiction feature.

‘The Faces of Zandra Rhodes’ Is a Visual Smorgasbord

The debut feature documentary from Puget Sound filmmaker David Wiesehan plays this month at SIFF.

Big Ideas in Small Packages at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival

Film writer Tony Kay has recommendations to help you navigate the 13th annual fest, co-presented by MoPOP and SIFF.