Virtual Fall Film Talks

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SIFF’s Fall Film Talks are full of fun, frights, and informative food for thought — from classes about Indigenous storytelling and its impact to decoding classic horror films that are intrinsically queer. Most classes are hybrid, while some are still virtual. Info and registration can be unearthed at

cINeDIGENOUS: Writing Collaborative Stories - Virtual Class
Art featuring Indigenous stories has benefited from efforts to incorporate the perspectives of their voices into the creative process, using director Alvaro Delgado-Aparicio’s film Retablo as an example. Taught by Alvaro Delgado-Aparicio and Felipe Contreras.

Stoner Cinema - Virtual Class
At this point, stoners in cinema are a grand and green tradition. This class explores the origins of “stoner film” and the impact of marijuana on visual storytelling. Taught by John Trafton. 
RIYL: Fantasia, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Woodstock, Babylon, The Big Lebowski, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Cinema DNA: The Shining - Hybrid Class
We all know The Shining is considered the greatest horror film of all time, but WHY? Learn about its influences and its influenced. Taught by John Trafton. 
RIYL: The Phantom Carriage, Nosferatu, Vampyr, The Witch, Get Out, Hereditary 

Reel Black: Candyman & Urban Hauntings - Virtual Class
With the remake of Candyman on our minds, examine the original Candyman with the 2021 version, and how the original suffers from a lack of Black voices behind the camera. Taught by Isabella Price.

John Carpenter's Apocalypse Trilogy and After - Hybrid Class
The Thing (1982), Prince of Darkness, and In the Mouth of Madness are John Carpenter’s “Apocalypse Trilogy,” but that wasn’t the intent. Through their thematic similarities and endings, they’ve turned into a triumvirate over time. Taught by Robert C. Cumbow.
RIYL: Cigarette Burns, Pro-Life

cINeDIGENOUS: Crafting Stories with Documentary Subjects - Virtual Class
Taught by a filmmaker whose documentary was screened at Seattle International Film Festival 2021, this class teaches how to identify a subject and work alongside them to pinpoint a story. Taught by Núria Frigola Torrent.
RIYL: Daughter of the Lake, The Song of the Butterflies

Queer Horror: The Ifs, Ands, and Butts - Virtual Class
Survey the subgenre of queer horror through classic scary flicks, like Nosferatu and Child’s Play (1988). Taught by Carla Rossi. 

What The Femme: Our Bodies, Our Spells - Hybrid Class
Witches are equipped with many tools, one of which is their own bodies. Sometimes used for their gain, sometimes used against them, learn how witches use their bodies through the lenses of history, folklore, and feminist critique. Taught by Thea Sabin.
RIYL: Häxan, Return of the Witch, Mystics in Bali, Outcast (2010), The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Suspiria (2018)

Not Gonna Take It: Punk Rock Cinema - Hybrid Class
As punk rock music emerged, so did the subculture in filmmaking. Taught by John Trafton. 
RIYL: A Clockwork Orange, Phantom of the Paradise, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Suburbia (1983), Repo Man, Fight Club, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Green Room, Her Smell

From Heartthrob to Movie Star - Virtual Class
The female gaze is a guaranteed career-maker for actors. But with the lack of prominent movie stars these days, it represents the miscalculated value of content made specifically with the female gaze in mind. Taught by Faridah Gbadamosi.

All Aboard: The Tracks of Cinema - Hybrid Class
Cinema began and continues to use the train as a symbol as it evolves over time. Taught by Aniello De Angelis.
RIYL: The Lady Vanishes, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Darjeeling Limited, Snowpiercer

cINeDIGENOUS: From Conception to Impact - Virtual Class
Learn how filmmaking is more accessible than ever. Just because a film has a small budget doesn't mean it should limit its storytelling! Taught by Emiliano Mazza de Luca and Martha Orozco.