The Seattle Polish Film Festival is the second longest running film festival in the US; and this year celebrates 25 years! Attendees walked the red carpet and had their photos taken with directors and actors from Poland. Zbigniew Banas, from Chicago, emceed the celebration at Pacific Place Theaters giving a short history and introducing our guests from Poland. View photos by clicking here.
Below: Actor Lukas Simlat with Zbyszek Pietrzyk and wife; Zbigniew Banas with host; and Actor/Director Janusz Chabior chatting it up with film-goers.
The Seattle Polish Film Festival presented this compelling documentary that follows the developing friendship of a young boy and an artist both of whom are disabled in the same way. The artist is older, wiser, and lived a life already filled with obstacles for which he has found solutions or simply devised a state of mind to deal with the lack of arms. Only going to prove that if someone is determined, goals can be reached despite disabilities.
Director, Monika Melen was present and spent close to 30 minutes answering questions before a crowd of 40 guests. Click here for photos.
Film festival guests Monika Melen and Maciej Sobieszczanski were both on hand and will continue to be throughout the Seattle Polish Film Festival which runs thru October 29, 2017.
About 100 people attended the Seattle Polish Film Festival’s Yiddish celebration complete with Klezmer Music. Sasha Senderovich, assistant professor at University of Washington gave an enlightening presentation on the history of Yiddish films, followed by “Yiddle with a Fiddle” starring Mary Picon. Afterwards Peter Lippman talked about Klezmer music and we were treated to a musical performance by Klezmer Local #206.
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Festival continues thru October 29, 2017.
Photo Above: Dr. Jerry Strassman, Carol Strassman, Mrs. Sarah Gortler, Teresa Davis, Joshua Gortler, Holocast Survivor/President Emeritus of Kline Galland
Photo Below: Zbyszek Pietrzyk, Steven Baral (Past President Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle/ CEO Doncaster Investments), Teresa Davis
It was a great week for the 23rd Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival. We opened with a complimentary screening of a Polish cult comedy called “Sexmission” at Northwest Film Forum. About 50 guests enjoyed light snacks prepared by the Seattle Gdynia Sister City Association, producers of this annual event. Next up was our first ever “Vodka and a Drop of Art” featuring 30+ vintage Polish posters and of course, vodka! Friday, Saturday and Sunday featured some great films including “Gods” the true story of Dr. Religa, the surgeon who performed the first successful heart transplant in Poland. The festival continues thru October 18, 2015. Hope to see you there!
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As some of you know I am involved with the Seattle Gdynia Sister City Association. We produce the 2nd longest running Polish film festival in the country – The Seattle Polish Film Festival. This is our 23rd year!
We begin October 7th at Northwest Film Forum with a special presentation of Sexmission, a 1984 cult Polish comedy. Films already scheduled include Ziarno Prawdy, Disco Polo, and Carte Blanche. History buffs will want to attend the documentaries We Film the People and Treblinka’s Last Witness. Shorts and independents will be presented in cooperation once again, with Seattle Film Institute. Attendees will be able to take advantage of our usual benefits, like a free screening courtesy of our friends at 4 Culture, and more Q&A’s and panel discussions with filmmakers and artists from Poland including Maciek Bochniak, director of Disco Polo.
Final movie selections and scheduling is ongoing. You’re invited to sign up for the film festival newsletter at http://www.polishfilms.org/ and like us on Facebook.
And like any non-profit organization we can also use a little extra funding to keep growing. If you enjoy movies, if you want to meet actors and directors, if you like to party – please join us. You can purchase a film festival pass for just $60 or you can make a donation online at: http://www.polishfilms.org/support/donate
Click here to see what fun we had last year. I hope to see you at the festival this year!
Special guests Arkadiusz Wojnarowski, film producer and Aleksandra Hamkalo, actress were on hand for the October 19 and 20 screenings (SIFF) and reception held at tenMercer. There were gifts for our guests and a birthday cake for Aleksandra. Film festival runs thru Sunday, October 21. View more images here.
What a combination. But for us it yielded a finely tuned collage of what happens on Christmas Eve in Warsaw. We met characters looking for love, building up trust again, and coming alive when strangers enter the picture. Mitja Okorn, director, was born in Slovenia. He met up with Sam Akina, an American writer, producer, director to collaborate on “Letters to Santa” which garnered a third best film opening in Polish cinema history (post 1989) We thank them for presenting their film to Seattle audiences at the 20th Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival. View reception photos here.
Jakub Michalski is surrounded by fans at the Seattle Polish Film Festival held at ten mercer. Jakub’s company, Old Garden produced the feature film “Snow Queen”. Also present at the reception were filmmaker and writer Antoni Krauze, producer Kazimierz Beer and actress Ewa Kasprzyk. The festival runs thru November 13. To see more images from the reception click here.
Special guest, actress Katarzyna Figura and Dr. Michal Friedrich (SPFF Artistic Director) smile for the camera at the festival’s opening gala held at Center for Wooden Boats on Lake Union. She appears in “Wonderful Summer” by Ryzard Brylski. Also in attendance is director Ryzard Brylski. Click here to view all the images.
Once again the Seattle Gdynia Sister City presented the 17th Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival. I was on hand for the opening night screening of “Warsaw Dark” with special guest Leslaw Zurek, a young stage and cinema actor from Wroclaw, Poland. His biggest wish was to visit Roslyn!
Next up was the Festival Gala. Supporters of the festival were invited to a red carpet affair and meet Szymon Bobrowski, another young television and film actor. He was special guest for the screening of “Hania” and “The Reliable System”.
You can view all the images here: http://www.gailannphotography.com/SPFF09/
My sister Barb hams it up with Leslaw Zurek.
Leslaw says hello to our guests all the way from Racine, Wisconsin!
Szymon Bobrowski walks the red carpet and autographs our poster…
Szymon receives gifts from SGSCA President Debra Markert and Film Director Greg Plichta.
Girls just wanna have fun on the red carpet…