Thursday, May 22, 2008

photos: The Red Carpet at the Seattle International Film Festival

Tonight was the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) Opening Night Gala featuring a debut screening of "Battle In Seattle," a semi-fictionalized telling of the 1999 WTO riot in Seattle. I was granted access into the "Press Pit," which is a glorified (actually, not really) name for the area where paparazzi are corralled while the stars walk the red carpet into the theater. It was my first red carpet, and I literally had no idea what I was doing or what to expect. I will say that this one, compared to many I've seen and heard about, was incredibly low-key. Still — and I won't say never, because that's not a wise thing to do — it would surprise me if I did many more red carpet events in the future. I honestly felt like such a total sell-out and worthless paparazzi, until, of course two things happened. First, I talked to Mike Urban, an extremely talented photographer from the P-I, who was doing the same job. Next, I was literally feet away from Michelle Rodriguez, AndrĂ© Benjamin and Charlize Theron. I don't know if starstruck is the word but... wow.

ABOVE: "Battle In Seattle" star Charlize Theron poses with boyfriend and writer/director Stuart Townsend on the red carped at the SIFF Opening Night Gala on May 22. The film merges dramatic performances with actual event footage to tell a semi-fictionalized story of the 1999 WTO riot in Seattle.

ABOVE: Actress Charlize Theron poses on the red carpet outside McCaw Hall on May 22 at the SIFF Opening Night Gala, featuring her latest film "Battle In Seattle."

ABOVE: Musician and actor André Benjamin poses with SIFF Managing Director Deborah Person (left) and SIFF Artistic Director Carl Spence (right). Benjamin plays the role of Django in the opening night film "Battle In Seattle."

ABOVE: Michelle Rodriguez throws up a peace sign for nonviolence at the SIFF red carpet on May 23. "Yeah, nonviolent protests," she said, responding to someone in the crowd. "That's what I'm talking about."


  1. Anonymous said...

    Hey good job at SIFF!! See ya around... :)