So I was part of the Seattle Int’l Fest this year. Usually this festival is challenging, fun, and even sublime in the caliber of work that comes out onstage. It also usually has a fairly even spread of Europeans and Canadians to Americans. That wasn’t the case this year.
I did have a great time catching up with some of the regulars. However, some of the new ads this year really brought the whole experience down. It was like amateur hour at certain points. Just painful. Couple this with it being the most expensive with the least hospitality by way of food and stuff, and you’ve got a zero sum game. The workshops were awesome. The work with Christian Swenson and Laura Welland on their respective focuses was so incredible. That was the redeeming part (at least when the newbies weren’t going on and on and on).