Seattle International Film Festival Opens With a Screening of The First Grader and Gala
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Celebrate dozens of magical milestones with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, and listen to a never-released song track from Sleeping Beauty, see rare archival artifacts like Mary Poppins' hat, and hear fascinating anecdotes covering more than 90 years of unforgettable Disney history. Presented by Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection, this special event -- hosted by insightful Disney archivists and the D23 Team -- shines a well-deserved spotlight on a number of treasured characters, theme park attractions, films, TV shows and more, all of which are celebrating significant anniversaries this year, like Donald Duck's 80th. Some of the other landmark favorites include: The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Haunted Mansion and many more. Following the presentation, you'll have the chance to see and photograph two very rare items from the Disney archives: a hat worn by Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins and a rare statuette known as a "Duckster" award, one of which was proudly displayed in Walt's office. Learn More
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I thought it was fine. Fun to see the red carpet guests...that was kind of campy, and I liked the movie, and I guess all the talking before the movie is just something that has to be done. The "after party"...what a bomb - it use to be sooo much...continued
Join the Seattle International Film Festival on opening night and be treated to one of the most inspirational films you’ll see this year, followed by entry into the Opening Night Gala featuring hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and two complimentary cocktails. Finishing second only to _The King’s Speech _for the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival, The First Grader delivers the true story of Maruge, an 84-year-old former Mau-Mau fighter who uses a Kenyan government initiative to claim the primary education he has always craved. Joining his fight is a passionately progressive young teacher who risks her career for his cause. With uninhibited performances by children and humor woven throughout, The First Grader passionately underscores how the power of education can deliver the greatest freedom of all.
General admission includes the screening, and entry into the Opening Night Gala featuring hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and two complimentary cocktails. Premium admission gives you early entry into the screening and open bar at the post-film reception.