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Seattle International Film Festival

The Seattle International Film Festival, held annually in Seattle, Washington since 1976, is among the top film festivals in North America. Audiences have grown steadily; the SIFF runs for more than three weeks, in May/June, features a diverse assortment of predominantly independent and foreign films, a strong contingent of documentaries. SIFF 2006 included more than 300 films and was the first SIFF to include a venue in neighboring Bellevue, after an ill-fated early attempt. However, in 2008, the festival was back to being in Seattle, had a slight decrease in the number of feature films; the 2010 festival featured over 400 films, shown in downtown Seattle and its nearby neighborhoods, in Renton and Juanita Beach Park. The festival began in 1976 at a then-independent cinema, the Moore Egyptian Theater, under the direction of managers Jim Duncan, Dan Ireland, Darryl Macdonald; the first SIFF featured "Hedda," with Glenda Jackson, Louis Malle’s "Black Moon," Luis Bunuel’s "Phantom of Liberty." The Rocky Horror Picture Show was the unnamed secret "sneak preview."

The first five festivals were held at The Moore Egyptian. The Moore Theatre is back under its earlier name and functioning as a concert venue; when founders Dan Ireland and Darryl Macdonald of the Moore Egyptian lost their lease, they founded the Egyptian theater in a former Masonic Temple on Seattle's Capitol Hill. The Egyptian theater remains a prime festival venue to this day, although the festival now uses about half a dozen cinemas, with the exact roster varying from year to year. During the 1980s, SIFF audiences developed a reputation for appreciating films that did not fit standard industry niches, such as Richard Rush's multi-layered The Stunt Man. SIFF was instrumental in the entry of Dutch films into the United States market, including the first major American debut for director Paul Verhoeven; the festival includes a component, unique among major film festivals: a four-film "Secret Festival". Those who attend the Secret Festival do not know in advance what they will see, they must sign an oath that they will not reveal afterward what they have seen.

In general, SIFF has a reputation as an "audience festival" rather than an "industry festival". The festival partially overlaps the Cannes Film Festival, which can reduce attendance by industry bigwigs; the SIFF group curates the Global Lens film series, the Screenwriters Salon, Futurewave, coordinates SIFF-A-Go-Go travel programs and co-curates the 1 Reel Film Festival at Bumbershoot and the Sci-Fi Shorts Film Festival at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. In 2006, Longhouse Media launched the SuperFly Filmmaking Experience, in partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival, which brings youth together from diverse backgrounds to work collaboratively on film projects that promote awareness of indigenous issues and mutual understanding of each other's cultures. Fifty youth from across the United States arrive in Seattle to travel to a local Pacific Northwest reservation to create 4 films in 36 hours. November 28, 2006, SIFF and Seattle mayor Greg Nickels announced that SIFF would soon have a home and a year-round screening facility in what has been the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall of McCaw Hall, the same building at Seattle Center that houses the Seattle Opera.

The city contributed $150,000 to the $350,000 project. This auditorium was the site of most press screenings. Shortly after the 2011 festival, SIFF moved its operations to the SIFF Film Center on the Seattle Center campus; the Film Center includes a 90-seat multi-use theater, multi-media classroom, exhibition spaces and offices for SIFF and the Film School. In October 2011, SIFF Cinema moved from McCaw Hall to its current location in the Uptown Theater. SIFF utilizes all three of the Uptown's three screens for year-round programming. SIFF has year round programming for four screens in Seattle. In May 2014 it was announced that SIFF had purchased the Uptown Theater, would be leasing and renovating the Egyptian Theater from Seattle Central College. Since 1985, the Seattle International Film Festival has awarded the Golden Space Needle award each year to the festival's most popular movie. Ballots are cast by audience members at the end of each movie. Previous winners of the Golden Space Needle include Whale Rider for 2003, Trainspotting for 1996, Kiss of the Spider Woman for 1985 and Boyhood for 2015, the latter two being the only films to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and win the Golden Space Needle.

Among the films that have received North American or world premieres at SIFF are: Alien – Ridley Scott Arafat, My Brother – Rashid Masharawi Banlieue 13 – Pierre Morel Burning in the Wind – Silvio Soldoni Cafe SocietyWoody Allen Creature – Parris Patton Ghost WorldTerry Zwigoff I Murder Seriously – Antonio Urrutia Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean – Matthew Mishory Last Days – Gus Van Sant Mars – Anna Melikian Mongolian Ping PongNing Hao Monster HouseGil Kenan Nate Dogg – Thomas Farone (2003, World premi

Richard More O'Ferrall

Richard More O'Ferrall was an Irish politician, a high level British government official and a Governor of Malta. Richard More O'Ferrall was born in Moyvalley, County Kildare, Ireland, to the prestigious House of More O'Ferrall, he was his first wife, Anne Bagot. He was elected to the British House of Commons in 1832, represented the Constituencies of County Kildare from 10 December 1832 to 29 July 1847, subsequently Longford from 21 April 1851 to 7 July 1852 and Kildare again from 28 April 1859 to 11 July 1865. Under the Whig administration of Lord Melbourne, He entered the Government as a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in 1835, remained so until 1837. On 28 September 1839, More O'Ferrall married Matilda, the second daughter of The 3rd Viscount Southwell, KP; the couple had a son, a daughter, Maria Anne. A week after his marriage, on 4 October 1839, More O'Ferrall was appointed to the Government as First Secretary of the Royal Navy, a post he retained until June 1841, when he became Secretary to the Treasury.

In October 1847 he became Governor of Malta. On 12 September 1851 More O'Ferrall resigned as governor, refusing to serve under Lord John Russell, whose Ecclesiastical Titles Act was designed to prevent a restoration of the Roman Catholic hierarchy in England. More O'Ferrall died in 1880 in County Dublin. Secondary sourceshttp://www.leighrayment.com/commons.htm http://www.thepeerage.com/ Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Richard More O'Ferrall

Flying Horse Walk

The Flying Horse Walk is a shopping arcade located at the heart of Nottingham City Centre in Nottingham, England. The arcade houses a variety of other retailers, it is situated just off the city's Old Market Square on The Poultry. The arcade takes its name from a fifteenth-century public house, the Flying Horse Inn, located at the Market Square end of the walk; the facade of the public house is Grade II listed building. It was extensively converted in 1989 as an entrance to the shopping centre; the Flying Horse Walk was acquired by London & County LLP, in September 2011, an acquisition that has seen the shopping centre revert to its previous name, from FH Mall, acquire new retail tenants. A complete refurbishment and the installation of horse sculptures to both entrance façades have complemented the takeover helping to put the shopping arcade, whose entrance sits within an 18th-century four storey brick Georgian elevation, back on the map; the arcade is now home to a range of independent shops selling food and fine art.

London & County LLP plan to convert the two uppermost floors into student accommodation