'Dinner and a Movie' to Premiere with Ang Lee's Award Winning 'Lust, Caution'

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Volterra Restaurant and Seattle International Film Festival join together to create year-long fundraiser.

Dinner and a Movie was an idea that came very easily to us as this project allows us to unite our passion for film and food to benefit SIFF which is one of our favorite non-profits

Date night just got a whole lot more appetizing with the formation of a partnership between Volterra Restaurant and the Seattle International Film Festival. "Dinner and a Movie," a year-long quarterly program that officially starts in January 2008, will feature Volterra's award-winning Italian cuisine coupled with films exclusively picked by Carl Spence, Artistic Director of SIFF. And the program will premiere Sunday, September 30, 2007, with a very special tribute and fundraising dinner with Director Ang Lee of Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame.

Following a screening of Lust,Caution, Ang Lee's award-winning new movie, at SIFF Cinema the dinner commences at the new Volterra Drawing Room in Ballard. The event kicks off with a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the grand opening of this intimate, new, private event space. Dale Chihuly will cut the ribbon to lend his support to this partnership and celebrate two of his favorite things; film and fine Italian food. The Volterra Drawing Room was named in honor of the 14 Chihuly drawings that grace the walls. Once the ribbon is cut, guests will be sated by an incredible meal by Chef Don Curtiss. An in-depth conversation with the Academy award-winning director follows dinner.

The official start of this quarterly year-long program Dinner and a Movie--presented by Volterra and SIFF--will happen January 13, 2008. Italian genre, Italian directed, Italian movies will be the theme of this series and each film will be complimented by a specially-prepared meal in the intimate private dining room. And what could be more fitting than to kick this film series off with Big Night, one of the all-time great food movies. For this "can't be missed" event, Chef Curtiss will recreate the sumptuous feast that was prepared in the movie. Forty-five exclusive seats are available and the movies will be shown on the state-of-the-art AV system that was installed for this project. The series will continue quarterly on April 13th, July 13th and Oct. 12th.

"Our vision for the Volterra Drawing Room was to create an intimate space that not only would support our core business but would serve as a venue to provide culinary and wine education, as well as a unique setting for entertainment," said Michelle Quisenberry, owner and Managing Partner of Volterra.."Dinner and a Movie was an idea that came very easily to us as this project allows us to unite our passion for film and food to benefit SIFF which is one of our favorite non-profits,"

"We are so pleased to be partnering with Volterra," said Deborah Person, Managing Director of SIFF. "To have a business come to us to propose a fund-raising idea doesn't happen very often, and to have it be an establishment like Volterra that is held in such high regard in our community makes it even more special."

The full series, consisting of four movies and four dinners, is $500.00 with individual tickets selling for $125.00. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.seattlefilm.com.

About Volterra:
Located in Seattle, Washington and open for dinner every night and brunch on weekends--features seasonal Tuscan specialties of internationally acclaimed Chef Don Curtiss, all natural and organic meats and poultry, and housemade pasta. The 75-seat restaurant also features a warm-weather patio, late-night dining in the bar, a Wine Spectator award winning wine list, and housemade limoncello.

Volterra is at 5411 Ballard Avenue Northwest in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. For reservations, call 206-789-5100. Visit Volterra online at http://www.volterrarestaurant.com.

About SIFF Group:
Over the last 33 years, the Seattle International Film Festival has grown into the largest and most highly-attended film festivals with more than 280 feature/documentary films and 140 short films being presented to an audience of over 160,000 annually. One of the top festivals in North America, SIFF has been cited as one of the best "audience festivals" in the world. Seattle's love for film (Seattleites see more movies per capita than any other city in the nation) makes the city the most appropriate setting for new films to be seen, tested and celebrated, by everyone - film fan and filmmaker alike. In addition to the Festival, SIFF Group provides innovative and distinctive film and educational programs throughout the entire year. We are dedicated to the exploration of cinema as art form, and our year-round film programs at our world-class state-of-the-art SIFF Cinema celebrate, examine, and debate films and the filmmaking crafts, provide an opportunity to expand and deepen the public's understanding of cinema. http://www.seattlefilm.com


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