Fabulous outfits, glamorous stars (well, sort of), red carpets, VIP areas—the usual. That extra cash outlay gets you into the party afterward, although not behind every velvet rope. OPENING NIGHT: Igby Goes Down (world premiere). Thurs., May 23, 7:30 p.m. Paramount, $40. MIDFEST: 24 Hour Party People (U.S. premiere). Fri., May 31, 9:30 p.m. Egyptian, $30. CLOSING NIGHT: Passionada (world premiere). Sun., June 16, 6:30 p.m. Cinerama, $30. FESTIVAL FORUMS
Maybe you'll learn a little something. (Other forums to be announced.) "Why America Can't See (or Doesn't Want to See) Movies for Grown-Ups."
Newsweek critic David Ansen and local radio host Michael Medved are expected to take part. Sun., June 2, 11:30 a.m., Broadway Perf. Hall. "Days of Heaven: American Filmmaking in the 1970s."
A panel discussion about Hollywood's last supposed golden age. Expected are film scholar David Thomson, author Peter Biskind (Easy Riders, Raging Bulls), and cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond. Sun., June 9, 11:30 a.m., Broadway Perf. Hall. "Can Movies Change the World?"
Newsday critic John Anderson and American Gun director Alan Jacobs lock horns. Thurs., June 13, 4:30 p.m., Broadway Perf. Hall. FILMS4FAMILIES
What, was this curated by Prince? We don't like the cutesy spelling, either, but haul the kids and maybe they'll actually thank you for it later. Sundays, 11:30 a.m. Pacific Place. *JOHN WATERS LIVE
Wonderfully witty in person, the writer-director behind Cry-Baby and Hairspray will introduce a highlight reel and be inter-viewed onstage by local critic Jim Emerson. (Waters' 1975 cult classic Female Trouble will follow at midnight.) Fri., June 7, 9:30 p.m. Egyptian. POSTER AUCTION:
Like you need any more of those? Make a bid and one could be yours. Proceeds benefit Cinema Seattle (parent to SIFF) and its various year-round educational programs. Pacific Place box office, Mario's Salon (2 Union Square). SECRET FESTIVAL
Random films without distributors, unreleased crap, anything might be shown—good, bad, or indifferent. Sundays, 11:30 a.m., Egyptian. *SCREENWRITERS SALON
Sherman Alexie's script for Indian Killer gets a staged reading. If you're lucky, he'll be there to charm you. Mon., June 10, 7 p.m., Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th, 322-7030. TRIBUTE TO JAMES WONG HOWE
Raised in Pasco, Wash., the Chinese-born cameraman (1899- 1976) rose through the Hollywood ranks to become one of the industry's most respected cinematographers (and a two-time Oscar winner). Four of his films will be shown free. Saturdays, 1:45 p.m. Harvard Exit (except Saturday, June 15, 1:45 p.m. at the Egyptian. * Pick