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Annual Members Meeting

All current Film Forum members invited to attend!

Sep 22

Members, join us as we vote on our board of directors, discuss the state of the organization and local filmmaking, network with other filmmakers and film lovers, and enjoy a drink. This is your chance to guide the direction of Northwest Film Forum, meet the board and staff, and hear about the year past and the year ahead. All current members are welcome to attend.

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Low Down, Get Down

Opening Night: Local Sightings Film Festival!
Opening Party DJ'd by Sharlese Metcalf!

Sep 25

This year the opening night of Local Sightings features a jam-packed preview of what’s to come in the ten day festival, presented by the filmmakers, speakers, and teachers who make the movie magic happen! Expect a few surprises and a lot of dancing.

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Feeling Time

Free event!

Sep 26

This installation-style screening of new experimental work screens in a loop. Join us for a viewing and reception, just before the opening film of the Local Sightings Film Festival.

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Bella Vista

U.S. premiere!
Director and lead actresses Kathleen Wise and Hiroka Matsushima in attendance!
Opening film: Local Sightings Film Festival 2014
Join us for a pre-screening reception at 7pm, sponsored by Naked City Brewery and Taphouse!

Sep 26

Vera Brunner-Sung - Missoula, MT - 83 min

A meditation on displacement and adaptation in the contemporary American West, Bella Vista follows the lives of outsiders in Missoula, Montana. Teaching English to a group of international students, thirty-something Doris finds herself increasingly alone. While she grasps for the connection that might save her, it’s her students who understand what it takes to belong.

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Seattle Film Summit Conference

Sep 27

The Seattle Film Summit is a conference for anyone in Washington who has a stake in the production or distribution of media content: filmmakers, actors, video game creators, transmedia geeks, editors, media lawyers, film community leaders, legislators, gaffers, writers—anyone and everyone. This participant-directed conference addresses the tough questions of the local film business, as they call upon community, business and civic leaders to effect the change needed for professional media production to become a truly viable business model in our state.

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Aono Jikken Ensemble: Japanese Girls at the Harbor

Co-presented with SAM’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas

Oct 04

(Hiroshi Shimizu, 1933, 71 min)

After spending the last few years touring internationally with Guy Maddin and his films, experimental music collective Aono Jikken Ensemble returns home to Seattle for this performance, a live score for Japanese Girls at the Harbor, a lyrical silent drama from 1933 by rediscovered master director Hiroshi Shimizu. This stunning event features the premiere of a new live music and sound score, with benshi narration in Japanese and English.

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Collaborations with Nature


Filmmakers Devon Damonte, Caryn Cline and Ruth Hayes in attendance!

Oct 05

Direct filmmaking meets environmental action in this program of experimental films that use organic and inorganic material to alter film surfaces. As part of our Local Sightings Film Festival 2014, filmmaker Caryn Cline taught an experimental filmmaking workshop on the “botanicollage” technique, made famous by Stan Brakhage and his film Mothlight. Students have created handmade film frames using local botanicals, art materials and film supplies—their short, collaborative film screens tonight alongside a program of classic experimental films in the botanicollage vein.

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The Saragossa Manuscript

New digital restoration!
Co-presented with the Seattle Polish Film Festival
Sponsored by Seattle University

Oct 05 - Oct 09

(Wojciech J. Has, 1964, DCP, 184 min)

A favourite film of Jerry Garcia and Luis Buñuel, The Saragossa Manuscript is a brilliant adaptation of one of the greatest works of world literature. It is a Chinese box tale — a travel story about the supernatural and mystical opposed to the humanist materialism.

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Man of Iron

New digital restoration!
Co-presented with the Seattle Polish Film Festival
Sponsored by Seattle University

Oct 06

(Andrzej Wajda, 1981, DCP, 154 min)

A masterful story about the limitations of the press coupled with real footage of the Solidarity movement strikes, Man of Iron expands on the plot of its predecessor, Man of Marble. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award, the film examines the events that led to one of the most crucial historical moments of the 20th century. 

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Blind Chance

New digital restoration!
Co-presented with the Seattle Polish Film Festival
Sponsored by Seattle University

Oct 07

(Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1981, DCP, 123 min)

One moment, one train, three completely different outcomes. From Director Krzysztof Kieślowski comes a film examining the effect of even the smallest of choices. Twenty-year-old Witek Dlugosz rushes to make a train to Warsaw, his hometown, after the death of his father. Crashing into a man drinking beer, Witek is barely able to pull himself aboard by the final car’s handrail. On the train, he encounters an old communist, who convinces him to join the Communist Party. All seems fine until his beautiful lover Czuszka is arrested by the same party where his allegiance lies. Their love falters, she rejects him, and Witek is left alone.

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Night Train

New digital restoration!
Co-presented with the Seattle Polish Film Festival
Sponsored by Seattle University

Oct 07

(Jerzy Kawalerowicz, 1959, DCP, 99 min)

An intimate psychological study and a poetic tale of loneliness, Night Train brings two voyagers together accidentally in a train compartment. The subtle game of emotions—changing from mutual aversion to closeness without hope—is played out against the background of a microcosm of the human experience. 

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Ashes and Diamonds

New digital restoration!
Co-presented with the Seattle Polish Film Festival
Sponsored by Seattle University

Oct 08

(Andrzej Wajda, 1958, DCP, 104 min)

Ashes and Diamonds is set on the last day of World War II and the first day of peace. And between them, a night that changes everything. Seen through the eyes of Maciek, a young Polish resistance soldier, the old is rapidly mixing with the new. In a few hours dawn will end the Nazi slavery of the country, but also will bring a new communist regime to Poland. An iconic portrait of the dilemma of a whole generation in Poland, rooted in the literary tradition of great, tragic dramas of romanticism.

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A Short Film About Killing

New digital restoration!
Co-presented with the Seattle Polish Film Festival
Sponsored by Seattle University

Oct 08

(Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1987, DCP, 86 min)

On a somber March day, the paths of three men cross: the cabbie Marian cleans his car, the lawyer Piotr celebrates passing his bar exam while in the same café, 20-year-old Jacek prepares his murder weapon. The film is a psychological and ethical study of murder. A sensation at the Cannes film festival and recipient of numerous awards, A Short Film About Killing opened the door to an international career for director, Krzysztof Kieślowski.

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Screen Shots at Capitol Hill Art Walk

Free event, 6pm - 8pm!

Happy hour drink prices!

Curated by Vera Petukhova!

Jul 10 - Nov 13

Join Northwest Film Forum for Screen Shots, a monthly series during Capitol Hill Art Walk. A new program every month features happy hour, video art, and sometimes special guests and lobby installations!

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The Illumination

New digital restoration!
Director Krzysztof Zanussi in attendance!
Co-presented with the Seattle Polish Film Festival
Sponsored by Seattle University

Oct 09

(Krzysztof Zanussi, 1972, DCP, 93 min)

In this classic bildungsroman, a young man from a provincial town comes to the capital to study physics, hoping that science can answer his questions. He explores the boundaries of knowledge while tackling universal life experiences—love, death, friendship, fatherhood, and work.

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The Case of the Three-Sided Dream

Oct 19

(Adam Kahan, United States, 2014, Blu-Ray, 87 min)

Blinded at birth, multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk was destined to open the eyes and ears of many with his breathtaking talent, fearless activism and inspiring spirit of determination. Rahsaan Roland Kirk wore as many hats as he played instruments (frequently all at once). He overcame obstacles as formidable and diverse as paralysis and racial prejudice to live out the vivid dreams that shaped his identity. From tenor sax to flute, he was an unstoppable showman who continued to play music and tour even after a stroke left him effectively one-handed. 

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Stations of the Elevated

New restoration!

Oct 21

(Manfred Kirchheimer, United States, 1981, DCP, 45 min)

Among the first-ever documentations of graffiti on film, Stations of the Elevated weaves together vivid images of elevated subway trains crisscrossing New York City's gritty urban landscape. With a complex soundtrack that combines the ambient sounds of the city with the music of Charles Mingus and Aretha Franklin, Stations of the Elevated captures the height of the 1970s graffiti movement in New York, featuring the work of early legends including Lee, Fab 5 Freddy, Shadow, Daze, Kase, Butch, Blade, Slave, 12 T2B, Ree, and Pusher. 

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Swim Little Fish Swim

Seattle premiere!

Oct 24 - Oct 30

(Ruben Amar and Lola Bessis, United States, 2013, DCP, 95 min)

Inspired by New York filmmakers Jim Jarmusch, John Cassavetes and Spike Lee, and by their own experiences of the city, French filmmakers Ruben Amar and Lola Bessis have crafted a delightfully engrossing domestic drama for their feature debut. 

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The Crow + SuperTrash

Book release event with author Jacques Boyreau on October 31!
20th anniversary screening of The Crow!

Oct 29 - Oct 31

(Alex Proyas, United States, 1994, Blu-ray, 102 min)

Grunge virtuosity reigns supreme in The Crow, a gothic cult classic filled with extreme performances, anguished romance, delicate oblivion and unchecked sadism. Perfect for Halloween. Join us on October 31 to celebrate in person with local curator Jacques Boyreau, as we celebrate the release of his new Fantagraphics book, SuperTrash: Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish, 21st Century Anxiety.

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Image copyright Laurie Clark Photography.

Women in Film – The Second Tuesday

Happy hour + program!

Free event for WIF and NWFF members!

Mar 11 - Nov 11

Every second Tuesday of the month, join Women in Film Seattle and Northwest Film Forum to connect with your peers and share stories of your latest gig, show off a finished project or a work-in-progress, and network to your heart’s content. Special ticket pricing: $6 for guests.

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Norte, The End of History

Nov 14 - Nov 20

(Lav Diaz, the Philippines, 2013, 250 min)

Acclaimed Filipino auteur Lav Diaz, who won best film for his latest at the 2014 Locarno Film Festival, has created a masterful rumination on the traumatic and transformative effects of global capitalism in his homeland. The saga follows Fabian, a student riled by the socioeconomic debris of the developing world left in the wake of advanced capitalism—what historian Francis Fukuyama referred to as “the end of history.” 

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Puget Soundtrack: Cabana presents Microcosmos

Live music!
35mm print!

Nov 20

(Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou, Switzerland, 1996, 35mm, 72 min)

Cabana welcomes you to the microcosmos. Behold the exhilarating, alien world of insect life in a French meadow, featuring stunning close ups (captured using macroscopic and time-lapse photography). Impish humor, riveting drama and carnal violence abound.  Our new Music Movies series, Puget Soundtrack, invites Seattle musicians and bands to create a live score for a film of their choosing. In November we feature Cabana, a four piece band from Seattle that plays rock with psychedelic and shoegaze leanings, influenced by Spacemen 3, Brian Jonestown Massacre, My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth.

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Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

Nov 21 - Nov 26

(Thomas Allen Harris, United States, 2014, DCP, 92 min)

Part of a multimedia project that traces the history of African-American photography, Thomas Allen Harris’s Through a Lens Darkly explores how African American communities have used the medium of photography to construct political, aesthetic, and cultural representations of themselves and their world. 

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