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The Experimental Film Movement in Serbia: Years of Structure (1960s-80s)

May 31

(80 min, digital video, 1968-1984)

Film as a medium of expression and film in which the structure plays the dominant role were the most widespread in the 1960s and 1970s in Belgrade. The films of Zoran Popović, Slobodan Šijan, and Ljubomir Šimunić explored diverse visual structures. Vjekoslav Nakić, Nikola Djurić, and Radoslav Vladić created films with pure structures and atmospheres. Ivan Obrenov and Bojan Jovanović, through the predominant postmodernist style of their works, again began to pose questions related to the topics of unfinished revolutions and neocolonialism. 



Open Screenings at the Film Forum

Free event!

Feb 09 - Aug 03

Are you a local filmmaker looking to share your work? Seeking feedback on your film? Want to see what other people are currently working on? Come join us for our monthly opening screening! Hang out with new and established filmmakers and experience films being made right here in our community.



Queer Vision 20/20: Different From the Others

Co-presented with Three Dollar Bill Cinema!

Happy Hour at 7pm, Screening at 8pm
Live Music by Jess Wamre!

Jun 04

Join us during four Thursdays in June to celebrate queer cinema throughout the 20th century, in honor of the 20th anniversary years of Northwest Film Forum and the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival! 



La Sapienza

Seattle Premiere!

Jun 05 - Jun 11

(Eugène Green, 2014, France/Italy, DCP, 100 min)

An architecture lover’s dream come true, La Sapienza luxuriates in the awe-inspiring beauty of contemporary and baroque Italian architecture. In CinemaScope, Blake Williams writes that “Green creates in La Sapienza’s middle hour one of the great documents of an architect’s magisterial brilliance to appear in cinema.” 



Transit Movie Nite

 Free event!

Jun 10

Transit Movie Night:  It's Ride Transit Month!  Come watch Speed (1994) on the 21st Anniversary of its original release date; June 10.  FREE.  Doors open at 6:30 pm, movie starts at 7:00 pm.  Visit or email [email protected] for more information.



Queer Vision 20/20: Now, Voyager

Happy hour at 7pm, screening at 8pm

Co-presented with Three Dollar Bill Cinema

35mm print!

Jun 11

Join us during four Thursdays in June to celebrate queer cinema throughout the 20th century, in honor of the 20th anniversaries of Northwest Film Forum and Three Dollar Bill Cinema!



Losing Ground

Jun 12 - Jun 21

(Kathleen Collins, United States, 1982, 86 min)

In her second and final feature, made in 1982, independent director Kathleen Collins captured a subtle inner conflict between mind and spirit. As one of the first American films directed by an African-American woman, Losing Ground is a seminal work of independent cinema, whose theatrical release has been long overdue.



Heaven Knows What

Jun 12 - Jun 18

(Josh and Benny Safdie, 2014, United States, DCP, 94 min)

The Safdies' latest, biggest, and most fraught star to date is Arielle Holmes, whose real life struggles with homelessness and heroin addiction on the streets of New York inspired Heaven Knows What. Arielle plays a version of herself in the film, with the rest of the cast fleshed out by her real friends and acquaintances, including the endlessly wired Buddy Duress. One of the only professional actors is Caleb Landry-Jones (X-Men: First Class, Byzantium) who portrays her alluringly nihilistic boyfriend, Ilya.




Jun 15

(Cauleen Smith, 1998, United States, 86 min)

Paired with our run of Losing Ground by Kathleen Collins, Drylongso examines femininity and African-American identity in 1990s Oakland. Director Cauleen Smith shot this introspective first feature while still a student, under the tutelage and creative influence of Angela Davis and Trin T. Minh-ha. 



Crossroads: An Evening of Seattle History

Co-Presented by EXCinema and The Grand Illusion

Jun 16

How will the current shifts in population affect the personality of our city? EXcinema has collected films and videos that offer a glimpse of our past that range from indigenous and frontier histories, to the modern gentrification that continues into present day.



Queer Vision 20/20: Black Lizard

Happy hour at 7pm, screening at 8pm

Co-presented with Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Jun 18

(Fukasaku Kinji, 1968, Japan, 86 min)

Join us during four Thursdays in June to celebrate queer cinema throughout the 20th century, in honor of the 20th anniversaries of Northwest Film Forum and Three Dollar Bill Cinema!



Christiania - 40 Years of Occupation

Filmmakers in attendance!
Happy hour at 6pm!

Jun 20

(Robert Lawson and Richard Jackman, United States, 2014, 76 min)

 In 1971 hundreds of young people occupied 85 acres of buildings, woods and ramparts of an abandoned military base in the center of Copenhagen, Denmark. Finding it politically unpopular to evict the young settlers, the Danish government declared Christiania a "short-term social experiment". Over forty years later, Christiania is the oldest still existing squat in Europe. How did that happen? Winner - Best Documentary Feature, STIFF 2015.



Field Niggas

Seattle premiere!

Co-presented with The New Foundation Seattle
Skype Q&A with director Khalik Allah!

Jun 22

(Khalik Allah, 2014, USA, DCP, 60 min)

Renowned NY street photographer Khalik Allah spent his summer nights documenting the faces and voices of the unheard and unknown. Woven together in an experimental montage, the resulting film is an immersive fever dream set in Harlem after dark.



Queer Vision 20/20: Born in Flames

Happy hour at 7pm, screening at 8pm

Co-presented with Three Dollar Bill Cinema

16mm print!

Jun 25

Join us during four Thursdays in June to celebrate queer cinema throughout the 20th century, in honor of the 20th anniversary years of Northwest Film Forum and the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival! 



Fresh Dressed

Back by popular demand!

Jun 26 - Jul 02

(Sacha Jenkins, United States, 2014, 82 min, DCP)

Fresh Dressed is a chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-etched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion catwalks and Middle America's shopping malls. More than a documentary about fashion and music, Fresh Dressed is a thorough contemplation of cultural economy, police brutality and community solidarity—in short, the history of hip hop.



Tenet: Daisy Heroin VHS Release

Jun 26

Daisy Heroin is the moniker of Colin Dawson, known for his guitarist gigs with Haunted Horses and Stickers. Having long desired to create atmospheric film scores, Dawson made a VHS tape called Art Show. Tonight we screen it alongside a brand new project, Tenet, which Dawson describes thusly:




Seattle premiere!
Producer/author Dan Ariely in attendance!

Jun 28

(Yael Melamede, United States, 2014, DCP, 90 min)

(Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies explores the complex impact dishonesty has on our lives and everyday society. Interweaving psychological experiments from celebrated behavioral economist Dan Ariely with personal stories from individuals affected by the unraveling of their lies, Ariely and a team of scientists uncover our propensity to be dishonest—sometimes even unknowingly. What’s revealed is a fascinating look at the forces behind our collective behavior and the many truths behind lies.


Photo by James Drury on Flickr Creative Commons.

Open Script Read

Free event!
Happy Hour: 6:30pm
Readings: 7pm
Last Monday of the month

Apr 27 - Jun 29

Join Northwest Film Forum for a monthly Open Script Read! Local screenwriters and filmmakers may submit 10 pages of their original work in order to hear a live table read, with an ensemble of professional actors, and get feedback from both actors and other participants. 



Puget Soundtrack: Cock & Swan presents Only God Forgives

Live Music Score!

Jul 09

(Nicolas Winding Refn, Denmark/France, 2013, 90 min)

Cock & Swan will be the first Puget Soundtrack band to combine live scoring with pre-recorded elements — a technique they hope will allow them to focus on the highly rhythmic pacing of Only God Forgives. While Refn's followup to Drive is certainly short on dialogue, it doesn't skimp on either visuals or action. The blood-soaked revenge pic was a critical Hindenburg upon release, but could the right musical accompaniment be all it needs to soar?



The Tribe

Seattle Premiere!

Jul 10 - Jul 16

(Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Ukraine, 2014, DCP, 130 min)

Set in a boarding school for the deaf, The Tribe weaves an harsh tale of love and hate without ever uttering a spoken word. Director Myroslav Slaboshpytsky's feature debut also declines to subtitle the sign language used by all characters. Instead, the angst and fury of adolescence plays out in a series of terrific performance, all portrayed by deaf actors. The results have been earned universal critical acclaim and multiple awards at Cannes.



A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Seattle Premiere!

Jul 17 - Jul 23

(Roy Anderrsson, 2014, Sweden, DCP, 101 minutes)

Through a series of (mostly) unconnected painterly vignettes, legendary Swedish auteur Roy Andersson deftly delivers the finale to his humanist trilogy. Pigeon might be the oddest, funniest, deepest movie-going experience you've ever been to, and you'll be stumped trying to explain it to your friends. Irreducible to advertising, the entire trilogy has received a limited release in North America, even as it is hailed by critics as a masterpiece in our time.




 35mm print!

Jul 18

(Joseph Losey, 1968, UK, 35mm, 113 min)

Elizabeth Taylor is a sultry, medusa-haired wealthy widow. Richard Burton is the brooding, penniless poet who mysteriously appears on her private island. Both actors appear to be mildly intoxicated throughout as they act out their tabloid dramas with a tongue-in-cheek zest that’s not to be missed. 



RADAR: Exchanges In Dance Film Frequencies

Jul 19


Join us for a program dedicated to the exploration and evolution of dance film through connecting artists scene by scene. Curated by filmmaker/curator Adam Sekuler and choreographer Shannon Stewart, RADAR features movement based films of many budgets, styles and perspectives, creating a platform of local, national and international exchange that allows artists to publicly screen their work, discuss, get feedback and meet other artists working in the same form. Each screening features at least one film or dance artist from the screening city.




Do I Sound Gay?

Jul 24 - Jul 30

(David Thorpe, 2014, United States, DCP, 77 min)

Journalist-turned-documentarian David Thorpe turns the camera on himself and his own personal quest to sound straight. He's joined in this funny and insightful documentary by queer celebrities, including Dan Savage, David Sedaris, George Takei, and others. The documentary surveys popular media, personal anecdotes, psychological theories, and speech science that tries to explain 'sounding gay' as a phenomenon.



Our Lives in Google

Filmmaker in attendance!
Live performance!

Jul 27

(Adam Sekuler, United States, 2015, 24 min)

My Life In Google is a landscape film using the archive of Google Earth, Google Street View and Google Maps to create a personal memoir landscape film/live performance. After the screening and performance, the audience and filmmaker will embark together on an interactive excavation of the forgotten histories and topographies of the Capitol Hill neighborhood.