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Summer of Flying Fish

El verano de los peces voladores

Apr 20 - Apr 23

(Marcela Said, Chile/France, 2013, DCP, 87 min)

Marcela Said's first foray into scripted narrative filmmaking after a series of award-winning documentaries focusing on Pinochet's regime sees her mining discreet (but no less politically sensitive) material: indigenous versus inherited legacies in Chile. 



Fantastic Planet

With live score by Kingdom of the Holy Sun!

Screening followed by DJ Mamma Casserole and DJ Veins!

After party at Vermillion: bring your ticket stub and get $1 off your first drink at the split tape release party!

Apr 20

(René Laloux, France, 1973, 35mm, 72 min)

A stop-motion sci-fi cult classic of such cosmically epic proportions that it was awarded the 1973 Special Jury Prize at Cannes (a rare feat for animated films), Fantastic Planet is a work of exquisite psychedelia-infused surrealism.



We Are Mari Pepa

Somos Mari Pepa

Apr 19 - Apr 21

(Samuel Kishi Leopo, Mexico, 2013, DCP, 95 min)

Breathing unexpected life into the naturally jaded (but hormone-riddled) body of male youth/buddy/skate/band movies, Samuel Kishi Leopo's debut is utterly faithful to its milieu of bored and confused teenagers hanging out and playing hooky on the outskirts of Guadalajara: skating, trying to meet girls, and practicing for an upcoming battle of the bands. 



The Thomas Crown Affair

Hosted by Mark Mitchell and Chiyo Ishikawa!

Apr 21

(Norman Jewison, United States, 1968, 102 min)

This steamy heist starring Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen gets a custom makeover, as designer/artist Mark Mitchell and SAM curator Chiyo Ishikawa bring us a whole new way to watch the ultimate chess game between a millionaire sportsman and a saucy insurance investigator: by delighting in the fashion, style and design on display in this 1968 classic.



All About the Feathers

Por las plumas

Apr 22 - Apr 23

(Neto Villalobos, Costa Rica, 2013, DCP, 85 min)

Getting an independent production off the ground in Costa Rica (where the film industry pales in comparison with the sway of ecotourism) is about as likely as a lanky security guard raising a prize-fighting rooster. Director Neto Villalobos nimbly charts the trials of Chalo, who covets a local grocer's auspicious-seeming bird that, once possessed, is re-christened 'Rocky' and becomes something of a life partner to the loner who lives, naturally, above a fried chicken joint. 



Los Posibles

Apr 22 - Apr 26

(Santiago Mitre, Juan Onofri Barbato, Argentina, 2013, DCP, 55 min)

The follow-up to Santiago Mitre's student political drama El Estudiante (featured in last year's focus on Argentine films at Northwest Film Forum) comes as an unexpected surprise: Los Posibles is a dance film, albeit as mysterious and propulsive as his first narrative feature. 



Salt of the Earth

Co-presented with the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington and the Labor Archives of Washington, UW Libraries Special Collections

Apr 23

(Herbert J. Biberman, USA, 1954, 94 min)

Blacklisted film professionals, with political beliefs deemed too radical in McCarthy-era Hollywood, collaborated with the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers to make this neorealist classic, which follows the struggle of miners and their families (many of them non-actors from the miners union)  as they strike against the Empire Zinc Company in New Mexico. 



A Report on the Party and the Guests

Apr 23

(Jan Nemec, Czechoslovakia, 1966, 35mm, 70min)

In Czechoslovak maverick’s Jan Němec’s most politically charged film, a group of middle-aged bourgeois friends picnic in the woods; soon they are assaulted by thugs who interrogate them, until the party’s host intervenes. This examination of the mechanics of power and the ways people participate was banned in Czechoslovakia by the Communist regime, who rebuffed Němec’s assurances that it was not intended as an allegory of their government.



Jonathas’ Forest

A Floresta de Jonathas

Apr 21 - Apr 24

(Sergio Andrade, Brazil, 2012, DCP, 99 min)

A becalmed but ripe tale of family life in Amazonia is transformed into a haunting rumination on man-in-nature, in this Brazilian take on tropical malady. Banished from the home by a bitter father, Juliano embarks on a defiant camping trip, with his curious brother Jonathas in tow.




Co-presented with 12toRain and City Arts magazine

Apr 24

Internet may have killed the video star, but music video culture is alive and kicking in the Northwest. Join Northwest Film Forum, 12toRain and City Arts magazine for videOasis, a new quarterly showcase of the best new music videos produced in the region. We’re kicking off the first videOasis in conjunction with the 2014 Music Issue by City Arts, as we pull videos from the interweb ether down to earth and onto the big screen, with musicians and directors here in person to discuss the process of collaboration.



La Ultima Pelicula

Apr 25 - Apr 30

(Raya Martin and Mark Peranson, Canada/Mexico/Philippines, 2013, DCP, 88 min)

A product of DOX:LAB, a Copenhagen-based consortium linking artists from developing and developed countries to collaborate on projects, La Ultima Pelicula is Raya Martin's (the Philippines) and Mark Peranson's (Canada, and first time-feature director) homage to Dennis Hopper's bat-shit crazy film folly, The Last Movie



Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border

Purgatorio: Un viaje el corazón de la frontera

Apr 25

(Rodrigo Reyes, Mexico/USA, 2012, DCP, 80 min)

Rodrigo Reyes' harrowing and lyrical documentary goes in search of stories along the U.S.-Mexico border–from Tijuana to Juarez–to piece together a human portrait of migration, xenophobia, corruption and salvation. La Frontera is both gate of heaven, and hell on earth. Show me a fifty-foot wall and I'll show you a fifty-one foot ladder, the saying goes. And yet, the desert is strewn with corpses, while debates about immigration continue to polarize discussion north of the border. 



Looking For Adventure

Apr 25 - Apr 26

(Kimi Takesue, Peru/USA, 2013, PRO-RES, 47 min)

Exploring with rigorous formal composure the “strains, pleasures, and choreography” of group tourism in Peru, documentary filmmaker Kimi Takesue has created a unique ethnography of Andean culture: both its commodification for the exotic-seeking traveler, and the sublime elements that effectively inspire pilgrimages of universal beauty. 



Porcelain Horse

Mejor No Hablar de Ciertas Cosas

Opening night party for Pulsos Latinos follows the screening on April 18!

Featuring a free cachaça bar (21+ only) from Novo Fogo and live music from DJ Chilly!

Apr 18 - Apr 26

(Javier Andrade, Ecuador, 2012, DCP, 100 min)

A corrosive and funny drama—by turns blackly sardonic and deeply tender—about two brothers trying to grow up amid the torpor of drugs and the insulating comforts of class privilege in Portoviejo, Ecuador. 



Framing Pictures

Free event!

Feb 28 - Apr 27

Join us for a free, lively monthly discussion led by long-time Seattle film critics (and occasional guests) who have much to say on the subject of cinephilia past, present and future. The April conversation includes former Film Comment editor Richard Jameson, Everett Herald/KUOW critic Robert Horton and critic Kathleen Murphy.



Nothing Against Life

Co-presented by Northwest Film Forum and Cinerama, in a benefit for the Washington Youth Suicide Prevention Program

Seattle premiere!

Post-screening cast & crew discussion!

Apr 30

A fearless, moving drama that addresses the social implications of living with depression, and stigmas surrounding suicide and mental health, Nothing Against Life peers into the lives of four disparate characters whose paths intertwine, as they navigate the razor's edge of life.



High Rise

Co-presented with ARCADE and Charles Mudede

Apr 30

(Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil, 2009, 66 min)

In High-Rise (Um Lugar ao Sol), nine penthouse residents in three of Brazil's largest cities (Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Recife) divulge what it's like to live at the top. Through revealing interviews with the residents, in the comfort of their high-rise lofts, director Gabriel Mascaro exposes a world of wealth gone wild. 




May Day at the Film Forum

Featuring the Seattle Labor Chorus!

May 01

For International Workers' Day, we wrap up Red Renewal and kick off May Works, a month-long celebration of workers in Seattle, with a performance by the Seattle Labor Chorus, accompanied by worker films, a final community discussion and a proper May Day party.



Work-in-Progress: Northwest Film Forum's 13th Annual Gala

at 415 Westlake

May 02

Glamour. Grit. Work-in-Progress.

Northwest Film Forum turns 19 this year—ready for a bigger role, but still a kid at heart. Join us as we roll out the red carpet, and roll up our sleeves, for a Gala evening of celebration.




New digital restoration!

May 02 - May 08

(Orson Welles, U.S.A., 1952, DCP, 90 min)

When historians discuss the blighted career of Orson Welles, they generally hone in on the meddlesome studio mutilations of Magnificent Ambersons or Touch of Evil, but there is no more star-crossed Welles work than his 1952 adaptation of Othello.  



Navajo Star Wars

Two nights only!

Late night, 11pm screenings are 21+

Co-presented with Longhouse Media

May 02 - May 03

Seventy voice actors speaking 5 Navajo dialects enact Star Wars: A New Hope, in the first major theatrical movie to be dubbed into a Native language.



PANDEMIC: Viral Videos

Hosted by Adam Sekuler and David Schmader

Mar 04 - May 05

Each month, PANDEMIC turns Northwest Film Forum’s cinema into a virtual examination room, as two cultural curators poke and prod viral blights from across the interwebz. This month, meme-machines Adam Sekuler and Amanda Manitach guide us on a quest to answer the nebulous koan of cloud life—yes, you can haz cheeseburger. . .but can you digest it?



It Felt Like Love

May 09 - May 15

(Eliza Hittman, U.S.A, 2013, DCP, 82 min.)

 Eliza Hittman’s debut feature landed her on Filmmaker Magazine's 25 faces of Independent Cinema list. Set in Brooklyn, it concerns 14-year old Lila (the brilliant Gina Pierasanti), who, utterly neglected by her father, is left alone to break out of her awkward adolescent shackles (by emulating her far more promiscuous friend).  Lila’s pursuit of a boyfriend from the wrong side of the tracks leads to circumstances that may be inevitable, but, in Hittman's sensitive handling, never stray into the realm of judgment.


Image copyright Laurie Clark Photography.

Women in Film – The Second Tuesday

Happy hour + program!

Free event for WIF and NWFF members!

Mar 11 - May 13

Northwest Film Forum is the new home of Women in Film Seattle's The Second Tuesday! Every Second Tuesday of the month, connect with your peers and share stories of your latest gig, find out what's happening in WIF, show off a finished project or a work-in-progress, and have a glass of wine.




With a live musical score by GRID!

May 16

This canonical, 1927 German Expressionist sci-fi opus by Fritz Lang is accompanied by a new score from GRID, the Seattle-based live music-to-film project founded by drummer Jen Gilleran.



John Hubley Centennial

New 35mm prints!

May 17 - May 18

(John and Faith Hubley, 35mm, 80 min)

American film animator John Hubley began his career working on classics like Bambi and Fantasia at Disney. In the late ‘40s, Hubley created the character of Mr. Magoo; in the ‘50s, he founded Storyboard Studios, where he worked on Sesame Street and directed classic shorts like Moonbird. We present a program of newly restored 35mm prints of some of the most beloved of John Hubley’s works, on the 100th anniversary of his birth.



Silent Magic: Trick Films and Special Effects, 1895-1912

May 20

(Various directors and countries, 1895-1912, 16mm, approx. 90 min)

At the dawn of the previous century, a new breed of sorcerer emerged: blending the ancient arts of stagecraft and prestidigitation with experimental movie trickery, these modern magicians transported audiences to entirely new realms of wonder. 



Game On

Co-presented with Imagos Films

May 27

Whether or not you've played a video game since Frogger, you probably know that the modern video game has become increasingly cinematic. But what relevance does this have for today's filmmakers?



The Pirate Cinema

A live work by Nicolas Maigret

May 29 - May 31

The hidden activity and geography of real-time peer-to-peer file sharing via BitTorrent is revealed in The Pirate Cinema, a live installation by digital artist Nicolas Maigret. In Maigret’s monitoring room, omnipresent telecommunications surveillance gains a global face, as the artist plunders the core of restless activity online, revealing how visual media is consumed and disseminated across the globe.