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Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Northwest Film Forum welcomes the 5th annual Seattle Asian American Film Festival!

Feb 23 - Feb 26

The Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) showcases feature-length and short-format films by and about Asian Americans across North America, with an emphasis on filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest.

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Local Sightings Naked City Audience Award Encore Screening

*This screening is at the Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Greenwood*

Filmmakers in attendance! 

Free screening!

Feb 28

Join us for an encore screening of your Audience Award picks from this year's Local Sightings Film Festival!

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I'm Not Crying, You're Crying: 50 Years of Political TV Satire

With The Future is 0 host Claire Buss!
Happy hour at 6:30pm!

Mar 01

How do you satirize the fact that our country elected a reality TV star to the highest office in the nation? Join us for a screening of some of the best political satire sketches of the past 50 years of television, followed by a discussion with comedians and TV experts about political satire’s role and where we go from here.

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The Dazzling Light of Sunset (Daisis miziduloba)

Seattle premiere!

Mar 02 - Mar 04

(Salomé Jashi, Georgia / Germany, 2016, 74 min)

The town of Tsalenjikha (pop. 8,900) in western Georgia is scarcely newsworthy, a reality which broadcast journalist Dariko must confront as she attempts to report, with some journalistic objectivity, the town’s droll proceedings.

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Puget Soundtrack: Your City Sleeps presents Enemy Mine

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Mar 03

(Wolfgang Petersen, US & West Germany, 1985, 108 min)

Enemy Mine is a tale that I feel will always be relevant; a story of mortal enemies settling their differences and realizing how similar they are. It is about finding who you truly are. This is a story that anyone can relate to. It is a gift. It is heart-wrenching and timeless. – Miles Kazemian, Your City Sleeps

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XX

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Mar 03 - Mar 05

(Roxanne Benjamin, Sofia Carrillo, Annie Clark, Karyn Kusama, & Jovanka Vuckovic, Canada & US, 2017, 81 min)

XX is a new all-female-helmed horror anthology of four dark tales written and directed by fiercely talented women: Annie Clark (St. Vincent) rocks her directorial debut with The Birthday Party; Karyn Kusama exorcises Her Only Living Son; Roxanne Benjamin screams Don’t Fall; and Jovanka Vuckovic dares to open The Box. Award-winning animator Sofia Carrillo wraps these four suspenseful stories of terror together.

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International Day for Women and Trans People: Centering Intersectional Feminist Performance, Film, Dialogue, Art, and More

Buy Tickets Now to see Sister Spit at noon. Free event after 1:30pm!

Mar 04

For the third year, Northwest Film Forum partners with multiple departments at UW-Bothell to present a day of performances, screenings and conversations in celebration of International Women's Day (March 8th). The day-long event will include a special performance by Sister Spit.

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Road to Nickelsville - Encore Screening!

Filmmaker in attendance!

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Mar 05

(Derek McNeill, US, 2017, 47 min)

Caution, survival, and hope. The residents of Nickelsville, an organized homeless encampment in Seattle Washington, share how they became homeless; caution how quickly it can happen, and how they persevere.

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Happy Hour

Seattle premiere! (Two-part screening; Part I on Mar. 8, Part II on Mar. 10)

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Mar 08 - Mar 10

(Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Japan, 2015, 317 min)

One woman's divorce provokes a seismic shift among four girlfriends in Ryûsuke Hamaguchi's intimate epic.

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Do Androids Dream Of Grant Money? Arts Philanthropy in Tech City

Free screening & discussion!

Mar 08

A docu-satire of late night public access TV digging into the history of Seattle and its rapidly changing cultural landscape followed by rigorous public discussion about the state of philanthropy for the arts in an increasingly data-driven city.

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ShareGrid Launch Event

Free event!
 
Drinks, food, prizes, and lots of community recognition courtesy of ShareGrid!

Mar 09

Attend the ShareGrid launch to learn how more than 26,000 filmmakers and photographers are already sharing over $160 million of gear in LA, SF, NYC and ATL. Seattle is next!

 

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Festival of (In)appropriation #9

Curator Lauren Berliner in attendance! Buy Tickets Now >

Mar 10

This year’s program of (in)appropriation features an astonishing variety of moving-image appropriation art, including a riotous YouTube reaction video mash-up, an exquisite found-footage ready-made, a queer-Asian-American homage to Hollis Frampton, and a pseudo-documentary (or is it?) about the lost work of an early-Soviet scientist dedicated to the exploration of “human mental projection.”

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3rd Annual Seattle Web Fest

Free web series film festival!

Mar 11

Celebrate independent television by viewing a curated selection of amazing shows in theatrical presentation and join us for a full day of educational panels & workshops from industry professionals.

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FREE Members-Only Screening! The Rules of the Game

35mm print! Introduction by James Tweedie.

Mar 12

(Jean Renoir, France, 1939, 106 min)

At la Colinière, the deceptively idyllic country estate of a wealthy Parisian aristocrat, a selection of society’s finest gather for a rural sojourn and shooting party, and over the course of the weekend reveal themselves to be absurdly, almost primitively, cruel and vapid.

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The Rules of the Game

35mm print!

Free for members!

Mar 12

(Jean Renoir, France, 1939, 106 min)

At la Colinière, the deceptively idyllic country estate of a wealthy Parisian aristocrat, a selection of society’s finest gather for a rural sojourn and shooting party, and over the course of the weekend reveal themselves to be absurdly, almost primitively, cruel and vapid.

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Mr. Gaga

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Mar 15 - Mar 23

(Tomer Heymann, 2015, Israel, Sweden, Germany, & Netherlands, 100 min)

Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Meeting him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary introduces you to a man with an extraordinary vision through an extensive archive of unseen footage and breathtaking dance sequences.

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The Challenge

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Mar 16 - Mar 18

(Yuri Ancarani, Italy / France / Switzerland, 2016, 69 min)

Grounded in observational realism, yet almost surreal in its maximized minimalism, the nominal tale of a Sheikh falconer travelling to Qatar for a weekend tournament becomes a hypnotic study in contrasts: the wild and the tame, the gilded and the barren, ennui and excitement, technology and nature.

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Uncertain

Q&A with directors from the film on Mar. 18!

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Mar 17 - Mar 19

(Ewan McNicol & Anna Sandilands, US, 2017, 81 min)

Uncertain is a visually stunning and disarmingly funny portrait of the literal and figurative troubled waters of Uncertain, Texas, a 94-resident town so tucked away that “you’ve got to be lost to find it.”

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Beau Travail

35mm print!

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Mar 21 - Mar 22

(Claire Denis, France, 1999, 35mm, 92 min)

This is the French Foreign Legion: men only, alone together; no women are permitted to join. Officers are French citizens; enlisted men are of any nationality and are mostly political refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants looking for a way out or a way in. French citizenship is the reward for grueling service.

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The Land of the Enlightened

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Mar 24 - Mar 26

(Pieter-Jan De Pue, 2016, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, & Afghanistan, 87 min)

In this seamless blend of fiction and documentary forms, we experience a stunning cinematic journey into beautiful but war-tormented Afghanistan. Shot over seven years on evocative Super-16mm and 35mm, first-time director Pieter-Jan De Pue paints a haunting picture of what will be left of Afghanistan for the next generation.

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Homeland: Iraq Year Zero

Seattle premiere!

Each screening will have an intermission from 3:45-4:15. Saturday guests can return to finish the film on Sunday with ticket stub.

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Mar 25 - Mar 26

(Abbas Fahdel, France, 2015, Part 1: 160 min, Part II: 174 min)

In February 2002 - about a year before the U.S. invasion - Iraqi filmmaker Abbas Fahdel traveled home from France to capture everyday life as his country prepared for war. He concentrated on family and friends, including his 12-year-old nephew, Haider, as they went about their daily lives, which had come to include planning for shortages of food, water and power. No strangers to war, the Iraqis thought they understood what was coming, and could even manage to be grimly humorous about what they felt would likely be a major and lengthy inconvenience. And then, the war began.

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Contemporary Color

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Mar 30 - Apr 02

(Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross, US, 2016, 107 min)

In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to celebrate the creativity of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers, colloquially known as “the sport of the arts.” Byrne recruited performers including the likes of St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Devonté Hynes, Zola Jesus, Ad-Rock, tUnE-yArDs, and Ira Glass to collaborate on original pieces with 10 color guard teams from across the US and Canada. The result is Contemporary Color, a bold and irrepressible snapshot of a one-of-a-kind live performance.

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Strike a Pose

Co-presented with Three Dollar Bill Cinema on Apr. 5!

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Mar 29 - Apr 05

(Ester Gould & Reijer Zwaan, Netherlands & Belgium, 2016, 83 min)

In 1990, seven young male dancers - six gay, one straight - joined Madonna on her most controversial tour. On stage and in the iconic film Truth or Dare they showed the world how to express yourself. Now, 25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour. Strike a Pose is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.

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The Films of Daichi Saito

Filmmaker in attendance!
Sponsored by Seattle University Film Studies 
Co-presented with EXcinema. Buy Tickets Now >

Apr 01

Daïchi Saïto’s most recent films, which have found him joining forces with musicians Malcolm Goldstein and Jason Sharp, create extraordinary inter-layerings of sound and image, achieving a trance-like quality. These collaborations are true tours-de-force whose uncannily pulsating rhythms affect the body as much as the eye or ear, and variously suggest the organic mechanisms of breathing, blinking, or the beating of the heart.

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Cinemania

35mm print!

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Apr 06 - Apr 07

(Angela Christlieb & Stephen Kijak, Germany, 2002, 80 min)

"How many times do you have to see a film before you´ve actually seen it?" —Jack Angstreich
 
A documentary cult classic, Cinemania is an affectionate portrait of five obsessive film goers whose voracious appetite for films has consumed everything else in their lives.

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I Called Him Morgan

Seattle premiere!

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Apr 06 - Apr 09

(Kasper Collin, Sweden & US, 2016, 92 min)

On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This documentary is a love letter to Lee, Helen, and the music that brought them together.

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Cine-meme

Free event! Live video art!

Apr 13

A live video mashup of the best of internet ephemera and avant-garde cinema.

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