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Iraqi Odyssey

Switzerland's Official Submission for the 88th Academy Awards
Seattle Premiere!

Feb 05 - Feb 08

(Samir, Switzerland, 2014, DCP, 162 min)

“My father told my mother he never wanted to see his children wearing two things – a turban or a military uniform... both of them want to enslave men, one by force of arms, and the other by power of ideology.”  

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The Automatic Hate

Q&A with producer Lacey Leavitt, moderated by Megan Griffiths

Feb 05 - Feb 07

(Justin Lerner, United States, 2015, DCP, 97 min)

When young chef Davis Green receives a visit from a beautiful cousin he never knew he had, their meeting opens the door on a mysterious family drama that drove two brothers to disown each other three decades earlier. 

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Live from UB

 Seattle premiere!

Feb 10

(Lauren Knapp, United States, 2014, 85 min)

Live From UB explores the current state of rock music in Ulaanbaatar (UB), Mongolia’s biggest city, through one of its most promising young bands. The film captures the spirit of Mongolian musicians and their desire to unify the music of independence with that of a long, rich tradition.

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I Am A Knife With Legs

Seattle premiere!

Feb 10

(Bennett Jones, United States, 2014, 83 min)

This musical-comedy mishmash takes Euro pop to the next level. Comedian Bennett Jones’s alter ego “Bené” (think Flight of the Conchords with a smidge of Borat) himself seems more concerned with chocolate éclairs, showing off his abs without having to take his shirt off, and French ex-girlfriend “Baguette,” than any attempts on his life.

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Chat Room

Happy hour at 6pm in the lobby

Feb 11

Chat Room is a quarterly forum about art in the age of the Internet. Artists, thinkers, non-artists, and non-thinkers come together each edition to tackle the fundamental questions around art and its relationship to broader society. Discussion topics range from copyright law, labor, cool teens, oppression, activism, memes, authenticity, and much more. 

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Chocolat

New 35mm print!

Feb 12 - Feb 14

(Claire Denis, France, 1988, 35mm, 109 min)

The great French director Claire Denis’s first feature film set the stage for her incomparable career. An affluent white woman named France (Mireille Perrier) returns to her childhood home in Cameroon after many years of living in France. While there, she reflects upon her youth.

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In the Shadow of Women

Seattle Premiere!

Feb 12 - Feb 14

(Philippe Garrel, France, 2014, 73 min)

The new film by the great Philippe Garrel (previously seen at the NYFF with Regular Lovers in 2005 and Jealousy in 2013) is a close look at infidelity—not merely the fact of it, but the particular, divergent ways in which it’s experienced and understood by men and women. 

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Never Get Tired: The Bomb the Music Industry! Story

Seattle premiere!

Feb 17

(Sara Crow, United States, 2015, 91 min)

Embodying the DIY ethos, New York punk band Bomb the Music Industry! managed to sustain nearly ten years of recording, touring, and building a worldwide fan base, all without a record label, album sales, or traditional commerce of any kind.

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Ruined Heart

Seattle Premiere!

Feb 17 - Feb 24

(Khavn De La Cruz, the Philippines, 2014, 73 min)

Ruined Heart is a one-of-a-kind wordless crime-drama-musical-punk-noir-opera with an unforgettable soundtrack composed by the film's prolific director Khavn (Mondomanila). In the underworld and backstreets of Manila, a criminal and the woman he's hired to protect run away together, fleeing a kingpin in favor of life on the run. 

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The Anthropologist

Celebrating World Anthropology Day!
Seattle premiere! 
 

Feb 18

(Daniel Miller, United States, 2015, 80 min)

At the core of The Anthropologist are the parallel stories of two women: Margaret Mead, who popularized cultural anthropology in America; and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist currently studying the impact of climate change. Uniquely revealed from their daughters’ perspectives, Mead and Crate demonstrate a fascination with how societies are forced to negotiate the disruption of their traditional ways of life, whether through encounters with the outside world or the unprecedented change wrought by melting permafrost, receding glaciers, and rising tides.

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Morphine: Journey of Dreams

Seattle premiere!

Feb 24

(Mark Shuman, United States, 2014, DCP, 91 min)

A power trio of bass, drums and saxophone, Morphine didn’t fit the formula for a successful rock and roll band, yet its talent and innovation landed the band a place in the hearts of critics and college radio fans alike. Journey of Dreams tracks the band’s ten-year career.

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The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil

 Happy Hour @ 7pm with DJ Erik Blood!

Feb 25

Northwest Film Forum presents The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil, a semi-monthly mudpie lobbed into the halls of power. Each live episode features interviews with high-profile politicians, activists and artists, plus standup comedy, videos and shocking revelations.

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New Voices of World Cinema

Curated by Julio Ramírez

Feb 26

With the goal of introducing Seattle audiences to the work of more emerging filmmakers from Europe and other parts of the world, Northwest Film Forum presents a program of award-winning narrative short films, curated by local filmmaker Julio Ramírez. 

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Hadwin's Judgment

Producer Elizabeth Yake in attendance

Feb 27 - Feb 28

(Sasha Snow, Canada, 2015, 87 min)

‘Hadwin’s Judgment’ is a spellbinding and visually stunning account of environmentalism, obsession and myth set in Canada’s Pacific Northwest.

The film chronicles the tormented transformation of Grant Hadwin from expert logger to environmental terrorist, a man who dared to challenge the destruction of the world’s last great temperate rainforest.

 

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K2 and the Invisible Footman

Feb 27

(Iara Lee, 54 min)

Located on the border between Pakistan and China, K2 is the second-highest mountain on Earth. For many climbers, it is an even greater prize than Everest, with limited routes, a steeper ascent, and a harder push to its summit. Nicknamed the 'Savage Mountain,' K2's peak juts unprotected into the atmosphere, regularly exposing climbers and porters to life-threatening weather conditions.

 

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Bob and the Trees

Feb 27 - Feb 28

(Diego Ongaro, United States, 2015, 92 min)

Based on his award winning 2010 short of the same name, Diego Ongaro’s first feature follows small-town logger Bob Tarasuk, his family, and their farm through a cold and trying winter. Forces of nature and human failings plague hot-headed Bob’s work and relationships, and drive him to near desperation as bad luck piles up around him like the ever-deepening snow. A beautiful setting in the Berkshires and compelling performances from non-professional actors engender a quiet yet magnetic new work of American independent cinema. Bob and the Trees premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and features the lensing of on-the-rise cinematographer Chris Teague (Obvious Child, Appropriate Behavior, The Mend).  

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Bungalow Heaven

This program is co-presented with American Bungalow Magazine and Northwest Film Forum. Tickets available here >

 

Registration: $10 for members, $15 for general public

 

Feb 28

Historic Seattle is pleased to premiere the first Seattle screening of Bungalow Heaven: Preserving a Neighborhood. Bungalow Heaven is a leafy, close-knit neighborhood of historic, early 20th century bungalow homes, many built during the Arts & Crafts period in Pasadena, California. The Landmark District, the first of its kind, was created in 1989 to preserve the historic significance of these homes. Bungalow Heaven is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as one of the “10 great places in America” by the American Planning Association.

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Drawing the Tiger

Feb 29

(Amy Benson, United States, 97 min)

Shot in Nepal over the course of multiple years, this emotionally incisive documentary focuses on the path of one rural family’s daily struggles. However, when the bright and ambitious Shanta leaps at the opportunity for a city education in Kathmandu, she suddenly feels the burden of responsibility to return to pull her family out of poverty. Director Amy Benson (Called to Shine, Three) has given presentations at TedX Monterey on the effects of girls’ education in the developing world, and has had a variety of short films premiere at various international film festivals.

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Festival of (In)Appropriation

Curated by Jaimie Baron, Lauren Berliner, and Greg Cohen

Mar 02

Whether you call it collage, compilation, found footage, détournement, or recycled cinema, the incorporation of already existing media into new artworks is a practice that generates novel juxtapositions and new meanings and ideas, often in ways entirely unrelated to the intentions of the original makers. Such new works are, in other words, “inappropriate.” This act of (in)appropriation may even produce revelations about the relationship between past and present, here and there, intention and subversion, artist and critic, not to mention the "producer" and "consumer" of visual culture itself. Fortunately for our purposes, the past decade has witnessed the emergence of a wealth of new audiovisual elements available for appropriation into new works. In addition to official state and commercial archives, resources like vernacular collections, home movie repositories, and digital archives now also provide fascinating material to repurpose in ways that lend it new meaning and resonance.
 

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Paris, Texas

Co-presented with SIFF

Mar 03

(Wim Wenders, United States, 1984, DCP, 147 min)

Wim Wenders is cinema’s preeminent poet of the open road, soulfully following the journeys of people as they search for themselves. During his over-forty-year career, Wenders has directed films in his native Germany and around the globe, making dramas both intense and whimsical, mysteries, fantasies, and documentaries. Northwest Film Forum and the Seattle International Film Festival co-present this retrospective of twelve of his films in new digital restorations.

 

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Love Between the Covers

Mar 06 - Mar 09

(Laurie Kahn, United States, 2015, Blu-ray, 85 min)

Seattle premiere
 
Though scarcely acknowledged in the literary world, romance fiction is a billion-dollar-a-year industry, and it is driven almost exclusively by women. Perhaps a surprising place to find feminism, the romance novel has the potential to empower both reader and creator. In its pages some find validation, some a welcome representation of diverse notions of femininity, and to some working in the trade, romance provides a substantial, independent living.
 

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Lillian and Harold: A Hollywood Love Story

Mar 06

(Daniel Raim, United States, 2015, 101 min)

Seattle premiere
Storyboard artist Harold and film researcher Lillian found success in both love and work in Hollywood, a place where marital and professional success can be hard to find and even harder to sustain. Often working alongside each other, Harold and Lillian Michelson contributed to some of the most beloved films from the heyday of Hollywood cinema. Harold’s knack for framing gave us some of film’s most iconic shots, and Lillian’s research lent an authenticity to the works of Mel Brooks and Francis Ford Coppola, among others. Daniel Raim catches up with Lillian Michelson, reflecting on 60 years of marriage with her late husband, and revisits their significant contributions to some of cinema’s classics. Told through interviews with Lillian, the couple’s old love letters and the words of some famous friends and colleagues, Harold and Lillian reveals a Hollywood love story that unfolded behind the scenes.

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The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

Co-Presented with SIFF

Mar 10

(Wim Wenders, West Germany/Austria, 1971, DCP, 100 min)

The goalkeeper Josef Bloch (Arthur Brauss) is sent off after committing a foul during an away game. This causes him to completely lose his bearings. He wanders aimlessly through the unfamiliar town, spends the night with the box-office attendant of a movie theater (Erika Pluhar), and strangles her the next morning. But instead of turning himself in or fleeing, Bloch then goes to the country place of his ex-girlfriend (Kai Fischer) and passively waits there for the police to come and arrest him. As Wenders himself has stated, the visual idiom of Alfred Hitchcock’s films provided the model for his debut film. He adheres minutely to the thoroughly “cinematic” source, a novel by Peter Handke. With his cameraman Robby Müller and his editor Peter Przygodda—both of whom had already worked with him on his film thesis at the HFF (University of Television and Film Munich)—in The Goalie’s Anxiety, he set forth a collaboration that would weld this team together for years.

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The State of Things

Co-presented with SIFF

Mar 10

(Wim Wenders, West Germany, 1982, DCP, 121 min)

The State of Things is a highly personal film about filmmaking in Europe and America. It is about a film crew stranded at the westernmost tip of Europe. The director, Friedrich Munro (Patrick Bauchau), his cameraman (Sam Fuller), scriptwriter, and actors have been abandoned by their producer. After shooting their last feet of film (they are working on the remake of a low-budget sci-fi thriller), there is nothing left to do but wait. Friedrich finally sets out for Los Angeles to search for the missing producer (Allen Garfield). Friedrich finally finds him on Sunset Boulevard, in his RV, where he is hiding out from the mafiosi or loan sharks who are after him. The two have to pay with their lives for their black-and-white film adventure the following morning. Friedrich continues to “put up a fight” by “shooting back” with his Super 8 camera until the moment of his death. Wenders’s parable on filmmaking has also been interpreted as his way of addressing the difficulties that he faced during the production of Hammett, his first film in the United States.

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Here Come the Videofreex

Mar 13 - Mar 16

(Jon Nealon, Jenny Raskin, United States, 2015, 79 min)

It may be hard to believe, but there was a time when new media technology wasn’t immediately branded for mass consumption. In 1969, a pair of proto-documentarians stumbled upon a new invention: security cameras. Pop off the mount, and there you go: portability, playback, and a storytelling device that even broke hippies can afford.
Enter the Videofreex. A NY video co-op conceived at Woodstock, which would go on to promote video for the people, by the people, generations before the advent of social media as we know it.
This documentary by Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin draws heavily on original Videofreex footage from the late 60s and early 70s, as the co-op intimately records a country wracked by change. They interview Fred Hampton weeks before his assassination, march with Women’s Lib rallies, even document their own clubbing, arrest, and incarceration by DC riot police. The revolution is palpable in every interview, present at every demonstration and counter-demonstration: a foggy vision seen through billowing teargas. The shadows of Vietnam and The Draft and the surreality of Nixon inspire a sort of insanity, captured by the Videofreex’s handheld cameras and raw interviews.

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Madam Phung's Last Journey

Mar 13

(Nguyễn Thị Thấm, Vietnam, 2014, 87 min)

A former monk who left monastic life because "I saw beautiful fags praying, and felt like running away," Madam Phung is a canny businesswoman who got her start as a singer, and saved her money in the form of gold bars she would bury in the ground. Now she is something of a den mother to her largely transgender troupe - berating them when they drink or fight too much, warning them to stay out of trouble, and dealing with local police and occasionally hostile locals when necessary.

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Wings of Desire

Co-presented with SIFF

Mar 17

(Wim Wenders, Germany, 1987, DCP, 128 min)

Wings of Desire marked Wenders’s homecoming and was his first German film after eight years in America. The main characters are guardian angels— benevolent, invisible beings in trench coats—who listen to the thoughts of mortals and attempt to comfort them. One of them, Damiel (Bruno Ganz), wishes to become human after he falls in love with the beautiful trapeze artist Marion (Solveig Dommartin). Peter Falk, playing himself, helps Damiel during his transformation by introducing him to life’s little pleasures. The film is narrated from the perspective of the angels, who see the world in black and white. Only when Damiel becomes human does the world of color reveal itself to him. He leaves behind his old friend Cassiel (Otto Sander), who continues to be accompanied by Homer (Curt Bois), the “storyteller of humanity.” The film has achieved cult status around the world; in 1998, it was remade under the title City of Angels, with Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan in the lead roles.

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The Dying of the Light

Mar 20

(Peter Flynn, United States, 2015, DCP, 94 min)

Seattle premiere
After more than a century of film, American cinemas are rapidly abandoning 35mm projection and going digital. Small screens around the country are closing down, and film projectors and projectionists put out of commission. In The Dying of the Light, Peter Flynn documents a handful of experts and enthusiasts who are trying to preserve cinema’s original medium, if only in memory.

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Missing People

Mar 20

(David Shapiro, United States, 2015, 81 min)

A mystery about an art collector, an outsider artist, and an unsolved murder, Missing People occupies the troubled and enigmatic mind of Martina Batan, a Manhattan art curator. Martina’s lifelong demon is the unsolved 1978 murder of her younger brother, Jeff. At the time, Martina was 18 years old. The violent death drove the beautiful art student into a life of insomnia, loneliness, and obsessive compulsion. Among her obsessions: the collecting of artwork by the deceased, critically underappreciated New Orleans painter Roy Ferdinand.

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Notebook on Cities and Clothes

Co-presented with SIFF

Mar 24

(Wim Wenders, West Germany/France, 1989, DCP, 81 min)

This “diary film,” as Wenders calls it, investigates the similarities of filmmaking craft to that of the Tokyo-based fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto, who, in the early 1980s, shocked and revolutionized the fashion world. Wenders shot the film mainly on his own, as a one-man crew. During the production, which stretched over a year, Yamamoto and Wenders became friends. Excerpt from Wenders’s narration of the film:
“Fashion. I got nothing to do with that. At least that was my reaction when the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris asked me if I would like to make a short film about a fashion designer . . . The world of fashion. I am interested in the world, not in fashion. But maybe my judgment was premature. Why shouldn’t I try to approach the topic without prejudices? Why not look at fashion like any other industry, the film industry, for example? . . . Filmmaking . . . should sometimes just be a way of life. Like going for a walk, reading a newspaper, writing something down, driving a car, or making this film. From day to day it writes itself, driven by the curiosity for the topic.”

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Photo by James Drury on Flickr Creative Commons.

Open Script Read

Free event!
Happy Hour: 6:00pm
Readings: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Last Monday of the month

May 26 - Mar 28

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. 

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Until the End of the World (Director's Cut)

Co-presented with SIFF

Mar 31

(Wim Wenders, Germany/France/Australia, 1991, DCP, 295 min)

Until the End of the World is “the ultimate road movie,” a journey around the globe, a modern-day odyssey—and it certainly bears similarities to Homer’s saga. However, the aim of this journey is the spiritual reconciliation between an obsessed father and his lost son, and, in Until the End of the World, Penelope decides to set out in pursuit of Odysseus. In order to enable his blind wife (Jeanne Moreau) to see, Dr. Farber (Max von Sydow) invents a process that makes it possible to transmit the images recorded in the brains of sighted people directly into the visual systems of blind people. Farber’s son Sam (William Hurt) sets out on a journey around the world in order to “see” and record the various stations of his mother’s life for her. The Frenchwoman Claire (Solveig Dommartin) falls in love with him and sets out in pursuit of him. She, in turn, is followed by the author Eugene (Sam Neill), who is recording her adventure.

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