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My Best Girl

Restored 35mm print!

May 06

(Sam Taylor, United States, 1927, 35mm, 90 min)

After nearly 15 years as the silver screen’s reigning “Queen of the Movies,” Mary Pickford lovingly concluded her silent movie career with one of her best films—the utterly charming romantic comedy, My Best Girl. Featuring future husband Charles “Buddy” Rogers as her leading man, Pickford shines as a department store Cinderella who falls in love with the owner’s son, once again exhibiting the wide-ranging talent that had made her a sensation the world over.

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Puget Soundtrack: Erin Jorgensen presents Daisies

Live score!
 
Rare 35mm screening!

May 07

(Věra Chytilová, Czech Republic, 1966, 35mm)

The singular 1966 dark feminist comedy from the Czech Republic earned director Věra Chytilová a decade-long filmmaking ban in her country. Erin Jorgensen brings new musical life to this classic with a live marimba score.  

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Office Hours + Happy Hour

Artist talk @ 5pm, drinks @ 6pm
Free industry event 

May 09

Artist Trust’s Office Hours is a free grant-writing support program for artists looking for advice on how to apply for funding from Artist Trust. At this special edition of Office Hours, presented in partnership with Northwest Film Forum, AT staff will do a short presentation on funding opportunities for media artists, joined by multidisciplinary artist Dayna Hanson, who will share her path to establishing her film career and experience seeking funding for film projects.

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Branded to Kill

May 11

(Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1967, B&W, DCP, Japanese with English subtitles, 91 min)

This fractured film noir is the final provocation that got Suzuki fired from Nikkatsu Studios, simultaneously making him a counterculture hero and putting him out of work for a decade. An anarchic send-up of B movie clichés, it stars Jo Shishido as an assassin who gets turned on by the smell of cooking rice, and whose failed attempt to kill a victim (a butterfly lands on his gun) turns him into a target himself. 

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Electonomicon - Art Walk

FREE EVENT!

Curated by Amber Cortes, videos live mixed by Edward Wolcher.

May 12

Footage of our 2016 presidential candidates mashed with agit-prop films, heavy-metal music videos, surrealist movies, and the occult with psychedelic musical undertones. Wander around, grab a drink, hang out in the lobby.

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I Am Thalente

Seattle premiere!

May 12

(Natalie Johns, United States, 2015, 80 min)

I Am Thalente is a coming of age story that captures a three-year window of time in Thalente Biyela’s life as he transitions from teenager to young man, from living on the streets of South Africa to pursuing his dream of a career in skateboarding.

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Spring Night, Summer Night

Restored 35mm print!

May 13

(J.L. Anderson, United States, 1967, 35mm, 82 min)

Director J.L. Anderson’s remarkable first—and only—feature, Spring Night, Summer Night has been claiming the attentions of a growing number of critics as it has gradually emerged from a decades-long obscurity following screenings, in recent years, at the Museum of Modern Art and the Rural Route Film Festival. This stunning new preservation print promises to bring the film an even wider audience and will no doubt be seen as one of the great re-discoveries of this year’s Festival.

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Chat Room

Happy hour at 6:30pm in the lobby

May 18

Chat Room is a quarterly forum on art in the age of the Internet, with a new topic for each edition. Chat Room aims to demystify the fundamental questions about art and its broader place in society through presentations, videos, and candid discussion. Join us for this special installment of Chat Room, on Net Art Aesthetics.

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Puget Soundtrack: Under the Cherry Moon

Live bands will accompany the film!

May 19

(Prince, US, 1986, 98 min)

We are proud to present Under the Cherry Moon, the lace-festooned directorial debut of too-soon-departed national treasure Prince. Join His Royal Badness on an unabashedly frilly, cheesily seductive joyride through the French Riviera with Christopher Tracy (Prince) and Tricky (Jerome Benton of The Time), gigolos by profession, who set out to woo the effetely naive trust fund flapper Mary Sharon (Kristin Scott Thomas) and seduce her out of a $50 million inheritance.

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Men In War

Restored 35mm print!

May 20

(Anthony Mann, United States, 1957, 35mm, 102 min)

Following his brutal film noirs for Eagle-Lion and a memorable series of psychological westerns with James Stewart, director Anthony Mann made a brace of adult chamber films for Philip Yordan’s Security Pictures, God’s Little Acre (1958) and Men In WarWhat All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and The Story of G.I. Joe (1945) were to the great world wars, Men In War is to the Korean War.

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Belladonna of Sadness

New restoration!
 
Never before released in the U.S.!
 

May 20 - May 26

(Eiichi Yamamoto, 1973, Japan, DCP, 93 min)

Based on a 1812 French history of witchcraft and the occult, produced by the grandfather of Japanese anime, and considered one of the most anticipated restorations of 2016, Belladonna of Sadness is the final film in the Animerama trilogy (Metropolis, Astro Boy).

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Moomins on the Riviera

Co-presented with the Nordic Heritage Museum!

Join us for Moomins crafts and coloring in the lobby before the show!

Age 6+

May 21 - May 22

(Finland/France, animation, 2014, 80 min) In English.

The Moomins, Snorkmaiden and Little My, in search of adventures, set sail for the Riviera. After a journey fraught with menacing storms and desert island dangers, Moominpappa befriends an aristocrat and adopts the name "de Moomin." That sends an exasperated Moominmamma to the relative calm of their trusty old boat, to wait for her family to come to their senses.This gorgeously hand drawn animation feature, celebrating Tove Jansson’s beloved comic strips, has charmed audiences worldwide with its messages of cross-cultural understanding and finding joy in the small things of family life.   

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You're Lookin' at Country: Tough Love (Parenting Edition)

Featuring COUNTRY-OKE after the show!

May 21

Forget Dr. Spock! For the sake of the children, we urge you to attend this master class in parenting, with tuneful tips culled from classic video performances by child-rearing experts including Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, and the late, great Merle Haggard.

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Die Schattenparker

Co-presented with Zeitgeist Northwest Seattle Chapter

Followed by a panel discussion

May 22

Die Schattenparker is a film about what in Germany are known as Wagenplätze, or mobile home squats. Consisting mainly of renovated construction trailers from the former East Germany, these encampments sprung up in every major German city following the decline of the traditional German squat scene in the '90s.

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Seattle Documentary Association: Art & Belief

Happy hour at 6:30pm in the lobby

Free event!

May 23

Matt Black: Art & Belief

Feature documentary about the way personal expression and religious belief intersect and collide. The film follows a group of artists that have spent their lives striving to reconcile their Mormon faith and their various artistic visions.

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The Long Voyage Home

Restored 35mm print!

May 27

(John Ford, United States, 1940, 35mm, 103 min)

The powers and fascinations of director John Ford and playwright Eugene O’Neill are happily met in this 1940 feature dramatizing the lives of men who serve as crew members aboard commercial freighters. Like O’Neill, Ford nursed a lifelong obsession with sailing and the sea, and had spent his early years in Portland, Maine, amid the maritime culture that this picture describes.

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Silver Ochre: Who Are US 2016

May 28

Observations from the 21st century American road

Silver Ochre: Who Are US 2016 expresses 21st century America through the eyes and ears of two perpetually traveling artists. A series of 'moving stills' by ACVilla and Thollem Electric's live score, the performance highlights influences from the diversity of sights and sounds of this extremely varied country.

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Sweet Bean

Seattle premiere!

Jun 02 - Jun 05

(Naomi Kawase, Japan, 2015, DCP, 113 min)

Known for her meditative, intimate character studies that approach “fiction with a documentarian’s gaze,” Naomi Kawase returns with her new film Sweet Bean. The story begins as a reluctant pastry chef, Sentaro is visited by an unlikely applicant for part-time help, a 76-year-old woman named Tokue whose difficult past will slowly come to light and alter the younger man’s outlook on life.

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Destiny

New restoration!

Jun 01 - Jun 05

(Fritz Lang, Germany, 1921, DCP, 94 min)

A highly influential expressionistic classic, Fritz Lang’s Destiny returns to the theaters in a stunning 4k restoration. The story, part legend, part dark fairytale, is primarily a young woman's dream-vision of herself and her missing lover as they try to elude the murderous designs of a cruel tyrant, who is always aided by the Angel of Death.

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Seattle Documentary Association: The Long Haul

Happy hour at 6:30 in the lobby

Free event!

Jun 13

Amy Enser: The Long Haul

Following the visionaries behind Seattle’s Moulin Rouge-inspired Can Can Productions, the film documents a reimagining of the limited male revue staples such as Chippendales and Thunder from Down Under. The result is the Buckaroos—a theatrical cowboy western variety show featuring the “everyman."

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The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil

Happy hour at 7pm!

Jun 17

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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The Long Haul Live

Feature documentary with live, interactive performance by the Buckaroos 

Sponsored by Babeland
 

Jun 18

(Amy Enser, United States, 2016, approx 90 min)

Magic Mike meets The Full Monty in this experimental documentary featuring six “average joes” as they reinvent the limited male revue staples such as Chippendales and Thunder from Down Under.  The result is the Buckaroos—a theatrical cowboy western variety show seen on-screen and in person in this unique interactive screening.

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Kaili Blues

Seattle premiere!

Jun 23 - Jun 26

(Bi Gan, China, 2015, DCP, 113 min)

Visual poetry and geography guide the viewer in Bi Gan’s dreamlike debut feature Kaili Blues. Gan’s fluid camera captures the mystical landscape in the province of Guizhou, following doctor Chen Sheng as he embarks on a journey by train to find his nephew. On the way, Chen Sheng encounters a place where time seems to flow both forwards and backwards, the lives of the local people a complete mystery. The personal insights gained on his journey become meaningful on a larger scale as Chen’s journey ultimately reflects on the increasingly rapid pace of cultural and economic transformation in China.

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Open Screenings at the Film Forum

FREE Event!

Jan 25 - Dec 05

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.

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