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An Honest Liar

Mar 20 - Mar 26

(Justin Weinstein, United States, 2014, DCP, 90 min)

An Honest Liar tells the incredible story of famed magician/skeptic and enemy of deception, James “The Amazing” Randi. A treasure trove of archival footages of performances and stunts (as well as interviews with the likes of Alice Cooper, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Richard Dawkins), the film brings to life Randi's carefully-designed projects that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers and con artists with quasi-religious fervor. 



Good Men, Good Women

Please note screening locations!
Sunday, March 22 at at the Grand Illusion Cinema
Friday, March 27 at Northwest Film Forum with introduction by Sean Gilman

Mar 27

(1995, 108 min, 35mm)

Steeped in the communist history of 1940s Taiwan, the sensitively interlaced stories of Good Men, Good Women unfold as a film-within-a-film. Liang Ching, an actress, gets ready to star in a World War 2 era film about Taiwanese Communists who threw themselves into the anti-Japanese resistance. But when stolen pages of her diary start surfacing, painful memories of a dead lover trigger flashbacks. Past and present start to bleed together as the plot of the film mixes with Liang’s own personal history.




Hosted by Spenser Hoyt and Brian Alter! 

There may be prizes!

Mar 27

Didn't get tickets to the Grand Illusion Cinema's VHSEX 3? Catch an encore screening at Northwest Film Forum on March 27. We're penetrating Scarecrow Video's Sexploitation room once again in search of more awkward adult situations, humorous humping and weird sexual interludes—all from vintage videotape! Adults only!



Films for One to Eight Projectors: Multi-Projector Experiments by Roger Beebe

Visiting filmmaker! 
16mm prints!

Mar 28

Filmmaker/curator/professor Roger Beebe visits Seattle with a touring program of his multiple-projector performances. The tour features several of his best-known projector performances (including the six-projector show-stopping space jam “Last Light of a Dying Star”), recent award-winning work in single-channel HD video, as well as the premiere of his latest multi-projector mayhem, “SOUND FILM.” 




Director Brandon Colvin in attendance!
Seattle premiere!

Mar 29

(Brandon Colvin, 2014, United States, 72 min)

A lethargically neurotic Kierkegaard professor goes back to his small hometown on a sabbatical (intended for writing) to take care for his mother after a stroke. A ruminative deconstruction of the lonesome sentiment that we can never go home again, the film follows the protagonist, Ben, as he gets reacquainted with, and subsequently re-alienated from, the old relationships and trappings of his life. As he struggles to maintain his aloof composure while interacting with his deadbeat brother, addled mother and lonely ex-wife, Ben’s own shortcomings are thrown in sharper relief.




World premiere live performance!

Apr 03 - Apr 04

What does it mean to dance yourself to death? Vernae is a darkly cinematic, radically immersive experience based on Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Equal parts live performance, sculptural/sound installation and film screening, Vernae is a collaboration born of 29 local and international artists, including sculptors, designers, musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, dancers and performance artists. This manifestation of the Vernae universe will explore themes of contagion, urge and sacrifice during an interactive evening in the richly transformed environment of Northwest Film Forum. 



Open Screenings at the Film Forum

Free event!

Feb 09 - Apr 06

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.



Screen Shots at Capitol Hill Art Walk

Free event, 5pm - 8pm!
Happy hour drink prices!
Curated by Vera Petukhova!

Jul 10 - Apr 09

Join Northwest Film Forum for Screen Shots, a monthly series during Capitol Hill Art Walk. A new program every month features happy hour, video art, and sometimes special guests and lobby installations!



St. Kilda Album Release Show

Live music!

Apr 09

Inspired by their work together on the soundtrack for Megan Griffiths's 2011 film The Off Hours, Joshua Morrison and Jeramy Koepping recruited long time friend Matthew Brown (Trespassers William, The Soft Hills) to complete the score for Megan Griffith's next film, Eden. In 2013 the trio decided to take their collaboration further and assemble a full seven piece band to back Josh's already haunting and atmospheric indie-folk ballads. St. Kilda releases its self-titled debut album with a live set and screening of selected film scenes and new music videos. 



Fresh Dressed

Northwest premiere!
Co-presented with Civilization
7pm: Opening Night Party
9pm: Screening 

Apr 10

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

Hot off its Sundance premiere, Fresh Dressed opens ByDesign '15 with 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 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. 



Print the Legend

Seattle premiere!
Co-presented with Civilization
Sponsored by GRAY Magazine

Apr 11

(Luis Lopez J. Clay Tweel, United States, 2014, 100 min)

3D printing is changing the world: from printing guns and human organs, to dismantling the world’s industrial infrastructure by enabling home manufacturing, it’s “the next Industrial Revolution.” With unprecedented access to the visionaries building an industry, Print the Legend follows the people and companies racing to bring 3D printing to your desktop and into your life.




Seattle premiere!
Co-presented with Civilization 
Sponsored by GRAY Magazine

Apr 11

(Jesper Wachtmeister, 2013, Sweden, 55 min)

For most of us, “house” means stability, structure and permanence, but in an age of rapid population growth and technological advancements, mobile and portable dwellings are increasingly in demand. Microtopia explores how architects, artists and ordinary problem-solvers are pushing the limits of architecture to pursue their dreams of portability, flexibility and independence from “the grid.”




35mm print!
‘70s Style Brunch, hosted by Civilization Creative Director Gabriel Stromberg! 

Apr 12

Woody Allen's first foray away from comedy reveals the strongest Bergman influence of any of his films. Geraldine Page was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Eve, an interior director and mother of three children: Renata the poet, (Diane Keaton), Flyn the actress (Kristin Griffith), and Joey the directionless daughter (Mary Beth Hurt). When Arthur, the family patriarch (E.G. Marshall) leaves Eve, the family is thrown into disarray.



City: Hall

Seattle premiere!
Co-presented with Civilization

Apr 12

(Jeong Jae-eun, South Korea, 2013)

Filmmaker Jeong Jae-eun takes on Seoul’s City Hall, which turned out to be one of the most controversial buildings ever erected in a city that has withstood countless acts of destruction and reconstruction—first by an arrogant colonial power, and later by a devastating global war and several military dictatorships hell-bent on splashing the markers of compressed modernity on its face.




Co-presented with Civilization

Apr 13

Type:Rider is an adventure puzzle game that brings gaming experience to a whole new daring level. Immerse yourself in the history of typography by playing as two dots that travel through the ages of typographic styles and techniques. From the rock paintings of prehistoric times to pixel art of the 2000s, solve all the riddles by riding the most popular fonts and characters in a captivating musical and visual environment.



100 Years after Birth of a Nation

Event hosted at the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts Street at 23rd Avenue

Co-presented with the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

Apr 13

One hundred years ago, Birth of a Nation began its notorious life in the canon of American cinema. Rife with such crystallized racism that the Ku Klux Klan deployed it for recruiting new members, historians, critics and film professors have nevertheless long sung the film’s technical praises. A few years after Nation's opening, Oscar Micheaux (the first major African American director) presented his response in the form of Within Our Gates, an explicit critique of racial violence. Join us for an evening of selected scenes from both films, plus expert conversation and analysis led by Charles Mudede (The Stranger) and Zola Mumford (Langston Hughes).



Futuring the Future

Free event!
Hosted at the Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Avenue
Co-presented by ARCADE, Civilization, the Frye Art Museum and Northwest Film Forum

Apr 14

Design is being reinvented around the world, and Seattle is one of the places that is at the center of this reinvention. In this presentation, Surya Vanka will describe how the design profession is transforming to remain relevant to the future.



Sauerbruch Hutton Architects

Seattle premiere!
Co-presented with Civilization

Apr 14

(Harun Farocki, Germany, 2013, 73 min)

"Architects at work: a priori nothing lends itself better to cinema, nothing is more graphic than shots that alternate between the drawing and the built structure, between the two-dimensional plan and the three dimensional result. Yet this film, with its corporate-sounding title, shot over three months in a large Berlin-based firm abandons this clarity to instill a generalised doubt — not so much about the value of those it films as about its own critical viewpoint." —Charlotte Garson, Cinema du Reel




Filmmaker in attendance!

Apr 15 - Apr 21

(Bill Plympton, United States, 2014, 76 min)

The incomparable Bill Plympton conjures up his memory of an old romance, infuses it with the noirish tone of Double Indemnity, and animates it with watercolor, pen and ink in Cheatin’. In a fateful bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of Romance. But when a scheming “other” woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their perfect courtship, insecurity spells out an untimely fate.



Indigenous Showcase: Maria Tallchief

Filmmaker Sandy Osawa in attendance!
Co-presented with Longhouse Media!
Public reception at 6pm, Screening at 7pm

Apr 17

(Sandy Osawa, 2007, 57 min)

This documentary of ballerina Maria Tallchief's life and art captures the growth of ballet in America, as shown by Ms. Tallchief's own rise to fame, in original roles created for her by George Balanchine. Key archival clips include Swan Lake, Pas de Dix, Orpheus, Firebird, Black Swan and Les Sylphides




Apr 17 - Apr 23

(Lisandro Alonso, Argentina/United States/Netherlands/France/Mexico, 2014, DCP, 108 min)

Argentinian director Lisandro Alonso crafts a dream-like journey through haunting landscapes in 19th century Patagonia. Star/producer Viggo Mortensen is Captain Gunnar Dinesen, a Dane who travels with his fifteen year-old daughter to take an engineering job during the Conquest of the Desert (the systematic annihilation of indigenous people in Patagonia). 



Sweet 16 (Millimeter)

Apr 18

We dug into the treasure trove and gathered together a program of rarely screened 16mm film prints by the likes of Lynn Shelton, Dayna Hanson, Jon Behrens, Brandon Schaeffer, Reed O’Beirne, Christian Palmer, Caryn Cline, Web Crowell, Lori Goldston, and more! Come see Megan Griffiths play a pizza delivery person, the old PSA for the Grand Illusion and loads of other fun cinematic moments from yesteryear.



North by Pacific Northwest: the Films of Kelly Sears

Visiting filmmaker Kelly Sears in attendance!

Apr 19

Join us for an evening with animator and filmmaker Kelly Sears, whose politically potent collage animation media practice draws from genres such as experimental film, documentary, essay films, recycled cinema and critical fiction. 



Puget Soundtrack: Newaxeyes presents Alien

Live music!

Apr 20

Take a cinematic journey through Ridley's Scott's 1979 Alien, guided by a new live musical score crafted by Newaxeyes. This local Seattle quartet smears the boundaries of genres like hiphop, psych rock, noise and musique concrete for aural alchemy that telegraphs equal parts menace and beauty. 



Horrorism for Beginners, Beginners for Horrorism

Visiting filmmaker Juan David González Monroy in attendance!
16mm screening and double projector live performance! 

Apr 23

"On this occasion OJOBOCA offers its introductory film massage. With our purpose-made device, our trained film masseuses will help you release your other self. Working directly on the invisible flesh, in four distinct movements, the sickness of light will be revealed."



Yakona: Journey Through the Eyes of a River

Live music!
Filmmaker and composers in attendance!
Free public reception at 6pm, both evenings!

Apr 24 - Apr 25

(85 min)

Yako­na means "rising water" in the language of the indigenous people of the San Marcos River in Texas. This film is a visual journey through the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos River and its headwaters at Spring Lake. The story takes the viewer from prehistoric times, through the modern era, on an impressionistic journey from the perspective of the river. 



Open House: One-Year Film Comprehensive

Free event!

Mar 24 - May 11

Join us for a Film Comprehensive Open House to learn more about our new one-year film education program. You'll hear more details about our progressive curriculum, plus in-depth class overviews from program instructors. Ask us questions about class schedules, professional opportunities for students, tuition payments, how to make your application stand out in our competitive admissions process, and more.



Man from Reno

Seattle premiere!

Apr 30 - May 04

(Dave Boyle, United States, 2014, DCP, 111 min)

The neo-noir is back with a vengeance: Man From Reno is a twisting puzzle of a film, one that effortlessly swivels between multiple story lines and multiple languages. Director Dave Boyle (White on Rice, Surrogate Valentine) picked up Best Narrative Feature at the LA Film Festival for this impeccably scripted mystery, which pays homage to the great noir traditions even as it challenges the genre.



BFE: DVD Release Party!

Happy Hour at 7:30pm
Screening at 8:15pm

May 02

(Shawn Telford, United States, 2014, DCP, 98 min)

Boredom and bad decisions are a part of life in far-off places like BFE, a small, isolated town on the edge of nowhere, Idaho. Young and old struggle to live free or die trying. This includes Grampa, who has a terminal illness but won’t go down without a fight. His grandson Ian divides his time between teaching the old man how to live, and trying to catch the eye of the troubled and angelic Ellie. The only problem is Ellie's popular boyfriend Zack, who stands in the way. 



Gringo Trails

Seattle premiere!
Co-presented with the Seattle Documentary Association, with post-screening discussion!

May 03

(Pegi Vail, United States, 2014, 79 min)

Gringo Trails is a documentary focused on tourism and its effects on locales. Raising important questions about what's left in the wake of tourist culture, the film focuses on decades of human impact on beaches, forests and deserts across the world.



Balikbayan #1

Visiting guest filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik!  
Working title: Memories of Overdevelopment (1979-2015)   

May 05

(Kidlat Tahimik, 2015, Philippines, 150min) Shot in mixed formats (16mm, digital SD, analogue VHS/ HI8 and any media available.)

The latest piece by acclaimed Filipino filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik (The Perfumed Nightmare) is a filmic voyage spanning 35 years. Winner of the Caligari Prize at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, Balikbayan #1 tells the story of Enrique, Magellan’s slave (arguably a Filipino) who inadvertently became the first person to ever circumnavigate the globe.



Heaven Adores You

Seattle premiere!

May 15 - May 21

(Nickolas Rossi, United States, 2014, DCP, 104 min)

A smart and complex portrait of Elliott Smith and his music, Heaven Adores You is neither fawning nor critical, but simply honest. The film is narrated through the memories of Smith’s closest friends and fellow musicians, supplemented with personal interviews conducted over the course of his career. Director and cinematographer Nickolas Rossi tracks the musician through life, tracing the fascinating trajectory of an artist finding his own unique sound. 



Puget Soundtrack: GRID presents The Strong Man

35mm film!

May 16

(Frank Capra, United States, 1926, 75 min, 35mm)

Join local music-to-film ensemble GRID for a sonic romp through Frank Capra's feature-length directorial debut The Strong Man, a Prohibition-era slapstick about a Belgian immigrant who dodges bootlegger gangsters after falling head over heals for his blind pen pal. 



Dance Film Salon: One Day Pina Asked. . .

7:15pm: Free Work-in-Progress Screenings
8pm: Ticketed Dance Film Salon Screening

May 18

(Chantal Akerman, 1983, 57 min)

Local choreographer and director Dayna Hanson hosts a new work-in-progress screening opportunity for local dance film work, followed by a screening and discussion of films from the dance canon.



Slovenian 8mm Experiments: Karpo Godina and Davorin Marc

May 20

(83 min, Super 8mm/35mm/digital video, 1965-1981)

Karpo Godina launched his career in the mid-sixties with a succession of 8mm experimental shorts, predominantly designed to question everything he was being taught at the state film academy. In retrospect, it seems as if Godina had to go through this romantic, frantic phase in order to arrive at what he became famous for: extracting as much (political) action and dynamics as possible from meticulously framed, perfectly still images. Emerging a decade after Godina, the post-punk Davorin Marc remains a subject for further research. Notoriously reclusive and with over 150 super-8mm and 16mm films under his belt, he modestly describes his work as “small films.”



The Sacrifice

New 35mm print!

May 22 - May 28

(Andrei Tarkovsky, Russia, 1986, 35mm, 142 min)

Andrei Tarkovsky made his final film far from his own home, on the Swedish island where his peer Ingmar Bergman lived. Anchored by his signature distance long shots and poignant silences, the film opens on a man’s birthday, as he plants a tree with his son. Soon, the peaceful quiet is interrupted by rumblings of war. Ebert ranked Tarkovsky alongside Bergman, Kurosawa, Ray and Bresson as the five filmmakers who "concerned themselves primarily with ultimate issues of human morality." 



Croatian Avant-Garde Filmmakers of the 1960s

May 24

(80 min, 16mm/35mm, 1963-1968)

“The filmmakers represented in this program are among the most prominent members of the enormously vibrant Croatian experimental scene of the 1960s. All of them were members of the amateur cine-clubs that formed in all the major cities of Yugoslavia at the time, as well as participants in the Genre Film Festival, a unique festival of experimental film in Zagreb that was the most important gathering point for “film researchers” and other independent filmmakers from Yugoslavia.” —Diana Nenadić 



The Experimental Film Movement in Serbia: Formative Years (1950s-60s)

May 25

(75 min, digital video, 1957-1964)

With the establishment of cine-clubs in Yugoslavia after World War II, the filmmakers at the front ranks of experimental (and, later, professional) cinema in Serbia in the 1950s and the beginning of the 1960s—including Dušan Makavejev, Živojin Pavlović, Vojislav Kokan Rakonjac, and Želimir Žilnik—created a number of films that used narrative experimentation to pose questions related to the essence of the socialist social system.



Debacle Fest Opening Ceremony

Live music!

May 28

Local experimental music festival Debacle takes over our stage for live performance (Marisa Anderson, Garek Druss, Marcus Price) paired with work by local video artists (Jodi Darby, Nick Bartoletti, Coldbrew Collective).



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.