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Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production

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Apr 15 - Apr 26

(Briar Levit, US, 2017, 84 min)

Graphic Means is a journey through the transformative Mad Men-era of pre-digital design production to the advent of the desktop computer. It explores the methods, tools, and evolving social roles that gave rise to the graphic design industry as we know it today.

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Karl Marx City

Directors in attendance! After-party in the lobby!  B-)
Sponsored by Barça

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Apr 28

(Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker, US & Germany, 2016, 89 min)

Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to her hometown of Karl Marx City to find the truth about her late father’s suicide and his rumored Stasi past.

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Gustafer Yellowgold

Live show for kids of all ages!

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Apr 29

He’s back — the little guy who hails from the sun is set to return to Seattle for another out-of-this-world, multimedia family show at Northwest Film Forum. Groovy Gustafer is the creation of award-winning illustrator/songwriter Morgan Taylor, who has created a show that is equal parts pop rock concert and hand-drawn animated film.

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Eugene Onegin

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Apr 29

Stage Russia HD opens its inaugural season with a filmed production of the Vakhtangov Theatre's magical Eugene Onegin, a newly reimagined version of the Alexander Pushkin poem created and directed by renowned director, Rimas Tuminas.

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Shungu: The Resilience of a People

Director in attendance!

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Apr 30

(Saki Mafundikwa, Zimbabwe, 2009, 54 min)

Shungu is a compelling narrative of the strategies ordinary people use to survive in Zimbabwe today. The filmmaker takes us on a personal journey offering a rare, intimate insight as the country experiences political turmoil, economic meltdown and health care collapse.

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Punishment Park

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May 03

(Peter Watkins, US & UK, 1971, 91 min)

Nixon rules, and dissent has been criminalized, with dissenters forced in front of citizens’ tribunals and given the choice between jail time or traversing a punishing desert to their freedom.

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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

"A wrecking ball of a wakeup call." – audience member

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May 05 - May 11

(Matt Tyrnauer, US, 2017, 92 min)

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City captures the intense battle between the Trumpian “master builder” of New York, Robert Moses  and the activist Jane Jacobs, who passionately fought for cities to be built for the people living in them, and not for developers eager to make a profit.

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Northwest Film Forum Annual Gala and Tribute to Board Member John DeShazo

May 06

In honor of our beloved board member John DeShazo, who's moving to the east coast with his family this summer, the theme of this year's gala is "Party Like It's 1999" - the year John joined NWFF. Dress accordingly! Costume attire might be inspired by your favorite film from '99 or a cherished DeShazo memory.

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Starless Dreams

Seattle premiere! Sponsored by the Seattle Globalist

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May 07 - May 18

(Mehrdad Oskouei, Iran, 2016, 76 min)

Starless Dreams plunges us into the lives of young teenage girls sharing temporary quarters at a juvenile detention center on the outskirts of Tehran. Mehrdad Oskouei, one of Iran's most prominent directors, spent seven years securing access to this all-female facility. As the New Year approaches, the girls bond, and reveal—with playfully disarming honesty—the circumstances and acts that resulted in their incarceration.

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GiveBIG 2017

May 04 - May 11

GiveBIG, the day-long fundraiser for Seattle nonprofits, is TODAY, May 10th! Donate to the Forum through GiveBIG to help us raise $15,000 for a critically needed new website. The project is underway with a late summer launch date. Thank you for supporting the role of the arts in building a better world!

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Searching Skies and other shorts

Free event! Filmmaker in attendance!

A panel discussion will follow the program.

Sponsored by the Seattle Globalist

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May 10

This series of short films traces the hypothetical path of Iraqi and Syrian refugees since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 – not by following one singular family or individual, but the larger narrative of displacement and resettlement. Along the way, the filmmakers stop in Syria, which had an open-door policy to Iraqi refugees up until 2007, land in a Jordanian refugee camp where many Syrian refugees are temporarily settled, and then find controversial ground on U.S. soil.

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Glen and Randa

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May 10

(Jim McBride, US, 1971, 94 min)

After nuclear war has destroyed civilization, small bands of survivors traverse a landscape peppered with the debris of a past society. A young couple named Glen and Randa come across an issue of “Wonder Woman,” whose description of a great metropolis encourages them to set off through the forests and deserts to find it.

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Rhythm Assemblies: Films by Reed O’Beirne

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May 11

(Reed O’Beirne, US, 1993-2017, 70 min)

“Cinema has more to do with dance, than it does with novels; it is fundamentally rhythm and movement over time.” A selection of undependent short films from the 23-year filmmaking career of Reed O’Beirne.

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BANG! The Bert Berns Story

May 12 - May 14

(Brett Berns & Bob Sarles, US, 2016, 95 min)

Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by Stevie Van Zandt, about the life and career of Bert Berns, one of the most important songwriters and record producers of the sixties. He launched the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond, and was the only man of his time to achieve the trifecta of songwriter, producer, and label chief.

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Short Films From and About the Middle East for Young Audiences

Free event! Sponsored by the Seattle Globalist

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May 14

(various directors, various countries, 2014-16, 65 min TRT)

Cinema is an empathy machine, and this collection of short narrative and documentary films takes young people deep inside the lives of their counterparts from Iran, Syria and Yemen. Meet the children of these countries, and you'll come away with a deeper understanding of our shared bonds as the human family. All children want to laugh, to love, to learn, to find friends and fulfillment, and live in peace.

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Ice

16mm print!

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May 17

(Robert Kramer, US, 1969, 16mm, 128 min)

In an alternate present, the United States has invaded Mexico, and various groups fight against the rising tide of fascism through agit-prop filmmaking and increasingly violent guerrilla actions. Beautifully filmed in stark, 16mm B&W, Ice remains an evocative portrait of the mechanics (and potential pitfalls) of revolution.

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Burden

Intro by choreographer Alice Gosti on May 19!

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May 19 - May 21

(Tim Marrinan & Richard Dewey, US, UK, Belgium & Sweden, 2016, 88 min)

A probing portrait of Chris Burden, an artist who pushed the limits of creative expression and risked his life in the name of art.

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The Future is 0

The live game show sensation returns with two separate shows of all new games and different contestants! Doors at 7pm

May 20, join DJ Chilly in our lobby after the show for the TFIZ after-party!

Generously sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon

May 19 - May 20

The Future is 0 is a satirical, live game show, filmed in front of YOU, our live studio audience! During the show, three Seattle-area artists compete in bizarre games like “Get the TV to Work” and “High-Rise Condo or New Age Band?”. It's going to be very, very good, and that's the Clay Buff guarantee!

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Videoasis – Summer’s Coming Soon

Curated, themed videos from the PNW!
 
Doors at 7:30pm
 

May 24

KEXP and Northwest Film Forum have partnered to present Videoasis, a quarterly NW music video showcase. Curated by Audioasis Host and Producer, Sharlese Metcalf, and Music Video Director Bobby McHugh, the showcase will celebrate NW music videos and the artists who make them.

 

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Idaho Transfer

NOTE: 8:00pm showtime has been CHANGED to 8:30pm! We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause

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May 24

(Peter Fonda, US, 1973, 86 min)

At a research facility in Idaho, a group of students are engaged with a government-funded project exploring the possibilities of time travel. Miraculously, the experiment is a success, and the researchers discover - and become prisoners of - a future Earth emptied of humanity.

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