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Open House with New Executive Director

Free event! Come meet our new director!

May 31

Northwest Film Forum has a new Executive Director! Courtney Sheehan has served as program and then as artistic director since fall 2013.

Come have a drink at the Forum and hear from Courtney and Film Forum staff about plans and ideas for the future. And we want to hear about what you want to see in the organization's next chapter! Plus, we’ll unveil the first batch of films and filmmaker visits curated by guest programmer Gina Basso (San Francisco Museum of Art).



Raiders! and The Adaptation - Double Feature

Directors in attendance!

Jun 02

Join us for a double-feature of Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made and its titular fan film, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation! Experience the backstory behind the incredible shot-for-shot remake of Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark (executed entirely by an ingenious group of Mississippi teenagers in the '80s!), and then keep your seats to enjoy the fan film itself.



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.




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.



The Song Collector

Film subject and director in attendance!

Jun 05

(Erik Koto, United States, 2016, 54 min)

Set high in the Indian Himalaya, Ladakh is home to a rich Buddhist culture and an ancient tradition of folk singing; Morup Namgyal is Ladakh's greatest folk artist and is committed to preserving his musical heritage. Through the lives of three generations of the Namgyal family, The Song Collector explores the uneasy relationship between culture and development and ultimately offers a new vision, inspired by the Buddhist concept of the ‘middle path’, that seeks to find a beneficial coexistence between tradition and modernization.



Special Events

Free events

Scour our calendar for regular free and extra-affordable events for Seattle film lovers. Have you checked out Framing Pictures? We have the best film critic chat in town. 



Children's Film Festival Seattle

See the world and feed your mind at the ninth annual Children's Film Festival Seattle, the largest film festival on the West Coast for kids and their families. The fun starts on January 23!




Music Movies

The Film Forum has some of the strongest music film programming in the country - come enjoy live music performance, music documentaries, soundscapes + multimedia and everything in between.