Now Showing


 Seattle premiere

Aug 29 - Sep 01

(Jem Cohen, United States, 2015, DCP, 111 min)

Jem Cohen’s prodigious filmography of 70 films only grows stronger with his latest creation: Counting. In the style of his previous works, this film lives at the edge of the art form. It delivers a stream of lyrical abstractions, toying with the visual and aural music of everyday life that we city dwellers have been deafened to.



Digging for Fire

Seattle premiere

Aug 28 - Sep 03

(Joe Swanberg, 2015, United States, DCP, 85 min)

The latest film from prolific independent filmmaker Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas, V/H/S) follows a married couple caught in the havoc of raising a small child. Tim (Jake Johnson) and Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt) take a break from each other to gain some breathing room: Lee takes their son to visit her family while Tim stays back to reminisce with old friends. 



New Vacation: Artist Talk

Free artist talk

Sep 01

Join us for a drink and conversation with the curator and 4 of the artists of New Vacation, a multi-channel video and storefront installation in Northwest Film Forum's windows (through September 7th). New Vacation features artists that are exploring commercialism, and gender roles through a contemporary internet aesthetic. The artists will discuss their use of feminine aesthetics and cultural commentary in contemporary new media art making.



Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Sep 04 - Sep 10

(Alex Gibney, United States, DCP, 2015, 127 min)

Quick on the heels of his successful documentary on the inner workings of the Church of Scientology, Alex Gibney turns on one of the most well-known minds of our time and delivers a scathing review of Jobs’ victories as well as his failures.



Human Highway

Director's Cut!

Sep 04 - Sep 06

(Dean Stockwell & Neil Young, United States, 1982, DCP, 88 min)

Filmed in the late 1970s, premiered in 1982, recut by Neil Young, a couple of decades on the midnight movie lineups in laserdisc, and now traveling the festival circuit in 2015 in its recut, definitive edition: Human Highway.



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.