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La Ultima Pelicula

Apr 25 - Apr 30

(Raya Martin and Mark Peranson, Canada/Mexico/Philippines, 2013, DCP, 88 min)

A product of DOX:LAB, a Copenhagen-based consortium linking artists from developing and developed countries to collaborate on projects, La Ultima Pelicula is Raya Martin's (the Philippines) and Mark Peranson's (Canada, and first time-feature director) homage to Dennis Hopper's bat-shit crazy film folly, The Last Movie



Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border

Purgatorio: Un viaje el corazón de la frontera

Apr 25

(Rodrigo Reyes, Mexico/USA, 2012, DCP, 80 min)

Rodrigo Reyes' harrowing and lyrical documentary goes in search of stories along the U.S.-Mexico border–from Tijuana to Juarez–to piece together a human portrait of migration, xenophobia, corruption and salvation. La Frontera is both gate of heaven, and hell on earth. Show me a fifty-foot wall and I'll show you a fifty-one foot ladder, the saying goes. And yet, the desert is strewn with corpses, while debates about immigration continue to polarize discussion north of the border. 



Los Posibles

Apr 22 - Apr 26

(Santiago Mitre, Juan Onofri Barbato, Argentina, 2013, DCP, 55 min)

The follow-up to Santiago Mitre's student political drama El Estudiante (featured in last year's focus on Argentine films at Northwest Film Forum) comes as an unexpected surprise: Los Posibles is a dance film, albeit as mysterious and propulsive as his first narrative feature. 



Looking For Adventure

Apr 25 - Apr 26

(Kimi Takesue, Peru/USA, 2013, PRO-RES, 47 min)

Exploring with rigorous formal composure the “strains, pleasures, and choreography” of group tourism in Peru, documentary filmmaker Kimi Takesue has created a unique ethnography of Andean culture: both its commodification for the exotic-seeking traveler, and the sublime elements that effectively inspire pilgrimages of universal beauty. 



Porcelain Horse

Mejor No Hablar de Ciertas Cosas

Opening night party for Pulsos Latinos follows the screening on April 18!

Featuring a free cachaça bar (21+ only) from Novo Fogo and live music from DJ Chilly!

Apr 18 - Apr 26

(Javier Andrade, Ecuador, 2012, DCP, 100 min)

A corrosive and funny drama—by turns blackly sardonic and deeply tender—about two brothers trying to grow up amid the torpor of drugs and the insulating comforts of class privilege in Portoviejo, Ecuador. 



Framing Pictures

Free event!

Feb 28 - Apr 27

Join us for a free, lively monthly discussion led by long-time Seattle film critics (and occasional guests) who have much to say on the subject of cinephilia past, present and future. The April conversation includes former Film Comment editor Richard Jameson, Everett Herald/KUOW critic Robert Horton and critic Kathleen Murphy.



Nothing Against Life

Co-presented by Northwest Film Forum and Cinerama, in a benefit for the Washington Youth Suicide Prevention Program

Seattle premiere!

Post-screening cast & crew discussion!

Apr 30

A fearless, moving drama that addresses the social implications of living with depression, and stigmas surrounding suicide and mental health, Nothing Against Life peers into the lives of four disparate characters whose paths intertwine, as they navigate the razor's edge of life.



High Rise

Co-presented with ARCADE and Charles Mudede

Apr 30

(Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil, 2009, 66 min)

In High-Rise (Um Lugar ao Sol), nine penthouse residents in three of Brazil's largest cities (Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Recife) divulge what it's like to live at the top. Through revealing interviews with the residents, in the comfort of their high-rise lofts, director Gabriel Mascaro exposes a world of wealth gone wild. 




May Day at the Film Forum

Featuring the Seattle Labor Chorus!

May 01

For International Workers' Day, we wrap up Red Renewal and kick off May Works, a month-long celebration of workers in Seattle, with a performance by the Seattle Labor Chorus, accompanied by worker films, a final community discussion and a proper May Day party.



Work-in-Progress: Northwest Film Forum's 13th Annual Gala

at 415 Westlake

May 02

Glamour. Grit. Work-in-Progress.

Northwest Film Forum turns 19 this year—ready for a bigger role, but still a kid at heart. Join us as we roll out the red carpet, and roll up our sleeves, for a Gala evening of celebration.




New digital restoration!

May 02 - May 08

(Orson Welles, U.S.A., 1952, DCP, 90 min)

When historians discuss the blighted career of Orson Welles, they generally hone in on the meddlesome studio mutilations of Magnificent Ambersons or Touch of Evil, but there is no more star-crossed Welles work than his 1952 adaptation of Othello.  



Navajo Star Wars

Two nights only!

Late night, 11pm screenings are 21+

Co-presented with Longhouse Media

May 02 - May 03

Seventy voice actors speaking 5 Navajo dialects enact Star Wars: A New Hope, in the first major theatrical movie to be dubbed into a Native language.



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.