Puget Soundtrack

Puget Soundtrack

Puget Soundtrack is a series of live score commissions presented by Northwest Film Forum. The Film Forum invites musicians and bands to choose a film for which they would like to create and perform a live score. This gives musicians the artistic freedom to approach not only the performance with creative autonomy, but also to select films that inspire them musically. Past editions of Puget Soundtrack have included performances by: Kingdom of the Holy Sun, Vox Mod, Cabana, Newaxeyes, Cock & Swan, Tim Held and Dave West, and Ahamefule Oluo.


Puget Soundtrack: Zen Mother presents The Holy Mountain

Live score! Co-presented with Brick Lane Records

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Aug 25

(Alejandro Jodorowsky, Mexico & US, 1975, 114 min)

Seattle-based band Zen Mother will perform a commissioned live score with Jodorowsky’s legendary freakout Holy Mountain for the Puget Soundtrack Residency, a Cue Northwest project produced in partnership by Brick Lane Records and Northwest Film Forum.



Puget Soundtrack: Under the Cherry Moon

Featuring Chris Brokaw, Laura Moreau, John DeShazo and DJ Retina Burn!

May 19, 2016

(Prince, US, 1986, 98 min)

We are proud to present Under the Cherry Moon, the lace-festooned directorial debut of too-soon-departed national treasure Prince. Join His Royal Badness on an unabashedly frilly, cheesily seductive joyride through the French Riviera with Christopher Tracy (Prince) and Tricky (Jerome Benton of The Time), gigolos by profession, who set out to woo the effetely naive trust fund flapper Mary Sharon (Kristin Scott Thomas) and seduce her out of a $50 million inheritance.



Puget Soundtrack: Lazer Kitty presents Legend

Co-presented by Capitol Hill Block Party

Jul 23, 2016

(Ridley Scott, US, 1986, Blu-Ray, 89 min)

In this classic fable directed by Ridley Scott, the Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry) seeks to master the Power of Light and bend it to his will through the spiritual seduction of a young princess (Mia Sara); a forest-dwelling hunk (Tom Cruise) and a bevy of elves, fairies and dwarves band together in a quest to retrieve her from Darkness’s imprisoning temple. Sumptuous photography and compelling physical effects and environments blend into a fantastic, otherworldly atmosphere that distinguishes Legend as a jewel in the crown among children’s films.



Puget Soundtrack: Fungal Abyss presents The Devils

Live score!

Jul 28, 2016

(Ken Russell, UK, 1971)

Seattle's Fungal Abyss adds another layer of spooky psychedelia to Ken Russell's The Devils, a dramatic historical horror film already heady with disturbingly violent, sexual, and religious content.



Puget Soundtrack: Chris Cheveyo and Garrett Moore present Mr. Blot's Academy

Co-presented with Seattle Polish Film Festival

Oct 12, 2016

(Krzysztof Gradowski, Poland, 1983)

Mr. Blot's Academy is one of the few children’s movies produced in Poland’s last decade of communism. In it, young Adaś Niezgódka is transported to the fairytale school of Mr. Blot, a communist Willy Wonka analogue whose lessons are endlessly entertaining, musical, and magical.



Puget Soundtrack: Chris Brokaw Presents the Films of Peter Hutton

Live score!

Nov 20, 2016

(Peter Hutton, US, 1975-2000)

The late experimental filmmaker Peter Hutton (1944-2016) is renowned for his silent, dreamlike, cinematic portraits of landscapes and cities. Seattle musician and composer Chris Brokaw will score three of Hutton's films live, leaving another two silent in a gesture that preserves the subtle, contemplative nature of Hutton’s work.



Torrey Pines

Live score!

Feb 16

(Clyde Petersen, US, 2016)

Torrey Pines is an autobiographical stop-motion animated film accompanied by a live musical score by the band Your Heart Breaks. Raised by a schizophrenic mother, Clyde Petersen's life story unfolds in a series of baffling and hallucinated events.



Puget Soundtrack: Your City Sleeps presents Enemy Mine

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Mar 03

(Wolfgang Petersen, US & West Germany, 1985, 108 min)

Enemy Mine is a tale that I feel will always be relevant; a story of mortal enemies settling their differences and realizing how similar they are. It is about finding who you truly are. This is a story that anyone can relate to. It is a gift. It is heart-wrenching and timeless. – Miles Kazemian, Your City Sleeps



Puget Soundtrack: Hair and Space Museum presents THX 1138

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J Explorateur at 7pm in the lobby!

Apr 20

(George Lucas, US, 1971, 88 min)

"THX 1138 presents an aesthetically immersive pastiche of a sterile techno-dystopia that predates its more famous successors Blade Runner, Tron, and Logan's Run. Attempting to explore the terrain of self-discovery in the context of a totalitarian consumer/surveillance society, the film is a flawed yet charming product of its time, and its particular failures and blind spots are as instructive as its successes." - David Golightly



Puget Soundtrack: Corespondents present House

Live score!

Rare 35mm screening!

Apr 20, 2016

For the third year, we celebrate the 4/20 holiday with a Puget Soundtrack. This year, Corespondents tackle House, the original psychedelic Japanese horror movie from 1977, memorable for its human-eating piano and terrifying floating cat head. 



Puget Soundtrack: Erin Jorgensen presents Daisies

Live score!
Rare 35mm screening!

May 07, 2016

(Věra Chytilová, Czech Republic, 1966, 35mm)

The singular 1966 dark feminist comedy from the Czech Republic earned director Věra Chytilová a decade-long filmmaking ban in her country. Erin Jorgensen brings new musical life to this classic with a live marimba score.  



Puget Soundtrack: Ecstatic Cosmic Union presents The Dark Crystal

Live score!
7pm happy hour in the lobby with DJ Explorateur 
Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Jim Henson Company

Mar 19, 2016

Seattle duo Ecstatic Cosmic Union make self­-described “soundtracks for mind­-movies” -- ­­layered synth drones for inner­space exploration and lo­fi cosmic dub to fuel dance parties in the outer realms. Given the chance to create a soundtrack for an existing film, the Jim Henson fantasy The Dark Crystal was their top choice.



Puget Soundtrack: Lori Goldston presents Echoes of Silence

Live score!

16mm print! 

Mar 11, 2016

(Peter Emmanuel Goldman, United States, 1967, 16mm, 76 min)

Peter Emmanuel Goldman’s poetic, ultra-lo-fi Echoes of Silence was shot on a microscopic budget in Greenwich Village and Times Square in 1964. It was awarded the special prize at the 1966 Pesaro Film Festival by a jury that included Godard, Bellocchio and Bertolucci. A series of sketches introduced by hand painted title cards, it wanders restlessly through the ferocious/wistful sexualities of New York’s early ‘60s bohemian underground.



Puget Soundtrack: Madeleine Cocolas Presents The Birds

Original live score!

Dec 03, 2015

(Alfred Hitchcock, United States, 1963, HD, 119 min)

Australian-born, Seattle-based composer Madeleine Cocolas chose to revisit Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller masterpiece, The Birds, for her Puget Soundtrack. Hitchcock's eerie brand of horror is impeccable in his iconic film about the indomitable power of nature. When a beautiful newcomer arrives in a sleepy coastal California town, an escalating series of bird attacks begins to unsettle and unravel residents. Featuring characteristic visual richness and glacial suspense, The Birds continues to intrigue and unnerve after more than fifty years. 



Local Sightings Closing Night: Puget Soundtrack: Ahamefule Oluo presents Police Beat

 KEXP 90.3 FM

Oct 03, 2015

The closing night of the 18th Local Sightings Film Festival features a special edition of Puget Soundtrack, our popular live score series where musicians choose the films they want to score. Ahamefule Oluo presents local film Police Beat on its 10th anniversary (Robinson Devor, 2005), with accompaniment by Jon Hansen (Space Tuba) and Kevin Buster (Saxophones). This show is a Community Partner Concert with KEXP. After the performance, the audience is invited to stay for a drink and onstage conversation with Ahamefule Oluo and Police Beat screenwriter Charles Mudede.



Puget Soundtrack: Tim Held Presents PREDATOR

Live Soundtrack!

Sep 19, 2015

(John McTiernan, 1987, United States, 107 min)

As a fan of Sci-fi, Horror and Action I can think of very few movies that hit the mark as well as Predator. Aside from Alien, I don’t think there are any worthy contenders. So when I was presented with the opportunity to build a new score for 1987’s best movie I was beyond elated. - Tim Held



Puget Soundtrack: Newaxeyes presents Alien

Live music!

Apr 20, 2015

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. 



Puget Soundtrack: Cock & Swan presents Only God Forgives

Live Music Score!

Jul 09, 2015

(Nicolas Winding Refn, Denmark/France, 2013, 90 min)

Cock & Swan will be the first Puget Soundtrack band to combine live scoring with pre-recorded elements — a technique they hope will allow them to focus on the highly rhythmic pacing of Only God Forgives. While Refn's followup to Drive is certainly short on dialogue, it doesn't skimp on either visuals or action. The blood-soaked revenge pic was a critical Hindenburg upon release, but could the right musical accompaniment be all it needs to soar?



Puget Soundtrack: Cabana presents Microcosmos

Live music!
35mm print!

Nov 20, 2014

(Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou, Switzerland, 1996, 35mm, 72 min)

Cabana welcomes you to the microcosmos. Behold the exhilarating, alien world of insect life in a French meadow, featuring stunning close ups (captured using macroscopic and time-lapse photography). Impish humor, riveting drama and carnal violence abound.  Our new Music Movies series, Puget Soundtrack, invites Seattle musicians and bands to create a live score for a film of their choosing. In November we feature Cabana, a four piece band from Seattle that plays rock with psychedelic and shoegaze leanings, influenced by Spacemen 3, Brian Jonestown Massacre, My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth.


Photo by Angel Ceballos.

Puget Soundtrack: Vox Mod

Live music!

Sponsored by KEXP 90.3!

Sep 13, 2014

Join us for the kickoff of our new Music Movies series, Puget Soundtrack, where we invite Seattle musicians and bands to create a live score for a film of their choosing. In September, local animator and electronic musician Vox Mod sets his encyclopedia sci-fi knowledge loose on a mystery title. Fans have detected influences as far ranging as the ‘90s cartoon Aeon Flux, Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and Jean Giraud’s oil paintings in Vox Mod’s hypnotically cinematic albums and EPs. Looking for insight into which film he’s choosing? Think Japanese, think dystopian future, think canonical anime influence.



Puget Soundtrack: Kingdom of the Holy Sun presents Fantastic Planet

With live score by Kingdom of the Holy Sun!

Screening followed by DJ Mamma Casserole and DJ Veins!

After party at Vermillion: bring your ticket stub and get $1 off your first drink at the split tape release party!

Apr 20, 2014

(René Laloux, France, 1973, 35mm, 72 min)

A stop-motion sci-fi cult classic of such cosmically epic proportions that it was awarded the 1973 Special Jury Prize at Cannes (a rare feat for animated films), Fantastic Planet is a work of exquisite psychedelia-infused surrealism.