Many of us who think about fashion and dress consider style to be the loudest and loveliest language available for conveying character. What I wear is meant as a description; I want you to know who I am when we pass each other on the street. But what happens when we enter the realm of the imagined?
Writers, directors, designers, and costumers speak for their characters in direct and indirect ways, and we respond in kind. Holly Golightly's coiffed top-bun and high-neck black dress tell us just as much as her quips about the "mean reds." We know Truman Capote and Blake Edwards' society girl so intimately that we affect her faux naiveties, we tie on her playful pearls.
I imagined Screen Style as an opportunity for Seattle tastemakers to share some of their favorite heros and villains, knowing full-well that they'd be interestingly dressed. And surprising. And complex. And illustrative of the elusive "Seattle style."
This year's panel includes a curator who walks through the galleries in avant-garde asymmetrical layers, a Turkish-born designer who looks like the fifth Rolling Stone, a pair of shopkeepers who make Seattle feel like a Parisian side street, and an artist who passionately, theatrically, and philosophically bridges the soft-sculpture/fashion divide. The curator can tell you about art from the age of Spanish Exploration as well as Yohji Yamamoto. The leather jacket craftsman knows why Mick Jagger looked so painfully chic in a seemingly ho-hum pair of Levi's. The shopkeepers believe that style is something we pass on to our children and their children after that. The artist's most recent work imagines the burial clothes of his best friends.
Seattle is rich with expressive characters. Behind them—in their minds and on their bookshelves and big screens—there are legions more. Screen Style is a way to introduce you to all of them.
—Laura Cassidy, Seattle Met
- Get a Screen Style series pass and see three nights of film and conversation about style and fashion at a discount: $40/general admission, $35/Film Forum members.
Laura Cassidy has been telling people where to go and what to buy for nearly 15 years. Following seven years at the Seattle Weekly, she joined Seattle Met magazine in 2006. Currently the style editor of the monthly publication as well as the editorial director for the parent company's West Coast trio of biannual wedding magazines (and the editor-in-chief of the Seattle version), she produces photoshoots, covers local fashion and shopping news, illustrates trends, and highlights stylish characters all over town in print and online. Over 10,000 subscribers get Shop Talk, the e-newsletter that she her team compile and send out each Tuesday, and fashion show and special event audiences are getting to know her face-to-face as she and Seattle Met step up to host and sponsor things like Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway on Fashion's Night Out, EMP's Project Leather, Bellevue Fashion Week's Independent Designer Showcase, Screen Style at Northwest Film Forum, and Product Runway.
NOVEMBER 22–25, 2013
After the turmoil of May 1968, French filmmakers (Jean-Luc Godard and the Dziga Vertov Group being the best known) got serious about political filmmaking. Yet in 1967, the elusive photographer, artist, filmmaker and world-class cat lover, Chris Marker, started his own group, intending to push ideas of film as activism, and film art that was separate from commerce, forward.
Marker, a pioneer of the gorgeous film essay, liked putting unlike things together: time travel and populism, dreamed memories and justice, with the fluid juissance of the globe. The group he formed in 1967, the Society for the Production of New Works, or SLON (Société pour le Lancement des Oeuvres Nouvelles), included Godard himself, as well as Alain Resnais, Claude Lelouch, Agnes Varda and William Klein.
We celebrate Marker's contributions to politically and socially engaged cinema in this series of films made by Marker and his group, as well as films inspired by Marker, created by contemporary filmmakers.
NOVEMBER 8–13, 2013
Sponsored by KPLU 88.5
The historical sweep and technical wizardry of the UCLA Film & Television Archive's preservation projects—from early silent films and Golden Age classics, to fascinating rarities and contemporary gems—are showcased in the Archive’s biennial Festival of Preservation. Hailed by The Los Angeles Times as “the city’s most surprising, most stimulating, most invigorating film event,” the festival now heads north for its premiere Seattle engagement, featuring breathtaking new restorations of forgotten classics by Robert Altman, Thom Anderson, Shirley Clarke and many more.
- Double Feature passes are available for almost every night of the festival! See two films per night at a major discount: $9/Film Forum Members, $14/Seniors, $20/General Admission.
Forbidden Love Double Feature
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7pm Gun Crazy
(Joseph H. Lewis, USA, 1950, 35mm, 86 min)
9pm The Chase
(Arthur D. Ripley, USA, 1946, 35mm, 86 min)
Silent Starlet Double Feature
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(Victor Fleming, USA, 1926, 35mm, 75 min)
9pm Midnight Madness
(F. Harmon Weight, USA, 1928, 35mm, 65 min)
Comedy Gold Double Feature
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7pm Thirty Day Princess
(Marion Gering, 1934, USA, 35mm, 74 min)
9pm Busy Bodies
(Lloyd French, USA, 1933, 35mm, 19 min)
9pm International House
(Edward Sutherland, USA, 1933, 35mm, 68 min)
Thrills and Chills Double Feature
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(Victor Halperin, USA, 1933, 35mm, 65 min)
9pm Double Door
(Charles Vidor, USA, 1934, 35mm, 75 min)
7pm That Cold Day in the Park
(Robert Altman, 1969, United States, 35mm, 112 min)
Folk Heroes Double Feature
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7pm Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer
(Thom Andersen, USA, 1975, 35mm 59 min)
9pm Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel with the World
(Shirley Clarke, Robert Hughes, USA, 35mm 1963, 51 min)
This image from Midnight Madness (1928) courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
SEPTEMBER 26 - NOVEMBER 21, 2013
(NO SCREENINGS OCT 3 & 17)
Thursdays at 9pm
Co-presented with JK Pop!
In 2013, South Korean cinema was (by all popular accounts) supposed to take the United States by storm. While a handful of film auteurs did release several highly-anticipated Korean language films, we also saw Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) and Bong Joon-ho (The Host) make their English languages debuts. Park's Stoker didn't quite live up to critics' expectations and Bong's Snowpiercer is set to be mangled by Harvey Weinstein: instead of waiting longer, let's watch some TV instead!
Hallyu dramas have taken Asia and South America by storm in recent years, but are relatively unknown in the United States. This fall we are featuring one of the most popular Korean dramas of the last decade, Coffee Prince, a melodramatic and comedic gem whose time in the spotlight is long overdue.
Turning an popular trope of East Asian popular culture on its head, Coffee Prince is the story of Eun-chan (Yun Eun-hye), a young girl mistaken for a boy by Han-gyul (Gong Yoo), a stereotypically immature and wealthy playboy. When Han-gyul hires Eun-chan to work at his new all-male coffee shop, Coffee Prince, the two fall in love. What starts as a fluffy romantic comedy turns into the story of two people's sexual confusion in a society where homosexuality is still deeply stigmatized. One of the first Korean series to respectfully explore LGBT issues (however tangentially), Coffee Prince was a huge hit, and was remade in Thailand and the Philippines in 2012.
Please join us and the DJs of JK Pop this fall for romance, dancing and a lot of overly emotional arm-grabbing as we watch The “1st Shop of Coffee Prince!” We'll have a new installment every Thursday at 9pm.
Each year, as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival, we present films that shed light on the vibrant history of this great American art form, and the lives of some of its greatest composers and performers. Join us for Lady Be Good, a profile of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the Roaring '20s through to the 1970s. Another highlight: Rova Channeling Coltrane, which looks at 12 innovative master-musicians in a one-time, euphoric incarnation of John Coltrane's mighty Ascension.
SEPTEMBER 27 - OCTOBER 3
Local Sightings is a showcase of new films from the Northwest that puts homegrown talent in front of Seattle audiences and connects artists from Alaska to Oregon in a celebration of film from the region. Produced every year by Northwest Film Forum, the festival features new films, parties, juried prizes and film conversation. Screenings are only part of the story: artist talks, performances and networking events held throughout the week allow film lovers and filmmakers to explore local creativity together. In 2012, Seattle Weekly called Local Sightings the "best film festival" in Seattle.
Local Sightings 2013 features an opening night selection from first-time Seattle director Brendan Flynn, a sumptuously stylized (yet strikingly naturalistic) black and white debut feature, Walking Against The Wind. In recent years, Local Sightings has heralded many new talents from the region, including Stranger Genius award nominee Zach Weintraub, and Filmmaker Magazine's "25 Faces To Watch" honoree Nandan Rao. Both are previous winners of Local Sightings festival awards and have new projects in the 2013 program.
"an esteemed tradition. . .the favorite festival of quite a few movie enthusiasts in Seattle." —The Seattle Times
"The film scene in the Northwest has become more prominent over the years thanks, in part, to the Northwest Film Forum. The small art house theater in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood is an incubator for local talent that is getting noticed nationally. Many of these artists got their work in front of an audience for the first time at the Film Forum's annual Local Sightings Festival" —KPLU 88.5
Film Forum Members $125
General Admission $150
Includes opening & closing night events
Film Forum Members $12
General Admission $20 general
Film Forum Members $24
General Admission $40
Includes entry to all short film programs
2013 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Friday, September 27
8PM Walking Against the Wind
10PM Opening Night Party
Saturday, September 28
10AM - 4PM Seattle Film Summit
5PM Mountain Runners
5:15PM Cardboard w/ Walking With Heroes
7PM Lauren Is Missing
7:15PM Redwood Highway
Dusk: Wallrus Mini-Screening (Sound Transit red wall at Cal Anderson Park)
9PM Short On The Rocks
11PM Motivational Growth
Sunday, September 29
11AM – 1PM Digital Cinema Expo
3PM Alien Boy: The Life And Death Of James Chasse
5PM Blueberry Soup
5:15PM Survival Prayer w/ Dos Almos
7PM K2 Siren of The Himalayas
7:15PM Hawaiian Punch
9PM Short On Stories
9:15PM Ich Hunger
Monday, September 30
6:30PM From Script To Screen With Lynn Shelton
7PM Do It Differently w/ Dose For Domminic
9PM Short On Truth
9:15PM Lucille's Ball w/ Harsh Tokes and Bong Jokes
Tuesday, October 1
7PM Bible Quiz
7:15PM This Is Washington: Films From Puget Sound Archives
9PM Short on Laughter
9:15PM Mother Nature
Wednesday, October 2
7PM All The Labor
7:15PM A Brief Moment With Paul Marioni (pre-screening conversation at 6pm, hosted by The Project Room, 1315 E. Pine Street)
9PM Against the Tide w/School Is Out: The Demise of Warren Elementary
9PM Short On Experiments
Thursday, October 3
7:30PM Awards Ceremony
8PM You Make Me Feel So Young
9:30PM Closing Night Party