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KINOFEST Seattle 2016

The Portland German Film Festival, in collaboration with Northwest Film Forum, is proud to present KINOFEST Seattle, October 7-9, 2016 at the Northwest Film Forum. KINOFEST Seattle will include the newest in German-language cinema with features, documentaries and shorts from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The program embraces a wide range of subjects and genres, from the US premiere of acclaimed German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta’s drama, The Misplaced World, to a big-screen Seattle premiere of the thrilling Austrian ski film, Streif: One Hell of a Ride, directed by Norbert Heitker. Two family films are also in the lineup; Windstorm 2, by Katja von Garnier and My Friend Raffi, Arend Agthe's hit film from Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2016. Film history is celebrated in Then Is It the End?, a biographical documentary about the recently deceased film critic Michael Althen, and Switzerland is represented by the US premiere of Exit Oerlikon, a touching film about friendship between two elderly men.

The festival also includes Next Generation Short Tiger 2015, a collection of 12 short films by up-and-coming German filmmakers. We close with The Culpable, a searing fiction film about the Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse crisis, directed by Germany’s Gerd Schneider.

The premiere sponsor for KINOFEST Seattle 2016 is Condor. Audiences at KINOFEST Seattle can bid on two premium economy round trip tickets from Seattle to Frankfurt during the festival. Community sponsors are Zeitgeist Northwest and the SAGA School. KINOFEST's hospitality sponsor is Hotel Max.

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West Berlin Music Movies

Three movies spawned from the agitation and intensity of the West Berlin underground music scene come to the Film Forum this July. White Star, Roland Klick’s rarely-seen story of a synth-punk up-and-comer guided by the shaky but forceful hand of his drug-addled promoter and mentor (Dennis Hopper); Decoder, a techno-paranoiac punk noir in which a young Berlin punk (Einstürzende Neubauten’s F. M. Einheit) deciphers muzak and reveals it to be a neurotoxic tool of mass control; and B-Movie: Lust and Sound in West Berlin 1979-89, a documentary from the inside-out of the West Berlin scene’s manic vitality and violence that features appearances from Nick Cave, Keith Haring, New Order, Malaria!, and many, many others.

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Three Dollar Bill Cinema and Northwest Film Forum have teamed up for a Pride month series that will make you cheer with delight! It’s an eclectic mix of fan favorites, hosted by avid queer fans ready to share (and defend) their picks.

Kick off each night with a pre-show happy hour in the Northwest Film Forum lobby!

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UCLA Festival of Preservation


Co-presented with the Grand Illusion Cinema
Screenings on Fridays in May at Northwest Film Forum


This year’s UCLA Festival of Preservation features the restoration of Men In War (1957), directed by Anthony Mann, who made a name for himself at Universal directing adult westerns. This big budget war film, starring Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray, details the troubles experienced by a platoon of American soldiers, trapped behind enemy lines during the Korean War. Unlike Hollywood’s more heroic representations of World War II, Mann’s film presages the disconnect between officers and enlisted men that would become systemic during the Vietnam War. The tour also highlights another classic war film, John Ford’s The Long Voyage Home (1940), starring John Wayne and Thomas Mitchell as merchant seamen transporting ammunition to England for the European war effort against the Nazis. Among the tour’s comedy offerings, which include The Big Broadcast (1932), is a new preservation of the comedy hit of last year’s Cinefest in Syracuse, Bachelor’s Affairs (1932), a pre-Code gem, starring Adolphe Menjou as a die-hard bachelor who is felled by a ditzy blonde bombshell. An area of increasing interest for the Archive is exploitation films, which have been for the most part ignored by film historians, even though such films were hugely popular at the time of their release. The tour includes a number of truly weird and wild films from the early 1930s: White Zombie (1932) features Bela Lugosi in the aftermath  of Dracula in a horror film that has become a cult classic; and The Crime of Dr. Crespi, based on Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Premature Burial,” stars the great Erich von Stroheim, after his fall from grace in Hollywood. J.L. Anderson’s Spring Night, Summer Night (1967), an amazingly realistic film from rural Appalachia.

---Dr. Jan-Christopher Horak, Director, UCLA Film & Television Archive

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Seijun Suzuki Retrospective

Co-presented with the Grand Illusion Cinema and the Japan Foundation  

Introduction by City Arts Writer/ Film Historian Tony Kay for Youth of the Beast, Tokyo Drifter, Carmen of Kawachi, Branded to Kill, Gate of Flesh and Fighting Elegy

Japanese film director Seijun Suzuki began his career making increasingly outrageous B movies for Nikkatsu Studios in the 1950s and 1960s (he was eventually fired for his stylistic excesses). More than ten years later, he reinvented himself as an independent filmmaker with a uniquely eccentric vision. He remains a cult figure outside of Japan and his influence can be seen in the work of directors as diverse as Jim Jarmusch, Baz Luhrmann, and Quentin Tarantino. This national tour of Suzuki's work accompanies Smithsonian curator Tom Vick's book, Time and Place Are Nonsense: The Films of Seijun Suzuki, which is the first book-length study of his work in English. The touring retrospective is co-organized with the Japan Foundation and presented in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s Sackler Gallery exhibition Sōtatsu: Making Waves. Northwest Film Forum and the Grand Illusion Cinema are proud to be partnering on bringing these films to Seattle, many of them on 35mm film prints. 
April 16: Gate of Flesh
April 17: Fighting Elegy
April 23: Ziguernerweisen
April 24: Kagero-Za
April 30: Yumeji
Buy a Full Series Pass HERE - $80 General, $50 Film Forum/Grand Illusion Members

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ByDesign 2016

April 14th - 17th.
Purchase a Festival Pass here$25 Film Forum Member, $45 General, $35 Senior/Child/Student
Special thanks to ByDesign supporter Design in Public, a strategic initiative of AIA Seattle, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Design in Public was founded in 2011 to help Seattle appreciate the role and impact of design on urban life.

Our long-running, annual ByDesign program brings together a diversity of people, ideas and creative visions to explore intersections of design and the moving image. ByDesign explores the artists, movements, and modes of thinking that transform our visual culture.  
ByDesign 2016 features films that illuminate the roots, currents and future of design in motion. The opening night film is the Seattle premiere of Tom Sachs’ A Space Program, both a piece of art in its own right and a documentation of sculptor Tom Sachs' incredible piece, Space Program 2.0: MARS, which opened at New York's Park Avenue Armory in 2012. The festival lineup also includes documentaries about metabolist architecture in Japan, the legendary architect Frank Gehry’s first building commission in Australia, the stunning array of artist residencies on an island off the coast of Newfoundland, and more.
ByDesign Assistant Programmer: Whitney Hinshaw

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William Shakespeare: 400 Years Later

Sponsored by BBC Worldwide North America 

April 23-24

In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, BBC Worldwide North America has made available film adaptations of some of William Shakespeare’s most beloved plays. Both screenings are free and open to the public. 

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Taking Time: A Tribute to Chantal Akerman

*SIFF and NWFF members receive member discounts at both venues for this special program*
"Let's say I take my time." -Chantal Akerman 
Considered to be one of the most significant and influential European filmmakers of her generation, Chantal Akerman's contributions to avant-garde and feminist cinema were immeasurable. In 1975, The New York Times called her most well-known film, Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, “the first masterpiece of the feminine in the history of cinema.” When Akerman passed away in October 2015 at the age of 65, the international film community mourned the loss of one of its most daring visionaries. This weekend-long series pays tribute to Chantal Akerman's life and work with three films rarely screened in the United States, including two West Coast premieres. 
"Comparable in force and originality to Godard or Fassbinder, Chantal Akerman is arguably the most important European director of her generation." —J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

"The films of Chantal Akerman are the single most important and coherent body of work by a woman director in the history of the cinema." —Film Center Gazette of the School of the Art Institute

"Akerman the filmmaker came of age at the same time as the new age of feminism, and [her films] became key texts in the nascent field of feminist film theory. Feminism posed the apparently simple question of who speaks when a woman in film speaks (as character, as director ...); Akerman insisted convincingly that her films' modes of address rather than their stories alone are the locus of their feminist perspective. The many arguments about what form a 'new women's cinema' should take revolved around a presumed dichotomy between so-called realist (meaning accessible) and avant-garde (meaning elitist) work; Akerman's films rendered such distinctions irrelevant and illustrated the reductiveness of the categories." —Janet Bergstrom, Sight and Sound

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Industry Events

Northwest Film Forum hosts networking events and visits from industry professionals to support our local community of artists and media makers. 

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VOD IRL is a series of video-on-demand screenings produced in the movie theater, with filmmakers and special guests in attendance. As audiences continue to migrate online, VOD IRL represents an experiment in creative adaptation to a changing industry.

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