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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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Crispin Hellion Glover in Person!

Two nights only!

About Crispin Hellion Glover – Co-Director/Producer

Crispin Hellion Glover is a multifaceted American artist. He is primarily known as a film actor, but is also a publisher, filmmaker and author. His career has been marked by some portrayals of wonderfully eccentric people, such as George McFly in BACK TO THE FUTURE or Willard Stiles in WILLARD. In the late 1980s, Glover started his own publishing company Volcanic Eruptions which turned in to a production company in the 1990's for his film works.

Born in New York City, Glover moved to Los Angeles at the age of three and a half. As a child, he attended the Mirman School for the academically gifted. His father, Bruce Glover, is an actor best remembered for playing the offbeat SPECTRE assassin Mr. Wint in the James Bond movie DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, and one of Jack Nicholson's hood assistants Duffy in CHINATOWN. Crispin Glover's first professional acting appearance was in 1978 in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in “The Sound of Music.” He played Friedrich Von Trapp and Florence Henderson played Maria. He also appeared in some commercials and several sitcoms as a teenager, including “Happy Days” and “Family Ties.” His first film role was in 1983's MY TUTOR. He has a small role in RACING WITH THE MOON opposite Sean Penn. In 1984 came his breakout performance as as George McFly in Robert Zemeckis's BACK TO THE FUTURE. Glover did not participate in the film's two sequels. Nevertheless, Zemeckis used facial prosthetics on another actor to simulate Glover on screen, and inter-spliced small portions of footage from the original film. Glover sued the producers. Because of Mr. Glover's lawsuit  there is a precedent and new laws in SAG so that actors and producers are not allowed to ever do this again.

BACK TO THE FUTURE was an international box office smash following its release in 1985. Glover followed the release of that film with RIVER’S EDGE. From that point, Glover pursued a defiantly individualistic path. His characters were notable for their peculiar personality traits and unconventional thought processes. He played Andy Warhol in Oliver Stone's THE DOORS in (1991) and has continued to play exceedingly eccentric types, e.g. the title characters in BARTLEBY (2001) and WILLARD (2003). He has received some considerable mainstream attention recently as the "Thin Man" in the Charlie's Angels films

After receiving a number of requests to act in first time director’s films, Glover decided he wanted to try his hand at directing. Having collaborated on unfinished video projects with David Brothers since the 1980’s, Glover started WHAT IS IT? as a short and then determined that there was a feature film in it. After considerable effort to produce the film entirely with his own money over nine years, he premiered WHAT IS IT? at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Glover toured with the film theatrically in 2006, performing his slide show prior to the film and discussing  the film with the audience after the screening. He plans to continue this unique model of distribution with the remaining films in the “It” series. His second feature as a director is It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. which premiered at Sundance in 2007.

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Earshot Jazz Films

Once again Northwest Film Forum partners with Earshot Jazz to present excellent films about the art of jazz. Join us on November 4th & 11th for screenings.

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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.

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Ben Gibbard Presents His Favorite Music Films

OCTOBER 17 - 18 & 24 - 25, 2015

Sponsored by the Neumos Group

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Join us for two weekends in October as acclaimed local musician and avid cinephile Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, the Postal Service) shares some of his favorite music films of all time. From a fun 60s romp with the Monkees (Head) to canonical documentaries that capture timeless performances (The Decline of Western Civilization Part II, Urgh! A Music War), Ben's picks have something for everyone.

The series will also include a conversation between Ben Gibbard and local director Lynn Shelton about scoring the film Laggies.





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