MARCH 8, 2015
Co-presented by UW-Bothell and Men's Rights Club
We are celebrating International Women's Day with screenings, discussion and live music. Special guest and local filmmaker Lynn Shelton will present a rare screening of her 16mm film The Clouds that touch us out of clear skies, about a personal miscarriage story, followed by conversation. The day is co-presented with a global women's health class from UW-Bothell. It all starts with an encore screening of She's Beautiful When She's Angry. After Lynn's film and conversation, Men's Rights Club will present a live performance by musician Briana Marela.
FEBRUARY 24 - MARCH 24 (TUESDAYS) AT SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
ALL SCREENINGS AT 7:30PM
- Get a series pass and see all of the films at a discount: $54/General Admission, $45/SAM and NWFF Members, $35/Students and Seniors >
"a chance to explore the inarguable creative peak of one of cinema’s most influential auteurs" —City Arts Magazine
MARCH 20 - 28, 2015
Co-presented with the Grand Illusion Cinema!
A striking, singular voice in world cinema, Hou Hsiao-hsien is a leading Taiwanese filmmaking auteur, whose invaluable contributions to the art of cinema range from intricately woven narratives to gracefully empathetic long takes (and achingly beautiful cinematography). This series samples Hou Hsiao-hsien’s remarkable filmography, presenting five films that span fifteen years of his career.
An international retrospective organized by Richard I. Suchenski (Director, Center for Moving Image Arts at Bard College), in collaboration with the Taipei Cultural Center, the Taiwan Film Institute, and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The book Hou Hsiao-hsien (Vienna: Österreichisches Filmmuseum and New York: Columbia University Press, 2014) has been released in conjunction with this retrospective.
- Please note, all screenings are held (on different dates) at both Northwest Film Forum and the Grand Illusion Cinema! Please check the calendar for which venue hosts on which date. Tickets sold separately for each venue. Member discounts honored at both organizations!
Fri 3/20: A TIME TO LIVE AND A TIME TO DIE @ Grand Illusion Cinema (7PM)
Sat 3/21: DUST IN THE WIND @ Northwest Film Forum (5PM)
Sun 3/22: GOOD MEN, GOOD WOMEN @ Grand Illusion Cinema (5PM)
Mon 3/23: FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI @ Northwest Film Forum (3PM)
Mon 3/23: A TIME TO LIVE AND A TIME TO DIE @ Northwest Film Forum (7PM)
Tues 3/24: DUST IN THE WIND @ Grand Illusion Cinema (7PM)
Weds 3/25: MILLENIUM MAMBO @ Northwest Film Forum (8PM)
Thurs, 3/26: FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI @ Grand Illusion Cinema (7PM)
Fri, 3/27: GOOD MEN, GOOD WOMEN @ Northwest Film Forum (8PM)
Sat, 3/28: MILLENIUM MAMBO @ Grand Illusion Cinema (4:45PM)
APRIL 10 - 14, 2015
Co-presented with Civilization
ByDesign, our annual architecture and design film festival, returns in a new partnership with Seattle design firm Civilization. This year’s film lineup roves the architectural terrain of tiny houses, the history of typography, the interiors of 1977’s psychic landscapes, a German architecture firm captured through the lens of the late Harun Farocki in one of his last films, and more.
ByDesign brings together a diversity of people, ideas and creative visions to explore intersections of design and the moving image. The program celebrates artists who combine forms and disciplines to transform our visual culture. Join us for an opening party and array of guest artists and speakers, documentaries, panel discussions that illuminate the roots, currents and future of design in motion.
- Get a series pass and see all of ByDesign at a discount: $60 ($30 for Film Forum Members)
MARCH 18—MAY 1, 2014
Presented in partnership with Town Hall, ARCADE, PubliCola at Seattle Met, Tasveer, DEFA Film Library, Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington and Charles Mudede
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” —Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
With Red Renewal: Seattle’s Socialist Spring, Northwest Film Forum opened its cinemas for collective contemplation of the 2014 spring fever: sparked by solidarity but marked by uncertainty, as Seattleites debated what the future should hold.
How will this new season shape the city’s political, economic, and civic landscape? What will happen to workers’ rights and wages, and where will they live in a city gripped by ever sky-rocketing rents? “Is there something in the water in Seattle” that drives the city's labor movement to the forefront of national conversations? Revitalized by newly sown seeds, but a long way off from harvest, this Spring signals a moment ripe for cinematic exploration.
Winter 2013 in Seattle began with changes of pace, both in the weather and for workers. Hardly a raindrop fell in typically dour November, and clear skies greeted Kshama Sawant on the 15th, when she won an historic victory to become the first socialist elected to Seattle City Council in living memory. Ten days later, Washington voters passed a $15 minimum wage for SeaTac workers.
The year wound down while workers got fed up. One hundred fast food employees and supporters marched 13 miles from SeaTac to Seattle City Hall to advocate for the $15 minimum wage. Machinists battled what (now former) union president Tom Wroblewski called a “piece of crap” benefits-slashing proposal from Boeing. Moved by the machinists’ struggle, Timothy Egan forlornly postulated: "So this is how the middle class dies. Not with a bang, but with a forced [pension] squeeze."
As 2014 dawned, Sawant decried “the reality of international capitalism” and called for “organized mass movements of workers and young people” to a thousand citizens who packed City Hall for her inauguration. The same week saw the launch of 15 Now, a coalition of community groups and unions, mobilized to make $15 wages a reality first in Seattle, then across the nation.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, “the sign of a rising tide” marched through the city, with many marchers bearing $15 signs to form “a sea of red” that shone in the sun. Infusing Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with the rejuvenated fight for fair wages, former head of Seattle’s Black Panther Party chapter Aaron Dixon declared: “We got the power, we are the 99 percent.”
During Red Renewal, community groups and citizens from across the city hosted weekly screenings and discussions around films from many countries, eras and perspectives. From canonical propaganda to satirical critique, Red Renewal recasted cinema’s historical encounters with socialist themes in parallel to ongoing conversations about Seattle's economy and politics.
The shouts and songs of workers, Soviet crocodiles and Slovenian psychoanalysts, Gandhi’s teachings melded with Marx’s writings, a renegade East German and the return of Wilhem Reich, radical labors of love and public spheres—both real and virtual—primed for debate. It all began with a screening and discussion with Kshama Sawant and Charles Mudede at Town Hall on March 18.
"Northwest Film Forum, the city's Mecca of indie movie programming, is bringing a batch of ultra left-wing films to the screen to celebrate (and speculate) about Seattle's recent shift to the left." —PubliCola at Seattle Met