Engauge 2023 – Harry Smith Centenary Celebration with Lori Goldston and Friends [In-Person Only]
- $18 General Admission
- $13 NWFF/SIFF/GI/PCNW member
(two film programs + one special event; for either Friday or Saturday)
- $40 General
- $30 Student/Child/Senior
- $20 NWFF/SIFF/GI/PCNW member
FULL FESTIVAL PASSES:
(includes Greta Snider and Harry Smith programs!)
- $60 General
- $50 Student/Child/Senior
- $40 NWFF/SIFF/GI/PCNW member
(66 min TRT)
Polymath, Beat-era experimental filmmaker, ethnographer, and occultist Harry Smith (1923-1991) was raised in and around Anacortes, WA. Join us as we celebrate Smith’s centenary with a 16mm screening of Smith’s film Heaven and Earth Magic, accompanied live by the brilliant Lori Goldston and friends.
Bret Lunsford will also join us with copies of his wonderful new book about Smith’s early life in the Pacific Northwest: Sounding for Harry Smith.
Header image credit: Heaven and Earth Magic, dir. Harry Smith
Seattle cellist and composer Lori Goldston presents an original live score in honor of the centenary of Harry Smith’s birth.
Inspired by his work as framer and amplifier of the sublime craft and beauty of organic indigenous, folk and underground cultures, Goldston brings decades of experience with live film scoring, a lifetime of work with a broad variety of music, and a dynamic mix of sincerity and irony.
Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.
We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.
The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject!
If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our phone number (206-329-2629) is voicemail-only, but we check it often.
Made possible due to a grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Sensory Access, our Sensory Access document presents a visual and descriptive walk-through of the NWFF space. View it in advance of attending an in-person event at bit.ly/nwffsocialnarrativepdf, in order to prepare yourself for the experience.
NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.
Read more about NWFF’s policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.
- Purchase your ticket through Brown Paper Tickets; come to the show!
- You can also purchase a ticket on the day of the screening at Northwest Film Forum’s box office (1515 12th Ave, Seattle).
- If you have purchased a Full Festival Pass or Full Day Pass, we’ll be able to look you up at Will Call by the name you purchased under.
- Film programs in the 2023 edition of Engauge will not be available for virtual viewing.
Harry Smith describes Heaven and Earth Magic:
“The first part depicts the heroine’s toothache consequent to the loss of a very valuable watermelon, her dentistry and transportation to heaven. Next follows an elaborate exposition of the heavenly land, in terms of Israel, Montreal and the second part depicts the return to Earth from being eaten by Max Muller on the day Edward the Seventh dedicated the Great Sewer of London.”
Harry Everett Smith (May 29, 1923 – November 27, 1991) was an underground influencer of 20th century music, art and film. He grew up the Pacific Northwest, then left in the late ’40s to participate in the San Francisco Beat and Greenwich Village creative communities. Smith’s impact on American culture continues, and has accelerated since his death in 1991, with numerous books, music events, museum exhibits, albums and documentaries devoted to his work.
A Grammy winner for lifetime achievement, he was “famous everywhere underground,” in the words of Allen Ginsberg, who recalled: “He was given a moment to make a speech and said very briefly that he was happy to live long enough to see the American political culture affected and moved and shaped somewhat by American folk music, meaning the whole rock-n-roll, Bob Dylan, Beatnik, post-Beatnik youth culture.”
From the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2023 Harry Smith exhibition, “Fragments of a Faith Forgotten: the Art of Harry Smith”
“Over the course of fifty years, Smith made renegade and innovative use of the changing recording and distribution technologies, from his voracious approach to record collecting to experiments with early tape-recording systems to groundbreaking manipulations of abstraction and collage in film. Smith was an innovator in collecting, organizing, and sequencing images and artifacts that structure the ways we understand and share culture and experiences today. He created a life and practice largely outside of institutions and capitalism, offering an eccentric model for engagement with a society today even further dominated by these systems.
“Vitally, Smith brought to light and wrestled with—sometimes imperfectly—facets of America’s rich histories, tracing and sharing underappreciated veins of culture often invisible to mainstream society. Very much outside of his time, Smith nonetheless created his own rich vein of American culture that says more about this country, its arts, and its diverse creative communities than nearly any other artist of his time.”
“The Artist and Mystic Who Collected the World” – New York Times August 14, 2023
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