Sunny-Side Up Brunch Fundraiser [Online] for NWFF

This event took place on Jun 12, 2021

Raise the paddle and a brunch toast to the summer season at NWFF’s Sunny-Side Up Brunch Fundraiser – 2021’s sweet, savory substitute for the Annual Gala!

Brunch takes place June 12th at 11:00am – 12:30pm PT *

* Cooking with Ahamefule Oluo before brunch? Suggested prep start time is 10am PT.

RSVP by donating at any amount. Certain donation levels award perks! Read more below or on the event page

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Harris Bricken, and our Supporting Sponsor, Kasama Space!

Virtual Fundraiser Details

ANY donation level grants entry to the event!

Who’s hosting?

Local horror-show hostess Isabella Price will be taking the morning off from her typical role as the Queen of Darkness and ushering in the sunshine as our mistress of ceremonies.

She’ll be joined by special guest SJ Chiro, director of the recent feature East of the Mountains.

Ahamefule Oluo – prolific polymath, chef, multi-instrumentalist, composer, writer, and stand-up comedian (recently doing SEVERAL of those things in Thin Skin) – will host a pre-program cook-along; Seattle-based donors at this level may opt for brunch ingredients (and NWFF popcorn!) to be delivered right to their door.


Let NWFF be your guide through a lavish suite of Zoom rooms, loaded with different activities (both participatory and passive).

What goes on in each room?

  • MAIN PARTY: Hosted by Isabella Price, this is our home base, where we will call folks back for whole-group announcements and events. Brunch begins with a group toast in the lobby, so that we’re all on the same apéritif-page, then proceeds with a curated interactive program featuring Forum highlights, testimonials, and conversations with our leadership team of Executive Director Vivian Hua, Artistic Director Rana San, and Managing Director Chris Day about the joys and challenges of the past year.
  • CINEMA 1: A program of locally-sourced music videos over the course of the evening! We’ll also showcase some of the films produced in our mid-pandemic workshops: plant- and cyanotype-based experimental filmmaking, stop-motion with coffee grounds, and more.
  • CINEMA 2: A NWFF party without karaoke is like … brunch without coffee? Between a crowd-pleasing selection of karaoke classics, which all are invited to dance + sing along to from home (on mute, please!), some of the most charismatic performers in our milieu have generously offered to record solo karaoke sessions for your entertainment… we’ll see if they come through!
  • ALLEY: Inexplicably, we’ve fielded surprising numbers of requests to permit pets into NWFF. (Not talkin’ service animals here.) Additional cleaning and allergy concerns: no thanks. But on Zoom, all fur and feathers are welcome! Malakie Peters, the Scarecrow staff’s latest inductee, has prepared a special critter-centric reel for folks to enjoy as they introduce their own pets to one another, show off their accessories, tricks, snaggleteeth, etc. There will also be a pet video contest, with extra points for film-themed looks! Submit yours here >
  • WORKSHOP ROOM: The forbidden fruit of the pandemic – the insides of other people’s homes. All that cool stuff – art, projects in progress, that folks have been waiting to share – REVEALED! We’ll be taking several virtual tours through the homes of friends of ours who have standout art collections.

Bring your pet to brunch!

Let the fur and feathers fly! During brunch, we’re inviting folks to introduce their pets, show off their accessories, tricks, snaggleteeth, etc. to one another in a special pet-centric Zoom room. Guests are also invited to enter our pet antics video contest. Extra points for film-themed pet outfits!

Click here or click the Tom Hardy below to enter; brunch attendance encouraged but not required.

"Menu" of Offerings

Donors at any level are invited to brunch with us, but those who wish to contribute more have the option of receiving the following additional benefits! (Questions? Just e-mail


Choose from two Film Forum T-shirt designs and received a limited edition risograph poster! Includes delivery / shipment. Design by Samantha Wendel.


Ahamefule J. Oluo – prolific polymath of cooking, music, writing, comedy and acting (recently in Thin Skin) – will host a pre-program and pre-recorded cook-along! Opt in to get brunch ingredients delivered (within Seattle city limits), which include maple moonshine, a recipe from Aham for Ethiopian-Spiced Bagels, and other small treats. For the sake of instant gratification and sensory nostalgia, NWFF popcorn will also be included.)

About Aham:

Ahamefule J. Oluo is a Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, writer, and stand-up comedian. He is a founding member and trumpet player in the award-winning jazz-punk quartet Industrial Revelation, was a semi-finalist in NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity comedy competition, and co-produced comedian (and writing partner) Hari Kondabolu’s albums Waiting for 2042 and Mainstream American Comic, for Kill Rock Stars. Oluo has appeared on This American Life and is a recipient of the prestigious Creative Capital Award. He has premiered two autobiographical musicals at the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival: Now I’m Fine (2016), which New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley described as “a New Orleans funeral march orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg,” and Susan (2020), which Brantley called “virtuosic” and “crackerjack.” Now I’m Fine was adapted into the film Thin Skin, co-written, starring, and scored by Oluo. Thin Skin premiered in 2020 to glowing reviews and won Best Director at the Harlem Film Festival.

Photo credit: Naomi Ishisaka


The Film Forum isn’t open to the public just yet, but as an ardent supporter, here’s your chance to watch a film in our cinemas! Get festive with a three-hour private party and screening, and the bottomless popcorn’s on us! 🍿 * Note: Events must take place from July 26 or the month of August. Subject to COVID-19 capacity at time of screening; all COVID-19 protocols must be followed.


Each Toolkit below is a set of consultation sessions, to be purchased as a pack. (Each keynote speaker will have their own Zoom meeting date and time, noted in parentheses; purchasers of a Toolkit pack are welcome to attend all four!) Sessions begin with a ~15-minute presentation by the keynote speaker, followed by questions and free-form discussion among the speaker and the group. Your support for these Toolkits not only secures your slot, but also helps NWFF offer two slots per workshop to emerging BIPOC filmmakers!

Fimmaker Toolkit #1 – DEVELOPMENT (10 slots available)

  • Developing Your Fundraising Plan with Jennessa West (Producer, Thin Skin) – Aug. 23 at 10am PT
  • Production Legal Tips from Matthew Dresden (NWFF Board Member & Lawyer) – Aug. 25 at 6:30pm PT
  • Developing Your Script with Lindy West (Writer & Producer, Shrill, Thin Skin) – Aug. 18 at 7:30pm PT
  • Demystifying Representation: Agents, Managers & More from Jen Au (Literary Agent) – Aug. 19 at 7:30pm PT

Filmmaker Toolkit #2 – PRODUCTION (10 slots available)

  • Advice on Working with Actors from Megan Griffiths (Writer & Director, Lucky Them, Eden) – Aug. 29 at 10am PT
  • Pulling Your Team Together with Wes Hurley (Writer & Director, Potato Dreams of America) – Aug. 28 at 10am PT
  • Techniques for Editing & Soliciting Feedback with Celia Beasley – Aug. 25 at 7:30pm PT
  • Effective Prep Techniques & Set Etiquette with Tony Becerra (DGA) – Aug. 29 at 11am PT

Filmmaker Toolkit #3 – DISTRIBUTION (10 slots available)

  • Advice on Connecting with Your Audience from Bao Tran (Writer & Director, The Paper Tigers) – Aug. 21 at 10am PT
  • Publicity Tips from Smarthouse Creative (Seattle-Based PR Agency) – Aug. 26 at 7:30pm PT
  • Distribution & Film Festivals from Amanda Salazar (NWFF Programmer) – Aug. 22 at 11am PT
  • Fourth guest TBA!

Filmmaker Toolkit #4 – DOCUMENTARY (10 slots available)

  • Researching Your Subject with Gilda Sheppard (Director, Since I Been Down) – Aug. 19 at 6:30pm PT
  • Social Change Storytelling with Tracy Rector (Managing Director of Storytelling, Nia Tero) – Aug. 18 at 6:30pm PT
  • Development Tips for Shorts & Features with Chloë Walters-Wallace (Manager, Firelight Media’s Artist Programs) – Aug. 26 at 6:30pm PT
  • Doc Resources & Suport from Sundance Institute – Date/time TBA!

SUNSET SAIL IN PUGET SOUND - VALUED AT $750 (1 slot available)

Take an evening off this summer to cruise Puget Sound, cocktails in hand, and with friends! * Note: Subject to availability; all COVID-19 rules and protocols must be followed.

CABIN GETAWAY IN METHOW, WA - VALUED AT $2,500 (1 slot available)

For three (3) days and two (2) nights, this will be your home away from home! Whether you wanna raft, swim and ski, or just loaf, loll and lounge, you’re set. The house comfortably sleeps 18 (yes, you read right!) and is complete with an expansive, well-equipped kitchen, hot tub, and pool. * Note: Only available in March, April, September, October, November (but not Thanksgiving), and December (before the 15th). Subject to availability, and COVID-19 rules and protocols must be followed.


Northwest Film Forum’s in-house production company, Remove the Gap Productions (RG Pro), works to support and uplift the careers of girls, women, nonbinary, femme, trans, and gender-nonconforming filmmakers. Our Production Intensives series is offered quarterly and provides training on essential skills for people who want to apprentice with RG Pro, who are entering the production industry, or who creating their own film and media projects. By supporting it with your generous donation, you help support the next level of filmmakers!

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