Cadence 2021 – The Republics [Online]

Screening on demand from April 16–25, 2021

All Cadence 2021 film programs are pay-what-you-can, priced on a sliding scale, $5–25.

Full festival passes are also available for $50, with $35 passes for NWFF members.

* No one turned away for lack of funds; email about free community tickets!

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Huw Wahl
1h 23m


** A conversation with filmmaker Huw Wahl and featured poet Stephen Watts accompanies this screening! **


** Northwest premiere! Co-presented with Interbay Cinema Society **

Filmmaker Huw Wahl has translated the text of Stephen Watts’ book-length prose poem Republic of Dogs/Republic of Birds into a luminous feature-length documentary essay of remarkable beauty and spirited attention. The Republics moves from the early 1980s to the present, and from London’s Isle of Dogs and Scotland’s Western Isles – where Watts lived and worked as a shepherd in his youth – to the mountains of Northern Italy: at once a topographic journey and a highly personal meditation on history, memory, identity and belonging.

Anchored in Watts’s biography and lines, it nevertheless explores the larger truths of being and the calibrations of response to often hard-earned, lived experience. Considering the changing landscapes of settlement in London’s East End and Scottish islands, the destruction of working-class culture and an attendant sense of the collective, the film and its writing are themselves forms of cultural activism: elegy, celebration and a toolkit for ongoing resistance.

– Gareth Evans, Moving Image Curator, Whitechapel Gallery

(Huw Wahl, UK, 2020, 83 min, shot on 16mm, in English, Italian & Scottish Gaelic w/ English subtitles)

Co-presented by Interbay Cinema Society

Co-presented by Interbay Cinema Society

Celebrating sprocket-driven, artist-made work.

Each Fall, Engauge Experimental Film Festival (Oct. 26-31, 2021) hosts screenings sponsored by the Interbay Cinema Society in partnership with Northwest Film Forum. The festival screens only work that originates on film, by filmmakers both local and international.

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Cadence: Video Poetry Festival 2021 Index

Cadence: Video Poetry Festival is an annual series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, held during National Poetry Month. The festival approaches video poetry as a literary genre that is presented as visual media, cultivating new meaning from the combination of text and moving image.

In its fourth year, the 2021 festival features 80 artists from throughout the world. Cadence is the Pacific Northwest’s only festival dedicated to the form of video poetry.

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