Cadence 2023 – The edge of here [Hybrid]

Watch in person: Apr. 27 at 7pm

Watch online: Apr. 27 – May 7, 2023

In-person tickets >

$14 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 NWFF Member

Virtual tickets >

Pay what you can, $5-25

Festival passes >

Pay what you can, $55-85
For NWFF members, $40

All Festival Passes are HYBRID, granting access to both virtual and in-person viewing this year! Non-member passes are priced on a sliding scale; please pay what you can to support our work. Passes exclude workshops and satellite screenings, please register separately.

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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.

The majority of seats in our main cinema are 21″ wide from armrest to armrest; some seats are 19″ wide. We are working on creating the option of removable armrests!

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!

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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, in order to prepare yourself for the experience.

🆓 Free Community Tickets 🆓

A number of seats will be held at each show for members of the community for whom ticket cost is an obstacle. If you’d like to attend free of charge, please email María and Paul (, to let them know which program and showtime you’re interested in!

⚠️ Covid-19 Policies ⚠️

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.

About the program:

(47 min TRT)

This video poetry showcase exists at the boundaries of sensation. Some pieces use borders as backdrops, others skim inner and outer landscapes, and all are in limbo between physical and psychoacoustic perception. Politics of the body, belonging, disabilities, and dreams reveal the poetry of what lies just beyond the precipice.

Header photo credit: Gaps, dir. Gabriella Maria Cisneros
Showcase title credit: Clear Cut, dir. Valerie LeBlanc


FAQ: How do I watch in-person?
  • 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 Hybrid or In-Person-Only Festival Pass, we’ll be able to look you up at Will Call by the name you purchased under.
FAQ: How do I watch online?
  • Purchase your ticket through Northwest Film Forum’s Eventive virtual cinema. A free Eventive login is required.
  • From the Eventive virtual catalog page, purchased tickets will appear under “My Content Library” under your user menu (upper-right). From the Eventive festival landing page, they will appear under “My Tickets” on the site’s menu bar (at top).
  • Your confirmation email will also route you back to these pages to watch. (Can’t find it? Check spam!)
  • If all else fails, please contact

Films in this program:

Clear Cut

World premiere!

The description of the location that the figure walks through is vastly different than its current state.

(director/poet: Valerie LeBlanc, Canada, 2022, 2 min, in English with no subtitles or captions)

My Home Is (⠍⠽⠀⠓⠕⠍⠑⠀⠊⠎)

Seattle premiere!

A homesick tribute to the fertile swamps, swaying palm fronds, and fond descriptions of the filmmaker’s Florida home, this film is alive with evocative language of the land’s humid spirit.

(director/poet: Ariana Simpson, 2023, 4 min, in English with hardcoded English text and Braille)

🏆 Winner of the Video by Poets Award at Cadence 2023! 🏆

The Wall (Cue' Yoo / La pared)

US premiere!

A photographic interpretation of Irma Pineda’s poem “Cue’ Yoo / La pared (The Wall)” that emphasizes how emotion etches itself on our memories, creating narratives that seep beyond expected boundaries of time and space. Translated to English by Wendy Call.

(director: Harvey Castro, poets: Irma Pineda & Wendy Call, Mexico, 2022, 3 min, in Spanish & English with no subtitles or captions)

How to build everything you hoped for

Instructions for building the perfect place to live.

(director/poet: Zoë Meager, New Zealand, 2017, 3 min, in English with English subtitles)

Blueprints. 10,3 m

US premiere!

We are perpetually amidst a flux of sounds – outer and inner, personal and learned, private and public – that form us and are formed by us. In what sense, in what form can a space – in our very case: a lonely, leftover one – preserve sounds and voices? The polyphony of past, present, and future converge through poetry and song.

(directors: Szabina Péter, Kristóf János Bodnár & Kinga Tóth, poet: Kinga Tóth, Hungary, 2021, 4 min, in German & Hungarian with English subtitles)

On the Road

In a world of constant motion, whether our movements are inspired or incidental, we must be reminded to occasionally find out what we might find in stillness.

(director: Arfin Widyatmadja, POET: Vincent Potgieter, South Africa, 2022, 2 min, in English with English subtitles)

Word II: Ars Poetica

A genuinely hypnotic experience, this video poem vibrates in harmony with the painted skin of its central figure, whose undulating dance reaches the ocean near the border of Tijuana and San Diego. Arriving in the surf, at sunset, the dance and poem plumb deeply felt and embodied wells of spiritual power, potential, and belonging.

(director/poet: Dez’Mon Omega Fair, US, 2021, 6 min, in English with no subtitles or captions)

soft ground

West Coast premiere!

soft ground dwells lovingly on the smells and sensations of a walk through a deep bed of fallen leaves.

(director/poet: Indigo Eli, Australia, 2022, 1 min, in English with hardcoded English text and English captions)

I Woke Up in the Morning

West Coast premiere!

Moving from total silence in the populous cityscape of Boston to a poem read over the emptiness of the Chihuahuan Desert, the structure of this film mirrors its narrated themes. It is a meditation on how our capacity for reflection is always at odds with the time and space we find ourselves in. We are further from the people and feelings we wish to be closer to; more able to articulate our longing for them when we least expect it, and often when it is too late.

(directors: Lilan Yang & Yutong Shi, poet: Lilan Yang, US & China, 2021, 6 min, in English with English subtitles)

** Co-presented with Interbay Cinema Society and Seattle Asian American Film Festival **


World premiere!

Gaps assesses the human tendency to fill time, even at the expense of hardening undesired habits of attention, rather than accepting it as the rare gift that it is.

(director/poet: Gabriella Maria Cisneros, with quotes from Oliver Burkeman, 2022, 6 min, nonverbal with hardcoded English text)


US premiere!

Ordered thematically by the four elements, this series of reflections on the beauty of natural and social life becomes a poem that confidently bridges personal and planetary matters.

(director: Selim Haase, poet: Cat de Win, Netherlands, 2022, 11 min, in English & Dutch with English subtitles)

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⚠️ Please note: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. We are not currently checking vaccination cards.

Cadence Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum and programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and artist Rana San, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, during National Poetry Month.

Cadence approaches video poetry as a literary genre presented as visual media that makes new meaning from the combination of text and moving image. Featuring screenings, an artist residency, generative workshops for youth and adults, and juried awards, the festival fosters critical and creative growth around the medium of video poetry.

Festival image credit: corps minéral, dir. Charline Dally @charline_dally Gabrielle Harnois-Blouin

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