Cadence 2023 – A tune to contain all your revolt [Hybrid]

Watch in person: Apr. 29 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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🆓 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:

(51 min TRT)

Rhythm, rhyme, and rhetoric come to the defense of the sacred, the scared, and the sacrificed. These works exist to rise up, to turn against, to express rage, to make seen through planting seeds, through imagination, through joy, through poetry.

Header photo + showcase title credit: POGROM, dir. Ana Chiorean & Anamaria Pravicencu


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:

How to Tie a Turban

Seattle premiere!

A video poem that links the act of tying a turban to a history of persecution and resilience, from WWI and Jallianwalla Bagh to the Kamagata Maru incident and Quebec’s Bill 21.

(director/poet: Amritpal Singh Arora, Canada, 2021, 4 min, in English with no subtitles or captions)


World premiere!

Poetry and choreography call us into ourselves, asking us to assess who sets our standards of success, and encouraging us to elevate mutual growth in community as a true marker of prosperity.

(director: Andee Arches, poet: PHAero, US, 2022, 2 min, in English with English subtitles)


World premiere!

A Black trans woman finds solace within her ancestral practices.

(director: Jamil Suleman, poet: Mei’lani Eyre, US, 2022, 2 min, in English with no subtitles or captions)

🏆 Winner of the Collaboration Award at Cadence 2023! 🏆

Fathers' Land (Terra dei Padri)

US premiere!

In this poetic document of deportation, the verses of Fadil Hasin Ash-Shalmani tell the story of the civilians taken from Libya during the country’s first years of Italian occupation. Film footage originally produced as propaganda is repurposed, edited to augment his powerful emotional narrative and reclaim the images as evidence.

(director: Francesco Di Gioia, poet: Fadil Hasin Ash-Shalmani, Italy, 2021, 11 min, in Arabic with English subtitles)

** Co-presented with Seattle Arab Film Festival! **


Northwest premiere!

Made during the early months of a highly mediated, geographically distant but emotionally resonant war, Petrykivka is a videopoetic reconjuring of acts of resistance and folklore within and across the borders, vicariously witnessing and testifying to the transformative possibilities of hope and imagination.

(director/poet: Anne Ciecko, US, 2022, 4 min, in English with hardcoded English text and English subtitles)

drummerman blues

Seattle premiere!

A poem about all those men who bang our hearts out, but in a good way?

(director/poet: Jalen Christopher, US, 2022, 3 min, in English with no subtitles or captions)

** Co-presented with South Sound Experimental Film Festival! **

When it feels hot, that rage against me

US premiere!

This poetry film is about the transition from being a girl to a woman, from the perspective of a mother who wants both to protect her daughter and to let her go.

(director: Helmie Stil, poet: Rebecca Goss, United Kingdom, 2022, 2 min, in English with English subtitles)

The Voice in Isabel Fleiss's Office

West Coast premiere!

A woman with an unusual malady—cobweb buildup in the throat—receives an even more unusual treatment in this adaptation of a surreal poem by North Carolina writer Virgil Renfroe.

(director: Jim Haverkamp, poet: Virgil Renfroe, US, 2022, 6 min, in English with no subtitles or captions)

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

In-Side (A-Dentro)

US premiere!

What happens in-side? Is it my woman’s body that thinks?

(directors: Charles Olsen & Lilián Pallares, poet: Dayana Jiménez, Spain, 2023, 3 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)

The Lamb (Le gigot)

Seattle premiere!

Suspended mid-frame, a sacrificial lamb (of sorts) makes surreal pirouettes in this dramatically embodied poetic composition.

(directors: Hélène Matte & Marco Dubé, poets: Hélène Matte & Marion Collé, Canada, 2021, 4 min, in French with English subtitles)

** Co-presented with Alliance Française de Seattle! **

moto baby

World premiere!

A love letter magnifying the intersection of transgender identity, nature, and motorcycles.

(director/poet: Awa-Moon, US, 2023, 4 min, in English with English subtitles)

🏆 Winner of the Poetry by Video Artists Award at Cadence 2023! 🏆

Lacrima Da Capo

World premiere!

Every tear can be shed only once. A cyclic contemplation of the inevitability and irreversibility of loss, bracketed by the sign ||: , which signals musicians to repeat a phrase.

(director/poet: Andriana Minou, Greece & UK, 2022, 2 min, in English with hardcoded English text)


US premiere!

Responding to a poem by Romanian writer Maria Banuș (1914-1999), a sound artist and a visual artist illustrate a meal tainted by terror. An enveloping, claustrophobic tension descends on a family dinner, distorting the comfort of a domestic ritual. The sounds and smears of graphite and charcoal strokes amplify the dread described in the poem.

(directors: Ana Chiorean & Anamaria Pravicencu, poet: Maria Banuș, 2022, 4 min, in Romanian with English subtitles)

** Co-presented with American Romanian Cultural Society (ARCS)! **

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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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