Cadence 2024 – Our never ending [Hybrid]

Watch in person: Apr. 21 at 4:30pm

Watch online: Apr. 19–28, 2024

In-person tickets >

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

Virtual tickets >

Pay what you can, $5-25

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

All Festival Passes are HYBRID, granting access to both virtual and in-person viewing! 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.

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🆓 Free Community Tickets 🆓

A limited number of seats may be available 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 to let us 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.

Read more about NWFF’s policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.

About the program:

(65 min TRT)

This showcase is a raft in time’s glacial runoff. Watching these video poems, we are carried by a current of memory, lineage, and rebirth. Some of the works in this showcase alter linear time to revise inherited hurt or to recycle joy into new purpose. Others contain multiple realities—worlds where past trauma and future recovery exist in the tension of now, where the horrors of war share a line with clipping coupons. These pieces accept that the river of time is endless, that there are always possibilities for progress.

Header photo credit: Close Spaces, dir. Kamari Bright
Showcase title credit: Reading the Body: Recovery, dir. Danielle Ofri, Paige Fraser-Hoffman


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 Festival Pass, we’ll 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:

Table for One

West Coast premiere!

A relationship comes to a boil and then ends; in mind, if not in fact.

(director: Matt Mullins, poet: Carol Ann Palomba, US, 2023, 2 min, in English with English intertitles)


on a bus (around men)

World premiere!

Dormant thoughts always remember there is a surface to return to as a body rattles between the points of somewheres. A recollage and overlay of recollection because at worst, a mind can always wander on a bus, on a train, a ferry…

Generated during the 2024 Cadence Artist Residency.

(Ariana Simpson, United States, 2024, 5 min, in English with hardcoded English captions)


Post-performance (Pós-performance)

World premiere!
CW: Contains images of Twin Towers on 9/11

Post-performance is an audiovisual study on the excessive production and archiving of digital images produced by contemporary human beings.

(Gustavo Colombini, Brazil & Portugal, 2023, 14 min, in English with hardcoded English text)

💙 CONCEPTUAL BAR SUR Honorable Mention 💙


West Coast premiere!

An animation in collaboration with poet Sherre Vernon and her poem “Griefsong,” an echo of the memory of her late brother.

(director: Schantelle Alonzo, poet: Sherre Vernon, US, 2023, 2 min, in English with no subtitles or captions)


The Bridge

World premiere!

A conceptual short film adaptation of “The Bridge,” by Seattle poet Gabrielle Bates.

(director: Liesa Cole, poet: Gabrielle Bates, US, 2023, 2 min, in English with animated English text)

Black currants

World premiere!

A soft, split-screen montage of still photos jostles blossoms against a wintry poem from Echo Park Film Center’s Haiku You workshop.

(director: wendy oberlander, poet: Nuri Rosegg, Canada, 2023, 1 min, in English with hardcoded English text)

The Climate Change Volumes: Spring

West Coast premiere!

Pondering the transformations we are seeing in the mountains and their surrounding ecosystems as our climate warms, Climate Change Volumes: Spring laments the changes in our spring season as glaciers recede and snow – our summer water source – melts faster than it ever has before.

(director: Hugo Sindelar, poet: Travis Truax, US, 2023, 6 min, in English with hardcoded English subtitles)

The apple and the tree

US premiere!

An encounter between a poet and a man who runs a grocery store in Sweden results in a poem about sacrifice, when family life and work life are woven together.

(directors: Andja Arnebäck & Sara Garib, poet: Sara Garib, Sweden, 2024, 4 min, in Swedish with hardcoded English subtitles)



Seattle premiere!

It’s Christmastime in the city, and one man has all the time in the world in this poetic rumination on wasted time.

(Carson J. Knecht, US, 2023, 3 min, in English with English subtitles)


World premiere!

The poetry film Only, based on the book by Rebecca Foust, is literal (her son was born with an APGAR 1 score, not breathing for a few minutes until he was resuscitated with a hand pump), metaphorical (many people discount the lives and experiences of people on the autism spectrum), and also surreal. Filmed on the coastline with intense exposure to the elements, this work highlights the experiences of those othered in our society.

(director: Maxine Flasher-Düzgüneş, poet: Rebecca Foust, US, 2023, 2 min, in English with hardcoded English text)

Close Spaces

World premiere!

In light of a public health crisis that encouraged isolation and distance, Close Spaces utilizes African American vernacular English (AAVE) to highlight and exalt the intimate and confined spaces that drive the genuine, everyday connections that are necessary for humanity.

(Kamari Bright, US, 2023, 4 min, in English with English closed captions)

Hidden Life

West Coast premiere!

This cinepoem explores code-switching, cultural humility, and hidden complexities that lay behind simple stories of joy, trauma, and wonder rooted in the perpetual summer of Houston, as seen by one born here and by one who fled to here from atrocities in her wintry native land.

(director: Chap Edmonson, poet: Elina Petrova, US, 2023, 4 min, in English with hardcoded English subtitles)


World premiere!

A collaborative video poem by participants in the festival workshop, Risograph Animated Poetry Workshop with Zine Hug, set to Dao Strom’s poem “POEM OF POEM TITLES FOR ‘DAYS OF THE WEEK’”. This poem was originally published in Instrument with Traveler’s Ode as a collaborative print book publication + cassette album release of Fonograf Editions and Antiquated Future Records (2020).

(directors: Liv Glascock, Neely Goniodsky, jade hawk, Alexander Kirshenbaum, Bea Mariano, Margot Murvihill, Natalee Ryan, Rana San, Hana Shiozaki, Ariana Simpson, Paul Siple, Chelsea-Werner-Jatzke, poet: Dao Strom, US, 2024, 3 min, in English with English subtitles)

This One Thing

World premiere!

Filmed onsite at King County Recology’s Material Recovery Facility in Seattle during a four-month stint as artist in residence. The MRF is a curiosity: a site ripe for anthropological digs, offering a continual parade of infinitely mucky, diverse, commingled materials that form a collective portrait of desire, consumption, and willful forgetting. Along the route of the behemoth sorting machine, where humans pick out contaminants by hand, there is a place where paper waste is shuffled along: faded family photos, handwritten homework, Valentines and love letters, postcards and pornography. This film is about one such thing.

(Amanda Manitach, US, 2023, 1 min, in English with hardcoded English text)

Reading the Body: Recovery

Dancers create original choreography based on poetry about recovery, set to original music, and highlighted with ASL interpretation in this co-production of Bellevue Literary Review and The Paige Fraser Foundation.

(directors: Danielle Ofri & Paige Fraser-Hoffman, poets: Anthony Aguero, Monique Ferrell, Talia Bloch & Nicholas Yingling, US, 2023, 14 min, in American Sign Language & English with English intertitles)

Back to Festival Home

Cadence Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum and programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and intermedia 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.

⚠️ 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.

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