Engauge 2022 – The Visible Spectrum [In-Person Only]

This event took place on Nov 5, 2022


  • $13 General
  • $10 Student/Senior
  • $7 NWFF/SIFF/GI/PCNW member

(passes do include the expanded cinema performance!)

  • $60 General
  • $50 Student/Senior
  • $40 NWFF/SIFF/GI/PCNW member

On Film

Documentary and its related strategies have always been central to experimental filmmaking. Filmmakers in this program mine the experimental possibilities of documentary, crafting personal essay, observational, testimonial, and memoir films. This program includes three 16mm film prints.

TRT: 78 min

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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.

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!

If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at cris@nwfilmforum.org. Our phone number (206-329-2629) is voicemail-only, but we check it often.

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 bit.ly/nwffsocialnarrativepdf, in order to prepare yourself for the experience.

⚠️ 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.

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 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?
  • Film programs in the 2022 edition of Engauge will not be available for virtual viewing.

Sun Coming and Casting a Shadow

(Daniel Robin, US, 7 min)

A film about time, memory, fear, and the challenges of holding onto joy.

The Visible Spectrum

(Sarah Seené & Maxim Corbeil-Perron, Canada, 18 min)

Lightning is a combination of thunder and intense electromagnetic radiation, whose components are in the visible part of the spectrum. As unpredictable as it is sudden, this natural phenomenon leaves its mark on those who experience it. The visible spectrum is a portrait of five people who survived the impact of the lightning. Each of their experiences is unique in its physicality, its metaphysical dimension or its philosophical meaning. Through the intimacy of their stories, the essence of their faces, voices and bodies, and supported by the meta-media presence of a filmic texture electrified by static charges, this short documentary elaborates a sensible reflection about life when it has brushed so suddenly against death.

Clanging on Calle Ocho

(Lisa Danker, US, 6 min)

On the day of Fidel Castro’s death in 2016 in Miami, I recorded the celebratory rituals of clanging pots that filled the cemetery where my grandparents are buried. I remembered learning from them who Castro was, thirty years earlier. Reflecting on that conversation in the context of U.S.-Cuba relations, Clanging suggests that nothing less than the future is at stake as the aims of imperialism resound.

Mustard Greens (Sarson Ka Saag)

(Karan Talwar, India, 9 min)

A mother’s voice guides her son’s hands through the making of a popular Punjabi delicacy called Sarson Ka Saag, meaning Mustard Greens. This is him imitating his mother’s movements; his childhood observations of her over the kitchen slab, of attempting to inherit broken pieces of a partitioned culture. It’s a relationship maintained over audio notes and some shreds of fond memories. Made on b/w 16mm film, the film uses mustard and spices in its developing process. Physical testaments of mustard leaves and stains from spices form a gastronomical archive.

There, Where She is Not

(Sarah Ballard, 7 min)

Echos of a time in my grandmother’s life that she no longer remembers—a fractured memory recollected through proxy figures Frances Farmer and Marguerite Duras—a mirror is a placeless place.

The Iguaçu Hydra (A Hidra do Iguaçu)

(Cris Miranda, Brazil, 14 min)

In the salt chuckled of rocks

The Pendulum

(Linda Izcali Scobie, US, 2 min)

a tendency to stay in motion


(Kathryn Ramey, US, 10 min)

An acronym for swimming at your own risk, SAYOR refers to a forum without a moderator. Three years in the lives of three AMAB (assigned male at birth) children with a parent/observer. What does it mean to be male in the 21st century?

Color Prism Suite #2: Withering Ends

(Zack Parrinella, US, 4 min) ** Photosensitivity warning! **

The simultaneous beauty and decay of various spaces are axes of an exploration of colors and tones.

The Engauge Experimental Film Festival, now in its 5th year, celebrates the art of analog experimental filmmaking. Only films that originate on celluloid film are eligible for the festival. In 2022, Engauge features 73 films from 15 countries, showcasing a wide variety of experimental techniques.

Most films will be presented as digital transfers, but the majority of film programs will also include 16mm and 35mm film prints. The festival closes with a solo show and expanded cinema performance by Kristin Reeves that will deploy nine 16mm projectors simultaneously in the NWFF lobby!

⚠️ 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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