Naked Acts [In-Person Only]

This event took place Jun 20 - Jun 27, 2024

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

Bridgett M. Davis
1h 27m


(Bridgett M. Davis, US, 1996, 87 min, in English)

** New 4K restoration! **

Beautiful aspiring actor Cicely (Jake-ann Jones) has just landed her first major role, but there’s a big problem: it requires a nude scene. Her mother was a Blaxploitation star known for her sex appeal, while Cicely is a survivor of sexual assault with lifelong body image issues, all of which has left her with a strong aversion to disrobing in public. Now, with the support of her boyfriend Joel (Ron Cephas Jones), she attempts to get past her fear.

Celebrated as a key film in the canon of independent African American cinema in the 1990s, Bridgett M. Davis’s Naked Acts was included in the seminal anthology “The 50 Most Influential Black Films” by S. Torriano Berry. It won Best Feature Film by the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, Best Film at the Berlin Black Film Festival, Best of the Fest Selection at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, and was an Official Selection at the Festival/PanAfricain Du Cinema (FESPACO) in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Credit for all film stills: Photo by Bridgett Davis, Kindred Spirits Productions (1998).

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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!

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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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⚠️ 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 restoration:

Naked Acts has been digitally restored and remastered by Lightbox Film Center at University of the Arts (Philadelphia) in collaboration with Milestone Film, with support from Ron and Suzanne Naples. Thank you to Jesse Pires. This 2023 restoration is from the 16mm a/b rolls preserved at the Indiana University Black Film Center & Archive. Thank you to Rachael Stoeltje, Amber Bertin, and JaQuita Roberts. Restoration and release with creative consultation by Maya S. Cade. 4K digital restoration by Metropolis Post. Sound restoration by Rich Cutler Sound Mix & Design. A Milestone Film & Video release.

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

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