The People's Joker [In-Person Only]

Wed Apr 17: 7.30pm PDT (SOLD OUT!)
Thu Apr 18: 7.30pm PDT (SOLD OUT!)
Fri Apr 19: 7.00pm PDT
Sat Apr 20: 4.00pm PDT, 7.00pm PDT
Sun Apr 21: 4.00pm PDT
Wed Apr 24: 7.00pm PDT
Thu Apr 25: 7.00pm PDT
Fri Apr 26: 7.30pm PDT (SOLD OUT!)
Sat Apr 27: 4.30pm PDT, 7.30pm PDT (BOTH SOLD OUT!)
Sun Apr 28: 4.30pm PDT, 7.30pm PDT

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

Vera Drew
1h 32m


(Vera Drew, US, 2022, 92 min, in English)

This revolutionary DIY parody film and hilarious reimagining of the classic autobiographical coming-of-age story follows an unconfident, closeted trans girl as she moves to Gotham City to make it big as a comedian by joining the cast of UCB Live – a government-sanctioned late night sketch show in a world where comedy has been outlawed. As mainstream success eludes our heroine, leading her to unite with a ragtag team of rejects, misfits, and a certain love interest named Mister J, “Joker the Harlequin” is born again as a confident (and psychotic) joker on a collision course with the city’s fascist caped crusader. Vats of feminizing chemicals, sexy cartoon interludes, scarecrow psychiatrists, CGI Lorne Michaels, and psychedelic gender dysphoria all play supporting roles.

Helmed by writer/director/editor/star Vera Drew and using her own life experiences as a basis for the film, The People’s Joker is a deeply personal journey that’s as much documentary as it is parody.

Synopsis & stills courtesy of Altered Innocence / Vera Drew.

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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!

If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at 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, 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.

Can't make it to these dates at NWFF? The People's Joker is also at Beacon Cinema April 24 to May 2!

Can't make it to these dates at NWFF? The People's Joker is also at Beacon Cinema April 24 to May 2!

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There is a mandatory dress code for all TPJ screenings. Any of the following options, no substitutes:

  • Joker/HQ cosplay or general clown makeup/attire
  • Slutty outfits
  • Black tie/gowns
  • PJs or dysphoria hoodies

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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