Sam Now [In-Person Only]

This event took place Apr 12 - Apr 16, 2023

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

Reed Harkness
1h 27m
Series - Visiting Artists

Visiting Artist

** Filmmaker + subject Q&As at all Apr. 15 & 16 showtimes! **


(Reed Harkness, US, 2022, 87 min, in English)

Filming on nearly every camera format imaginable over a 25-year period, from hand-developed Super 8 film to Arri 4K, Sam Harkness and his older half brother Reed employ their creative world of fiction filmmaking to dive headfirst into dealing with the issue at hand: Sam’s mom is missing. Sam’s wetsuit and mask wearing alter ego, the Blue Panther, bounds into frame with youthful energy and a heroic spirit of adventure. But can the Blue Panther save the day? Solving the mystery of Sam’s mother’s disappearance is only the beginning of their story.

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

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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!

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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.

Image credits:

1 (003) Sam Harkness, age 19, dressed as his alter ego The Blue Panther on Mt. Hood in Oregon, 2005
2 (001) Sam Harkness, age 11, screams as a freight train passes by in Sam at the Beach, Color Super-8mm, 1998
3 (002) Sam Harkness, age 30, gives Reed an update from a rowboat on Lake Washington over a decade after they began searching for his mom, 2015
4 (012) Sam and Reed film each other on Super-8mm Oregon coast, 2021 – Photo by Craig Strong
5 (011) From left to right, Jared Harkness, Randy Harkness, Sam Harkness, Reed Harkness, 1991
6 (006) Sam Harkness, age 12, plays an angsty adolescent in Reed & Sam’s third film – Sam Three, B&W Super-8mm, 1999

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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