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The Shadow Council

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Mar 29

The Shadow Council is a people’s legislative body / satirical current events forum hosted by Brett Hamil (of The Seattle Process). Expert Witnesses will present findings on topics both local and national. The Assembly will submit proposed legislation, public comment, questions and complaints.

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Contemporary Color

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Mar 30 - Apr 02

(Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross, US, 2016, 107 min)

In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to celebrate the creativity of Color Guard: synchronized dance routines involving flags, rifles, and sabers, colloquially known as “the sport of the arts.” Byrne recruited performers including the likes of St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, Devonté Hynes, Zola Jesus, Ad-Rock, tUnE-yArDs, and Ira Glass to collaborate on original pieces with 10 color guard teams from across the US and Canada. The result is Contemporary Color, a bold and irrepressible snapshot of a one-of-a-kind live performance.

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Strike a Pose

Co-presented with Three Dollar Bill Cinema on Apr. 5!

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Mar 29 - Apr 05

(Ester Gould & Reijer Zwaan, Netherlands & Belgium, 2016, 83 min)

In 1990, seven young male dancers - six gay, one straight - joined Madonna on her most controversial tour. On stage and in the iconic film Truth or Dare they showed the world how to express yourself. Now, 25 years later, they reveal the truth about life during and after the tour. Strike a Pose is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.

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The Films of Daichi Saito

Filmmaker in attendance!
Sponsored by Seattle University Film Studies 
Co-presented with EXcinema. Buy Tickets Now >

Apr 01

Daïchi Saïto’s most recent films, which have found him joining forces with musicians Malcolm Goldstein and Jason Sharp, create extraordinary inter-layerings of sound and image, achieving a trance-like quality. These collaborations are true tours-de-force whose uncannily pulsating rhythms affect the body as much as the eye or ear, and variously suggest the organic mechanisms of breathing, blinking, or the beating of the heart.

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Cinemania

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Apr 06 - Apr 07

(Angela Christlieb & Stephen Kijak, Germany, 2002, 80 min)

"How many times do you have to see a film before you´ve actually seen it?" —Jack Angstreich
 
A documentary cult classic, Cinemania is an affectionate portrait of five obsessive film goers whose voracious appetite for films has consumed everything else in their lives.

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I Called Him Morgan

Seattle premiere!

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Apr 06 - Apr 09

(Kasper Collin, Sweden & US, 2016, 92 min)

On a snowy night in February 1972, celebrated jazz musician Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife Helen during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts those who knew the Morgans. This documentary is a love letter to Lee, Helen, and the music that brought them together.

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Surround Sound Laydown

Apr 07

Terror Pigeon Surround Sound Lay Down is a live show and immersive experience featuring a set of mostly brand new Terror Pigeon music performed for an audience that is lying on the ground. 

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Apple Pie

Seattle premiere! Director in attendance!

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Apr 08

(Sam Hamilton, US, 2016, 80 min)

Apple Pie is a feature-length artist film by Aotearoa New Zealand artist Sam Hamilton that features Samoan dance artist Ioane Papali'i, and a cast of 25 performers.

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Cine-meme

Free event! Live video art!

Apr 13

A live video mashup of the best of internet ephemera and avant-garde cinema.

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A Roll for Peter

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Apr 13

Not long after filmmaker Peter Hutton passed away in June 2016, colleagues Jennifer Reeves and Mark Street put out a call: shoot a 100-foot roll of 16mm black and white, thinking about Peter and his work in solitude. Process it. Submit it. The resulting three dozen submissions were sequenced into movements of double and single projection. Contributor Eric Theise has arranged a North American tour for the project which has expanded to nearly twenty cities.

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Danger Diva

World premiere at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian, with a live performance by Thunderpussy!

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Apr 13

(Robert McGinley, US, 2017, 99 min)

Hard rock singer Devi Danger (Molly Sides, lead singer of local all-girl grunge/pop band Thunderpussy) is coerced into becoming an electronically enhanced new-music diva. Her singing voice is used to control and energize the brains of indoctrinated employees, or "Brain Cattle," that are being used as external processors for the advancement of corporate high-tech clients.

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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

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Co-presented with ARCADE Dialogue on Design

With an introduction by Sam Assefa

Seattle premiere!

 

Apr 14

(Matt Tyrnauer, US, 2017, 92 min)

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City captures the intense battle between the Trumpian “master builder” of New York, Robert Moses  and the activist Jane Jacobs, who passionately fought for cities to be built for the people living in them, and not for developers eager to make a profit.

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Alive and Kicking

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Apr 14 - Apr 20

(Susan Glatzer, USA, 2016, 84 minutes)

Alive and Kicking gives the audience an intimate, insider’s view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern society. 


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How Green Was My Uncanny Valley

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Apr 14

How Green Was My Uncanny Valley is an event focused on exploring the design of 3D worlds in 90s gaming. We'll talk about its history and current context, as well as invite the audience to play these games at stations set up throughout the theater.

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Having a Cigarette with Alvaro Siza

Seattle premiere!

Apr 15

(Iain Dilthey, Germany, 2016, 52 min)

What is architecture? What can architecture do? What is your architectural position? What is your design method? Iain Dilthey's film listens to architect, socialist, and passionate smoker Álvaro Siza's meditations on these questions.

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Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production

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World premiere! Director in attendance!

Reception at 6pm; Beyond This Point conversation with Director/Producer Briar Levit at 7pm

Sponsored by Civilization

Apr 15

(Briar Levit, US, 2017, 84 min)

Graphic Means is a journey through the transformative Mad Men-era of pre-digital design production to the advent of the desktop computer. It explores the methods, tools, and evolving social roles that gave rise to the graphic design industry as we know it today.

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Making Design Move: Storytelling, Data Viz, UX and more

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Moderated by Steve Jablonsky, Creative Director for Intentional Futures

Apr 16

A discussion about how animation expands the ability of designers to test their thinking, prove their concepts and go beyond the more static illustrative application of their work.

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Fail Again. Fail Better: A Conversation on Artistic Failure

Free event! Happy hour at 6pm!

Moderated by Artist Trust Program Director Brian McGuigan

Apr 19

In a culture where likes, comments, and retweets are currency, good news spreads fast, but we rarely hear of the bad: the dark days when an artists project falls apart, or their practice bottoms out. In this conversation, artists Valerie Curtis-Newton, Sheila Klein, Peter Mountford, and Ahamefule Oluo share their stories of failure, how they coped when they almost lost hope, and what they did to turn the trainwrecks into success.

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Puget Soundtrack: Hair and Space Museum presents THX 1138

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Apr 20

(George Lucas, US, 1971, 86 min)

"THX 1138 presents an aesthetically immersive pastiche of a sterile techno-dystopia that predates its more famous successors Blade Runner, Tron, and Logan's Run. Attempting to explore the terrain of self-discovery in the context of a totalitarian consumer/surveillance society, the film is a flawed yet charming product of its time, and its particular failures and blind spots are as instructive as its successes." - David Golightly

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Karl Marx City

Directors in attendance!
Sponsored by Barca

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Apr 28

(Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker, US & Germany, 2016, 89 min)

Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to her hometown of Karl Marx City to find the truth about her late father’s suicide and his rumored Stasi past.

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Gustafer Yellowgold

Live show for kids of all ages!

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Apr 29

He’s back — the little guy who hails from the sun is set to return to Seattle for another out-of-this-world, multimedia family show at Northwest Film Forum. Groovy Gustafer is the creation of award-winning illustrator/songwriter Morgan Taylor, who has created a show that is equal parts pop rock concert and hand-drawn animated film.

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Eugene Onegin

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Apr 29

Stage Russia HD opens its inaugural season with a filmed production of the Vakhtangov Theatre's magical Eugene Onegin, a newly reimagined version of the Alexander Pushkin poem created and directed by renowned director, Rimas Tuminas.

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Shungu: The Resilience of a People

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Apr 30

(Saki Mafundikwa, Zimbabwe, 2009, 54 min)

Shungu is a compelling narrative of the strategies ordinary people use to survive in Zimbabwe today. The filmmaker takes us on a personal journey offering a rare, intimate insight as the country experiences political turmoil, economic meltdown and health care collapse.

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Punishment Park

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May 03

(Peter Watkins, US & UK, 1971, 91 min)

Nixon rules, and dissent has been criminalized, with dissenters forced in front of citizens’ tribunals and given the choice between jail time or traversing a punishing desert to their freedom.

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Northwest Film Forum Annual Gala and Tribute to Board Member John DeShazo

May 06

In honor of our beloved board member John DeShazo, who's moving to the east coast with his family this summer, the theme of this year's gala is "Party Like It's 1999" - the year John joined NWFF. Dress accordingly! Costume attire might be inspired by your favorite film from '99 or a cherished DeShazo memory.

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Glen and Randa

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May 10

(Jim McBride, US, 1971, 35mm, 94 min)

After nuclear war has destroyed civilization, small bands of survivors traverse a landscape peppered with the debris of a past society. A young couple named Glen and Randa come across an issue of “Wonder Woman,” whose description of a great metropolis encourages them to set off through the forests and deserts to find it.

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Short Films From and About the Middle East for Young Audiences

Free event!

May 14

(various directors, various countries, 2014-16, 65 min TRT)

Cinema is an empathy machine, and this collection of short narrative and documentary films takes young people deep inside the lives of their counterparts from Iran, Syria and Yemen. Meet the children of these countries, and you'll come away with a deeper understanding of our shared bonds as the human family. All children want to laugh, to love, to learn, to find friends and fulfillment, and live in peace.

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Ice

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May 17

(Robert Kramer, US, 1969, 16mm, 128 min)

In an alternate present, the United States has invaded Mexico, and various groups fight against the rising tide of fascism through agit-prop filmmaking and increasingly violent guerrilla actions. Beautifully filmed in stark, 16mm B&W, Ice remains an evocative portrait of the mechanics (and potential pitfalls) of revolution.

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Idaho Transfer

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May 24

(Peter Fonda, US, 1973, 86 min)

At a research facility in Idaho, a group of students are engaged with a government-funded project exploring the possibilities of time travel. Miraculously, the experiment is a success, and the researchers discover - and become prisoners of - a future Earth emptied of humanity.

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Thollem’s Hot Pursuit of Happiness

Live music! Featuring Lori Goldston!

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May 26

Hot Pursuit of Happiness is Thollem's solo show about the insane absurdity of 21st century America, forging a fun-filled onslaught of PunkWorldNoiseBluesAvantAmericana through an unruly electronic beast of vintage keyboards and stomp boxes.

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