In Plain Sight Film Series [Online]
Sliding scale admission: $0–25
Please pay what you can; proceeds support our move to a virtual platform!
Showtime listed is Pacific Standard Time.
Northwest Film Forum is SCREENING ONLINE! NWFF’s physical space is temporarily closed in light of public health concerns around COVID-19, but community, dialogue, and education through media arts WILL persist.
• • HOW TO WATCH • •
- Purchase a ticket through Brown Paper Tickets. Registration ends 1 hour before the start time.
- 30 minutes before each screening, NWFF will send a link and password to your registered e-mail address! (Don’t see it? Check your spam filter.) The password will expire at the end of the film. No late seating!
- If by showtime you do not receive an e-mail with details, please contact email@example.com for a quick follow-up. (But please, check your spam!)
The Henry Art Gallery and Northwest Film Forum co-present the In Plain Sight Film Series
The Henry Art Gallery and Northwest Film Forum co-present the In Plain Sight Film Series on the occasion of In Plain Sight, a museum-wide group exhibition that highlights narratives, communities, and histories typically hidden in our public space imagining new possibilities for the future.
Coinciding with the Henry’s exhibition, the Forum’s film series invites engagement with hidden histories and contexts unearthed with the aid of moving image media. Programs explore the myriad shades of nuance in disciplinary synthesis and delight in the discovery of new relationships between poetry, artifactology, and cinema.
Presented in partnership with ByDesign Festival, Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, and Black Cinema Collective, these programs will all be presented ONLINE, on nwfilmforum.org. NWFF and Henry Art Gallery’s physical spaces are temporarily closed in light of public health concerns around COVID-19, but community, dialogue, and education through media arts WILL persist. Read about how to watch each program at its individual listing.
May 6 at 7:30pm – Community Action Center
(A.K. Burns & A. L. Steiner, US, 2010, 69 min)
** This film features explicit sexual content and is intended for audiences 18+. **
Community Action Center is a 69-minute sociosexual video by A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner which incorporates the erotics of a community where the personal is not only political, but sexual. This project was heavily inspired by porn-romance-liberation films, such as works by Fred Halsted, Jack Smith, James Bidgood, Joe Gage and Wakefield Poole, which served as distinct portraits of the urban inhabitants, landscapes and the body politic of a particular time and place. Community Action Center is a unique contemporary womyn-centric composition that serves as both an ode and a hole-filler.
Because the video contains sexually explicit content, the term ‘porn’ is relevant and the artists have an interest in exploring the trappings of the term itself. Sex, sexuality and the complexities of gendered bodies are inherently political. Queer sex and feminist agency is a shared acknowledgment of reciprocal penetration. This project is a small archive of an intergenerational community built on collaboration, friendship, sex and art. The work attempts to explore a consideration of feminist fashion, sexual aesthetics and an expansive view of what is defined as ‘sex’. Burns and Steiner worked with artists and performers who created infinitely complex gender and performance roles that are both real and fantastical, set to a soundtrack of music and original compositions by artists culled from the worldwide sisterhood. The video seeks to expose and reformulate paradigms that are typical of porn typologies, intentionally exploiting tropes for their comical value, critical consideration and historical homage. Using the gallery to exer/exorcise the mystical and discreet lost spaces of homosocial configuration, the artists have created a reason and a space to reflect on the cultural realness of homo-grown lesbian sexuality. The work aims to be a hedonistic and distinctly political adventure.
Image copyright of the artist, courtesy of Video Data Bank, www.vdb.org, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
(Diane Fardoun, France, 81 min)
In Senegal, traditional dance forms preserved for generations mix with modern dance influences from around the world. The interaction between tradition and globalization, catalyzed by creative young dancers, fuels an intense new cultural context for artistic expression. The Call of Dance is a raw, immersive collection of moments in modern Senegalese dance that capture the complexity of this new era of multiplicity.
Throughout the film, dancers’ movements embody individuality, history, emotion and aspiration, sharing everything from solitary meditations on the nuance of the everyday to the kinetics of collective experience. At the Dakar Cultural Center, in a Krump battle, by the ocean, before a wrestling contest, at a village initiation ceremony – all of life is a site for the medium of dance, and every stage contributes its own energy.
The Call of Dance is a sensory and philosophical journey through the Senegal of today. It clearly and brilliantly draws the lines that link dance to self-transcendence and cultural heritage.
Curated by Berette Macaulay for Black Cinema Collective.