Northwest Film Forum


Northwest Film Forum is Seattle's premier film arts organization, screening over 200 independently made and classic films annually, offering a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes for all ages, and supporting filmmakers at all stages of their careers.

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Children's Film Festival Pass

January 17, 2017 7:00 PM

Please note passes are not valid for class registration or the Pancake Breakfast.
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Meet Up For A Cause: Filmmakers and Grassroots groups

January 18, 2017 6:00 PM

Now more than ever, film is a powerful tool for amplifying voices, inciting empathy, and shedding light on social issues. As visual storytellers, filmmakers have invaluable skills to offer to the community. Grassroots groups that champion progressive causes lead the way in creating and inspiring positive change. At this meet-up, filmmakers and community groups can link up for video projects that highlight important social change work.
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Goodnight Brooklyn: The Story Of Death By Audio

January 18, 2017 8:00 PM - January 25, 2017 7:45 PM

Goodnight Brooklyn brings viewers inside Death By Audio, the last underground venue for music and art in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a neighborhood once defined by its cultural contributions to the city of NY. The film chronicles the origins, community-building, influence and ultimate closure of one of Brooklyn's best DIY music venues, ironically at the hands of a former champion of their efforts.
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January 20, 2017 7:45 PM - January 22, 2017 7:30 PM

Felix E. Feist's extraordinary 1933 disaster film Deluge has been restored by Lobster Films, Paris and is being released by Kino Lorber Repertory in the U.S.!
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The Ardennes

January 20, 2017 8:00 PM - January 22, 2017 7:45 PM

Brothers Dave and Kenneth are reunited on Kenneth's release after four years in prison following a failed home invasion. While Kenneth is anxious to dive headfirst into the drug-centered existence that ensnared him in the first place, both Dave and Kenneth's erstwhile girlfriend, Sylvie, have adopted clean lifestyles. Drugs, crime and the bonds of brotherhood create this dark crime thriller journey in The Ardennes.
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January 25, 2017 7:30 PM

From documentary filmmaker Georg Koszulinski comes a visual chronicle of the Vodou religion as practiced in the rural mountains of Haiti. Loa presents an expressive account of rural Vodou via a portrait of the houngan Extanta Aoleé, who has served the Loa, or sacred spirits of Haiti, for over a half century. Koszulinskis film employs affective elements of documentary practiceLoa features an original ambient-drone soundscape and meditative editing techniques to offer an ethnographic experience more representative of the work of Nathaniel Dorsky than Robert Gardner.
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Festival Opening Night (Cinema 1) Longing and Belonging: Plural+ Prizewinners

January 26, 2017 7:30 PM

Childrens Film Festival Seattle is proud to be one of more than 50 partners of (hyperlink {PLURAL+]; a youth-produced video festival that encourages young people to make films about migration, diversity and social inclusion, and to share their creative vision with the world. The films here, all made by filmmakers 25 years and younger, are the most recent prizewinners at PLURAL+ 2016 festival.
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Children's Film Fest Weekend 1 or Weekend 2 pass

January 28, 2017 9:00 AM - February 04, 2017 9:00 AM

Good for entry to any screening on January 28 & 29 or February 4, 5 & 11. Please note passes are not valid for class registration or the Pancake Breakfast.
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Creature Teachers

January 28, 2017 11:00 AM - February 01, 2017 11:00 AM

What can we learn from the animals we love? Jump into these short animated films and find yourself transformed into deer, crocodiles, and herons, oh my! Harmonize with pigs, dance with wolves, bake with octopi and watch TV with a crocodile. Along the way, youll learn how to be a true friend and embrace your adventures!
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January 28, 2017 11:30 AM - February 11, 2017 11:30 AM

Join kids in seven different countries as they play with their friends, go to school, make clever schemes, and explore. This program of live action shorts from around the world features funny, shy, and creative kids just like you.
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Pure Imagination

January 28, 2017 1:00 PM - February 05, 2017 11:30 AM

Ever wondered how a forest full of talking trees and fish would look? What if tiny musical bands filled our lives with marvelous melodies? Put on your favorite imagination cap, and join in on this journey through magical worlds filled with love and adventure.
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True To Yourself

January 28, 2017 1:30 PM - February 01, 2017 1:30 PM

This extraordinary collection of live action films focuses on integrity and doing the right thing. What does it mean to be true to yourself? How do you put that ideal into practice in everyday life? Meet a father and son who find a lost wallet, a gender non-conforming teen facing their traditional Muslim family, a girl who thinks out loud about self-expression, and a boy whose soccer coach asks him to lie. These finely-scripted films will leave you with fodder for a great conversation on the trip home.
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Nelly's Adventure - US premiere director in attendance! Portland German Film Festival/ Zeitgeist Northwest

January 28, 2017 3:00 PM

Thirteen-year-old Nellys holiday in Romania takes a very dramatic turn when she accidentally discovers her familys secret plan to relocate there. Running away to avoid the reality of her fate, she walks straight into the hands of kidnappers! Their leader is an unscrupulous German engineer, plotting to destroy her fathers energy project by forcing the family to leave the country. Nelly, in turn, befriends two young Roma siblings, Tibi and Roxana, who aid her in her adventurous escape. Together, they cross mountains and rivers, flee from a dungeon, board a moving train, borrow a car and become the heroes of the day!
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Friends Are Forever

January 28, 2017 3:30 PM - February 04, 2017 11:00 AM

Is there anything better than having a friend by your side? Good friends add color, music and memories to our lives. In this collection of mostly animated shorts, friends also come in all shapes and sizes, from a fierce little lion with a surprisingly soft heart, to a small, shy girl gaining strength from her grandmother and teacher.
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My Parrot Mom

January 28, 2017 5:00 PM

Juana, an eleven-year-old girl, is part of a very special family whose members have the incredible ability to turn themselves into animals. She finds this out on the day her mother unexpectedly changes into a parrot! Juana must not only protect her mom but also learn to think of herself in a whole new way. Set on the coast of Argentina and imbued with magical Latin-American realism, this movie invites us to reflect on who we are.
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Family Time

January 28, 2017 5:30 PM - February 04, 2017 1:00 PM

Families make the world go round! In these animated and live action shorts, we learn that very different kinds of families can share the same bond of love. Find the sun, learn a new song, dance with cats, drink from a tall, cool glass of color, and rediscover what your own family means to you.
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Indigenous Showcase

January 28, 2017 7:00 PM - February 04, 2017 7:00 PM

This wide-ranging program tells the stories of Indigenous people throughout North America, including beautifully animated traditional tales, stirring experimental films by young Native filmmakers, an inspiring documentary about a Yupik village that comes together for basketball, and the unique history of Yavapai doctor and activist Carlos Montezuma.
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No Bullies Allowed

January 28, 2017 7:00 PM - February 04, 2017 5:30 PM

These kids use their smarts and their compassion to defeat bullying in creative ways. From buzzing robot drones to daisy chains to introspection and friendship, the heroes in this program find opportunities to stand up for themselves and others, and in so doing teach us about how to make the world a kinder and more just place.
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Shine On

January 29, 2017 11:00 AM - February 11, 2017 11:00 AM

What makes you shine? The characters in these sweet and funny films have special things that make them glow and grow. Join them as they play with words, make new friends, tend a garden, and dig themselves out of holes and take journeys to near and far. If you close your eyes and make a wish, you might even be able to join them on a trip to the moon!
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Wild Child

January 29, 2017 11:30 AM - February 01, 2017 3:30 PM

Let your creativity run wild! In this collection of imaginative films, experience a meerkat rescue mission, get captured by your own toy, explore a dangerous universe in a taxi, and befriend a giant, gentle beast. Open your eyes to the wild adventures the world has to offer.
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Jill and Joy's Winter

January 29, 2017 1:00 PM

Jill and Joy, both 9-year-olds, have lives like other little girls, except that they might be a little happier than most, as they get to live in their own house made just for them. One December evening, a small car, barely the size of a shoebox, pulls up in front their house, and a teensy-weensy family gets out. The McTiny family, having just lost their home, move in with Jill and Joy but soon find out that not all big people have good intentions towards them. Jill and Joy's Winter is based on a beloved book by the same name by the Finnish writer Marjatta Kurenniemi.
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Monsters Are *Reel*

January 29, 2017 1:30 PM

These shorts show kids confronting their fears. The monsters in these films can be as ordinary as an iphone, trying to stay awake in class, or your own reflection, or as extraordinary as a witch or a malevolent spirit. Get ready for some chills!
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Fortune Favors the Brave - Seattle premiere Screenwriter Katrin Milhahn in attendance! Presented with Portland German Film Festival/ Zeitgeist Northwest!

January 29, 2017 3:00 PM

Vietnamese sisters Lihn (age 11) and Tien (age 9) must keep a dangerous secret their mother has had to return to Vietnam, and the girls are on their own in Germany. Their family life would fall apart if the truth were known. But can their feisty 11-year-old friend Pauline understand their plight and earn their trust? This film explores the true meaning of family and friendship, while realistically depicting the compromises and uncertainty that immigrant children face on a daily basis.
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Story World

January 29, 2017 3:30 PM - February 04, 2017 3:30 PM

Prepare to be fascinated and inspired. With a mixture of both carefully drawn images and stop-motion critters, these films present various ideas about our world as characters explore their own worlds. Watch as these colorful stories unfold in front of you, and open up your eyes and heart to these beautiful stories about love, friendship, and adventure.
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Gotta Be Me

January 29, 2017 5:00 PM - February 01, 2017 1:00 PM

The characters in these films are learning to dive deeper and fly higher. Meet a girl who shifts her shape, a boy who feels music instead of hears it, someone who longs to spend his life by the sea, and even some animated creatures who are also one-of-a-kind, just like you!
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Save The Earth

January 29, 2017 5:30 PM - February 01, 2017 11:30 AM

The earth is our only home, so lets take care of it! In this program, youll travel through forests and the cosmos, animated dreamscapes, funny animal adventures, and stories about scientists, just to end up back at home, ready to change our environmental future.
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Fountain of Youth

January 29, 2017 7:00 PM

Let these genius youth filmmakers inspire you! Take an art walk in Capitol Hill, solve a mystery to save orcas in an aquarium, and go on an impossible voyage to the moon in these short films made by young individuals just like you. Several of the films were made in summer camps hosted held at Northwest Film Forum, so be sure you get on the mailing list for next years sessions!
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MUSSA Seattle premiere!

January 29, 2017 7:00 PM

This documentary tells the story of 12-year-old Mussa, who won't speak for reasons that no one understands. He is an African refugee living in Tel Aviv, and for the past five years he's been bussed from his troubled neighborhood to an upscale private school. Mussa's Israeli classmates are his best friends, but he chooses to communicate with them only through gestures. In a time when he feels powerless, Mussa takes control by filming and documenting his own experience. This deeply relevant film will leave kids with plenty to talk about.
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In Football We Trust

February 01, 2017 7:00 PM

"In Football We Trust" captures a snapshot in time amid the rise of the Pacific Islander presence in the NFL. Presenting a new take on the American immigrant story, this documentary transports viewers deep inside the tightly-knit Polynesian community in Salt Lake City, Utah. With unprecedented access and shot over a four-year time period, the film intimately portrays four young Polynesian men striving to overcome gang violence and near poverty through American high school football. Viewed as the "salvation" for their families, these young players reveal the culture clash they experience as they transform out of their adolescence and into the high stakes world of collegiate recruiting and rigors of societal expectations.
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The Boy Who Lived before

February 02, 2017 7:00 PM

This Seattle-made feature explores the mind of a boy who deeply contemplates his identify, both in terms of who the kind of person he wants to be, and the kind of person he might have already been. Meet Cody, who has memories of a previous life. These memories present themselves in the forms of visions, dreams, and daily routines. In an attempt to understand where he comes from, Cody delves into the online world, eventually attracting the interest of a budding film crew looking for outrageous stories. Codys big brother Oliver is his confidant, guide and co-questioner as the pair move through changing Seattle landscapes. Family dynamics, urban life and identity are all in flux.
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The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

February 02, 2017 7:30 PM - February 03, 2017 7:30 PM

More people are imprisoned in the United States than at any other time or place in history, yet the prison itself is rarely seen beyond the medias lens of crime and punishment. Filmmaker and geographer Brett Story explores the ecology of incarceration, traveling the American landscape to excavate the unseen aspects of how prisons are imbedded in our social, economic, political, and natural landscape. In California, a female inmate is enlisted to help fight raging forest fires but is forbidden from speaking to endangered homeowners; elsewhere, a warehouse inventory of canned goods, socks, and cassette tapes reveals the thriving entrepreneurial model of sending approved care packages to loved ones behind bars. The films unique strategy of employing negative space - this is a prison film in which we never see a prison - serves to question the effects that prison and prisoners have on our immediate environments, and how the lives of unseen populations are implicated in our very own, often in ways that are related more to economic development than proverbial justice.
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February 03, 2017 7:00 PM - February 04, 2017 3:00 PM

In this dazzling new film version of the beloved children's book, the adventuresome five-year-old orphan who lives in the Swiss Alps finds her life turned upside down when she must take care of a sick child, Klara. This refreshing rendition of the classic portrays true friendship and devotion.
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Pancake Breakfast

February 04, 2017 10:30 AM

PANCAKE BREAKFAST Special ticket pricing: $15 general admission/ $55 per family of four. The Breakfast will be held at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumptions social hall, located at 1804 13th Avenue. Parking in the church lot is included with your ticket. Screenings following the breakfast are held at Northwest Film Forum.
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Pancake Breakfast

February 04, 2017 11:00 AM

PANCAKE BREAKFAST Special ticket pricing: $15 general admission/ $55 per family of four. The Breakfast will be held at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumptions social hall, located at 1804 13th Avenue. Parking in the church lot is included with your ticket. Screenings following the breakfast are held at Northwest Film Forum.
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Dreaming of a Better World

February 04, 2017 1:30 PM - February 11, 2017 3:30 PM

This program of thought-provoking films will make young activists want to go out and change the world. These films feature brave young people who persevere against all odds and clarify the social context for their struggles. Youll meet a boy who dreams of being the Robin Hood of Senegal, an American girl who protests the racist policies that have imprisoned her brother, and a young Syrian refugee who just misses his mom and dad.
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Mr. Frog - US Premiere

February 04, 2017 5:00 PM

Sita adores her schoolteacher Mr. Frans, who sometimes changes in to a frog. But the animal world is not without danger, and Sita soon finds herself in the position of being his protector. This endearing comedy-drama literally humanizes animals and inspires children to stand up against bullying. Mr. Frog is a moving fable with urgent themes for this day and age.
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Boxing For Freedom

February 04, 2017 7:00 PM

This documentary tells the story of a Safaf, a teenage girl growing up in wartime and facing intense gender discrimination, who deeply feels it is her destiny to become Afghanistans best boxer. Safaf and her sister joined the newly created women's boxing team after being refugees in Iran and returning to their own country. This film is a powerful true story of a girl who is not only the best female boxer in Afghanistan but the symbol of empowerment for a new generation of Afghan women.
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Molly Monster

February 05, 2017 11:00 AM

Molly Monster is the little only-monster of Popo and Etna Monster. She spends her days in familiar surroundings playing with her best friend Edison, a clockwork toy with a life of his own. But when Mama gives birth to an egg (which Papa must hatch), Molly sets out on a journey to find her new place in the family. The journey takes her far away from home and over the Wild Hills to Egg Island, where she is reunited with her Mama and her Papa, and her new mini-monster sibling.
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Daughters Of The Dust

February 08, 2017 7:30 PM - February 23, 2017 7:30 PM

At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors Yoruba traditions struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots.
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I Think You Are Totally Wrong: A Quarrel

February 08, 2017 7:30 PM - February 15, 2017 7:30 PM

Loosely based on the book of the same name, writers David Shields and his collaborator and fellow-combatant, Caleb Powell, decide to put their friendship on the line by spending four days together in a cabin in the Cascades. The men barely make it down the driveway before an argument breaks out. On the drive to the cabin, things degenerate even further, as they variously debate the idea of life versus art.
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This Is The Way I Like It 2

February 09, 2017 7:30 PM - February 11, 2017 7:30 PM

During the height of Chiles dictatorship, Ignacio Agüero made a short film in which (much like the approach in the seminal Chronicle of a Summer by Jean Rouch) he questions his colleagues about the meaning of their work. Thirty years on, Pinochet gone but not forgotten, the Chilean film scene enjoying international success, Agüero returns to the task - interrupting Pablo Larrain on the set of Neruda, no less - to inquire about the future of cinema in his country while mining images from his own past. Meanwhile, testimony from a school teacher of film workshops for children offers a rejoinder that cant be easily contained by mere description. Agüeros subtle but plangent reflection reminds us that memory is never static, that archives are always living, and that the essence of cinema remains a mercurial mystery.
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At Eye Level

February 11, 2017 1:00 PM

Presented with Portland German Film Festival / Zeitgeist Northwest! US premiere! 11-year-old Michi lives in a children's home, every day fighting to win the respect of the other kids and dreaming of the day he will find his dad. But then he meets Tom who happens to be a dwarf and his fantasies turn into complex reality. When the kids find out, Michi's life becomes hell and he flees. With nowhere to go, he moves in with Tom, who is new to this fatherhood thing, while Michi tries to hide his embarrassment from his fellow school kids. This forces Tom to confront his difference head-on. As time passes, Tom and Michi discover they have more in common than other sons and fathers. This film teaches us about forgiveness, letting go of friendships, and setting boundaries of trust and respect.
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February 11, 2017 3:00 PM

A hybrid of documentary and narrative film, this film is about a 12-year-old boy who works the streets of Santo Domingo by jumping on cars stopped at red lights, and proceeding to clean their windshields without invitation, in the hopes of obtaining a few pesos' tip from the drivers inside. He lives in Los Tres Brazos, a poor slum of the capital, far away and upstream from the picturesque tourist ideal of the Zona Colonial on the banks of Rio Ozama. Hes one of nine children being raised by his single mother. But Jeffrey, who christens himself La Pesadilla (The Nightmare) dreams of being a reggaeton singer, following in the footsteps of one of his older brothers.
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Closing Ceremony

February 11, 2017 5:00 PM

We close out the 2017 festival by screening films made during the past week in our workshops, announcing the winners of our Childrens Jury Prizes, and celebrating with a surprise selection of outstanding short films made by international filmmakers.
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February 11, 2017 8:00 PM - February 12, 2017 4:30 PM

Celia Rowlson-Halls MA is one of the most stunning, original feature debuts in recent American cinema. A wordless retelling of the Mother Mary story rendered purely through physical and emotional movement, MA unfurls across a Southwest road trip. Tropes abound and are then distorted (the trailer sets this up perfectly); wood-paneled motels with cerulean pools; endless stretches of hot, dusty roads; foreboding cowboys and mysterious travel companions. The pilgrimage culminates in a birth scene of unpredictable grandiosity and lushness of design that belies the productions extremely modest budget. The sparing but powerful gong-laden score (by Brian McOmber, formerly of Dirty Projectors and a fellow to Rowlson-Hall on Filmmaker Magazines 25 New Faces of Independent Film) further scaffolds the surreal anti-logic of the concept of a virtuous woman.
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Veracity: Shorts Program

February 16, 2017 7:30 PM

This shorts program spans, both geographically and thematically, vast territory through succinct means, touching upon Civil War in Colombia; the power of a song on the island of Réunion; an experimental anthropology of Lampedusa; a nature film set in occupied territory, and a tribute to first-person filmmaking by Syrian teenage girls living in refugee camps in Jordan.
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Torrey Pines

February 16, 2017 8:00 PM

Based on a true story, Torrey Pines is a queer punk coming-of-age tale that takes place in Southern California in the early 1990's. 12-year-old Petersen is taken on a cross-country jaunt by his schizophrenic single mother (who is fueled by hallucinations of political conspiracy), and on the adventure Petersen's life story unfolds in a series of baffling events, both real and imagined.
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The Dazzling Light of Sunset

March 02, 2017 7:30 PM

The town of Tsalenjikha (population 8,900) in western Georgia is eventful but scarcely newsworthy, a reality which broadcast journalist Dariko must confront as she attempts to report, with some journalistic objectivity, the towns droll proceedings. With her trusted cameraman in tow, Dariko tours the village in all its absurdity as well as its gravity, turning up a beauty contest for teens learning to walk in heels; an oversized owl; a wedding with deliriously drunken guests; mass in an Orthodox church; and a soldiers burial. As reportage, the versions of both Dariko and director Jashi co-mingle, creating a layered portrait of a place and its people that is gently ironic but formally exacting. The film organically questions the politics of the image as related to the representation of place; rarely do we see such localized views of the Caucasus.
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The Challenge

March 16, 2017 7:30 PM - March 18, 2017 4:00 PM

In The Challenge, the seemingly archaic sport of falconry, and perhaps more conspicuously its desert culture of devotees in the UAE, is treated to an abstract ethnography by Yuri Ancarani. The Italian director, known for his documentation, treats the subject in typically broad strokes of ritualized gesture and choreographic labour (San Siro explored the industrial anatomy of Milans sporting temple; Il Capo witnessed a marble quarry under excavation in the Apuan Alps). Grounded in observational realism, yet almost surreal in its maximized minimalism, the nominal tale of a Sheikh falconer travelling to Qatar for a weekend tournament becomes a hypnotic study in contrasts: the wild and the tame, the gilded and the barren, ennui and excitement, technology and nature. The film would seem exotic were it not for its uncanny parallels to Americas weekend culture of spectator sporting events and arena rock pageantry - imagine biker gangs astride golden choppers who heed the call to prayer.
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Future is 0

May 19, 2017 8:00 PM - May 20, 2017 8:00 PM

While watching endless reruns of Hollywood Squares and Supermarket Sweep during a wet Seattle winter, Claire Buss came up with the idea to make a technicolor game show set in the living room of her house. What began as an eccentric DIY art project has blossomed into a fully functional, multi-camera television show hosted at Northwest Film Forum.
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