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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Live From UB

February 10, 2016 7:00 PM

Filmmaker Lauren Knapp spent ten months in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, exploring its burgeoning rock scene and discovering the important role musicians play in giving voice to the newly independent nation's cultural identity.
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Offbeat Music Films Series Pass

February 10, 2016 7:00 PM

Defying dominant trends, experimenting with new forms, shaping an emergent popular culture, finding humor in the absurd: these four films capture different kinds of music stories.
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I Am a Knife With Legs

February 10, 2016 8:45 PM

A clueless, arguably delusional Euro pop star goes into hiding in Los Angeles after a fatwa is declared against him because of his song "All Religion is Stupid, Especially Yours."
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Chat Room

February 11, 2016 8:00 PM

Chat Room is a quarterly forum about art in the age of the Internet. Artists, thinkers, non-artists, and non-thinkers come together each edition to tackle the fundamental questions around art and its relationship to broader society. Discussion topics range from copyright law, labor, cool teens, oppression, activism, memes, authenticity, and much more.
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February 12, 2016 7:30 PM - February 14, 2016 7:30 PM

The great French director Claire Denis's first feature film set the stage for her incomparable career. An affluent white woman named France (Mireille Perrier) returns to her childhood home in Cameroon after many years of living in France. While there, she reflects upon her youth. When she was growing up in the former French colony in the 1950s, her life was one of privilege, escape and ignorance. She bonded with an African servant named Protée (Isaach De Bankolé), even though she was unaware of the larger racial and social tensions stirring all around her.
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In the Shadow of Women

February 12, 2016 7:45 PM - February 14, 2016 7:45 PM

The new film by the great Philippe Garrel (previously seen at the NYFF with Regular Lovers in 2005 and Jealousy in 2013) is a close look at infidelitynot merely the fact of it, but the particular, divergent ways in which it's experienced and understood by men and women. Stanislas Merhar and Clotilde Courau are Pierre and Manon, a married couple working in fragile harmony on Pierre's documentary film projects, the latest of which is a portrait of a resistance fighter (Jean Pommier). When Pierre takes a lover (Lena Paugam), he feels entitled to do so, and he treats both wife and mistress with disengagement bordering on disdain; when Manon catches Pierre in the act, her immediate response is to find common ground with her husband. Garrel is an artist of intimacies and emotional ecologies, and with In the Shadow of Women he has added narrative intricacy and intrigue to his toolbox. The result is an exquisite jewel of a film.
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Never Get Tired: The Bomb the Music Industry! Story

February 17, 2016 7:30 PM

Embodying the DIY ethos, New York punk band Bomb the Music Industry! managed to sustain nearly ten years of recording, touring, and building a worldwide fan base, all without a record label, album sales, or traditional commerce of any kind.
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Ruined Heart

February 17, 2016 9:15 PM - February 24, 2016 9:15 PM

Ruined Heart is a one-of-a-kind wordless crime-drama-musical-punk-noir-opera with an unforgettable soundtrack composed by the film's prolific director Khavn (Mondomanila). In the underworld and backstreets of Manila, a criminal and the woman he's hired to protect run away together, fleeing a kingpin in favor of life on the run. But story is secondary in this immersive mood piece, sumptuously shot by the incomparable cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Magnetic Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano (Ichi the Killer) and on-the-rise Mexican actress Nathalia Acevedo (Post Tenebras Lux) make a remarkable pair of gutter lovers. The swirling ache of Stereo Total's musical performance combined with Doyle's endlessly mesmerizing camerawork mark Ruined Heart as a breathtaking new entry in the music film canon.
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The Anthropologist

February 18, 2016 7:00 PM

At the core of The Anthropologist are the parallel stories of two women: Margaret Mead, who popularized cultural anthropology in America; and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist currently studying the impact of climate change. Uniquely revealed from their daughters' perspectives, Mead and Crate demonstrate a fascination with how societies are forced to negotiate the disruption of their traditional ways of life, whether through encounters with the outside world or the unprecedented change wrought by melting permafrost, receding glaciers, and rising tides.
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Morphine: Journey of Dreams

February 24, 2016 7:30 PM

Morphine frontman Mark Sandman died in 1999, leaving behind an acclaimed discography and an indelible imprint on the indie rock world.
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The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil

February 25, 2016 8:00 PM

Northwest Film Forum and Brett Hamil present Seattle's only intentionally funny political talk show: The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil. It's a mudpie lobbed into the halls of power with the comedian, writer and host of My YouTube Channel Where I'm The Big Important Guy Who Gets To Say What's What. Each episode features interviews with high-profile politicians, activists and artists plus standup comedy, sketches, videos and surprises.
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New Voices of World Cinema

February 26, 2016 7:00 PM

With the goal of introducing Seattle audiences to the work of more emerging filmmakers from Europe and other parts of the world, Northwest Film Forum presents a program of award-winning narrative short films, curated by local filmmaker Julio Ramírez. Hailing from Colombia, Ramírez works full time in advertising and the film industry. His first award winning feature film Nothing Against Life will be released later this year after a successful screening journey around the world. The curation of this program was inspired by Ramírez's attendance and participation during the last five years to diverse film forums and festivals in Europe.
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Schellen-Ursli (The Little Mountain Boy)

February 27, 2016 1:00 PM

Schellen-Ursli (The Little Mountain Boy) returns to Northwest Film Forum for one more screening! The film was the biggest hit of Children's Film Festival Seattle 2016, winning both the Audience Favorite Prize and the Children's Jury Prize for Best Feature Film. This is your last chance to see the film before it embarks on a world-wide tour of the children's film festival circuit. Prize-winning and audience favorite short animations from the Festival will open the show!
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Hadwin's Judgment

February 27, 2016 4:00 PM - February 28, 2016 7:30 PM

Hadwins Judgment is a spellbinding and visually stunning account of environmentalism, obsession and myth set in Canadas Pacific Northwest.
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K2 and the Invisible Footman

February 27, 2016 7:00 PM

Located on the border between Pakistan and China, K2 is the second-highest mountain on Earth. For many climbers, it is an even greater prize than Everest, with limited routes, a steeper ascent, and a harder push to its summit. Nicknamed the 'Savage Mountain,' K2's peak juts unprotected into the atmosphere, regularly exposing climbers and porters to life-threatening weather conditions.
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Bob and the Trees

February 27, 2016 7:30 PM - February 28, 2016 4:00 PM

Based on his award winning 2010 short of the same name, Diego Ongaro's first feature follows small-town logger Bob Tarasuk, his family, and their farm through a cold and trying winter. Forces of nature and human failings plague hot-headed Bob's work and relationships, and drive him to near desperation as bad luck piles up around him like the ever-deepening snow. A beautiful setting in the Berkshires and compelling performances from non-professional actors engender a quiet yet magnetic new work of American independent cinema. Bob and the Trees premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and features the lensing of on-the-rise cinematographer Chris Teague (Obvious Child, Appropriate Behavior, The Mend).
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Drawing the Tiger

February 29, 2016 7:00 PM

Shot in Nepal over the course of multiple years, this emotionally incisive documentary focuses on the path of one rural family's daily struggles. However, when the bright and ambitious Shanta leaps at the opportunity for a city education in Kathmandu, she suddenly feels the burden of responsibility to return to pull her family out of poverty. Director Amy Benson (Called to Shine, Three) has given presentations at TedX Monterey on the effects of girls' education in the developing world, and has had a variety of short films premiere at various international film festivals.
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Festival of (In)Appropriation

March 02, 2016 7:30 PM

Whether you call it collage, compilation, found footage, détournement, or recycled cinema, the incorporation of already existing media into new artworks is a practice that generates novel juxtapositions and new meanings and ideas, often in ways entirely unrelated to the intentions of the original makers. Such new works are, in other words, inappropriate. This act of (in)appropriation may even produce revelations about the relationship between past and present, here and there, intention and subversion, artist and critic, not to mention the "producer" and "consumer" of visual culture itself. Fortunately for our purposes, the past decade has witnessed the emergence of a wealth of new audiovisual elements available for appropriation into new works. In addition to official state and commercial archives, resources like vernacular collections, home movie repositories, and digital archives now also provide fascinating material to repurpose in ways that lend it new meaning and resonance.
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Paris, Texas

March 03, 2016 7:00 PM

Wim Wenders is cinemas preeminent poet of the open road, soulfully following the journeys of people as they search for themselves. During his over-forty-year career, Wenders has directed films in his native Germany and around the globe, making dramas both intense and whimsical, mysteries, fantasies, and documentaries. Northwest Film Forum and the Seattle International Film Festival co-present this retrospective of twelve of his films in new digital restorations. From early works of the New German Cinema to the art-house 1980s blockbusters that made him a household name (Paris, Texas; Wings of Desire) to inquisitive nonfiction looks at world culture (Buena Vista Social Club)audiences can rediscover Wenderss vast cinematic world.
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The Art of the Underdog Series Pass

March 06, 2016 3:00 PM

This documentary series heralds the unsung, delights in the little-known, and excavates the forgotten tales and talents of artists across a range of practices: romance novelists, film projectionists, New Yorks last video game arcade, the power couple that conjured Hollywood magic from behind the scenes for five decades, Vietnamese carnival workers, the original radical video collective and pirate TV channel, the longest running freeform radio station in the United States, and the mysterious haunting of a dead outsider artist from New Orleans. These films are still on the festival circuit and you cant watch them online, so come through Wednesdays and Sundays in March for stimulating documentaries that champion the little guy.
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Love Between the Covers

March 06, 2016 3:15 PM - March 09, 2016 7:30 PM

Though scarcely acknowledged in the literary world, romance fiction is a billion-dollar-a-year industry, and it is driven almost exclusively by women. Perhaps a surprising place to find feminism, the romance novel has the potential to empower both reader and creator. In its pages some find validation, some a welcome representation of diverse notions of femininity, and to some working in the trade, romance provides a substantial, independent living.
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Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

March 06, 2016 7:00 PM

Storyboard artist Harold and film researcher Lillian found success in both love and work in Hollywood, a place where marital and professional success can be hard to find and even harder to sustain. Often working alongside each other, Harold and Lillian Michelson contributed to some of the most beloved films from the heyday of Hollywood cinema. Harolds knack for framing gave us some of films most iconic shots, and Lillians research lent an authenticity to the works of Mel Brooks and Francis Ford Coppola, among others. Daniel Raim catches up with Lillian Michelson, reflecting on 60 years of marriage with her late husband, and revisits their significant contributions to some of cinemas classics. Told through interviews with Lillian, the couples old love letters and the words of some famous friends and colleagues, Harold and Lillian reveals a Hollywood love story that unfolded behind the scenes.
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The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

March 10, 2016 7:00 PM

The goalkeeper Josef Bloch (Arthur Brauss) is sent off after committing a foul during an away game. This causes him to completely lose his bearings. He wanders aimlessly through the unfamiliar town, spends the night with the box-office attendant of a movie theater (Erika Pluhar), and strangles her the next morning. But instead of turning himself in or fleeing, Bloch then goes to the country place of his ex-girlfriend (Kai Fischer) and passively waits there for the police to come and arrest him. As Wenders himself has stated, the visual idiom of Alfred Hitchcocks films provided the model for his debut film. He adheres minutely to the thoroughly cinematic source, a novel by Peter Handke. With his cameraman Robby Müller and his editor Peter Przygoddaboth of whom had already worked with him on his film thesis at the HFF (University of Television and Film Munich)in The Goalies Anxiety, he set forth a collaboration that would weld this team together for years.
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The State of Things

March 10, 2016 9:00 PM

The State of Things is a highly personal film about filmmaking in Europe and America. It is about a film crew stranded at the westernmost tip of Europe. The director, Friedrich Munro (Patrick Bauchau), his cameraman (Sam Fuller), scriptwriter, and actors have been abandoned by their producer. After shooting their last feet of film (they are working on the remake of a low-budget sci-fi thriller), there is nothing left to do but wait. Friedrich finally sets out for Los Angeles to search for the missing producer (Allen Garfield). Friedrich finally finds him on Sunset Boulevard, in his RV, where he is hiding out from the mafiosi or loan sharks who are after him. The two have to pay with their lives for their black-and-white film adventure the following morning. Friedrich continues to put up a fight by shooting back with his Super 8 camera until the moment of his death. Wenderss parable on filmmaking has also been interpreted as his way of addressing the difficulties that he faced during the production of Hammett, his first film in the United States.
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Here Come the Videofreex

March 13, 2016 3:15 PM - March 16, 2016 7:30 PM

It may be hard to believe, but there was a time when new media technology wasnt immediately branded for mass consumption. In 1969, a pair of proto-documentarians stumbled upon a new invention: security cameras. Pop off the mount, and there you go: portability, playback, and a storytelling device that even broke hippies can afford.
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Madam Phung's Last Journey

March 13, 2016 7:00 PM

A former monk who left monastic life because "I saw beautiful fags praying, and felt like running away," Madam Phung is a canny businesswoman who got her start as a singer, and saved her money in the form of gold bars she would bury in the ground. Now she is something of a den mother to her largely transgender troupe - berating them when they drink or fight too much, warning them to stay out of trouble, and dealing with local police and occasionally hostile locals when necessary.
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Wings of Desire

March 17, 2016 7:00 PM

Wings of Desire marked Wenderss homecoming and was his first German film after eight years in America. The main characters are guardian angels benevolent, invisible beings in trench coatswho listen to the thoughts of mortals and attempt to comfort them. One of them, Damiel (Bruno Ganz), wishes to become human after he falls in love with the beautiful trapeze artist Marion (Solveig Dommartin). Peter Falk, playing himself, helps Damiel during his transformation by introducing him to lifes little pleasures. The film is narrated from the perspective of the angels, who see the world in black and white. Only when Damiel becomes human does the world of color reveal itself to him. He leaves behind his old friend Cassiel (Otto Sander), who continues to be accompanied by Homer (Curt Bois), the storyteller of humanity. The film has achieved cult status around the world; in 1998, it was remade under the title City of Angels, with Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan in the lead roles.
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The Dying of the Light

March 20, 2016 3:00 PM

After more than a century of film, American cinemas are rapidly abandoning 35mm projection and going digital. Small screens around the country are closing down, and film projectors and projectionists put out of commission. In The Dying of the Light, Peter Flynn documents a handful of experts and enthusiasts who are trying to preserve cinemas original medium, if only in memory.
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Missing People

March 20, 2016 7:00 PM

A mystery about an art collector, an outsider artist, and an unsolved murder, Missing People occupies the troubled and enigmatic mind of Martina Batan, a Manhattan art curator. Martinas lifelong demon is the unsolved 1978 murder of her younger brother, Jeff. At the time, Martina was 18 years old. The violent death drove the beautiful art student into a life of insomnia, loneliness, and obsessive compulsion. Among her obsessions: the collecting of artwork by the deceased, critically underappreciated New Orleans painter Roy Ferdinand.
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Notebook on Cities and Clothes

March 24, 2016 7:00 PM

This diary film, as Wenders calls it, investigates the similarities of filmmaking craft to that of the Tokyo-based fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto, who, in the early 1980s, shocked and revolutionized the fashion world. Wenders shot the film mainly on his own, as a one-man crew. During the production, which stretched over a year, Yamamoto and Wenders became friends. Excerpt from Wenderss narration of the film:
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Until the End of the World (Director's Cut)

March 31, 2016 7:00 PM

Until the End of the World is the ultimate road movie, a journey around the globe, a modern-day odysseyand it certainly bears similarities to Homers saga. However, the aim of this journey is the spiritual reconciliation between an obsessed father and his lost son, and, in Until the End of the World, Penelope decides to set out in pursuit of Odysseus. In order to enable his blind wife (Jeanne Moreau) to see, Dr. Farber (Max von Sydow) invents a process that makes it possible to transmit the images recorded in the brains of sighted people directly into the visual systems of blind people. Farbers son Sam (William Hurt) sets out on a journey around the world in order to see and record the various stations of his mothers life for her. The Frenchwoman Claire (Solveig Dommartin) falls in love with him and sets out in pursuit of him. She, in turn, is followed by the author Eugene (Sam Neill), who is recording her adventure. The film was shot in 1990 and takes place in the near future, around the turn of the millennium. What most interests Wenders here is how humanity learns to deal with imagesor becomes their victim. Eugene notes: In the beginning was the word. What would happen if only the image remained in the end!? Frustrated with the Readers Digest version of his film, which was forced upon him by his distributors, Wenders created a directors cut two years after its release: at a length of almost four hours, it lives up to his intentions and to the epic nature of the story.
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