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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Big in Japan

February 26, 2015 8:00 PM - March 05, 2015 7:30 PM

Making its theatrical premiere in Seattle after world premiering at SXSW, Big in Japan is an upbeat rock 'n roll road movie by local director (and founding member of Northwest Film Forum) John Jeffcoat (Outsourced). Creative nonfiction meets comedy, as Seattle-based band Tennis Pro play versions of themselves in their quest for fame. The guys are about to call it quits on their hometown: bored with their day jobs and unable to build a fan base in the local music scene, the trio sets out to make it big in Japan. Comedic adventures, cross-culture connections, rock concerts, and a zanily psychedelic animated sequence ensues.
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Shredder Orpheus

February 27, 2015 8:00 PM

Seattle's first and only skate rock opera shreds its way out of the depths of hell for a rare 35mm screening.
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Indigenous Showcase: Princess Angeline

February 28, 2015 6:00 PM - February 28, 2015 9:30 PM

Princess Angeline, daughter of Chief Seattle and star of many Seattle postcards, lived alone towards the end of her life, refusing to leave her homeland. What historical events led her to be one of the few Duwamish people left in Seattle by the 1890s, only 35 years after the peace treaty guaranteeing that land would be reserved for the Duwamish (which never happened)?
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Festival of (In)Appropriation

March 05, 2015 8:00 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."
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Wild Canaries

March 06, 2015 8:00 PM - March 12, 2015 8:00 PM

Director Lawrence Michael Levine (Gabi on the Roof in July) describes his Brooklyn-set madcap detective-style murder comedy as "50% screwball, 50% suspense."
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Jeremy Moss: Space Immaterial/Immaterial Place

March 07, 2015 7:00 PM

The films of Jeremy Moss explore the intersection of expressionistic tendencies, place and the moving body. His work ranges from surrealist documentary (Those Inescapable Slivers of Celluloid) to abstract hand-made 16mm films (The Sight and Cicatrix) to dance for camera pieces in collaboration with choreographer Pamela Vail ((un)tethered, Chroma, and That Dizzying Crest) to essay film (The Blue Record, in collaboration with Erik Anderson). As a program, these works cohesively embody an immersive optical and sonic experience reveling in cinema's capacity for both meditative expression and the rigors of formal experimentation.
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She's Beautiful When She's Angry

March 08, 2015 3:00 PM

This joyously-received documentary charts a crucial era in the modern women's movement (1966-1971). Returning to Seattle for a special screening on International Women's Day, it covers the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, through to the emergence of more radical factions of women's liberation (from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of WITCH-Women's International Conspiracy from Hell!).
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The Clouds That Touch Us Out of Clear Skies

March 08, 2015 5:00 PM

During this event for International Women's Day, special guest and local filmmaker Lynn Shelton will present a rare screening of her 16mm film The Clouds that touch us out of clear skies, a haunting, imagistic documentary that tells a personal miscarriage story. Followed by a conversation with the filmmaker, and a live performance by musician Briana Marela at 6pm (organized by the Men's Rights Club).
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Indigenous Showcase: Maria Tallchief

March 14, 2015 6:00 PM

This documentary of ballerina Maria Tallchief's life and art captures the growth of ballet in America, as shown by Ms. Tallchief's own rise to fame, in original roles created for her by George Balanchine. The film includes her childhood days in Fairfax, Oklahoma, her move to Los Angeles to study with Mr. Belcher and Madame Nijinska through her early days in New York City with the Ballet Russe. Key archival clips include Swan Lake, Pas de Dix, Orpheus, Firebird, Black Swan and Les Sylphides.
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The King and the Mockingbird

March 19, 2015 8:00 PM - March 22, 2015 7:00 PM

Based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, the wildly satirical The King and the Mockingbird follows a shepherdess and a chimney sweep who seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king. A masterpiece of traditional hand-drawn cell animation, the film is credited by celebrated Japanese animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata as inspiring the creation of their own studio, the now world-famous Studio Ghibli. Brad Bird's The Iron Giant was clearly influenced by the towering robot menace in this film.
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An Honest Liar

March 20, 2015 7:30 PM - March 26, 2015 7:30 PM

An Honest Liar tells the incredible story of famed magician/skeptic and enemy of deception, James "The Amazing" Randi. A treasure trove of archival footages of performances and stunts (as well as interviews with the likes of Alice Cooper, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Richard Dawkins), the film brings to life Randi's carefully-designed projects that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers and con artists with quasi-religious fervor.
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Dust in the Wind

March 21, 2015 5:00 PM

"Although the combination of lengthy shots and, in the early work, a relatively static camera has given Hou Hsiao-hsien an exaggerated reputation as a minimalist, his is above all a cinema of movement. The mobile train shot that begins Dust in the Wind, one of the key films of Taiwan's New Cinema, generates a visceral sensation of forward momentum while also looking back to the medium's nineteenth century origins. Hou vividly captures the confusion of young adulthood, but maintains a clear-eyed distance on the vicissitudes of ordinary lives by repeatedly returning to the landscape imagery of the opening shots. Based on the memories of screenwriter Wu Nien-jen, Dust in the Wind is both absorptive and reflective, encouraging viewers to continually refine their understanding of preceding scenes even when immersed in the unfolding present. Richard I. Suchenski"
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Flowers of Shanghai

March 23, 2015 3:00 PM

1884: In a brothel in Shanghai's British area, four women build their lives, shut off from the outside world and surrounded by opium smoke, money and men. Acclaimed for its stunning 7-minute opening shot, sensuous cinematography and sophisticated construction of a microcosmic world, Flowers of Shanghai is based on a well-known 19th century Chinese novel.
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A Time to Live and a Time to Die

March 23, 2015 7:00 PM

Hou turned to his own coming-of-age story for one of his most acclaimed films, a tale that begins in 1947 and stretches over nearly twenty years. After the war, young Ah-hsiao (a fictionalized version of Hou) and his family move from China to rural Taiwan when his father secures a government job there. Ah-hsaio gets tangled up in street gangs, experiences his family's evolutions and struggles, and eventually takes up a central role in keeping them together. Jonathan Rosenbaum called it "an excellent introduction to [Hou's] work as a whole."
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Millenium Mambo

March 25, 2015 8:00 PM

Hou takes on a more modern setting and quicker takes in this story about a young woman who drifts away from her possessive boyfriend for a gangster.
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Good Men, Good Women

March 27, 2015 8:00 PM

Steeped in the communist history of 1940s Taiwan, the sensitively interlaced stories of Good Men, Good Women unfold as a film-within-a-film. Liang Ching, an actress, gets ready to star in a World War 2 era film about Taiwanese Communists who threw themselves into the anti-Japanese resistance. But when stolen pages of her diary start surfacing, painful memories of a dead lover trigger flashbacks. Past and present start to bleed together as the plot of the film mixes with Liang's own personal history.
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March 27, 2015 10:15 PM

Didn't get tickets to the Grand Illusion Cinema's VHSEX 3? Catch an encore screening at Northwest Film Forum on March 27. We're penetrating Scarecrow Video's Sexploitation room once again in search of more awkward adult situations, humorous humping and weird sexual interludesall from vintage videotape! Adults only!
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Films For One to Eight Projectors: Multi-Projector Experiments by Roger Beebe

March 28, 2015 5:00 PM

Filmmaker/curator/professor Roger Beebe visits Seattle with a touring program of his multiple-projector performances. The tour features several of his best-known projector performances (including the six-projector show-stopping space jam "Last Light of a Dying Star"), recent award-winning work in single-channel HD video, as well as the premiere of his latest multi-projector mayhem, "SOUND FILM."
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March 29, 2015 6:00 PM

Ben Hardin (Robert Longstreet) is a lethargically neurotic Kierkegaard professor who goes back to his small hometown on a sabbatical (intended for writing) to take care for his mother after a stroke. A ruminative deconstruction of the lonesome sentiment that we can never go home again, the film follows Ben as he gets reacquainted with, and subsequently re-alienated from, the old relationships and trappings of his life. As he struggles to maintain his aloof composure while interacting with his deadbeat brother, addled mother and lonely ex-wife, Ben's own shortcomings are thrown in sharper relief.
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