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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Puget Soundtrack: Fungal Abyss Presents The Devils

July 28, 2016 8:00 PM

Referred to by critics as a grand fiesta for sadists and perverts, Ken Russells The Devils is a dramatic historical horror film laced with disturbingly violent, sexual, and religious content. Seattles Fungal Abyss create free-flowing psychedelic improvisations constructed live on stage in real-time often under the influence of the sacred Teonanactl mushroom. Experiencing the two simultaneously promises to be an X-rated spiritual experience.
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Lighthouse: an evening with Paul Clipson

July 29, 2016 8:00 PM

Paul Clipson is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who often collaborates with sound artists and musicians on films, live performances, and installations. His Super-8 and 16mm films aim to bring to light visual preoccupations that reveal themselves while working in a stream of consciousness manner, combining densely layered, in-camera edited studies of figurative and abstract environments, in a process that encourages unplanned-for results, responding to and conversing with the temporal qualities of musical composition and live performance. His work has screened around the world in festivals and at sound and film events such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The New York Film Festival, and the Cinémathèque Française.
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July 29, 2016 8:30 PM - July 31, 2016 8:00 PM

Timoners fascinating documentary is the stuff of rock n' roll, an entirely entertaining tale filled with over-sized egos, temper tantrums, substance abuse, out-of-control parties and creative differences. At the heart of Dig! are two bands, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, who are followed over the course of seven years. Along the way they confront inevitable highs and lows as the destinies of each band chart differently. As the film opens in 1996 The Dandys have just signed with Capitol Records and BJM is about to be locked into a major-label bidding war. Charismatic and vitriolic BJM frontman Anton Newcombe shifts from embracing the Courtney Taylor-led Dandy Warhols to becoming mired in spite and jealousy over their success. Failure and megalomania abound in this post-Alternative music world.
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Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 2

July 30, 2016 4:30 PM

Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 2 is the latest installment in a series that celebrates the vastness of the Chicago experience. This 90-minute program brings together the best of experimental, dance, narrative, and documentary short films from a diverse range of perspectives and joins them into one expansive, rich and engaging evening of cinema.
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Speculation Nation

July 31, 2016 7:00 PM

The global financial crisis that began in 2007 battered Spain. Over a quarter of the population lost their jobs, and hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes. The constitutional guarantee for housing that has been a cornerstone of Spain following the death of Francisco Franco has been shaken by a combination of greedy real estate speculators, predatory banks, corrupt public officials, and a global financial catastrophe.
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Wedding Doll

August 24, 2016 8:00 PM

Nitzan Giladys first feature-length film spins a story of love, independence and... toilet paper. Although Hagit (luminously portrayed by Moran Rosenblatt) has mild mental disabilities, she yearns for love and harbors dreams of becoming a wedding dress designer. Her overprotective mother keeps her close, but her job at a toilet paper factory allows her freedom and even becomes a space where love blossoms with the factory owners son. The imminent closing of the factory threatens Hagits hopes for a life of her own and adds a melancholy twist to this tender story, sans any fairy tale sweetening.
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Holy Hell

August 26, 2016 8:00 PM - August 31, 2016 8:00 PM

For 22 years, Will Allen immersed himself 24/7 in Buddhafield, a Los Angeles cult with hundreds of members and a narcissistic, sociopathic leader named Michel Rostand. The group would live, work and meditate together, banishing all ties to their family in the hope of finding greater enlightenment. Their spiritual guru would, in turn, psychologically torture and brainwash his disciples on a daily basis. A film-school graduate, Allen's primary role was as Buddhafield's official documentarian, recording hundreds of hours of footage viewable only to fellow cult members. Produced by Jared Leto, Will Allens film culls years of home movies filmed inside the Buddhafield to weave a mesmerizing and traumatic insider document of life inside the cult that offered a surface-level path to utopia, peace and harmony - a cautionary tale and personal exorcism. Allen, who left the cult in 2012, like many former Buddhafield members, was still suffering from PTSD and trying to move on. "I'd been honest my whole life in this group, but it was all based on deception and surrounded by lies," he says. "My film voice was the one that said, 'Let's explore the truth.'"
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A Quiet Place In The Country

August 27, 2016 8:00 PM - August 28, 2016 7:00 PM

Director Elio Petri established himself as one of the most distinctive voices of Italian post-neo-realist cinema and contributed to the growing giallo genre of the 1960s - 70s. This film, starring off-screen couple Franco Nero (of Django fame) and Vanessa Redgrave, is arguably Petri at his most experimental. A psychological drama about an abstract painter Leonardo Ferri (Nero) who moves to a quiet country villa to escape the tempting distractions of city life and regain artistic inspiration only to find his idyllic retreat is haunted by a ghostly presence. As Ferri goes deeper and deeper into discovering the villas secret past, his mental state deteriorates and suffers maddening hallucinations. The films primary concerns revolve around sex, death and madness while providing a glaring critique of art and commerce. American pop artist Jim Dine provided Leonardos canvases with avant-garde improvisational ensemble Nuova Consonanza contributing musical pieces to the films soundtrack.
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Miss Sharon Jones!

September 02, 2016 7:45 PM - September 08, 2016 7:45 PM

Two-time Academy Award-Winner Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, American Dream) follows Grammy-nominated R&B dynamo Sharon Jones during the most courageous year of her life. Often compared to the legendary James Brown because of her powerful and energetic performances, Sharon Jones is no stranger to challenge. For years her music career struggled as she was kept in the wings by a music industry that branded her too short, too black, too fat. After decades of working odd jobs, from a corrections officer to a wedding singer, Sharon had a middle-aged breakthrough after joining forces with Brooklyn R&B outfit The Dap-Kings. In 2013, on the eve of the release of the much-anticipated album Give the People What They Want, Sharon was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Miss Sharon Jones! is a triumphant crowd-pleaser that captures an irrepressible human spirit as she battles back to where she belongs; center stage.
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Los Sures

September 02, 2016 8:00 PM - September 04, 2016 7:00 PM

Diego Echeverrias film skillfully represents the challenges residents of the Southside faced: poverty, drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources. This complex portrait also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a desperate situation. Beautifully restored for the 30th anniversary premiere at the New York Film Festival, this documentary is an invaluable piece of New York City history. (Union Docs)
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September 08, 2016 7:30 PM - September 11, 2016 7:30 PM

In his final film, cult director Andrzej Zulawski (known for such psycho-sexual provocations as Possession and La Femme Publique) adapts Witold Grombowiczs surreal novel of the same name and explores the seeming interrelatedness of things. A self-questioning law student strolls through the woods; upon finding a sparrow dangling by a string, he descends into an obsessive spiral as he contemplates its significance. In this free-association send-up, the tale is a potent combination of enigmatic details and symbolism; the protagonists search for deeper meaning is at once daunting, funny and never boring. A swan song of Sartrean proportions!
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The People Garden

September 14, 2016 8:00 PM

When Sweetpea decides it is time to end her relationship, she travels all the way to Japan to break up with her rockstar boyfriend who is there shooting his latest music video. When she arrives, the production crew informs her hes gone missing, last seen in the forest filming a scene with fading 90s sex symbol Signe (played by Pamela Anderson, with irony intact!). Sweetpeas determination to find her boyfriend takes her deep into a mysterious forest, led by a cagey local guide, Mak. A spooky Canadian gem that manages to get under your skin.
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Don't Blink - Robert Frank

September 15, 2016 8:00 PM - September 18, 2016 8:00 PM

Laura Israels engrossing look into the life and times of legendary photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank unravels the man behind the camera. From his classic 1958 photo-essay, The Americans, to films Pull My Daisy and the Rolling Stones no-holds-barred eye-opener, Cocksucker Blues, Israel tracks Franks life as an artist always searching and pushing the boundaries of the medium, embracing experimentation in traditional narrative forms. A living embodiment of his style even at 91 years old, Dont Blink is an unapologetic celebration of artistic creation and with it, the triumphs and tragedies of a life fully lived.
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The Seattle Process With Brett Hamil

October 21, 2016 8:00 PM

Seattles favorite political comedy talk show continues to burrow into the psyche of a city under siege. Each live episode features interviews with local politicians, activists and artists plus performances, surprises and shocking revelations.
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