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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UNCODE at the forum

February 23, 2017 7:00 PM

UNCODE at the forum
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UNCODE at the Forum

February 23, 2017 7:00 PM

Since its launch last year, UNCODE has premiered short films featuring black artists and storytellers throughout the African diaspora. The on-going series - made of short, documentary style films - has previously partnered with reputable brands, award winning chefs, and renowned artists musicians, and entrepreneurs of color for stories related to Art, Tech, Food, Health, and Travel.
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Daughters Of The Dust

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'm Not Crying, You're Crying: 50 Years of Political TV Satire

March 01, 2017 7:30 PM

How do you satirize the fact that our country elected a reality television star to the highest office in the nation? What challenges does the surreality of our modern political dilemma present for comedians, writers, and consumers of media? Does sharing John Oliver clips on your timeline really do anything? (hot take: nope). Is SNL still relevant in the larger cultural conversation? Join us as we watch a screening of some of the best political satire sketches from television from the past 50 years. Afterwards well hear from comedians and TV experts about the role of political satire and where we go from here.
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The Dazzling Light of Sunset

March 02, 2017 7:30 PM - March 04, 2017 4:00 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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