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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Crossing Forms

September 28, 2016 7:15 PM

Two bold visions inhabit these hybrid experimental/narrative shorts.
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Mount Despair

September 28, 2016 9:00 PM

Cascadian chills and thrills at their finest --- this is the peak of horror.
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Raise Me Up

September 29, 2016 7:15 PM

Stories of quiet courage and conviction in the face of incredible obstacles.
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Worst Laid Plans

September 30, 2016 7:00 PM

In this dark comedy, the four dimwitted owners of a struggling tattoo parlor devise a harebrained scheme to keep their business from going under. However, when things dont turn out they way theyd hoped the four friends find themselves in a pickle with seemingly no way out.
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River of Grass

September 30, 2016 7:15 PM

Kelly Reichardts darkly funny debut feature, brought the writer/director back to the setting of her adolescence, the suburban landscape of southern Florida, where she grew up with her detective father and narcotics agent mother. Shot on 16mm, the story follows the misadventures of disaffected house-wife "Cozy", played by Lisa Bowman, and the aimless layabout "Lee", played by up and comer Larry Fessenden, who also acted as a producer and the film's editor. Described by Reichardt as "a road movie without the road, a love story without the love, and a crime story without the crime," RIVER OF GRASS introduces viewers to a director already in command of her craft and defining her signature style. This restoration was made possible by Oscilloscope Laboratories, Sundance Institute, UCLA Film and Television Archive, TIFF, and hundreds of Kickstarter backers.
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3 Days

September 30, 2016 9:00 PM

Jeff has passed on to the afterlife, but with no recollection of how he died or any memories of his prior life. Due to a divine clerical error, he must relive the last three days of his life to determine whether he will go to heaven or hell. Will Jeff find redemption? A tense crime thriller with an undercurrent of black comedy.
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New Discoveries

September 30, 2016 9:15 PM

Three stories exploring the intersection of attempting to move forward and the memory of place.
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Sundance Artist Services Workshop

October 01, 2016 10:00 AM

On the closing day of the Festival (October 1), Northwest Film Forum will host the first-ever Sundance Institute Artist Services workshop in Seattle. The Artist Services program empowers filmmakers navigating the changing business of independent film. Through online resources, live workshops, and a network of allied organizations, the program provides support and insights on creative funding, marketing, and distribution. The Artist Services workshop is a day-long event for filmmakers focusing on the most important topics in creative distribution and funding and will take place at the Forum from 10 am - 4:30 pm on October 1st, followed by a reception.
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Local Sightings Closing Night Festivities

October 01, 2016 8:00 PM

Join us for the Closing Night Festivities of Local Sightings Film Festival 2016!
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Moving History: An Archival Screening Night

October 05, 2016 7:30 PM

October is American Archives Month! To celebrate, archives from the Seattle area are coming together to share rarely seen gems from their moving image collections. Selections from the Seattle Mime Theatre, Wing Luke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle Municipal Archives, King County Archives, and the Archives of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle will feature early parks and recreation footage, short stories in mime, bishops taking a stand on environmental issues relating to the Columbia River and many other items from the visual history of the Pacific Northwest (emceed by Spencer Sundell).
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Desert Cathedral

October 06, 2016 9:00 PM

Utilizing actual found footage, Desert Cathedral tells the story of a broken real estate developer, Peter Collins, played by Lee Tergesen (Oz, Generation Kill, Monster), who mysteriously disappears into the Southwest in 1992 and leaves behind a series of VHS tapes to his employer and family. Without the aid of the police, his desperate wife (Petra Wright) hires private investigator Duran Palouse (Chaske Spencer) to locate his whereabouts and bring him home. After the two befriend each other, Peter discovers Duran's ulterior motive and flees deeper into the depths of the desert where, in a cat-and-mouse chase climax, tragedy strikes.
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The Misplaced World (Die Abhandene Welt)

October 07, 2016 7:30 PM

Germany 2015 DIRECTOR: Margarethe von Trotta Dark family secrets, emotional family re-unions and cautious self-discovery - such fun to watch instead of living it! Preceded by the short film ELLA, directed by Paula Romy Riemann The opening night party will follow the screening. Location TBD.
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Windstorm (Ostwind 2)

October 08, 2016 3:00 PM

Germany 2015 DIRECTOR: Katja von Garnier Summer vacation. Mika is overjoyed to see Ostwind again. But then she discovers strange wounds on the belly of Ostwind, for which no one has an explanation.
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Then Is It The End? The Film Critic Michael Althen (Was Heisst Hier Ende? Der Filmkritiker Michael Althen)

October 08, 2016 5:00 PM

Germany 2015 DIRECTOR: Dominik Graf Biographical documentary about the recently deceased film critic Michael Althen, digging deep into the issues of film history.
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Exit Oerlikon (Usfahrt Oerlike)

October 08, 2016 7:00 PM

US PREMIERE - Switzerland 2015 DIRECTOR: Paul Riniker When Hans looks back, he must say: That was a good life! He saw the world, loved his wife Martha and yes, two, or three, things went wrong.
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Streif: One Hell of a Ride

October 08, 2016 9:30 PM

Austria 2014 DIRECTOR: Norbert Heitker Now celebrating its 75th anniversary, the annual Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel, Austria, has produced unforgettable triumphs and heartrending tragedies, a heritage that is full of myths and legends.
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Chatty Catties

October 08, 2016 10:00 PM

Pablo Valencias debut feature film, Chatty Catties, is a laugh-out-loud comedy set in an alternate world in which cats are able to communicate with humans. Sassy tabby Leonard (voiced by John Autry) is at odds with his human roommate, Shelby (Megan Hensley), whose own emotional problems limit her abilities to provide for the most basic of Leonards needs. But, when Shelby begins a relationship with kind-hearted musician Nate (Matthew Grathwol), Leonard sees a brighter future for both him and his owner; but it wont come without a few emotional fireworks along the way.
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My Friend Raffi

October 09, 2016 3:00 PM

MY FRIEND RAFFI (Rettet Raffi!)) Germany 2015 DIRECTOR: Arend Agthe Samuel can't believe it - his hamster Raffi has been kidnapped! On his own account, the eight-year-old boy starts a search operation for his beloved pet throughout the German town of Hamburg.
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Next Generation Short 2015

October 09, 2016 5:00 PM

NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2015 Germany 2015 German Films and the German Federal Film Board (FFA) present twelve shorts from promising up-and-coming filmmakers from German film schools.
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The Culpable (Verfehlung)

October 09, 2016 7:00 PM

Germany 2015 DIRECTOR: Gerd Schneider The life and faith of a Catholic prison minister is shaken when his friend and colleague is taken into custody under suspicion.
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Puget Soundtrack: Chris Cheveyo and Garrett Moore Present Mr. Blot's Academy

October 12, 2016 8:00 PM

By the power of magic, Ada Niezgódka is transported to the fairytale land of Mr. Blot, the protagonist of Jan Brzechwas classic 1946 childrens book. Mr. Blot is like a communist Willy Wonka - a benevolent, mischievous teacher and magician rolled into one. His lessons can never be boring and are generally taught with the aid of buoyant song and dance. Ink sloshed against the walls in biology class morphs into animated foxes and boars, and the food served at the academy is colorfully painted à la the banquet scene in Hook.
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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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Do Not Resist

October 21, 2016 8:15 PM - October 27, 2016 7:30 PM

Shot over two years and in 11 states, starting on the streets of Ferguson as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, Do Not Resist shows how local police forces have evolved into paramilitary organizations with an extreme amount of resources. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers at ground level from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team, inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of "righteous violence,"and to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments before exploring where technology could lead the field next.
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Roger Corman Double Feature: Ski Troop Attack and Monster From the Ocean Floor

October 22, 2016 8:00 PM

Having produced or directed over 400 films in a 60 year Hollywood film career, Roger Corman turned 90 earlier this year. Join us for a 16mm double-feature screening of two of his classic, low-budget, drive-in features: Monster from the Ocean Floor and Ski Troop Attack.
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The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith

October 26, 2016 7:00 PM

Between 1957 and 1965 in New York, dozens of jazz musicians jam night after night in a dilapidated Sixth Avenue loft, not realizing that much of what they play and say to each other is being captured on audio tape and in still pictures by the gentle and unstable genius, former LIFE Magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith, who lives in the loft space next door.
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Election Cavalcade: Democracy on 16mm, 1932-1977

October 27, 2016 8:00 PM

As one of the strangest and most disturbing presidential elections slouches towards voting day, revisit the contests and politics of yesteryear.
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Cool Cats

November 04, 2016 7:30 PM

In the mid-1960s, tenor saxophone stars Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon leave behind America and its fierce political climate as well as a long trail of heavy alcohol and heroin abuse.
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Saturday Morning Cartoons With Brian Edwards

November 05, 2016 11:00 AM

Bring back the thrill of those long-gone Saturday morning cartoon shows of your childhood with this fun-filled, retro cartoon program! Voyage to the depths of the steamy Amazon jungle with Hanna & Barberas Johnny Quest, then take a journey to the dark, icy voids of outer space with the crew of Leiji Mastumotos Space Cruiser Yamato; join Max & Dave Fleischers Popeye for an adventure on Sinbads mysterious island and pay a visit to good old Smallville, USA with Superboy and his Superdog Krypto!
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