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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Eurovision: Iconic Song Performances

June 30, 2016 7:00 PM

Eurovision is the longest-running annual song competition in television history and one of TVs most-watched non-sports programs. The glitzy stage design, pop-anthemic performances, flamboyant costuming and dancing are delightful, breathtakingly saccharine expressions of supranational exuberance.
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And When I Die, I Won't Stay Dead

July 01, 2016 8:00 PM - July 02, 2016 8:00 PM

Born in New Orleans in 1925 to a German Jewish father and a Black Catholic mother, Bob Kaufman was considered the American Rimbaud and contributed a singular voice to the poetic imaginings of world literature. And When I Die, I Wont Stay Dead is an archival journey into Kaufmans life and work amidst the changes and struggles of the United States during his active years among the Beat writers in San Francisco's North Beach, opening a time capsule via collage of black-and-white footage and still photographs, underscored by jazz and city soundscapes.
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July 07, 2016 8:00 PM - July 09, 2016 8:00 PM

Snow, cake, lighthouses, confined spaces, pockets, shadow, hands, pulse. These are the key components of PALMS, a performance that combines dance, music, poetry, and architectural design to portray the story of a wild animal turning into a woman.
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Above and Below

July 13, 2016 8:00 PM

Immersed in the lives of five outsiders living on different fringes of society, Nicolas Steiners cinematic documentary Above and Below tells their human and emotional stories through powerful images. Five individuals inhabit a set of apocalyptic landscapes: a couple and a man living in the flood channels under the Vegas strip, a man living alone in the desert to find respite, and a woman and her team of astronauts that train in the Utah desert to one day go to Mars.
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Messiah of Evil

July 13, 2016 8:00 PM - July 14, 2016 9:00 PM

Lovecraftian in tone, this ultra eerie and obscure film takes an idyllic California beach town as its setting for what may (or may not be) a Cannibal or Vampire film. When Arletty arrives looking for her reclusive artist father, she quickly discovers that the town of Point Dune holds a dark secret. The strange and guarded townsfolk speak of the Blood Moon and the coming of their sea-dwelling Messiah. Through her fathers written accounts and her strange encounters with the locals, Arletty witnesses the horrific effects of a spreading plague that is causing its victims to develop a taste for raw meat. Penned by screenwriters Gloria Katz and William Huyck (American Graffiti and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) the story is ripe with allusions to hippie/religious-cult panic, the Vietnam war and the dystopian politics of the day.
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Right Now, Wrong Then

July 14, 2016 7:30 PM - July 17, 2016 7:30 PM

Winner of the Golden Leopard, the top prize at the 68th Locarno International Film Festival, Hong Sang-soos latest film Right Now, Wrong Then is a study in honesty, sincerity, and awkwardly humorous encounters. Film director Ham Chun-su (Jung Jae-young) has been asked to present a film at a festival in Suwon, but a schedule change has left him with a whole day to kill. Drinking coffee in front of a palace, a woman catches his eye: Yoon Hee-jung (Kim Min-hee), a painter and former model who's never seen one of his films, but is nonetheless drawn to his fame. They end up spending the day together. But then, at the exact midpoint of the film, the narrative resets, replaying the day with subtle and overt differences, suggesting new meaning in the spaces in between.
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July 15, 2016 8:00 PM

Lewis Klahrs 12-part, feature-length anthology draws upon years of short-form experimental animation. His content is sourced from a vast array of Pop-Art ephemera; comic books, newsprint ads, pulp literature, and Hollywood films. Sixty-Six is a gem of distilled narratives and free-association set to classical and popular music cues that ultimately evokes an atmosphere of noirish moonlit nights, swinging mid-60s interiors and desolate city streets.
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July 16, 2016 9:00 PM

Come sit, drink, watch, and listen to our theater/film/comedy/music hybrid, touring the USA this summer! Local band Ichi Bichi will close the show.
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B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin 1979-1989

July 20, 2016 7:30 PM

David Bowie made the city famous after his Berlin trilogy of the mid- to late-1970s and in his wake, young British Bowie disciples descended on the divided city. Mark Reeder, an aspiring artist-musician arrived in 1978 from Manchester at the age of 20. A walled-in city, West Berlin was surrounded by Communist East Germany, and always seemed on the verge of emergency. It was cheap to live, and transient; below the radar, the creative melting pot of West Berlins post-punk underground music scene thrived. Fortunately Reeder actively documented the citys late-night, drug- and booze-infused scene, and the documentary collages together unearthed Super-8 films from dozens of other filmmakers to form the basis of B-Movie. Never-before-seen archival fragments of icons of the time such as Gudrun Gut, Blixa Bargeld, and Malaria! with visitations from Nick Cave, Tilda Swinton, Keith Haring, and New Order. Winner of the Heiner Carow Prize of the DEFA Foundation 2015. Presentation made possible by the cultural assistance of the Goethe Institute of San Francisco, with the cooperation of Klaus Maeck.
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White Star

July 20, 2016 9:15 PM - July 21, 2016 7:30 PM

In the lost years between Out of the Blue and Blue Velvet, an unhinged Dennis Hopper starred in this wildly unknown downfall tale, White Star. Hopper gives a terrifying, coke-infused and heavily improvised performance as seedy concert promoter Ken Barlow, whose claim to fame is being the Rolling Stones tour manager. Barlow aims to get his new synth-punk protege Moody to the top of the charts - by any means necessary. Set in the musical underground of West Berlin, Klicks White Star paints the divided city awash with subcultural dwellers - punks, squatters, musicians and late-night revellers. Presentation made possible by the cultural assistance of the Goethe Institute of San Francisco.
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July 21, 2016 9:15 PM

Culled from the themes and writings of William S. Burroughs, legendary German cult film Decoder explores techno-fear, dystopian power, mass control and resistance. Examining the science of Muzak as a musical tranquilizer used to calm the masses in public spaces, Muschas film follows a young punk FM (played by Einstürzende Neubautens F. M. Einheit) and sound enthusiast as he decodes this music and discovers that it is a brain poison. His sonic experiments lead to the creation of an antidote he uses, along with urban pirates, to create a series of tape-terror disruptions. Powerful corporations enlist a shadowy agent to stop the anti-Muzak movement. The subcultural ideas and aesthetics of the early 1980s in Berlin and beyond explode in Decoder - which had its Seattle premiere in 1986 - and its insight resonates today. Featuring William S. Burroughs, Christiane F., F. M. Einheit and a stellar soundtrack.
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Puget Soundtrack: Lazer Kitty presents Legend

July 23, 2016 8:00 PM

In this classic fable directed by Ridley Scott, the Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry) seeks to master the Power of Light and bend it to his will through the spiritual seduction of a young princess (Mia Sara); a forest-dwelling hunk (Tom Cruise) and a bevy of elves, fairies and dwarves band together in a quest to retrieve her from Darknesss imprisoning temple. Sumptuous photography and compelling physical effects and environments blend into a fantastic, otherworldly atmosphere that distinguishes Legend as a jewel in the crown among childrens films.
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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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