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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Roaring Into Our 20s: Northwest Film Forum's 20th Anniversary Gala

May 08, 2015 6:00 PM

Put on the Ritz on May 8: Northwest Film Forum and Honorary Chair Linda Derschang invite you to a joyful celebration of Northwest Film Forum history. Please join us for this momentous occasion, to drop a few clams and support Seattle's most comprehensive film arts center.
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Heaven Adores You

May 15, 2015 8:00 PM - May 26, 2015 8:00 PM

A smart and complex portrait of Elliot Smith and his music, Heaven Adores You is neither fawning nor critical, but simply honest. The film is narrated through the memories of Smith's closest friends and fellow musicians, supplemented with personal interviews conducted over the course of his career. Director and cinematographer Nickolas Rossi tracks the musician through life, tracing the fascinating trajectory of an artist finding his own unique sound. In later stages, the story turns to that of a passionate musician trying to protect himself and his creativity from the glare of fame. Throughout the story, the soundtrack cuts deep into the earliest stages of his career, before turning to rare versions of Smith's most recognized work and a handful of previously unheard recordings.
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Puget Soundtrack: GRID Presents The Strong Man

May 16, 2015 8:00 PM

Frank Capra's feature-length directorial debut is a Prohibition-era romp starring Harry Langdon as Paul Bergot, a Belgian immigrant who falls head over heals for his pen pal, a blind woman named Mary Brown (Priscilla Bonner). Paul travels to the US after fighting in World War One to track down his love, but in a series of comical mishaps, he finds himself up against bootlegger gangsters and at the front of a charge to save Mary's town.
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Dance Film Salon: One Day Pina Asked...

May 18, 2015 7:15 PM

Local choreographer and director Dayna Hanson hosts a new work-in-progress screening opportunity for local dance film work, followed by a screening and discussion of films from the dance canon.
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Slovenian 8mm Experiments: Karpo Godina and Davorin Marc

May 20, 2015 7:30 PM

Karpo Godina launched his career in the mid-sixties with a succession of 8mm experimental shorts, predominantly designed to question everything he was being taught at the state film academy. In retrospect, it seems as if Godina had to go through this romantic, frantic phase in order to arrive at what he became famous for: extracting as much (political) action and dynamics as possible from meticulously framed, perfectly still images. Emerging a decade after Godina, the post-punk Davorin Marc remains a subject for further research. Notoriously reclusive and with over 150 super-8mm and 16mm films under his belt, he modestly describes his work as "small films."
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Workers Film and Photo League Newsreels

May 21, 2015 7:30 PM

MayWorks is a month-long festival (throughout the month of May) that celebrates labor culture and history in Washington State. This archival film program celebrates the history of worker rights by diving into a lost canon of worker-made films from the 1930s.
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The Sacrifice

May 22, 2015 8:00 PM - May 28, 2015 8:00 PM

Andrei Tarkovsky made his final film far from his own home, on the Swedish island where his peer Ingmar Bergman lived. Indeed, Tarkovsky cast his leading man, Erland Josephson, from Bergman's films. Anchored by his signature distance long shots and poignant silences, the film opens on a man's birthday, as he plants a tree with his son. Soon, the peaceful quiet is interrupted by rumblings of war, and Tarkovsky's protagonist must decide how to lead his family through the crisis.
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Croation Avant-Garde Filmmakers of the 1960s

May 24, 2015 7:30 PM

"The filmmakers represented in this program are among the most prominent members of the enormously vibrant Croatian experimental scene of the 1960s. All of them were members of the amateur cine-clubs that formed in all the major cities of Yugoslavia at the time, as well as participants in the Genre Film Festival, a unique festival of experimental film in Zagreb that was the most important gathering point for "film researchers" and other independent filmmakers from Yugoslavia. Their approach to cinematic experiments differed greatly, from a prototype of the so-called anti-film to works that anticipated the structural film movement, to poetic-meditative orientations."
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The Experimental Film Movement in Serbia: Formative Years (1950s-60s)

May 25, 2015 7:30 PM

With the establishment of cine-clubs in Yugoslavia after World War II, the filmmakers at the front ranks of experimental (and, later, professional) cinema in Serbia in the 1950s and the beginning of the 1960sincluding Dušan Makavejev, Živojin Pavlović, Vojislav Kokan Rakonjac, and Želimir Žilnikcreated a number of films that used narrative experimentation to pose questions related to the essence of the socialist social system. Their professional films, made during the 1960s, displayed a deep social and political engagement that strongly shook the existing socialist society, and won the movement the name "Black Wave" (Cinema Noir) in Yugoslavia.
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Debacle Records Presents: A Night of A/V Pairings

May 28, 2015 8:00 PM

The local experimental music festival Debacle takes over our stage for live performance (Marisa Anderson, Garek Druss, Marcus Price) paired with work by local video artists (Jodi Darby, Nick Bartoletti, Coldbrew Collective).
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The Experimental Film Movement in Serbia: Years of Structure (1960s-80s)

May 31, 2015 7:30 PM

Film as a medium of expression and film in which the structure plays the dominant role were the most widespread in the 1960s and 1970s in Belgrade. The films of Zoran Popović, Slobodan Šijan, and Ljubomir Šimunić explored diverse visual structures. Vjekoslav Nakić, Nikola Djurić, and Radoslav Vladić created films with pure structures and atmospheres. Ivan Obrenov and Bojan Jovanović, through the predominant postmodernist style of their works, again began to pose questions related to the topics of unfinished revolutions and neocolonialism. And at the beginning of the 1980s, Miroslav Bata Petrović would deal with the results of the materialist approach to film.
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