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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The 78 Project Movie

September 14, 2014 7:00 PM

Called "an exercise in musical archaeology" by SXSW film head Janet Pierson, The 78 Project Movie is a documentary journey across America to make one-of-a-kind 78rpm records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. With one microphone. And one blank disc. In one 3-minute take--how America's authentic musical forms were originally captured.
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Annual Members Meeting

September 22, 2014 6:00 PM

Members, join us as we vote on our board of directors, discuss the state of the organization and local filmmaking, network with other filmmakers and film lovers, and enjoy a drink. This is your chance to guide the direction of Northwest Film Forum, meet the board and staff, and hear about the year past and the year ahead. All current members are welcome to attend.
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Local Sightings VIP Pass

September 25, 2014 7:00 PM

Northwest Film Forum's celebration of the best and brightest regional filmmaking returns! Every fall we put homegrown talent in front of Seattle audiences and connect film artists from Alaska to Oregon in a celebration of cinema from the region.
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Low Down, Get Down

September 25, 2014 7:00 PM

This year the opening night of Local Sightings features a jam-packed preview of what's to come in the ten day festival, presented by the filmmakers, speakers, and teachers who make the movie magic happen! Expect a few surprises and a lot of dancing. Your ticket includes entry to the opening night party, sponsored by Outer Planet Brewing!
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Bella Vista

September 26, 2014 8:00 PM

A meditation on displacement and adaptation in the contemporary American West, Bella Vista follows the lives of outsiders in Missoula, Montana. Teaching English to a group of international students, thirty-something Doris finds herself increasingly alone. While she grasps for the connection that might save her, it's her students who understand what it takes to belong.
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Seattle Film Summit - Full Access Pass

September 27, 2014 11:00 AM

Full Access Pass for Seattle Film Summit 2014
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Seattle Film Summit - Saturday 9/27 Only

September 27, 2014 11:00 AM

Pass for Seattle Film Summit 2014 - Saturday 9/27 ONLY
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Down River

September 27, 2014 7:00 PM

A hugely popular success at film festivals across Canada, the star-studded Vancouver drama Down River charts the circle of friendship of four women who live in the same building: an actress struggling to reconcile her religious beliefs with her professional ambitions, an artist living under her father's stern gaze, a hard-partying rock singer, and at their center, Pearl, a caring older woman who acts as a mentor and mother for them all. When Pearl abruptly departs from their lives, the younger women must find strength within themselves to face their personal and professional challenges.
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The Device

September 27, 2014 7:00 PM

The most effective thrillers are never solely about the monster, the psycho or the bugged-eye alien. Jeremy Berg's debut feature meditates on family, marriage, technology, memory and trust while serving up healthy doses of the creeps.
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September 27, 2014 9:00 PM

One webcam, one woman, one take: Chat turns the male gaze on its head (and knees it in the balls for good measure) in this dark comedy shot in a day.
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Love & Loss

September 27, 2014 9:00 PM

Love & Loss Shorts Program
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SFS - Indie Contracts Made Simple

September 28, 2014 11:00 AM

Confused about SAG-AFTRA rules and contracts? This workshop is designed for actors AND producers who want to understand the signatory process. Low budget union contracts may not be as difficult as you think.
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SFS - Seattle Composers Alliance

September 28, 2014 12:30 PM

The non-profit professional organization made up of working composers, students, and others interested in professional music composition returns for another rousing panel discussion about making movies and music together.
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SFS - Building User Bases

September 28, 2014 2:00 PM

Publicity Strategies in the Startup Era: who is your audience and how will you reach them? Experts discuss new and evolving social media and publicity strategies for effective audience engagement and film promotion.
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Student Showcase and Education Open House

September 28, 2014 3:00 PM

Join us to view some recent film work and final projects made by Northwest Film Forum students. We'll also have an opportunity for you to meet with esteemed instructors and network with returning studentslearn more about new and upcoming classes happening at the Film Forum this fall.
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Local Faces, Local Spaces

September 28, 2014 3:30 PM

Short documentaries about people and places across Washington state.
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Deal With It Sister

September 28, 2014 5:00 PM

Time to watch, listen, and raise awareness about important issues with these short documentaries.
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Nothing Against Life

September 28, 2014 5:00 PM

A fearless, moving drama that addresses the social implications of living with depression, and stigmas surrounding suicide and mental health, Nothing Against Life peers into the lives of four disparate characters whose paths intertwine, as they navigate the razor's edge of life. Supported by Northwest Film Forum's fiscal sponsorship program, Nothing Against Life had its world premiere at the San Marino Film Festival in Italy, where it won a special jury prize.
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Mind Zone: Therapists Behind the Front Line

September 28, 2014 7:00 PM

A documentary about therapists working in the 113th Army Combat Stress Control detachment. Their mission is two-fold (and contradictory): protecting soldiers from battle fatigue and keeping these same soldiers in the fight.
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Return of the River

September 28, 2014 7:00 PM

The history and the story of the building of the Elwah Dam are chronicled in this Pacific Northwest epic. There are "villains," who are actually just ambitious people who want reasonable things (hydro-electric power and jobs for the people of Port Angeles), and "heroes," who want equally reasonable things (to set the Elwah River free, to allow the salmon, so critical to the health and well-being of the region, to spawn naturally, to return dignity to the indigenous people of the area).
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September 28, 2014 9:00 PM

Casting the Pacific Northwest as an expansive, open air nightmare, Koinonia meditates on the horror of looking at yourself in the mirror, if you are the last human alive.
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SFS - Multi-Platform Storytelling

September 29, 2014 6:30 PM

Filmmakers are now telling stories using multiple forms of mediasometimes simultaneously. Find out more about the interactive projects local artists are working on; in film, journalism, and more.
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Speed of Sound

September 29, 2014 7:00 PM

Dave (Zach Weintraub) awakes one day to a mysterious text message from a friend who passed away a year ago. Dave tries to go about his day as usual by meeting up with a friend for a game of tennis, and makes camping plans with his girlfriend. But uncanny connections to the past begin to emerge. Friends and stories that are connected to the ghost force Dave to confront his relationships, and what happened to his friend.
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SFS - Get in the Game

September 29, 2014 8:00 PM

From actors to screenwriters to makeup artists to composers, film professionals are finding work in Seattle's ever-expanding gaming industry. As games become more cinematic and media-making becomes more interactive, hybrid projects are emerging.
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Plain Devil

September 29, 2014 9:00 PM

On the tough streets of Seattle, a girl gang of she-devils takes on an Eastern European immigrant, in the style of John Waters-meets-Perfect Strangers.
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SFS - DIY Distribution

September 30, 2014 6:30 PM

More than ever, filmmakers are taking distribution into their own hands, and the diversity of tools reflect the diversity of their films and audiences. From crowdsourcing platforms like Tugg and Gathr to direct methods like VHX and Distrify, which makes most sense for your movie?
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Bubble Bubble Meows and the Meteor Stomachache

September 30, 2014 7:00 PM

What do chicken beak butter, kitten eyelashes, and watermelon spray all have in common? They are the key ingredients in a casserole cure for stomachaches caused by meteor consumption. It's up to the painstakingly animated cat Bubble Bubble Meows to find these medicinal elements and save his friend, a stringbean with interstellar pica and a lisp.
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The Exhibition

September 30, 2014 8:00 PM

Mid-'90s, Vancouver, B.C.: a series of young, marginalized women (mostly drug-addicted sex workers) and many Aboriginal go missing. Despite inescapable evidence this is the work of a serial killer, and despite the emergence of an extremely likely suspect (pig farmer Robert Pickton), the indifferent Vancouver police delay and largely ignore the case, ultimately costing multiple more women their lives. What is eventually discovered is the largest serial killer case in Canadian history.
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Push & Pull

September 30, 2014 9:00 PM

Shorts that experiment with the borders of human experience and boundaries of form.
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Night of the Northwest Road-Rash: Archival Seattle Skate Videos

October 01, 2014 6:30 PM

Seattle skater establishment Marshall Reid dove deep into ancient annals of Seattle skateboard lore and dug up some true buried treasures. We've dusted off the VCR to behold the yesteryear glory of Seattle's finest skate punks and "Ave" rats!
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SFS - Town Hall Caucus

October 02, 2014 6:00 PM

After a dozen discussions, convene one final time during Local Sightings with fellow filmmakers and industry leaders for a culminating talk and chance to weigh in on important next steps for the local film community. Then stick around for the closing film and party at Vermillion!
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In Country

October 02, 2014 8:00 PM

Deep in the Oregon woods, the heat of a reenacted Vietnam battle sheds light on America's complicated relationship with war and its veterans.
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Seattle 48 Hour Film Project: 10th Anniversary

October 03, 2014 7:00 PM

Watch a "best of" screening program from a decade of Seattle's 48 Hour Film Project, a yearly competition that asks local filmmakers to conceptualize, create and finish a short film in just two days.
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La Voz de los Silenciados

October 03, 2014 8:00 PM

Described as "Chaplin meets Eraserhead," La Voz de los Silenciados is truly modern silent film. Olga, a deaf teenager, is coaxed from her home in Guatemala to travel to New York City, ostensibly to attend a Christian school for the deaf. Rather than being greeted by a charitable school, however, she's enslaved in an international criminal scheme and forced to beg on the subway. Olga uses courage, cunning, and even humor to face an unimaginable nightmare-on-loop that ravages the audience.
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Shibumi/Aono Jikken Fundraiser

October 04, 2014 6:00 PM

As an invaluable supporter of Northwest Film Forum, we are pleased to invite you to an exclusive fundraising event, in collaboration with our new neighbors Shibumi Izakaya.
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Aono Jikken Ensemble: Japanese Girls at the Harbor

October 04, 2014 8:00 PM

After spending the last few years touring internationally with Guy Maddin and his films, experimental music and performance ensemble Aono Jikken Ensemble returns home to Seattle and to Northwest Film Forum (nearly 10 years have passed since their first performance at the Film Forum during the 2005 Ozu festival).
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Masterpieces of Polish Cinema Series Pass

October 05, 2014 7:00 PM

When Martin Scorsese traveled to Poland to accept an honorary degree from The Polish National Film, Television, and Theatre School in Łódź -- the institution that birthed the famed "Polish Film School" of the 1950's and 60's, which put Polish cinema on the map, he knew he needed to bring the great masterpieces of Polish cinema back with him.
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The Case of the Three-Sided Dream

October 19, 2014 7:00 PM

Blinded at birth, multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk was destined to open the eyes and ears of many with his breathtaking talent, fearless activism and inspiring spirit of determination. Rahsaan Roland Kirk wore as many hats as he played instruments (frequently all at once). He overcame obstacles as formidable and diverse as paralysis and racial prejudice to live out the vivid dreams that shaped his identity. From tenor sax to flute, he was an unstoppable showman who continued to play music and tour even after a stroke left him effectively one-handed. Part of our series Earshot Jazz Films.
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Stations of the Elevated

October 21, 2014 7:00 PM

Among the first-ever documentations of graffiti on film, Stations of the Elevated weaves together vivid images of elevated subway trains crisscrossing New York City's gritty urban landscape. With a complex soundtrack that combines the ambient sounds of the city with the music of Charles Mingus and Aretha Franklin, Stations of the Elevated captures the height of the 1970s graffiti movement in New York, featuring the work of early legends including Lee, Fab 5 Freddy, Shadow, Daze, Kase, Butch, Blade, Slave, 12 T2B, Ree, and Pusher.
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Swim Little Fish Swim

October 24, 2014 8:00 PM - October 30, 2014 8:00 PM

Inspired by New York filmmakers Jim Jarmusch, John Cassavetes and Spike Lee, and by their own experiences of the city, French filmmakers Ruben Amar and Lola Bessis have crafted a delightfully engrossing domestic drama for their feature debut.
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The Crow + Supertrash

October 29, 2014 8:00 PM - October 31, 2014 8:00 PM

Celebrating the release of the new Fantagraphics book by Jacques Boyreau, SuperTrash: Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish, 21st Century Anxiety, we present a twentieth anniversary of beloved cult classic The Crow, based on James O'Barr's comic book and starring Brandon Lee.
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Norte, The End of History

November 14, 2014 7:00 PM - November 20, 2014 7:00 PM

Acclaimed Filipino auteur Lav Diaz, who won best film for his latest at the 2014 Locarno Film Festival, has created a masterful rumination on the traumatic and transformative effects of global capitalism in his homeland.
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Puget Soundtrack: Cabana Presents Microcosmos

November 20, 2014 8:00 PM

Cabana welcomes you to the microcosmos. Behold the exhilarating, alien world of insect life in a French meadow, teeming with activity. Bees collect nectar, ladybugs devour mites, snails copulate, spiders ensnare prey, a scarab beetle battles up a hill, endless lines of caterpillars march on and an underwater spider builds a home out of an air bubble. Stunning close ups are captured using macroscopic, slow motion and time-lapse photography. Impish humor, riveting drama and carnal violence abound.
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Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

November 21, 2014 8:00 PM - November 26, 2014 8:00 PM

Part of a multimedia project that traces the history of African-American photography, Thomas Allen Harris's Through a Lens Darkly explores how African American communities have used the medium of photography to construct political, aesthetic, and cultural representations of themselves and their world.
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