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No False Note
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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No False Note

September 29th AT 7PM

Music and visuals have always been important for each other, and especially so in animation. It's only natural that animation has become a sought-after medium for music videos, and that music often plays a crucial role in independent animated shorts. This program shows off some of the most intriguing and inventive music-based films to come out of the Pacific Northwest.

Two Dots

Britta Johnson
Seattle, WA
2009 - 4 min

Marbles illustrate the subtle math of a relationship in this video made for Lusine's song 'Two Dots.'


Elisa Chee
Vancouver, BC
2008 - 4 min

Seattle Premiere:
An owl rounds up musicians and leads them to daylight in this music video for Stephen Hedley.

Emeralds and Angels

Devin Ensz
Seattle, WA
2014 - 4 min

Devin Ensz manages to strike a nice balance between color and black and white, and elegant and messy in this electrifying video for Real Don Music.

Empress of the North

Drew Christie
Seattle, WA
2010 - 4 min

Animated by local artist Drew Christie, this video for "Empress of the North" for the band Moondoggies, shows us the powerful magnetism of desire as one lonely man tries in vain to rescue a still-beating heart from the ocean floor.

And She Was

Jim Blashfield
Portland, OR
1985 - 3.5 min

Symbolism and a cheeky wit populate this xerographic music video for Talking Heads, and it would lead Jim Blashfield to work with the likes of Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and Michael Jackson.


Michel Gagné
Bellingham, WA
2010 - 6 min

Abstract interpretation of a jazz duet between pianist Paul Plimley and bassist Barry. This film, animated straight ahead without the aid of storyboards, affirms Kandinsky's claim, that every shape and sound have an equal vibration in the soul.

Harsh Tokes and Bong Jokes

Clyde Petersen
Seattle, WA
2013 - 4 min

Hand drawn for his band Your Heart Breaks, Harsh Tokes and Bong Jokes is a drug-fueled teenage ride through the grunge rock streets of Seattle, Washington in the 1990's.  Climb into a car with a bunch of queer teenagers as they take bong hits, rock out to mix tapes and play guitar on the beach.

King Kong Kitchie-Kitchie-Kim-E-O

Britta Johnson
Seattle, WA
2012 - 3 min

The strange courtship of a frog and a mouse - an animated music video made with watercolors for Laura Veirs' song King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki- Me- O, featuring Bela Fleck on the banjo.

The Shrine/An Argument

Sean Pecknold
Portland, OR
2011 - 8 min

Seattle Premiere:
An elk and his rider must part at the beginning of this atmospheric and entrancing video for Fleet Foxes. What follows is a lonely, mystical and turbulent journey that you will not forget.


Ben Luce
Portland, OR
2014 - 3 min

Seattle Premiere:
This 8-bit video for Joe Hawley's project,  (pronounced
Miracle Musical), is paired with a video game that you can download to continue the adventure.

Not Like Any Other Feeling

Clyde Petersen
Seattle, WA
2010 - 4 min

This charmingly lo-fi video for The Thermals re-imagines the first moon landing with the aid of chalk and a giant wall in Seattle's Cal Anderson Park.

Harrowdown Hill

Chel White
Portland, OR
2006 - 5 min

Using a mix of animation, live action video and post-production manipulation Chel White confronts us with some of the biggest challenges facing our society in this video for Thom Yorke.

Choreography for Copy Machine (Photocopy Cha-Cha)

Chel White
Portland, OR
1991 - 4 min

Seattle Premiere:
Humorous and sublime, the ultimate Xerox fetish film. All of the film's images were created solely by using the photographic capabilities of a photocopying machine to generate sequential pictures of hands, faces, and other body parts.


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States




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