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Guy Maddin's Seances
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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Guy Maddin's Seances
Fri Oct 25  Sun Nov 3
30-minute gallery hour sessions vary per day. Please select by individual screening blocks upon checkout.
Single Seances: $5 NWFF Member / $7 General Admission
Triple Seances: $10 NWFF Member / $15 General Admission
Unlimited Seances: Join or renew your membership during October to receive unlimited viewings!

Purchasers of Triple Seances and Unlimited Seances pick up a punchcard at the box office at their first Seance!

(Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson & the National Film Board of Canada, Canada, 2016)

Visiting Artist
** Watch out for the Guy Maddin Mini-Retrospective Oct. 26 & 27, where Maddin will be in attendance! Tickets on sale soon **

Never before seen films, never to be seen again.

Seances presents a new way of experiencing film narrative, framed through the lens of loss. In a technical feat of data-driven cinematic storytelling, films are dynamically assembled in never-to-be-repeated configurations. Each exists only in the moment, with no pausing, scrubbing or sharing permitted, offering the audience just one chance to see this film before it disappears.

The project was born from the mind of one of the worlds foremost outré directors, Guy Maddin, who has long been haunted by the idea that 80% of films from the silent era have been lost. Driven by the desire to reincarnate this vanished history, an abundance of these films have been reimagined by Maddin and brothers Evan and Galen Johnson, with the express goal of combining and recombining them to create infinite narrative permutations.

In this trios inimitable ethos and aesthetic  which takes the language and spirit of early sound cinema and runs it through a filter of their invention, bound up in history, melodrama and bromance-infused neuroses  Seances has been co-created by the NFB as an installation- and web-based film experience. In both iterations, the audience has an opportunity to influence the film they are about to see, but it will be the only instance of that particular film that will ever exist. There is only that moment to watch.


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




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