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Moving History Doris Chase: A Bridge to Awareness [In-Person Only]
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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Moving History Doris Chase: A Bridge to Awareness [In-Person Only]
Sun Feb 27: 4.00pm PDT

$13 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

*** Public safety notice ***

NWFF patrons will be required to double-mask while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. To be admitted, patrons ages 5+ will also be required to present EITHER proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered within the last 48 hours by an official testing facility. Boosters are strongly recommended, though not required for entry.

NWFF is adapting to evolving recommendations to protect the public from COVID-19. Read more about their policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations at bit.ly/nwffcovidsafety

About the artist:

Seattle's own Doris Totten Chase (Apr. 29, 1923 - Dec. 13, 2008) was a pioneer in many artistic mediums, with an openness to exploration and collaboration that grew over the course of a long and inspiring career. Some of her most notable work has been in sculpture (see: Changing Form, in Seattle's Kerry Park, and Moon Gates at Seattle Center) and interdisciplinary video art. The latter makes up the majority of this showcase of 13 films.

The beginning of her path in the arts was significantly delayed by a series of unfortunate circumstances: as a young wife, her husband was suddenly paralyzed by polio, and she found herself responsible for both his care and that of their two young sons. This trying period greatly shaped her perspective on the tangled relationships and imbalances between work, family, art, and feminism.

As she became increasingly dedicated and adventurous, Chase's work began to clearly express both her values and aesthetic affinities. From subtle and elementally meditative paintings, to quietly harmonious and totemic sculptures which grew in scale over her career, to unexpected interplays of poetry, free jazz, electronic music, and dance with early video art, the nuance of her work deepened continuously as she involved more collaborators. To realize her ideas, she enlisted the help of woodworkers, steel, bronze, and plexiglass fabricators, computer programmers, musicians, video engineers, poets, actors, dancers, and writers. The mutual influence of this growing community of fellow artists, thinkers, and craftspeople created strong, complex artwork.

Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound (MIPoPS) has been working with UW Libraries, Special Collections to digitize and preserve Doris's oeuvre, and it has been a joy that we can't wait to share at this screening!

VISIT bit.ly/dorischaseatnwff FOR FULL PROGRAM DETAILS. All of these films are viewable on Internet Archive, but we strongly encourage you to make the journey to see them in person.


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




Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum's ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject! If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Executive Director Vivian Hua at vivian@nwfilmforum.org

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