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Cadence 2022 - When I'm not asking for permission
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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Cadence 2022 - When I'm not asking for permission
Watch online: Apr. 21 - May 1, 2022

Watch in person: Apr. 21 at 7pm

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

*** Public safety notice ***
Proof of vaccination and masks are required for NWFF patrons!
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

Festival - Cadence Video Poetry Festival 2022 [Hybrid]

Stepping up to the audiovisual megaphone, these artists deliver interpersonal and socio-political truths on their own terms. They dare to dream liberated futures into existence by reclaiming pasts that no longer serve, thus demonstrating what more is possible. Through repetition and juxtaposition, tonality and silence, each is an act of resistancea declaration of self-determination by any poetic means necessary.

Films in this program:
It's Midnight Already
Tongo walks and talks. Northwest premiere

(Director: Starr Sutherland, Poet: Tongo Eisen-Martin, US, 2021, 4 min, in English, with no subtitles or captions)

our glorious bodies
Enter into a liberating and intimate space that reclaims the poet & filmmakers body from the shame placed on it by ableist expectations and celebrates disabled community, joining one disabled voice with community-sourced images of and by disabled artists. World premiere

(Director/Poet: Frankie McGee, Canada, 2021, 8 min, in English, with English closed captions)

Life as seen through the eyes of a bell buoy, tethered to the ocean floor and held in place year after year as the seasons come and go.

(Director: Gaia Alari, Poet: James Morehead, US, 2021, 2 min, in English, with English subtitles)

Stabat Mater
In an exercise in structured formal repetition, a portrait, a recorded dialogue, and the first movement of Giovanni Pergolesis Stabat Mater become a meditation on maternity and divorce. World premiere

(Director/Poet: Marina Sagona, US, 2021, 5 min, in Italian, with hardcoded English text)

Barbed Song (Canción de púas)
There is a world of sounds and another of silence. Without headphones, silence wraps me in a blanket of spikes, and with headphones the noise haunts me. Where do I belong if I can partially hear?

(Director/Poet: Abril Iberico, Peru, 2021, 5 min, in English & Spanish, with English subtitles)

Asking for permission (Pyydän lupaa)
Permission can both substitute for and reaffirm our own agency. This poem depicts that for which we ask permission, from whom, and why, creating an expansive interpretation through a cast of five performers who each improvise their own responses to the text.

(Kirsi-Marja Moberg, Finland, 2021, 2 min, in Finnish, with English subtitles)

The Kettle (La bouilloire)
In a letter to her aggressor, a young woman describes all the abuses she would, in turn, inflict on him. Authenticity and violence reverse the victim-culprit relationship in this autobiographical work. US premiere

(Director/Poet: Héloïse Bargain, Canada, 2021, 4 min, in French, with English subtitles)

america (i wanted to...)
Allen Ginsbergs poem America re-imagined in the 21st Century. World premiere

(Director/Poet: Matt Mullins, US, 2022, 6 min, in English, with no subtitles or captions)

Letters to Lost Loved Ones
Animations and archival footage transform the letters, journal entries, poems, and reflections of nine incarcerated people during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic into a somber reprieve on injustice, mourning, loss, and healing. Produced in partnership with the Illinois Death in Custody Project team. World premiere

(Director: Jose Luis Benavides, US, 2022, 18 min, in English, with English closed captions)

life is a gift
what does it mean to be liberated? to be free? for yourself and those you love? in life is a gift, mu knowles (born & raised on the hilltop in tacoma, wa) takes us on a journey through these questions.

(Directors: gloria joy kazuko muhammad & mu knowles, US, 3 min, in English, with English subtitles)

Stepping Stones
An introspective reflection on personal lessons learned over time, exploring the messiness of growth. US premiere

(Director/Poet: Funke Alafiatayo, United Kingdom, 2021, 1 min, in English, with English subtitles)

Three Part Meditation
Inspired by the Northwest rain and wind, captured on days that were reportedly the most something in local Seattle weather, this video poem aims to ease the viewer into a calmer mood by the end. World premiere

(Director/Poet: Jocelyn R.C., US, 2022, 3 min, in English, with English subtitles)


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





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