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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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Keepers of the Dream: Seattle Women Black Panthers [Online]

April 01, 2020 12:00 AM - April 05, 2020 12:00 AM

This series of 5 short documentaries shares their individual stories in varied Seattle settings significant to the SBPP, featuring an original score by SassyBlack.
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Plant Lab Visual Album [Online]

April 01, 2020 12:00 AM - April 05, 2020 12:00 AM

The Plant Lab Videocassette Visual Album, created in several consecutive PNW basements, living rooms, and recording studios, is a full-body psychedelic experience. Previously available only on VHS, this will be the albums first foray from cathode ray tubes onto the tubes of the internet. Tune in and be transformed! ðð¦ð
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Wa Na Wari Gallery Tour [Online]

April 01, 2020 7:00 PM

Curator Elisheba Johnson walks viewers through Wa Na Wari's current art exhibition while situating the artworks in their historical and political contexts. Featuring work by black artists Lavett Ballard, Lisa Jarrett, Jamaal Hasef Tolbert, and Elise Peterson.
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Virtual Moving History II Gay Camp Classics [Online]

April 05, 2020 4:30 PM

In partnership with Scarecrow Video, MIPoPS presents staff favorites from Gay Camp Classics Volume I, a compilation VHS produced by Seattles Something Weird Video. No other known copies exist. Selections include several delightful black and white, silent movie spoofs created by the geniuses of the Gay Girls Riding Club film collective.
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DSLR Videography [Online]

April 07, 2020 7:00 PM

Explore the fundamentals of DSLR video filmmaking, learn how to create cinematic video, and make connections.
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Festival of (In)Appropriation #11 (2020) [Online]

April 10, 2020 8:00 PM

Curators Jaimie Baron, Greg Cohen, and Lauren Berliner present their latest edition of the Festival of (In)appropriation, with this invigorating selection of cutting-edge, moving-image appropriation art. Sponsored by Los Angeles Filmforum, the thrilling 11th edition of the Festival features all the remarkable variety and complexity viewers have come to expect from this pioneering international showcase of found-footage film and video. From elegant exquisite corpses with dark political undertones, to jocular YouTube mash-ups and music-video supercuts; from avant-documentary inquiries into issues that resonate with our #MeToo moment, to masterly celebrations of the craft of collage and hand-made cinema, this new program has something for every experimental cinema sensibility.
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Virtual Moving History III Activism in the Archives [Online]

April 12, 2020 4:30 PM

This edition of [Virtual] Moving History will explore the endless varieties of activism present in local archives! In our current political climate, providing access to historic records is key to assisting the public in the quest for self-education and unbiased understanding of important events and policies. Protests, public speaking, community centered programs, art and performances, social justice, advocating for public spaces, giving a voice to the stories of marginalized groups, documenting histories of injustice, and promoting more environmentally sustainable and humane futures are just some examples of activism preserved in the audiovisual record. Public archivesare making a strong effort to reach out to groups and collect materials whose provenance reflects the fullest possible range of social interests and actors. At the same time, social activists and public interest groups are recognizing the value of archiving their own materials, voices and stories for the sake of future generations. (https://archivalactivism.wordpress.com)
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POSTPONED: Cadence 2020 Video Poetry Spring Break Youth Camp (ages 12-17) - April 13-17

April 13, 2020 1:00 PM

In this interactive camp, students will be introduced to the genre of video poetry and collaborate in groups to create a video poem of their own.
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Cadence 2020: Sight Lines: Video Poetry Showcase [Online]

April 15, 2020 7:30 PM

Direct and unobstructed, the video poetry in this screening opens lines of sight into narratives, communities, and hidden histories through overlooked voices and untold stories. Video poetry provides a space outside of academia and canon where diverse poetic disciplines engage in unpacking individual histories excluded due to race, ethnicity, or class; explorations of coded language for protection, secrecy, or both; the illumination of invisible or covert systems of labor, exploitation, and capitalist control; and translation through surreal, oblique, or fantastical frameworks. The Henry Art Gallery and Northwest Film Forum co-present the In Plain Sight Film Series on the occasion of the Henry's exhibition, In Plain Sight. This series invites engagement with hidden histories and contexts unearthed with the aid of moving image media. Programs explore the myriad shades of nuance in disciplinary synthesis and delight in the discovery of new relationships between poetry, artifactology, and cinema.
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Cadence 2020: Pivot Turn: Video Poetry Showcase [Online]

April 16, 2020 7:30 PM

Volta, or the turn that shifts a poems emotional tension, manifests physically inside these video poems as actual pirouette. Interspersing movement-based video poetry are works utilizing a more conventional poetic turn; shifting from scientific to familial, from catastrophic to celebratory, inside of animations or submerged in watery memories.
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Cadence 2020: Breaking the Line: Video Poetry Showcase [Online]

April 17, 2020 7:30 PM

Enjambment carries an idea across a line without punctuation, but with a shift in meaning. These video poems deal with themes of breaking from the past personally, politically, poetically, to become something new. Transformation here can mean acceptance and realization or destruction and obliteration. Moving on can be subtle or drasticevolving with introspection and awareness of the world, even when we feel distant from it. These pieces take meaning from the negative space of the line break.
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CANCELED: Indigenous Showcase Vai

April 18, 2020 4:00 PM

Eight connecting moments of seemingly different lives thread together Vais journey of empowerment through culture over her lifetime.
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Cadence 2020: Better Left Unsaid: Video Poetry Showcase [Online]

April 18, 2020 7:30 PM

Not silent, these video poems emphasize language as an auditory experience, a graphic experience, and a cultural experience. A dying language left untranslated, constraints leaving language limited, and limited language leaving emotional threads through found and filmed footagethis screening leaves room for inference and poetic impressions.
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CANCELED: Puget Soundtrack: Indian Agent

April 18, 2020 8:00 PM

Indian Agent is the collaboration between sidereal visual artists and musicians Yéil Ya-Tseen (Nicholas Galanin), OCnotes (Otis Calvin III), and Zak Dylan Wass. Historically, the Indian Agent was a post filled with settlers appointed by the colonial U.S. government to control Indigenous populations. These non-Indigenous Indian Agents managed and enforced oppression of indigenous civilization throughout Turtle Island. The Indian Agent once oversaw the rape, murder and brainwashing, of minds, bodies, souls, land and culture in the name of the United States of America.
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Virtual Moving History IV Breaking News [Online]

April 19, 2020 4:30 PM

For this archival screening night, MIPoPS presents Breaking News! featuring archival news stories and programming from regional archives. Well explore our local news history, starting with On Cue, a program aired on the first anniversary of KIRO-TVs inaugural broadcast on February 12, 1959. This day in the life of local television news is part of the KIRO-TV Special Programs videotape collection held by the UW Libraries, Special Collections. Following that, well share historical broadcast pieces from our participating institutions, including MOHAI, the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Municipal Archives, the Wing Luke Museum and many more.
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Cadence 2020: End Times: Video Poetry Showcase [Online]

April 19, 2020 7:30 PM

The current apocalypse, the post-apocalypse, your personal apocalypsevideo poems in this screening address endings. Through premonitions and memories of the dire past, these works draw our attention to how they end, the end of an era, the end of a species, or the end of the worldall through our own making.
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Cadence: Video Poetry Festival 2020 [Online] - Full Festival Pass

April 19, 2020 7:30 PM

Full Festival Pass to Cadence: Video Poetry Festival 2020 [Online]
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April 24, 2020 7:00 PM - April 29, 2020 7:00 PM

After toiling for years in bit-parts, aspiring actress Nina Wu (Ke-Xi Wu, who also co-wrote the script based on her own personal experiences) finally gets her big break with a leading role in a spy thriller set in the 1960s. The part, which calls for nudity and explicit sex scenes, is made all the more challenging thanks to the directors unending belittlements. While seemingly on the brink of professional triumph, Ninas psychological resolve begins to crack under the pressure. As she rushes to her childhood home following a family emergency, Nina begins suffering paranoid fantasies that a mysterious woman is stalking and attacking her. As Nina clings to memories of happier times, it seems that there is one crucial memory that she is repressing
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Other Music

April 24, 2020 7:30 PM - April 29, 2020 7:30 PM

Other Music was an influential and uncompromising New York City record store that was vital to the citys early 2000s indie music scene. But when the store is forced to close its doors due to rent increases, the homogenization of urban culture, and the shift from CDs to downloadable and streaming music, a cultural landmark is lost. Through vibrant storytelling, the documentary captures the record stores vital role in the musical and cultural life of the city, and highlights the artists whose careers it helped launch including Vampire Weekend, Animal Collective, Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, William Basinski, Neutral Milk Hotel, Sharon Van Etten, Yo La Tengo and TV On The Radio.
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Northwest Film Forum Gala 2020

April 30, 2020 6:00 PM

Celebrate NWFF's 25th Anniversary with us!
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A Story From Ferentari (Soldaii. Poveste din Ferentari)

May 02, 2020 7:30 PM

An unexpected romance blossoms between two men amid a ramshackle Bucharest neighborhood in this tender, offbeat love story. When Adi, an anthropologist researching regional pop music, meets Alberto, a burly Roma ex-con, the two lonely souls enter into a relationship that tests the societal and moral taboos of their community.
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Engauge presents: From Inside of Here

May 08, 2020 7:30 PM

From Inside of Here is an 84-minute experimental film. The filmmaker filmed alone, over the course of 3 years and 8 camping trips to the Gila National Forest of New Mexico. The only people encountered were elk hunters and government agents suspicious of the filmmakers California license plates and reasons for being there.
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Nocturnal Emissions Interview with the Vampire

May 14, 2020 7:30 PM

In late 20th-century San Francisco, a 200-year-old vampire tells his story of desire, love, yearning, grief, terror, ecstasy to a young reporter, weaving the history that has come to be known as Interview with the Vampire.
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Puget Soundtrack: Febrifuge presents Son of the White Mare (Fehérlófia)

May 22, 2020 8:00 PM

One of the great psychedelic masterpieces of world animation, Son of the White Mare is a swirling, color-mad maelstrom of mythic monsters and Scythian heroes, part-Nibelungenlied, part-Yellow Submarine, lit by jagged bolts of lightning and drenched in rivers of blue, red, gold and green. A massive cosmic oak stands at the gates of the Underworld, holding seventy-seven dragons in its roots; to combat these monsters, a dazzling white mare goddess gives birth to three heroes Treeshaker and his brothers who embark on an epic journey to save the universe. Directed by Hungarian animator Marcell Jankovics (famed for his 1974 Oscar-nominated short Sisyphus), Son of the White Mare has been restored in 4K using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements by Arbelos in collaboration with the Hungarian Film Archive.
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Nocturnal Emissions Near Dark

June 11, 2020 7:30 PM

There will never be another movie like this. Watching Near Dark feels like being stranded in limbo with the mutant offspring of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Last Picture Show its white-trash venom with a cathartic core on an E.C. comic book playing field. A family of vampire shitkickers terrorize the desert highway in an RV with blacked-out windows. Victims are attacked! Blood is drained! All is well! But then love gets in the way. And the fallout guarantees that things will never be the same again. In addition to all-time-best performances from Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, and Bill Paxton, Kathryn Bigelows stylized grunge-pop masterpiece features the sexiest vampire feeding scene ever caught on film. Joseph A. Ziemba, Drafthouse
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Pr0n 4 Freakz 2020

June 13, 2020 8:00 PM - October 24, 2020 8:00 PM

ScumTrust Productions is a collective of genderqueer and trans creators building mythologies that celebrate queer desire. We seek to embrace the surreal sensuality in kink and bdsm while building collaborative structure to honor the multiply marginalized artists and workers at the center of this process. ScumTrust celebrates the campy, the ritualistic, the grimey, the indulgent, the gritty parts of sex, life and pleasure.
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Imagination Animation Summer Camp - June 22-26 (ages 8-12)

June 22, 2020 10:00 AM

Learn how to tell stories with expressive characters and exciting action using stop motion animation!
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Indie Filmmaking through a Feminist Lens - Summer Camp - July 6-10 (ages 11-14)

July 06, 2020 10:00 AM

Learn all the steps to making an independent film that champions gender equality, then work with your crew to make an original film!
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Nocturnal Emissions - The Howling

July 09, 2020 7:30 PM

Karen White (Dee Wallace), a LA news anchor with a serial killer for a stalker, leads the man into a trap where the police are able to kill him. In order to recover from the traumatic event, she and her husband are sent to The Colony, a country resort where their marriage is tested by the fact that there are vicious werewolves everywhere.
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Advanced Animation Summer Camp - July 13-17 (ages 12-17)

July 13, 2020 10:00 AM

Whether youre new to animation or have been making it for a while, this camp will help you get to the next level and create more complex animations.
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Making the Impossible: Special Effects & VR Summer Camp - July 27-31 (ages 11-14)

July 27, 2020 10:00 AM

Explore the world of filmmaking, visual effects, and virtual reality by creating special effects and 360 videos!
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The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil (July 2020)

July 31, 2020 8:00 PM

Seattles favorite crackpot leftist political comedy talk show returns to burrow into the psyche of a city under siege! Host Brett Hamil is joined by Politically Uninformed Sidekick Travis Vogt and Adult Nonbinary Intern Galaxy Marshall for an evening of explosive revelations, hilarious political commentary, and riveting conversation.
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Making the Impossible: Special Effects & VR Summer Camp - August 10-14 (ages 8-12)

August 10, 2020 10:00 AM

Explore the world of filmmaking and visual effects by learning how to re-create special effects from classic films!
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Indie Filmmaking through a Feminist Lens - Summer Camp - August 17-21 (ages 11-14)

August 17, 2020 10:00 AM

Learn all the steps to making an independent film that champions gender equality, then work with your crew to make an original film!
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Imagination Animation Summer Camp - August 24-28 (ages 8-12)

August 24, 2020 10:00 AM

Learn how to tell stories with expressive characters and exciting action using stop motion animation!
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23rd Local Sightings Full Festival Pass

September 18, 2020 7:00 PM

Full Festival Pass to our 23rd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival!
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Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum

1515 12th Ave
Seattle 98122




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