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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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Personhood [In-Person Only]

October 16, 2021 4:00 PM - October 16, 2021 7:00 PM

With the rise of the fetal personhood movement, comes dangerous new laws that treat pregnant women as second-class citizens. This widening web of laws encourages the surveillance, policing and criminalization of women during pregnancy. As a result, prosecutions for miscarriages, stillbirths, and using drugs while pregnant are becoming widespread.
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Ailey [In-Person Only]

October 16, 2021 4:30 PM - October 16, 2021 7:30 PM

Alvin Ailey was a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance. Ailey traces the full contours of this brilliant and enigmatic man whose search for the truth in movement resulted in enduring choreography that centers on the Black American experience with grace, strength, and unparalleled beauty. Told through Aileys own words and featuring evocative archival footage and interviews with those who intimately knew him, director Jamila Wignot weaves together a resonant biography of an elusive visionary.
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Open Script Read [Online & In-Person]

October 19, 2021 6:30 PM - November 16, 2021 6:30 PM

Live table read for new work from local writers, followed by project feedback, advice, and collaboration.
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Earshot Jazz Ornette: Made in America [Virtual & ONE-DAY In-Person]

October 23, 2021 4:00 PM - October 23, 2021 7:00 PM

Ornette: Made in America captures Ornette Colemans evolution over three decades. Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes, and some of the first music video-style segments ever made, chronicle his boyhood in segregated Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon. Among those who contribute to the film: William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, Charlie Haden, Robert Palmer, Jayne Cortez and John Rockwell.
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PR0N 4 Freakz: October 2021

October 23, 2021 6:30 PM

ScumTrust is in our fourth year of hosting and curating PR0N 4 Freakz. This event series is all about highlighting the global wave of creatives making investigative, queer, narrative, funny and inspiring erotic film. With three events per year, every PR0N 4 Freakz screening includes introductions to new erotic creators alongside ScumTrust premieres. At the end of every screening, Saira and Alistair have a discussion session with the audience and sometimes guests. Previous guests have included Carnegie Velvet, Lucky Ovoca, Jiz Lee and Shine Louise Houston.
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GERMAN CINEMA NOW! Braunschweiger Schule: Experimental Films from Germany

October 27, 2021 7:00 PM

The monthly film series GERMAN CINEMA NOW! is curated by Goethe Pop Up Seattle. This year, the series explores themes of disruption and continuity to inspire public dialogue about the ways in which the past shapes our moment and can inform a radically different future.
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Cure () [In-Person Only]

October 27, 2021 7:30 PM - October 29, 2021 7:30 PM

Kiyoshi Kurosawas spellbinding international breakthrough established him as one of the leaders of the emerging new wave of Japanese horror while pushing the genre into uncharted realms of philosophical and existential exploration. A string of shocking, seemingly unmotivated murderseach committed by a different person yet bearing the same grisly hallmarksleads Detective Kenichi Takabe (Koji Yakusho) into a labyrinthine investigation to discover what connects them, and into a disturbing game of cat and mouse with an enigmatic amnesiac (Masato Hagiwara) who may be evil incarnate. Awash in a mood of hushed, hypnotic dread, Cure is a tour de force of psychological tension and a hallucinatory journey into the darkest recesses of the human mind.
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Ascension [In-Person Only]

October 28, 2021 7:00 PM - November 07, 2021 7:00 PM

Ascension is an impressionistic portrait of Chinas industrial supply chain that reveals the countrys growing class divide through staggering observations of labor, consumerism and wealth. The documentary portrays capitalism in China across the levels of its operation, from the crudest mine to the most rarefied forms of leisure. Accordingly, the film is structured in three parts, ascending through the levels of the capitalist structure: workers running factory production, the middle class training for and selling to aspirational consumers, and the elites reveling in a new level of hedonistic enjoyment. Traveling up the rungs of Chinas social ladder, we see how each level supports and makes possible the next while recognizing that the contemporary Chinese Dream remains an elusive fantasy for most.
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Engauge 2021 The Republics (Feature Film)

October 28, 2021 7:00 PM

An experimental feature. A lyrical portrait of the UK-based poet, translator and activist Stephen Watts, shot on 16mm film and hand-processed.
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Engauge - HYBRID Pass

October 28, 2021 7:00 PM

Enjoy the festival online or in person! Hybrid passes are on sale now for Engauge Experimental Film Festival.
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Engauge - IN-PERSON ONLY Pass

October 28, 2021 7:00 PM

Enjoy the festival in person! In-person passes are on sale now for Engauge Experimental Film Festival.
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Engauge 2021 Traces (Shorts Program)

October 28, 2021 9:00 PM

A sidelong glance, a repeated image, a brief fragment, an obscure reference, a finger in the frame. Filmmakers use these and other gestural strategies in their haunting films.
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Engauge 2021 Slow Volumes (Shorts Program)

October 29, 2021 7:00 PM

These films build on an early image or idea, often conjuring a meditative state.
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Engauge 2021 Bearers of Memories (Shorts Program)

October 29, 2021 9:00 PM

In this international collection, filmmakers navigate the mysteries of family life, health and history.
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Georgetown Haunted History Tour 2021 [Online]

October 30, 2021 12:00 AM - October 31, 2021 12:00 AM

Experience the oft-forgotten spooky history and stories of this pioneering south end neighborhood on a guided walking tour! Actors in period costume at locations along the route re-enact both historical and fictional events from throughout Georgetown.
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The Myth of the Dark (El Mito de la Oscuridad: Una historia de la Huasteca) [In-Person Only]

October 30, 2021 4:30 PM - October 31, 2021 7:30 PM

Valentina is a talented young writer promoting The Myth of the Dark, her new book. Plunging deep into memory through her work, she relives her past, and encounters the magic of an ancestral culture: Huasteca.
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Engauge 2021 Wear and Tear (Shorts Program)

October 30, 2021 5:00 PM

Its been a hard couple of years. These films negotiate the recent or remote past with empathy and even humor.
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Engauge 2021 This Beguiling Membrane (Shorts Program)

October 30, 2021 7:00 PM

Why shoot film? These filmmakers celebrate the unique characteristics of the medium, in a range of techniques and styles.
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Engauge 2021 Live Scratch & Stick Loops (Special Event, In-Person Only)

October 30, 2021 9:00 PM

A one-time-only, immersive, projection performance event of expanded cinema mayhem, Live Scratch & Stick Loops can only be experienced in person. It will not be broadcast online. The analog revolution is anything but remote; it can never be televised.
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Engauge 2021 Field Notes (Shorts Program)

October 31, 2021 3:00 PM

Films with an observational, anthropological or sociological bent.
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Engauge 2021 Limen (Shorts Program)

October 31, 2021 5:00 PM

These films occupy the thresholds among nostalgia, sorrow, renewal, loss, longing and memory.
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Engauge 2021 Exponentials (Shorts Program)

October 31, 2021 7:00 PM

In this timely program, filmmakers explore the edges of and interrelationships among our environmental, economic and political challenges.
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The Velvet Underground [In-Person Only]

November 03, 2021 7:00 PM - November 07, 2021 7:30 PM

The Velvet Underground created a new sound that changed the world of music, cementing its place as one of rock n rolls most revered bands. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes, The Velvet Underground shows just how the group became a cultural touchstone representing a range of contradictions: the band is both of their time, yet timeless; literary yet realistic; rooted in high art and street culture.
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Earshot Jazz No Ordinary Man: The Billy Tipton Documentary [In-Person Only]

November 06, 2021 7:00 PM

American jazz musician Billy Tipton developed a reputable touring and recording career in the mid-twentieth century, along with his band The Billy Tipton Trio. After his death in the late 80s, it was revealed that Tipton was assigned female at birth, and his life was swiftly reframed as the story of an ambitious woman passing as a man in pursuit of a music career. The genre-defying documentary No Ordinary Man seeks to correct that misrepresentation by collaborating with trans artists. As they collectively celebrate Tiptons story as a musician living his life according to his own terms, they paint a portrait of a trans culture icon.
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Karen Dalton: In My Own Time [In-Person Only]

November 10, 2021 7:00 PM - November 14, 2021 4:00 PM

Blues and folk singer Karen Dalton was a prominent figure in 1960s New York. Idolized by contemporaries like Bob Dylan and younger musicians like Nick Cave, Karen discarded the traditional trappings of success and led an unconventional life until her early death. Since most images of Karen have been lost or destroyed, the film uses Karens dulcet melodies and interviews with loved ones to build a rich portrait of this singular woman and her hauntingly beautiful voice.
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Chameleon Street [In-Person Only]

November 10, 2021 7:30 PM - November 14, 2021 7:30 PM

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1990 Sundance Film Festivalyet criminally underseen for over three decadesChameleon Street recounts the improbable but true story of Michigan con man Douglas Street, the titular chameleon who successfully impersonated his way up the socioeconomic ladder by posing as a magazine reporter, an Ivy League student, a respected surgeon, and a corporate lawyer. Elevated by a dexterous performance and daring direction from multi-hyphenate actor-writer-director Wendell B. Harris Jr., the film pins a lens on race, class and performance in American identity, which has lost none of its relevance. At once piercingly funny and aesthetically mischievous, Chameleon Street is a lost masterpiece of Black American cinema (BFI) long overdue to take its rightful place in the independent film canon.
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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy () [In-Person Only]

November 17, 2021 7:00 PM - November 21, 2021 7:00 PM

Propelled by coincidence and imagination, and guided by loves gentle current, acclaimed director Rysuke Hamaguchi (Happy Hour, Asako I & II) returns with an enchanting triptych that spins mundane encounters into a world of infinite possibilities. In Episode 1: Magic (or Something Less Assuring), a young woman is startled when she realizes that her best friends new flame might just be her ex; in Episode 2: Door Wide Open, a disgruntled student plots to trick his college professor, using his friend-with-benefits as bait; and in Episode 3: Once Again, a girls college reunion leads to an unanticipated run-in with an old friend, and awakens long-forgotten feelings.
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Beans [In-Person Only]

November 20, 2021 4:30 PM - November 21, 2021 7:30 PM

Twelve-year-old Beans is on the edge: torn between innocent childhood and reckless adolescence; forced to grow up fast and become the tough Mohawk warrior she needs to be during the Oka Crisis, the turbulent Indigenous uprising that tore Quebec and Canada apart for 78 tense days in the summer of 1990.
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GERMAN CINEMA NOW! What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? ( ?) [In-Person Only]

November 24, 2021 7:00 PM - November 28, 2021 7:00 PM

The monthly film series GERMAN CINEMA NOW! is curated by Goethe Pop Up Seattle. This year, the series explores themes of disruption and continuity to inspire public dialogue about the ways in which the past shapes our moment and can inform a radically different future.
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Hive (Zgjoi) [In-Person Only]

November 24, 2021 7:30 PM - November 28, 2021 7:30 PM

Hive is a searing drama based on the true story of Fahrije, who, like many of the other women in her patriarchal village, has lived with fading hope and burgeoning grief since her husband went missing during the war in Kosovo. In order to provide for her struggling family, she pulls the other widows in her community together to launch a business selling a local food product. Together, they find healing and solace in considering a future without their husbandsbut their will to begin living independently is met with hostility.
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The Two Sights (An Dà Shealladh) [In-Person Only]

December 01, 2021 7:30 PM - December 05, 2021 7:30 PM

The first solo feature from Joshua Bonnetta (co-director, El Mar La Mar), The Two Sights (An Dà Shealladh) explores the disappearing tradition of second sight in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. As we listen to locals accounts of haunting experiencesphantom horses, ghost voices and other supernatural phenomenaBonnetta connects their testimonies with striking 16mm images and a carefully-curated sonic montage of the physical and aural environment of these enchanted islands. The Two Sights is an ethnographic marvel of non-fiction filmmaking that thrills the eyes and ears and invites us into the extra-sensory beyond.
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Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum

1515 12th Ave
Seattle 98122




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