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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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Open Script Read [Online & In-Person]

January 18, 2022 6:30 PM

Live table read for new work from local writers, followed by project feedback, advice, and collaboration.
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2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour [In-Person Only]

January 19, 2022 7:00 PM - January 20, 2022 7:00 PM

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 95-minute theatrical program of 7 short films selected from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival program, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for close to 40 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2021 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers and shows that short films transcend traditional storytelling.
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El Planeta [In-Person Only]

January 19, 2022 7:30 PM - January 23, 2022 7:30 PM

El Planeta is a dark comedy exploring contemporary poverty, female desire, and the always-complicated filial relationships of mothers and daughters, performed by the director and her own mother.
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Benedetta [In-Person Only]

January 21, 2022 7:00 PM - January 23, 2022 7:00 PM

Based on a true story, a 17th-century nun becomes entangled in a forbidden lesbian affair with a novice. But it is Benedettas shocking religious visions that threaten to shake the Church to its core.
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A Radiant Girl (Une jeune fille qui va bien)

January 26, 2022 7:00 PM

Paris, summer 1942. Irene is a young, bubbly, 19-year-old Jewish girl. Her family watches her discover the world, friends, new love and a passion for the theatre. The aspiring actress is living her youthful life without a care in the world, unaware that time may be running out.
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GERMAN CINEMA NOW! - Highfalutin - In-person canceled, now online-only

January 26, 2022 7:30 PM - January 27, 2022 7:30 PM

Do you know what a Liberal is? A Nazi without a spine!, Volker Spengler once said. This story is told at one of the tables of Berlins Diener Tattersall, where the filmmakers have gathered several of the celebrated actors companions. Over the course of the film, these people actors, directors, musicians, and leading figures of the film, performance and theater scene tell anecdotes about Volker Spengler, reminiscing of their first encounters and embarrassing moments, their admiration and irritation. It remains unclear as to who is sitting with whom. The montage by and large creates a cinematic space of its own in which everyone can potentially talk to and listen to everyone else. This space always seems to exist a little outside of time, or indeed, in its own mythical between-time. Many memories linger on: the fact that he always smelled nice; his paradoxical potential to be very tender and yet massively rude; his uproarious, rasping laughter; that he was no liberal.
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Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue [In-Person Only]

January 26, 2022 7:30 PM - January 30, 2022 6:00 PM

From master director Jia Zhang-Ke (Ash Is Purest White, A Touch of Sin) comes a vital document of Chinese society since 1949. Jia interviews three prominent authorsJia Pingwa, Yu Hua, and Liang Hongborn in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, respectively. In their stories, we hear of the dire circumstances they faced in their rural villages and small towns, and the substantial political effort undertaken to address it, from the social revolution of the 1950s through the unrest of the late 1980s. In their faces, we see full volumes left unsaid. Jia weaves it all together with his usual brilliance. Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue is an indispensable account of a changing China from one of the countrys foremost cinematic storytellers.
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Original Cast Album: Company [In-Person Only]

January 27, 2022 7:00 PM

In memory of Stephen Sondheim (3/22/193011/26/2021), an immeasurably beloved and powerful creative influence in musical theater, were showing one of the best-known behind-the-scenes perspectives of Sondheim at work: D. A. Pennebakers documentary on the OBC of Sondheims musical Company as they recorded the album version of their musical.
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Sundance Film Festival 2022: Sirens [In-Person Only]

January 28, 2022 6:00 PM

On the outskirts of Beirut, the Middle East's first all-female metal band wrestles with friendship, sexuality and destruction in their pursuit of stardom.
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Sundance Film Festival 2022 @ NWFF

January 28, 2022 7:00 PM

Northwest Film Forum Members get ready! The only available festival passes will be for NWFF Members in mid-December; no festival passes will be available for the general public. Individual tickets for everyone will be available in early January. (Note: NWFF Members can only purchase festival passes for themselves.)
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Sundance Film Festival 2022: Emergency [In-Person Only]

January 28, 2022 8:30 PM

Ready for a night of partying, a group of Black and Latino college students must weigh the pros and cons of calling the police when faced with an emergency.
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Sundance Film Festival 2022: La Guerra Civil [In-Person Only]

January 29, 2022 3:00 PM

The epic rivalry between iconic boxers Oscar De La Hoya and Julio César Chávez in the 1990s sparked a cultural divide between Mexican nationals and Mexican-Americans. A chronicle of a battle that was more than a boxing rivalry, and examining a fascinating slice of the Latino experience in the process.
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Sundance Film Festival 2022: Alice [In-Person Only]

January 29, 2022 5:30 PM

When a woman in servitude in 1800s' Georgia escapes the 55-acre confines of her captor, she discovers a shocking reality beyond the treeline... it's 1973.
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Sundance Film Festival 2022: Marte Um (Mars One) [In-Person Only]

January 29, 2022 8:00 PM

In Brazil, a lower-class Black family of four tries to keep their spirits up and their dreams going in the months that follow the election of Jair Bolsonaro.
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Sundance Film Festival 2022: Every Day in Kaimuki [In-Person Only]

January 30, 2022 2:15 PM

A young man is determined to give his life meaning outside of Kaimuki, the small Hawaiian town where he grew up, even if it means leaving everything hes ever known and loved behind.
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Sundance Film Festival 2022: Short Film Program [In-Person Only]

January 30, 2022 4:00 PM

A 45-minute program of new short films curated for this year's festival. Director Sky Hopinka will be in attendance!
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Sundance Film Festival 2022: Free Chol Soo Lee [In-Person Only]

January 30, 2022 5:30 PM

After a Korean immigrant is wrongly convicted of a 1973 San Francisco Chinatown gang murder, Asian Americans unite as never before to free Chol Soo Lee. A former street hustler becomes the symbol for a landmark movement. But once out, he self-destructs, threatening the movements legacy and the man himself.
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Sundance Film Festival 2022: Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. [In-Person Only]

January 30, 2022 7:30 PM

In the aftermath of a huge scandal, Trinitie Childs, the first lady of a prominent Southern Baptist megachurch, attempts to help her pastor husband, Lee-Curtis Childs, rebuild their congregation.
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Dragon Inn [In-Person Only]

February 02, 2022 7:00 PM

The wuxia genre was never the same after King Hu's legendary Dragon Inn. During the Ming dynasty, the emperors minister of defense is framed by a powerful court eunuch and executed, and his family is pursued by secret police. In the ensuing chase, a mysterious band of strangers begins to gather at the remote Dragon Gate Inn, where paths (and swords) will cross. This thrilling landmark of film history returns to the screen in a new, beautifully restored digital transfer from the original negative.
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Introduction [In-Person Only]

February 02, 2022 7:30 PM - February 06, 2022 7:30 PM

Youngho (Shin Seokho) goes to see his father who is tending to a famous patient. He surprises his girlfriend, Juwon (Park Miso), in Berlin where she is studying fashion design. He goes to a seaside hotel to meet his mother and brings his friend Jeongsoo (Ha Seongguk) with him. In each instance, he anticipates an important conversation. But sometimes a shared look, or a shared smoke, can mean as much as anything we could say to those close to us.
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Launch for MONDAY, Vol. 6 Lux Aeterna with a screening of Martine Syms' Incense Sweaters & Ice (2017)

February 03, 2022 7:00 PM

A launch event for the newest volume of the art journal MONDAY on Lux Aeterna with a screening of Martine Syms' Incense Sweaters & Ice (2017). Contributing writers to MONDAY vol. 6 include James Bridle, Vic Brooks, Lauren Berliner + Berette S Macaulay, Radio Amatrices, Robin Oppenheimer, Norie Sato, Hito Steyerl, Charles Stobbs III, Studio for Propositional Cinema, Astria Suparak and is edited by Emily Zimmerman.
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C'mon C'mon [In-Person Only]

February 04, 2022 7:00 PM - February 06, 2022 4:15 PM

Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix) and his young nephew (Woody Norman) forge a tenuous but transformational relationship when they are unexpectedly thrown together in writer-director Mike Millss delicate and deeply moving story about the connections between adults and children; the past and the future.
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Stage Russia HD Iran Conference [In-Person Only]

February 06, 2022 4:00 PM

Igor Sergeev and Vladimir Kuznetsovs multi Golden Mask nominated production of Ivan Vyrypaevs thought-provoking and timely Iran Conference takes place at a symposium in Denmark where influential public figures and scientists gather to discuss the current clash of modern Western liberal ideology with traditional religious consciousness and way of life. An attempt to present reports prepared by the lecturers quickly transforms into a lively conversation about spirituality, ethical dilemmas and personal experiences related to the condition of humanity today. Vyrypaevs aim is, of course, not to deliberate on the East/West friction, but to present a true-to-life philosophical parable about humanity, faith and love.
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DOUBLE FEATURE: Athens, GA - Inside/Out 1 & 2 [In-Person Only]

February 06, 2022 7:00 PM

Join us for a one-night-only double-feature of two inspiring documentary snapshots of one of Americas most community-minded music cities: Athens, GA.
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CFFS 2022 - HYBRID Pass

February 11, 2022 7:00 PM

Enjoy the festival online OR in person! Hybrid passes are on sale now for Northwest Film Forum's 17th Children's Film Festival.
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February 11, 2022 7:00 PM

Enjoy the festival in person! In-person passes are on sale now for Northwest Film Forum's 17th Children's Film Festival.
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February 11, 2022 7:00 PM

Enjoy the festival online! Virtual passes are on sale now for Northwest Film Forum's 17th Children's Film Festival.
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CFFS 2022 Icing on the Cake

February 12, 2022 11:00 AM - February 19, 2022 11:30 AM

In this lively and vibrant mix of animated shorts, characters experience an array of joyful adventures, from waking up the sun to conducting an orchestra!
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CFFS 2022 Voyages Sincères

February 12, 2022 11:30 AM - February 20, 2022 3:30 PM

This all-French-language program features journeys of all shapes and sizes. From a nervous spider to a boy who wants to do ballet, these shorts will make you reflect on lifes greatest challenges and joys.
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CFFS 2022 Home Sweet Home

February 12, 2022 1:00 PM - February 20, 2022 11:30 AM

Home is where the heart is! This collection of animated and live-action films showcases stories of love, family, and comfort.
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CFFS 2022 Borders, Boundaries, and Home

February 12, 2022 1:30 PM

This collection of films explores stories of immigration, migration, and separation. These kids show us the resilience it takes to grow up in an uncertain world.
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CFFS 2022 Programa de Variedades!

February 12, 2022 3:30 PM - February 19, 2022 5:30 PM

This all-Spanish-language program features a mix of comedy, heartwarming tales, and stories of reflection. A true variety show!
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CFFS 2022 Youth Made

February 12, 2022 4:00 PM

Watch these extraordinary films made by youth throughout the world!
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CFFS 2022 Magic in the Air

February 12, 2022 5:30 PM - February 20, 2022 1:00 PM

Take a journey through different re-tellings of fairy tales, fantasies, and folklore. These whimsical films feature tween witches, mythical creatures, and social media-obsessed princesses. Enchanting and thought-provoking in equal measure, they explore our deepest fears and wildest flights of fancy.
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CFFS 2022 The World Through Our Eyes

February 12, 2022 6:00 PM - February 20, 2022 1:30 PM

Step into the shoes of these different characters from around the globe! From a nomadic reindeer herder to an independent Sudanese teen, these kids stories will give you a glimpse into new perspectives.
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CFFS 2022 YUNG PUNX: A Punk Parable (Ages 10+)

February 12, 2022 7:30 PM

Four little misfits from suburban Massachusetts cope with the highs and lows of punk rock stardom in this Chris Parnell-narrated documentary.
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CFFS 2022 Oddballs

February 13, 2022 12:30 PM - February 19, 2022 1:00 PM

This collection of shorts is as eclectic as the characters it features! From a mischievous frog to a girl whos too smart for her own head, these characters are unapologetically themselves.
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CFFS 2022 Musical Moments

February 13, 2022 1:00 PM - February 20, 2022 11:00 AM

From down by the seaside to up in space, this collection of shorts will take you on a magical journey that will leave your feet tapping and heart full.
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CFFS 2022 Adventure Awaits!

February 13, 2022 3:00 PM - February 19, 2022 3:00 PM

Watch kids from around the world embark on adventures of all kinds! From facing sea monsters to climbing trees, these characters can do anything they set their mind to.
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CFFS 2022 Youth Made: Experimental

February 13, 2022 3:00 PM

Watch these extraordinary adventurous experimental films made by youth throughout the world!
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CFFS 2022 Promise to the Planet

February 13, 2022 5:00 PM - February 19, 2022 3:30 PM

This collection of animated and live-action films explore the beauty of our Earth and emphasize the importance of taking care of our natural home.
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CFFS 2022 Freshman Year

February 13, 2022 5:30 PM

From the messy and heartbroken to the fun-loving and adventurous, this collection of films explores different experiences of tweendom and teenhood.
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CFFS 2022 Hello World (Hei Verden) (Ages 13+)

February 13, 2022 7:00 PM

Hello World (Hei Verden) is a fun, engaging, moving celebration of kids and young people who have the courage to be different and take pride in their identities, whether that means coming out as queer to their communities, colouring their hair blue, or dressing without conforming to gender. While many of their classmates and friends are doing everything they can to fit in, Runa, Dina, Viktor, and Joachim are defining themselves differently. They are the first and only openly queer students in their classes, and the youngest in their respective communities to come out.
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CFFS 2022 Jackie & Oopjen (Ages 8+)

February 14, 2022 7:00 PM

Jackie, 12, has made the Rijksmuseum her second home, since her mother works there. While Jackie wanders the museum after hours, Oopjen Coppit (from Rembrandts famous painting) suddenly appears in front of her; shes looking for her long-lost sister. Used to solving other peoples problems, Jackie decides to take her home, so they can go look for her sister. For Oopjen, a woman from the Golden Age, the 21st century is a big adventure.
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CFFS 2022 Zero Gravity (Ages 10+)

February 15, 2022 7:00 PM

A diverse group of middle-school students go on the journey of a lifetime when they compete in a nationwide competition sponsored by MIT to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.
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CFFS 2022 Kids Cup (Ages 11+)

February 16, 2022 7:00 PM

Friendships, trials, victories and losses the young players at the worlds biggest soccer tournament for kids, the Norway Cup, have a lot of challenges both in and outside of the football pitch.
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CFFS 2022 The Strangest Girl in the World (Ages 11+)

February 17, 2022 7:00 PM

Melién is a 15-year-old girl who is overflowing with imagination. She is lonely, and chooses to draw and read, rather than spending time with her classmates. But her drawings are not just drawings they are beings that arise from her imagination and take on a life of their own.
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CFFS 2022 My Dad is a Sausage (Ages 11+)

February 18, 2022 7:00 PM

Twelve-year-old Zoë is best buddies with her father. When Dad suddenly and inexplicably decides to become an actor, the rest of the family thinks hes having a burnout. Zoë is the only one who believes that he really is an amazing, undiscovered talent!
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CFFS 2022 Rainbow Roar

February 19, 2022 1:00 PM

This program celebrates stories of unique, fun, and ferocious folks who are rejecting stereotypes and living their authentic selves.
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CFFS 2022 All the Feels

February 19, 2022 1:30 PM

These shorts tackle the complexity of grief, loneliness, and all of lifes transitions with grace and a touch of humor.
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CFFS 2022 KNOT Weaving a Symphony (All Ages)

February 19, 2022 5:00 PM

Through recordings and archival footage, discover the sounds and people that inspired these special needs children from a life of knotted dreams to reality.
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CFFS 2022 Kids Run the World

February 20, 2022 3:00 PM

Who runs the world? Kids! Watch these different international stories of kids taking on their own unique adventures, writing their own stories, and being true to themselves!
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CFFS 2022 Best Birthday Ever (All Ages)

February 20, 2022 6:00 PM

Best Birthday Ever tells the story of Little Charlie, a small rabbit who lives with his loving family and pets in a house at the edge of town. Like many five-year olds, Little Charlie goes to a kindergarten and plays with his friends in the neighbourhood. He is used to having his parents full attention but all of that changes when his baby sister Clara is born, leading to an unexpected adventure with his best friend Monica.
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The Disabled List Presents: Live Comedy [In-Person Only]

February 25, 2022 7:00 PM

Kayla Brown and Dan Hurwitz, the duo that has brought you extremely niche live comedy shows for the past three-ish years (and creators of the award-eligible short film This is Spinal Injury), present an every-other-month showcase featuring beloved local comedians!
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A Night of Knowing Nothing [In-Person Only]

February 25, 2022 7:30 PM - February 27, 2022 7:30 PM

In her debut film, Payal Kapadia deftly merges reality with fiction, weaving together archival footage with student protest videos to tell the story of L, a student at the Film and Television Institute of India, writing to her estranged lover while he is away. Gradually were immersed in the drastic changes taking place at the school and in the lives of young people across the country. A Night of Knowing Nothing is a vital tapestry of the personal and the political, an essential document of contemporary India and a nostalgic look at youth fighting the injustice of their time.
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Velocity Presents: G2 - King Lear in the Forest [In-Person Only]

February 26, 2022 4:00 PM

A dance film that, through visually stunning kinetic contemplation, unravels the identities of artistic duoship G^2 as they traverse a metaphorical forest.
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Sankofa [In-Person Only]

February 27, 2022 7:00 PM

Sankofa follows Mona (Oyafunmike Ogunlano), a Black American fashion model on a photo shoot in Cape Coast, Ghana. Through Haile Gerimas imaginative storytelling, she undergoes a journey back in time to a plantation in North America. There she becomes Shola, an enslaved African woman who labors in the masters house and experiences the horrors of slavery firsthand. In becoming Shola, Mona recovers and confronts her ancestral identity and experience. While enduring monstrous trauma at the hands of white men who owned people for profit, Sholas interactions with her fellow enslaved Africans are rich with humanity, respect and dignity for one another. Most notably, she connects with Shango (Mutabaruka), a rebellious African man, and Nunu (Alexandra Duah), one of the few of the enslaved to remember her life in Africa before being stolen and terrorized by European traders.
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Mourning Sickness Burlesque [In-Person Only]

April 17, 2022 8:00 PM

A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.
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Mourning Sickness - Series Pass

April 17, 2022 8:00 PM

Obsessed with cult cinema but lack an altar to worship at? Have you ever cried out If anybody needs to make a call, Ive got a phone! only for others to think youve gone cuckoo bananas? Would the image of Cher blown up over a 50ft screen absolutely shock and delight you? Seattle drag superstar Monday Mourning feels the same exact way, and is ready to take our divine fixations to new and exciting heights by joining forces with Northwest Film Forum to bring you MOURNING SICKNESS: a quarterly showcase of essential cult & camp classics dusted off and brought back to life once more across the silver screen, featuring pre-show drag entertainment that will leave you looking camp right in the eye.
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Mourning Sickness Mommie Dearest [In-Person Only]

July 17, 2022 8:00 PM

Outrageous and controversial, this is the story of legendary movie star Joan Crawford as she struggles for her career and battles the inner demons of her private life. This torment was manifested in her relationships with her adopted children, Christina and Christopher. The public Crawford was a strong-willed, glamorous object of admiration, but Mommie Dearest reveals the private Crawford, the woman desperate to be a mother, adopting her children when she was single and trying to survive in a devastating industry that thoughtlessly swallows careers. The rage, the debilitating strain, and the terrifying descent into alcoholism and child abuse are graphically and unforgettably depicted in this film, based upon Christina Crawfords best-selling book.
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Mourning Sickness Showgirls [In-Person Only]

October 16, 2022 8:00 PM

Nomi, a young drifter, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls.
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Mourning Sickness - Romy and Michele's High School Reunion [In-Person Only]

January 15, 2023 8:00 PM

With their 10-year high school reunion fast approaching, best friends and party girls Romy and Michele review their lives since high school and are surprised to find them sorely lacking. They were misfits in high school, so they decide to re-invent themselves, concocting fantasies of wealth and success to impress their former classmates. The scheme unfolds perfectly, until Heather Mooney shows up and knows their real stories.
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