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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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Cadence 2019: Full Festival Pass

April 04, 2019 7:00 PM

Full festival pass to Cadence 2019, which includes all video poetry screenings. Does NOT include workshops. Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, throughout National Poetry Month. Entering its second year, Cadence is growing considerably to fill a gap in the presentation of video poetry in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring four screenings, one each Thursday of the month, the festivals inaugural Artist-in-Residence, generative workshops for youth and adults, and a juried selection of open submissions, Cadence fosters critical and creative growth around the oft overlooked medium of video poetry.
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Ramen Shop

April 23, 2019 3:00 PM - April 25, 2019 7:30 PM

Ramen Shop tells the story of young ramen chef Masato who, after his father dies, leaves his familys ramen shop in Japan in search of his mothers family and the recipes she left behind in Singapore. During the overseas search for his estranged family, he traces a culinary path of delicious signature dishes, and with the help of food blogger Miki (Japanese pop star Seiko Matsuda), he learns the recipes of his mothers homeland and the way to his grandmothers heart.
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Tomorrow Never Knows

April 24, 2019 7:00 PM

The uncomfortable reality of death is faced by Shar and Cynthia who, upon Shars diagnosis with early-onset Alzheimers, make a brave and difficult decision: she will undertake a conscious death, fully experiencing the end of her life.
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Fundamentals of Film Casting

April 25, 2019 6:30 PM

Proper casting is a critical part of any film project. The casting call and auditions process is your opportunity to discover the people who will bring your script to life. It is also a chance to set the tone for your actors in preparation for the collaborative work you are about to embark on together. Learn how to communicate your talent search to agents, managers, and unsigned talent, and create strong first impressions with a professional audition.
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Cadence 2019 Characteristic Cadence

April 25, 2019 7:00 PM

A showcase of the new video poetry generated by the festivals many programs! The screening features the outcomes of both the youth and adult video poetry workshops, the work created by Catherine Bresner during her residency at Northwest Film Forum, the award-winning films from the open call for submissions, and a video poetry discussion featuring the local Cadence partner organizations.
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Hotel by the River

April 26, 2019 7:30 PM - April 28, 2019 7:00 PM

Younghwan (Ki Joobong), an aging poet, summons his two estranged sons (Kwon Haehyo and Yu Junsang) to a solitary hotel beside the Han River because he feels his death is near. While waiting for them to arrive, he meets two women (Kim Minhee and Song Seonmi) out walking in the new-fallen snow and is struck by their angelic beauty. But they have come to the hotel to do some healing of their own. As Younghwan moves between the women and his bickering sons, he also moves between his two minds: one that walks on the street and the other that communes with the eternal.
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The Eyes of Orson Welles

April 27, 2019 7:00 PM - April 28, 2019 7:30 PM

Cinema historian Mark Cousins (The Story of Film: An Odyssey) charts the unknown territory of the imagination of one of the twentieth centurys most revolutionary artists. Granted unprecedented access to hundreds of sketches, drawings, and paintings by Orson Wellestantalizing, never-before-seen glimpses into the filmmakers rich inner lifeCousins sheds new light on the experiences, dreams, desires, and obsessions that fueled his creativity and inspired his masterpieces. Playful, profound, and as daringly iconoclastic as its subject, The Eyes of Orson Welles is a one-of-a-kind work of visual archaeology, a fresh way of looking at a cinematic giant whose singular worldviewfiercely humanist, defiantly anti-authoritarianresonates now more urgently than ever.
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Stage Russia HD: Onegin

April 28, 2019 3:30 PM

Timofey Kulyabins Golden Mask Award-winning Onegin removes all expectations of Pushkins novel in verse and places you not in some historical epoch, but in todays world, immersed in the inner thoughts, hopes, despairs, passions and disappointments that drift in, through and around the four central figures, Onegin, Tatiana, Olga and Lensky. There are no grand balls, no fans, no lorgnettes, no Encyclopedia of Russian life. Just a quiet love story that perfectly conveys the attitude of the great poet and how very much his masterwork still resonates with our 21st century reality.
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April 28, 2019 6:00 PM - October 27, 2019 6:00 PM

Z-Sides, a new series hosted by Word Lit Zine Editor-in-Chief, Jekeva Phillips, showcases the Pacific Northwest's best and brightest poets and writers as you have never seen them before.
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Wild Society Film Fest Who Eats Who? Cascading Carnivores

May 01, 2019 7:00 PM

Three local naturalists, ten short documentaries, and one live raptor! Join Wild Society for their 4th annual film fest to explore the beauties, challenges, and connections of meat-eating organisms around the world. Wolves, snow leopards, bears, yesbut also orcas, deep sea jellies, and Venus fly-traps!
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Suburban Birds

May 01, 2019 7:30 PM - May 05, 2019 7:00 PM

A striking debut from Chinas Qiu Sheng, Suburban Birds is a tantalizing mystery and a bittersweet coming-of-age comedy rolled into one. Hao (Mason Lee) is part of a team of young engineers called in to investigate a series of craters that have opened up on the edge of the city. As he and his team survey the subsiding area, another story is taking place in the same suburban landscape. A younger boy, also named Hao, spends long afternoons playing with friends and making mischief until one-by-one, his playmates start to disappear. As these parallel stories unfold, the connections between them proliferate and grow stranger.
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Filmmaking Fundamentals: Narrative (May 2019)

May 02, 2019 6:30 PM

This 8-week, entry-level workshop will introduce students to the basic nuts and bolts of narrative filmmaking. Those with little to no experience are encouraged to join. This is not a sit-down, lecture style class; students will collaborate with other classmates and learn by doing. By the end of the course, students will have experience in all aspects of the filmmaking process, from pre-production to post-production.
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May 03, 2019 8:00 PM - May 09, 2019 8:00 PM

Award-winning director Paul Wright (For Those in Peril) explores the complex connection to the British countryside with an archival remix drawn from more than 100 years of Britain on film. With a new score by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp), Arcadia embarks on a visceral sensory journey through the seasons, exploring the beauty, brutality, magic and madness of our changing relationship with both the land and each other. This fresh new work crafted from the past is a folk horror wrapped in an archive film get ready for a very strange trip indeed.
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Red May 2019 Cranky Communist Asians Talk Crazy Rich Asians

May 04, 2019 9:30 PM

At Red May 2019, Charmaine Chua, JM Wong, and Henry Luke deliver a ruthless, pull-no-punches, dissective commentary on a movie about people with a lot of money which made a lot of money.
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Open Script Read

May 06, 2019 6:30 PM - December 02, 2019 6:30 PM

Join Northwest Film Forum for a monthly Open Script Read, every first Monday! Local screenwriters and filmmakers may submit 10 pages of their original work in order to hear a live table read, with an ensemble of professional actors, and get feedback from both actors and other participants.
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Cinema Rental Adventures of Aladdin

May 10, 2019 3:00 PM - May 16, 2019 3:30 PM

Aladdin is recruited to seek out a legendary magic lamp, hoping its powers will help him win the heart of the newly appointed Sultana.
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If the Dancer Dances

May 10, 2019 7:30 PM - May 16, 2019 7:30 PM

If the Dancer Dances invites viewers into the intimate world of the dance studio. Stephen Petronio, one of todays leading dance-makers, is determined to help his dancers breathe new life into RainForest (1968), an iconic work by the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham. With help from three members of the former Cunningham company, the film follows Petronios dancers as they strive to re-stage this great work, revealing what it takes to keep a dance and a legacy alive. Timed to coincide with Cunninghams centennial, If the Dancer Dances is the first documentary on the subject of Cunninghams work since his passing in 2009.
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Carmine Street Guitars

May 10, 2019 8:00 PM - May 16, 2019 8:00 PM

Its like playing a piece of New York, says the guitar player from the Patti Smith Band and when you find out what the guitar is made out of, he literally is. Custom guitar maker Rick Kelly and his apprentice Cindy Hulej own and operate Carmine Street Guitars in Greenwich Village, where they build and repair handcrafted instruments made from reclaimed wood from old NYC hotels, churches, local buildings, and bars. Decked in wall-to-wall guitars, Rick runs his store like a quaint neighborhood cafe, sharing stories of how he came to own and operate the spot while musicians come in and strum, sharing stories of their own.
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Shelf Life

May 11, 2019 7:00 PM

A dark comedy based upon a theatrical production of the same name, Shelf Life was conceived and written by O-Lan Jones, Andrea Stein and Jim Turner as a result of their rumination on what must become of people boxed in tiny spaces for long, long periods of time.
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Moving History: Capturing Cascadia's Cassettes

May 12, 2019 5:00 PM

Ever wonder what kind of video treasures are sequestered in the depths of places like MOHAI, the Wing Luke Museum, or Seattle Art Museum? Join Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound at the Forum and satisfy your curiosity!
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Breaking Down a Script for Producers, Directors and Writers

May 14, 2019 6:30 PM

In this class, youll learn how to break down a script by hand and in Movie Magic.
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Breaking Down a Script for Producers, Writers and Directors

May 14, 2019 6:30 PM

In this class, youll learn how to break down a script by hand and in Movie Magic.
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DSLR Videography (May 2019)

May 15, 2019 6:30 PM

This workshop will introduce you to the Rokinon Lens kit and train you on how to choose and use cine lenses with a follow focus system effectively. The Rokinon Cine Lens line are professional, affordable lenses with industry standard declicked gearing for focus and aperture rings that allow for smooth adjustment. Basic knowledge of DSLR functionality and cinematography is expected. This workshop is recommended as a follow up for our DSLR Videography workshop, but can also be taken alone by students who are already proficient in shooting video on DSLRs.
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TAKE IT DOWN! New Films By Sabine Gruffat & Bill Brown

May 15, 2019 8:00 PM

In this collection of recent film work by North Carolina-based media artists Bill Brown and Sabine Gruffat, celluloid film serves as both a material register and critical resource for interrogating the documentary image. Whether using discontinuous montage, handmade techniques for creating and processing images, or dramatic re-enactors, these five short films aim to extend the formal possibilities of non-fiction filmmaking as Brown and Gruffat attempt to describe and decipher life in the American South.
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The Most Dangerous Year

May 17, 2019 7:30 PM - May 21, 2019 3:00 PM

As a dark wave of anti-transgender bathroom bills began sweeping across the nation, The Human Rights Campaign called 2016 the most dangerous year for transgender Americans. Filmmaker Vlada Knowlton captured the ensuing civil rights battle from the perspective of a group of embattled parents including herself and her husband, parents of a young trans girl fighting to protect their children from discriminatory laws in their home state. While Knowlton passionately follows the story of anti-transgender legislation, the heart of the film lies in the stories of the families who accept and support their kids for exactly who they are.
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The Feeling of Being Watched

May 17, 2019 8:00 PM - May 19, 2019 4:30 PM

In the Arab-American neighborhood outside of Chicago where journalist and filmmaker Assia Boundaoui grew up, most of her neighbors think they have been under surveillance for over a decade. While investigating their experiences, Assia uncovers tens of thousands of pages of FBI documents that prove her hometown was the subject of one of the largest counter terrorism investigations ever conducted in the U.S. before 9/11, code-named Operation Vulgar Betrayal.
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Smooth Moves: Transitions and Effects in Premiere Pro

May 22, 2019 6:30 PM

In this class, youll review the basic tools in Adobe Premiere, then go deeper to learn how to use its more advanced tools to create strong transitions and effects.
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A Tribute to Barbara Hammer: Making Movies out of Sex and Life

May 22, 2019 7:30 PM

Barbara Hammer (May 15, 1939 March 16, 2019) is a key figure in the second wave of experimental women filmmakers. She made technically innovative, personal, essayistic, political, and passionate films for a full five decades.
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The Serengeti Rules

May 22, 2019 8:00 PM - May 28, 2019 3:00 PM

This is one of the most important untold science stories of our time a tale with profound implications for the fate of life on our planet.
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The City of the Future (A Cidade do Futuro)

May 24, 2019 7:30 PM

Milla, Gilmar, and Igor follow their hearts to form an unconventional family in Serra do Ramalho, in the sertão of Bahia.
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Travessias Brazilian Film Festival Short Film Program

May 25, 2019 3:30 PM

Join us for this short film program featuring narrative and documentary shorts from Brazil.
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Tr*nny F*g (Bixa Travesty)

May 25, 2019 5:00 PM

Linn da Quebrada, a black transsexual singer, uses her body and unusual stage presence to deconstruct gender, race, and class stereotypes in this intimate documentary that captures her public and private persona.
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Dont Call Me Son (Mãe Só Há Uma)

May 25, 2019 7:30 PM

Pierre is a free-flowing teen whose life is disrupted when his biological ties to his family come into question. As he settles into a new rhythm with relatives who call him Felipe, he is soon forced to defend and embrace his true identity.
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Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith

May 29, 2019 7:30 PM - May 30, 2019 8:00 PM

This meditative, immersive film by tindersticks Stuart Staples is a tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor, and pioneering British filmmaker F. Percy Smith (18801945).
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Indigenous Showcase X yhaw Embrace of the Serpent

May 30, 2019 7:30 PM

At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in Embrace of the Serpent, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, Serpent centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.
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Walking on Water

May 31, 2019 7:00 PM - June 13, 2019 7:30 PM

Ten years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo sets out to realize The Floating Piers, a project they conceived together many years before. Boasting uncensored access to the artist and his team, Walking on Water is an unprecedented look at Christos process, from the inception through to the completion of his latest large-scale art installation, a dahlia-yellow walkway atop Italys Lake Iseo that was eventually experienced by over 1.2 million people. The film takes the viewer on an intimate journey into Christos world amid mounting madness from complex dealings between art and state politics to engineering challenges, logistical nightmares, and the sheer force of mother nature. Captured through breathtaking aerial views and fly on the wall camerawork, we watch the artists vision unfold, and get to know the man chasing it.
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The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil (May 2019)

May 31, 2019 8:00 PM

Seattles favorite crackpot leftist political comedy talk show continues to burrow into the psyche of a city under siege!
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The Image You Missed

June 01, 2019 4:30 PM - June 02, 2019 7:30 PM

An Irish filmmaker grapples with the legacy of his estranged father, the late American documentarian Arthur MacCaig, through MacCaigs decades-spanning archive of the conflict in Northern Ireland.
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Color Correction in Lumetri

June 05, 2019 6:30 PM

In this class you will you will learn the basics of balancing and grading your video media to achieve a desired style with Adobe Premieres Lumetri Color.
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Poetry in Translation - Ramadan Feast

June 05, 2019 6:30 PM

The Poetry in Translation reading series showcases the literary traditions of Seattles immigrant and Native communities by sharing these groups poetry and song in their original languages and in their equivalent English translation. This quarterly series aims to inspire and broaden the citys literary scene. It is a celebration of the poetries, literary traditions and cultural contributions these communities make toward Seattles quality of life.
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Asako I & II

June 08, 2019 4:30 PM - June 13, 2019 8:00 PM

One day Asakos first love suddenly disappears. Two years later, she meets his perfect double. An official selection of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Asako I & II is the newest film from Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, the acclaimed director of Happy Hour.
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Editing with DaVinci Resolve

June 10, 2019 6:30 PM

Learn how to edit in DaVinci Resolve, an accessible and fully equipped dynamic software that can manage media libraries, editing, color, effects and audio.
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The Raft

June 15, 2019 4:30 PM - June 19, 2019 8:00 PM

In 1973, five men and six women drifted across the Atlantic on a raft as part of a scientific experiment studying the sociology of violence, aggression and sexual attraction in human behavior. Although the project became known in the press as The Sex Raft, nobody expected what ultimately took place on that three-month journey. Through extraordinary archive material and a reunion of the surviving members of the expedition on a full scale replica of the raft, this film tells the hidden story behind what has been described as one of the strangest group experiments of all time.
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Pr0n 4 Freakz | an intersectional erotic film series

June 15, 2019 6:00 PM

ScumTrust is a collection of queer, trans & nonbinary artists and sex workers in pursuit of exhibiting inner demons, embracing surreal darkness and exploring woodland mythologies. They seek to probe the depths of power dynamics and to show the transformative magic of joyous bizarre bdsm. They celebrate the lusty, the grimy, the ridiculous, the gritty and the grotesque.
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June 20, 2019 8:00 PM - June 22, 2019 8:00 PM

Simone Pin Productions present Queens...a sexy, thought-provoking burlesque centering two opulent queens in opposition to one another. Gaze upon the staggering beauty of rooks, knights, and two primal Queens facing off on the chessboard! Powerful female figures, love, and the battles experienced by women of color all take center stage in this stimulating burlesque.
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Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community

June 23, 2019 4:00 PM - June 28, 2019 7:30 PM

In 1969 the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York Citys Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting by the citys gay community. With this outpouring of courage and unity the gay liberation movement had begun.
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Instant Dreams

July 19, 2019 7:30 PM - July 25, 2019 7:30 PM

Instant Dreams is a feature documentary by Willem Baptist (Wild boar, Im Never Afraid!) about the fascination and love for Polaroids. When Polaroid announced the end of instant film in 2008, the last still-working factory was bought by a small group of enthusiasts. Among them is the retired scientist Stephen Herchen who previously collaborated with the inventor of Polaroid and is still trying to unravel the secret of the lost chemical formula.
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Poetry in Translation - Fiestas Patrias

September 11, 2019 6:30 PM

The Poetry in Translation reading series showcases the literary traditions of Seattles immigrant and Native communities by sharing these groups poetry and song in their original languages and in their equivalent English translation. This quarterly series aims to inspire and broaden the citys literary scene. It is a celebration of the poetries, literary traditions and cultural contributions these communities make toward Seattles quality of life.
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Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum

1515 12th Ave
Seattle 98122




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