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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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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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The Heroic Trio [In-Person Only]

August 10, 2022 8:00 PM - August 11, 2022 8:00 PM

The supernova star power of Hong Kong cinema icons Maggie Cheung, Michelle Yeoh, and Anita Mui propels this gloriously unrestrained action extravaganza from genre maestro Johnnie To, which injects its martial-arts mayhem with a blast of comic-book lunacy. They are the knife-throwing, shotgun-toting, kung-fu-fighting super-heroines who must overcome their dark pasts in order to defeat an evil, baby-snatching eunuch who is terrorizing Hong Kong. Eye-popping motorcycle stunts, brain-exploding skeletons, infant cannibals, and kinetically choreographed wire work are all part of the delirium in this unstoppably entertaining cult favorite (referenced in Cheungs international breakthrough Irma Vep), a kick-butt showcase for three of the coolest women warriors to ever hit the screen.
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Clara Sola [In-Person Only]

August 10, 2022 8:30 PM - August 11, 2022 8:30 PM

In a remote village in Costa Rica, 40-year-old Clara endures a repressively religious and withdrawn life under the command of her mother. Her uncanny affinity for creatures large and small allows Clara to find solace in the natural world around her. Tension builds within the family as Claras younger niece approaches her quinceañera, igniting a sexual and mystical awakening in Clara, and a journey to free herself from the conventions that have dominated her life.
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Seasonal Staff Picks Thief (In Memory of James Caan) [In-Person Only]

August 12, 2022 7:30 PM - August 14, 2022 4:00 PM

As he inches closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the mafia, who have other plans for him. Released in the US as Violent Streets, Michael Manns super-influential, minimalist neo-noir looks as authentic and original today as it did in 1981. (On the subject of authenticity: Mann used real thieves as technical advisors on the film!)
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The Blue Film Fest 2022 [Hybrid]

August 12, 2022 8:00 PM - August 14, 2022 7:00 PM

In collaboration with PinkLabel TV and the Northwest Film Forum, the Blue Film Fest presents three days of porn screenings from August 12-14, including queer, trans, and gay smut from the 1920s to 2022. The festival includes a rope social on Saturday (use your imagination ð), and a Sunday market where purveyors of fine and freaky delicacies will share their wares. Come meet one of the kinkiest, most creative communities in the Northwest!
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Executioners [In-Person Only]

August 17, 2022 8:00 PM - August 21, 2022 8:00 PM

The kung fu crusaders known as Thief Catcher (Maggie Cheung), Invisible Woman (Michelle Yeoh), and Wonder Woman (Anita Mui) return in this gritty, postapocalyptic sequel to the blockbuster Hong Kong action hit The Heroic Trio. Following a devastating nuclear attack, Hong Kongs clean water supply has fallen into the hands of a masked maniac intent on seizing political powerforcing the three fearless fighters to settle their differences and once again unite to stop him. Notably darker in tone than its predecessor, Executioners finds director Johnnie To continuing to push his whirlwind action set pieces to new heights of cartoon craziness while adding grungy, dystopian atmosphere and a fresh dose of anti-authoritarian attitude.
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2022 Sundance Institute Indigenous Shorts Tour [In-Person Only]

August 17, 2022 8:30 PM - August 26, 2022 8:30 PM

The 2022 Sundance Institute Indigenous Short Film Tour is a 91-minute theatrical program of six short films directed by Indigenous filmmakers, featuring titles from the 2022 Sundance Film Festival shorts program and from alumni of Sundance Institutes Indigenous Program. Featuring narrative and documentary shorts, the curated selection is a celebration of Native perseverance and an exciting look at a variety of inventive storytelling from Indigenous artists with Sundance ties. The Festivals Short Film Program has a long history of supporting and launching talented Indigenous directors including Taika Waititi, Blackhorse Lowe, Sterlin Harjo, Sky Hopinka, Caroline Monnet, and Shaandiin Tome.
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Fire of Love [In-Person Only]

August 24, 2022 8:00 PM - August 26, 2022 8:00 PM

Katia and Maurice Krafft loved two things each other and volcanoes. For two decades, the daring French volcanologist couple roamed the planet, chasing eruptions and documenting their discoveries. Ultimately, they lost their lives in a 1991 volcanic explosion, leaving a legacy that forever enriched our knowledge of the natural world. Director Sara Dosa and the filmmaking team fashion a lyrical celebration of the intrepid scientists spirit of adventure, drawing from the Kraffts spectacular archive. Fire of Love tells a story of primordial creation and destruction, following two bold explorers as they venture into the unknown, all for the sake of love.
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Giant [In-Person Only]

August 27, 2022 2:00 PM - August 28, 2022 6:30 PM

Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Rock Hudson star in a sweeping saga of jealousy, racism and the clash of cultures set in the vast Texas oilfields.
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Anonymous Club [In-Person Only]

August 27, 2022 6:00 PM - September 02, 2022 8:30 PM

Shot on vivid 16mm film over a three-year period, Anonymous Club chronicles notoriously shy, Melbourne-based musician Courtney Barnetts ups and downs on the world tour for her album Tell Me How You Really Feel. Featuring Barnetts unguarded narration from her audio diary, recorded on a dictaphone provided by filmmaker Danny Cohen, the film delivers frank and unprecedented insight into Barnetts creative process, the sacrifices and inner conflicts set in motion by fame, and the sometimes dark backdrop to her whimsical, relatably poetic compositions.
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Panda! Go Panda! [In-Person Only]

September 01, 2022 8:00 PM - September 04, 2022 7:00 PM

Mimiko is a cheerful young girl who is left on her own while her grandmother is away. When little Panny Panda and his father Papanda stumble into her home, Mimiko welcomes them in as her new family. Adventures ensue as Mimiko discovers the challenges of taking care of her new cuddly friends. Directed by Isao Takahata and based on a concept by Hayao Miyazaki, Panda! Go Panda! is a charming early-career classic from two animation legends before they co-founded the award-winning Studio Ghibli.
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Lost Highway [In-Person Only]

September 03, 2022 4:00 PM - September 15, 2022 7:00 PM

We've met before, haven't we? A new 4K restoration, supervised by Lynch.
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Bandit Theater Presents: Fancy Cafeteria [In-Person Only]

September 07, 2022 7:00 PM

Combining the glamour of a Broadway production with the dishevelment of improv, Fancy Cafeteria is a hilarious musical experiment that will have you singing for your supper. Based on your suggestions and no preset script or score, the improvisers will perform a brand new musical filled with wistful protagonists, catchy melodies, and spontaneous dance breaks all accompanied by a live soundtrack. You wont want to miss the opening and closing night of this never-before-seen production.
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A New Old Play [In-Person Only]

September 10, 2022 2:30 PM - September 11, 2022 7:30 PM

One evening in the 1980s, Qiu Fu, a leading clown-role actor in 20th-century Sichuan opera, departs this world and must reluctantly set off for the Ghost City under the escort of two underworld officials. Along the way, he meets old friends. As they recall the past, earthly scenes creep into the mists of the Netherworld.
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Unstreamable - All That Jazz [In-Person Only]

September 10, 2022 3:30 PM - September 11, 2022 8:00 PM

Bob Fosse's All That Jazz is about a man who struggles to balance the demands of his ego, work, lust, and familyin that order. If that man sounds like Fosse, then bingo! This movie musical is a not-so-thinly veiled, fantastical almost-autobiography of director and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse. It follows a Fosse-type character, Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider), as he zips between editing a film and staging a play, all while cheating on partners and apologizing for diddly-squat.
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Forum Family Reunion: NWFF's 2022 Gala [In-Person Only]

September 25, 2022 3:00 PM

Welcome to our long-awaited Forum Family Reunion! The 2022 gala marks a glorious return to crucial congregational concepts that we've missed: cocktails, culinary delights, and red carpet capers.
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Yuni [In-Person Only]

September 28, 2022 7:30 PM - October 06, 2022 7:30 PM

Yuni is a teenage girl - smart, with big dreams of attending university. When two men she barely knows ask to marry her, she rejects their proposals, sparking gossip about the myth that a woman who rejects three proposals will never marry. With the pressure building, a third man asks for her hand, and Yuni must choose between the myth of her final chance at marriage, or her dream of future happiness.
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Unstreamable - The Garbage Pail Kids Movie [In-Person Only]

October 07, 2022 7:00 PM - October 09, 2022 7:00 PM

After years of being stuck inside a trash can, the Garbage Pail Kids are finally free. And farting up a storm.
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Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives [In-Person Only]

October 07, 2022 7:30 PM - October 13, 2022 7:30 PM

In the 1950s, a wave of lesbian pulp literature emerged, exploring a then-taboo subject in vivid, sensationalistic detail. While these writers often took a critical, moralistic view of gay life, they provided a jumping-off point for women still discovering their suppressed sexual desires. But with society unwilling to grant them a place in public life, they channeled their passion for these novels into a vibrant underground culture full of distinctive codes, roles, and rituals. Mirroring the shadowy traditions of noir fiction, they also faced violent opposition from police and other protectors of the status quo, resulting in a dangerous, but ultimately liberating path to sexual awakening.
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Mourning Sickness - Showgirls [In-Person Only]

October 16, 2022 8:00 PM

Showgirls is that singular film that's so bad it's good, and so good it's bad. Elizabeth Berkley (Saved By the Bell) stars as our heroine Nomi Malone, hitchhiking across DIFFERENT PLACES! as she chases her showgirl dreams. She ends up in Las Vegas, only to become trapped in the seedy underbelly of the strip clubs of the Vegas strip, where she meets the esteemed and prestigious Cristal Connors played by Gina Gershon (Bound). Can Cristal teach Nomi how to take the cash and cash the checks and show them what they want to see? Or tear her down and destroy her, keeping the spotlight all for herself?
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My Imaginary Country (Mi país imaginario) [In-Person Only]

October 26, 2022 7:30 PM - October 30, 2022 7:30 PM

In October 2019, there was an unexpected revolution, a social explosion. One and a half million people demonstrated in the streets of Santiago for more democracy, a more dignified life, a better education, a better health system and a new Constitution. Chile had recovered its memory. The event Patricio Guzmán had been waiting for since his student struggles in 1973 finally materialized.
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The Disabled List Presents: Live Comedy [In-Person Only]

October 28, 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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Unstreamable - Cowboy Bebop: The Movie [In-Person Only]

December 10, 2022 4:00 PM - December 11, 2022 7:00 PM

Its 2071 and a terrorist organization threatens life on Mars by spreading a deadly pathogen. Then comes a crew of sexy intergalactic bounty hunters, ready to kick some ass.
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Unstreamable - Poison Ivy [In-Person Only]

January 07, 2023 7:00 PM - January 08, 2023 7:00 PM

Drew Barrymore, in her breakout role, has a taste for seduction, shitty tattoos, and pushing people off beautiful marble balconies. All she wants is love
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Mourning Sickness - Romy and Michele's High School Reunion [In-Person Only]

January 15, 2023 8:00 PM

Two valley girl besties get a big wake up call when theyre invited to their 10 year high school reunion and realize their lives arent as exciting and impressive as they thought they were. The remedy? Why not PRETEND to be successful career women? Its as easy as sewing together a business suit, hustling a rental car, and driving to Tuscon in this pop cultural staple that celebrates the silly goosery of a best friendship.
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Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum

1515 12th Ave
Seattle 98122



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