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Northwest Film Forum

Seattle


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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Events

Eros + Massacre

February 16, 2020 3:00 PM - February 16, 2020 6:30 PM

The work of Kiju Yoshida is one of Japanese cinemas obscure pleasures. A contemporary of Nagisa Oshima (Death by Hanging, In the Realm of the Senses) and Masahiro Shinoda (Pale Flower, Assassination), Yoshida made his directorial debut at age 27. In the decades that followed he produced more than 20 features and documentaries, yet each and every one has proven difficult to see in the English-speaking world until now.
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Heroic Purgatory

February 16, 2020 3:30 PM - February 16, 2020 7:00 PM

The work of Kiju Yoshida is one of Japanese cinemas obscure pleasures. A contemporary of Nagisa Oshima (Death by Hanging, In the Realm of the Senses) and Masahiro Shinoda (Pale Flower, Assassination), Yoshida made his directorial debut at age 27. In the decades that followed he produced more than 20 features and documentaries, yet each and every one has proven difficult to see in the English-speaking world until now.
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Berlin Bouncer

February 17, 2020 2:30 PM

Berlin Bouncer tells the story of Berlin from a divided city to the party metropolis of today through the eyes of its most legendary doormen. Frank Künster came in the 1980s to study in Berlin while Smiley Baldwin was still guarding the wall as an American GI. Behind the wall lived Sven Marquardt, a young punk and photographer. When the Wall came down, nightlife took control over their lives. Until today they play a decisive role in the reunited citys never ending nights as the most famous bouncers of Berlins popular clubs.
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Keepers of the Dream: Seattle Women Black Panthers

February 17, 2020 3:00 PM - March 06, 2020 7:30 PM

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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Communal Coffee

February 17, 2020 5:00 PM

Join us to talk with industry professionals about their career, projects, and advice for fellow filmmakers - with free coffee!
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The Get Together (February 2020)

February 17, 2020 6:30 PM

Each installment of The Get Together will feature up to 20 minutes of short film programming from local makers, followed by a group discussion, critique, and networking session. Please submit your work via the form below, and films will be screened and chosen by NWFF staff before each session.
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Perfect Revolution

February 19, 2020 7:00 PM

A romantic film based on the true story of activist Kumashino Yoshihiko, who raises awareness of the sexuality of disabled people through lecturing and event activities. Perfect Revolution is written and directed by Junpei Matsumoto (Embers).
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Blood Quantum

February 19, 2020 7:30 PM

Northwest Film Forum and North Bend Film Festival are pleased to present SOMETHING STRANGE, a quarterly screening series highlighting significant boundary-pushing selections hot off the film festival circuit.
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The Great Communist Robbery (Marele jaf comunist)

February 20, 2020 7:30 PM

A strange robbery at the Romanian National Bank in 1959 triggered a massive police search. When the alleged burglars were caught and arrested, they reenacted their crime for a television film in which they played themselves. Although evidence suggests the criminals believed they would be spared the death sentence by appearing in the film, their reality was otherwise.
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Sounds Good

February 22, 2020 11:00 AM

Sounds Good covers the basics of production audio will leave participants with a deeper understanding of sound on set.
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Nikolaus Geyrhalter's Earth

February 23, 2020 7:00 PM

Several billion tons of earth are moved annually by humans with shovels, excavators or dynamite. Nikolaus Geyrhalter observes people, in mines, quarries and at large construction sites, engaged in a constant struggle to take possession of the planet.
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We Believe in Dinosaurs

February 23, 2020 7:30 PM

Amid protests and controversy, young-earth creationists build an enormous, $120 million life-size Noahs Ark in rural Kentucky with the specific aim of proving that the Bible is scientifically and historically accurate.
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Running a Green Production w/ Mischa Jakupcak

February 24, 2020 6:30 PM

Join filmmaker/producer Mischa Jakupcak for a discussion about green filmmaking, ways to save money, reuse, recycle and build a sustainable film community. Productions can be wasteful environments. Lets support each others efforts to live up to a new normal for productions in our region.
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ACES Welcome Reception & Show

February 26, 2020 6:30 PM

Come together for art and community as we all prepare for ACES 2020. Grab a bite to eat on us, meet your fellow ACES artists, and enjoy an evening of poetry, hip hop, and film. Guests are more than welcome (as long as they register too)!
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Headless Into Night

February 26, 2020 7:00 PM

Join us for the premiere screening of Seattle-based filmmaker Nifemi Madarikans Headless into Night a fantasy short film in which a young black woman must interrogate her own complicity in systems of marginalization when her hyper-conservative father wages war against neighboring black mystics.
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Opening Night: The Cat's Meow (Ages 6+ Short Film Program)

February 27, 2020 7:00 PM - March 07, 2020 11:00 AM

This feline-focused (and allergy-free!) animation program is filled with cuddly cats and their adorable antics. Kitties truly make the world go round in this celebration of glorious stop-motion, painted, hand-drawn and CG animation from eight cat-loving countries.
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The Seattle Project presents a new premiere by Amanda Morgan

February 27, 2020 8:45 PM

A new work for six dancers, choreographed by PNB corps de ballet member Amanda Morgan and interspersed with film and music throughout.
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CFFS 2020 Full Festival Pass

February 28, 2020 7:00 PM

Full Festival Pass to CFFS 2019 - Please note: Not valid for class registration.
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For the Planet (Ages 11+ Environmental Short Film Program) at Children's Film Festival Seattle

February 28, 2020 7:00 PM - March 01, 2020 3:30 PM

These live-action and animation films are about the earth, its future, and Gen Z heroes who are willing to fight for it.
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Icing on the Cake (Ages 2+ Short Film Program)

February 29, 2020 11:00 AM - March 08, 2020 3:00 PM

These gentle, colorful animated films filled with curious animals and adventurous kids are all about singing, growing up, flying high and celebrating the magic of life, in all its lovely rainbow colors.
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Producing for Film and Media

February 29, 2020 11:00 AM

Learn about producing for a client video, including pre-production, production and post production and what the producer does during each.
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Unstoppable (Ages 12+ Short Film Program)

February 29, 2020 11:30 AM

These documentary and narrative films show fearless kids overcoming bias, bullying, poverty, living in wartime and other seemingly insurmountable challenges to stand strong and embrace their identities and life. Along the way, they have lessons for all of us. There is nothing that these young people cant do.
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Wild and Free (Ages 8+ Short Film Program)

February 29, 2020 1:00 PM - March 07, 2020 1:30 PM

In these live-action shorts from Europe, South America, India and the USA, youll meet kids who navigate all kinds of magical twists and turns in their lives. Time travel with two friends, meet a bike-riding girl who isnt everything she appears to be and discover how friendships can build a bridge to understanding.
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Petits Trésors (Ages 6+ French Language Short Film Program)

February 29, 2020 1:30 PM

This all-French-language program is filled with vibrant jewels stories of good friends, big bad wolves that arent so bad, brave bats, loving grannies and impossible journeys. Ce programme, entièrement en français, est plein de joyaux vibrants les contes de bons amis, les grands méchants loups qui ne sont pas trop méchant, les chauves-souris courageuses, les grand-mères affectueuses, et les voyages impossibles.
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Team Marco (All Ages)

February 29, 2020 3:00 PM

Screen time alert! Marco, 11, is obsessed with his electronics his iPad, his Xbox, his VR headset and hardly leaves the house. But when his grandmother dies and his grandfather moves in, Marcos life is turned upside-down and hes forced to go play outside. Nonno (Grandpa) introduces him to bocce the worlds oldest game and to the neighborhood crew of old Italian men who play daily at the local court. With sport, laughter and love, Marco finds a connection with people in real life and rounds up a team of neighborhood kids to take on his grandfather and his pals.
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Sun Circle: Films from Japan (All Ages Short Film Program)

February 29, 2020 3:30 PM

These eight animated films, filled with Japanese traditional colors, tell stories of summer days filled with noisy cicada songs, lucky charms, bento boxes and twins. Curated by CFFS intern Marina Amagai.
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Rainbow Roar (Ages 11+ LGBTQ Short Film Program)

February 29, 2020 5:00 PM

This program celebrates beautiful and complex stories of identity and diversity just like you, the people you will meet in this program are one-of-a-kind, living fiercely in their authentic selves, rejecting stereotypes and reaching out to others who respect and affirm their journeys.
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Microplastic Madness (Ages 8+) Environmental Feature Film

February 29, 2020 5:30 PM

Fifth-graders from PS 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn a community on the frontline of Climate Change that was severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy spent two years investigating plastic pollution. Taking on the roles of citizen scientists, community leaders, and advocates, these 10- and 11- year-olds collect local data, lead community outreach, and use their impressive data to inform policy, testifying and rallying at City Hall. With stop-motion animation, heartfelt kid commentary and interviews of experts and renowned scientists, this youth-driven narrative conveys an urgent, take-action message to spark youth-led plastic-free action in schools everywhere.
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H is for Happiness (Ages 10+)

February 29, 2020 7:00 PM

A twelve-year-old girl with boundless optimism and a refreshingly non-judgmental view of the world is inspired by the strange new boy at school to set out to mend her broken family whatever it takes. This heartwarming and honest film, adapted from Barry Jonsbergs young adult book, My Life as an Alphabet, also isnt afraid to take on subjects including depression, forgiveness and even the terrors of early teenage romance, but has lots of laughs, thrills and joyous cinematic surprises along the way as it captures the hope and occasional toughness of a Western Australian childhood. A debut feature for John Sheedy, winner of the 2018 CFFS audience favorite prize for his short film Mrs. McCutcheon.
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Wilde Welt (Ages 8+ German Language Short Film Program)

February 29, 2020 7:00 PM

This all-German language program is filled with stories of a wild world an epic playground battle, messages fished from bottles floating in the sea, miracles performed by a learned man, and the story of a girl who cannot recognize her own face, until she draws it. All films are in German with English subtitles.
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Caleidoscope (Ages 2+ Short Film Program) at Children's Film Festival Seattle

March 01, 2020 11:00 AM

These animated films are bursting with colors, textures, music and life. Youll run through a rainbow with a pack of dogs, swim with tadpoles, fly with a flock of bright birds, race through a forest with critters of all kinds and even see the colorful insides of a dinosaurs belly! Along the way, there are gentle lessons about how to stay true to yourself and your friends and embrace the ways you are special and different.
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Yes, I Can (Ages 8+ Short Film Program)

March 01, 2020 11:30 AM

Can you do anything you set your mind to? Yes, you can! And so can the kids in these animated and live-action films, who exercise their imaginations while also remembering that to truly succeed, we all need a little help from our friends
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Skate Filmmaking Workshop (Ages 10-14) at Children's Film Festival Seattle

March 01, 2020 1:00 PM

Learn about the techniques and gear used to create skate films! Youth will get an introduction to different styles of skate filmmaking, see how various types of shots are captured, and then get to practice recording some of their own shots. Instructors will provide the skating to be filmed, but students are encouraged to bring their own recording devices. Camcorders and ipads will also be provided for practice, and students will learn how fun and easy it is to make amazing skate films with phones or other cameras they have access to.
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Valiente y Verdadero (Ages 6+ Spanish Language Short Film Program)

March 01, 2020 1:00 PM

This all-Spanish language program is filled with Latin American children who are brave and true, lighting up the lives of everyone they meet. There are also two beautiful animated films from Puerto Rico and Colombia, which remind us to fly high and free in everything we do.
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Home Sweet Home (Ages 8+ Short Film Program)

March 01, 2020 1:30 PM

Home is the center of every kids universe, and family is the gravity that keeps their feet on the ground. This eye-popping program begins and ends with two short documentaries from personal perspectives that show us how there is no place like home. This program also has a French flavor, with four films in French with English subtitles. Another film is in Spanish with English subtitles.
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Rocca Changes the World (Ages 8+)

March 01, 2020 3:00 PM

11-year-old Rocca is a clever, creative and brave girl who lives all by herself in defiance of her teachers and the authorities why not, since her astronaut father taught her everything she knows? But Rocca must fight to keep her independence and prove to everyone that a child also has the power to change the world.
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90-Second Newbery Film Festival at CFFS! (Ages 7+ Short Film Program)

March 01, 2020 5:00 PM

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers create short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery award-winning books in about 90 seconds. Creative takes on the material are encouraged -- think Charlotte's Web in the style of a horror movie, or Ramona Quimby, Age 8 done entirely with robots, or The Tale of Despereaux as a musical!
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Superpowered (Ages 9+ Short Film Program)

March 01, 2020 5:30 PM

Is there anything kids cant do? With the grownups in their lives sometimes cheering them on and sometimes getting in the way, the characters in this international program show kids on the move, dancing and dreaming, asking great questions and proving their superpowers.
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Indigenous Showcase (Ages 7+ Short Film Program) at Children's Film Festival Seattle

March 01, 2020 7:00 PM

These short films by seasoned and youth Indigenous filmmakers share powerful lessons from elders and insights from young people about their boundless love for their cultures and deep reverence for the earth and its creatures.
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The Color of Dreams (Ages 8+ Short Film Program)

March 01, 2020 7:00 PM - March 07, 2020 1:00 PM

In this program of exquisitely animated short films from nine countries, youll travel over moonscapes and take wing across technicolor skies. These films, all nonverbal, invite you to linger in the cool shadow of dreams.
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Borders, Boundaries and Home (Ages 13+ Short Film Program)

March 04, 2020 7:00 PM - March 07, 2020 7:00 PM

In these powerful narrative and documentary films, we meet young people who must navigate the occupation of their countries or immigration, migration and separation from loved ones. These unstoppable kids show us the resilience and belief on dreams that it takes to grow up in an uncertain world.
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The 3rd Seattle BPP Film Festival featuring Mama C

March 04, 2020 7:30 PM - March 05, 2020 7:30 PM

** Sponsored by the Seattle BPP Organizing Committee in support of the United African Alliance Community Center (UAACC). Proceeds benefit the UAACC. **
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Conscious Cartoons for Radolescents (Ages 13+ Short Film Program)

March 06, 2020 7:00 PM

These animated films a best of compilation from the Conscious Cartoon International Animation Festival aim to open eyes, hearts and minds through the transcendent medium of animation. This collection of 10 award-winning films from nine countries explores themes including climate, child abuse, gender equality and identity and the joys and sorrow of the human condition.
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Scriptwriting and Storyboarding - Winter 2020

March 07, 2020 11:00 AM

Learn professional scriptwriting format and structure, get an overview of current software options, and storyboarding techniques.
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Lift-off (Ages 9+ Short Film Program) at Children's Film Festival Seattle

March 07, 2020 11:30 AM - March 08, 2020 1:00 PM

These stories of adventure will take you to outer space and back, with films showing what it is like to be out on your own, in a world of wild adventure and imagination, making decisions and, ultimately, finding your way back home again.
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Zara and the Magical Football Boots (Ages 8+) at Children's Film Festival Seattle

March 07, 2020 3:00 PM

Zara, age 9, really wants to play football but doesnt dare show her skills at the selection of her asylum seeker centers football team, because her jealous brothers are key players on the team.  When Zara is given magical football shoes, shes suddenly able to play like a pro. The six-part series Zara and the Magical Football Boots was recorded in six different asylum seekers centers. Outside of its well-known lead actors, the cast is populated by children living in asylum centers in The Netherlands.
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Finding My Way (Ages 12+ Short Film Program) at Children's Film Festival Seattle

March 07, 2020 3:30 PM

These shorts celebrate the determination and courage of young people who must navigate difficult journeys to fulfill promises to others or themselves. Heres to those who dream impossible dreams and then watch them come true.
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Kings of Mulberry Street (Ages 11+)

March 07, 2020 5:00 PM

Feisty Ticky is an artful dodger cheeky and daring with a streetwise swagger and little respect for rules. He escapes the realities of his 1980s Sugarhill District existence by living in a Bollywood dream world where hes an unbeatable action hero. Rooftops are his kingdom. When timid Baboo moves into the neighborhood with his snooty, academic dad, Ticky thinks hes the biggest loser hes ever seen but soon the two boys are drawn together by the shared threat of local bully and crime boss, Raja. Together, these two nine-year-old misfits decide to rid their community of the bully. Their plan mimic the antics and mannerisms of their Bollywood heroes.
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Earthwise (Ages 8+ Environmental Short Film Program) at Children's Film Festival Seattle

March 07, 2020 5:30 PM

This imaginative collection of international films is meant to inspire the youngest generation to protect the planet and take good care of all the fabulous creatures who call it home. Youll also meet brave kids who learn to fight, if necessary, in order to do whats right for the earth.
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Nascent Creations (Ages 11+ Short Film Program)

March 07, 2020 7:00 PM

These wacky, adventurous, musical, and sometimes hard-hitting films are youth-made creations that invite us into the worlds of young filmmakers in Seattle and beyond. This not-to-be-missed showcase was curated entirely by a panel of youth film lovers: Beezus Murphy, Milo Bradley, and Africa Tesfa.
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Closing Day: Early Breakfast Smorgasbord at Children's Film Festival Seattle

March 08, 2020 9:30 AM

Breakfast fun and film screening for the whole family! Choose from two different film screening and breakfast blocks;
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Om Nom Nom

March 08, 2020 10:30 AM

This program of animated and live-action is all about food, friends and family! Youll meet hungry bears who forget to wash the dishes, a soup-slurping grandma who forgets her manners, sushi rolls that spring to life, a boy who dives deep into a frosty soda and friends who are happiest when they learn to stop comparing apples and oranges. The program ends with Outgrown, a film that takes us on a wild adventure and then back home where we belong.
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Closing Day: Late Breakfast Smorgasbord & Lift-Off Short-Film Program at Children's Film Festival Seattle

March 08, 2020 11:30 AM

Breakfast fun and film screening for the whole family! Choose from two different film screening and breakfast blocks;
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Direct Cameraless Animation Workshop (All Ages) at Children's Film Festival Seattle

March 08, 2020 2:00 PM

Children and parents can explore experimental filmmaking in this hands on, analog workshop. Learn how to create beautiful, handcrafted motion graphics in 16mm and 35mm film without any cameras or computers. Direct animation is an analog fine art offering experiential liberation from increasingly digital visual cultures. In this workshop, participants will scratch, ink, paint, and collage directly onto film leaders to create unique effects. Parents are welcome to attend with children.
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Flamenco Syndrome

March 08, 2020 4:30 PM

Passion for flamenco dance takes the Indian-American filmmaker to Jerez de la Frontera (Spain). Encounters with the local gypsy and non-gypsies blossom into friendships as the filmmaker tries to understand the Flamenco Syndrome: the inexplicable seduction by these mysterious songs and addiction to dance. As the music seeps into her pores, the filmmaker finds herself profoundly transformed by the songs, the dance, the people and landscapes. The film reflects on how to sing the songs of others and in the process reveal ones essence in a foreign, predominantly gypsy culture that has an incredible attraction.
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Closing Night Awards Ceremony 2020

March 08, 2020 5:00 PM

We close out the 2020 festival by screening films made in our workshops, announcing the winners of our Childrens Jury prizes, and celebrating with a surprise selection of outstanding short films made by international filmmakers.
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Closing Night: Moving Stories Film Screening & Dance Experience (Ages 9+)

March 08, 2020 7:00 PM

Six diverse dancers from an acclaimed NY company travel the world, working with youth who have experienced war, poverty, sexual exploitation, extreme prejudice and trauma as refugees. In India, they work with girls rescued from gender violence; in Romania, with Roma kids from one of Europe's worst slums; in South Korea, with North Korean escapees; and in Iraq, with a gifted young dancer fighting to survive.
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Stage Russia HD Anna Karenina Women's Day Encore

March 08, 2020 7:00 PM

A spectacular, breathtaking, high-tech musical production based on the masterpiece by Leo Tolstoy. The dramatic and tumultuous love story between the married Anna Karenina and a dashing military officer, Alexey Vronsky, takes place amidst the glitter and luxury of the Russian nobility in the second half of the 19th century.
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Women in Icelandic Cinema The Hidden People of the Shadowy Rocks (Sóley)

March 08, 2020 7:30 PM

The Hidden People of the Shadowy Rocks is the only feature film by Icelandic avant-garde artist Róska (Ragnhildur Óskarsdóttir, 19401996), made in collaboration with her husband Manrico Pavolettoni. Educated in Prague and Rome, Róska was known for her radical leftist political views which are often evident in her art. A founder of the The Living Art Museum in Reykjavík and a member of diverse artist collective SÚM, Róska made waves in a male-dominated field, and indeed, the situation of women was a primary theme of her work. The negatives to Sóley have been lost, but two Icelandic artists have started restoration of an archival print.
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I Was at Home, But...

March 11, 2020 7:00 PM - March 15, 2020 7:30 PM

I Was at Home, But tells the story of Astrid (Maren Eggert), a forty-something mother of two, struggling to regain her balance in the wake of her husbands death. Her adolescent son Phillip (Jakob Lassalle) disappeared for a week and now that he has returned, he faces disciplinary action at school and his toe requires amputation. As new questions confront Astrid from every angle, even simple activities like buying a bicycle or engaging with a work of art, are fraught with unexpected challenges.
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Nocturnal Emissions The Howling

March 12, 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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Ten Percent Luck (March 2020)

March 13, 2020 7:00 PM

Ten Percent Luck is a Seattle comedy showcase bringing stand-up and improv together under one roof. Each night features one of the citys top comics performing as a guest centerpiece for two community-beloved improv teams, each challenged to make up a hilarious show based on the stand-up set you just saw all on the spot. Hosted by Yeah Okay and partnering with some of the citys biggest names, this is a daring multilayered comedy show unlike any other.
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The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil (March 2020)

March 13, 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 with special guests. Additional guest speakers to be announced!
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Vitalina Varela

March 14, 2020 4:00 PM - March 20, 2020 8:15 PM

Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Film and Best Actress prizes at the Locarno Film Festival, and an official selection of the Sundance, New York and Toronto Film Festival, Vitalina Varela is the masterful new film from Pedro Costa, the acclaimed director of Horse Money, Colossal Youth, In Vandas Room and Casa de Lava. Vitalina Varela, 55-year-old, Cape Verdean, arrives in Lisbon three days after her husbands funeral. Shes been waiting for her plane ticket for more than 25 years.
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SassyBlack's DEPRESSION: ANTIDOTE Film Screening & Talkback

March 14, 2020 4:30 PM

Since depression is a natural occurrence, it is only right that we find its cure in nature. But what is depression? Is it grief? Is it sadness mixed with rage? Guilt? Or is it coming to terms with the way the world is, racism, homophobia, sexism, anti-Blackness and all.
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ByDesign 2020 Hidden (Escondido) w/ Space Needle: A Hidden History

March 18, 2020 7:30 PM

Inspired by abuses in Argentinas dictatorial past but maintaining a global perspective, Hidden highlights the art of suppressed personal ideologies, experiences, and memories. Director Miguel Baratta dissects the morphology of design and the potential to resurrect hidden stories through physical objectsfrom the bones of victims of the Mapuche genocide to the remnants of songs written by Holocaust prisoners. Hidden opens windows into the past while considering the possibilities of art to transcend oppression in the future.
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ByDesign 2020 Full Festival Pass

March 18, 2020 8:00 PM

Full Festival Pass to CFFS 2019 - Please note: Not valid for class registration.
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ByDesign 2020 Party ByDesign

March 19, 2020 6:00 PM

Blu Dot, Civilization, Design in Public, and Northwest Film Forum present Party ByDesign, a mid-fest mixer with structural bites and libations, festival trailers and photo ops, in Blu Dot Seattles timber-framed showroom. Mix, mingle, groove, and lounge while exchanging ideas and inspiration with fellow design-minded thinkers and energizing for the rest of the fest!
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ByDesign 2020 Americaville

March 20, 2020 6:00 PM

Americaville is an eerie disclosure of the Chinese replica city of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where citizens escape to embrace the American dream. Each weekend, Beijing residents like Annie Liu travel to the hills outside the city to enjoy fresh air, a big house, and classic American activities: morning walks on Route 66, Jello potlucks, and visits from the horseback-riding town sheriff. However, Annie soon finds that the longer she stays, the more the sheen of the lifestyle sold to her begins to fade.
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ByDesign 2020 Dream Tech: Designing the Gateway to Infinity

March 21, 2020 4:00 PM

Everybody dreams. Dream tech devices and applications that directly interface with our dreams at night is no longer the stuff of sci-fi stories like Inception and Black Mirror. Recent advancements in neurotechnology are making it possible not only to peer into the dreaming brain, but to influence it. As a new wave of entrepreneurs and technologists push past the boundary of consciousness, profound questions arise about what this all means for the future. Is the most mysterious human frontier now fair game for technological intervention?
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ByDesign 2020 The clocks were striking thirteen: Short Film Program

March 21, 2020 4:00 PM - March 22, 2020 4:00 PM

An expedition-type urban cruise that takes you to nostalgic harbors of the past and surreal ports of the future.
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ByDesign 2020 Human Nature

March 21, 2020 6:00 PM - April 02, 2020 7:30 PM

A breakthrough called CRISPR has given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life. It opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. Human Nature is a provocative exploration of CRISPRs far-reaching implications, through the eyes of the scientists who discovered it, the families its affecting, and the bioengineers who are testing its limits. How will this new power change our relationship with nature? What will it mean for human evolution? To begin to answer these questions we must look back billions of years and peer into an uncertain future.
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ByDesign 2020 Niemeyer 4 Ever w/ Astana, City of the Future?

March 21, 2020 6:30 PM

Tripoli, Lebanon, in the 1960s was a hotbed for art and intellectuals, poised to become the gateway for modern thinkers to all the Middle East. World-famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer came to build the springboard: an international fairgrounds in the most spectacular modern design. However, as the project neared completion, civil war halted construction indefinitely. Today, Tripoli is a shell of its former, boisterous self and the near-completed fairgrounds seem only a remnant of the past. However, for the citys people, the fairgrounds are still alight with hope and a sense of identity. Could there still be spring enough in them to launch Tripoli back to its former glory?
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ByDesign 2020 MEGALODEMOCRAT: The Public Art of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

March 21, 2020 8:00 PM

Acclaimed artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer stages democratic takeover of public spaces with his disruptive pieces that rely almost entirely on public participation. Shot over 10 years in 30 cities around the world, the film provides intimate access to his large-scale interactive creations in locations such as Trafalgar Square in London, the Vancouver Olympics, and New Yorks Park Avenue Tunnel, culminating in a piece that crosses the US-Mexico border. Rafaels work is a rallying point for a disjointed urban population, longing to connect. His art doesnt discriminate, and all who participate are given a voice: What I want is for people to feel like their presence has an urban scale and that they have a platform to self-representfor a little while, people can feel like they own their city.
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ByDesign 2020 Embodied Futures Workshop

March 22, 2020 9:00 AM

Everybody dreams. Dream tech devices and applications that directly interface with our dreams at night is no longer the stuff of sci-fi stories like Inception and Black Mirror. Recent advancements in neurotechnology are making it possible not only to peer into the dreaming brain, but to influence it. As a new wave of entrepreneurs and technologists push past the boundary of consciousness, profound questions arise about what this all means for the future. Is the most mysterious human frontier now fair game for technological intervention?
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ByDesign 2020 All on a Mardi Gras Day

March 22, 2020 4:30 PM

There are African-American men in some of New Orleans roughest neighborhoods who spend all year sewing feathered suits. All On A Mardi Gras Day follows Demond, who makes huge sacrifices to be Big Chief in this secret, 200-year old tradition known as Mardi Gras Indians. When the day comes, he battles in a competition that will decide whos the prettiest.
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ByDesign 2020 Ever the Land w/ Gathering Circle

March 22, 2020 6:00 PM

In New Zealands Te Urewera forest, the Maori tribe Ngi Thoe wrestle with the Crown for autonomy in their ancestral homeland. Amid prodigious negotiations for settlement and stewardship rights, the Thoe embark on a landmark architectural project: a Living Building community center. To qualify as a Living Building, the structure must give more energy than it takes. The project would be the first in New Zealand and one of a small group worldwide, including the Bullitt Center in Seattle, which was named the most sustainable commercial building in the world.
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ByDesign 2020 The Maze

March 22, 2020 6:30 PM

Perturbed commuters coming from the Bay Bridge are split up by the Macarthur Maze interchange every day, but not in the same way that it splits up the East Bay community. Surrounded on one side by a super mall built on an ancient native burial site, on another side by houseless people being pushed out by the gentrifying pressure of an expensive apartment development, and on another by a nature estuary saturated with pollutants, its a kaleidoscope of societal issues. Everyday, thousands of drivers pass through the maze. Does anyone stop to look around?
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ByDesign 2020 Livingston: The Man and the Method (Método Livingston)

March 22, 2020 8:00 PM

Vines grow in through the windows of Argentinian architect Rodolfo Livingstons Buenos Aires home, but he doesnt mind. According to him, the spiders are welcome in. The charming designer, still practicing into his late 80s, has spent his career connecting with the people who will experience his creation. His is an exploration of the human interaction with architecture. In Método Livingston, he walks us through his house, his connection to Fidel Castro, and his hopes for his young son all within the context of architecture as a tool for change.
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A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem

March 25, 2020 7:30 PM

In 2014, while the NFL makes $11 billion in profit, Lacy, an Oakland Raiders cheerleader, realizes her compensation would amount to less than minimum wage. The base NFL player salary is $420,000, mascots are paid on average $60,000 a year and concession workers are paid minimum wage plus tips. After paying out of pocket for beauty, transportation and uniforms for her dream job, she struggles under mounting debt. Disgusted by the injustice, Lacy enlists an all-female employment law firm and sues the Oakland Raiders for wage theft in a class-action lawsuit. She inspires four other women across the country to stand up and file similar lawsuits, including Maria, a former cheerleader for the Buffalo Bills.
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Cadence 2020 Video Poetry Workshop with Rachel Kessler - March 26 & April 2

March 26, 2020 6:00 PM

Man Ray described his Cinepoem as not an abstract film nor a story-teller; its reasons for being are its inventions of light forms and movements. In this workshop, we will explore the possibilities of image, text, and sound in unexpected juxtaposition, examining classic pieces of experimental cinema and video art, the forebearers of video poetry, as well as video poetry. Applying various poetic techniques to the structure, filming and editing process, participants will work towards creating and completing a short piece to be screened during Cadence. Some experience writing poetry, with recording video (phone experience counts), and editing via Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro is recommended. If you have questions about your experience and this workshop, email jonah@nwfilmforum.org. Workshop participants will receive complimentary admission with a guest to the showcase in which their final piece is screened! Words would be redundant in film if they were used as a further projection from the image. However, if they were brought in on a different level, not issuing from the image, but as another dimension relating to it, then it is the two things together that make a poem. Maya Deren
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Festival of (In)Appropriation #11 (2020)

March 26, 2020 7:00 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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The Wolf House (La Casa Lobo)

March 27, 2020 7:00 PM - April 02, 2020 7:00 PM

Maria, a young woman, finds refuge in a house in the south of Chile after escaping from a sect of German religious fanatics. She is welcomed into the home by two pigs, the only inhabitants of the place. Like in a dream, the universe of the house reacts to Marias feelings. The animals transform slowly into humans and the house becomes a nightmarish world. Inspired on the actual case of Colonia Dignidad, The Wolf House masquerades as an animated fairy tale produced by the leader of the sect in order to indoctrinate its followers.
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Human Nature

March 27, 2020 7:30 PM - April 02, 2020 7:30 PM

A breakthrough called CRISPR has given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life. It opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. Human Nature is a provocative exploration of CRISPRs far-reaching implications, through the eyes of the scientists who discovered it, the families its affecting, and the bioengineers who are testing its limits. How will this new power change our relationship with nature? What will it mean for human evolution? To begin to answer these questions we must look back billions of years and peer into an uncertain future.
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Beginning Editing with Adobe Premiere CC - Weekend, March 2020

March 28, 2020 1:00 PM

This entry-level workshop will take place over one weekend and introduce you to the fundamentals of film/video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro.
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Nocturnal Emissions Ringu

April 09, 2020 7:30 PM

Television journalist Reiko investigates an urban legend about a cursed VHS tape that murders the viewer seven days after they watch it. As the mystery hits closer to home, Reiko joins forces with ex-husband/current-exorcist Takashi to destroy the curse and (hopefully) survive an encounter with a ghost named Sadako. Directed by Hideo Nakata (Dark Water), Ringu is the highest-grossing Japanese horror movie in history that STILL manages to shred our nerves with its quiet, phantasmic elegance. The only VHS fetish movie in history to inspire an entire subgenre, as well as dozens of remakes and rip-offs.
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Ten Percent Luck (April 2020)

April 10, 2020 7:00 PM

Ten Percent Luck is a Seattle comedy showcase bringing stand-up and improv together under one roof. Each night features one of the citys top comics performing as a guest centerpiece for two community-beloved improv teams, each challenged to make up a hilarious show based on the stand-up set you just saw all on the spot. Hosted by Yeah Okay and partnering with some of the citys biggest names, this is a daring multilayered comedy show unlike any other.
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The Oak (Balana)

April 11, 2020 7:30 PM

The Oak is an absorbing, complicated black comedy about Romania at the end of the Ceauescu regime. A young schoolteacher named Nela embarks on a spiritual journey after the death of her father, a former government official, whose ashes she takes to toting in a coffee jar. On her wanderings through grotesque and often violent surroundings, she meets Mitic. The couple, like Tristan and Isolde at the gates of the Orient, cannot live out their love according to the rules. A series of events floods, pollution, Mitics arrest, military maneuvers and massacres split up our heroes, and reveal a context in which nothing works properly and everything seems to be falling apart.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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