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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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Documentary Filmmaker Production: coaching & structure to get your movie made! (February 13th - March 20th)

February 13, 2019 6:30 PM

Come explore the creative producers process, timelines and the many idiosyncrasies of an independent films life cycle from development to delivery.
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Kaili Blues

February 20, 2019 7:00 PM - February 26, 2019 7:00 PM

An audacious, richly imagined feature debut that has collected prizes around the world, Kaili Blues heralds the arrival of a major new filmmaker. Chen, a preoccupied doctor working in a small clinic in the rain-drenched city of Kaili, decides to fulfill his late mothers wish and sets off on a journey to look for his brothers abandoned child. His partner in the clinic, a lonely old lady, asks him to also find her former lover, giving him a photograph, a shirt, and a music cassette. On the way, Chen passes through a mysterious town where distinctions between past, present, and future appear to slip away.
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Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

February 20, 2019 7:30 PM

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin. Best known for groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy works such as A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed, Le Guin definitely held her ground on the margin of respectable literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature. Her fascinating story has never before been captured on film.
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Filmmaking Fundamentals: Narrative (February 2019)

February 21, 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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Ganja & Hess

February 21, 2019 7:30 PM

Duane Jones (Night of the Living Dead) and Marlene Clark star in this enduring cult classic of both horror and independent black filmmaking, a vampire love story that begins when an anthropologist is stabbed with the enchanted dagger of an ancient African nation that leaves him blessed with immortality and cursed with an unquenchable thirst for blood. Newly restored, with previously unseen footage, playwright, novelist, actor and screenwriter Bill Gunns revolutionary film is a stylized and utterly original exploration of sex, religion, and African American identity that doesnt skimp on blood and genre thrills.
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SAG-AFTRA Indie Contracts (February 2018)

February 26, 2019 6:30 PM

This workshop is a must attend for producers, directors, actors and film school students interested in educating themselves on the ease of using SAG-AFTRA contracts to hire the most highly skilled professionals available for future film and internet projects.
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Future Language: The Dimensions of Von LMO

February 27, 2019 7:00 PM - February 28, 2019 7:00 PM

In his own words, Von LMO is the pioneer and architect of No Wave, post punk rock music. He claims that without him, alternative and new wave would not exist. He also is living in ten dimensions, simultaneously and separately, right now. When filmmaker and fan Lori Felker set out to make a film about the mystery that is Von LMO, it was intended to be a document of him and his life, a fan learning more about her idol, but she ended up with more questions than answers. A self-proclaimed alien-hybrid, Von LMO recounts playing music in NYC in the late 70s, describes his acid trips with intense detail, talks about his time living on the streets, while sincerely discussing his associations on other planets. Filmed over 6 years and with access to him and some of his closest friends and bandmates, Felker does her best to understand the musician she has been a fan of for years but as she gets closer, her involvement in his life becomes complicated, as their friendship explores the deeper narrative of storytelling, ego, memory, and truth.
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Prairie Trilogy

February 27, 2019 7:30 PM - February 28, 2019 7:30 PM

From 1977 to 1980, directors John Hanson and Rob Nilsson made three documentaries which channeled the history of North Dakota labor struggles through the life of one quietly remarkable man, 97 year-old Henry Martinson: socialist activist, organizer, and Poet Laureate of North Dakota. In the first film, Prairie Fire, Hanson and Nilsson use narration by Martinson, photographs, and film shot by Nilssons grandfather to tell the story of the Nonpartisan League, a socialist organization founded in 1915 which advocated on behalf of farmers against predatory capitalists and politicians. The next two films, Rebel Earth and Survivor, take Martinson himself as their subject. Hanson and Nilsson show him at work at the AFL-CIO; touring the important locations of his life; singing songs with comrades old and young; and reading his poetry. Time has not eroded his faculties or his revolutionary zeal: not only is he an example of a peculiar American type from a generation that has passed, but he is also a startlingly modern presence. He emerges from the Prairie Trilogy as a shepherd to guide us through our tumultuous present.
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The Gospel of Eureka

March 01, 2019 7:30 PM - March 06, 2019 7:30 PM

At The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, LGBTQ audiences watch a production of the last week of Jesus Christ in a grand amphitheater. Inside the nearby Eureka Live Underground club, the hillbilly Studio 54, drag queens sing songs of worship. All the while, a 65-foot high sculpture of Jesus Christ casts a benevolent shadow.
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The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil

March 01, 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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Madaraka: The Documentary

March 02, 2019 5:00 PM

Madaraka is a story about a mother and a son from the slums of Kisumu, Kenya and their work to educate and liberate their communities through creative collaboration, self-empowerment, entrepreneurship and sustainability.
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Sister Spit 2019 Tour

March 02, 2019 7:00 PM

In 2019 Sister Spit celebrates its 22nd year on the roads of the US. The tour began in San Francisco in the 1990s as a weekly, girls-only open mic that was an alternative to the misogyny-soaked poetry open mics popular around the city at that time. Sister Spit became the first all-girl poetry roadshow at the end of the 90s.
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Local Sightings 2018 Encore Screening: Chronic Means Forever & Always

March 03, 2019 4:00 PM

Kadazia Allen-Perrys autobiographical documentary follows her struggle against cystic fibrosis and the cold apathy of others, which has pushed her deep into complex contemplation of herself and her otherness. At one point jubilantly declaring herself an alien, she reflects on the complexity of growing up as a black woman condemned to a chronic illness.
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Stage Russia HD: Anna Karenina

March 03, 2019 4:30 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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Salvador Dalí: In Search of Immortality

March 04, 2019 3:30 PM - March 06, 2019 7:00 PM

Beginning in 1929a crucial year in Salvador Dalís career and life, when he joined a surrealist group and met his muse and collaborator GalaIn Search of Immortality takes us up to the artists death in 1989. Through a look at the artist himself, his relationship to Gala and family, and a number of images and documentssome of them unpublishedthe film brings us closer the immortal spirit of an artist who is a work of art himself.
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Open Script Read

March 04, 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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Beginning Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CC (Mar 5, 12, 19)

March 05, 2019 6:30 PM

Join Tifa Tomb at Northwest Film Forum to explore the essentials for learning to edit with Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud.
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Festival of (In)Appropriation #10

March 07, 2019 7:00 PM

Collage or compilation. Found footage film or recycled cinema. Remix or détournement. Whatever one might call it, the practice of incorporating preexistent media into new artworks engenders novel juxtapositions, new ideas, and latent connotations often entirely unrelated to the intentions of the original makers. In that regard, such works are truly inappropriate. Indeed, the act of (in)appropriation can reveal unimagined relationships between past and present, here and there, intention and subversion, artist and critic, and perhaps even compel us to reexamine what it means to be the producer or consumer of visual culture itself.
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The Wild Pear Tree

March 08, 2019 7:00 PM - March 27, 2019 7:00 PM

Sinan (Aydin Dou Demirkol), an aspiring writer, returns home after university hoping to scrape together enough money to publish his first novel. He wanders the town encountering old flames and obstinate gatekeepers and finds his youthful ambition increasingly at odds with the deferred dreams of his gambling-addict father (Murat Cemcir). As his own fantasies mingle with reality, Sinan grapples with the people and the place that have made him who he is.
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Distant Constellation

March 08, 2019 7:30 PM - March 10, 2019 7:30 PM

Mortality encroaches on the elderly residents of a retirement home in Istanbul. Confined to the building and to their ailing bodies, their windows look out onto a nearby construction site where they can watch the toil of young migrant workers, casual virtuosos of physicality. Yet the residents are abundant with life-energy: a former studio photographer, nearly blind, skillfully maintains his treasured equipment; a childless woman recalls with crystalline detail being the nanny of two children; a 75-year-old man writes of his sexual memories and expresses unabated feelings of desire (even towards the filmmaker).
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Indigenous Showcase: Indian Horse

March 09, 2019 4:00 PM

In the late 1950s Ontario, eight-year-old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway family and committed to one of the notorious Catholic Residential Schools. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his Indigenous heritage while he witnesses horrendous abuse at the hands of the very people entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favourite winter pastime hockey. Fascinated by the game, he secretly teaches himself to play, developing a unique and rare skill. He seems to see the game in a way no other player can.
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Island of the Hungry Ghosts

March 13, 2019 7:30 PM - March 20, 2019 7:30 PM

On a small island in the Indian Ocean, one of the planets largest land migrations takes place. Forty million crabs make their way through dense jungle to the rugged coast and, finally, to sea. But Christmas Islands sublime beauty hides another, darker presence: The Australian government runs a high-security detention facility deep within the islands jungles, where asylum-seekers wait indefinitely to hear whether they can continue on to Australia. Meanwhile, local islanders carry out hungry ghost rituals for the spirits of those who died on the island without receiving a proper burial.
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ByDesign 2019: Full Festival Pass

March 15, 2019 7:00 PM

Full festival pass to ByDesign 2019, which includes Opening Night, all film screenings, and pop-up market. Does NOT include workshops. The 2019 edition of Northwest Film Forums annual ByDesign Festival, held March 1517, will be curated and promoted in close partnership with Design in Public, a strategic initiative of AIA Seattle dedicated to unleashing the design thinker in everyone. Over the course of a weekend, every space within NWFF will be activated by programs centered on design and architecture, including short and feature films, performances, hands-on generative workshops, and a design faire featuring local makers. This years festival will also integrate with NWFF and DiPs core missions and visions, by focusing on societal growth and community-building as viewed through the lens of design-centered thinking.
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ByDesign 2019: Endless Letterpress / Los Últimos

March 15, 2019 7:30 PM

Facing the deterioration of the machines and the advance of new technologies, the printing presses are closing their workshops. At the same time, a group of young people rediscovers the greatest technical innovation in the history of the written word: the typesetting printing. But it will be difficult for them to learn the trade since it has always been passed down from master to apprentice and they are outsiders. The last graphic mechanic of the country will be in charge of teaching them. Will this ancient handcraft withstand the passage of time?
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ByDesign 2019: Text and After Effects

March 16, 2019 2:00 PM

Breathe life into your words! Become acquainted with the broad capabilities of Adobe After Effects and its powerful text animation engine. This workshop will cover many approaches to animating in and out of your type design, as well as demonstrate how text animators can be used creatively to achieve unconventional results. No experience required, but basic familiarity with After Effects a plus. Recommended for anyone who wishes to animate text or bring their film credits, title cards, and word-centric graphic elements to the next level.
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ByDesign 2019: 100 Year Plan by Emotional.Store

March 16, 2019 5:00 PM

100 Year Plan is a dystopian response to participating in the producer economy in the age of automation take-over. This live-cinema experience presents a performance of an online video in RL in which two creatives risk everything for digital success.
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ByDesign 2019: SuperDesign: Italian Radical Design 1965-1975

March 16, 2019 7:30 PM

The mid-1960s represented a revolutionary time when the need for change pervaded all aspects of life in the Western world. It was a time political violence, terrorism, and on an artistic level, of positive turbulence. As the creativity of industrialists and designers swelled, Italy started becoming a global focus for design. Through the words and stories of 19 players, SuperDesign retraces the history and the heritage of the Italian Radical Movement. These architects, designers, and curators take us back to a time when everything seemed possible, to find that the dreams, utopias, ideologies, and passion that permeated their experience and art are still alive today.
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ByDesign 2019: Flying Monks Temple

March 17, 2019 5:00 PM

A European architect and a Chinese businessman are about to complete the most ambitious project of their lives the worlds first structure for human levitation.
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ByDesign 2019: Brasília: Life After Design

March 17, 2019 7:30 PM

Located 2,000 kilometres from the Amazon and 18 hours from Rio, the city of Brasilia the capital of Brazil is a mythical place: a concrete utopia born out of the desert.
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What is Democracy?

March 21, 2019 7:00 PM - March 24, 2019 7:00 PM

Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, What Is Democracy? reflects on a word we too often take for granted. Director Astra Taylors idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalisms roots in medieval Italy; from modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor.
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The People Under the Stairs

March 21, 2019 7:30 PM

One of director Wes Cravens most unusual and subversively funny films delivers the thrills and gore one comes to expect from the director of A Nightmare on Elm Street, while also offering a scathing satire of conservatism, gentrification, inequality, and unchecked greed in other words, a film possibly even more relevant today than when it was released in 1991. When 13-year-old Poindexter Fool Williams (Brandon Adams) and a criminal-minded neighbor (Ving Rhames) break into the sprawling suburban mansion of a pair of heartless slumlords (Twin Peaks stars Wendy Robie and Everett McGill serving up wonderfully over-the-top performances), they uncover a labyrinth of twisted, terrifying secrets including a basement filled with cannibalistic children!
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March 22, 2019 8:00 PM - March 24, 2019 7:30 PM

Hoop Dreams goes to the mat in this intimate, coming-of-age documentary about four members of a high-school wrestling team at Huntsvilles J.O. Johnson High School, a longstanding entry on Alabamas list of failing schools.
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When the Wolves Came In Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion

March 25, 2019 7:15 PM

** Choreographer Kyle Abraham in attendance for Q&A! **
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The Wild Pear Tree

March 27, 2019 7:00 PM

Engauge Experimental Film Festival, in partnership with Northwest Film Forum, celebrate the life, legacy and work of Jonas Mekas (12/24/19221/23/2019). Senses of Cinema calls Mekas the midwife of the New York Independent Cinema, a term he preferred, and a more accurate description of his influence than the usual label godfather. Curator, critic, filmmaker, and enthusiastic patron of other filmmakers, Mekas was part of a small group of New York-based filmmakers who founded the journal Film Culture, the Filmmakers Co-op, a distribution center for independent films, and the Anthology Film Archive, an institution devoted to preserving and screening such work throughout the year. His contemporaries and co-conspirators included Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Shirley Clarke, Robert Frank, and Marie Menken.
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A Bread Factory, Parts 1 & 2 (one ticket covers both!)

March 30, 2019 4:15 PM - March 31, 2019 4:15 PM

This is the story of The Bread Factory, a community arts center in the small town of Checkford, told in two films. After 40 years of running The Bread Factory, Dorothea and Greta are suddenly fighting for survival when a celebrity coupleperformance artists from Chinacome to Checkford and build an enormous complex down the street catapulting big changes in their small town.
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Beginning Editing with Final Cut Pro X

April 03, 2019 6:30 PM

In this class, students will learn the software from the ground up, while getting experience editing a montage and narrative project.
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The Fate of Lee Khan

April 10, 2019 8:00 PM - April 12, 2019 8:00 PM

In his follow-up to the critically-acclaimed A Touch of Zen, trailblazing Chinese filmmaker King Hu brings together an all-star female cast, including Hong Kong cinema stalwart Li Li-hua and Angela Lady Whirlwind Mao, in this lively martial arts adventure. When Lee Khan, an official working for Mongolian Emperor Yuan of the Yuan Dynasty procures the battle map of the Chinese rebel army, Chinese resistance fighters, aided by an undercover girl-gang within Khans ranks, strive to corner him in an inn. Featuring stunning action sequences choreographed by Jackie Chans kung fu elder brother Sammo Hung and a generous mix of intrigue and humor, The Fate of Lee Khan is a legendary wuxia masterpiece.
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Cadence 2019 - Making Video Poetry - Youth Workshop

April 13, 2019 11:00 AM

In this interactive workshop, students will be introduced to the genre of videopoetry and collaborate to create a videopoem of their own.
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Pr0n 4 Freakz | an intersectional erotic film series

April 13, 2019 6:00 PM - 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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Slumber Party Massacre II

April 18, 2019 7:30 PM

After Slumber Party Massacre made history as the first feminist slasher film, the reigns were passed to writer/director Deborah Brock, who amped up the horror, the comedy, and the music for this incredibly entertaining sequel. Though she still has nightmares of that deadly night, the only sane survivor of the original slumber party (Crystal Bernard) accompanies her all-female rock band on a weekend getaway to a secluded condo complex to celebrate her birthday and get in a little rehearsal time. But wouldnt you know it, the demented driller killer returns reincarnated as an evil rock n roll star with his own deadly theme song!
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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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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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Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum

1515 12th Ave
Seattle 98122




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