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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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Mourning Sickness Vol. 3 - Series Pass [In-Person Only]

April 21, 2024 8:00 PM

Seattle drag superstar Monday Mourning is ready to take your divine fixation with cult cinema 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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When the Apocalypse Is Over: Queer Philippine Shorts [In-Person Only]

May 29, 2024 7:00 PM - June 02, 2024 7:30 PM

These five digital, radical shorts from creative young queer directors offer new ways of seeing Philippine culture, from myths to their modern condition.
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Akira Kurosawa's Dreams [In-Person Only]

May 29, 2024 7:30 PM - June 02, 2024 7:00 PM

Unfolding in a series of eight mythic vignettes, this late work by Akira Kurosawa was inspired by the beloved directors own nighttime visions, along with stories from Japanese folklore. In a visually sumptuous journey through the masters imagination, tales of childlike wonder give way to apocalyptic apparitions: a young boy stumbles on a fox wedding in a forest; a soldier confronts the ghosts of the war dead; a power-plant meltdown smothers a seaside landscape in radioactive fumes. Interspersed with reflections on the redemptive power of creation, including a richly textured tribute to Vincent van Gogh (who is played by Martin Scorsese), Akira Kurosawas Dreams is both a showcase for its makers artistry at its most unbridled and a deeply personal lament for a world at the mercy of human ignorance.
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Adjust Your Tracking: NWFF's 2024 Gala [In-Person Only]

May 31, 2024 5:00 PM

Step into the spotlight at the Northwest Film Forum's eagerly awaited 2024 gala! This year, we're turning up the nostalgia with our theme, Adjust Your Tracking, reminiscent of those VHS days. Just as we fine-tune playback for optimal viewing, we're honing our connection with the Pacific Northwest's diverse film community.
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Unstreamable The Linguini Incident [In-Person Only]

June 05, 2024 7:00 PM - June 09, 2024 4:00 PM

Lucy (Rosanna Arquette) is a under-paid, under-appreciated waitress at a terminally hip NYC restaurant called Dali. Shes also an aspiring escape artist desperately in need of cash to buy Harry Houdinis wedding ring. Monte (David Bowie) is the shady but charming new bartender who desperately needs to get married at any cost. Together they join forces along with Lucys best friend, the self-defense bra designing Viv (Eszter Balint) to rob the popular restaurant, and all the trend-sucking leeches who dine there. As one might expect, it doesnt go as planned, but thats not necessarily a bad thing.
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Passing Strangers [In-Person Only]

June 05, 2024 7:30 PM - June 09, 2024 7:30 PM

One of cinema's first coming out stories, this debut feature from pioneering gay filmmaker Arthur J. Bressan, Jr. (Buddies) tells the story of Robert, a young, closeted gay man who finds love, acceptance, and activism through a Berkeley Barb ad. Critically acclaimed upon release and long-unavailable since, Passing Strangers is a romantic portrait of the gay liberation era that still resonates today.
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Pinkwashing Exposed [In-Person Only]

June 09, 2024 7:00 PM

Pinkwashing is a term activists have coined for when countries promote themselves as gay friendly to divert attention from terrible human rights violations in this case, from the brutal colonization of Palestine. Israel is the country most famous for pinkwashing, engaging it as a strategy in their rebranding campaign for the last decade.
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I Saw the TV Glow [In-Person Only]

June 12, 2024 7:00 PM - June 16, 2024 7:00 PM

Teenager Owen is just trying to make it through life in the suburbs when his classmate introduces him to a mysterious late-night TV show a vision of a supernatural world beneath their own. In the pale glow of the television, Owens view of reality begins to crack.
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Photo Booth [In-Person Only]

June 12, 2024 7:30 PM - June 16, 2024 7:30 PM

In this split-screen opera-documentary about boycott activism, two Palestinian brothers plot with novelist Jean Genet in Jericho to sabotage the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. Their method? Secure the collaboration of Buddy and Pedro, Torontos famous naked gay singing penguins. Photo Booth weaves together diverse doc, opera, and video art scenes, blending humour and song to explore the politics of boycott, staged in a surreal landscape of megaphones and photo booths, twelve-tone and split-screen, frisbees and teargas, Gaga and Gaza, solidarity and silence
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The Disabled List Presents: Live Comedy (June 2024) [In-Person Only]

June 15, 2024 6:30 PM

The Disabled List presents bi-monthly live standup at NWFF! Featured comedians in this edition TBA.
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Naked Acts [In-Person Only]

June 20, 2024 7:00 PM - June 27, 2024 7:30 PM

Beautiful aspiring actor Cicely (Jake-ann Jones) has just landed her first major role, but theres a big problem: it requires a nude scene. Her mother was a Blaxploitation star known for her sex appeal, while Cicely is a survivor of sexual assault with lifelong body image issues, all of which has left her with a strong aversion to disrobing in public. Now, with the support of her boyfriend Joel (Ron Cephas Jones), she attempts to get past her fear.
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Giving and Glam: A Fundraiser Supporting Lambert House [In-Person Only]

June 21, 2024 6:00 PM

Get ready for a fabulous, glitter-infused evening as we come together to champion equality and funding LGTBQIA+ youth programs at our fundraiser for the Lambert House! Join us in fiercely defending local queer youth when so much hate threatens to try and dim our sparkle. Now more than ever, LGTBQIA+ programs are necessary shelters for queer youth experiencing homelessness, a need for community, and a safe place to grow and connect with others.
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Born in Flames [In-Person Only]

June 22, 2024 4:30 PM - June 23, 2024 7:00 PM

The film that rocked the foundations of the 1980s underground, this postpunk provocation is a DIY fantasia of female rebellion set in America ten years after a social-democratic cultural revolution. When Adelaide Norris (Jean Satterfield), the Black revolutionary founder of the Womans Army, is mysteriously killed, a diverse coalition of womenacross all lines of race, class, and sexual orientationemerges to blow the system apart. Filmed guerrilla style on the streets of pre-gentrification New York, Born in Flames is a Molotov cocktail of feminist futurism thats both an essential document of its time and radically ahead of it.
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Hammer Me Queer [In-Person Only]

June 22, 2024 7:00 PM

The Interbay Cinema Society is proud to present a special screening series showcasing the groundbreaking work of pioneering filmmaker Barbara Hammer. Curated by local filmmaker Hogan Seidel, this series offers a unique opportunity to experience three of Hammers most influential films projected on 16mm: Nitrate Kisses, Endangered, and Multiple Orgasm.
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Secret Pride Screening 2024 [In-Person Only]

June 27, 2024 7:00 PM

After last years gay inter-gay-lactic adventure, Northwest Film Forum is back with another SECRET screening to kick off Pride Weekend! As always, we cant say much about the movie, but this is an electrifyingly queer story unlike any youve seen before. Youll laugh, cry, and never answer the phone the same way again. ð
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Mourning Sickness Vol. 3 Basic Instinct [In-Person Only]

July 14, 2024 7:00 PM

Beat the Seattle summer with a white-knuckle mystery so chilling, it cuts through the July heat like an ice pick through flesh. Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas lead us through a labyrinth of seduction, suspense, and peril in this defining erotic thriller of the 1990s. Stone delivers a career-defining performance, redefining the femme fatale as the alluring and unpredictable Catherine Trammel, in this masterclass in tension and intrigue thatll have you trusting only your most basic instincts.
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Wakamusha [In-Person Only]

July 26, 2024 7:00 PM - July 28, 2024 7:00 PM

Writer-director Ryutaro Ninomiya follows his 2017 film, Sweating the Small Stuff, with another small-scale drama of disaffected youth in Japan. Three young men live and work in a nearly-deserted Japanese city. Eiji is the loud-mouth, looking for trouble and causing mischief with unsuspecting bystanders; Wataru is the quiet one, whose blank exterior belies a troubled past and a roiling rage; Mitsunori is in between, adopting the worldview of whoever he is with. The three wander the streets, ruminating on the pointlessness of life in the modern age, never quite living up to the deeds of a fallen friend, until one of them goes too far and permanently fractures their relationship.
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In Our Day [In-Person Only]

August 02, 2024 7:00 PM - August 04, 2024 7:30 PM

Sangwon (Kim Minhee), an actress recently returned to South Korea, is temporarily staying with her friend, Jungsoo (Song Sunmi), and her cat, Us. Elsewhere in the city, the aging poet Uiju (Ki Joobong) lives alone, his cat having recently passed away. On this ordinary day, each of them has a visitor: Sangwon is visited by her cousin, Jisoo (Park Miso) and Uiju, by a young actor, Jaewon (Ha Seongguk). Each of them wants to learn about a career in the arts. But they also have bigger questions. Both Sangwon and Uiju have ramyun noodles for lunch and they both add hot pepper paste to their ramyun noodles, not a very common thing to do. As our friends talk and drink the day away, similarities between these encounters multiply and we begin to realize they may be more than just mere coincidence.
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Coconut Head Generation [In-Person Only]

August 09, 2024 7:00 PM - August 11, 2024 7:30 PM

The term coconut head generation originated as an insult targeting todays Nigerian twenty-somethings, who have been sweepingly mischaracterized as lazy and apathetic. Reclaiming the term as an ironic self-moniker, a growing number of the nations youth are instead proving themselves to be politically and morally engaged.
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Emerald Jett Reading with SassyBlack [In-Person Only]

August 09, 2024 7:00 PM

Come and listen to the first public reading of Catherine SassyBlack Harris-Whites musical Emerald Jett. After the reading will be an artist talk with Catherine.
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It's Such a Beautiful Day + ME by Don Hertzfeldt [In-Person Only]

August 14, 2024 7:00 PM - August 18, 2024 7:00 PM

Back in theaters for the first time since 2012, Don Hertzfeldt's celebrated mixed-media animation opus It's Such a Beautiful Day will play alongside his new short film ME, a 22-minute musical odyssey.
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Lyd [In-Person Only]

August 14, 2024 7:30 PM - August 18, 2024 7:30 PM

Lyd is a feature-length, speculative documentary that follows the rise and fall of Lyd (alternatively Lod, as it is now called), a 5,000-year-old metropolis that was a bustling Palestinian town, until it was taken over by the state of Israel. As the film unfolds, residents create a tapestry of the Palestinian experience of this city and exemplify the trauma left by the 1948 massacre and expulsion. Vivid animations envision an alternate reality where the same people live free from the trauma of the past and the violence of the present. Using never-before-seen archival footage of Israeli soldiers who carried out the massacre and expulsion, the personified city explains that these events were so devastating that they fractured reality, and now there are two Lyds one occupied and one free. As the film cuts between fantastical and documentary realities, it ultimately leaves the viewer questioning which future should prevail.
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Bubble Bath (Habfürdö) [In-Person Only]

August 23, 2024 7:00 PM - August 25, 2024 7:00 PM

Hungarian director György Kovásznais wildly idiosyncratic animated musical is one of the most indescribably strange, personal and totally irresistible cartoon features ever made.
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20,000 Species of Bees (20.000 especies de abejas) [In-Person Only]

August 30, 2024 7:30 PM - September 01, 2024 7:30 PM

In a small, sleepy village in the Basque Country, a sculptor named Ane and her three children arrive at her mother Litas home for summer vacation where they are surrounded by extended family and nosy neighbors. Ane and her mothers relationship is strained Lita disapproves of her daughters frayed marriage, career as an artist, and the way she parents her obstinate and mischievous children. Chief among them is eight-year-old Aitor, nicknamed Coco after it becomes clear that being referred to as Aitor elicits feelings of distress in the child. Born biologically male, neither birth name nor the genderless nickname feel quite right, and Anes concern for her child grows as Coco becomes more withdrawn. The childs only respite lies in the Basque hills, where Anes aunt Lourdes tends to the familys beekeeping farm. Among the peaceful humming of bees and Lourdes open-minded guardianship, Coco slowly begins to confide in family and friends her discomfort in her body, eventually voicing a desire to be treated as a girl. As Coco explores her own developing identity over the summer, Ane and the rest of her family in turn must learn to accept the child as she is.
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Staff Picks - Your Fat Friend [In-Person Only]

September 13, 2024 7:00 PM - September 15, 2024 7:00 PM

Acclaimed director Janie Finlay charts the rise of Aubrey Gordon. Shot over six years, we see Aubrey go from anonymous blogger yrfatfriend to New York Times best-seller and beloved podcaster with an audience of millions.
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Mourning Sickness Vol. 3 - The Craft [In-Person Only]

October 20, 2024 7:00 PM

Summon the coven as Mourning Sickness invokes the spirit of Halloween with a spellbound tale of witchcraft and 90s teen angst. This nostalgic cult classic casts a spell of four teen outcast witches who wield their newfound powers for love, revenge, and liberation, bringing them face to face with the exhilarating yet perilous potential of their craft. Just dont let the popcorn hex your black lipstick.
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Mourning Sickness Vol. 3 - Showgirls Annual Screening [In-Person Only]

January 12, 2025 7:00 PM

The cornerstone of cult cinema makes its GRAND RETURN to Mourning Sickness for its ANNUAL SCREENING!
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Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum

1515 12th Ave
Seattle 98122



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