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Open Screenings at the Film Forum

Free event!

Feb 09 - Aug 03

Are you a local filmmaker looking to share your work? Seeking feedback on your film? Want to see what other people are currently working on? Come join us for our monthly opening screening! Hang out with new and established filmmakers and experience films being made right here in our community.



Open Table Read

Free event!
Happy hour at 6:30!

Jul 06

Full script read of Robyn Miller's  new feature, Rebecca Gigantic.  Stellar cast includes Marya Sea Kaminski, Matt Smith, Evan Mosher, Joselyn Engstrom, Ali el-Gassier, Max Davis and Ray Tagavilla. Happy hour at 6:30pm, reading at 7 pm. Public welcome!



Girls of Summer: Opening Party

The Varsity Theatre
The Harbour Public House
Salumi Cured Meats

Jul 07

Join us for Girls Of Summer opening party at Northwest Film Forum. We will begin with three short films by local Seattle filmmakers Linda Fenstermaker, Caryn Cline and a surprise guest. Live music with beer and wine to follow. 



Art Walk: National Citizenship Test

Free event!
From the NWFF vault!

Jul 09

In the spirit of the 4th of July, come test your knowledge with a 16mm film print of "The National Citizenship Test". Originally televised in the 1960s, this film captures the essence of Cold War Era American values and identity. The film will screen twice.



Puget Soundtrack: Cock & Swan presents Only God Forgives

Live Music Score!

Jul 09

(Nicolas Winding Refn, Denmark/France, 2013, 90 min)

Cock & Swan will be the first Puget Soundtrack band to combine live scoring with pre-recorded elements — a technique they hope will allow them to focus on the highly rhythmic pacing of Only God Forgives. While Refn's followup to Drive is certainly short on dialogue, it doesn't skimp on either visuals or action. The blood-soaked revenge pic was a critical Hindenburg upon release, but could the right musical accompaniment be all it needs to soar?



The Tribe

Seattle Premiere!

Jul 10 - Jul 16

(Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Ukraine, 2014, DCP, 130 min)

Set in a boarding school for the deaf, The Tribe weaves an harsh tale of love and hate without ever uttering a spoken word. Director Myroslav Slaboshpytsky's feature debut also declines to subtitle the sign language used by all characters. Instead, the angst and fury of adolescence plays out in a series of terrific performance, all portrayed by deaf actors. The results have been earned universal critical acclaim and multiple awards at Cannes.




Co-presented with KEXP 90.3 and World Famous
Sponsored by City Arts Magazine
Curated by Bobby McHugh and Sharlese Metcalf
Happy Hour with DJ at 7pm!
Program at 8pm!

Jul 15

Join KEXP, Northwest Film Forum and World Famous for Videoasis, a quarterly showcase celebrating music videos from the Northwest and the artists who make them. The July edition's theme will be a mixture of eccentric curiously themed videos that will send your summer into a far out reality. Thursday Overnight KEXP host DJ Sean will be spinning music before and after the screening.




A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Seattle Premiere!

Jul 17 - Jul 23

(Roy Anderrsson, 2014, Sweden, DCP, 101 minutes)

Through a series of (mostly) unconnected painterly vignettes, legendary Swedish auteur Roy Andersson deftly delivers the finale to his humanist trilogy. Pigeon might be the oddest, funniest, deepest movie-going experience you've ever been to, and you'll be stumped trying to explain it to your friends. Irreducible to advertising, the entire trilogy has received a limited release in North America, even as it is hailed by critics as a masterpiece in our time.




35mm print!
Introduction by Steven Fried!

Jul 18

(Joseph Losey, 1968, UK, 35mm, 113 min)

Elizabeth Taylor is a sultry, medusa-haired wealthy widow. Richard Burton is the brooding, penniless poet who mysteriously appears on her private island. Both actors appear to be mildly intoxicated throughout as they act out their tabloid dramas with a tongue-in-cheek zest that’s not to be missed. 



RADAR: Exchanges In Dance Film Frequencies

Jul 19


Join us for a program dedicated to the exploration and evolution of dance film through connecting artists scene by scene. Curated by filmmaker/curator Adam Sekuler and choreographer Shannon Stewart, RADAR features movement based films of many budgets, styles and perspectives, creating a platform of local, national and international exchange that allows artists to publicly screen their work, discuss, get feedback and meet other artists working in the same form. Each screening features at least one film or dance artist from the screening city.




Not on Netflix: Polk County Pot Plane

Presented with Scarecrow Video!

One Night Only!


Jul 22

(Jim West, 1977, United States, VHS, 90 min)

Scarecrow Video's own Matt Lynch presents one of his all-time favorites: POLK COUNTY POT PLANE. A plane full of weed, a mountain runway in Georgia, a couple of good ol' boys, and a singular piece of regional exploitation. All based on a true story!



Do I Sound Gay?

Jul 24 - Jul 30

(David Thorpe, 2014, United States, DCP, 77 min)

Journalist-turned-documentarian David Thorpe turns the camera on himself and his own personal quest to sound straight. He's joined in this funny and insightful documentary by queer celebrities, including Dan Savage, David Sedaris, George Takei, and others. The documentary surveys popular media, personal anecdotes, psychological theories, and speech science that tries to explain 'sounding gay' as a phenomenon.


Photo by James Drury on Flickr Creative Commons.

Open Script Read

Free event!
Happy Hour: 6:30pm
Readings: 7pm
Last Monday of the month

Apr 27 - Aug 31

Join Northwest Film Forum for a monthly Open Script Read! 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. 



Our Lives in Google

Filmmaker in attendance!
Live performance!

Jul 27

(Adam Sekuler, United States, 2015, 24 min)

My Life In Google is a landscape film using the archive of Google Earth, Google Street View and Google Maps to create a personal memoir landscape film/live performance. After the screening and performance, the audience and filmmaker will embark together on an interactive excavation of the forgotten histories and topographies of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. 



Cotton Road

Director in attendance!
Seattle Premiere!

Jul 28

(Laura Kissel, 2014, United States, 72 min)

Americans consume nearly 20 billion new items of clothing each year. Yet few of us know how our clothes are made, much less who produces them. Cotton Road follows the commodity of cotton from South Carolina farms to Chinese factories to illuminate the work and industrial processes in a global supply chain.



Miracle Mile


Happy Hour with Steve at 6:30!

One Night Only!

Jul 31

(Steve De Jarnett, United States, 87 min)

Miracle Mile occupies a special place among Hollywood genres: the LA romantic-nuclear-apocalypse at the high water mark of 80s style. Writer-director Steve DeJarnett spent years having his lauded script stuck in Hollywood production limbo before he took the reins himself and created this cult classic.




Seattle Premiere

Jul 31 - Aug 06

(Chaitanya Tamhane, India, DCP, 116 min)

Court is a complex portrait of a country divided, visibly riven by caste and class differences that are accepted and perpetuated through behavior that is both intrinsically human and artificially imposed through the registers of postcolonialism. A prize winner at Venice, this quiet epic is unquestionably one of the greatest modern films to come out of Indian cinema.



Her Wilderness

Seattle Premiere

Director in Attendance!

Aug 05

(Frank Mosley, 2014, United States, DCP, 65 min)

Both a feature installation film and an online interactive experience, Her Wilderness is an investigation into responsibility, choice, and identity: a fairy tale for adults. The film weaves an elliptical, minimalist narrative of a lost, wandering child in the wake of an affair that may or may not have even happened.



You’re Lookin’ at Country: Invitation to Infidelity

Followed by Country-Oke!

Aug 07

Slide off of your satin sheets and join us for an all-you-can-cheat banquet of vintage country music videos, followed by Country-Oke! Our salute to adultery will kick off with classic country clips culled from 1960s, 70s and 80s film and TV performances. 



The Look of Silence

Aug 07

(Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark, 2014, DCP, 99 minutes)

An ambitious companion film to his Academy Award-nominated documentary, The Act of Killing, director Joshua Oppenheimer returns to the aftermath of the 1965 Indonesian genocide of communists and ethnic Chinese people in The Look of Silence. The documentary picks up the thread of its predecessor, and confronts the aging perpetrators of mass murder with the consequences of their crimes. 



The Damned: Don't You Wish We Were Dead

Aug 14 - Aug 16

(Wes Orshoski, 2015, USA, DCP, 110 min)

Fresh off its festival premiere, Don’t You Wish We Were Dead is the definitive story of THE pioneering punk band: THE DAMNED, from their formation in 1976 through to present day. It’s a rollicking, yet complicated journey, unflinchingly portrayed, and a must-see for any punk.