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

Oct 22

Videoasis is a celebration of music videos and the artists who make them. Our quarterly showcase is a thematic mixture of locally made videos, some new, and some definite throwbacks. Curated by Bobby McHugh and Sharlese Metcalf, Videoasis is brought to you by KEXP, World Famous & Northwest Film Forum.



Swim Little Fish Swim

Seattle premiere!

Oct 24 - Oct 30

(Ruben Amar and Lola Bessis, United States, 2013, DCP, 95 min)

Inspired by New York filmmakers Jim Jarmusch, John Cassavetes and Spike Lee, and by their own experiences of the city, French filmmakers Ruben Amar and Lola Bessis have crafted a delightfully engrossing domestic drama for their feature debut. 



Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story

Film subject Ed Reed in attendance!
Film introduction and hosted Q&A by jazz journalist Robin Lloyd!
Sponsored by KPLU 88.5!

Oct 25

(NC Heiken, United States, 2014, 84 min)

Frank Morgan was a prodigal alto sax player who, like so many of his fellow musicians of the era, saw his career plagued by drug addiction. What sets Frank apart is not just his exceptionally beautiful, classic alto playing, but also the amazing fact that he survived 30 years of revolving door incarceration and drug abuse, and went on to a comeback career in the last 22 years of his life. 



The Crow + SuperTrash

20th anniversary screening of The Crow!

Oct 29 - Oct 31

(Alex Proyas, United States, 1994, Blu-ray, 102 min)

Grunge virtuosity reigns supreme in The Crow, a gothic cult classic filled with extreme performances, anguished romance, delicate oblivion and unchecked sadism. Perfect for Halloween. Join us on October 31 to celebrate the related release of author Jacques Boyreau's new Fantagraphics book, SuperTrash: Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish, 21st Century Anxiety.



The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga

Nov 01

(Jessica Oreck, United States/Russia/Ukraine/Poland, 2013, 72 min)

An iconic fairy tale reveals its philosophical roots (and ripple effects) in this journey deep into the forest. The widely-known Eastern European folk tale of Baba Yaga tells of a witch with a cabin on chicken’s legs, and a penchant for children’s flesh. But Yaga’s world took on new meaning during wartime, when those who once feared her began to flee into the woods in search of refuge. 



Surviving Cliffside

Director Jon Matthews in attendance!

Conversation at 4pm before the screening with Jon Matthews, filmmaker Amy Benson, and program director Courtney Sheehan

Nov 02

(Jon Matthews, United States, 2014, 65 min)

Surviving Cliffside opens with a title card that reads, “dedicated to my homestate of West Virginia and all her complexities, contradictions, and immense beauty.” Those complexities and contradictions are explored through tender contemplation and unconventional narrative structure in this rare portrait of rural West Virginia. 



In Medias Res

Nov 03

(Luciana Fina, Portugal, 2013, digibeta, 72 min)

In the 1950s, Portuguese architect Manuel Tainha grew up as a young architect in Lisbon’s exciting modernist movement, and later became an acclaimed professor, going on to create work that subverted established standards for architectural form. More than a biographical documentary about a renowned architect, In Media Res creates dialogue between space and time, filmmaker and viewer, inside and outside, architecture and other art forms. 




Nov 04

(Sergei Loznitsa, Ukraine, 2014, 131 min)

Both timely and timeless, Maidan captures the massive public demonstrations  in late 2013 and early 2014 that catalyzed the Ukranian Revolution and deepened rifts between Russia and the West. Director Sergei Loznitsa (My Joy, In the Fog) lets the people speak for themselves, opting for long static shots and refraining from imposing voice over narration or traditional interviews. 



Song from the Forest

Nov 05

(Michael Obert, Germany, 2013, Blu-ray, 96 min)

As a young man, burgeoning musicologist Louis Sarno was gripped by a Bayaka pygmies song he heard on the radio. After researching the song’s homeland, he traveled to the rainforest of the Central African Republic to learn more. 25 years later, he has recorded thousands of hours of Bayaka music, raised a son in the forest and lives with the Bayaka people.



The Seattle Documentary Summit

Nov 07 - Nov 08

Join many of Seattle's top non-fiction professionals as they discuss the important issues surrounding the industry. Topics include: storytelling to help raise money, storytelling in production, interactive storytelling, legal issues and new distribution models. 


Image copyright Laurie Clark Photography.

Women in Film – The Second Tuesday

Happy hour + program!

Free event for WIF and NWFF members!

Mar 11 - Nov 11

Every second Tuesday of the month, join Women in Film Seattle and Northwest Film Forum to connect with your peers and share stories of your latest gig, show off a finished project or a work-in-progress, and network to your heart’s content. Special ticket pricing: $6 for guests.



Screen Shots at Capitol Hill Art Walk

Free event, 6pm - 8pm!
Happy hour drink prices!
Curated by Vera Petukhova!

Jul 10 - Nov 13

Join Northwest Film Forum for Screen Shots, a monthly series during Capitol Hill Art Walk. A new program every month features happy hour, video art, and sometimes special guests and lobby installations!



American Interior

With an introduction by director/musician Gruff Rhys! 

Come see the film before Gruff's show around the corner at Barboza
Bring your concert ticket stub and get a $1 off your movie ticket!

Nov 14

(Dylan Goch, Gruff Rhys, Wales, 2014, Blu-Ray, 91 min)

Gruff Rhys of Welsh electro-psych rock outfit Super Furry Animals embarks on a quest into the American interior to retrace his ancestor’s footsteps. In the late 18th century, Welsh explorer John Evans became convinced that a fellow countryman had discovered the Americas. To prove his point, he set out on his own in search of a Welsh-speaking Native American tribe, and along the way mapped the Missouri river (a document that proved handy for Lewis and Clark) and entrenched himself in the contested frontier. 



Norte, The End of History

Nov 14 - Nov 20

(Lav Diaz, the Philippines, 2013, 250 min)

Acclaimed Filipino auteur Lav Diaz, who won best film for his latest at the 2014 Locarno Film Festival, has created a masterful rumination on the traumatic and transformative effects of global capitalism in his homeland. The saga follows Fabian, a student riled by the socioeconomic debris of the developing world left in the wake of advanced capitalism—what historian Francis Fukuyama referred to as “the end of history.” 



A Spell to Ward Off Darkness

Director Ben Russell in attendance!
With introduction and Q&A moderated by film critic Jay Kuehner! 

Nov 15

(Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, 2013, Estonia/France/Germany, DCP, 98 min)

The first major collaboration of celebrated film and media-makers Ben Rivers (Two Years at Sea) and Ben Russell (Let Each One Go Where He May) proposes a different dialectic for artistic partnership. A mysterious loner roams across three movements: a commune on a small Estonian island, the majestic wilderness of Northern Finland, and a black metal concert in Norway. The lead performance by Brooklyn-based musician Robert A.A Lowe fuses the psychedelic, mystical threads of Russell's work and the dedicated nomadism of Rivers'.



Puget Soundtrack: Cabana presents Microcosmos

Live music!
35mm print!

Nov 20

(Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou, Switzerland, 1996, 35mm, 72 min)

Cabana welcomes you to the microcosmos. Behold the exhilarating, alien world of insect life in a French meadow, featuring stunning close ups (captured using macroscopic and time-lapse photography). Impish humor, riveting drama and carnal violence abound.  Our new Music Movies series, Puget Soundtrack, invites Seattle musicians and bands to create a live score for a film of their choosing. In November we feature Cabana, a four piece band from Seattle that plays rock with psychedelic and shoegaze leanings, influenced by Spacemen 3, Brian Jonestown Massacre, My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth.



Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

Nov 21 - Nov 26

(Thomas Allen Harris, United States, 2014, DCP, 92 min)

Part of a multimedia project that traces the history of African-American photography, Thomas Allen Harris’s Through a Lens Darkly explores how African American communities have used the medium of photography to construct political, aesthetic, and cultural representations of themselves and their world.