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Brothers (Brodre)

Dec 01 - Dec 03

(Aslaug Holm, Norway, 2015, 102 min, Norwegian with English subtitles)

Aslaug Holm is a Norwegian filmmaker and mother of two sons, and both roles become inextricably intertwined as Holm trains her camera on sons Lukas and Markus (aged five and eight respectively when she began shooting) over the course of a decade, and the result is an astonishingly candid portrait of childhood that is faithful to the flux of coming-of-age.



A Rendering

Free event!

Nov 17 - Dec 03

LIMITS (Corrie Befort & Jason E Anderson), in association with filmmaker Adam Diller, premiere A Rendering, a two-part iterative dance film. Sound, space, and movement emerge as characters in a hypnotic, parallel universe that yields unusual psychological and physical states.



Seattle Documentary Association: Present Perfect

Free event!

Happy hour at 4pm!

Dec 04

Filmed over the course of a year in a preschool housed within a retirement home, Present Perfect is a feature length documentary about growing up and growing old in America.



Open Screenings at the Film Forum

Feb 09 - Dec 05


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.



Two films by Michael Snow

16mm prints!

Dec 08

Wavelength: (Michael Snow, Canada, 1967, 16mm, 45 min) To Lavoisier, Who Died in the Reign of Terror: (Michael Snow, Canada, 1991, 16mm, 52 min)

Canadian artist Michael Snow is one of the world’s most influential avant-garde filmmakers. His structuralist opus Wavelength will screen at the Forum alongside the melancholy and surreal La Voisier, Who Died in the Reign of Terror.



Holiday Party

Free, all ages, open to the public!
Sponsored by Naked City Brewery
Music by DJ Emmanuelle
RSVP to the Facebook event (not required)

Dec 09

Our legendary annual holiday potluck/dance/karaoke/dreidel/egg-nog bash is back, with Cineoke host Three Dollar Bill Cinema!



Fire at Sea

Seattle premiere! 

Dec 08 - Dec 11

(Gianfranco Rosi, Italy/France, 2016, DCP, 108 min)

For residents of Lampedusa, life continues at a steady pace. Samuele, observant 12-year-old Lampedusan, likes playing on land, even though everything around him speaks of the sea and those who try to cross it to get to his island. Gianfranco Rosi simultaneously documents Samuele's life and a few of the many battered boats that wash ashore, as migrants finally reach land after a harrowing journey. What’s next?



Family Holiday and Children's Film Festival Launch Party!

All ages! Milk and cookies!

Dec 11

Join us to usher in the holidays and be among the first to find out what's on tap for Children's Film Festival Seattle (Jan. 26 to Feb. 11) at the Forum! We'll have animation and crafting stations, classic TV holiday specials playing in Cinema 2, dreidel, milk and cookies, and a special sneak peek at the highlights of CFFS 2017.



Movement Material

Artists in attendance!

Dec 11

(Jeremy Moss & Pamela Vail, US, 2012-2016, 60 min)

Movement Material is a 60­-minute program of video, 16mm projection, and live performance that highlight transfigurative gestures via the collision of camera and dance. This program explores the roles and functions of both the cinematographer (Jeremy Moss) and the dancer (Pamela Vail) while engaging questions of space, movement, and the ways in which the frame and the cut create alternate walls and rhythms.



Peter and the Farm

 Seattle premiere!

Dec 14 - Dec 15

(Tony Stone, US, 2016, DCP, 91 min)

Imbued with an aching tenderness, Peter and the Farm is both a haunting and heartbreaking documentary, a mosaic of its solitary and singular subject’s transitory reflections on life. The poetic idealism of 1960s counterculture has left Peter Dunning, and in its vacuum he has developed increasingly self-destructive habits, alienating his wife and children.



The Eyes of My Mother

Dec 14 - Dec 18

(Nicolas Pesce, US, 2016, DCP, 76 min)

One horrific act forever alters a young woman’s life on a farm. We follow Francisca, a surgeon’s daughter, from this traumatic event to an isolated adulthood, as she seeks to fulfill her parents’ legacy in increasingly gruesome ways.



Oyster Factory (Kaki kouba)

Seattle premiere!

Dec 15 - Dec 17

(Kazuhiro Soda, Japan, 2015, 145 min, in Japanese with English subtitles)

Oyster Factory immerses us in the intimate labor of traditional small factory fishing and processing of oysters, work which is steeped in the history of local culture but is threatened by depopulation and globalization. The fastidious process is matched by a similarly nimble filmmaking technique, rich in small details but also revealing a broader portrait of Japan post-disaster.



Sin Alas

Seattle premiere! 

Dec 16 - Dec 18

(Ben Chace, US/Cuba, 2015, DCP, 84 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)

The first American film shot in Cuba since the revolution, this Havana-set memory film is a melancholic love story that evolves into a universal meditation on life. An old man, Luis (Carlos Padrón), reads the obituary of a famous dancer who was once his lover, and in doing so begins a melancholic, Wild Strawberries-esque journey through a passionate but painful past.



The Eyes of the Totem

Seattle premiere!

Dec 18

(W. S. Van Dyke, US, 1927)

Shot in 1926 by H.C. Weaver Studios in Tacoma, WA and lost for decades, this film was recently rediscovered in the archives of a museum in New York City. The Eyes of the Totem was directed by W.S. Van Dyke, who went on to direct the Thin Man series, as well as many other feature films. This screening will include a panel discussion with the composer of the modern musical score and local film preservationists that have been involved in its return to Pacific Northwest audiences.



Harry Benson: Shoot First

Seattle premiere!

Jan 06 - Jan 12, 2017

(Justin Bare and Matthew Miele, US, 2016, 89 min)

At 86 years young, photographer Harry Benson is a living history book. He has captured vibrant and intimate moments with The Beatles, Muhammad Ali, Dr. Martin Luther King, and every US President. In this intimate new documentary, Benson’s life and work are pulled into focus.



2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour

Jan 11, 2017

Each of these eight short films from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival breaks through its limited timeframe with a high level of artistry and story that will resonate with audiences long after the lights go up. The program includes fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, traversing vibrant styles from wild comedy to reflective poetry.



Il Solengo

Jan 12 - Jan 14, 2017

(Alessio Rigo de Righi & Matteo Zoppis, Argentina / Italy, 2015, 66 min, Italian with English subtitles)

In this melancholic fable, Etruscan elders gather at a hunting cabin to speculate about the existence of one Mario de Marcella, who is said to have lived a hermetic life in a cave in Tuscia. Il Solengo’s narrative is hinged to Italian oral tradition, with no one reliable narrator that can lift the shroud of mystery from de Marcella’s story.



The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil

Happy hour at 7pm!

Jan 13, 2017

Seattle’s favorite political comedy talk show continues to burrow into the psyche of a city under siege. Each live episode features interviews with local politicians, activists and artists plus performances, surprises and shocking revelations.