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Pioneers of African-American Cinema

Special screening for Film Forum members and Scarecrow $100+ members only!

Jul 27

Scarecrow Video, Kino Lorber, and Northwest Film Forum are proud to showcase selections from one of the most important home video releases of 2016: a monumental five-disc set representing the significant but long-overlooked achievements of early, independent African-American filmmakers. UW Professor Louis Chude-Sokei and critic Robert Horton will be on hand to discuss these rare, long-thought-lost films.



Puget Soundtrack: Fungal Abyss presents The Devils

Live score!

Jul 28

(Ken Russell, UK, 1971)

Seattle's Fungal Abyss adds another layer of spooky psychedelia to Ken Russell's The Devils, a dramatic historical horror film already heady with disturbingly violent, sexual, and religious content.



LIGHTHOUSE: An Evening With Paul Clipson

Live performance by Liz Harris of Grouper!

Jul 29

(Paul Clipson, US, 2009-15, 16mm, 78 min)

Paul Clipson is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who often collaborates with sound artists and musicians on films, live performances, and installations. His Super-8 and 16mm films utilize chance-based processes to encourage unplanned results while aiming to bring to light visual preoccupations that reveal themselves through a stream of consciousness workflow. Each combines densely layered, in-camera edited studies of figurative and abstract environments.




Jul 29 - Jul 31

(Ondi Timoner, US, 2004, 35mm, 107 min)

Timoner’s fascinating documentary is the stuff of rock n' roll dreams and nightmares, an entirely entertaining tale of outsized egos, temper tantrums, substance abuse and creative differences. At the heart of Dig! are The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, two bands whose industry highs and lows polarize them against one another as popularity, camaraderie and idealism snowball into fame, mistrust and disenchantment.



Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 2

Jul 30

Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 2 is the latest installment in a series that celebrates the vastness of the Chicago experience. This 90-minute program brings together the best of experimental, dance, narrative, and documentary short films from a diverse range of perspectives and joins them into one expansive, rich and engaging evening of cinema.



Speculation Nation

 Filmmakers in attendance!

Jul 31

(Sabine Gruffat & Bill Brown, US, 2014, 74 min)

Real estate speculators destroyed Spain’s economy in the 2007 global financial crisis, and now ordinary Spanish citizens occupy empty buildings and speculate about new ways to live.



'Til Madness Do Us Part

Seattle premiere!

Aug 17 - Aug 25

(Wang Bing, China, 2015, DCP, 227 min)

Master director Wang Bing documents the inmates of an isolated mental institution in rural Zhaotong, in southwest China's Yunnan province, in 'Til Madness Do Us Part. Within the facility's gates, the patients are confined to one floor of a single building. Once locked on that floor and cut off from the outside world, they all share the same constricted life in isolation, seeking comfort and human warmth wherever they can find it.



Wedding Doll

Seattle premiere!

Aug 24

(Nitzan Gilady, Israel, 2016, DCP, 82 min)

Nitzan Gilady’s first feature spins a story of love, independence and... toilet paper. Although Hagit (the luminous Moran Rosenblatt) has mild mental disabilities, she yearns for love and harbors dreams of becoming a wedding dress designer. Her overprotective mother keeps her close, but Hagit finds freedom through her employment at a toilet paper factory, where she falls in love with the factory owner’s son.



Holy Hell

Seattle premiere!

Aug 26 - Aug 31

(Will Allen, US, 2016, DCP, 100 min)

Holy Hell is a mesmerizing and traumatic insider document of Buddhafield, the Los Angeles cult led by narcissistic sociopath Michel Rostand. Director Will Allen's comprehensive coverage of the group's activities is culled from footage shot at Buddhafield during his engagement as documentarian of the group.



A Quiet Place in the Country

Aug 27 - Aug 28

(Elio Petri, Italy & France, 1968, 35mm, 105 min)

Sex, death, madness, and a stringent critique of art and commerce define Elio Petri’s A Quiet Place In the Country. Abstract painter Leonardo Ferri (Franco Nero) moves to a quiet country villa to escape the distractions of city life and regain artistic inspiration. His idyll turns out to be haunted by a ghostly presence, whose increasing encroachment on Ferri’s restorative getaway slowly begins to erode his mental state to the point of insanity.



Miss Sharon Jones!

Seattle premiere!

Sep 02 - Sep 08

(Barbara Kopple, US, 2015, 94 min)

Just as her career is taking off, iconic soul diva Sharon Jones faces her greatest challenge yet. This triumphant crowd-pleaser captures Sharon Jones during the most intense and courageous year of her life, as she battles back from a life-threatening illness to get back to where she belongs – center stage.



Los Sures

Sep 02 - Sep 04

(Diego Echeverria, US, 1984, 57 min)

Diego Echeverria’s Los Sures skillfully represents the challenges residents of New York City's Southside faced in 1984 - poverty, drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources - while also celebrating the vitality, strength, and resiliency of Williamsburg's largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community.



Open Screenings at the Film Forum

FREE Event!

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.




Seattle premiere!

Sep 08 - Sep 11

(Andrzej Zulawski, France-Poland, 2015, 103 min)

This final film from cult director Andrzej Zulawski explores the labyrinths of symbolism, significance, and the human quest for deeper meaning. A young law student wandering in the woods encounters a sparrow hung by a string and loses himself in an obsessive contemplation of what it (and all things) might mean.



Suddenly, Last Summer

Sep 10

(Joseph L. Mankiewicz, US, 1959, 35mm, 114 min)

A sordid tale of suppression, Suddenly, Last Summer details the efforts of wealthy matriarch Violet Venable (Katharine Hepburn) to cover up the facts surrounding her son Sebastian’s death. Her niece Catherine (Elizabeth Taylor), who witnessed the death, is left emotionally disturbed by the incident and can’t stop talking about it, and Violet attempts to protect her family’s secret by coercing a young surgeon to lobotomize Catherine. Gore Vidal adapted this American Southern Gothic tale by Tennessee Williams for the screen.



Lonesome Cowboys

Sep 11

(Andy Warhol, US, 1968, 16mm, 109 min)

Warhol’s deconstructive satire of the American Western film features his usual coterie of “superstars” Joe Dallesandro, Taylor Meade, Viva, and others. According to the original publicity poster, Lonesome Cowboys represents “the true story of what it was like to live the life of a cowboy in the Old West…a story of men among men and the woman who tried to interfere.”


Brenna Murphy, Episode 3, Minute 14

Ways of Something

Sep 14

Ways of Something (a twist on art theorist John Berger's 1972 BBC series Ways of Seeing) features over 114 multimedia/network-based artists; each of their formal, figural and kitsch approaches to videomaking present a unique interpretive response to the idea of applying a theoretical rubric to post-Internet art. Ultimately, Something turns the highbrow tone of documentary film into a wondrous and disjointed series of alternative outlooks on how artists understand art today.



The People Garden

Seattle premiere!

Sep 14

(Nadia Litz, Canada-Japan, 2015, DCP, 80 min)

Sweetpea travels to Japan to end her relationship with her rockstar boyfriend who is there to shoot a music video. Upon her arrival she discovers that said boyfriend has disappeared into a forest with fading 90s sex symbol Signe (Pamela Anderson). Sweetpea follows, and in doing so begins a spooky odyssey into the human psyche.



Don't Blink - Robert Frank

Sep 15 - Sep 18

(Laura Israel, US, 2016, DCP, 82 min)

Filmmaker Laura Israel documents legendary photographer Robert Frank’s artistic life and his endless search for the limits of his medium. Don’t Blink is an unapologetic celebration of artistic creation and experimentation; of the triumphs and tragedies of a life fully lived.


Photo by James Drury on Flickr Creative Commons.

Open Script Read

Free event!
Happy Hour: 6:30pm
Readings: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Last Monday of the month

Jun 29 - Nov 28

Script Reads are closed for the Summer but will start back up in September.

This gives you lots of time to prepare something..

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. 



The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil

Happy hour at 7pm!

Oct 21

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.