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Breaking a Monster

Seattle premiere!

Aug 26 - Aug 28

(Luke Meyer, US, 2015, 93 min)

Breaking a Monster follows the meteoric rise of Unlocking the Truth, a heavy metal band of three African-American middle schoolers in Brooklyn. With the help of manager Alan Sacks, a 70-year-old industry veteran, they’re on their way to a 1.8 million dollar record deal and a precarious initiation into the music industry.



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.



Seemed Caveats: New Videos from Dakota Gearhart

Local artist's video works on loop at the Film Forum!

Aug 01 - Aug 31

Now looped in the front window of the Film Forum for the entire month of August: New video works from local artist Dakota Gearhart examining connections between the environment, femininity, and digital futures.



Made in Venice

Sep 01

(Jonathan Pension, US, 2016, 76 min)

Jonathan Pension's Made in Venice covers the crusade of original "Dogtown" skateboarders to provide a permanent, maintained skatepark for the future pro skaters of Venice Beach.



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

Introduction by Charles Mudede on Saturday at 8pm

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.



Branching Paths

Seattle premiere!

Sep 03

(Anne Ferrero, 2016, 83 min)

Branching Paths is a mosaic of the developers, publishers and people who gravitate to indie games in Japan.



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!
Free happy hour with the Seattle Polish Film Festival at 6:30pm on 9/7!

Sep 07 - 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.



Chatty Catties

Sep 09 - Oct 08

(Pablo Valencia, US, 2016, 84 min)

Chatty Catties is a comedy set in an alternate world in which cats are able to communicate with humans. Sassy tabby Leonard, dissatisfied with the care that his human owner Shelby provides, attempts to facilitate a relationship between Shelby and Nate, a kind-hearted musician, in order to bring balance to the apartment.



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.



Paul McCarthy & Mike Kelley: Heidi

Co-presented by Northwest Film Forum and the Henry Art Gallery

Sep 18

(Paul McCarthy & Mike Kelley, US, 1992, 63 min)

Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley's collaborative reinterpretation of children’s novel Heidi brings together an elaborate set, a series of rubber figurines, and two backdrop paintings in order to question sexually repressive social hierarchies, the conventions of horror films, and mass media portrayals of family life.



Annual Member Meeting

Happy Hour 6pm
Meeting 7pm

Sep 19

Every September, the members of Northwest Film Forum convene to shape the direction of the organization. Join us as we vote on board members and officers, discuss the state of the organization and local filmmaking, network with other filmmakers & lovers, and enjoy a drink.


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 Misplaced World (Die abhandene Welt)

Join us in the Forum lobby after the show for the opening night party!

Oct 07

(Margarethe von Trotta, Germany, 2015, 101 min)

Paul Kromberger’s discovery of a photo of US opera diva Caterina Fabiani that looks strikingly like his dead wife triggers a wave of unease in his family. His daughter travels to America in search of clarity about the Kromberger-Fabiani mystery.



Windstorm 2 (Ostwind 2)

Family film! Ages 11+

Oct 08

(Katja von Garnier, Germany, 2015, 108 min, in German with English subtitles)

Teenaged Mika, disturbed by a dream about her beloved horse, Windstorm, cancels a holiday in Paris to visit her family’s stables. Upon arrival she learns that the family business is on the verge of bankruptcy, and there are unexplained scratches and cuts on Windstorm’s stomach.



Then Is It the End? (Was hei├čt hier Ende?)

Oct 08

(Dominik Graf, Germany, 2015, 120 min)

Beloved critic Michael Althen contributed immeasurably to our understanding of film until his premature death at the age of 48 in 2011. In this cinematic homage, his colleagues and friends remember his life and work, celebrating his unique passion for the medium.



Exit Oerlikon (Usfahrt Oerlike)

US premiere!

Oct 08

(Paul Riniker, Switzerland, 2015, 94 min)

Looking back on his life, Hans has to admit that it was a good one. He saw the world, and his marriage with his wife Martha was wonderful; but now that Martha has been dead for two years, Hans is losing his investment in living. Hans’s friendship with Willi feels like his last connection to the world.



Streif: One Hell of a Ride

Oct 08

(Norbert Heitker, Austria, 2014, 110 min)

Now celebrating its 75th anniversary, the annual Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel, Austria, has produced unforgettable triumphs and heartrending tragedies. Its heritage is full of myths and legends.



My Friend Raffi (Rettet Raffi!)

Family film! Ages 8+

Oct 09

(Arend Agthe, Germany, 2015, 97 min, in German with English subtitles)

Eight-year-old Samuel’s hamster Raffi has been kidnapped! This is the charming story of Samuel’s search operation for his beloved pet throughout Hamburg.



Next Generation Short Tiger 2015

Oct 09

(various directors, Germany, live action and animation, 2015, 87 min, in German with English subtitles)

The short film program Next Generation was created by German Films in 1998 to introduce young talents from Germany to international audiences. Selected from film school submissions by an independent jury, the program premieres within the framework of the Cannes Film Festival and is then presented internationally at festivals of German films. This is the 2015 series of nominees.



The Culpable (Verfehlung)

Oct 09

(Gerd Schneider, Germany, 2015, 95 min)

The life and faith of a Catholic prison minister is shaken when his friend and colleague is taken into custody under suspicion of sexual abuse.



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.



Do Not Resist

Seattle premiere!

Oct 21 - Oct 27

(Craig Atkinson, US, 2016, DCP, 72 min)

Shot over two years and in 11 states, starting on the streets of Ferguson as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, Do Not Resist shows how local police forces have evolved into paramilitary organizations with an extreme amount of resources.




Oct 28 - Nov 06

(Keith Maitland, US, 2016, DCP, 98 min)

On August 1st, 1966, a sniper rode to the top of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, killing 16 people holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. Fifty years after America’s first mass school shooting, director Keith Maitland’s Tower reveals the untold stories of witnesses, heroes and survivors.



Chat Room

Happy hour at 6:30pm in the lobby

Oct 29

Chat Room is a quarterly forum on how the internet has changed art, with a new topic for each edition. It aims to demystify the fundamental questions about art and its broader place in society through live presentations, recorded video and audience interaction. October's edition is themed "Ownership and Property", and will explore Intellectual Property law, legal structures of art ownership, activism against art theft by corporations, and much more.



The Seventh Fire

Nov 12

(Jack Pettibone Riccobono, US, 2016, 78 min)

When gang leader Rob Brown is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved American Indian community in northern Minnesota. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared Native gangster on the White Earth Indian Reservation.



Theo Who Lived

Seattle premiere!

Nov 16

(David Schisgall, US, 2016, 86 min, in English and Arabic with English subtitles)

In the late fall of 2012, American journalist Theo Padnos slipped into Syria to report on the country’s civil war and was promptly kidnapped by Al Qaeda. His fluency in Arabic led his captors to suspect that he worked for the CIA. A gripping narrative of torture, thwarted escapes, and unlikely friendships and betrayals in captivity, Theo Who Lived is an intimate portrait of personal resilience, and grace in the face of hate.