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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.



Indigenous Showcase: Nemo Hadeest'ii (Navajo Finding Nemo)

Oct 22

(Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich, US, 2003, 100 min)

Over the past year, the Navajo Nation has been working with Pixar Animation Studios on dubbing a Navajo language version of Finding Nemo. The film, Nemo Hádéést'íí, is a unique partnership between one of the country’s most recognized animation studios and one of the country’s largest tribes. Nemo Hádéést'íí will be the first Pixar movie to be voiced entirely in a Native American language, Diné.



Roger Corman Double Feature: Ski Troop Attack & Monster from the Ocean Floor

Featuring an introduction by Professor Fred Hopkins, TV & Radio personality and SchlockMeister extraordinaire!

Oct 22

Ski Troop: (Roger Corman, US, 1960, 16mm, 63 min) Monster: (Wyatt Ordung, US, 1954, 16mm, 64 min)

Having produced or directed over 400 films in a 60 year Hollywood film career, Roger Corman turned 90 earlier this year. Join us for a 16mm double-feature screening of two of his classic, low-budget, drive-in features: Monster from the Ocean Floor and Ski Troop Attack.



The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith

Seattle premiere!

Oct 26

(Sara Fishko, US, 2016, 87 min)

Between 1957 and 1965 in New York, dozens of jazz musicians jam night after night in a dilapidated Sixth Avenue loft, not realizing that much of what they play and say to each other is being captured on audio tape and in still pictures by the gentle and unstable genius, former LIFE Magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith, who lives in the loft space next door.



Election Cavalcade: Democracy on 16mm, 1932-1977

Presented by The Sprocket Society

Oct 27

(various directors, US, 1932-1977, 16mm, ~100 min)

The Sprocket Society presents an election-time salute to the democratic process, with a slate of 16mm cartoons, propaganda, mini-docs, and satire. Contenders vying for your vote include Bugs Bunny, Richard Nixon, Shirley Temple, William McKinley, Sammy Davis Jr., Anita Bryant, FDR, Betty Boop, and more. Preceded by recordings of vintage campaign songs.




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 in-person forum of presentations, videos, and discussion on how the internet has changed art, with a new focus each edition. The latest installment, “Ownership and Property,” will address access to and control of both material and immaterial resources, art law, Creative Commons, cultural appropriation, art theft, and much more.


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 October.

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. 



We the Voters

Free event!

Nov 01

We the Voters is a nonpartisan web-based video series that aims to inspire and activate young Americans. The project features nonpartisan films, apps and games that demystify how the government works. WTV promotes a call to action and encourages voters to seize the power of their vote and make informed choices. This selection of WTV films will be followed by a panel conversation with experts involved in the project.



Kate Plays Christine

Seattle premiere!

Nov 03 - Nov 06

(Robert Greene, US, 2016, 112 min)

Actor Kate Lyn Sheil attempts to get "into character" as Christine Chubbuck, the newscaster who committed suicide on a Sarasota news program in 1974. Kate finds herself in a liminal zone between the personal and professional demands of her work, inheriting Christine’s demons in addition to her own; art and exploitation quickly become inextricable in Robert Greene's neatly constructed exploration of artifice, depression, media, and violence.



Cool Cats

Nov 04

(Janus Køster-Rasmussen, Denmark, 2015, 83 min)

Cool Cats tells the story of jazz giants Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon, who are forced by the fierce political climate of 1960s America to relocate to Denmark. Their presence in Copenhagen turns the city into a bustling jazz oasis, but the demons they hoped to leave in America are not so easily shaken.



Saturday Morning Cartoons with Brian Edwards

16mm print program!

Nov 05

(various directors, 1936-1974, US & Japan, 16mm, ~100 min)

Join us for a fun-filled, retro Saturday morning cartoon program, featuring Johnny Quest, Popeye, Superboy and Superman, Bugs Bunny and the Star Blazers!



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.



We Are X

Nov 09 - Nov 13

(Stephen Kijak, UK, 2016, 92 min)

From the production team behind the Oscar-winning Searching for Sugar Man comes We Are X, a transcendent rock & roll story about X Japan, the world’s biggest and most successful band you’ve never heard of...yet.



Titicut Follies

35mm print!

Nov 11 - Nov 13

(Frederick Wiseman, US, 1967, 35mm, 84 min)

Titicut Follies is a stark and graphic portrayal of the conditions that existed at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane at Bridgewater, Massachusetts. The film won critical acclaim after its 1967 premiere at the New York Film Festival, but was then censored for 24 years after state officials objected to the startling depiction of guards and inmates.



My King

Seattle premiere!

Nov 11 - Nov 13

(Maïwenn, France, 2015, 125 min, French with English subtitles)

French writer-director Maïwenn’s magnum opus about the real and metaphysical pain endured by a woman who struggles to leave a destructive co-dependent relationship with a charming, yet extremely self-centered lothario.



High School

35mm print! Screening at The Grand Illusion Cinema

Nov 12 - Nov 17

(Frederick Wiseman, US, 1968, 35mm, 75 min)

Frederick Wiseman's High School, a film about a large, urban high school, records the daily activities of administrators, teachers, parents and students and the policies and attitudes which shape the institution.



Indigenous Showcase: 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.




35mm print! Screening at The Grand Illusion Cinema

Nov 12 - Nov 17

(Frederick Wiseman, US, 1969, 35mm, 84 min)

Frederick Wiseman's Hospital shows the daily activities of Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, with particular emphasis on the emergency ward and out-patient clinics. It won an Emmy for Best News Documentary, and Wiseman won for Best Director in 1970.



A Thousand Cuts: Film Collector Book Release and Archival Screening

Book sales and signings with authors Dennis Bartok & Jeff Joseph at 6:30!

Nov 12

(various directors, DCP, ~90 min)

Join us for 90 minutes of film rarities, including the last surviving films of Greta Garbo and Humphrey Bogart for never-completed projects, the only existing footage of Fred Astaire and choreographer Hermes Pan dancing together, and much more. Dennis Bartok & Jeff Joseph, authors of A Thousand Cuts: the Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies, will be in attendance to discuss the role of collectors in film history.



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.



If There's a Hell Below

Nov 16 - Nov 17

(Nathan Williams, US, 2016, 94 min)

A thriller for the Snowden era, If There’s a Hell Below's entire runtime is infused with paranoia. Abe, a journalist with the scoop of his career, meets with Debra, who claims to work for national security’s secret service, but their meeting is ensnared in a web of suspicion and beset by third parties hell-bent on containing the threatened information leak.



IRL: Craigslist

Co-presented with Horse in Motion!

Nov 18 - Nov 19

Through 10 original plays, songs, short films, dance pieces and visual art, Craigslist is presented “in real life” in a night of performance and art that explores the humanity of the internet. Wheels, deals, missed connections and scams — who knows what the evening will bring.



Puget Soundtrack: Chris Brokaw Presents the Films of Peter Hutton

Live score!

Nov 20

(Peter Hutton, US, 1975-2000)

The late experimental filmmaker Peter Hutton (1944-2016) is renowned for his silent, dreamlike, cinematic portraits of landscapes and cities. Seattle musician and composer Chris Brokaw will score three of Hutton's films live, leaving another two silent in a gesture that preserves the subtle, contemplative nature of Hutton’s work.