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Touki bouki (The Hyena's Journey)

Jun 22 - Jun 26

(Djibril Diop Mambéty, Senegal, 1973, 35mm, 95 min)

Djibril Diop Mambéty's debut feature Touki Bouki is a tour de force stylistic composite of French New Wave filmmaking techniques, the avant-garde traditions of Sergei Eisenstein, and nonlinear West African storytelling (griot). Mory and Anta are a fashionable, Bonnie- and Clyde-esque young Senegalese couple on the lam, discontented with Senegalese modernity and dreaming of Europe. Channeling themes of wealth, youth, and delusion, the story revolves around the couple's brash and illegal attempts to get enough cash for boat tickets to Paris.



Kaili Blues

Seattle premiere!

Jun 23 - Jun 26

(Bi Gan, China, 2015, DCP, 113 min)

Visual poetry and geography guide the viewer in Bi Gan’s dreamlike debut feature Kaili Blues. Gan’s fluid camera captures the mystical landscape in the province of Guizhou, following doctor Chen Sheng as he embarks on a journey by train to find his nephew. On the way, Chen Sheng encounters a place where time seems to flow both forwards and backwards, the lives of the local people a complete mystery. The personal insights gained on his journey become meaningful on a larger scale as Chen’s journey ultimately reflects on the increasingly rapid pace of cultural and economic transformation in China.



School's Out Screening of Best of Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2016

Ice cream sandwiches and cupcakes in the lobby before each show!

Jun 26

(Various countries, animation and live action, in English, Spanish, Russian, Tagalong and Dutch, with English subtitles)

What better way to celebrate the start of summer than to see the world and feed your mind, with prizewinning and audience favorite films from Children’s Film Festival! These two screenings are also a special benefit to help send this year’s crop of youth jurors to the world-famous Giffoni Film Festival, in Italy, this summer — an amazing experience that Northwest Film Forum has offered to youth since 2014.



The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

35mm print!

Jun 29

(John Cassavetes, US, 1976, 35mm, 135 min)

John Cassavetes’s mid-70s film noirish gangster film is a mesmerizing study of masculine identity. Ben Gazzara plays Cosmo Vitelli, a suave gentleman’s club owner deep in debt with loan sharks who is forced to carry out a terrible crime or lose his way of life.



And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead

Seattle premiere!

Jun 29 - Jul 02

(Billy Woodberry, US/Portugal, 2015, DCP, 89 min)

And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead is an archival journey into New Orleans-born beat-poet Bob Kaufman’s life and work amidst the changes and struggles of the United States during his active years in San Francisco's North Beach, opening a time capsule of black-and-white film footage and still photography, underscored by jazz and city soundscapes.



Eurovision: Iconic Song Performances

Co-presented with Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Hosted by Richard & Kevin, Three Dollar Bill Cinema members

Happy hour in the lobby at 7:00pm

Jun 30

Eurovision is the longest-running annual song competition in television history and one of TV’s most-watched non-sports programs. The glitzy stage design, pop-anthemic performances, flamboyant costuming and dancing are delightful, breathtakingly saccharine expressions of supranational exuberance.



HAPPY HOUR for V2 Dance + Film Residency

Free event!

Jul 06

The V2 Dance + Film Residency is offered by Northwest Film Forum and Velocity Dance Center to two artistic teams selected through a Dance Film Challenge. Come meet the organizers of the residency and potential future collaborators at this free happy hour in the Film Forum lobby!




World premiere!
Live show commission by Northwest Film Forum

Jul 07 - Jul 09

Snow, cake, lighthouses, confined spaces, pockets, shadow, hands, pulse. These are the key components of PALMS, a performance that combines dance, music, poetry, and architectural design to portray the story of a wild animal turning into a woman. 




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.



Above and Below

Seattle premiere!

Jul 13

(Nicolas Steiner, Switzerland/Germany/US, 2015, DCP, 118 min)

Five individuals inhabit a set of apocalyptic landscapes in Swiss filmmaker Nicolas Steiner’s cinematic documentary about people living on the fringes of society; a couple and a man living in the flood channels under the Vegas strip, a man living alone in the desert to find respite, and a woman and her team of astronauts that train in the Utah desert to one day go to Mars.



Messiah of Evil

35mm print!

Jul 13 - Jul 14

(William Huyck, US, 1973, 35mm, 90 min)

This ultra-eerie, obscure film takes (and corrupts) the idyllic California beach town of Point Dune as its setting for a story of dark secrets and creeping horror. A daughter seeking her absent father in the town of Point Dune encounters strange and guarded townsfolk who, with strong Lovecraftian overtones, speak of the Blood Moon and the coming of their sea-dwelling Messiah.



Right Now, Wrong Then

Seattle premiere!

Jul 14 - Jul 17

(Sang-soo Hong, South Korea, 2015, DCP, 121 min)

Hong Sang-soo’s award-winning latest film Right Now, Wrong Then is a study in sincerity and awkwardly humorous encounters. A film director meets a woman while killing time before one of his screenings: a painter and former model who's never seen one of his films. They end up spending the day together, but at the exact midpoint of the film the narrative resets, replaying the day with both subtle and overt differences and suggesting new meaning in the spaces in between.




Filmmaker in attendance!

Seattle premiere!

Jul 15

(Lewis Klahr, US, 2002-15, DCP, 90 min)

Lewis Klahr’s 12-part, feature-length anthology draws upon years of short-form experimental animation. His content is sourced from a vast array of Pop-Art ephemera; comic books, newsprint ads, pulp literature, and Hollywood films. Sixty-Six is a gem of distilled narratives and free-association set to classical and popular music cues that ultimately evokes an atmosphere of noirish moonlit nights, swinging mid-60s interiors and desolate city streets.




Filmmaker in attendance! Live bands!

Jul 16

Come sit, drink, watch, and listen to this innovative theater/film/comedy/music hybrid, touring the USA this summer! Inspiration and source material for #Comments are taken from real internet comment threads, so you know it's going to be brilliant. Local band Ichi Bichi will close the show!



B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin 1979-1989

Seattle premiere!

Jul 20

(Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange, Germany, 2015, DCP, 92 min)

B-Movie brings the urgency, violence, and creativity of 1980s West Berlin back to vivid life with a wealth of unearthed Super-8 films by Mark Reeder along with content from dozens of other filmmakers. Never-before-seen archival fragments of punk and post-punk icons of the time pepper the documentary; footage of Gudrun Gut, Blixa Bargeld, and Malaria!, along with visitations from Nick Cave, Tilda Swinton, Keith Haring, and New Order.



White Star

Jul 20 - Jul 21

(Roland Klick, West Germany, 1983, DCP, 92 min)

In the lost years between Out of the Blue and Blue Velvet, an unhinged Dennis Hopper starred in this wildly unknown downfall tale, White Star. Hopper gives a terrifying, coke-infused and heavily improvised performance as seedy concert promoter Ken Barlow who aims to get his new synth-punk protégé Moody to the top of the charts - by any means necessary.




Jul 21

(Muscha, West Germany, 1984, DCP, 87 min, in German, Portuguese, and English with English subtitles)

Culled from the themes and writings of William S. Burroughs, legendary German cult film Decoder explores techno-fear, dystopian power, mass control and resistance. Examining the science of Muzak as a musical tranquilizer used to calm the masses in public spaces, Muscha’s film follows a young punk and sound enthusiast as he decodes Muzak to discover that it is a brain poison.



Puget Soundtrack: Lazer Kitty presents Legend

Co-presented by Capitol Hill Block Party

Jul 23

(Ridley Scott, US, 1986, Blu-Ray, 89 min)

In this classic fable directed by Ridley Scott, the Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry) seeks to master the Power of Light and bend it to his will through the spiritual seduction of a young princess (Mia Sara); a forest-dwelling hunk (Tom Cruise) and a bevy of elves, fairies and dwarves band together in a quest to retrieve her from Darkness’s imprisoning temple. Sumptuous photography and compelling physical effects and environments blend into a fantastic, otherworldly atmosphere that distinguishes Legend as a jewel in the crown among children’s 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.


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.