Now Showing

Norte, The End of History

Nov 14 - Nov 20

(Lav Diaz, the Philippines, 2013, 250 min)

Acclaimed Filipino auteur Lav Diaz, who won best film for his latest at the 2014 Locarno Film Festival, has created a masterful rumination on the traumatic and transformative effects of global capitalism in his homeland. The saga follows Fabian, a student riled by the socioeconomic debris of the developing world left in the wake of advanced capitalism—what historian Francis Fukuyama referred to as “the end of history.” 



Puget Soundtrack: Cabana presents Microcosmos

Live music!
35mm print!

Nov 20

(Claude Nuridsany, Marie PĂ©rennou, Switzerland, 1996, 35mm, 72 min)

Cabana welcomes you to the microcosmos. Behold the exhilarating, alien world of insect life in a French meadow, featuring stunning close ups (captured using macroscopic and time-lapse photography). Impish humor, riveting drama and carnal violence abound.  Our new Music Movies series, Puget Soundtrack, invites Seattle musicians and bands to create a live score for a film of their choosing. In November we feature Cabana, a four piece band from Seattle that plays rock with psychedelic and shoegaze leanings, influenced by Spacemen 3, Brian Jonestown Massacre, My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth.



Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

Pre-screening introductions:

Nov 21: Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director, Photographic Center Northwest

Nov 22: Zorn B. Taylor, Photographer

Nov 21 - Nov 26

(Thomas Allen Harris, United States, 2014, DCP, 92 min)

Part of a multimedia project that traces the history of African-American photography, Thomas Allen Harris’s Through a Lens Darkly explores how African American communities have used the medium of photography to construct political, aesthetic, and cultural representations of themselves and their world. 



All Relative

One screening only! 

Nov 21

When Harry, an architecture graduate student in NYC, meets Grace, he immediately falls for her. With the help of some dating tips from a seductive older woman, Harry successfully courts Grace, but when he's introduced to her parents, a shared secret turns his world into a living nightmare. Forced to survive a weekend riddled with tension and socially awkward moments, the bonds of both couples are tested to their breaking point.



The Last Song Before the War

Join us for a post-screening conversation with film subjects JeConte & a member of the Mali Allstars!

Nov 22

(Kiley Kraskouskas, United States/Mali, 2013, 90 min)

This feature-length documentary captures the power, beauty, and uncertain future of Mali’s annual Festival in the Desert. Told through stunning high definition footage captured at the 2011 festival, the film is a lyrical road trip through Mali, the birthplace of the blues, to the legendary city of Timbuktu where Grammy-award winning musicians play their hearts out in the dunes of the Sahara. 



Sugar and Skyjelly: Short Films and Live Music

Director Sarah Jane Lapp in attendance!
Live performance by Skyjelly to follow screening!
Sponsored by the Washington Composers Forum!

Nov 23

"What about the relationship between sweetness and power?" Sarah Jane Lapp's personal essay film Sweetface probes the shadows of sugar and labor, love and power. Tonight's screening is paired with Third Shift by Anthony Simon, where two former sugar refinery workers revisit the building 10 years after its closure. Psycho-blues-noise outfit Skyjelly will play a concert after the screening.



Young Lakota

Free screening!
Co-presented with Longhouse Media
Co-directors Marion Lipschutz & Rose Rosenblatt, and women's advocate Cecelia Fire Thunder in attendance!

Nov 23

(Marion Lipschutz & Rose Rosenblatt, United States, 60 min)

Young Lakota is a uniquely sensitive documentary portrayal of bright young people finding their way during a tumultuous political season on the Pine Ridge Reservation, that hinges on reproductive rights and tribal sovereignty. The film follows the surprising highs and lows of the statewide referendum on abortion, a divisive tribal election, and three youth who find themselves thrust into the political fight. 



Special Events

Free events

Scour our calendar for regular free and extra-affordable events for Seattle film lovers. Have you checked out Framing Pictures? We have the best film critic chat in town. 



Children's Film Festival Seattle

See the world and feed your mind at the ninth annual Children's Film Festival Seattle, the largest film festival on the West Coast for kids and their families. The fun starts on January 23!




Music Movies

The Film Forum has some of the strongest music film programming in the country - come enjoy live music performance, music documentaries, soundscapes + multimedia and everything in between.