Now Showing

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.



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

Co-presented with Vulcan Productions & the Washington Bus
Free event! RSVP on Facebook
Director Ronnie Krensel in attendance!

Nov 01

We the Voters is a web-based collection of short films 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.



Cool Cats

Nov 03

(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.



Kate Plays Christine

Seattle premiere!
Skype Q&A with director Robert Greene on Friday!

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.



Special Events

Special Events

Check our calendar regularly for non-screening events; we host a plethora of lectures, roundtable discussions (Chat Room), multidisciplinary events (IRL: Craigslist), and free Art Walk events (Cine-meme).



Children's Film Festival Seattle

See the world and feed your mind at the 12th annual Children's Film Festival Seattle, the largest and best film festival on the West Coast for kids and their families. The fun starts on January 26!




Music Movies

The Film Forum has some of the strongest music film programming in the country - come enjoy live scores created by local musicians at our Puget Soundtrack series, music documentaries, soundscapes + multimedia and everything in between