Now Showing

Speaking of Dying

Free screening!
Doors open 1pm
Screening at 1:30pm
Q&A with the producer and filmmaker will follow the screening! 

Apr 18

Speaking of Dying is an intimate documentary film, made in Seattle, that captures the importance of individuals and groups speaking openly about all aspects of end-of-life. The film signals a growing shift in our society around awareness and attitudes about how life ends.




Seattle premiere!

Apr 17 - Apr 23

(Lisandro Alonso, Argentina/United States/Netherlands/France/Mexico, 2014, DCP, 108 min)

Argentinian director Lisandro Alonso crafts a dream-like journey through haunting landscapes in 19th century Patagonia. Star/producer Viggo Mortensen is Captain Gunnar Dinesen, a Dane who travels with his fifteen year-old daughter to take an engineering job during the Conquest of the Desert (the systematic annihilation of indigenous people in Patagonia). 



Sweet 16 (Millimeter)

 Filmmakers in attendance!

Apr 18

We dug into the treasure trove and gathered together a program of rarely screened 16mm film prints by the likes of Lynn Shelton, Dayna Hanson, Jon Behrens, William Weiss, Reed O’Beirne, Christian Palmer, Caryn Cline, Web Crowell, Lori Goldston, and more! Come see Megan Griffiths play a pizza delivery person, the old PSA for the Grand Illusion and loads of other fun cinematic moments from yesteryear.




Filmmaker in attendance opening night!
Screens with Don Herztfeldt's World of Tomorrow on April 16, 18, 19, 21

Apr 15 - Apr 21

(Bill Plympton, United States, 2014, 76 min)

The incomparable Bill Plympton conjures up his memory of an old romance, infuses it with the noirish tone of Double Indemnity, and animates it with watercolor, pen and ink in Cheatin’. In a fateful bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of Romance. But when a scheming “other” woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their perfect courtship, insecurity spells out an untimely fate.



North by Pacific Northwest: the Films of Kelly Sears

Visiting filmmaker Kelly Sears in attendance!

Apr 19

Join us for an evening with animator and filmmaker Kelly Sears, whose politically potent collage animation media practice draws from genres such as experimental film, documentary, essay films, recycled cinema and critical fiction. 



Puget Soundtrack: Newaxeyes presents Alien

Live music!

Apr 20

Take a cinematic journey through Ridley's Scott's 1979 Alien, guided by a new live musical score crafted by Newaxeyes. This local Seattle quartet smears the boundaries of genres like hiphop, psych rock, noise and musique concrete for aural alchemy that telegraphs equal parts menace and beauty. 



Horrorism for Beginners, Beginners for Horrorism

Visiting filmmakers Juan David González Monroy and Anja Dornieden in attendance!
16mm screening and double projector live performance! 

Apr 23

"On this occasion OJOBOCA offers its introductory film massage. With our purpose-made device, our trained film masseuses will help you release your other self. Working directly on the invisible flesh, in four distinct movements, the sickness of light will be revealed."



Yakona: Journey Through the Eyes of a River

Live music!
Filmmaker and composers in attendance!
Free public reception at 6pm, both evenings!

Apr 24 - Apr 25

(85 min)

Yako­na means "rising water" in the language of the indigenous people of the San Marcos River in Texas. This film is a visual journey through the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos River and its headwaters at Spring Lake. The story takes the viewer from prehistoric times, through the modern era, on an impressionistic journey from the perspective of the river. 



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.