August Renovations Announcement
August 22, 2016: Update
Northwest Film Forum continues to remodel our venue to improve your experience in our venue. The theater opens again on August 24th for Wedding Doll at 8pm with limited concessions as we continue to install the new box office counter.
Renovations include expanding the lobby, building a new box office, launching faster POS stations, installing sound-proofed doors in the cinemas, and making improvements to the exterior of the building in preparation for a new awning in the fall.
- Equipment rental, venue rental, and the edit suite remain on break. Take this short survey to help us improve these services.
- Please check the website calendar for up-to-date showtimes.
Please refer to this page for further updates. We thank you for your patience during the renovations period. We can't wait to unveil the new and improved Film Forum!
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Renovations made possible with support from 4Culture, the Office of Arts & Culture, and the Garneau-Nicon Family Foundation
Cue Northwest Music Residency
Vote for the next Puget Soundtrack film!
Northwest Film Forum and Brick Lane Records are offering a $2,000 residency for a Northwest band/musician to develop a Puget Soundtrack (live score) for a film. For this special edition of the Forum’s popular live score series, the film will be selected by YOU, the voting public! Once the winning film is determined through a public vote, musicians will be invited to submit their music for consideration for the residency.
The vote is between the following films:
- Belladonna of Sadness
- La Haîne
- Holy Mountain
Judges for the music residency: Sharlese Metcalf (KEXP/DJ), Erik Blood (Musician/Producer), Kelton Sears (Music Editor for Seattle Weekly), Susan Maughlin Wood (Seattle Composers Alliance)
Watch this video to find out more about the film choices, then vote! Voting closes July 28.
CLICK HERE when you're ready to vote!
Puget Soundtrack is a series of live score commissions presented by Northwest Film Forum. Past editions have been performed by: Kingdom of the Holy Sun, Vox Mod, Cabana, Cock & Swan, Newaxeyes, Tim Held and Dave West, Ahamefule Oluo, Madeleine Cocolas, Lori Goldston, Ecstatic Cosmic Union, Erin Jorgensen. Upcoming Puget Soundtracks include Lazer Kitty and Fungal Abyss.
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Northwest Film Forum Announces New Executive Director
Signaling commitment to the fresh energy Courtney Sheehan has infused into Northwest Film Forum as Artistic Director, the Board of Directors announces Sheehan as the new Executive Director of Seattle’s most comprehensive film arts organization. Over the last two and a half years, as Program Director and then as Artistic Director, Sheehan increased box office and ramped up audience engagement through compelling curation, partnerships and live events. As Executive Director, she will guide vision and strategy by overseeing artistic programs and services, operations, finances, and fundraising activities.
NWFF Seeks Programs Intern
Announcing the One-Year Film Comprehensive
February 26, 2015 – Northwest Film Forum announced today a new initiative in its 20th anniversary year, a one-year film comprehensive to educate and inspire early and mid-career film and media makers.
Since 1997, Northwest Film Forum (née WigglyWorld) has offered filmmaking workshops to support aspiring independent filmmakers, alongside direct support to independent films produced in Seattle. Over the past two years, steady student demand for film classes has led to the doubling in size of year-round education programs (the organization currently serves 450 students a year).
The new one-year film comprehensive will accept up to 12 students for an education program, beginning in September 2015, that combines skills-based filmmaking training and practical production experience.
"One of the things I'm most excited about in this new initiative is the opportunity students have to embed themselves in the resources and culture of Northwest Film Forum," said Education Manager Craig Downing. "What makes our program unique is that we're offering not just a progressive core curriculum in the technical, business and creative aspects of filmmaking. We're also opening our doors for students to be 'in residence,' and work collaboratively with our instructors and our staff on professional projects, throughout their year with us."
Students in the program will work towards the creation of film projects that will premiere at the 2016 Local Sightings Film Festival.
"For twenty years, many Seattle filmmakers have had their professional start through the resources and support that Northwest Film Forum provides," says Executive Director Lyall Bush. "We're proud to count filmmakers like Web Crowell, John Jeffcoat, Megan Griffiths and Lynn Shelton among our Film Forum 'alumni.' Seattle is such a good place for determined and visionary filmmakers now. We look forward to educating students that have the same passion for independent creation that is central to our history and mission as a film arts nonprofit."
Applications for the new one-year comprehensive are due by May 15. Annual tuition is $12,600—costing roughly a third less than comparable annual programs. Read more about curriculum and criteria for competitive admission at nwfilmforum.org/live/page/workshops.
Jury Prizes at Children's Film Festival Seattle 2015
February 10, 2015 – Northwest Film Forum announces today the Jury Prizes of the 10th annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle (January 22 – February 7, 2015). Please see the appendix below for the full list of prizes.
During the festival each year, Seattle children ages 8 - 15 form two youth juries (Features and Shorts); their responsibilities include reviewing a full slate of films in competition and awarding official festival prizes.
In addition to an on-site jury, Northwest Film Forum and Seattle Children’s Hospital also hosted the third annual satellite jury delegation, comprised of young hospital patients who viewed their own competition slate of short films.
“We’re particularly glad that patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital were festival VIPs again this year, joining a group of 24 children at Northwest Film Forum, to make some really big decisions,” said Youth Programs Director Elizabeth Shepherd. “They gave prizes to films that are thought-provoking, entertaining and visually stunning. These selections truly represent the best of global children’s cinema.”
In a Features Jury statement, child jurors noted that "these [awarded] films evoked joy and a childlike wonder to all those who saw them, no matter their age, and they hold a special place in the hearts of the jury."
In its 10th birthday year, Children's Film Festival Seattle swelled in size, with a jump of 25% in the total number of films screened and an outstanding 33% growth in total audience attendance. Festival films tour the United States, with more than 20 cities scheduled in the coming year, kicking off with the prestigious BAMkids Film Festival this February. The 2015 Festival also boasted two 2014 Academy Award-nominated short films, Me and My Moulton and The Dam Keeper.
Children’s Film Festival Seattle
Seattle Children's Hospital Children's Jury Prizes
selected by a panel of patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital
Best Animated Short
Bitseller (Juanma Sanchez, Spain, animation, 2013) and
The Numberlys (William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, USA, animation, 2013)
Best Live Action Short
The Girl and the Gondola (Abbe Robinson, Italy/UK, 2013)
Feature Jury Prizes
Best Live Action Film
Lola on the Pea (Thomas Heinemann, Germany, 2014)
Best Animated Film
Pim & Pom: The Big Adventure (Gioia Smid, the Netherlands, 2014)
Havana Curveball (Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider, USA, 2014)
Made in the Northwest Prize
Shana: The Wolf's Music (Nino Jacusso, Canada/Switzerland, 2014)
Global Zoom Prize
for the film that best promotes intercultural understanding and cooperation
Sally's Way (Joanne Gail Johnson, Trinidad and Tobago, 2014)
Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast
The Outlaw League (Jean Beaudry, Canada, 2014)
Shorts Jury Prizes
Best Animated Short
Papa Cloudy's Restaurant (Akiko McQuerrey, USA, 2013)
Best Live Action Short
The Boy Who Thought He Was Alright the Way He Was (Tami Ravid, Netherlands, 2014)
Global Zoom Prize
for the film that best promotes intercultural understanding and cooperation
A Place in the Middle (Dean Hamer, USA, 2014)
New (Eefje Blankevoort, Netherlands, 2014, live action, 19 min)
Special Jury Prize for a Film about Friendship and Embracing Differences
The Dam Keeper (Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo, USA, 2013)
Made in the Northwest Prize
The Voice of Snoqualmie Falls (SuperFly 2014 – Group 1, Longhouse Media, USA, 2014)
Selected by audience popular vote
Best Feature Film
Lola on the Pea (Thomas Heinemann, Germany, 2014)
Best Short Film
Sounds of Nature (Simon Weber, Switzerland, live action, 2013, 7:45 min)
Announcing the 10th Birthday Party Edition of Children's Film Festival Seattle
January 6, 2015 – Northwest Film Forum rolls out the red carpet for the 10th birthday edition of Children's Film Festival Seattle (January 22 - February 7, 2015), the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children and their families.
The 12-day extravaganza celebrates the best and brightest in international cinema for children, and will include more than 175 films from 58 countries, including Afghanistan, Venezuela, Qatar, Nigeria, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Uruguay and Trinidad and Tobago. The festival will include live performances, animation, features, shorts and hands-on filmmaking workshops, all crafted with care to appeal to the next generation of movie-lovers, ages 3 to 15.
One of the themes of this year’s festival is “kid power,” said festival director Elizabeth Shepherd.
“This year, so many international filmmakers have sent us shorts and features that show kids taking charge and making a difference in the world,” said Shepherd, who has directed the festival since its inception. "It will be very thrilling to present this kind of inspirational cinema to our young audiences.”
Another theme — “It’s a kids’ film festival” — comes to the festival through an innovative and hilarious trailer, created by the design firm of Hammerquist Studios and video artist John Keatley. The trailer opens with a couple traversing a scary nighttime landscape to arrive at a foreboding barn, only to open the doors to find a brightly lit birthday party filled with adorable animated characters. The theme also refers to the festival itself, which, said Shepherd, is delightfully different than any other event of its kind in Seattle.
“Everything we do at our festival is geared to creating an experience that will enchant and delight our pint-sized audience members,” Shepherd added. "It's great to see films and stories that are completely age appropriate, and yet invite our young audiences to explore outside their comfort zone. As always, we're excited to present films that serve as a vibrant and colorful bridge to the world beyond Seattle."
Festival opening night is slated for Thursday, January 22, with a world premiere performance of a new musical score for Buster Keaton’s classic 1928 silent comedy, Steamboat Bill, Jr. Seattle musicians and composers Miles & Karina (David Keenan and Nova Devonie) will perform a new composition to accompany the film on guitar, violin, accordion, banjo and other instruments.
Opening weekend also includes a rockin' pajama party on Friday, January 23, with the well-loved Seattle “kindie” rock star Caspar Babypants. There will be loud music, a kiddie mosh pit, free cupcakes and a preview of some of the animated films in this year’s festival.
Other major special events include the beloved, annual, all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast and Short Film Smorgasbord, held 9:30 a.m. Saturday, January 31, at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption, at 1804 13th Avenue. After the breakfast, at 10:30 and 11 a.m., there will be screenings of rollicking animation program, Fantastic Journeys.
Festival film highlights in 2015 include award-winning feature films from Germany (Lola on the Pea), Belgium (Labyrinthus), France (The Finishers), Switzerland (Clara and the Secret of the Bears), Canada (Shana: The Wolf’s Music and The Outlaw League), The Netherlands (Pim & Pom: The Big Adventure); Argentina/Chile/Uruguay (Selkirk — The Real Robinson Crusoe), Trinidad and Tobago (Sally’s Way), and Seattle (Bubble Bubble Meows and the Meteor Stomachache).
Feature documentaries include On The Way to School (a France/China, South Africa, Brazil and Colombia collaboration that shows the incredible lengths kids in four countries must go to in order to attend school), and Havana Curveball — a film that tells a ripped-from-the-headlines story about a boy whose Bar Mitzvah project is almost derailed by U.S. embargo against Cuba. Havana Curveball is being co-presented with the Seattle Latino Film Festival.
VIP guests of the festival will include Thomas Heinemann, the German director of Lola on the Pea (Saturday, January 31); Joanne Johnson, the Trinidadian director of Sally’s Way (Saturday, January 31); Marcia Jarmal, the San Francisco director of Havana Curveball (Sunday, January 25 and Monday, January 26); members of the cast and crew of Shana: The Wolf’s Music, shot with an all-Native American cast in British Columbia (Saturday, January 31); and Seattle director Matt Orefice, creator of Bubble Bubble Meows and the Meteor Stomachache (Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31).
Notable among the short film programs is a selection of films created by indigenous filmmakers from North America, co-presented with Longhouse Media.
Seattle and Northwest filmmakers are well represented in the festival. Seattle filmmakers Tracy Rector, Peter Ray, Tess Martin, Clyde Peterson, Matt Orefice, Koray Kocaturk and Ibrahim El-Salaam (who made his film as a patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital) all have films in the festival. Many of these filmmakers will be in attendance to talk with audiences about their films.
Education programs for children will start in early January and continue throughout the festival. Classes include an animation jam with Bill Jarcho, a course in making Super 8MM movies with Linda Fenstermaker, a workshop in creating family lore films with Jonah Kozlowski, and a scene study class with Thomas Heinemann. There will also be a free drop-in tour, run by DigiPen Institute of Technology, exploring virtual puppetry and CG animation, on the afternoon of Sunday, January 25.
As in previous years, kids will also be decision-makers and VIPs at the festival — this year's Children's Jury, made up of twenty Seattle-area youth ages 9 to 15, will view more than 50 films in competition and award prizes to their favorites. A satellite jury, made up of patients aged 12 to 16 at Seattle Children’s Hospital, will also select their own favorite animated and live action short films. This is the third year in a row for Children’s Film Festival Seattle to team up with Children’s Hospital to organize a satellite jury. An animation workshop for patients will take place later in the spring, at the hospital.
Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2015 is sponsored by the Sorrento Hotel Seattle, Cathy Sarkowsky, The Herman and Faye Sarkowsky Foundation, Kidflix Global, Hammerquist Studios, Cupcake Royale, Consolidated Press, Whole Foods Market, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Media sponsors include Seattle’s Child, KUOW 94.9 and ParentMap. Major annual support comes from the Office of Arts & Culture, City of Seattle, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Washington State Arts Commission, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 4Culture and ArtsFund.
Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2015: January 22 – February 7, 2015
- Full festival schedule available at childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org
- Festival background, stills and screener details for press are available via Google Drive - email [email protected] for access instructions
- Screenings for groups are available weekdays January 26 to February 27; educators please contact Festival Director Liz Shepherd, [email protected]
Admission to most festival programs is $6 for Film Forum members, $8 for children under 12 and seniors, and $11 general admission. There is special pricing for Opening Night, Pajama Party and Pancake Breakfast; festival passes are also available.
Northwest Film Forum and Fantagraphics Partner for Halloween Events
For Immediate Release—Northwest Film Forum presents three 20th anniversary screenings of The Crow on October 29, 30, and 31, at 8pm, in celebration of the release of the new book by Jacques Boyreau, SuperTrash: Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish, 21st Century Anxiety, published by Fantagraphics Books.
The Crow, directed by Alex Proyas and based on James O'Barr's comic book, is a gothic cult film classic filled with grunge virtuosity. The extemporaneous homicide of Brandon Lee during the filming of The Crow has been described as a case of "art imitating death" (James Beradinelli), and has led to years of mythmaking and fascination with the film. The Crow was originally based on the Death Wish franchise, and recasts it in the style of Blade Runner and Batman, earning Roger Ebert's praise for being the "best version of a comic book universe."
The October 31 screening of The Crow also features a book release party for SuperTrash, the new title from Fantagraphics that collages the co-dependencies of art and trash in popular culture, film and design. This interdisciplinary, surreal book is part psychedelic psychotronic, part poster book, part album cover book, part paperback pulp book and a long-awaited sequel to Trash: The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters (2002, Chronicle) by Boyreau.
The Elliott Bay Bookstore will host a book-signing event for SuperTrash, with author Jacques Boyreau, on November 2nd at 3pm.
October 8, 2014 – KEXP, Northwest Film Forum and World Famous have partnered to present a quarterly Northwest music video showcase entitled “Videoasis.” Music Video Director & World Famous Producer Bobby McHugh and KEXP DJ Sharlese Metcalf meticulously curated the showcase to celebrate music videos and the artists who make them. Each screening will be a thematic mixture of Northwest made videos, both new and gems from the past.
The premiere installment of this partnership will be October 22 on the big screen at Northwest Film Forum and feature a mixture of dark, sexy and of course creepy videos in honor of Halloween. Featured bands include: Psychic Rites, King Dude, Chastity Belt, Ubu Roi, Grave Babies, Haunted Horses, Constant Lovers, UGLYFRANK and more to be announced. KEXP’s DJ Larry Rose will be spinning music before and after the screening.
“What do you get when you take two obsessive music/music-video-loving friends and add YouTube, late nights and a Tumblr account? You get the foundation for next installments of Videoasis!” says curator McHugh to describe his relationship with Metcalf and the evolution of the series.
"World Famous is a huge supporter of KEXP and Northwest Film Forum. We jumped at the chance to partner with two organizations we admire. KEXP and the Film Forum embody the smart, independent creative spirit of Seattle, which is at the heart of World Famous,” said Alan Nay, President of World Famous.
“KEXP is delighted to be a partner with Northwest Film Forum and World Famous in continuing this exciting local music video series. The Videoasis program continues the work KEXP does to champion local music with the added flavor of new and fresh ideas from an exploding Northwest film scene, we couldn’t be happier about this natural evolution,” commented DJ Sharlese.
Northwest Film Forum signed on as it ties directly into their mission to "support emerging artists and local film and media production. Videoasis is a superb platform for showcasing local talent and for creating even deeper connections between filmmakers and musicians in Seattle," said Courtney Sheehan, Program Director.
All partner organizations are putting their stamp on the project. World Famous has designed the logo, poster and bumper, linked here. Northwest Film Forum was excited to host the event in their theater, and KEXP will be sharing their music expertise through DJ Sharlese, as well as spreading the word to their loyal listeners and fans.
This will be the third installment of Videoasis, built off the foundation from City Arts, Northwest Film Forum and 12toRain series started in April 2014.
Jury Prizes Announced At Local Sightings Film Festival 2014
October 3, 2014 – Northwest Film Forum announced today the jury prizes of the 17th annual Local Sightings Film Festival (September 25 – October 4, 2014). Please see the appendix below for the full list of prizes and awarded films.
Juried prizes at this year's festival include cash awards for best feature (In Country by Mike Attie and Megan O’Hara) and short (Mario by Tess Martin), which were announced on October 2nd by this year's festival jurors: Kristen Fitzpatrick, Director of Public Exhibition and Acquisitions for Women Make Movies; Maximón Monihan, Filmmaker; and Richard Herskowitz, Director of Cinema Pacific and Artistic Director of the Houston Cinema Arts Society.
Every year, Local Sightings awards one feature and one short film with a cash prize. Festival programmers select outstanding films for the festival’s competition, and guest jurors view the competing films during the festival to decide final awards. The winning feature filmmaker receives $500 in cash and a theatrical run at Northwest Film Forum. The winning short filmmaker receives $250 in cash and $250 of studio time and equipment rental.
In their award statement, the Local Sightings festival jury agreed that they were “blown away by both of these [winning] films.”
The jury members stated "while there were strengths in all of the films, we instantly agreed on the winning films in the short and feature categories. Starting with a WWI folk song and then finding the perfect classical stop-motion technique to complement it, our [short film] selection offered a perfect marriage of form and content. The animator’s mastery of her craft is undeniable. Our feature film choice is an equally accomplished film, filled with truly unforgettable moments. It balances the surreal and the real, and complicates any preconceived notions we may bring into the theater. . .We find this film a significant new entry in the lineage of great Vietnam War films."
In Country filmmakers Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara were especially pleased to be awarded Best Feature in Local Sightings because of In Country's strong ties to Seattle. The film was supported in its earliest stages of development by organizations like Artist Trust, 4 Culture, and the City of Seattle, as well as by the Seattle Documentary Association and Seattle University.
Winning short filmmaker Tess Martin said, “The Local Sightings Film Festival was one of the first festivals to show some of my short films, and I immediately felt honored to be included in the impressive line up. I'm so glad my animations have found a home there over the years. Independent animation like mine, that is not necessarily made for children and falls a little outside the traditional storytelling structure, often falls through the cracks at festivals. But Local Sightings has consistently shown their support for auteur animation. This prize for 'Mario' is a real honor, thank you."
The Seattle Composers Alliance (SCA) also awarded the fourth year of juried cash awards for the best original feature (Daryl Bennett scoring for The Exhibition) and short (Melody Loveless scoring for Maureen) score at Local Sightings. The winning feature composer receives $500 and the short composer $250. SCA jurors included Susan Maughlin Wood of Punchbeam Music, LLC; composer, sound designer and audio producer James Richter; and composer and cellist Brad Hawkins.
Naked City Brewery and Taphouse awarded the fourth year of its Local Sightings audience award, featuring the people’s choice for best feature (The Device by Jeremy Berg) and short film (The New West by Peter Edlund). Audience Award winners will receive an encore at The Screening Room, at the Brewery Taphouse in Greenwood, in 2015.
Congratulations to the filmmakers awarded during this year’s Local Sightings Film Festival. Please review film information for prizewinners on the festival website at localsightings.org.
2014 Local Sightings Film Festival Jury Prizes
Best Feature Film: IN COUNTRY by Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara (Seattle, WA – 80 min)
Best Short Film: MARIO by Tess Martin (Seattle, WA – 3 min)
2014 Seattle Composers Alliance Prizes
Best Feature Score: THE EXHIBITION, score by Daryl Bennett (Miho Yamamoto & Damon Vignale - Vancouver, BC - 92 min)
Best Short Score: MAUREEN, score by Melody Loveless (Kara Schoonmaker and Anna Conser – Seattle, WA – 30 min)
2014 Naked City Audience Choice Award
Best Feature Film: THE DEVICE by Jeremy Berg (Burien, WA – 87 min)
Best Short Film: THE NEW WEST by Peter Edlund (Seattle, WA – 15 min)
Local Sightings Film Festival 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Northwest Film Forum proudly presents the annual Local Sightings Film Festival, held from September 25 – October 4, 2014 at 1515 12th Avenue between Pike and Pine in Seattle. Local Sightings is the Northwest's premiere showcase of new films, putting homegrown talent in front of Seattle audiences and connecting artists from Alaska to Oregon in a celebration of filmmaking from the region.
In 2014, the festival expands to ten full days for the first time in its 17-year history. Festival screenings, classes and events are accompanied by an expanded Seattle Film Summit program (co-produced with Evil Slave LLC), that provides a full week of professional development and networking opportunities for local film and creative industry workers. Seattle Film Summit events range from panel discussions to demos to a closing night Town Hall-style community discussion (October 2 at 6pm).
Local Sightings trail blazes this year with an opening night focused on a PechaKucha-style live show and MC’d festival preview, rather than a traditional feature film screening (September 25 at 7pm).
"Northwest Film Forum is a year-round hub on Capitol Hill for the local film community, and we wanted to put the emphasis this year on film people," says Film Forum Program Director Courtney Sheehan. “The Pacific Northwest excels at producing fiercely independent film audiences and filmmakers alike. I’m proud that Northwest Film Forum can stoke the flames of regional creativity, as we help incubate and showcase the inspiring film voices that are part of the festival this year.”
Opening film of this year's festival is the U.S. premiere of Bella Vista (bellavistafilm.com, screens September 26 at 8pm), a feature by Montana filmmaker Vera Brunner-Sung. Shot in only 12 days and directed, written, edited, produced and DP’d by women, Bella Vista had its world premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Bella Vista director Vera Brunner-Sung says: "I’ve long been an admirer of Northwest Film Forum. Its programming is world class, and as an institution it provides excellent resources for area independent filmmakers from start to finish. This all comes together in Local Sightings, and we’re honored to be screening on opening night of the festival. As our U.S. premiere, it’s a homecoming for us, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be in the company of colleagues, friends, and supporters of new cinema in the Northwest."
Closing night at this year’s festival features In Country (incountryfilm.com, screens October 2 at 8pm), a new documentary by Seattle filmmakers Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara that follows a platoon of Vietnam War re-enactors in the Oregon woods. In Country had its world premiere at the 2014 Full Frame Film Festival and is the recipient of a Sundance Documentary Film Program grant. Also new this year is a partnership with Vermillion Art Gallery & Bar, which will host an exclusive closing night party (open to festival passholders and closing night ticket holders only).
Other special events at this year’s festival include a 10th anniversary screening of the “best of” the Seattle 48 Hour Film Project (October 3 at 7pm), with filmmakers in attendance, an archival VHS program of Seattle skate films, sourced by Seattle skater establishment Marshall Reid (October 1 at 6:30pm), and the U.S. premiere of La Voz de Los Silenciados by Maximón Monihan (October 3 at 8pm).
Juried prizes at this year's festival include cash awards for best feature and short, announced on closing night by this year's festival jurors: Kristen Fitzpatrick, Director of Public Exhibition and Acquisitions for Women Make Movies; Maximón Monihan, Filmmaker; and Richard Herskowitz, Director of Cinema Pacific and Artistic Director of the Houston Cinema Arts Society. The Seattle Composers Alliance also offers juried cash awards for the best original feature and short score. Naked City Brewery and Taphouse returns with a fourth year of its Local Sightings audience award, featuring the people’s choice for best feature and short films.
There are several free and low-cost events in this year’s festival program, including a coloring book happy hour paired with the screening of Bubble Bubble Meows and the Meteor Stomachache (September 30 at 6pm), and a filmmaker education open house, with work-in-progress screenings and conversation with current Film Forum instructors and students (September 28 at 3pm).
Other film education opportunities during Local Sightings include a “botanicollage” workshop taught by filmmaker Caryn Cline (October 4, 11am-4pm). This filmmaking technique, made famous by Stan Brakhage and his film Mothlight, involves using local botanicals, art materials and film supplies to produce a short, collaborative experimental film that will be screened immediately after the festival.
Northwest Film Forum Announces Major New Grant Award from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
June 24, 2014 – Northwest Film Forum is pleased to announce receipt of a significant grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, a total of $80,000 towards program initiatives over two years.
This is the first time that Northwest Film Forum has been supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for its work presenting artist-centered screenings, events and commissions. The Film Forum is only one of three Seattle arts organizations that the Foundation made awards to this spring, and one of the few film arts centers awarded nationally.
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts fosters innovative artistic expression by encouraging and supporting cultural organizations that, in turn, nurture artists and original work. Northwest Film Forum’s commitment to nurturing emerging filmmakers, as well as contemporary media artists, was an important connection point for the Foundation’s mission.
“The programming at Northwest Film Forum reflects the organization’s deep commitment to uncovering challenging work in film and video from across the globe,” says Warhol Foundation Program Director Rachel Bers. “It is an institution that has established strong connections to artists by giving them the tools to make work and the platforms necessary to reach wide audiences. A grant from the foundation will support the good work it does to keep its programs robust and relevant to the changing needs of contemporary media artists.”
Northwest Film Forum has inspired and commissioned new work almost from its inception 19 years ago, and its strategic plan includes an increase of such work through such innovative programs as Live at the Film Forum, the Documentary Film Fund, and other new series designed to incubate and showcase original work by local, national and international filmmakers.
“Over nearly two decades Northwest Film Forum has invited hundreds of leading filmmakers to show new work on our screens, teach in our classrooms, and make new work with the city’s film community,” says Northwest Film Forum Executive Director Lyall Bush. “The Andy Warhol Foundation’s generous gift acknowledges our ongoing work with new films and artists, and endorses the work we have planned with them this year and next. We are especially pleased with the new relationship, as we have long admired Andy Warhol’s own visionary body of work.”
City Arts magazine, Northwest Film Forum, and 12toRain present videOasis: A Night of Music Videos
Internet may have killed the video star, but music video culture is alive and kicking. With the 2014 Music Issue of City Arts Magazine, Northwest Film Forum and 12toRain launch videOasis, a new showcase of the best new music videos produced around the Pacific Northwest. We're pulling down 12 videos from the Interweb ether—at least one a world-premiere—and throwing them onto the big screen for a full theatrical experience. Watch it bigger, listen louder, feel it realer.
After we screen our video selections, City Arts senior editor Jonathan Zwickel will host a Q&A with musicians and directors to discuss the collaborative process of making a video. Participating musicians include George "Geo" Quibuyen of Blue Scholars and the Bar, Jonas Haskins of the Low Hums, Nate Quiroga and Benjamin Verdoes of Iska Dhaaf and Otieno Terry and Kjell Nelson of Hightek Lowlives. Directors include Harry Clean, Clyde Petersen, John Jeffcoat, participants of the Reel Grrls music video camp and more.
Wrapping up the event will be a special live musical performance by the group premiering its video, which will be announced in the coming weeks.
Northwest Film Forum and Cinerama co-present the Seattle premiere of NOTHING AGAINST LIFE, in a benefit for the Washington Youth Suicide Prevention Program
For Immediate Release – Award-winning local film Nothing Against Life will celebrate its Seattle premiere on Wednesday, April 30th, screening at 7:00pm at Cinerama. The event is co-presented by Northwest Film Forum and Cinerama as a benefit for Washington’s Youth Suicide Prevention Program.
Written and directed by Seattle filmmaker Julio Ramírez, Nothing Against Life premiered last November in competition at the San Marino Film Festival, winning the Special Jury Award from an international jury, led by producer Michael Shamberg (Django Unchained, Erin Brockovich, Pulp Fiction), and sponsored by the Italian Film Press Union and UNICEF.
A fearless, moving drama that addresses the social implications of living with depression, and stigmas surrounding suicide and mental health, Nothing Against Life peers into the lives of four disparate characters whose paths intertwine, as they navigate the razor's edge of life. Cast in the lead is Cynthia Geary, well-known for her role as Shelly Tambo in the acclaimed sitcom Northern Exposure, and Fernando Noriega, already a household name in Latin America, with a rising profile in the U.S. (Where The Road Meets The Sun and TV Azteca's Morir en Martes, a drama based on David Lynch's Twin Peaks). Film leads also include Hillary Pickles (Police Beat, Book-It Repertory Theatre's Even Cowgirls Get the Blues) and Keifer Grimm (Cthulhu, The Summer Before).
Nothing Against Life was produced by Julio Ramírez and Carl Adelson (cinematographer), and executive produced by Dorothy Bullitt, with support from Northwest Film Forum’s fiscal sponsorship program.
"We are thrilled to have the Seattle premiere of our film at the beautiful and historic Cinerama theater, and co-presented by our friends at Northwest Film Forum” says Colombian director Ramírez. “It gives us all a great deal of pleasure to support the important work of Youth Suicide Prevention Program—helping create a space for dialogue about suicide and mental health was always one of our main goals in making the film.”
Ramírez adds, “Carl Adelson, Dorothy Bullitt, our amazing cast and crew, and I, are also very excited to have the opportunity to share the film with the remarkable local community that has supported our efforts from beginning to end. This film became a reality thanks to their generosity and high level of involvement.”
Principal cast and crew (including Cynthia Geary, Fernando Noriega, Keifer Grimm, and Hilary Pickles) will attend the screening; doors open at 6:00pm, with a brief introduction held at 6:45pm, and the film screening starting at 7:00pm, with Q&A to follow. Tickets for the film are available now for $15 through Cinerama’s website.
Please see Northwest Film Forum’s Press Dropbox for an electronic press kit and production stills (email publicity AT nwfilmforum.org for access). Advance DVD screeners are available for press with review/preview assignments.
The Keblas Effect at Northwest Film Forum
In 2014, Seattle film and music impresario James Keblas stepped down as head of the city's Office of Film + Music, but his legacy lives on.
On February 26, 2014, ROAST THE KEBLAS organizers announced the creation of a new James Keblas Fund, to benefit Northwest Film Forum and the Vera Project. From the Keblas Fund team:
"James Keblas always said that his job was to 'Make Seattle a great place to make a living making film and music,' and the newly established James Keblas Fund puts dollars behind that dream. The JKF portal currently supports the Northwest Film Forum and the Vera Project, and makes donations in James' name that go straight to the coffers of those ass-kicking organizations. The James Keblas Fund also means that the legacy of the biggest champion of Seattle film and music will carry on into perpetuity, inspiring and supporting arts-makers and advocates for years to come. James Keblas, the gift that keeps on giving."
If you would like to make a donation to Northwest Film Forum on behalf of the James Keblas Fund, please click here.
Learn more about what we do to support independent film in Seattle, including our annual Local Sightings Film Festival, spotlighting new film from the Northwest.
Northwest Film Forum Announces February/March 2014 Season
February 4, 2014 – Northwest Film Forum is proud to launch a new season of film screenings and classes in February/March 2014.
Beginning this February, the Film Forum will release season event calendars on a bi-monthly basis. New film program director Courtney Sheehan is leading innovative changes in Northwest Film Forum’s screening schedule, including more events crafted in partnership with Seattle-based arts, media and community organizations, and a diverse schedule of daytime and evening screenings.
"Northwest Film Forum's unique position, both in the physical heart of the city and the proverbial heart of Seattle's independent film community, provides an exciting hub for our audiences to connect what's on our screens with the world around them," says Sheehan. "In addition to maintaining the Film Forum's standard of screening the best local, national, and international cinema, I am thrilled by the opportunity to develop ideas and events in collaboration with cultural and social organizations across the city."
New, regular, year-round programs launching this season include weekly Matinee Mondays (special ticket pricing: $6), and Unscenely Sights, a monthly, late night, 21+ series that highlights restored camp and cult classics.
Cinema program highlights in February/March include:
• A major retrospective of influential Czech New Wave director Jan Nemec (starts February 21), co-presented with the Czech Center for Education and Culture;
• A partnership with the prestigious Society for Cinema and Media Studies during their Seattle-hosted national conference (starts March 19);
• A landmark screening and discussion series, Red Renewal (starts March 18), that explores the cinematic heritage of current Seattle conversations about socialist politics and economics, launching during a kick-off event at Town Hall with Kshama Sawant and Charles Mudede;
• A new world premiere live performance, Color Field (starts March 27), created by acclaimed local dance company Salt Horse and commissioned by the Film Forum as part of Live at the Film Forum’s 13-14 season.
Class program highlights include:
• Perceptive Practices (Saturdays, March 1 – April 19), a class for filmmakers looking to hone their abilities using on-location photographic and sound elements, drawing from the teaching of master filmmakers such as Fredrick Wiseman, the Maysles Brothers, James Benning and Joris Ivens.
• Distribute Your Film Today (Saturdays, March 8 – 29), a practical, comprehensive survey of new models of film distribution, which aims to re-teach filmmakers about new digital markets for their films, and platforms ranging from screens to monthly subscriptions to à la carte viewing.
• New Take (Tuesdays, March 25 – April 9), a contemporary film appreciation class that aims to expose students to diverse, global film innovators, watching and discussing films from artists including Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Lucrecia Martel, Miguel Gomes, Christian Mungiu, Carlos Reygadas and Yorgos Lanthimos.
Regularly priced film tickets cost $11 for general admission, $8 for students/seniors/children under 12, and $6 for Film Forum members, and can be purchased online at nwfilmforum.org or by phone (Brown Paper Tickets) at 1.800.838.3006. Class prices vary, and advance registration is required online or by phone at 206.329.2629 (Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm).
Children's Film Festival 2014 Jury Prize Announcement
February 6, 2014 – Northwest Film Forum announces today the Jury Prizes of the ninth annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle (January 23 – February 8, 2014). Please see the appendix below for the full list of prizes.
During the festival each year, Seattle children ages 10 - 14 form a youth jury; their responsibilities include reviewing a full slate of films in competition and awarding official festival prizes.
In addition to an on-site jury, Northwest Film Forum and Seattle Children’s Hospital also hosted the second annual satellite jury delegation, comprised of eight young hospital patients, who viewed their own competition slate of short films. This year, one of the jurors was a patient in the hospital’s ICU, who despite being very ill, completed his viewing and then turned in his ballot, tipping a close decision for the jury’s prize for Best Live Action Short.
“We’re particularly glad that patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital were festival VIPs again this year, joining a group of 18 children at Northwest Film Forum, to make some really big decisions,” said Festival Director Elizabeth Shepherd. “They gave prizes to films that are thought-provoking, entertaining and visually stunning. With films from Europe, Asia, Australia, Israel, the United States and even Seattle, these selections truly represent the best of global children’s cinema.”
After a festival full of movie-watching, animating, pancake-and-bacon eating, film reviewing, Super Bowl schedule-shuffling, language learning and dancing in pajamas, the 2014 Children’s Film Festival Seattle will wrap at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, with a gala closing ceremony, which will include awards given by the juries and the announcement of the festival Audience Favorite prize. Films made in festival workshops will also be screened at the ceremony.
The Children’s Jury selection for Best Feature Film (The Zigzag Kid) will also be screened at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.
Please review the screening schedule for the final day of this year’s festival at childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org.
Children’s Film Festival Seattle
2014 Jury Prizes
Best Feature Film: The Zigzag Kid (Vincent Bal, The Netherlands)
Global Zoom Prize (for the feature that best promotes intercultural understanding): Foreign Letters (Ela Their, USA)
Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Story and Character Development: Ricky: Three’s a Crowd (Kai Stefan Pieck, Germany)
Best Animated Short Film: Rabbit and Deer (Peter Vacz, Hungary)
Second Prize for an Animated Film: The Secret of the Ice Flower (Jacob Ley, Denmark)
Best Live Action Short Film: I’m Going to Mum’s (Lauren Jackson, Australia)
Second Prize for a Live Action Short Film: The Other Side (Khen Shalem, Israel)
Best Short Documentary: The Little Dog Savior (Huang Hung-Ju, Taiwan)
Second Prize for a Short Documentary: AMAR (All Great Achievements Require Time) (Andrew Hinton, India)
Global Zoom Prize (for the short film that best promotes intercultural understanding): You Don’t Need Eyes to See (Yuan Tian, China)
Northwest Prize (for the best film from our region): Edible Rocks (Stefan Gruber, Seattle)
Special Jury Prize for a Child Actor in a Short Film: Pedram Parastar in Anouar and the Moon (The Netherlands)
Seattle Children’s Hospital Jury Prizes
Best Animated Short: Rabbit and Deer (Peter Vacz, Hungary)
Best Live Action Short: While You Weren’t Looking (Jeremy Mackie, Seattle)
ABOUT CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE
Over the past nine years, Children’s Film Festival Seattle has become the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children and their families. Each year, Northwest Film Forum selects more than 130 international children’s films from 32+ countries, reaching more than 10,000 people during festival screenings in Seattle and a subsequent festival tour of 15-20 U.S. cities. Produced by Northwest Film Forum, the 11-day extravaganza celebrates the best and brightest in international cinema for children, featuring live performances, animation, features, shorts and filmmaking workshops. childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org
Announcing Children's Film Festival Seattle 2014
January 2, 2014 – Northwest Film Forum rolls out the red carpet for the ninth year of Children's Film Festival Seattle, the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children and their families, curated especially for ages 3 to 14.
The 11-day extravaganza celebrates the best and brightest in international cinema for children, and will include more than 130 films from 32 countries, including Azerbaijan, Mozambique, Morocco, Indonesia and Iran. The festival will also feature live performances, animation, features, shorts and hands-on filmmaking workshops, all crafted with care to appeal to the next generation of movie-lovers ages 3 to 15.
One of the themes of this year’s festival is magic, said festival director Elizabeth Shepherd.
“This year, so many international filmmakers have sent us shorts and features that are full of enchantment, intrigue and transformation,” said Shepherd, who has directed the festival since its inception. "It will be very thrilling to present this cinema magic to our young audiences. And as always, we're excited to present films that serve as a vibrant and colorful bridge to the world beyond Seattle."
Festival opening night is slated for Thursday, Jan. 23, with a world premiere performance of a new score for three films by German pioneer animator Lotte Reinger. These almost never- exhibited films, made in the 1920s with masterful, hand-cut silhouette animation techniques, include Doktor Dolittle, the first screen adaptation of stories about talking animals and the benevolent doctor who understands what they say. Seattle musicians and composers Miles & Karina (David Keenan and Nova Devonie) will perform a new composition to accompany the films on guitar, violin, accordion, banjo and other instruments.
Opening weekend also includes a rockin' pajama party on Friday, Jan. 24, with the well-loved Seattle “kindie” band Recess Monkey—the event features live music, a dance party for kids, free cupcakes and a preview of animated films in this year’s festival.
Other special events include two weekends of films paired with food, including a sumptuous morning bagel buffet from Eltana on Saturday Jan. 25, and the festival’s annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, held on Feb. 1 at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption.
Film highlights in 2014 include award-winning features from The Netherlands (Mike Says Goodbye and The Zigzag Kid, featuring a performance by Isabella Rossellini), Germany (Ricky: Three’s A Crowd and Windstorm), Switzerland (Horizon Beautiful), Azerbaijan (Buta), Mexico (Canela), China (My Avatar Horse) and Poland (Gabriel).
Notable among the short film programs are new children's films from Latin America, a spotlight on films created by indigenous filmmakers from North America and Australia and several programs of stellar new animation. Northwest filmmakers are well represented in this year’s festival, with new offerings from local animators and live action filmmakers including Tess Martin, Drew Christie, Stefan Gruber, Jeremy Mackie and 18-year old Hadley Hillel.
This year the festival features several unique U.S. premieres, including Spotlight on Macedonia, a program of six new short films from the country, including rare, recently restored vintage films from the Manaki Brothers, accompanied by a performance of traditional music by local Balkan musicians.
The festival also welcomes many filmmakers for question-and-answer sessions with young audiences, including international guests: Chinese film producer Lei Zhao (My Avatar Horse, Feb. 1) and German child actor Rafael Kaul (Ricky: Three’s A Crowd, Feb. 1).
Education programs for children during the festival include a hands-on workshop to create films from found footage, taught by local filmmaker Adam Sekuler, and a class in sock puppet movie magic with local animator Clyde Peterson. There will also be a free drop-in animation clinic for children in the lobby of Northwest Film Forum on the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 26.
As in previous years, kids will also be decision-makers and VIPs at the festival — this year’s Children’s Jury, made up of ten Seattle-area youth ages 10 to 14, will view more than 50 films in competition and award prizes to their favorites. A satellite jury, made up of patients ages 12 to 16 at Seattle Children’s Hospital, will also select their own favorite films for prizes. This is the second year in a row that the Festival and hospital have joined forces; as part of the collaboration, an animation workshop for patients, led by Seattle animator Britta Johnson, will take place in March at the hospital.
Children's Film Festival Seattle 2014: January 23 – February 2, 2014
• Full festival schedule available at childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org
• Festival background, stills and screener details for press are available via Northwest Film Forum’s Press Dropbox. Please contact publicityATnwfilmforum.org for access
• Festival press launch: January 9
• Screenings for groups are available weekdays January 27 to February 28; educators please contact Festival Director Liz Shepherd, lizATnwfilmforum.org
Admission to most festival programs is $6 for Film Forum members, $8 for children under 12 and seniors, and $11 general admission. There is special pricing for Opening Night, Pajama Party and Pancake Breakfast; festival passes will also be available.
Film Forum Winter 2013-14 Season Announcement
- View all current cinema exhibition programs
- View all current classes
- Download a PDF of our winter season events calendar
November 19, 2013 – Northwest Film Forum is proud to announce early winter screening and class events for November 22, 2013 – February 2, 2014. Cinema program highlights during this period include:
- Northwest Film Forum and Seattle Met’s second annual fashion and film series, Screen Style (December 13 – 15). The series is curated by Seattle Met Style Editor Laura Cassidy, with films selected by Chiyo Ishikawa (Seattle Art Museum), Jill and Wayne Donnelly (Baby & Company), Aykut Ozen and Julianna Vezzetti (Ozen Company) and artist and costumer Mark Mitchell (creator of the recent Burial exhibition at the Frye Art Museum).
- Major independent releases from accomplished national and international contemporary filmmakers, including the Safdie brothers (Lenny Cooke, opens November 29), Frederick Wiseman (At Berkeley, opens December 6), Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin, opens January 3) and Aleksandr Sokurov (Faust, opens January 10).
- The first world-premiere of the 2013-14 Live at the Film Forum season (commissioned performance that intersects with film), a new work from critically acclaimed local author Rebecca Brown (Monstrous, December 5 – 7) that probes the legacy of Romantic tropes in literature and cinema, with Frankenstein as a central meeting point. Members of the press are invited to a brief preview of the work in development at on November 21 at 5:30pm, during our Autumn Members Party. Please RSVP to publicityATnwfilmforum.org.
- The 9th annual Children's Film Festival Seattle (January 23 – February 2, 2014), the largest festival for children and families on the West Coast. This year's festival features the largest program in the festival’s history, with more than 130 films from 32 countries around the world, including new feature films from Azerbaijan, China, Mozambique, Morocco, Indonesia and Iran, as well as the festival’s traditional live show/pajama party, this year with local “kindie” band Recess Monkey.
Class program highlights include:
- Specialized filmmaking techniques for anamorphic widescreen (Scope, January 19), a class that includes a history of CinemaScope filmmaking as well as training for emerging filmmakers to achieve an anamorphic look on modest budgets.
- A seminar that takes a close, conversational look at great films made outside Los Angeles, Un-Hollywood (starts January 27), the winter edition of the Film Forum’s ongoing Required Viewing course that focuses on film history and culture. Films studied will include L’Eclisse, House of the Flying Daggers, Wings of Desire and at least one un-Hollywood film made in Hollywood (by Paul Thomas Anderson).
- Rock Stars and Crazy Ladies: Making Your Own Non-Fiction Film (February 8 & 9), an intensive introduction to producing, shooting and making documentary films.
A comprehensive overview of early winter events at Northwest Film Forum is available for free download as a PDF online. Regularly priced film tickets cost $11 for general admission, $8 for students/seniors/children under 12, and $6 for Film Forum members, and can be purchased online at nwfilmforum.org or by phone (Brown Paper Tickets) at 1.800.838.3006. Class prices vary, and advance registration is required online or by phone at 206.329.2629 (Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm).
Northwest Film Forum Announces New Program Director
For immediate release – Northwest Film Forum, Seattle’s nonprofit center for film arts, is pleased to announce that Courtney Sheehan has accepted the Program Director position. In her role, Sheehan will program Northwest Film Forum's year-round cinema exhibition programs, which include annual series, festivals, quarterly programming, retrospectives, filmmaker visits and new live work (Live at the Film Forum, live scores). She will also oversee the Film Forum's unique film distribution program, which distributes two independent films each year to up to 20 U.S. cities.
Adam Sekuler, who has worked as Program Director since 2005, announced that he would leave in May, and in the interim the Film Forum conducted a national search over several months to replace him.
Courtney Sheehan comes to Northwest Film Forum after programming for venues and festivals in the U.S., Spain, the Netherlands and India. Sheehan interned at the Film Forum in 2009, during Children's Film Festival Seattle, and was subsequently awarded a prestigious Watson Fellowship for international research. She spent 2011-12 investigating the organizational structures, community roles, and programming strategies of twenty film festivals across eight countries.
Sheehan has written about film, festivals and filmmakers for a variety of publications, including Bitch Magazine, Senses of Cinema, The Independent and NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies. Subjects have ranged from the world’s largest documentary festival (IDFA in Amsterdam), to South America’s largest animation festival (Anima Mundi in Rio de Janeiro). She is also co-founder and creative director of Cine Migratorio, a migration-themed film festival in Santander, Spain. Although her taste in film ranges from satirical Estonian animation to 1980s rock ‘n’ roll fables, lately she has especially enjoyed contemporary Balkan cinema and activist documentaries from India. She holds a degree in Visual Culture from Grinnell College.
Of her new position, Courtney Sheehan said, "Working with Liz Shepherd, Adam Sekuler, and the rest of Northwest Film Forum's exceptional staff during Children's Film Festival Seattle, I discovered an organization that truly embodies what it means to be a center for cinema. As a programmer, I am driven by a ceaseless curiosity about the question of why movies matter. It is thrilling to join an organization whose programs answer this broad question in so many ways, on a daily basis, from the children’s summer camps that promote audiovisual literacy to the grants that make new films possible." Sheehan steps into her new role on November 4.
"Courtney Sheehan represents the future and we are lucky to have hired her," said Executive Director Lyall Bush. “She rose from an initial pool of over 50 candidates, almost any of whom could have done the job and many of whom had remarkable resumes. Courtney stood out, finally, because her programming taste shows wide range, eclecticism, experience with making partnerships, a ferocious intelligence and a sense of fun.”
Local Sightings Film Festival 2013
For immediate release – Northwest Film Forum proudly presents the 16th annual edition of the Local Sightings Film Festival, from September 27 – October 3, 2013 at 1515 12th Avenue in Seattle. Local Sightings is the Northwest's premiere showcase of new films, putting homegrown talent in front of Seattle audiences and connecting artists from Alaska to Oregon in a week-long celebration of filmmaking from the region.
The festival is unique in its focus on emerging Northwest artists, and is an important annual hub for the regional film community to find networking and professional development opportunities while celebrating local creativity. In 2012, Local Sightings was named "best film festival" in Seattle by the Seattle Weekly.
Local Sightings received a record-breaking number of film submissions in 2013 and, in response to the high quality of the work, Northwest Film Forum chose to increase the festival feature section by 40% from the previous year.
Opening night of this year's festival is Walking Against The Wind, a debut feature by Seattle filmmaker Brendan Flynn. "I am very honored to have my film screening at my favorite cinematheque," says Walking Against The Wind director Brendan Flynn. "I've used Northwest Film Forum as a resource for all sorts of things over the years from renting cameras, lights, and grip gear to going to see rare film prints, so it's really cool to see things come full circle."
Closing night is You Make Me Feel So Young by Olympia filmmaker and Stranger Genius award nominee Zach Weintraub. Young is Weintraub's third feature, shot locally in Olympia and Seattle (including some footage shot in Northwest Film Forum’s venue).
This year's festival also features a foreign language film (Ich Hunger, in German with English subtitles, screens September 29) and new work from previous festival award winners including Filmmaker Magazine's "25 Faces To Watch" honoree Nandan Rao (Hawaiian Punch, screens September 29).
"It's the discoveries that make programming this festival so exciting," says Program Director Adam Sekuler. "I'm proud that we're able to present astonishingly accomplished first-time filmmakers alongside directors of many years experience, all from the same region. The cross-pollination that happens as part of Local Sightings every year is one of the most important ways Northwest Film Forum incubates emerging film talent."
Juried prizes at this year's festival include cash awards for best feature and short, announced on closing night by this year's festival jurors: documentary filmmakers Minda Martin and Donal Mosher, and film distributor Graham Swindoll (The Cinema Guild).
In addition to a slate of new feature films, documentaries and shorts, this year's Local Sightings program also includes events for local filmmakers, including the second year of the popular Seattle Film Summit (September 28) and a new Digital Cinema Expo, a peer-driven showcase of the latest digital cameras, free and open to local artists (September 29).
There are several free and low-cost events in this year’s program, including an outdoor screening of new work by the Seattle Experimental Animation Team organized by local animator Britta Johnson (September 28), and a special event in collaboration with The Project Room: a screening and discussion with Paul Marioni, a pioneer in the Northwest regional glass art movement (tickets are just $3 for this event on October 2).
Local Sightings also hosts the launch of Northwest Film Forum's season-long artist discussion and class series, From Script to Screen (starts September 30). The event features a thoughtful public conversation with director Lynn Shelton about her filmmaking style and career, moderated by local film writer Jay Kuehner (Cinema Scope).
"Local Sightings occupies one of the high points of Northwest Film Forum's year-round work to champion independent voices," says Executive Director Lyall Bush. "It celebrates regional film, amplifies the potential of Northwest filmmaking, and puts a little electrical current into the city each autumn."
Complete details and this year's program of events can be viewed at localsightings.org. Local Sightings 2013 is sponsored by Bad Animals, Creature, Naked City Brewery, Koerner Camera and KUOW 94.9.
Cyclists Paradise on Capitol Hill at Seattle Bike-In 2013
For immediate release – Northwest Film Forum announces this week the line-up of the 8th annual Seattle Bike-In, scheduled for 5 – 11pm on Saturday, August 24th and co-presented with The Vera Project and Sustainable Seattle.
The Bike-In is an outdoor celebration of sustainable transportation, community and the arts, free and open to the public, and held annually in Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill in Seattle. The event includes a fair from local cycling organizations and merchants, live music performances and a film screening at dusk. In 2012 the Bike-In was cited by ArtPlace as one of the events that made the Pike/Pine corridor one of the "Top ArtPlaces" in the United States.
In 2013 the Seattle Bike-In features a screening of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, the 1985 comedy classic by Tim Burton about Pee-Wee's search for a stolen bicycle, with a re-mixed/replaced soundtrack (including new music, sound effects and live DJing on vinyl) by Jon Francois (DUG) & Eardrumz (Stop Biting).
The Bike-In this year also includes live music from Tacoma-based post-rock band Lo' There Do I See My Brother; live DJ sets curated by The Vera Project; neighborhood walking tours hosted by Sustainable Seattle; free giveaways from local organizations including Hub and Bespoke, Timbuk2 and YourCapitolHill.com; a raffle of cycling swag from local merchants and more.
Free bicycle valet parking is available for attendees at Cal Anderson Park from 5 – 11pm on a first come, first served basis, courtesy of Bike Works.