Live at the Film Forum

Live at the Film Forum

DECEMBER 2013 - JUNE 2014

The fifth annual edition of Live at the Film Forum presents a slate of world-premiere commissioned performances that reflect film's inherent collaborative energy and experimentation. 

Live at the Film Forum continues the organization's long exploration of the intersection of cinema with performance. In 2013-14, the Film Forum invites theater artists, musicians, clowns, writers and actors to engage with film and video, incorporating elements of each craft into live performances and creating work that exists both on screen and off.

We offer one-of-a-kind experiences which are fresh and, as always, a little daring!  Performers in the current year include Rebecca Brown, Nicolas Maigret and Salt Horse.

Individual Tickets $12/Film Forum members, $15/General Admission

"[Live is] consistently innovative and engaging" —Zee Grega

Major support for the 2012-2013 season of Live at the Film Forum has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, ArtsFund, 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Seattle Foundation, ArtsWA and The Stranger.

Previous Season:  September 2012 - May 2013


The Pirate Cinema

A live work by Nicolas Maigret

Seattle premiere!
Join us for post-show discussions with the artist!

May 29 - May 31, 2014

The hidden activity and geography of real-time peer-to-peer file sharing via BitTorrent is revealed in The Pirate Cinema, a live installation by digital artist Nicolas Maigret. In Maigret’s monitoring room, omnipresent telecommunications surveillance gains a global face, as the artist plunders the core of restless activity online, revealing how visual media is consumed and disseminated across the globe.



Color Field

A new work by Salt Horse

World premiere live performance

Mar 27 - Mar 29, 2014

In Salt Horse’s Color Field, unique and hidden spaces are activated throughout Northwest Film Forum’s venue, generating kinetic architectures of shape, color and form. Images arise and dissolve—a large eye of light soars above the horizon, a man emerges and then disappears in plain sight, and a blackened corner harbors a hovering body. Abstract Expressionist painters such as Stella, Frankenthaler and Gorky are sources of inspiration. Joining local Seattle artists in Salt Horse (Corrie Befort, Beth Graczyk, and Angelina Baldoz) are a vibrant cast of dancers, including Ariana Bird, Belle Wolf, Kathleen Hunt and Steven Gomez. 


Boris Karloff as Frankenstein (1931).


A new work by Rebecca Brown

World premiere!

Dec 05 - Dec 07, 2013

Rebecca Brown is the author of twelve books of memoirs, collections of stories, plays, and has collaborated on new work around the city, including at On the Boards and on an opera with Michael Katell. With Monstrous, a new piece for Live at the Film Forum, she takes as her touchstone the Romantic writers who pre-date cinema, but whose images and ideas have informed our concept of what is "cinematic": dangerous romance, aesthetic and political revolution, the tearing at old ways of seeing, untimely death, resurrection, natural destruction, beauty and ruins.



We Are All Failing Them

May 16 - May 18, 2013

a new work by Robin Holcomb, Britta Johnson and Curtis Taylor World premiere!

The border between ambition and hard luck is a blind spot. We Are All Failing Them is a song cycle, performed live with film and objects, that engages in a sideways view of the curious and spectacular tragedy of the Donner Party. Drawing upon the languages of recital, film and staged séance, this evening-length entertainment asks: what gets left behind along the trail to the Promised Land?



The Other Paris

Apr 18 - Apr 20, 2013

a new work by Luc Sante World premiere!

The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, poodles, couture and oo la la. We all know Paris. But there is a city beneath that, or there was, of poor people and tenements, factories and slaughterhouses, crime and vice and revolt. In this new piece from the writer and photo historian Luc Sante, plunge through the class structure in Louis Feuillade's Juve contre Fantômas (1915), follow murder in Maurice Cam's Métropolitain (1939) and stumble through the streets (with a wounded driver) in Jules Dassin's Rififi (1955). Examining the other Paris from these films, Luc Sante shows us the underbelly of one of the world's most beautiful cities and provides commentary throughout.


Lyam White and Christine Shaw White perform UMO Ensemble's Maldoror. Photograph by Omar Willey.


World premiere!

Sep 13 - Sep 15, 2012

a new work by UMO Ensemble

UMO Ensemble is one of the most innovative and critically-acclaimed performance companies based in the Pacific Northwest. The Ensemble has performed in theaters, at festivals and in schools around the world. Since arriving on Vashon Island in 1989, UMO Ensemble has created over 20 original works, with a creative process rooted in physical theater: improvisations in movement, character, vocalizing and writing. Maldoror is their first original, commissioned performance Live at the Film Forum, mixing theatre, bracing proto-surrealism and industrial-noise compositions with multimedia and acrobatics.



SRO-Single Room Occupancy

May 17 - May 19, 2012

a new work by Lauren Weedman

Writer, performer and comedian Lauren Weedman takes us to the world of Single Room Occupancy; a place of lawn care, electric guitars, the same dinner every night, old horror movies and sex.



Jack Hitt: Making Up the Truth

Mar 15 - Mar 17, 2012

 In his new solo show, "This American Life" regular, Jack Hitt, tells extravagant, almost unbelievable, true tales from his life experience. Making Up The Truth weaves stories together with the latest findings in contemporary brain science to answer the question, "Why do these things always happen to me?" What Jack discovers is another unbelievable story — this time about all of us and the world of uncanny wonders that lies just beyond our brain's notice. Directed by Jessica Bauman.



Curry + Dillon: Interview Me

Support for this program provided by 4Culture and The Mayors Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Sep 15 - Sep 17, 2011

Interview Me integrates public installation, multi-media performance, and interactive movement theatre to explore the ways in which interviews function in our society.  Curry + Dillon exploit the drama and architecture of “the interview” in a highly interactive evening where the audience plays a significant role in the experience.  Drawing from historical references and contemporary social media, Interview Me forces an up-close investigation of America’s love affair, and contemporary culture’s fascination, with the interview. 



The Somewhere Girls: Don't Assume I Cook

Dec 08 - Dec 10, 2011

What does it take to break through to success?  Don't Assume I Cook is a romp through a woman's mind, aided by The Somewhere Girls; Janna Wachter, chanteuse, Victoria Jacobs, dancer and Jamie Maschler on accordion. Through  film, animation, puppetry, interview, atmosphere, song and dance, The Somewhere Girls explore the perpetual perplexing problem of perfection and create a world where cooking skills are not a prerequisite.