Family Frames

Family Frames

2013-2014 PROGRAM

The Film Forum offers year-round programming to delight and dazzle family audiences. Quarterly film screenings include award-winning features and shorts, historically important children's films, director retrospectives, documentaries from around the globe, interdisciplinary programs (including performances of new scores for classic silent films) and exciting hands-on workshops for young filmgoers and filmmakers.


Holiday High Notes

Northwest Boychoir Apprentices sing in the season!
Live music!

Dec 07, 2014

(Various directors and countries, 50 min)

Our annual Holiday High Notes concert is the perfect way to celebrate the the holiday season. Join us as we welcome the renowned Northwest Boychoir Apprentices to our cinema to sing in joyful accompaniment to a new collection of vintage and classic holiday film footage. The choir's seasonal repertoire and angelic voices are the the perfect soundtrack to a cinematic wonderland of silent film Santas, animated elves and giddy children from days gone by. 



Gustafer Yellowgold

Live music + film screening for families!

Aug 10, 2014

Bring the little ones out for a sunny show by Gustafer Yellowgold! The creations of kindie rock star Morgan Taylor (“the most original performer on the family-music scene today” —New York Magazine) are equal parts pop rock concert and hand-drawn cartoon movies. Special ticket pricing: $12 ($9 for children 12 and under).


Photo by Elisa Huerta-Enochian.

Father’s Day Flicks and Making Movies With Dad

11am "Best of the Fest Animation" film screening
12:30pm Pizza in our lobby!
1pm Tabletop Moviemaking Workshop

Jun 15, 2014

Bring dad to Northwest Film Forum on Father's Day for a one-of-a-kind film experience! First, we'll see a one-hour selection of favorite films from Children's Film Festival Seattle 2014, and then break for yummy pizza in the lobby. After that, dads and kids can make their own movies with Seattle filmmaker Brick Maier, whose workshops blend the old-fashioned methods of puppet theater—diorama and paper collaged backgrounds—with newfangled digital tools.  



John Hubley Centennial

New 35mm prints!

Get a copy of The Believer with DVD of Hubley shorts included!

May 17 - May 18, 2014

(John and Faith Hubley, 35mm, 80 min)

American film animator John Hubley began his career working on classics like Bambi and Fantasia at Disney. In the late ‘40s, Hubley created the character of Mr. Magoo; in the ‘50s, he founded Storyboard Studios, where he worked on Sesame Street and directed classic shorts like Moonbird. We present a program of newly restored 35mm prints of some of the most beloved of John Hubley’s works, on the 100th anniversary of his birth.



Tiger Eyes

Seattle premiere!

Oct 25 - Oct 31, 2013

(Lawrence Blume, United States, 2012, DCP, 92 min)

Despite Judy Blume's 40 years of writing bestsellers for children and young adults, Tiger Eyes is the first major motion picture to be made from any of her 28 books. Appropriately, it's a family affair. Directed by her son, Lawrence Blume, the film is a coming-of-age story about Davey, a 17 year-old girl whose life is upended by personal tragedy.



Little Fugitive

New 35mm print!

Actor Rich Andrusco in person Friday & Saturday!

Sponsored by Holiday Inn Seattle

Mar 29 - Apr 04, 2013

(Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin and Ray Ashley, USA, 1953, 35mm, 80 min)

Nominated for an Academy Award for best motion picture story and winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, The Little Fugitive follows a seven-year old boy named Joey (Richie Andrusco) who runs away to Coney Island after being tricked into thinking he’s killed his older brother Lennie (Rickie Brewster). Joey’s adventures and Lennie’s search for his lost little brother make for a charming adventure that chronicles 1950s New York in perfect detail. From the view under the boardwalk to a summer storm that clears the beach, Engel’s camera never fails to register magical, atmospheric moments.



Crazy and Thief

Feb 27, 2013

(Cory McAbee, USA, 2012, Blu-ray, 52 min)

Crazy and Thief takes its title from the two main characters, who happen to be director Cory McAbee’s children—Vy, his seven-year-old daughter, and Johnny, his impressionable three-year-old son. Fulfilling the duty of all older siblings, Vy shows Johnny around their hometown (New York City), as their literal quest to navigate Vy’s “star map” parallels Johnny’s own intellectual odyssey. Songs provided by McAbee himself become both narration and soundtrack, following Crazy and Thief along a startlingly honest and grown-up journey.