Visiting Artists

Daïchi Saïto signs our Wall of Fame

Visiting Artists

A core part of Northwest Film Forum's mission is to discover and champion the work of visionary filmmakers: join us as we bring an array of film artists and arts professionals to speak in person about new film, both on and off our screens.


On the Banks of the Tigris: The Hidden Story of Iraqi Music

Seattle premiere! Director in attendance!

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Jun 24 - Jun 25

(Marsha Emerman, Australia, 2015, 79 min)

When Majid Shokor escaped from Iraq, he discovered that the songs he loved as a child in Baghdad have a hidden history. Saddam’s regime purged Iraqi music of its origins, but Majid, determined to rediscover them, traveled the world to meet exiled Jewish, Muslim and Christian Iraqi musicians who still sing and play these songs.



I’m Not Fascinating: The Movie!

Icky Boyfriends drummer Anthony Bedard in attendance!

Featuring a program of shorts to shock and delight!

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Jun 23

(Danny Plotnick, US, 1996, 48 min, + 33 min shorts program)

Brace yourselves for one of the most resplendent footnotes of rock anti-history ever to grace the silver screen. Danny Plotnick’s I’m Not Fascinating: The Movie! chronicles the pointless shenanigans of San Francisco rock ‘n’ roll ne’er-do-wells the Icky Boyfriends and their futile quest for rock stardom.



The Maury Island Incident

Filmmakers in attendance!

Jun 11

(Scott Schaefer, US, 2014, 30 min)

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Summer of the Saucers, filmmakers Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer provide a special presentation, “J. Edgar Hoover’s Flying Discs: Why the Maury Island Incident is the seminal event in modern popular culture relating to UFO’s, conspiracies, and cover-ups,” followed by the screening of their award-winning film, The Maury Island Incident and an audience Q&A.



Golden Silence: The Score Feels

Live score!

Jun 08

Golden Silence: The Score Feels is an ongoing documentary exploration of creative worlds that interweave their paths, crossing in the same reality. The film follows each artist on and off stage giving a magical look into the artistic lives dancing on different wave lengths, frequencies, and vibrations that are celebrating life as experienced by young artists of color in Seattle.



The Earth is a Hollow Shell: Films + Videos by Georg Koszulinski

Director in attendance! Co-presented by EXcinema

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May 31

Seattle-based filmmaker, Georg Koszulinski, will present a program of short films and videos produced from 2013-17, including experimental science fiction and personal essay films shot in Cuba and British Columbia.



Disasters of Peace vol. 3

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May 28

Filmmakers Kamila Kuc & Reed O'Beirne in attendance!

It can be said that history oscillates between eras of fixity and power and times of undoing, when things unravel. Today we are in a place where we are as likely to look back as we are to imagine a future. This touring programme draws together artist filmmakers who in varying ways are responding to global conditions of re-imagining, undoing and reformation.



Thollem’s Hot Pursuit of Happiness

Live music: Thollem solo w/ video, plus Lori Goldston & Amy Denio!

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May 26

Hot Pursuit of Happiness is Thollem's solo show about the insane absurdity of 21st century America, forging a fun-filled onslaught of PunkWorldNoiseBluesAvantAmericana through an unruly electronic beast of vintage keyboards and stomp boxes.



Rhythm Assemblies: Films by Reed O’Beirne

Director in attendance!

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May 11

(Reed O’Beirne, US, 1993-2017, 70 min)

“Cinema has more to do with dance, than it does with novels; it is fundamentally rhythm and movement over time.” A selection of undependent short films from the 23-year filmmaking career of Reed O’Beirne.



Shungu: The Resilience of a People

Director in attendance!

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Apr 30

(Saki Mafundikwa, Zimbabwe, 2009, 54 min)

Shungu is a compelling narrative of the strategies ordinary people use to survive in Zimbabwe today. The filmmaker takes us on a personal journey offering a rare, intimate insight as the country experiences political turmoil, economic meltdown and health care collapse.



Karl Marx City

Directors in attendance! After-party in the lobby!  B-)
Sponsored by Barça

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Apr 28

(Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker, US & Germany, 2016, 89 min)

Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to her hometown of Karl Marx City to find the truth about her late father’s suicide and his rumored Stasi past.



Apple Pie

Seattle premiere! Director in attendance!

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Apr 08

(Sam Hamilton, US, 2016, 80 min)

Apple Pie is a feature-length artist film by Aotearoa New Zealand artist Sam Hamilton that features Samoan dance artist Ioane Papali'i, and a cast of 25 performers.



Surround Sound Laydown

Live music, film screening, and poetry reading!

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Apr 07

Terror Pigeon: Surround Sound Lay Down is a live show and immersive experience performed for an audience that is lying on the ground. 



The Films of Daichi Saito

Filmmaker in attendance!
Sponsored by Seattle University Film Studies 
Co-presented with EXcinema. Buy Tickets Now >

Apr 01

Daïchi Saïto’s most recent films, which have found him joining forces with musicians Malcolm Goldstein and Jason Sharp, create extraordinary inter-layerings of sound and image, achieving a trance-like quality. These collaborations are true tours-de-force whose uncannily pulsating rhythms affect the body as much as the eye or ear, and variously suggest the organic mechanisms of breathing, blinking, or the beating of the heart.



Torrey Pines

Live score!

Feb 16

(Clyde Petersen, US, 2016)

Torrey Pines is an autobiographical stop-motion animated film accompanied by a live musical score by the band Your Heart Breaks. Raised by a schizophrenic mother, Clyde Petersen's life story unfolds in a series of baffling and hallucinated events.




Seattle premiere! Filmmaker in attendance!

Feb 11 - Feb 12

(Celia Rowlson-Hall, US, 2015, 80 min)

A wordless retelling of the Mother Mary story rendered purely through physical and emotional movement, MA unfurls across a Southwest road trip. Tropes abound and are then distorted; wood-paneled motels with cerulean pools; endless stretches of hot, dusty roads; foreboding cowboys and mysterious travel companions.



Documenting J20: Protest and Resistance in the streets of DC

Director Georg Koszulinski in attendance!

A discussion will follow the screening.

Feb 10

Seattle-based documentary filmmaker Georg Koszulinski will present a rough cut of his feature documentary, America is Waiting, which chronicles the events that transpired in Washington, DC, on the day of Donald T. Trump's inauguration.




Seattle premiere! Filmmaker in attendance!

Co-presented with Ex-Cinema.

Jan 25

(Georg Koszulinski, US & Haiti, 2016, 61 min)

From documentary filmmaker Georg Koszulinski comes a visual chronicle of the Vodou religion as practiced in the rural mountains of Haiti. Loa presents an expressive account of rural Vodou via a portrait of the houngan Extanta Aoleé, who has served the Loa, or sacred spirits of Haiti, for over a half century.



The Road to Nickelsville

Filmmaker in attendance!

A panel discussion will follow the film.

Jan 15

(Derek McNeill, US, 2017, 47 min)

Caution, survival, and hope. The residents of Nickelsville, an organized homeless encampment in Seattle Washington, share how they became homeless; caution how quickly it can happen, and how they persevere.



Balikbayan #1

Visiting guest filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik!  
Working title: Memories of Overdevelopment (1979-2015)   

May 05, 2015

(Kidlat Tahimik, 2015, Philippines, 150min) Shot in mixed formats (16mm, digital SD, analogue VHS/ HI8 and any media available.)

The latest piece by acclaimed Filipino filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik (The Perfumed Nightmare) is a filmic voyage spanning 35 years. Winner of the Caligari Prize at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, Balikbayan #1 tells the story of Enrique, Magellan’s slave (arguably a Filipino) who inadvertently became the first person to ever circumnavigate the globe.



David Domingo: A Super 8 Odyssey

Filmmaker in attendance!
Sponsored by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)
Co-presented with ExCinema
Co-presented with the Seattle Latino Film Festival

Apr 28, 2016

Spanish filmmaker David Domingo began making Super 8 films when he was twenty years old, and specializes in super 8mm and 16mm film. Northwest Film Forum is one of five film institutions across the U.S. to host Domingo on a tour that includes Los Angeles FilmForum, San Francisco Cinematheque, Cinema Project (Portland, Oregon), and Anthology Film Archive in New York.




Director Alonso Ruiz Palacios in attendance!
Co-presented by Pacific Lutheran University
Co-presented with the Seattle Latino Film Festival

Apr 29, 2016

(Alonzo Ruiz Palacios, Mexico, 2015, DCP, 106 min)

Awarded Best First Feature at the Berlinale, Alonzo Ruizpalacios’s full-length debut captures the tumultuous coming of age of Tomás, a fair-skinned teenager sent by his exhausted mother to live in Mexico City with his dark-skinned brother. Set amidst the National University of Mexico student strike of 1999, brothers Tomás and Federico navigate the spectrum of disenfranchisement and youthful enthusiasm from behind the wheel of an aging Volkswagen.



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, 2015

"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."



North by Pacific Northwest: the Films of Kelly Sears

Visiting filmmaker Kelly Sears in attendance!

Apr 19, 2015

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. 




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

Apr 15 - Apr 21, 2015

(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.



Jeremy Moss: Space immaterial/Immaterial place

Visiting filmmaker!
Introduction and Q&A moderation by Johanna Gosse!

Mar 07, 2015

The films of Jeremy Moss explore the intersection of expressionistic tendencies, place and the moving body. His work ranges from surrealist documentary, to abstract hand-made 16mm films, to dance for camera, to essay film. Join us for an immersive optical and sonic experience, and revel in cinema’s capacity for meditation and rigorous experimentation.



Films for One to Eight Projectors: Multi-Projector Experiments by Roger Beebe

Visiting filmmaker! 
16mm prints!

Mar 28, 2015

Filmmaker/curator/professor Roger Beebe visits Seattle with a touring program of his multiple-projector performances. The tour features several of his best-known projector performances (including the six-projector show-stopping space jam “Last Light of a Dying Star”), recent award-winning work in single-channel HD video, as well as the premiere of his latest multi-projector mayhem, “SOUND FILM.” 




Director Brandon Colvin in attendance!
Seattle premiere!

Mar 29, 2015

(Brandon Colvin, 2014, United States, 72 min)

A lethargically neurotic Kierkegaard professor goes back to his small hometown on a sabbatical (intended for writing) to take care for his mother after a stroke. A ruminative deconstruction of the lonesome sentiment that we can never go home again, the film follows the protagonist, Ben, as he gets reacquainted with, and subsequently re-alienated from, the old relationships and trappings of his life. As he struggles to maintain his aloof composure while interacting with his deadbeat brother, addled mother and lonely ex-wife, Ben’s own shortcomings are thrown in sharper relief.



The Barefoot Bandit

Seattle premiere!
Director Carly Bodmer in attendance!

Nov 11, 2014

(Carly Bodmer, 2014, United States, 72 min)

A telling of the life of Colton Harris-Moore, the notorious young airplane thief from Camano Island, Washington, who amassed tens of thousands of online fans before and after his capture in 2010. 



Horror on a Shoestring: How to Make a Horror Flick with a Micro-Budget

Free event!
Happy hour at 6:30pm
Talk at 7pm

Nov 12, 2014

Join local film writer/producer team Ramon Isao and Ian Bell as they discuss the fine, frustrating and life-affirming art of crafting independent genre movies. Through the phases of writing, re-writing, pre-production, re-RE-writing, onset travails, post and beyond, Ramon and Ian will share some strategies that stretch dollars and release films.



American Interior

With an introduction by director/musician Gruff Rhys! 

Come see the film before Gruff's show around the corner at Barboza
Bring your concert ticket stub and get a $1 off your movie ticket!

Nov 14, 2014

(Dylan Goch, Gruff Rhys, Wales, 2014, Blu-Ray, 91 min)

Gruff Rhys of Welsh electro-psych rock outfit Super Furry Animals embarks on a quest into the American interior to retrace his ancestor’s footsteps. In the late 18th century, Welsh explorer John Evans became convinced that a fellow countryman had discovered the Americas. To prove his point, he set out on his own in search of a Welsh-speaking Native American tribe, and along the way mapped the Missouri river (a document that proved handy for Lewis and Clark) and entrenched himself in the contested frontier. 



A Spell to Ward Off Darkness

Director Ben Russell in attendance for a film introduction and Q&A!
Pre-screening reception with bartender/film critic/moderator Jay Kuehner, and Ben Russell, at 6pm!

Nov 15, 2014

(Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, 2013, Estonia/France/Germany, DCP, 98 min)

The first major collaboration of celebrated film and media-makers Ben Rivers (Two Years at Sea) and Ben Russell (Let Each One Go Where He May) proposes a different dialectic for artistic partnership. A mysterious loner roams across three movements: a commune on a small Estonian island, the majestic wilderness of Northern Finland, and a black metal concert in Norway. The lead performance by Brooklyn-based musician Robert A.A Lowe fuses the psychedelic, mystical threads of Russell's work and the dedicated nomadism of Rivers'.



Sugar and Skyjelly: Short Films and Live Music

Director Sarah Jane Lapp in attendance!
Live performance by Skyjelly to follow screening!
Sponsored by the Washington Composers Forum!

Nov 23, 2014

"What about the relationship between sweetness and power?" Sarah Jane Lapp's personal essay film Sweetface probes the shadows of sugar and labor, love and power. Tonight's screening is paired with Third Shift by Anthony Simon, where two former sugar refinery workers revisit the building 10 years after its closure. Psycho-blues-noise outfit Skyjelly will play a concert after the screening.



Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin’

Seattle premiere!
Artist Robert Williams in person!
Co-presented with Fantagraphics!

Dec 14, 2014

(Mary C Reese, Doug Blake, Nancye Ferguson, Michael LaFetra, Stephen Nemeth, 2013, United States, 89 min)

A revealing look into multiple American countercultures, this documentary follows the great American artist and underground legend Robert Williams. From Hot Rods to Punk and Metal, from LSD to the top of the art world, the influential paintings of Robert Williams defied categorization until they became their own art movement.



Surviving Cliffside

Director Jon Matthews in attendance!

Conversation at 4pm before the screening with Jon Matthews, filmmaker Amy Benson, and program director Courtney Sheehan

Nov 02, 2014

(Jon Matthews, United States, 2014, 65 min)

Surviving Cliffside opens with a title card that reads, “dedicated to my homestate of West Virginia and all her complexities, contradictions, and immense beauty.” Those complexities and contradictions are explored through tender contemplation and unconventional narrative structure in this rare portrait of rural West Virginia. 



The Unity of All Things 物之合

Visiting filmmaker Daniel Schmidt in attendance!

Apr 19, 2014

(Alexander Carver and Daniel Schmidt, United States, 2013, 97 min)

Shot in three languages, two types of film (16mm and 8mm) and in locations ranging from China to Chicago to CERN in Switzerland, The Unity of All Things is a work of experimental science fiction about the construction of a particle accelerator on the U.S./Mexico border.



We Are Alive! The Fight to Save Braddock Hospital

Visiting filmmaker Tony Buba!

Feb 16, 2014

(Tony Buba, Tom Dubesnky, United States, 2013, 95 min)

We Are Alive! The Fight To Save Braddock Hospital chronicles a small town’s fight for quality healthcare for all. The residents from Braddock, Pennsylvania waged war against the ten billion dollar non-profit/medical corporate giant University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to keep their community hospital open. Home to a YMCA, a chapel and the town's only restaurant, the hospital employed 630 people, and its emergency room served over 25,000 patients a year. Winner of the Studs Terkel Award for Media and Journalism.


Photo by Andrew Kolker.

Getting Back to Abnormal

Visiting filmmaker Paul Stekler!

Feb 23, 2014

(Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Peter Odabashian, Paul Stekler, United States, 2013, 92 min)

New Orleans' long history of political dysfunction gets a new lease on life when Stacy Head, a polarizing white woman, wins a seat on the city council after Katrina. Four years later, she needs to get black votes to be re-elected. Getting Back to Abnormal follows the odd couple of Head and her irrepressible political advisor, Barbara Lacen-Keller, as they try to navigate New Orleans' complicated political scene. Featuring provocative commentary from New Orleans cultural figures like David Simon (Treme, The Wire).



differently, Molussia

Director in attendance!

Nov 27, 2013

(Nicolas Rey, France, 2013, 16mm, 81 min)

Based on fragments from Günther Anders’ novel The Molussian Catacomb, which was written between 1932 and 1936, Nicolas Rey’s captivating nine-part film presents allegorical stories and musings by political prisoners sitting in the pits of an imaginary fascist state called Molussia. Shown in random order whenever it is screened (there are 362,880 potential versions of the film), the film’s nine 16mm reels ruminate on capitalism, imperialism and resistance—accompanied by gritty, unsettling self-processed images of undefined landscapes. 



Pasolini’s Last Words

Director in attendance!

West Coast premiere!

Aug 23, 2013

(Cathy Lee Crane, United States, 2012, Blu-ray, 60 min)

Pier Paolo Pasolini is one of Italy's most important filmmakers, but he made his name first as a poet. This biographical film tells the story of the poet and filmmaker’s shocking murder in 1975, using film footage of his life alongside the texts he published or left unfinished during his last year. A telling account of an artist whose work demands to be re-discovered.



Off Label

Directors in attendance Friday & Saturday!

Sep 06 - Sep 12, 2013

(Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri, 2012, United States, Digital, 80 min)

Like an urban legend, the specter and scope of America's pharmaceutical dependence keeps most of us from even dwelling on the issues it provokes, which is what makes Off Label a miraculous investigation. Telling the stories of those affected by the pharmaceutical industry (from patients to physicians to professional guinea pigs) while keeping their stories human and even humorous, directors Mosher and Palmieri expose the causes and tragic consequences of overmedication.



October Country

Directors in attendance Saturday!

Sep 07 - Sep 08, 2013

(Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri, 2009, United States, 35mm, 80 min)

In an age when reality TV regularly makes public examples of unusual families, the grace of this documentary is in its refusal to treat its subjects as anything but individuals. Living practically under the same roof are four generations of the Mosher family, a clan where domestic violence is passed from mother to daughter and where only Desi, the youngest of them, insists she is “smarter” than to resign herself to her relatives’ way of life. Tracking the family’s trials between one Halloween and the next, this exquisite family portrait is a Faulkner-style epic.



Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

Director in attendance!

Special pre-screening poetry reading on Sunday, 7pm, from poet Thomas Pruiksma!

Nov 01 - Nov 07, 2013

(Stephen Silha/Eric Slade/Dawn Logsdon, 2013, United States, Digital, 83 min)

When artist James Broughton came on the scene in the 1940s, he struck with a personality so big and joyous that the film community could not help but follow. In the spirit of Broughton himself, Big Joy’s celebration of an experimental filmmaker’s life is a lively collage of movie clips, diary entries and unreserved conversations with the people who knew him best (including former lover Pauline Kael).



E Haku Inoa

Co-presented with Longhouse Media

Director in attendance!

Seattle premiere!

5:30pm reception with eats from Marination Station!


Nov 16 - Nov 17, 2013

(Christen Hepuakoa Marquez, 2013, United States, Digital, 57 min)

A young, multi-racial Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) woman, filmmaker Christen Hepuakoa Marquez, sets out to discover the meaning of her incredibly lengthy Hawaiian name from her estranged mother (whose diagnosis as schizophrenic in the 80′s caused their family separation). Christen discovers not only her self within the name, but gains a whole new perspective on the idea of sanity and how cultural differences can sometimes muddle its definition.



Let Your Light Shine: Experimental Animations by Jodie Mack

Director in attendance!

Jun 01, 2013

Jodie Mack's insightful, handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her film work explores the tension between form and meaning. Mack received her MFA in film, video, and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and currently teaches animation at Dartmouth College.



The Invisible Forest

Director in attendance!

Jun 12, 2013

(Antero Alli, USA, 2008, HD, 111 min)

Antero Alli's The Invisible Forest is a surrealistic trip through the internal landscape of one man's subconscious to a place beyond belief, beyond words and beyond the mind itself to. Alex, an experimental theater director (Antero Alli), brings his troupe to a forest to perform his vision of French Surrealist Antonin Artaud's magic theatre of ghosts, gods, and demons. During their "paratheatrical experiment," Alex is haunted by a recurring nightmare where Artaud appears and mocks his ambitions. With his sanity pushed to its outer limits, Alex visits a psychotherapist who suggests hypnotic regression to remedy his problem. Written and directed by Antero Alli with text also by William Shakespeare and Antonin Artaud.





Director in attendance!

Seattle premiere!

Jun 13, 2013

(Antero Alli, 2012, USA, HD, 80 min)

Since 1977, underground filmmaker Antero Alli has been developing a medium of "paratheatre," inspired by the late Polish visionary of theater, Jerzy Grotowski.  Alli's paratheatre is a highly visceral process that incorporates physical theatre, Zazen meditation, modern dance and vocalization to gain access to the internal landscape. For this "dreambody/earthbody" ritual, Alli trained a group of seven in paratheatre methods to execute a ritual choreography, using movements recalled from their nocturnal dreams.  The result is a rare and haunting glimpse into a microculture of asocial group ritual dynamics, normally performed in total privacy. 



The Rambler

Seattle premiere!

Director in attendance opening night!

Jun 28 - Jul 04, 2013

(Calvin Reeder, 2013, USA, Blu-ray, 97 min)

If you’ve ever comforted yourself with the knowledge that the worst of America’s horrors were safely locked behind bars, The Rambler will make you think twice. A nameless prisoner is released from under lock and key and begins a search for his brother, making him an eyewitness to all that is strange and gruesome in America’s overlooked corners. As he experiences these nightmares with an unfazed and uncomplicated vision, The Rambler takes us on a once-in-a-lifetime wandering across highways and through wilderness, leaving us perplexed as to whether the film’s true subject is its hero or the people he encounters.



Band of Sisters

Extended run by popular demand!

Director  and Sister Nancy Sylvester in attendance opening weekend!

Apr 12 - Apr 28, 2013

(Mary Fishman, USA, 2012, Blu-ray, 88 min)

The new film Band of Sisters tells the story of the Catholic Church's bravest heros—the nuns of the 1960s and onwards who were inspired by the reforms of Vatican II and the great social movements of the 20th century to fight for social justice across the United States. Even when their actions provoked the anger of the Vatican, the graceful struggles of these sisters for civil rights and immigration reform persisted.  This poignant, funny and moving documentary by first-time director Mary Fishman shows us a forward-thinking portrait of religious women as citizens of the world and covers half a century of activism.


Image from "The Return" by Nathaniel Dorsky.

Nathaniel Dorsky: Program 2

Director in attendance!
Q&A moderated by Jonathan Marlow, co-founder of Fandor

Apr 11, 2013

Nathaniel Dorsky is one of a rare breed of filmmakers whose work can be classified as essential viewing.  In his visually handsome films, Dorsky renders the prosaic a poetic experience, editing nature, light, and figure to create an utterly sensual cinema. In tonight's program, enjoy a series of 16mm shorts delving into themes and images of memory, grieving and the passage of friends.


Image from "Winter" by Nathaniel Dorsky.

Nathaniel Dorsky: Program 1

Director in attendance!
Q&A moderated by Jonathan Marlow, co-founder of Fandor

Apr 10, 2013

Nathaniel Dorsky is one of a rare breed of filmmakers whose work can be classified as essential viewing.  In his visually handsome films, Dorsky renders the prosaic a poetic experience, editing nature, light, and figure to create an utterly sensual cinema. In tonight's program, enjoy a series of 16mm shorts delving into themes and images of winter, poetry and prayer.



The Men of Dodge City

Director in Attendance Friday!

Mar 22 - Mar 28, 2013

(Nandan Rao, USA, 2011, Blu-ray, 94 min)

The men of Dodge City are not quite men yet. J., Zach and Ben, three young friends transplanted to Detroit with the aspiration of transforming an abandoned cathedral-sized church into a lively arts space, are trying hard to articulate their enthusiasm and noble ideas. All the while they play, flirt, tell stories and struggle to define themselves with their grand schemes. Filmed in the winter, the physical space in The Men of Dodge City—the church, in all its beauty and decrepitude—is a character of its own. The film moves, joyfully, in small steps, rewarding the audience with thoughtful and charming characters, confident cinematography and stunningly beautiful location. Winner of our Jury Award for Best Feature at Local Sightings Festival 2012. 



Eco Warriors

Seattle premiere!

Producer Jennifer Pickford in attendance!

Mar 12, 2013

(The Red Octopus Collective, Canada, 2012, Blu-ray, 52 min)

When did activism become terrorism? And why are America's heroes being jailed, while its corporations continue to be rewarded? These questions are front and center in the timely, heartfelt and engaging documentary Eco Warriors. The film follows the story of Portland activist Tre Arrow, who was on the FBI's Most Wanted List for his radical environmental actions and forced to seek asylum in Canada rather than face life in jail.




Director in attendance Monday!

Sponsored by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture and The Center for Sex Positive Culture 

Mar 04 - Mar 05, 2013

(Kyle Henry, USA, 2012, Blu-ray, 80 min)

Bathroom sexcapades, porn store shenanigans and complex human-canine relationships are just some of the adventures in Kyle Henry’s engaging feature anthology, Fourplay. The film is divided into chapters/cities: in Skokie, a closeted woman’s infatuation with her minister’s wife is sublimated during a weekend of dog sitting. In Austin, a young couple struggles with opposing desires regarding conception and arrive at a startling compromise. In Tampa, a queer man plagued with self-doubt finds a surreal nirvana in a public mall restroom. And in San Francisco, a cross-dressing prostitute faces a challenging assignment with a quadriplegic man.



The Bitter Buddha

Director and comedian in attendance, with a Q&A moderated by Linas Phillips!

Feb 23, 2013

(Steven Feinartz, USA, 2012, Blu-ray, 90 min)

Ever been to a famous city and gone on an underground tour with a friend who’s lived there for years? The Bitter Buddha is a side-streets tour through the world of comedy, hosted by names most of us know (Dana Gould, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis) and spotlighting a comic most people don’t: Eddie Pepitone, secret cornerstone of today’s young comedy tradition. Though he’s never been a household name, Pepitone continues to craft his hilariously livid stage persona. In Buddha, a wide circle of Pepitone's friends come together to help tell the story of his decades-long “rise and fall.”




Director in attendance!

Feb 22, 2013

(Olivia Silver, USA, 2012, Blu-ray, 91 min)

Independent film favorite John Hawkes, riding on a series of award-nominated performances over the last two years, stars in Arcadia as a single father trying to move himself and his children across the country, to California. Though he promises his daughters a life of luxury and sunshine, Tom struggles to keep his head up while dealing with the difficult truth about his children’s mother, which threatens to tear his family apart.




Director in attendance Friday, Monday, Tuesday!

Jan 11 - Jan 17, 2013

(Valerie Massadian, France, 2011, 35mm, 68 min)

Nan Goldin collaborator Valerie Massadian’s directorial debut stars a four year old.  “There's not one word, one gesture—nothing—that I imposed on her. We played,” she told Craig Hubert of Interview Magazine. Toddler  actor Kelyna Lecomte plays Nana, a girl abandoned by her mother on the outskirts of her grandfather’s pig farm.  Filmed with a voyeuristic distance, Nana unfolds in the allowed space as the character’s isolation endows her own developing independence. Audiences are given an innocently intimate, contemplative glimpse of the world as Nana views it. Played with extraordinary composure, the character of Nana is a quiet delight to watch.  Winner of the Best First Film prize at the Locarno Film Festival, this is a sweet, life-affirming faux-fairytale, simultaneously enchanting and elegiac.