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French Films: Valentine's Day Weekend 2016

Coeur Sans Coeur: Eat Your Heart Out @ NWFF (a Valentine's day celebration)

Friday, February 12, 2016

6:30-7:30pm Musical Happy Hour

7:30pm - Screening (both films concurrently)

9:30pm-11pm Sexy Rebound Dance Party

The folks at #frenchface break the spell of the month d'amour in unholy matrimony with the NWFF; yielding offspring of unusual sizes in a Francophilic indoor dance party. Coupled with a screening of two important French films earnest in their approach to the fallibility of love (one new; one classic), the night gives the heart-experience a visual language. It's your sexy, sleek French antidote for an otherwise jagged weekend. 

#frenchface is a media project by prodigal Seattle daughter Marianne Goldin (of Kiev, Marseille and Seattle provenance), aiming to romance the life eclectic through the frenchefication of the absurd. It uses the French touch to elucidate subtle filigreed elements of everyday life; to create a cultural space and an oasis for reflection, humor and absurdity. #frenchface puts on a popular monthly DJ event at The Revolver Bar (first Wednesdays AM I NORMAL weird French pop), writes, and advocates for the French underground in Seattle and beyond. 

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The Art of the Underdog

Sundays & Wednesdays in March

This documentary series heralds the unsung, delights in the little-known, and excavates the forgotten tales and talents of artists across a range of practices: romance novelists, film projectionists, New York’s last video game arcade, the power couple that conjured Hollywood magic from behind the scenes for five decades, Vietnamese carnival workers, the original radical video collective and pirate TV channel, the longest running freeform radio station in the United States, and the mysterious haunting of a dead outsider artist from New Orleans. These films are still on the festival circuit and you can’t watch them online, so come through Wednesdays and Sundays in March for stimulating documentaries that champion the little guy.

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Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road

Co-presented with SIFF

Wim Wenders is cinema’s preeminent poet of the open road, soulfully following the journeys of people as they search for themselves. During his over-forty-year career, Wenders has directed films in his native Germany and around the globe, making dramas both intense and whimsical, mysteries, fantasies, and documentaries. Northwest Film Forum and the Seattle International Film Festival co-present this retrospective of twelve of his films in new digital restorations. From early works of the New German Cinema to the art-house 1980s blockbusters that made him a household name (Paris, Texas; Wings of Desire) to inquisitive nonfiction looks at world culture (Buena Vista Social Club)—audiences can rediscover Wenders’s vast cinematic world.

Films at NWFF

March 3: Paris, Texas
March 10: The State of Things & The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick
March 17: Wings of Desire
March 24: Notebook on Cities and Clothes
March 31: Until the End of the World (Director’s cut)

Films at SIFF:

March 2: The American Friend
March 9: Alice in the Cities
March 16: Wrong Move
March 23: Kings of the Road
March 30: Buena Vista Social Club
March 30: Pina

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Offbeat Music Films

Defying dominant trends, experimenting with new forms, shaping an emergent popular culture, jamming in Manila's backstreets, finding humor in the absurd: these five films capture different kinds of music stories. 

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Logger's Delight

A century ago, the Pacific Northwest produced 30% of the lumber used in the United States, and today the U.S. continues to export more wood than any other country. Logger’s Delight unearths this facet of our Cascadian climes by pairing a documentary and feature about the culture and characters of logging, timber, and the great outdoors. The documentary Hadwin’s Judgement chronicles the bizarre true tale of a Pacific Northwest activist-turned-environmental terrorist. Diego Ongaro’s first feature Bob and the Trees premiered at Sundance last year and follows a bullheaded logger around his New England stomping grounds. Each film screens with a 1948 promotional film the Washington State Forestry Conference produced to show farmers how make money on “Your Woods.” 


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Industry Events

Northwest Film Forum hosts networking events and visits from industry professionals to support our local community of artists and media makers. 

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VOD IRL is a series of video-on-demand screenings produced in the movie theater, with filmmakers and special guests in attendance. As audiences continue to migrate online, VOD IRL represents an experiment in creative adaptation to a changing industry.

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Puget Soundtrack

Puget Soundtrack is a series of live score commissions presented by Northwest Film Forum. The Film Forum invites musicians and bands to choose a film for which they would like to create and perform a live score. This gives musicians the artistic freedom to approach not only the performance with creative autonomy, but also to select films that inspire them musically. Past editions of Puget Soundtrack have included performances by: Kingdom of the Holy Sun, Vox Mod, Cabana, Newaxeyes, Cock & Swan, Tim Held and Dave West, and Ahamefule Oluo.

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Avant-garde Cinema from Ex-Yugoslavia: 1950s-80s

MAY 20 - 31, 2015

Rare 16mm and 35mm prints!

A critically important realm of avant-garde cinema has been largely neglected in the US over the years—the wave of films that emerged in the countries of former Yugoslavia. While a handful of filmmakers have penetrated the consciousness of American scholars and cineastes—Dušan Makavejev above all, though Karpo Godina and Želimir Žilnik have begun to make ripples as well—these artists are merely the tip of the iceberg, representing an experimental film movement of extraordinary richness, inventiveness, and uncompromising political engagement. 

To begin to redress the invisibility of these films here in the US, as well as to call attention to some of the important institutions and organizations that are heroically working (in the face of daunting obstacles) to preserve the avant-garde cinema of ex-Yugoslavia, we’ve invited the Slovenian Cinematheque, the Croatian Film Association, and the Academic Film Center, Belgrade, to curate programs showcasing films from their collections. Although even these four programs represent only the most selective of surveys of the Slovenian, Croatian, and Serbian avant-garde movements, the films included here are guaranteed to transform your conception of twentieth-century experimental cinema. 
—Jed Rapfogel, Film Programmer, Anthology Film Archives, New York

Thanks to Jed Rapfogel (Anthology Film Archives) Jurij Meden (Slovenian Cinematheque & George Eastman House), Diana Nenadić (Croatian Film Association), and Miodrag Miša Milošević (Academic Film Center, Student City Cultural Center, Belgrade).

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