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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.

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Icaros: A Vision

Seattle premiere!

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Jun 23 - Jun 25

(Leonor Caraballo & Matteo Norzi, US & Peru, 2016, 91 min)

Looking for a miracle, Angelina lands at a healing center in the Peruvian Amazon where shamans minister to a group of foreign psychonauts seeking transcendence, companionship, and the secrets of life and death.

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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.

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YIPS Fest 2017

Jun 25

YIPS stands for Young, Independent, People, Seattle. It is an international festival focused on short films by filmmakers 18 years old or younger, outside of a school program. The festival is completely youth-organized and curated by a highly motivated group of Ballard High School students.

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The Shadow Council

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Jun 28

The Shadow Council is a people’s legislative body / satirical current events forum hosted by Brett Hamil (of The Seattle Process). Expert Witnesses will present findings on topics both local and national. The Assembly will submit proposed legislation, public comment, questions and complaints.

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illustration by Kathryn Rathke

Hang Together

A celebration & farewell for John DeShazo and Susannah Anderson
 

Jun 30 - Jul 01

A two-night farewell variety show celebrating the significant contributions of longtime Northwest Film Forum board member John DeShazo and his wife Susannah Anderson to Seattle's arts community. John and Susannah will be moving across the country later this summer. Join us in bidding a fond farewell to two local living legends!

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* NWFF SUMMER CLOSURE * July 3–8 *

Jul 03 - Jul 08

Northwest Film Forum will be closed for a summer break to catch our breath, catch up with projects, catch some rays, and catch some Zs. See you soon!

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Sacred

Seattle premiere!

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Jul 09 - Jul 13

(Thomas Lennon, various countries, 2016, 86 min)

Sacred immerses the viewer in an exploration of spirituality across cultures and religions. At a time when religious hatreds dominate the world’s headlines, this film, sweeping in global reach and yet intensely intimate, explores faith as primary human experience: how it is used to navigate the milestones and crises of private life.

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The Future of Film is Feminist Festival

FREE, all-ages, and open to the public; part of STG's free Nights at the Neptune series!

Takes place at the Neptune Theatre (1303 NE 45th St); doors at 7pm

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Jul 13

Join Reel Grrls, NWFF, & NFFTY in partnership with Seattle Theatre Group for a community event that highlights the talents of young female identified filmmakers.

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The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil

Happy hour at 7pm!

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Jul 14

Seattle’s favorite crackpot leftist political comedy talk show continues to burrow into the psyche of a city under siege.

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Hermia & Helena

Seattle premiere!

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Jul 14 - Jul 16

(Matías Piñeiro, US & Argentina, 2017, 97 min)

Camila, a young Argentine theater director, travels from Buenos Aires to New York for an artist residency to work on a new Spanish translation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Anna Karenina

This screening will have an intermission

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Jul 15

(Angelica Cholina, Russia, 2016, 165 min)

Directed and choreographed by Angelica Cholina, this Vakhtangov Theatre production of Anna Karenina is a modern dance interpretation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel.

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Like Crazy

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Jul 19 - Jul 23

(Paolo Virzì, Italy & France, 2016, 118 min)

Paolo Virzì’s new film tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between two women fleeing a mental institution together in search of love and happiness in the open-air nuthouse that is the world of “sane” people.

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Stop Making Sense

This screening is part of a nationwide celebration of Jonathan Demme! Join in #CelebrateDemme

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Jul 19

(Jonathan Demme, US, 1984, 88 min)

Heralded by many as the greatest performance film of all time, Stop Making Sense was Jonathan Demme’s documentary debut, showcasing the Talking Heads just after they achieved mainstream success with the album Speaking in Tongues and the single “Burning Down the House.”

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Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

Q&A with Peter Boal, Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet, on Jul. 26!

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Jul 26 - Aug 03

(Linda Saffire & Adam Schlesinger, US, 2016, 90 min)

’If I don’t dance, I’d rather die’ – I’ve actually said that.” Restless Creature offers an intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares, after three decades with the company, to leave New York City Ballet to begin her own independent project.

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VIDEOJOY

Mixed live by Tommy Swenson of Alamo Drafthouse!

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Jul 28

(90 min runtime)

VIDEOJOY is a live, expanded-cinema VJ collage by the Alamo Drafthouse's Tommy Swenson. Featuring a bountiful cornucopia of neo-futurist A/V deconstructions and queer YouTube ephemera, VIDEOJOY is alchemically engineered to awaken your latent paranormal gifts and permanently tint your aura indigo.

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The Ornithologist

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Aug 02 - Aug 06

(João Pedro Rodrigues, Portugal, France & Brazil, 2016, 117 min)

Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plunges into an eerie and dark forest, trying to get back on his track.

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Ugetsu

New 4K restoration!

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Aug 04 - Aug 06

Derived from stories by Akinari Ueda and Guy de Maupassant, this haunting tale of love and loss—with its exquisite blending of the otherworldly and the real—is one of the most beautiful films ever made.

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