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Soul Nite! Poster

December 7, 2009

Designed by Peter Lucas, of course.

And here’s more:

That’s right folks. Wake the town and tell the people that SOUL NITE is back!
Our winter soul celebration at Northwest Film Forum NEXT THURSDAY December 10th (8pm, doors open at 7:30) will warm the heart, ward off the flu, and usher in the spirit of the season: Peace, Love, and… You got it. We’re showing great vintage soul performances up on the big screen, we’ll have djs spinning records, and beer will be available in the cinema. This installment of Soul Nite is going to get funky, as we focus on stuff from the late 60s and early 70s. That means we’ll see live performances from the likes of Sly & The Family Stone, Ike & Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, and Stevie Wonder. David James (of DUG) will be our guest DJ, spinning funky slabs for your listening and dancing pleasure. 9 out of 10 dentists agree that you should come, and bring fun people. See you there!

Thursday, December 10 (8pm, doors open at 7:30)
Northwest Film Forum  –  1515 12th Avenue (between Pike & Pine)

PS. Also, check out DUG at the Lo-Fi tomorrow- Friday night. If you don’t already know, it’s the city’s best danceparty. Tail feathers will shake, and a funky good time will be had by all. Now you know.


Ten Best

December 7, 2009

Here’s a Ten Best at NWFF list from our friend and regular, Glenn Fox:


From: Glenn Fox

Thanks for another year of great programming at your two cinemas.  Special thanks for bringing Lisandro Alonso and his films to Seattle; he’s a great talent and a genuinely nice guy, and it was long overdue that his films finally make their way to a Seattle movie screen.  Having Lisandro and his films in town was definitely the film event of the year for Seattle.

The richness of the 1969 series was often astounding.  The series was packed with the well known and the obscure (special thanks for that Susan Sontag film – and it was worth every penny it cost to bring it to town).

I’m sending you a top ten list that is pretty much limited to the ‘new’ films that were shown in your cinemas, usually for a full week.  Seattle movie-goers were very lucky not to miss out on these ten films (some of them are truly extraordinary).  Glaringly missing from the list is  Carlos Reygadas’ Silent Light – a film just about everyone but me thought was a masterpiece.  I’m still glad I got to see it on a movie screen this year.

While these aren’t in the top ten, two of the most memorable films I saw at NWFF in 2009 were shown as part of SIFF’s Alternate Cinema.  Shu was an unforgettable 12 minute one shot short – dusk falling on a high security prison in the Mojave Desert.  And it always amazes me when this happens, but a rich and visually stunning documentary set in and around the garden of a Swedish home came and went unnoticed (except by me?) as one of the great movies of the year.  Has this film played anywhere else?  I will never forget it!  Here’s my top ten (with four films directed by women if anyone is counting):

Glenn’s 2009 NWFF Top Ten:

1. Liverpool (Lisandro Alonso, Argentina)

2. 35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis, France)

3. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, Argentina)

4. Import Export (Ulrich Seidl, Austria)

5. La Danse (Frederick Wiseman, France)

6. Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt, USA)

7. Lake Tahoe (Fernando Eimbcke, Mexico)

8. Ballast (Lance Hammer, USA)

9. Medicine for Melancholy (Barry Jenkins, USA)

10. Treeless Mountain (So Yong Kim, South Korea)

SIFF Alternate Cinema standouts:

* Shu (Philipp Lachenmann)

* Light Year (Mikael Kristersson, Sweden)