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Hot Splice is on the move!

April 13, 2011

Attention Hot Splice readers!  We have launched a bigger and better version of Northwest Film Forum’s blog. Please update your RSS feed and bookmarks with the following new address:

Additional screenings of Rubber added

April 12, 2011

By popular demand, we’ve added three additional showtimes for Rubber:

Friday, April 15 at 11pm
Saturday, April 16 at 5pm
Sunday, April 17 at 5pm

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Sidney Lumet, dead at 86

April 9, 2011

Sidney Lumet, a director who preferred the streets of New York to the back lots of Hollywood and whose stories of conscience — “12 Angry Men,” “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “The Verdict,” “Network” — became modern American film classics, died Saturday morning at his home in Manhattan. He was 86.

His stepdaughter, Leslie Gimbel, said the cause was lymphoma.

“While the goal of all movies is to entertain,” Mr. Lumet once wrote, “the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further. It compels the spectator to examine one facet or another of his own conscience. It stimulates thought and sets the mental juices flowing.”

More (via the NY Times – remember this is one of your 20 clicks this month!)

New Projector Comes to Cinema 2

April 7, 2011

This week the Film Forum welcomes an Epson PL Pro G5750 3-chip LCD WUXGA projector to our smaller theater. Coming in at 4500 lumens, it’s much brighter, sharper and with truer colors than our previous projector.

The difference is incredible, noticeable even with the house lights on. Come see for yourself!

This is one step in a series of upgrades that will be coming to both cinemas (thanks to 4Culture and the folks at Bainbridge Island’s Visual Apex). Up next: a new screen and new speakers for the small cinema and a variety of sound system improvements for both cinemas.

Local Sightings Call for Entries!

April 4, 2011

The 14th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival is now accepting entries.
Entry Deadline is July 1

Local Sightings is our annual showcase of current narrative, documentary and experimental film by Northwest artists. The week long festival also features panel discussions, historic NW films, a filmmaker lounge, a stellar opening night party, and juried awards for a winning short and feature film! Submit your work by downloading the submission form from our website: ( and send us your screener copy on DVD. All work must have been completed no earlier than January 2010. The deadline for submission is July 1.

The 2011 Local Sightings Film Festival will take place September 30-October 6.

We’re selling booze!

March 31, 2011

And here’s the press release to prove it:

Northwest Film Forum Announces Beer & Wine Sales

The Seattle nonprofit cinema has been approved for a liquor license and plans to begin selling beer and wine during evening movie screenings and events beginning Friday, April 22.

Seattle, WA — Northwest Film Forum will soon be selling beer and wine! The Capitol Hill film arts center recently received a Nonprofit Arts & Entertainment liquor license and intends to sell alcoholic beverages every evening during box office hours beginning April 22, 2011. The cinema will continue to be open to filmgoers of all ages.

Says Executive Director Lyall Bush, “Acquiring a liquor license will make the Film Forum that much more a forum, a place where people can gather, linger and talk. We encourage people to come early or stay after a movie, meet up with friends and discuss what they’ve just seen.”

Adds House Manger Ilana Holmes, “We’ve always served beer and wine for special events with event-specific banquet permits. The liquor license helps us make every night special.”

The Film Forum plans to offer a house red and white wine, with a higher-end selection of red, and three choices of beer. Says Holmes, “As much as possible we will focus on Washington and Oregon breweries and wineries. Once we get settled we plan to change the menu quarterly and make connections with what’s playing in the cinemas.”

Over time, the organization will make adjustments in their lobby to better accommodate patrons who choose to arrive early for a drink. A plan for bench seating and cafe tables is in the works, among other updates.

Film Forum programs will continue to be open to all ages, with the exception of some special events. Details about what kinds of drinks are permitted in the cinemas are still being worked out before the first day of alcohol service.

The first night of alcohol sales will coincide with the opening night of Bummer Summer, with filmmaker Zach Weintraub in attendance. Bummer Summer was the jury prizewinner of last year’s Local Sightings Film Festival.

Announcing this year’s Summer Camps for Kids & Teens

March 30, 2011

Don’t you wish you were 14 again!

Mixed Animation Camp

Two Weeks, Monday-Friday, Aug 22-Sep 2, 9am-3pm
Instructor: Britta Johnson
Tuition: $500
Scholarships are available. Email dave at for more information
Max Attendance: 10

Recommended for ages 14-17

Are you a first-time animator or a seasoned filmmaker looking to pick up some new tricks and skills?  Come join us for two solid weeks of animation! Classic Disney films and TV shows like Gumby were all made before computers and demonstrated a variety of hands-on animation styles that are still used today in films like Coraline. Students will learn these traditional animation techniques by working with drawings, collage, clay, puppets or objects. Each student will create his or her own short film by going through the whole process: planning a project with scripts and storyboards, using movement to give characters expression, and finishing pieces with voiceovers and sound. Finished films will be compiled on a DVD for students to take home and share.


Two Week Filmmaking Camp

Two Weeks, Monday-Friday, Aug 1-12, 9am-3pm
Instructor: Cheryll Hidalgo
Tuition: $500
Scholarships are available. Email dave at for more information.
Max Attendance: 10

Recommended for ages 11-14

Taking a hands-on, in-depth approach, students will spend time learning all aspects of filmmaking, from story and concept to finished product. The two-week class will begin by focusing on characters and plot, storyboarding and planning before the shoot. Students will then use professional video cameras, microphones and lighting kits to create their films. Teams will come up with multiple pieces, perfecting their craft by trying out different roles and ideas. Students can choose the method and style of filmmaking, even focusing on different variations of an idea. Their final film will be shot, edited and polished in time for a screening in the Film Forum’s theater on the last day of class.

Register for Two Week Filmmaking Camp

Northwest Film Forum Seeks Interim Communications Director and Development Associate

March 30, 2011

We’re hiring!

Northwest Film Forum seeks an interim communications director and development associate to work full time from May 16 to October 11, with training to begin May 3. Successful candidates will have experience directing public perception of an organization as well as overseeing flow of information through the organization from print and internet to broadcast and other media. As publicist, this person is the primary contact for press and press screenings. He or she will also work closely with program and studio directors to execute marketing and promotions plans for exhibition, education and artist support programs.  This position oversees publicity and promotions interns and volunteers and will work with the executive director on making budget decisions for publicity and promotions. As development associate, which represents 20-25% of the work, this person will work with the executive director on benefits, parties and events, up to two per quarter, focusing on details as well as organizational awareness that the events help shape. He or she will oversee the volunteer coordinator and the membership coordinator, working to recognize memberships and donations in a timely way.

Successful candidates will demonstrate great writing skills, experience in planning successful events, have strong knowledge of Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Dreamweaver and Constant Contact, have a working knowledge of HTML, and work well in a dynamic and sometimes quickly changing office environment.

This position reports to the Executive Director.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to with Attn: Interim Communications in the subject line. Candidates may also send applications by post to Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Avenue, Seattle WA 98122, Attn: Interim  Communications. Deadline is April 18, 2011.

We Love New York

March 30, 2011

Trader Joe’s Silent Movie Mondays
I Love New York
At the Paramount Theatre
Seattle Theatre Group (STG) and Northwest Film Forum present Trader Joe’s Silent Movie Mondays this April at The Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Mondays at 7pm. This all-classic silent film series, I Love New York, is accompanied by live music from the historic Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, one of the last three remaining organs of its kind to reside in its original environment, played by critically acclaimed organist Jim Riggs.

From its wealth of familiar destinations like Coney Island and Yankee Stadium, to the energy of its citizens like Babe Ruth and the dockworkers on the bowery, the films in I Love New York collectively portray our nation’s most iconic city as dangerous, corrupt, frazzling, beautiful and seriously sexy. Capturing the pain, loneliness, anger, anxiety, risk and triumph of the city that never sleeps, these ravishing pictures give us a nostalgic longing for the early days of New York City, showing the dirty things, outside and inside, that were early contributors to that wondrous phrase “I Love New York.”

April 4 – It
April 11 – Speedy
April 18 – The Crowd
April 25 – The Cameraman



Apr 04

(Clarence G. Badger, 1927, USA, 35mm, 72 min)

The 1927 masterpiece It stars Clara Bow as Betty Lou Spence, a poor sales girl at a large department store. In this straight-forward Cinderella-esque story, Betty sets her sights on winning the love of the rich owner’s son, Cyrus Walthm Jr. (Antonio Moreno).




Apr 11

(Harold Lloyd, 1928, USA, 86 min)

Speedy was both Harold Lloyd’s last silent film as well as his only film to get an Oscar nomination. A fine example of why Lloyd was even more popular than Chaplain or Keaton at the end of the silent era. This fast paced dramatic comedy explores the theme of modernization, pitting the last horse drawn trolley in the city against the evil forces of the transit monopoly.



The Crowd

Apr 18

(King Vidor, 1928, USA, 100 min)

This realistic, bittersweet drama of the day-to-day existence of an ordinary American is as relevant today as it was in 1928, just before the great stock market crash. In director King Vidor’s Academy Award nominated timeless silent masterpiece we see James Murray, an everyman white-collar worker, trying to make it with his wife in the big city of New York.



The Cameraman

Apr 25

(Buster Keaton & Edward Sedgewick, 1928, USA, 67 min)

The first film he made after moving to MGM, The Cameraman is arguably Buster Keaton’s last truly great work before the studio system stifled him. Here “The Great Stone Face” is cast as an aspiring, but lousy, newsreel cameraman in quest of the perfect shot, and, of course, the requisite pretty but oblivious Keaton ingénue.


Watch a movie, Raise money for Japan

March 29, 2011


Saturday, April 2 at 4:30pm

All proceeds will benefit the Japanese relief effort

Co-presented by Brown Paper Tickets

(Yosuke Fujita, 2007, DVD, 110 min)

When we at Brown Paper Tickets and Northwest Film Forum heard the news about the disasters impacting Japan, we were not satisfied to sit idly by and act as passive witness to tragedies unfolding on our screens. Our brothers and sisters in Japan need our help. We can do something. You can do something. Small acts can create huge positive impact. Even an ocean away from Japan, we can pool our energy, resources and love to make a difference in the lives of those affected by these recent catastrophes. Simply by attending a great movie in Seattle, you can help the relief efforts in Japan.

Brown Paper Tickets and Northwest Film Forum present the Seattle Premiere of Yosuke Fujita’s comedy Fine Totally Fine with 100% of the proceeds going to the Support Japan – GAMBARE relief fund set up by Pictures Dept. president Yuko Shiomkaki. Donations to this fiund will be distributed by Japanese aid organization JustGiving and go to help those fighting to put their lives back together.

Director Fujita has made a truly feel good indie comedy with his story of Teruo (YosiYosi Arakawa), a tree trimmer whose mission in life is to make the scariest haunted house experience in Japan. He enlists the help of his  best friend Hisanobu (Yoshinori Okada), a hospital administrator, in his bone-chilling plans, but Hisanobu is starting to doubt if two guys heading into their 30′s should really be spending their time trying to scare the life out of people. The lives of these two friends takes a  turn when accident prone artist Akari (Yoshino Kimura) comes to work at Hisanobu’s hospital. Can wanting to terrify people, growing up and falling in love co-exist in these two slackers’ lives?

“Yosuke Fujita’s film is likely to create broad smiles and occasional belly laughs” —Variety

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