Posts Tagged ‘live at the film forum’

The 49th Best Thing in Seattle

June 22, 2010

…is US!

Seattle Metropolitan’s 100 Reasons to Love Seattle

49. Our Films Screen with a Side of Karaoke
Even a $70,000 budget shortfall couldn’t keep Northwest Film Forum from climbing out on a limb this year—the idea was too good: Create a film-and-live performance hybrid, a self-described “spectacle” where people sing and dance as an original movie screens—then allow for karaoke at intermission. For the inaugural season of Live at the Film Forum (, NWFF recruited dancer Amy O’Neal and actress/writer Marya Sea Kaminski and gave them free reign to create. O’Neal jetted to Japan to film scenes of her modern dance piece Too at a love hotel, and Kaminski crafted a docudrama about the condominium-ization of the city. Sometimes the experiment worked, sometimes it didn’t. But it was a risk worth taking.

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Pictures from Condo Millennium

May 22, 2010

Enjoy these great stage shots courtesy of Bob Freeman/Bad Alien Productions.  Relive the great performances…or see what you missed:

Coming this weekend: LIVE featuring “too”

March 22, 2010

Tickets are on the move for this one – I suggest you get yours now.

Northwest Film Forum and AmyO/tinyrage are proud to present too, the second
live performance in the inaugural season of “Live at the Film Forum,” a series of commissioned events that stem from and reflect the inherently collaborative and experimental quality of cinema. “too” will be performed at Northwest Film Forum March 25-27 at 8pm.

Choreographed and directed by Amy O’Neal, “too” is an ecstatic interplay of live and recorded
movement performed by dancers O’Neal and Ellie Sandstrom. Drawing inspiration from the
rural/urban divide, karaoke and Japanese love hotels, “too” ruminates on the increasing challenges of human contact in a fractured and complex technological age. The duo interacts with strangers and friends in a cut and paste dance of physical extremes. “too” is an attempted mimicry of memory, an attempt to keep up with the challenges of contemporary life, and an attempt at dance karaoke. The performers have to watch a monitor of the video the whole time in order to keep up
with what is going on.

Previously filmed duets across the US and Japan include on-screen performances by Reggie Watts, Tommy Smith, Melanie Kloetzel, Kathleen Hermesdorf, David Dorfman, Sarah Gamblin, Corrie Befort and 30 more. Ivory Smith and Ollie Glatzer composed the score, with video editing by Michelle Witten.

The Live at the Film Forum debut event of “too” will be the first performance in Seattle by Amy
O’Neal under her new/additional identiy AmyO/tinyrage, who has been co-directing the dance,
music and video company locust for the past ten years. More information about her new company can be found at


September 16, 2009


Announcing “Live at the Film Forum”

June 18, 2009

Northwest Film Forum proudly announces “Live at the Film Forum,” a season of collaborative art performances!

Live at the Film Forum brings together artists from a variety of backgrounds, including dance, performance art, music and animation to create new work integrating the art of cinema

“Live at the Film Forum” is a series of commissioned performances that stem from and reflect cinema’s inherent collaborative quality, experimentation and energy. It is a continuation of Northwest Film Forum’s long history of presenting live events that explore new forms of the cinematic arts and include artists of various disciplines. The series offers a bold and unique live experience that explores art, ideas and community, and creates a living cinema.

“This series is an exciting new program for the Film Forum,” says Executive Director Lyall Bush. “But we have been doing some kind of ‘Live at the Film Forum’ for over a decade. This just formalizes and frames it.”

Program Director Adam Sekuler adds, “Our inaugural season includes an exciting mix of established and emerging artists. We’re pulling from the city’s artistic history with projects like Invisible Seattle’s trial of the sixties ‘In the Shadow of the Sixties,’ similar to their earlier 1980’s mock trial of Tom Robbins. We’re also providing a platform for new artists like Paris Hurley, whose ‘Bridging Wounds’ begins as a purely filmic experience that comes to live and is brought into the audience’s physical space using light, dance and live music.”

In its inaugural 2009/10 season, “Live at the Film Forum” will present four events that incorporate the shared efforts of pioneering Northwest artists. These performers have been chosen to make use of new presentation methods, and to develop innovative techniques for their varied art forms.

“Live at the Film Forum” will bring together a diversity of artists and audiences to engage the senses, excite the mind and enliven the city.

The 2009/10 season includes the following projects:

Sep 17 – 19
Bridging Wounds, a collaboration between Paris Hurley (Degenerate Art Ensemble, Kultur Shock), Ezra Dickinson (Zoe Scofield, The Maureen Whiting Company), Jamie Iacoli (i&m), Tilla Kuenzli (The Maureen Whiting Company), Amanda Moore (filmmaker), and Paul Walsh (Degenerate Art Ensemble, X-Ray Press), who integrate original music, movement, and animation to explore the connection between words and perception.

Dec 10 – 12
In the Shadow of the Sixties, a series of shows where the performance collective Invisible Seattle work with a menagerie of contemporary artists, including angel-headed ex-hippies, hip-hop angels, street bands that battle and a gospel choir staging a trial as performance, or a performance as a trial interrogating the sixties,

Mar 25 – 27 , 2010
too is an ecstatic interplay of live and recorded movement by dancers Amy O’Neal and Ellie Sandstrom. The duo interacts with strangers, friends, acquaintances and family in dance of physical extremes. Drawing inspiration from the rural/urban divide, karaoke, and Japanese love hotels, too ruminates on the increasing challenges of human contact in a fractured and complex technological age.

May 13 – 15 , 2010
Condomillenium is a performance spectacle written and directed by Marya Sea Kaminski. Inspired by the transformation of Seattle’s Pike-Pine corridor and developed from interviews with politicians, activists, developers, children, comedians, and construction workers, this event brings performance, video, live music and absurd fantasy together to paint a picture of our evolving urban landscape and the places we call home.

Individual tickets are available for $15 or $12 for NWFF members. Season passes are $50 or $40 for NWFF members. Choose from Thursday Opening Nights Package, Friday Nights Package or Saturday Closing Nights Package. Tickets are on sale at