Special Events


We Go Way Back: VOD IRL | 7PM
Sponsored by Fandor

After-party with hosted bar at the Cloud Room sponsored by Fandor. Limited space available, advance ticket purchase required for entry. RSVP link will be sent within 48 hours of online ticket purchase. RSVP by September 25th to guarantee entry.

Lynn Shelton’s first feature film is finally being made available to audiences at home. We celebrate the theatrical and digital release with a rare 35mm screening of We Go Way Back, with Lynn Shelton and Fandor’s Chief of Content Jonathan Marlow in attendance. We Go Way Back is the story of 23-year-old actress named Kate, who reflects on the youthful dreams of her 13-year-old self when dealing with the dissatisfaction of her adult reality. Kate is a lonely jack-of-all-trades in a local Seattle theater group, searching for a firmer sense of identity. Newly single yet again, Kate wanders through unfulfilling flings, forcing her to face the need to define herself outside of a relationship. Shelton was inspired by a creative crossroads from her own twenty-something era, and decided to make a film about two different selves confronting each other.

We Go Way Back first premiered at Slamdance in 2006 and is only now being properly released theatrically and online. We’re teaming up with its online home, Fandor, to launch a new series: VOD IRL, where we bring VOD titles to the big screen.

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Cascadia [Or Bad Times That Never Happened: Films of Beydler, Snider, Hindle, Findley, Baillie, Brakhage and Rimmer  | 3PM
(California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia – approx. 75 min)

Introduced by Jonathan Marlow / post-screening discussion with Bruce Baillie and Janice Findley (schedules permitting)

An eclectic program of so-called “avant-garde” short films structured entirely around peculiar limitations: all films made along the Cascadia subduction zone (except for the first, due south but heading north); all films shot in 16mm and presented in the same format; all films selected from the Canyon Cinema collection, all films made prior to 2000. Starting with Gary Beydler’s rarely-seen (yet remarkable) Pasadena Freeway Stills, we progress northward with Greta Snider’s travelogue Portland and the award-winning Billabong by Will Hindle. Then further north to Janice Findley’s pixilated triptych Triple-time and Canyon co-founder Bruce Baillie’s extraordinary Roslyn Romance. Evermore to the north for whale-watching near Vancouver Island with Stan Brakhage’s Moilsome Toilsome and, last but not least, the view from the window in David Rimmer’s Canadian Pacific.

Pasadena Freeway Stills (1974) dir. Gary Beydler [California]
Portland (1996) dir. Greta Snider [Oregon]
Billabong (1968) dir. Will Hindle [Oregon]
Triple-time (1978) dir. Janice Findley [Washington]
Roslyn Romance (Is It Really True?) (1974) dir. Bruce Baillie [Washington]
Moilsome Toilsome (1999) dir. Stan Brakhage [British Columbia]
Canadian Pacific (1974) dir. David Rimmer [British Columbia]

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Indigenous Showcase at Local Sightings | 6PM Film Screening, 6:30PM Panel Discussion

Maiden of Deception Pass | 6PM
(Tracy Rector and Lou Karsen, Seattle, WA, 27 min)
World Premiere!

Long ago a maiden named Ko-kwahl-alwoot risked her life to save the Samish people from starvation.  She did so by agreeing to marry a man of the sea, who threatened to take the plentiful sea-life away from the area if she did not. Her reluctant father demanded that Ko-kwahl-alwoot return annually. But, after about four years of visits, it became increasingly difficult for her to return to the village. And so, today, Ko-kwahl-alwoot lives eternally underwater. The documentary The Maiden of Deception Pass: Guardian of Her Samish People tells her story and how tribal history has inspired generations of Samish people.
Screens with:
Save Snoqualmie Falls
(Tracy Rector – Seattle, WA – 3 min)
World Premiere!

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Panel: Reversing the Erasure of Native People
What does it mean to “INDIGENIZE” contemporary views and experiences of Indigenous people? Join local activists who are leading the way to this new reality.


  • Kshama Sawant: As a Seattle City Council Member, Kshawma championed Resolution 31538 in support of establishing “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in 2014.  She is an ally and an activist for Indigenous rights.
  • Leslie Eastwood: As a Samish Tribal Member, Ms. Eastwood worked with her community to reestablish federal recognition after a clerical error in 1969 erased the rights of her Tribe. After 26 years of court proceedings and political action the Samish people regained their recognition.
  • Matt Remle: As a regional activist and editor/writer for Last Real Indians, Mr. Remle has lead the work of establishing “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”, the City of Seattle resolution to enact the “Boarding School Apology”, champions equity in education and is the Founder and Editor of Last Real Indians.
  • Annette Squetimkin-Anquoe: As a Doctorate of Leadership and Change, Ms. Anquoe is a pioneer in traditional health for the Seattle Indian Health Board and is an activist for the holistic needs of Urban Indian people.

Where God Likes To Be | 8PM
(Nicolas Hudak, Kalispell, MT, 71 min)
Seattle Premiere!

Following the stories of three young residents of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Northern Montana, Where God Likes to Be paints a picture of what life is like for those on the reservation. These three protagonists – Andi Running Wolf, Edward Tailfeathers, and Douglas Fitzgerald – struggle with life-changing decisions, ultimately having to choose between pursuing opportunity outside of the reservation or remaining with their friends, family, and community.
Where God Likes To Be has shown at festivals across the country, including the 2014 St. Louis Film Festival, the 2014 Margaret Mead Film Festival, and the 2014 New Orleans Film festival. The film has also won the Audience Award at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and the Northwest Film Feature Award at the Spokane International Film Festival.

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Local Sightings Comix Fair at the Northwest Film Forum | 6pm-8pm
Organized by Sarah Strunin

Co-Sponsored by SHORT RUN SEATTLE!

Join us for a comics and small press fair in the Film Forum lobby before the premiere of Bezango,Washington. Browse and buy work from the brilliant and twisted minds of some of Seattle’s finest contemporary comic artists and zinesters with tables curated by Short Run, Fantagraphics, Intruder Comics, Mend My Dress Press, Pity Party, and Cold Cube Press. With Videos by Joe Garber and ET Russian.

The fair will be followed by the world premiere of Bezango, Washington, a documentary that shines the spotlight on alternative comics in the Pacific Northwest, chronicling the amazing artwork and evolution of some of the region’s most prolific cartoonists. Featuring Frank M. Young, James Gill, Steve Willis, Ellen Forney, Jim Woodring, Gary Groth, Peter Bagge, Larry Reid, Bob Cram, David Horsey, Charles Burns, Pat Moriarity, Shary Flenniken, David Lasky, Roberta Gregory and more.

Tables curated by:

  • SHORT RUN celebrates and strengthens Seattle’s lauded comix and arts community through readings, performances, art shows, hands on workshops, online resources and their annual curated festival which focuses on indie comix and self-published, small press, and handmade books of all kinds
  • INTRUDER is a free, quarterly, co-op, comics newspaper that started in March of 2012 consisting of 16+ Seattle based, super skilled and darkly comedic cartoonists.
  • MEND MY DRESS PRESS is a small publisher and zine distributor based out of Tacoma,
    Washington. Born out of grrrl love, Mend My Dress are purveyors of anthologies of zines, small art books, investigative social pieces and local authors.
  • COLD CUBE PRESS is a local independent printing and publishing company. Printing exclusively on a Risograph, they are dedicated to making books that feature artists of all different mediums and backgrounds.
  • FANTAGRAPHICS has been a leading proponent of comics as a legitimate form of art and literature since it began publishing the critical trade magazine The Comics Journal in 1976. Fantagraphics has since gained an international reputation for its literate and audacious editorial standards and its exacting production values.
  • PITY PARTY is an artist collective focusing on printed matter and various other handmade goods located in Seattle, WA.


Pacific Northwest Animation Showcase Curated by Tess Martin

Kubla Khan

In the Pacific Northwest we’re lucky to have an important history of independent animation, as well as exciting work being made today. But this talent often gets overlooked in the shuffle of general film festivals, or overshadowed by independent animation’s louder and more obnoxious younger brother, commercial animation. This series of programs scratches the surface of the distinctive and diverse independent animation that comes out of our region. See full animation program >



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