Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Guest curator Jon Behrens brings a collection of films by friends including: Phil Solomon, Caryn Cline, Joel Schlemowitz, Pam Minty, Eric Ostrowski, Brian Wilson, Louise Burque, Steve Demas. and a collabaration between Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. "Should be a wonderful evening of beautiful cinema.” Co-hosted by Interbay Cinema Society.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


EXcinema presents it’s latest Exquisite Corpse Cinema event, a collaborative project featuring twenty films by experimental filmmakers from Portland and Seattle. A Tale of Two Cities is a duel city symphony for two Northwest cities undergoing rapid change. It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times….

Filmmakers: Jon Behrens, Hannah Piper Burns, Claire Buss, Caryn Cline, Jodi Darby, Carl Diehl, Linda Fenstermaker, Ron Mason Gassaway, Elijah Hasan, Ruth Hayes, Stephanie Hough, Salise Hughes, Matt McCormick, Reed O’Beirne, Eric Ostrowski, Julie Perini, Brian Short, Luke Sieczek, Andy Spletzer, Miles Sprietsma, Sean and Christof Whiteman, Robert Zverina

This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture.

March 21st, 2017
Grand Illusion Cinema
7:00 pm

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Alex MacKenzie's Apparitions

Inspired by early stereo imaging and the clash and collusion of socioeconomic forces, this work seeks to dismantle cinematic codes while foregrounding projector and light as sculpture: a conscious corruption of and interference with the apparatus to evoke the unexpected, reshaping representation into the realm of material and space. Using colour gels, masking, lens interference and projector movement in tandem with an exploration of binocular disparity, perspective, patterning and the film surface itself, APPARITIONS explores the transitional space between image and abstraction, nature and culture.
"MacKenzie is a key player in the revival of expanded cinema forms...his projects stretch the possibilities of the analogue form, manipulating images to beyond our received expectations." Chris Kennedy, Early Monthly Film Segments.

Grand Illusion Cinema
February 28th, 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016


 EXcinema co-sponsoring with Northwest Film Forum presents Loa.

From documentary filmmaker Georg Koszulinski comes a visual chronicle of the Vodou religion as practiced in the rural mountains of Haiti. Loa presents an expressive account of rural Vodou via a portrait of the houngan Extanta Aole√©, who has served the Loa, or sacred spirits of Haiti, for over a half century. Koszulinski’s film employs affective elements of documentary practice—Loa features an original ambient-drone soundscape and meditative editing techniques to offer an ethnographic experience more representative of the work of Nathaniel Dorsky than Robert Gardner.

January 25th, 2017
Northwest Film Forum
7:30 pm

Friday, November 18, 2016


New and almost new works from Seattle, Olympia, Coupeville, and Colliguay, Chile. Includes 16 mm and video investigations of nature, indigenous cultures, hand painted films, found footage manipulations, a live projector performance by Devon Damonte, and more. Jon Behrens, Caryn Cline, Linda Fenstermaker, Pablo Molina Guerrero, Georg Koszulinski, Salise Hughes, Reed O'Beirne, Eric Ostrowski, Brian Short, Omar Willey.
Still from Linda Fenstermaker's Partical

December 6th, 2016
Grand Illusion Cinema
7:00 pm

Thursday, September 1, 2016

FALL 2016

This fall we will continue our series of solo screenings featuring the work of local northwest filmmakers.

All programs are at Grand Illusion Cinema and begin at 7:00 pm.
$5.00 Grand Illusion Members/  $9.00 General Admission/ $6.00 Students (with valid ID) Seniors (65+)

September 27th

solid objects: Films by Brian Short
Local filmmaker Brian Short will screen a collection of his experimental films, a study in time distortion and visual diffractions from locations ranging from Iceland, Berlin, Utah, and his home on Whidbey Island. His films have screened at New York Film Festival's Views from the Avant-Garde, and his feature All My Love won best film at NWFF's Local Sightings 2007. He will screen the center section from All My Love titled Hermaphrodesiac, as well as a series of shorter works.

 October 11th


Juxtaposed Aesthetix: Films by Ben Popp
Beginning with the basics of the frame and the photographic principles allowing for multiple images to exist upon a singular plane,  Portland filmmaker Ben Popp has set a course of exploration through the many realms of cinematic possibilities. Working mostly with 16mm film, the films presented will race between the different forms of construction by which Ben has chosen to tell a particular tale and sometimes that tale is one of the medium itself.  Ben was was a member of the Portland experimental group Grand Detour, co-founder of the experimental film festival EFF Portland, and currently Filmmaker Services Manager for Northwest Film Center. His films have travel the world including a retrospective at 2014 MUMIA International Festival of Underground Animation in Brazil. The films will span the last ten years.

 November 15th

Erasures and Spaces: The Revisionist Films of Salise Hughes
Seattle filmmaker and EXcinema founder Salise Hughes will screen a collection of her digitally erased revisionist short films based on hollywood genres and other found and repurposed footage from popular culture. Her films have screened continually at SIFF’s Alt-Shorts program, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and won awards at Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Documentary and Short Film Festival Belgrade.

Thursday, June 2, 2016


Convergence and Cacophony: experimental documents from Dustin Zemel
On June 28th we will present Convergence and Cacophony: experimental documents from Dustin Zemel. Dustin Zemel is an award-winning video artist and scholar. His works and curated programs have screened at Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque), Horse Hospital (London), PDX Film Fest (Portland), ACRE TV (Chicago) and more. He is the founder and former director of Grand Detour, a microcinema, curatorial group, and educational hub for experimental filmmakers and new media artists in Portland, OR. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at Louisiana State University as an EDA scholar studying experimental and documentary media.

June 28th
Grand Illusion Cinema

Eric Ostrowski
Seattle's Eric Ostrowski presents a multi-projector performance comprised of 16 mm film loops, video feedback, violin and manipulation of optical soundtracks! Ostrowski will also screen his hallucinatory Avenue of the Dead, a hand-painted barrage offering “subconscious meltdown” amidst “the ruins of Teotihuac√°n.” Several new films will also be on the program.

July 19th
Grand Illusion Cinema