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Everyone loves a good crossover episode — that's why we bring in guest stars to continue supplying fresh content at MoPOP. For our Matinee Takeover, we team up with other local nonprofits to put a range of perspectives from the Seattle community onto our theater screen.


Now Playing: Northwest Film Forum’s Cadence Video Poetry Festival, which highlights the genre of the moving image as a form of poetry. MoPOP’s Sound + Vision Theater will play a lineup chosen exclusively by our partner.

Screenings are included in your general admission ticket at no extra cost, making MoPOP Matinee Takeovers an easy and fun addition to your museum experience.

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What’s playing?

These short films will play together as a block at noon and 2:30pm every day MoPOP is open.


Gold Token

Gold Token

Director/Poet: Ewurakua Dawson-Amoah (USA, 2021, 7 min., in English with no subtitles or captions)

An experimental musical poem that explores Black ancestry, culture, and cyclical growing pains. @raekua

Winner of the Video by Poets Award at Cadence 2022

Barbed Song

Barbed Song

Director/Poet: Abril Iberico (Peru, 2021, 5 min., in English and Spanish with English subtitles)

There is a world of sounds and another of silence. Without headphones, silence wraps me in a blanket of spikes, and with headphones the noise haunts me. Where do I belong if I can partially hear? @otro.mes

Winner of the Female-Identifying Artist Award at Cadence 2022

Stabat Mater

Stabat Mater

Director/Poet: Marina Sagona (USA, 2021, 5 min., in Italian with hardcoded English text)

In an exercise in structured formal repetition, a portrait, a recorded dialogue, and the first movement of Giovanni Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” become a meditation on maternity and divorce. @marinasagona

Winner of the Poetry by Video Artists Award at Cadence 2022

Lightwaves Soundwaves

Lightwaves Soundwaves

Director/Poet: Dwayne Jahn (Germany, 2021, 3 min., in English with hardcoded English text)

A collection of wholesome ideas are inscribed on video images of Dwayne Jahn’s original handmade abstract artworks. An original soundtrack by Oxford Improviser Lawrence Casserley using water sounds, rain sticks, and his signal processor instrument, accompanies the videopoem. @ebbajahn

Winner of the Collaboration Award at Cadence 2022

life is a gift

life is a gift

Directors: gloria joy kazuko muhammad and mu knowles, Poet: mu knowles (USA, 2022, 3 min., in English with English subtitles)

What does it mean to be liberated? To be free? For yourself and those you love? In life is a gift, mu knowles (born and raised on the Hilltop in Tacoma, WA) takes us on a journey through these questions. @whoisgloriajoy @muknowles

Winner of the Northwest Artist Award at Cadence 2022

blue jay

blue jay

Director/Poet: Anthony Matos (USA, 2022, 12 min., in English with English captions)

The stories of three strangers looking to escape their mundane lives intersect at an old motel where they learn to confront their own demons. @just_another_matos

Winner of the Wild Card Award at Cadence 2022

HUGE choice

HUGE choice

Director: Oleksandra Krasavtseva, Poet: Joseph Brodsky (Germany, 2021, 3 min., nonverbal, with English subtitles)

In this surreal animation, a character’s freedom of choice is shown to be increasingly limited in scope. @krasavtseva_oleksa

Winner of the Adaptation/Ekphrasis Award at Cadence 2022

About Northwest Film Forum

Northwest Film Forum

An independent film and arts nonprofit located in Seattle, Northwest Film Forum incites public dialogue and creative action through collective cinematic experiences. Each year the Forum presents hundreds of films, festivals, community events, multidisciplinary performances, and public discussions. A comprehensive visual media organization, the Forum offers educational workshops and artist services for film and media makers at all stages of their development. More information is available at nwfilmforum.org

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About Cadence Video Poetry Festival

Cadence Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and artist Rana San, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, during National Poetry Month. Cadence approaches video poetry as a literary genre presented as visual media that makes new meaning from the combination of text and moving image. Featuring screenings, an artist residency, generative workshops for youth and adults, and juried awards, the festival fosters critical and creative growth around the medium of video poetry.

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