Push Play: By Youth, For Youth

Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 @ 7 PM

Ages 9+. 68 min.

At Northwest Film Forum and around the world, young people are making movies that will warm your heart, make you think and amaze you with artistry. This program features joyous animation, narrative flights of fancy, a reboot of a classic Buster Keaton film, stories that transcend generational divides, and documentaries that prove how youth are on top of important issues. Celebrate how youth filmmakers dream the future!

Short Films in this Program:


Sherlock Jr.

Made during a one week summer camp, students studied and remade one of Buster Keaton’s most delightful films, which follows a small town movie theater projectionists whose real ambition is to become a detective and win the heart of a beautiful girl.

(Gabriel Mudge-Burns with Classic Film Fun campers, USA, 2017, live-action, 9 min, English)

Imagination Animation

In this camp, kids headed outside to get inspiration from the Capitol Hill neighborhood. They learned stop motion, pixilation, and hand-drawn animation techniques to bring their ideas to life.

(Megan Corey, Mira Ellis, Ethan Gerber, Jack Herst, Madeline Kiely, Kairos Lamblin, Sophia Lamphear, Ardin Meijer, Cyrus McKee, Ian Montgomery,  Rio Morales-Kurahashi, Lief Stockman Zach Tweedy-Vena, USA, 2017, 7 min, non-verbal/English)

The Camp

World premiere! Created by 6-year-old kindergarten students, this film follows a group of young students as they investigate the environment around them, developing research skills, a sense of environmentalism and encouraging them to act independently.

(Ayşe Seda Ulusu, Turkey, 2017, animated, 6 min, Turkish with English subtitles)

Goodbye Sam

West Coast premiere! A boy puts together a memorial service to honor his beloved pet, Sam.

(Theo Taplitz, USA, 2017, live-action, 5 min, English)

The Importance of Teen Mental Health

Created during Northwest Film Forum’s CItizen Minutes Activism camp, this short discusses the importance of teen mental health and being open about issues with stress, anxiety and depression.

(Bentley Edlridge, USA, 2017, 3 min, English)

Sexual Assault Recovery

This film address some common stigmas about sexual assault and offers resources to help with recovery.

(Citizen Minutes Campers, USA, 2017, 2 min, English)

Deconstructing Consumer Culture

We live in a consumerist society where we are taught to believe the purchasing and accumulation of goods will make us happier and our economy stronger. This film questions this philosophy in a series of interviews.

(Anna Greenstein and Isabel Russack, USA, 2017, 3 min, English)

Mystery of Childhood

Seattle premiere! These animated fairy tales were created together by grandchildren and grandparents, using the family histories and memories of the childhood of the inhabitants of Sejny, Poland.

(Joanna Polak, Poland, 2017, animated, 12 min, Polish with English subtitles)

Step One

After realizing that she is the same age as many penguins in the Antarctic, 16-year-old director Annie Hager investigates what has changed in the penguins’ world in those two short decades.

(Annie Hager, USA, 2017, live-action, 2 min, English)

The World’s Crisis

In 2040, an unlikely pair is recruited to solve global warming once and for all.

(Aamina Mughal, USA, live action, 2017, 9 min, English)


World premiere! When a young woman is given a magical alarm clock that takes her back to the 1950s, incidents from her parents’ past come back to haunt her.

(Gabriella Robbins & Natalya McConnell, USA, 2017, live-action, 7 min, English)


It is a part of human nature to be constantly creating and innovating. The rise of technology has made sharing these creations even easier. With that, however, comes a greater risk for ideas to be stolen and plagiarized, which makes intellectual property rights more important than ever.

(Jacob Nicholas Alcala, United Arab Emirates, 2017, animation, 4 min, English)


There’s a lot that goes into making a film, but some say the hardest part is deciding what story to tell. This short film shows all the ups and downs of trying to write a script.

(Kees Garrigan, United Arab Emirates, 2017, live-action, 6 min, English)

Content advisory: This program contains youth documentaries on overcoming sexual assault and mental health issues. A narrative film, “Goodbye, Sam,” is a darkly humorous take on the death of a pet.