Programmed closely with community partners as curators, Northwest Film Forum’s 22nd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival invites regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition. Over the course of 10 boundary-pushing days, the festival showcases the growing complexity of creative communities in the Pacific Northwest, by uplifting new talent, providing educational opportunities for youth and adults, supporting the regional film industry, and promoting diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement. Below are just a few of the feature films, short film programs, special presentations, and panels & workshops happening over the course of the festival.
OPENING NIGHT: Friday, September 20, 2019 – 7:30pm HOW IT FEELS FILM PREMIERE, DANCE & KARAOKE How it Feels follows the development and performance of Amy O’Neal’s acclaimed evening-length show, Opposing Forces, which debuted at On the Boards five years ago. Exploring fears of the feminine through the masculine dance form of Breaking, How it Feels will debut alongside two music video premieres: Alana Belle’s The New Romantic: A Mood Film (dir. Quintin Allen Bell) and Street Loop (dir. Hanan Hassan). Local dancer and choreographer Dani Tirrell will host a post-screening Q&A with the production team and six dancers featured in How it Feels. Donation-based dance and karaoke afterparty to follow are co-presented with TeenTix and NFFTY, featuring a DJ set by WD4D.
Where the House Was (Ryan K. Adams, Seattle, WA, 2018) is a documentary about quickly changing cities. When news breaks that a long-standing Seattle literary institution, the Richard Hugo House, may be torn down to make way for a mixed-use apartment building, the then-Executive Director Frances McCue decides to capture what made the place so special. What emerges is a new model for sustaining the arts through long-term cultural space preservation. The film is preceded by an episode of Z-Sides — a brand new show created by Jekeva Phillips centered on Seattle’s wonderful literary community. Meet the artist of the episode, play live games, win prizes, and so much more. Co-presented with Hugo House, and moderated by Jekeva Phillips, who will facilitate a post-screening Q&A with participating filmmakers!
Get rowdy and laugh heartily with a Seattle-heavy block of comedic heavy-hitters! Featuring work by Joshua Green, Stephen Anunson, Steph Farber, Leo Carmona with Blanket Fort Films, and Ty Minton-Small. Includes a post-screening Q&A with participating filmmakers, 100% of which are from Seattle!
Addressing sustainability and accessibility of the Pacific Northwest’s natural environment, by showcasing diverse perspectives from locals, veterans, Natives, and LGBTQ communities. Work by Reed Harkness and Liz Haan of Portland, Paul Kirby of Ashland, OR and Craig Jacobrown of Indianola, WA. Filmmakers in attendance! Co-presented with Sustainable Seattle and Puget Sound Sage.
Not just a genre, but a mood and an attitude, and Seattle is showing up hardcore! Featuring documentaries from Chris Looney and Jefferson Elliott, and music videos by Cheryl Ediss for No Baby, Linda Fenstermaker for Mommy Long Legs, Danny Denial, plus Ellen Break, Olivia, and Maky with Blanket Fort Films. Filmmakers in attendance, 100% of whom are from Seattle! Co-presented with Blanket Fort Films.
CLOSING NIGHT: Sunday, September 29, 2019 – 6:30pm LIVING HISTORY SHORTS PROGRAM @ LANGSTON Held off-site at LANGSTON, Local Sightings’ closing night short film program and panel discussion celebrate key African-American elders and freedom-fighters through short films and storytelling! Featuring the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party, civil rights leader Jack O’Dell, a diverse chapter of local veterans, and more. Co-presented with LANGSTON, CD Forum, and CAIR-WA.
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