2013 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
by Brendan Flynn (Seattle, WA)– FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 AT 8PM–(2013, Blu-ray, 90 min)
Seattle filmmaker Brendan Flynn’s debut feature, Walking Against The Wind, uses brooding black and white cinematography to mirror the stark contrasts and the carnivalesque lower depths of life. Frank (played with astonishing authenticity by Tom Ricciardelli) lives in world of lifelessness and disappointment. His day job as a mime isn’t working out as planned and his wife’s sudden death leaves him and his daughter Aspen to fend for themselves. While pursuing a day job at a restaurant, Frank tries to make ends meet. When his sister-in-law arrives unannounced to help plan memorial arrangements, his life takes some unexpected turns.
The story is wonderfully (ridiculously) minimal, banal even, in its archetypal contours, but Flynn’s film often seems to crest and climax, creating hypnotic suspension that is perfectly expressed by the serial soundtrack (brilliantly designed by composer Ian Becker). Flynn’s camera is often not stationary as it tracks with delicious slowness, revealing, reframing and often surprising the viewer. Bleak, mysterious and not without a certain gallows humor, Walking Against The Wind might be Seattle’s cinematic discovery of the year.
OPENING NIGHT PARTY
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 AT 10PM
Enjoy old favorites like Screening Room Red from Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, and dance floor tunes by DJ Randy Allmon!
SPECIAL OPENING NIGHT INSTALLATION
The Seattle Experimental Animation Team presents Bloodbath & Beyond: The Little Shop of Animated Horrors. This SEAT collective film, based on the 1960 film The Little Shop of Horrors retells the classic tale of a plant that came from outer space and got a taste for blood.
For this collective film, SEAT split the original film into sections and approached the project in the classic style of the game “exquisite corpse.” Each animator took a 9 minute segment of the film and condensed it into 1 or 2 minutes of animation.
This film will be screening in an installation, in the lobby of the Film Forum, during opening night of Local Sightings. Do you dare to stick your head inside the Audrey 2 and enjoy the sights!?
THE MOUNTAIN RUNNERS
by Todd Warger & Brian Young (Mt. Vernon, WA)–SCREENS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT 5PM– (87 min)
The Mountain Runners is the story of America’s first mountain adventure race, which took place in 1911. The grueling 28 to 32 mile marathon race to the summit of Mount Baker (a 10,781 foot volcanic, glacial peak in Washington State) was only ran for three years due to its intrepid dangers. The men who ran these races in 1911-1913 were not professional athletes, but practiced a variety of vocations—loggers, coal miners, bedspring makers, postmen, milkman wrestlers and insurance salesmen. All who ran the race defied death and injury for a $100 purse of gold coins.
Narrated by Kevin Tighe, The Mountain Runners incorporates hundreds of vintage images, historic film, graphics, 3D effects, and recreated dramatizations staring William B. Davis (X- Files, Smoking Man.) The film is supported by a cast of Cascadian historians, descendants of race participants and world-renowned experts. Interviews include contemporary champion athletes and authors, including record-holding alpine speed-climber Chad Kellogg, champion ultrarunner Krissy Moehl, US speed distance record-holder Scott Jurek, ultramarathon pioneer Doug McKeever and authors Steve House and Cami Ostman. They look back at the accomplishments of their endurance-athlete predecessors with astonishment and insights on how the competitors of a century ago may have managed to complete the race.
by Matt Longmire (Bainbridge Island, WA)–SCREENS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT 5:15PM–(89 min)
Seattle street corners are filled with panhandlers and homeless citizens, holding signs, asking for any help they can get. As you avoid eye contact on an I-5 off ramp with a man asking for spare change, have you ever thought about his background? Have you ever asked about his story? How about the woman in a slightly covered doorway along your walk to the coffee shop?
This documentary delves into the lives of people we see everyday. Find out about their culture and history. Seek answers to why they do it and how they survive in a city with inhospitable weather conditions 70% of the year. Cardboard is a striking, in-depth conversation with people stranded on the streets, their stories and the steps that placed them where they are.
LAUREN IS MISSING
by Michael Harring (Seattle, WA)–SCREENS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT 7PM–(74 min)
This scrappy psychotronic thriller from Local Sightings alumn Michael Harring looks at two women, a missing roommate, taxidermy, a creepy blind dude and a boatload of booze. Returning to her Seattle apartment after a long absence, Mia (Brand Upon The Brain’s Maya Lawson) finds her belongings packed and her roommate missing. Even worse, rent is overdue. Haunted by a history of apathy, Mia can’t get her old job back and must resort to selling her roomie’s belongings to pay the bills. Fortunately, her luck improves when new-best-friend Millie (The French Project’s Erin Jorgensen) scores her a job working for a taxidermist. With newfound financial independence, Mia is able to focus on what really matters – alcohol and mischief.
by Gary Lundgren (Ashland, OR)–SCREENS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT 7:15PM–(90 min)
Seventy-six-year-old Marie (Shirley Knight) hasn’t seen the Oregon coast in more than forty-five years. When she learns that her granddaughter is planning a beach wedding, Marie recalls painful memories and gets into an unfortunate argument with her son (James LeGros). Something happened decades ago, and as the anniversary of the event approaches, Marie is faced with a dilemma: should she attend the wedding, or keep herself at a distance? Wanting to do things on her own terms, she leaves her Southern Oregon retirement community to walk the eighty-mile journey to the coast along the fabled Redwood Highway. Her sudden disappearance causes her family and authorities to fear the worst, but Marie is off on a grand adventure where she meets an extraordinary cast of characters, including Pete (Tom Skerritt) and a lion (!).
JUNK by Kevin Hamedani
(Seattle, WA)–SCREENS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT 9:15PM–(104 min)
Two B-movie co-writers, Kaveh and Raul, must reconcile after their long-time-languishing film, Islama-Rama 2, finally makes its festival debut. Negotiating their way through pushy agents, brutish bodyguards, cutthroat colleagues, prima donna actors and overly eager festival volunteers, the former friends piece together absurd horror film pitches for a mysterious speaker keynoting the film festival. This ridiculous comedy about friendship, love and crappy movies is made by the team that brought us 2009′s Zombies of Mass Destruction. Don’t miss a post-screening live set from local Seattle band Tomten!
by Don Thacker (Seattle, WA)–SCREENS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT 11PM–(105 min)
“The Mold knows.”
Shut-in Ian B. Folivor, living in a fungus and garbage-infested apartment, is a man who has abandoned all personal hygiene. His only comfort in life is shattered when his antique TV breaks. His world is spiraling into the toilet bowl until a silver-tongued blob of mold enters the scene. The bathroom mold begins giving Ian motivational advice to clean himself up, speak to his attractive neighbor, and regain his confidence. But The Mold’s intentions are revealed to be far more nefarious then they first appear.
The comedic potential of a talking fungus is fully realized in Motivational Growth. The Mold is expertly voiced by Jeffrey Combs and brought to life as a beautifully repulsive puppet (created by Steve Tolin). The film’s production is a mosaic of excellent art direction, puppetry, animation and cinematography, in challenging single location shoot. Ian’s inner psychosis is illustrated with brief scenes from schlock television programs that humorously mirror Ian’s state of mind, while animated sequences in an 8-bit video game style replace the live action at choice moments.
Motivational Growth is icky. Wonderfully . . .enigmatically. . .appealingly icky. We are treated to repeated scenes of Ian covered in blood, Ian with disgusting things entering or exiting his mouth, Ian in his tighty whities. We are even witness to Ian waxing poetic while expunging a bowel movement. For fans of psychotronic or just generally weird films, watching Motivational Growth is as joyous as a pig wallowing in mud.
ALIEN BOY: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JAMES CHASSE
by Jason Renaud & Brian Lindstrom (Portland, OR)–SCREENS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 AT 3PM–(90 min)
Portland has always been a hub for music. From Courtney Love to Pink Martini to Blind Pilot, the city has harbored and created a thriving haven for aspiring artists. Early in its musical history, the Portland punk scene saw the emergence of a magazine, the Oregon Organizm, written and edited by an influential band member of the time, James Chasse. With a close friend performing as lead singer of The Wipers—an influential punk band that made an impact on groups like Nirvana—James became a well-known member of his society: iconic and prophetic, with a grasp on reality unlike anyone that knew him.
In 2006, tragedy struck, when James died during a highly controversial arrest by Portland police in downtown. Following the case, many people looked into the history of James Chasse, from his early punk years to his mental illness and the effects it had on the musician and his community. This documentary follows his musical rise, decline and tribulations, along with a modern perspective on a police case increasingly relevant today. Alien Boy will entertain and educate while giving you a look at a system you might rather forget.
by Eileen Jerrett (Seattle, WA)–SCREENS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 AT 5PM–(80 min)
Blueberry Soup, an Icelandic comfort food, is an apt metaphor for this insightful documentary that explores the unique and devastating situation of a country gone bankrupt. In the aftermath of the 2008 economic collapse in Iceland, the Nordic island country undertook the revolutionary task of rewriting their constitution. With a lens on the impacts the process has on the cultural landscape, Jerrett’s film interweaves interviews with a local fisherman, members of the constitutional council, Icelandic music stars and journalists, displaying a proud nation whose people have endured turbulent times and are curious about their future.
by Benjamin Greené (Bellingham, WA)–SCREENS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 AT 5:15PM–(70 min)
Naanii Mary Swanson (a last speaker, otherwise known as one of the final living speakers of a nearly extinct language) frames this portrait of age-old traditions at risk. Against the spectacular scenery of the North Pacific coastline, her ancient words set the tone for detailed views on modern life, in which the labor of survival—cutting seaweed fronds, pulling salmon from nets, plucking young spruce tips—speaks to timeless rhythms from our region that still retain elements of sacred ritual.
An intimate ethnographic reflection, this meditative film encounter with the Haida people’s traditional food systems reveals poignant possibility amid deep loss. With scenes that favor the authority of silent acts and a rich visual vocabulary—compared by Werner Herzog to the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich—Survival Prayer vividly illuminates the points at which nature and culture join to sustain human life.
K2: SIREN OF THE HIMALAYAS
by Dave Ohlson (Yakima, WA)–SCREENS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 AT 7PM–(75 min)
At 8,611 meters, K2 (the second-highest peak after Everest) is usually considered the world’s most challenging climb. Its summit eludes even the most devoted professional alpinists, and the mountain is so treacherous that one in four summiteers die attempting to scale it. Harsh weather conditions and demanding technical climbs have made producing documentary films on K2 extremely difficult, and footage from these expeditions is rare. Director Dave Ohlson joins an elite climbing group on their epic K2 journey, which takes place on the 100-year anniversary of the Duke of Abruzzi’s landmark expedition in 1909.
by Nandan Rao (Corvallis, OR)–SCREENS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 AT 7:15PM–(68 min)
Hawaiian Punch follows two young Mormons, Nick and Tor, during their time in Hawaii. The audience is privy to their lives sharing a house and their recreational activities around the island. Afternoons are spent cliff diving, cruising on their moped along palm tree-lined streets and talking about relationships and religion.
As the film unfolds after a beginning title card about the urgency to find a spouse and marry, we understand that this is the context for their presence in Hawaii: Nick and Tor are there to meet girls. We are shown scenes of them flirting and arguing with women, awkwardly probing their standing as friend or potential suitor; with his editorial scalpel, Rao expertly chooses moments that reveal the advancing and retreating nature of early moments in a romantic relationship.
Knowingly, Hawaiian Punch lacks action. In fact, it is the inaction of the film and its protagonists that reveal the fundamental truth in their lives. Instead of spiritual enlightenment, these are two men on the verge of realizing their own stasis. Nick is pursuing romance as a devout Mormon, while Tor openly expresses his lack of faith and weighs the value of raising children with or without a spiritual community. Neither seem to reach any fulfillment, but their compelling thread of conversations builds throughout the film.
The backdrop of Hawaii, in all its splendor, is a pivotal part of this film and confectionary for the eyes. Rao, as the cinematographer, indulges himself and the audience with long shots of the rocky bluffs overlooking the ocean, men playing on the beach, a church surrounded by lush green foliage and a forever cerulean sky.
by Isaac Olsen (Tacoma, WA)–SCREENS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 AT 9:15PM–(70 min)
Take an international cast, a rolling landscape in Flint, Michigan, the thundering music of Red Hex and the twisted, talented mind of Isaac Olsen, and you have the German expressionist art film, Ich Hunger. Shot in black and white with splashes of color, Ich Hunger is Local Sightings’ only subtitled film (in German with English subtitles). Following the murderous escapades of a creature-like boy who terrorizes the farming township of Frondenberg, Germany, an inspector travels from Frankfurt to hunt him down. Nearly silent, and reminiscent of German expressionist films like Nosferatu, Ich Hunger is terror-as-pleasure.
DO IT DIFFERENTLY
by Scott Phillips (Eugene, OR)–SCREENS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 AT 7PM–(53 min)
Do It Differently is not for the faint hearted (the sign of a great film). As it follows the lives of four fathers raising children with autism, the film displays a home environment foreign to most families. As each father describes raising their child, you see their pain and doubt, but also their dedication, spirit and pure love for their family. Through interviews and home footage, Do It Differently touches the heart, showing just how much a parent’s love can accomplish.
by Lulu Keating (Dawson City, Yukon Territories)–SCREENS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 AT 9:15PM–(83 min)
This hallucinatory coming-of-age film is set in the rebellious, sexually liberated 1970s and presents an offbeat combination of animation and live action. Writer/director Lulu Keating brings us the story of Lucille, a young musician raised in a Catholic family, as she begins exploring her sexuality. Determined to take advantage of the new freedom offered by the Pill, Lucille experiments with women and men, straight and gay, at home and abroad. As her career as a musician advances, Lucille’s wild lifestyle and haunting past derail her. With the support of her gay roommate and her first female lover, she puts her ghosts to rest and comes into her own. One of the most visually unique films of the year, Lucille’s Ball is, well… a ball!
by Nicole Teeny (Gig Harbor, WA)–SCREENS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 AT 7PM–(86 min)
Everyone has a first crush. But not everyone has thousands of Bible verses memorized, ready to be recited at a moment’s notice.
In Tacoma, Washington, and all over the country, many church groups participate in an annual competition of memorizing and reciting Bible verses and trivia, all in hopes of making it to a national competition, where the best of the best duel it out. With an approaching National Bible Quiz Championship on the horizon, 17-year-old Mikayla and the other members of her Bible Quiz group study and practice with unbeatable dedication (though for Mikayla it is more than just Bible trivia). Her quiz group is an escape from her family troubles and a chance at belonging, but also a place where she has fallen in love with her team captain, JP. This documentary is about dedication and hard work, faith and aspirations, and the trials of growing up through the eyes of a young girl finding her way.
by Johan Liedgren (Seattle, WA)–SCREENS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 AT 9:15PM–(90 min)
Visions of camping usually bring to mind peaceful relaxation, campfire s’mores and ghost stories. In Mother Nature, a father and son find much more than a quiet trip into the wilderness.
Escaping from a deteriorating marriage, a down-on-his-luck father and his meek son find themselves thrust into the company of a bizarre and violent cast of characters inhabiting the nearby campsites of a beautiful Washington rainforest. During their interactions (destined to go wrong from the start), the father quickly learns this trip will be more than he bargained for. Harassed and threatened, he and his son find survival is more than just learning to live: it’s learning how to stay alive. This film is beautifully set, pleasing to the ear and gut-wrenching to watch.
ALL THE LABOR
by Douglas Hawes-Davis (Missoula, MT)–SCREENS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2 AT 7PM–(96 min)
Most music documentaries chronicle the rise and fall of a legend; perhaps a pop diva or troubled guitarist. All the Labor, on the other hand, follows the life of a band: five individuals within a larger collective, doing what they love.
For two decades, The Gourds have played their rock/folk/country tunes, gathered cult listeners and always managed to float just under the radar of mainstream success. This is exactly where they like it. Through a mash up of interviews, live performances and scraps of footage, this documentary will have your foot tapping and you heart laughing. These fathers, husbands and regular guys have bonded with their instruments and friends, playing music for the love of playing.
AGAINST THE TIDE
by Mark Davis (Seattle, WA)–SCREENS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 AT 9PM–(45 min)
As it narrates the recent history of Bainbridge Island’s Eagle Harbor, Against the Tide is sure to have your emotions flaring. In an ongoing struggle between illegally moored mariners and the Bainbridge Island Citizen’s Group, Eagle Harbor has been constantly debated over for two decades. Throughout the debate between a collective of land-living people and their water-loving misfit neighbors (men living aboard their boats who call the harbor home), the film follows struggles on both sides to have their opinions heard, and the challenges of how a community defines itself.
SHORTS ON THE ROCKS–SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT 9PM
Alone in the Dark
Tyler Brown – Renton, WA – 12 min
A story about moving on, told from the perspective of a jealous ghost.
Joel Wayne – Boise, ID – 14:35 min
A man recovering from pica relapses when his son checks himself out of sober living and goes temporarily missing.
Plants and Animals
Barak Nicholai – Seattle, WA – 12:30 min
Plants and Animals is a dramatic narrative short film about a couple going through a break up.
Matt Jardin – Anchorage, AK – 10 min
Max wakes up to find himself in the most terrifying situation of his life: a pregnancy scare!
Christian Lybrook – Boise, ID – 23:16 min
Boyd Larson, a seed pathologist, loses his wife to cancer, leaving him unmoored. When a curious seed arrives in an unmarked envelope, it sets Boyd on a journey to uncover its meaning.
Ben Andrews – Renton, WA – 26 min
Haunted by her past, a broken woman soon realizes she is the centerpiece of a battle that has been raging for thousands of years.
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SHORT ON STORIES SUNDAY– SEPTEMBER 29 AT 9PM
Breaking the Mirror
Reel Grrls – Seattle, WA
A youth-produced, live action and animated film that fights body image stereotypes.
Sean McGrath, Kirkland, WA – 3:56 min
A reluctant spy is tasked with dispatching a fellow spy, but wrestles with his conscience to his own detriment.
Chris Oliver – Lynnwood, WA – 20 min
A young boy named Linney runs away from his grandma’s house, searching for his mom.
Jackie Argueta – Olympia, WA – 1:46 min
A little mouse goes on an unexpected journey through space and time.
Girl on Fire
Reel Grrls – Seattle, WA – 4:46 min
In this youth-produced film, a girl is bullied so much that she literally sets herself on fire with anger
Elijah Hasan – Vancouver, BC – 8:07 min
A young pioneer explores a city, experiencing the sights, relics and the natives. A wonderful experience is interrupted by an encounter with a young man from his own tribe. He’s vexed by the encounter as he attempts to analyze what, how and why, but the more he considers the incident, the less sense it makes.
Make Good Choices
Clyde Petersen – Seattle, WA – 3:39 min
Join musician Sean Nelson as he parties hard with a snowman.
Pyramids & Trees
Patrick Race – 40 seconds
A 40 second film for the 40th anniversary of the NW Film Center.
Vanessa McMeekin – Seattle, WA – 15 min
Something in the world has gone wrong. . .
Shark Week Song
Patrick Race – 59 seconds
Shark Week, that nostalgic time of year when the world sets aside their differences, when families gather around the warm glow of the television and catilaginous predators snack on nature. Featuring Marian Call.
Lars Berg Anderson – Seattle, WA – 3:56 min
Every game has consequences. Don’t forget to follow the rules.
The Owner Of A Silver Hatchback
Zach Weintraub – Olympia, WA – 8 min
A silver hatchback becomes the focus of this parking whodunit.
Useful. Valid. True.
David Golden – Seattle, WA – 10:56 min
Alone in a small room, a man is confronted with questions that have no answers, in a world where there are no lies: only lack of understanding.
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SHORT ON TRUTH–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 AT 9PM
How Agate Pass Came To Be
Longhouse Media – Seattle, WA – 2:14 min
The creation story of Agate Pass is a powerful reminder of tribal relationships to water.
The Godfathers of Time
Nik Nerburn and Chloe Stamper – Olympia, WA – 26:32 min
An experimental documentary about three iconic clock towers in western Washington, and the men who maintain them.
Jack Wilson Live at Werd Records
Jason Williams – Seattle, WA – 9:54 min
A music video for the song “Fell Inside” by Jack Wilson.
Part of the Cycle
Tess Martin – Seattle, WA – 7:52 min
This animated short uses ink, water and interviews to depict the water’s cycle’s circuitous journey.
Lou Karsen – Seattle, WA – 7 min
Made over 4 days for the International Documentary Challenge, Shell Game is a portrait of Kathleen Flenniken, Washington State Poet Laureate.
Rosalie Miller – Seattle, WA – 12:51 min
A short documentary portrait of Vancouver, B.C. martial-artist-turned-professional stuntwoman Leanne Hindle.
Mind in Body
Yael Bridge – Portland, OR – 7 min
This experimental short explores different ways of being trapped inside a broken body.
People of the Water
Longhouse Media – Seattle, WA – 4:44 min
Suquamish teen, Ty Purser, harvests seafood as part of his daily life; join him from sunrise to sunset.
Back to the Abyss
Peter Edlund – Seattle, WA – 8 min
Many years ago Pacific Northwest artist R. Allen Jensen invented a board game to predict the date of his own death.
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SHORT ON LAUGHTER–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 AT 9PM
Chug – A Cautionary Tale
Stephanie Michelle Lokelani and Katie Preston – Boise, ID – 7:25 min
A glance at the life and logic of two bored roommates, i.e. “How can we get drunk the fastest?”
Could’ve Been More
Matt Jardin – Anchorage, AK – 25 min
With his wedding on the horizon, Max goes on a fact-finding mission to see if the number of women he’s slept with could have been more.
Peter Ray – Vashon Island, WA– 1:17 min
A one-minute meditation on eating colored marshmallows and what might happen if you planted one.
The Park Bench
Kendra Ann Sherrill – Liberty Lake, WA – 9:03 min
A socially awkward love story.
Ross Williams – Talent, OR – 9:20 min
A dark comedy about a masochist looking for Ms. Right.
Wyatt Steps OutAmy
Sedgwick – Seattle, WA – 16:37 min
A lonely, wacky inflatable tube man pines for a better life, quits his job and steps out into a series of new adventures.
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SHORT ON EXPERIMENTS–TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 AT 9PM
$500 of Party
Nandan Rao – Corvalis, OR – 14 min
A grant of $500 is offered as a re-grant to someone who has a good party idea. The only catch is that they must submit a video proposal explaining why they’re a deserving party.
A Beginning, Middle And An End
Jon Behrens – Seattle, WA – 5 min
A truck explodes into a kaleidoscope of painted, optically-printed animation.
Betwixt and Between
Catron Booker – Seattle, WA – 10:26 min
Betwixt and Between is a journey through the archives and a tribute to the jazz virtuoso, Ms. Valaida Snow.
Brilliant – A Short Story
Austin Halvorsen – Klamath Falls, OR – 3:35 min
This short abstract/experimental animation takes place in a world without creative minds. Industry has defaced the world, turning everything the same shade of gray—including the people.
By the Salish Sea
Serge Gregory – Seattle, WA – 11:33 min
On the Northwest coast, a Salish native ís on a vision quest and disturbed by the arrival of a tall ship.
Salise Hughes – Seattle, WA – 8 min
Based on and using manipulated footage from the 1963 film of the same name, with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, this film is about a man who is constantly changing his identity.
Kithkin – Fallen Giants
Ben Anderson – Seattle, WA – 4:25 min
The castaway Cascadian crew, Kithkin, sits down for a usual evening of whittling and playing games. Everything seems normal until Bigfoot Wallace rolls a 1 and summons a light beast who drags him away to his lair. Guided by the Chinese Lion spirits of the forest, the remaining Kithkinites embark on a quest to save their friend.
Steve Demas – Seattle, WA – 5:25 min
Archival footage and a jazzy soundtrack contrast with modern, dark humor.
They Look Right Through You
Tess Martin – Seattle, WA – 9:05 min
Whether cat people or dog people, we all think we have relationships with our pets. But do our pets feel the same way? Can we ever really know how our animals see us, or are our relationships with them ultimately a leap of faith? This marker-on-glass animated short uses interviews to explore the depth and limitations of human-pet relationships and how we communicated, feel for and understand each other.
Tess Martin – Seattle, WA – 1:23 min
Life models sometimes don’t stay as still as you’d like, and drastic measures are necessary.
Walk in the Woods
Tess Martin – Seattle, WA – 1 min
Beware the forest, beautiful yet treacherous. This one minute short was created at the I-Park artist residency in East Haddam, Connecticut.
Reel Grrls – Seattle, WA- 3:01 min
An experimental, youth-produced film, depicting the contrast between a drab and an illuminated day, which asks the viewer to open their eyes and change their ways.
Justin Mata – Seattle, WA – 11:37 min
A Treaty is an animated Western using photographic reproductions from historical, cinematic and editorial references in a stop motion style video.
Luck One X Dizz – Dem Say Yeah
Ben Anderson – Seattle, WA – 3:29 min
In an age where media controls our lives, Luck-One is the voice of the people, freeing them from the hypnotic bonds of the unknown villain behind the mass media messages.
Longhouse Media – Seattle, WA – 5 min
The hummingbird dives and darts with great agility, representing fertility and joy; this short is an expression of willpower, strength, and survival, carried forward through dance.
LOCAL SIGHTINGS AWARDS CEREMONY– THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 AT 7:30PM
Join us as we celebrate the juried winners of Local Sightings 2013, present the Seattle Composers Alliance award for film music scoring and hear the people’s vote in the Naked City Audience Awards.
YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG
by Zach Weintraub (Olympia, WA)–THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 AT 8PM–Preview screening!–(75 min)
Zach Weintraub’s third feature continues to exemplify his intimate filmmaking style, with a minimalism reminiscent of Ozu, Claire Denis and many other auteurs of world cinema. So Young features striking visual compositions: shot in shallow focus, they create a study of stasis, boredom, time and domestic anxiety by fashioning expectation out of a series of real-time, non-dramatic shots.
Our heroine Justine has uprooted her life to follow her boyfriend Zach as he pursues his own professional opportunities, in a new place. Instead of intimacy and bliss, what follows her decision is a sense of alienation from the very man she sets out to join. As Zach’s work pressures mount, their relationship develops rifts, and Justine begins to explore her own creative endeavors.
Structured as much by the information which we are denied access to, as it is by what is easily observable, You Make Me Feel So Young is a quiet contemplation of cracks in intimacy.
SEATTLE FILM SUMMIT– SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 10AM – 4PM
The Seattle Film Summit is a conference for anyone in Washington who has a stake in the production or distribution of media content: filmmakers, actors, video game creators, transmedia geeks, editors, media lawyers, film community leaders, legislators, gaffers, writers—anyone and everyone. During a day-long, participant-directed conference, attendees will address the tough questions of the local film business, as they call upon community, business and civic leaders to effect the change needed for professional media production to become a truly viable business model in our state.
The mission of the Seattle Film Summit is to empower and inspire Washington state media producers, especially filmmakers, to discover and develop innovative methods of storytelling, funding and distribution. The ultimate goal is a robust native media production industry that provides well-paying, stable jobs for Washington state residents.Buy Tickets>>
Conference schedule at seattlefilmsummit.com; tickets are $25 for members of local film organizations or Local Sightings pass-holders, $40 general admission.
WALLRUS MINI-SCREENING– SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT DUSK
Admission is free!
Local filmmaker Britta Johnson is launching a 6 month project, located on the Seattle Experimental Animation Team‘s (SEAT) portion of the Sound Transit red wall at Cal Anderson Park, with a mini-screening of all the animation made there since work on the light rail station began. Please note: because of heavy rain, the screening location has changed. The program will be shown indoors at Northwest Film Forum, same screening time.
DIGITAL CINEMA EXPO– SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 11AM – 1 PM
Admission is free! Sponsored by Koerner Camera Systems
A diverse array of digital cameras and camera technology have become available in recent years, offering an overwhelming array of choices for digital filmmaking. To help filmmakers navigate the multitude of options, we are opening our space and inviting everyone with an interest in digital cinema to attend a peer-driven showcase of the latest cameras.
For those who own a camera, you are encouraged to bring it and share your experiences. We especially encourage unconventional technologists to attend (i.e. users with a hacked camera). Bring a short sample of your footage as a Quicktime movie and we will display it in our cinema using our brand-new DLP projector.
From Script to Screen with Lynn Shelton–MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 6:30PM
In recent years, a number of Seattle filmmakers have broken out nationally as stars of the independent film scene. Starting on September 30 during Local Sightings, every Monday evening we will have a different Seattle filmmaker talking about their body of work. Directors will speak in depth with local film writer Jay Kuehner (Cinema Scope) about their experiences directing feature films, highlighting moments that distinguish their filmmaking styles and the journeys that got them to where they are. Expect to witness an intimate discussion that goes deeper than the standard festival question-and-answer and that examines the roots of style.
Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton is best known as the director of the acclaimed 2012 comedy Your Sister’s Sister, starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Emily Blunt and Mark Duplass. Shelton’s 2009 hit Humpday won a special jury prize at Sundance and the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award. Her first narrative feature, We Go Way Back, won the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance in 2006 and her second, My Effortless Brilliance, premiered at SXSW and earned her the Independent Spirit “Someone to Watch” Award. Her fifth feature film, Touchy Feely, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Magnolia Pictures.
THIS IS WASHINGTON: FILMS FROM PUGET SOUND ARCHIVES
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 7:15PM--Special introduction from Feliks Banel, KUOW 94.9!
Puget Sound Region archives are coming together to share rarely-seen gems from their moving image collections. The films are as diverse as the Northwest landscape itself, and include selections from the University of Washington, Seattle Municipal Archives, the Museum of History and Industry, King County Archives, the Museum of Flight and the Sisters of Providence Archives.
Strange and wonderful historical films in the program range from a 1927 Mountaineers Players performance of Alice in Wonderland in their Forest Theatre on the Kitsap Peninsula, to Spanish flamenco legend Anzonini in a recording session on the UW campus in 1979.
Other selections include public service announcements for the 1972 “Save the Market” campaign; a 1940s film shot by a local African American photographer, Vernon Robinson, at the St. Peter Claver Interracial Center in the Central District; the Earthworks Symposium at Kane Hall in 1979; and two
UW promotional films presenting very different views of campus.
There are home movies of the Skagit Corporation’s 1966 parade of logging equipment, soap box derby races at Woodland Park, the Boeing -80 doing a barrel roll over the 1955 Gold Cup Races, the Woodland Park Zoo Pony Club annual picnic and airplane trip across America in the 1920s and 30s, model trains in the Bon Marche Christmas store window and the Boeings at a private party during prohibition. A commercial film, produced by the Sweden Freezer Company, will address the hot topic of Ice Cream: Its Past, Present and Future and films from the UW Media Center look at the Management of Breast Feeding, Avalanche Dynamics and the dangers of skateboarding. Regional archives have got it all!
ABOUT FELIKS BANEL
Feliks Banel is a communications and heritage consultant, and Emmy-nominated writer/producer. He’s producer and host of This NOT Just In for KUOW 94.9 FM; producer and reporter for the Seattle Channel, where he also created and curated the archival film TV series History In Motion: Seattle’s Past On Film; and founded what’s now Seattle Radio Theatre in 2000.
His work has appeared in Seattle Magazine, Seattle Opera Magazine, seattlepi.com and other publications and websites. Feliks is also heard as a news analyst on KOMO Newsradio and KIRO FM discussing local history and culture. He was formerly deputy director of MOHAI, where he actively collected vintage local audio, video and film to expand the museum’s broadcast and other media holdings.
A BRIEF MOMENT WITH PAUL MARIONI
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 7:15PM
6pm pre-screening discussion at The Project Room, 1315 E. Pine StreetFeaturing Hole by Paul Marioni (Seattle, WA – 17 min)
Join the artist for a conversation at The Project Room (1315 E Pine St) at 6pm, prior to the screening.
Join us as we screen the rarely seen short film Hole (1972), a “mockumentary” made by former filmmaker and now legendary glass artist Paul Marioni. Featuring a man who is obsessed with holes, this elusive experimental short film has won numerous awards, screened at the Whitney Museum and toured the U.S. Marioni, a pioneer in the Northwest regional glass movement, provides this visual treat as part of The Project Room’s “How is Seattle Remembered” discussion series. Reception to follow in Northwest Film Forum’s lobby.