Local Sightings schedule posted!


Northwest Film Forum presents

Local Sightings 2009

Local Sightings

Join us for the 12th annual celebration of Northwest filmmaking!

October 2-7 at Northwest Film Forum

Local Sightings is the premier showcase of Northwest filmmaking. The festival features an array of feature, documentary and short films, great prizes, filmmaker parties, archival Northwest films and an impressive national film industry jury looking for strong Northwest work. And don’t miss our legendary opening party that will ignite Seattle’s film scene Friday night and keep it bleary eyed Saturday morning.

If you prefer the home-grown to the over-blown, Local Sightings is for you!

View the Local Sightings 2009 complete schedule

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 25 at 9am.

Local Sightings 2009 highlights include:

The Mountain, the River and the Road

Opening night film!

October 2 at 7pm

Born out of a chance encounter at our 2007 Local Sightings, Michael Harring’s 16mm feature debut stars Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs) and Justin Rice (Mutual Appreciation), two twenty-somethings on a botched road trip that leads to an unexpected romance.

Big Opening Night Party

October 2, beginning at 9pm

A fundraiser for Northwest Film Forum

$5/members, $7/non-members

Seattle filmmakers, movie buffs and partiers walk the red carpet at NWFF’s annual opening night bash. With booze flowing, music blaring, and performances tickling the eyes and imaginations, we begin our 12th Annual Local Sightings Festival in stylish debauchery.

Film Originals, the work of George and Helen Smith

Century 20 – Historic Northwest Film

October 5 at 7pm

George and Helen Smith made films together for over thirty years. George worked behind the camera as cinematographer and editor, while Helen wrote scripts for the nearly 40 titles they produced under the name Film Originals. Their films focused on a variety of topics including the rise of aeronautics in American transportation, the Northwest timber industry, and environmental conservation.

Work in Progress: Wheedles Groove

October 3 at 7pm

Jennifer Maas’ work in progress Wheedle’s Groove provides a look back some thirty years before grunge music put Seattle on the map, when late 1960s groups like Black on White Affair, The Soul Swingers, and Cold, Bold & Together filled airwaves and packed clubs every night of the week. But just as many of the groups were on the verge of breaking out, the fickle public turned its ear to disco, and Seattle’s soul scene slipped into obscurity.

Find out more at http://www.localsightings.org!

Sponsored by 4Culture, ArtsFund, Modern Digital, Bad Animals, and Washington FilmWorks

Media sponsorship by KUOW 94.9FM and The Stranger


Most screenings are $6/NWFF members, $6.50/seniors and children under 12, $9/general

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