The 13th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival Lineup is Now Live


This year’s festival includes ten feature films and seventy-five short films from Northwest locations ranging from Olympia to Anchorage. View it online here.

Northwest Film Forum is proud to announce details about it’s 13th annual Local Sightings Film Festival, which takes place October 1-6, 2010, at the Film Forum’s cinemas on 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill. Local Sightings is Northwest Film Forum’s premier showcase of Northwest filmmaking. This year’s event will include the Northwest premiere of six feature films, and the world premiere of the documentary Citizen Mayor. Seventy-five short films will be screened, as well as the historic film Darkness Rising. The opening night film will be the crowd-pleasing coming-of-age dramedy Bummer Summer.

“I’m especially pleased with the scope and variety of this year’s program,” says Northwest Film Forum Program Director Adam Sekuler. “From Native rights to sex scandals, the festival encompasses many of the issues and life stories from across the Northwest.  We have films from Des Moines, Boise, Corvallis, Bainbridge Island and Douglas, AK—and all points in between.”

The opening night film, Bummer Summer, will be the West coast premiere of Olympia director Zach Weintraub’s wry and touching portrait of youthful romance.

Other feature films include the Northwest premiere of Christian Palmer’s William Never Married, a tragicomic tale of a man’s relationship with three women, one of who is his mother; and Bjorn Anderson’s Blair Witch-style horror flick Eyes In The Dark.

Documentaries include the world premiere of Citizen Mayor, Koi Walker’s compelling story of the 2009 Seattle mayoral race; the Northwest premiere of Two Indians Talking, a smart, funny drama that explores the conflicting opinions of two First Nations men; About Face (also a Northwest premiere), directed by Anchorage’s Mary Matzke, is the true story of a young woman coping with her physical and emotional scars after a shocking crime committed by her mother when she was a baby; Idaho director Vernon Lott’s Bad Writing, which travels the globe, meeting with the brightest minds in modern literature to find out what makes writing good or bad; the Seattle premiere of Adults In The Room, an intelligent exploration of Portland Mayor Sam Adams’ teen sex scandal from emerging talent Andy Blubaugh; and Walk Right In, in which director Lawrence Paros revisits a pivotal race and diversity conference from summer of ’68 through first hand accounts.

There will also be a program of documentary shorts from directors including Cassidy Dimon, Katie Gregg, Adam Monahon, Lucy Ostrander, Matthew Brown and others.

Local Sightings also always hosts an impressive collection of animation and experimental short films.  This year’s offerings include new work from renowned local animators Drew Christie, Clyde Peterson, Britta Johnson and Salise Hughes, among others, and experimental pioneers John Behrens, Malic Amalya, Alice Gosti, Ben Rapson and more.


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