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Local Sightings Call for Entries!

April 4, 2011

The 14th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival is now accepting entries.
Entry Deadline is July 1

Local Sightings is our annual showcase of current narrative, documentary and experimental film by Northwest artists. The week long festival also features panel discussions, historic NW films, a filmmaker lounge, a stellar opening night party, and juried awards for a winning short and feature film! Submit your work by downloading the submission form from our website: (www.localsightings.org) and send us your screener copy on DVD. All work must have been completed no earlier than January 2010. The deadline for submission is July 1.

The 2011 Local Sightings Film Festival will take place September 30-October 6.

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Local Sightings Jurors

September 13, 2010

…Just announced on the Local Sightings website:

Robert Koehler is a film critic for Variety, Cinema Scope, Cineaste and filmjourney.org, and a festival programmer. He is a partner in Festworks, a festival consulting firm, and served as director of programming for AFI Fest in 2009. A former theater critic for the Los Angeles Times, he has also written reviews, articles and essays for a number of publications including Cahiers du Cinema, the Christian Science Monitor and Die Tageszeitung. Koehler is a member of FIPRESCI and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and has served on juries at various festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Vancouver, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Slamdance, Guadalajara, Santiago, Palm Springs and Bermuda. He has contributed chapters to the books, “On Film Festivals” and “Cine Argentino 99/08.”

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Peter Sillen is a New York based documentary filmmaker. Best known for his low-tech approach and sensitivity to his subjects and their environment, Sillen’s previous works include Speed Racer: Welcome to the World of Vic Chesnutt (1994) and Benjamin Smoke (2000). Sillen received grants from the Jerome Foundation and Creative Capital for his work on I am Secretly an Important Man and has screened his films at a wide array of festivals and venues including the Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, South By Southwest, Slamdance, the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music and San Francisco’s Castro Theater.

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Bradley Beesley has made a cinematic career documenting oddball Americana and homegrown rock stars.  Post art school, he began filming with bluesman R.L. Burnside to make his first movie ‘Hill Stomp Hollar’ (SXSW).  He has since directed nine feature-length films, including seven documentaries. Bradley is the director of the backwoods cult classic Okie Noodling (PBS).  The film chronicles the lost art of bare-handed catfishing. In 2005, Shout! Factory released ‘The Fearless Freaks’, a documentary starring The Flaming Lips. ‘Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo’ (HBO) is his latest effort and goes behind prison walls to follow convict cowgirls. His TV credits include ‘Paranormal State’ (A&E) and ‘Storm Chasers’ (Discovery).

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Ann Marie Fleming is a Vancouver-based filmmaker, writer and artist, born in Japan with Chinese and Australian parentage, whose work explores issues of family, history and memory. She has won best short film at TIFF three times: “You Take Care Now”, “New Shoes: an interview in exactly 5 minutes” and “Blue Skies”. Her dark comedy, “The French Guy”, won best feature at the Boston Underground Film Festival.  Her animated documentary, The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (2003) has garnered acclaim internationally.  Her same-named graphic novel won The Doug Wright Award for best Canadian comic in 2008 and was nominated for a couple of Eisner’s. Ann Marie has made short animated films for the CBC’s DNTO, DiscoveryUS’s PlanetGreen Channel, amongst others.

“I am Secretly an Important Man” to close Local Sightings

September 8, 2010

The new documentary about poet Jesse Bernstein will screen at the Moore Theatre on October 6 with director Peter Sillen in attendance.  Local Sightings is a celebration of Northwest filmmaking achievements that takes place at the Film Forum October 1-6, 2010.

Seattle, WA — Northwest Film Forum has announced that the closing night film of this year’s Local Sightings Film Festival will be director Peter Sillen’s new documentary, I am Secretly an Important Man. The West coast premiere of the film will take place at the Moore Theatre on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, a symbolic location, as it is where Bernstein once shared the stage with his mentor, William S. Burroughs. The film will then open theatrically at the Film Forum where it will play October 22-28.

Directed and co-produced by Peter Sillen and executive produced by Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudson of Parts & Labor (Old Joy, Wild Tigers I Have Known), I am Secretly an Important Man examines the life, work, addiction and mental illness of poet, musician and performance artist Steven Jesse Bernstein. Best known for his recordings on Sub Pop Records and his close relationship with William S. Burroughs, Bernstein was a fixture of the Seattle arts scene until his suicide in 1991. He opened for artists including Nirvana, Big Black and Soundgarden and counted Kurt Cobain and Oliver Stone among his notable fans.

The film features interviews with many recognizable Northwest faces, including Larry Reid (promoter and art curator), Slim Moon (music producer/KillRockStars), Dave Rosencrans (curator and music producer), Bruce Pavitt (producer, SubPop) and Steve Fisk (sound engineer and producer), among others.

Peter Sillen is a New York based documentary filmmaker. Best known for his low-tech approach and sensitivity to his subjects and their environment, Sillen’s previous works include Speed Racer: Welcome to the World of Vic Chesnutt (1994) and Benjamin Smoke (2000). Sillen received grants from the Jerome Foundation and Creative Capital for his work on I am Secretly an Important Man and has screened his films at a wide array of festivals and venues including the Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, South By Southwest, Slamdance, the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music and San Francisco’s Castro Theater.

For more information about Local Sightings, please visit www.localsightings.org.

Tickets for the October 6 event will be available through Seattle Theatre Group at www.stgpresents.org. Tickets for the theatrical run will be available at www.nwfilmforum.org.

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

September 8, 2010

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.

Local Sightings 2010 poster

August 16, 2010

Designed by Mr. Dave Hanagan, of course.
www.localsightings.org

Call for entries reminder – Concert Film Challenge & Local Sightings

April 13, 2010

Film ChallengeSubmit Your Work to the Concert Film Challenge

Screening is May 18 at 8pm
Deadline is May 4

Seattle is a haven for live music, and Northwest Film Forum is the home for many concert films that pass through our city. This quarter alone we screened films featuring Leonard Cohen’s performance at the Isle of Wight, the White Stripes tour through Canada, and a Bill Withers doc that includes plenty of concert footage.

To honor our musical heritage, this quarter we ask local filmmakers to turn their eyes on the music scene and make concert films no longer than 5 minutes for the Concert Film Challenge. Since we expect the response for the challenge to surpass previous challenges, we reserve the right to curate this program, and possibly host multiple screening dates and times.

The project is open to all levels of skills and experience. Send submissions to: Northwest Film Forum, c/o Adam Sekuler, 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122. For more information email Adam Sekuler at adams@nwfilmforum.org. Formats: 35mm, 16mm, super-8, digiBETA, BETA SP, DVCAM, and DVD. Please Include title, filmmaker’s name and contact info with submission.

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Tickets to the screening are $6/NWFF members, $6.50/seniors, $9/non-members

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13th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival

Entry Deadline is July 1

Local Sightings is our annual showcase of current narrative, documentary and experimental film by Northwest artists. The week long festival also features panel discussions, historic NW films, a filmmaker lounge, a stellar opening night party, and juried awards for a winning short and feature film! Submit your work by downloading the submission form from our website: (www.localsightings.org) and send us your screener copy on DVD. The deadline for submission is July 1.
Buy yourself a houseplant, there’s no entry fee!

Local Sightings call for entries – lucky 13!

February 25, 2010

The 13th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival is now accepting entries.

Entry Deadline is July 1

Local Sightings is our annual showcase of current narrative, documentary and experimental film by Northwest artists. The week long festival also features panel discussions, historic NW films, a filmmaker lounge, a stellar opening night party, and juried awards for a winning short and feature film! Submit your work by downloading the submission form from our website: (www.localsightings.org) and send us your screener copy on DVD.  All work must have been completed no earlier than January 2009. The deadline for submission is July 1.

Buy yourself a houseplant, there’s no entry fee!

More photos from the Local Sightings Big Opening Night Party

October 20, 2009

At Flickr.

Big Opening Night Party photos posted

October 7, 2009

There’s some photos from the Local Sightings Big Opening Night Party over at our Flickr page – more soon!

Local Sightings spotlight: The final night!

October 7, 2009

And it’s a good one. Playing tonight: Where You From, Shorts: Experiments in Storytelling and A Natural Selection: Films From Portland.

The Shorts: Experiments in Storytelling program is a “who’s who” of the Seattle filmmaking community, with the addition of San Francisco-based Barry Jenkins, whose one-shot film is included in the line-up tonight. Barry made the short when he was in Seattle earlier this year to present his hugely loved film Medicine For Melancholy. He’s on the Local Sightings jury, and he’ll be here tonight for the program.

Aphids
(Matthew Brown, Seattle, 2009, 15.5min)
A woman, her garden, and the creatures that live within it.

The Aliens
(Sarah Ricci, Seattle, 2009, 3min)
Using found footage, The Aliens is an adaptation of the poem by poet Charles Bukowski.

Animateness
(Margaritte Knezek, Olympia, 2009, 11min)
With Super-8 documentation of ancient pagan sites in England and Wales, Animateness is a personal documentary that explores spirituality and the natural world.

Reunion
(Colin Cooper, Vancouver B.C., 2009, 9min)
A social misfit’s encounter with a prostitute is subjected to a fractured recollection.

Be Your (Most Attractive) Self
(Ricki Mason, Seattle, 2008, 5min)
Five girls in vintage swimsuits do calisthenics, scurry like rodents, and perform Esther Williams inspired canons amongst Christmas lights.

The Chronicles of Cleo and Jack
(Karn Junkinsmith, Shoreline, 2009, 15min)
A love story about a young couple that skateboard and dance in the streets while harassed by a pack of dancing freaks.

Anabel and My Weekend Alone
(Matthew Witschonke, Seattle, 2007, 4min)
As an essay about artistic process, social anxiety, and finding love, Anabel employs many forms of animation including hand-drawn, stop-motion, and pixilation.

Waterway
(Britta Johnson, Seattle, 2009, 9min)
This stop-motion animated film follows large drops of water as they travel through rocks, ferns, plant roots, microbes and other creatures that naturally clean them.

One Shot Film
(Barry Jenkins, Seattle, 2009, 7min)
The latest in NWFF’s one-shot film project comes from juror Barry Jenkins whose short film quietly and lyrically follows a young girl as she navigates a gas station robbery.

About Where You From (7pm):
A surprising journey into rural American hip-hop, Where You From follows a beat far from the urban streets where the music was born. With dense redwood forests, rocky mountain vistas, and the dramatic rhythms of hip-hop as a backdrop, Where You From enters the lives of three extraordinary individuals as it chronicles their pursuit of acceptance, fame, and even salvation. There’s Franco from Fortuna, California, who hopes to win the top prize at Scribble Jam, the hip-hop competition that helped launch Eminem; Tommy 2 Tone from Livingston, Montana, who is fighting addiction and legal problems as he tries to make his music and become a good father and husband; and Chris from Bozeman, Montana, who is still seeking closure in his relationship with his estranged alcoholic father. Where You From is a visually stunning, provocative portrait of young men confronting small town life, broken families, and drug addiction–ultimately seeking triumph in their music.

See the entire schedule for the last night of Local Sightings here.