Local Sightings 2022 – Reckless Spirits Workshop: BIPOC-Empowered Narrative Film Productions [In-Person Only]
Workshop is FREE with RSVP, with optional sliding-scale contribution which benefits Northwest Film Forum.
Vee Hua 華婷婷
Filmmaker, Facilitator, Former NWFF Executive Director
Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE magazine, Interim Managing Editor of the BIPOC-led media outlet, South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They recently served as the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum, where they received a Mayor’s Film Award and played a key role in making the interdisciplinary community hub more welcoming for diverse audiences.
In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.
Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.
Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.
We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.
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NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.
Read more about NWFF’s policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.
Using behind-the-scenes photos, production materials, and film clips, this interactive discussion with the cast and crew of Vee Hua’s Reckless Spirits will serve as a case study of how to run a production with a diverse crew, centering POC actors, and the importance of creating media authentic to one’s own voice. Audiences are invited to bring questions related to their own projects!
Watch Reckless Spirits in advance in the Hard Laughs short film program or during Opening Night's Head Trip short film program.
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⚠️ Please note: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. We are not currently checking vaccination cards.
Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 25th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival is a virtual-and-in-person showcase of creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2022 program, which runs from September 16–25, features a competitive selection of curated short film programs and feature films, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.
Local Sightings champions emerging and established talent, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement.