Local Sightings 2023 – Open Script Read: Reckless Spirits [In-Person Only]
Attendance is free, but sliding-scale contributions are greatly appreciated.
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.
The majority of seats in our main cinema are 21″ wide from armrest to armrest; some seats are 19″ wide. We are working on creating the option of removable armrests!
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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.
Writer-director Vee Hua will host a public table read for their upcoming project, the Reckless Spirits feature film, a metaphysical, multilingual POC buddy comedy. The project builds upon a short film proof-of-concept of the same name, which was released in late 2022.
Reckless Spirits follows a gender-fluid Latine performance artist and a neurotic Asian American therapist who are led by a series of uncanny circumstances into a world of chakras, spirits, and a cult leader threatening to tear their friendship apart.
The table read will take place as a part of Northwest Film Forum’s Open Script Read series, which provides a nurturing, participatory environment for budding and seasoned filmmakers to support one another in the ongoing practice of screenwriting. All are encouraged to attend the three-hour session, which will conclude with a feedback discussion.
Hua will also offer 5 free slots for one-on-one mentorship opportunities for emerging BIPOC and LGBTQ+ filmmakers who would like feedback on their short film scripts. Applicants will apply via an open application process; select people will be chosen for a private meeting. Apply for the mentorship at veehua.com/opportunity
Header image credit: Amanda Bell
About the instructors:
Vee Hua 華婷婷
Vee Hua 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 REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible 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 Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.
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.
Photo by Auriza Ugalino; courtesy of The Future Ancient
⚠️ 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 26th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival is a virtual-and-in-person showcase of creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2023 program, which runs from September 15–24, 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.