Local Sightings 2019 – Closing Night Happy Hour: Awards Ceremony

This event took place on Sep 29, 2019

** Free event! **

To close out yet another spectacular festival, award winners for the 22nd edition of Local Sightings Film Festival will be announced on Closing Night!

Films in Competition


  • Clementine by Lara Jean Gallagher (Portland; narrative):
  • Where the House Was by Ryan K. Adams (Seattle; documentary)
  • Patrinell: The Total Experience by Tia Young & Andrew Elizaga (Seattle; documentary)
  • My Mother Was Here by Rustin Thompson (Seattle, documentary)


  • Lions in Waiting by Jason Karman (Vancouver, BC)
  • Bellingham by Brendan Prost (Toronto, but shot in WA)
  • TIDES by Masami Kawai (Eugene, OR)
  • Pens by Ty Minton-Small (Seattle, WA)
  • Gong Ju by Jerome Yoo (Vancouver, BC)
  • The Sound by Katrina Brede + Jason Connelly (Seattle)
  • 3 minutes by Christan Leonard


  • The Warming Shed by Nathan Landau Reich (Baker, MT)
  • The Issue of Mr. O’Dell by Rami Katz (Vancouver, BC)
  • The Day Don Died by Steve J. Adams (Vancouver, BC)
  • River Gold by Brady Holden (Portland)
  • Infamous Kitsap Ferry Riot by Chris Looney (Seattle)
  • Soma by Peter Trinh (Seattle)
  • Our Trails Too by Liz Haan (Portland, OR)
  • Forest on Fire by Reed Harkness (Portland, OR)
  • ECLIPSE by Amanda Kim (Seattle)


  • Maniac Landscapes by Matthew Wade (Boise)
  • Rising by Luca Dipierro (Portland)
  • Substance by Jamaal Bradley (Redmond, WA)
  • I Needed the Military. Now, My Son Needs Me. by Neely Goniodsky (Seattle)

* Presented by Engauge Experimental Film Festival *

  • All films in the Experimental #1 and Experimental #2 programs are in competition.

* Presented by CAIR-WA *

  • The Issue of Mr. O’Dell by Rami Katz (Vancouver, BC)
  • Substance by Jamaal Bradley (Redmond, WA)
  • I Needed the Military. Now, My Son Needs Me. by Neely Goniodsky (Seattle)
  • Refuge in the Rockies by Kaio Kathriner (Vancouver, BC)
  • Shall I Serve You? by Gabi Goyette (Seattle)

* Based off of ballot results from screenings *


* Films chosen for competition are chosen solely at the discretion of the NWFF programming team, then decided upon by guest jurors.

Jury awards will be presented by Amy Benson, Mia Harrison, and Martin Tran. Free snacks and nibbles for all!

Jury Awards presented by:

Amy Benson

AMY BENSON owns Nonfiction Media, a production company based in Seattle where she produces, shoots and edits films telling the stories of organizations around the globe. Since 2008, Amy has been working on a documentary trilogy about one family in Nepal. Drawing the Tiger, the first film, was a granted project of the Sundance Institute, Fork Films and recipient of the Points North Fellowship. It premiered at Hot Docs in April 2015 and screened in over 40 festivals worldwide. She is currently in pre-production for Age of Porn, a feature documentary which chronicles the state of sex education in America through the lens of progressive sex educators. Amy is a founding member of the Seattle Documentary Association and is passionate about supporting filmmakers in their process.

Mia Imani Harrison

MIA IMANI HARRISON is a Pacific Northwest native interdisciplinary artivist (art + activist) and arts writer that currently lives in Berlin. Harrison interrogates the ways that disenfranchised communities can heal individual, communal, and societal trauma by creating works that live in-between the worlds of art and science. This “third-way” mixes unconventional methods (dreams, rituals) and science (ethnography, geography, psychoanalysis) to dream new potential ways of being.

Martin Tran

MARTIN TRAN has deep roots in the Pacific Northwest. He was born and raised in Washington state, studied film in Olympia, Washington and Vancouver, B.C., and has long called Seattle home. He is the former Co-Director of Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF), is currently the Project and Events Coordinator for Artists of Color Expo and Symposium (ACES), and also serves as a Producer for the upcoming docuseries Vanishing Seattle, which tells the stories of the places and people being displaced from Seattle. Martin also writes, directs, and produces short films which have played in film festivals across North America.

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